(19)
(11)EP 2 611 316 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
04.12.2019 Bulletin 2019/49

(21)Application number: 11822521.8

(22)Date of filing:  31.08.2011
(51)Int. Cl.: 
D06N 7/00  (2006.01)
A41B 17/00  (2006.01)
A41B 11/00  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2011/049809
(87)International publication number:
WO 2012/030873 (08.03.2012 Gazette  2012/10)

(54)

GRIPPING SOCK AND METHOD FOR MAKING IT

GREIFSOCKE UND VERFAHREN ZU DEREN HERSTELLUNG

CHAUSSETTE DE PRÉHENSION ET PROCÉDÉ DE FABRICATION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 03.09.2010 US 379907 P
29.08.2011 US 201113219713

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.07.2013 Bulletin 2013/28

(73)Proprietor: Cherneski, James Paul
Bel Air, MD 21014 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • Cherneski, James Paul
    Bel Air, MD 21014 (US)

(74)Representative: Purdylucey Intellectual Property 
6-7 Harcourt Terrace
D02 FH73 Dublin 2
D02 FH73 Dublin 2 (IE)


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Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS



[0001] This application claims the benefit of the following patent applications:
  1. 1. Provisional patent application number 61/379,907 titled "Construction Of A Foot Gripping Garment", filed on 03 September 2010 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  2. 2. Non-provisional patent application number 13/219,713 titled "Construction Of A Gripping Fabric", filed on 29 August 2011 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

BACKGROUND



[0002] Conventional fabric materials are generally created by interlacing two distinct sets of yarns to form a fabric. A fabric created through a conventional manufacturing process has a low coefficient of friction and is not suitable for providing non-slip contact between the fabric and a user' s body that is in contact with the fabric of a garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc.

[0003] Moreover, conventional fabrics, due to their low coefficients of friction, cause slippage between the fabric of the garment and the surface of the body in contact with the garment during use when they come in contact with elements, for example, sweat from the user's body, dust, moisture, air, etc. For example, in sports that involve running, skating, etc., where the user is required to quickly or abruptly change directions while engaged in a sports activity, the user' s foot tends to slip inside a sock worn by the user, and also the sock tends to slip inside a shoe worn by the user due to lack of sufficient grip between the foot and the sock and between the foot and the shoe respectively when the sock is made of a conventional fabric. This slippage also increases the response time when the user moves in a new direction. Lack of sufficient grip may also cause the user playing the sport to slip or roll inside the shoe and suffer injuries. For example, the foot of the user wearing a sock made of a conventional fabric and a shoe may slip inside the shoe during a sharp turn leading to an ankle injury. Moreover, the foot of the user wearing the shoe may slip within the sock made of the conventional fabric, which results in the foot moving inside the shoe that may cause an injury to the foot or the ankle of the user. Socks constructed using a conventional fabric do not provide sufficient grip to the user's foot when the user is engaged in a sports activity that requires sharp or abrupt turns.

[0004] Furthermore, different sports activities require gripping contact to be established at different sections of the user' s body. For example, a user playing golf requires a steady gripping contact between a part of the user' s hand that holds a golf club instead of the entire hand. In another example, a user engaged in running would require a steady gripping contact between the forefoot section and the hind foot section of the user' s foot and the shoe. Hence, there is a need for constructing a gripping fabric and a gripping garment that has selective gripping sections, and a gripping fabric that can be selectively attached to or integrated into different sections of the user's garment. US Patent No. 7,383,591 describes an exercise mitt which comprises a sleeve configured to fit snugly about a portion of a human extremity while permitting portions of the human extremity to extend out of the sleeve. US Patent No. 6,610,382 describes a friction control article for wet and dry applications. US Patent No. 4,843,844 describes an anti-friction two-ply athletic sock.

