PATENT OF THE WEEK – EYE PROTECTOR
Today’s patent was invented by William H. Brine, III, Jonathan Baker, Eric Darnell, Steve Moore, Joel Robinson, and C. Graham Tuttle on July 17, 2012, bearing patent no. US8220069B2.
The present invention is particularly designed for the game of women’s lacrosse. It is made of a molded plastic part connected with a part created out of a thin sheet of metal stock material. The plastic part of the invention consists of a C-shaped configuration with an elongated portion overlying the eyebrows and arcuate fingers designed to overlie the wearer’s cheekbones.
The metal part of the invention includes an arcuate portion staggered significantly forwardly concerning the plastic part. The horizontal stagger virtually precludes a ball from impacting on both the plastic part and the metallic part. The thin profile of the metallic part causes deflection of a ball rather than rebound. This also includes a downwardly depending inverted V-shaped portion that protects the wearer’s face below the eyes.