TODAY’S PATENT -NECK AND COLLARBONE PROTECTOR
In today’s patent, we will discuss Jean-Marc Gauthier (St. Catharines, Ontario)’s invention, “NECK AND COLLARBONE PROTECTOR” (US4449251A), which was patented by the USPTO on May 22, 1984.
The following invention was generally invented for the sports player especially for lacrosse or hockey players, comprising a combined bib and upstanding collar to protect the clavicles and throat of the wearer respectively, the bib and collar being connected together along the entire length of their junction so that the collar holds the bib in position and an object such as a hockey stick or skate blade cannot pass between them. This is generally a protective wear for the sports player which under the provisional rule that is to protect the clavicle and the throat regions. Each of the bib and collar includes protective padding and armor members to overlie the clavicles and vulnerable front and side parts of the throat. The padding may be foam padding and the armor members may be stiff plastics sheet material, the padding preferably being molded from a soft plastics material as an integral member, while the armor members are molded from a more rigid plastics material, also as an integral unit with a thin flexible connection between the members.