[0005] Hence, there is a long felt but unresolved need for constructing a gripping fabric that provides a selective grip or a complete grip to surfaces that are in contact with the gripping fabric. Moreover, there is a need for constructing a gripping garment that provides grip to a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., between the user's body part and the gripping garment and prevents the user's body part from slipping inside the gripping garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc. Furthermore, there is a need for constructing a gripping garment that provides grip to the user's body part, for example, a foot between the gripping garment and an external contact surface, for example, the inside surface of a shoe to prevent the gripping garment from slipping against the external contact surface. Furthermore, there is a need for constructing a gripping garment that provides simultaneous grip to the user's body part, for example, a foot between the user's body part and the gripping garment and also between the gripping garment and an external contact surface, for example, the inside surface of a shoe.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0006] This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described in the detailed description of the invention. This summary is not intended to identify key or essential inventive concepts of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended for determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.

[0007] The gripping fabric and the method of gripping fabric construction disclosed herein address the above stated need for providing a selective grip or a complete grip to surfaces that are in contact with the gripping fabric. As used herein, the term "gripping fabric" refers to a fabric structure comprising one of natural threads, synthetic threads, gripping threads, or any combination thereof, to which a gripping material, for example, a non-slip material, a tacky material, and/or a textured material is selectively applied. Also, as used herein, the term "fabric structure" refers to a network of one of natural threads, synthetic threads, gripping threads, or any combination thereof, that can be configured or knitted, for example, using a knitting machine, to construct a garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc.

[0008] A gripping garment, for example, a gripping sock, a gripping glove, etc., may be constructed by configuring the fabric structure to conform to a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., and then selectively applying the gripping material to the configured fabric structure. A gripping garment may also be constructed using the gripping fabric disclosed herein. The gripping garment disclosed herein provides grip to a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., between the user's body part and the gripping garment and prevents the user's body part from slipping inside the gripping garment. The gripping garment disclosed herein also provides grip to the user's body part, for example, a foot between the gripping garment and an external contact surface, for example, the inside surface of footwear, to prevent the gripping garment from slipping against the external contact surface. In an embodiment, the gripping garment disclosed herein provides simultaneous grip to the user's body part between the user's body part and the gripping garment and also between the gripping garment and an external contact surface. For example, the gripping garment such as a gripping sock worn by the user provides grip to a user's foot between the user's foot and the gripping sock, and simultaneously provides grip to the user' s foot between the gripping sock and the inside surface of footwear worn by the user.

[0009] The method for constructing a gripping fabric disclosed herein, as set out in the appended claims, comprises creating a fabric structure that defines an inner surface and an outer surface, and selectively applying a gripping material, for example, a non-slip material, a tacky material, and/or a textured material, on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure. As used herein, the "gripping material" refers to a non-slip, sticky, and/or textured material that exhibits generally high surface adhesion and provides grip between a user contact surface and the fabric structure to which the gripping material is selectively applied, and simultaneously provides grip between the fabric structure to which the gripping material is selectively applied and an external contact surface. Also, as used herein, the term "user contact surface" refers to a surface, for example, the skin of a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., that contacts the inner surface of the fabric structure. Also, as used herein, the term "external contact surface" refers to a surface in external contact with the outer surface of the fabric structure. For example, the external contact surface is the inside surface of footwear worn by the user, which externally contacts the outer surface of a sock configured from the fabric structure and worn by the user on the user' s foot.

[0010] The fabric structure comprises, for example, a network of natural threads and/or synthetic threads, or a network of gripping threads, or a network of natural threads, synthetic threads, and gripping threads. As used herein, the term "gripping threads" refer to non-slip, sticky, tacky, and/or textured threads that exhibit generally high surface adhesion and provide grip between the user contact surface and a fabric structure made from the gripping threads, and simultaneously provide grip between the fabric structure and the external contact surface. In an embodiment, the gripping threads are made by selectively applying a gripping material to natural threads and/or synthetic threads. In an embodiment, the fabric structure is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., for constructing a garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc., prior to selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure. For example, the natural threads, the synthetic threads, and/or the gripping threads of the fabric structure are knitted using a knitting machine, to construct a garment, for example, a sock, prior to selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the sock. The inner surface of the created fabric structure is proximal to the user contact surface and distal to the external contact surface. The outer surface of the created fabric structure is proximal to the external contact surface and distal to the user contact surface.

[0011] In an embodiment, the gripping material is configured into one or more of multiple shapes for the selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure. The gripping material selectively applied on one or more of the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively. The adherence of the gripping material on the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively provides grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure, and provides grip between the fabric structure and the external contact surface.

[0012] In an embodiment, the fabric structure is created by providing multiple gripping threads and supplementary threads; separating the gripping threads into a first gripping thread and a second gripping thread; winding the first gripping thread, the second gripping thread, a first supplementary thread, and a second supplementary thread onto a first spool, a second spool, a third spool, and a fourth spool respectively; grouping the first gripping thread and the first supplementary thread into a first pair; grouping the second gripping thread and the second supplementary thread into a second pair; and knitting the first pair with the second pair to form the fabric structure. As used herein, the term "supplementary thread" refers to an additional thread made from a conventional material, for example, cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, etc., which is knitted along with a gripping thread to create the first pair and the second pair. The first pair defines the inner surface of the fabric structure. The second pair defines the outer surface of the fabric structure. The first gripping thread of the first pair is exposed on the inner surface of the fabric structure, but not exposed on the outer surface of the fabric structure. The second gripping thread of the second pair is exposed on the outer surface of the fabric structure, but not exposed on the inner surface of the fabric structure. The inner surface defined by the first pair provides grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure. The outer surface defined by the second pair simultaneously provides grip between the fabric structure and the external contact surface.

[0013] The gripping threads used for creating the fabric structure are made from non-slip materials, tacky materials, and/or textured materials comprising, for example, one or more of synthetic rubber, natural latex, polyvinyl chloride, plastisol, thermoplastic rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, polyurethane, thermoplastic coatings on conventional threads, etc. The gripping threads are coated, for example, with silicon, talcum powder, etc., to prevent gathering and tangling during creation of the fabric structure. The supplementary threads are selected from materials comprising, for example, cotton, nylon, a polyester or spandex such as Lycra®, wool, etc.

[0014] In an embodiment, the first gripping thread and the first supplementary thread are fed from the first spool and the third spool respectively into a first finger tube. The second gripping thread and the second supplementary thread are fed from the second spool and the fourth spool respectively into a second finger tube. In another embodiment, the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure are created by feeding the first gripping thread, the second gripping thread, the first supplementary thread, and the second supplementary thread into a first finger tube, a second finger tube, a third finger tube, and a fourth finger tube respectively. A plating technique is used, for example, to knit the first supplementary thread retrieved from the third finger tube and the second supplementary thread retrieved from the fourth finger tube. The first supplementary thread is exposed on the inner surface of the fabric structure. The second supplementary thread is exposed on the outer surface of the fabric structure. The plating technique is also used to knit the first gripping thread retrieved from the first finger tube and the second gripping thread retrieved from the second finger tube. The first gripping thread is exposed on the inner surface of the fabric structure. The second gripping thread is exposed on the outer surface of the fabric structure. A first pair of the first gripping thread and the first supplementary thread defines the inner surface of the fabric structure. A second pair of the second gripping thread and the second supplementary thread defines the outer surface of the fabric structure.

[0015] In an embodiment, the fabric structure is created without the use of a conventional supplementary thread, for example, by knitting only gripping threads to define the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure. In this embodiment, the gripping threads are used exclusively to create the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure. In another embodiment, the fabric structure configured to conform to the user's body part, for example, the user's foot, comprises one or more gripping threads in selective areas, for example, a heel section that accommodates the user's heel, a ball section that accommodates the ball of the user's foot, etc., on the inner surface and the outer surface of the configured fabric structure.

[0016] In an embodiment, the gripping material is selectively applied on the first gripping thread and/or the first supplementary thread in the first pair that defines the inner surface of the fabric structure, and on the second gripping thread and/or the second supplementary thread in the second pair that defines the outer surface of the fabric structure. For example, the gripping material can be added to or coated on the first gripping thread and/or the first supplementary thread in the first pair, or on the second gripping thread and/or the second supplementary thread in the second pair at 1/16th of an inch intervals instead of coating the entire length of the threads on the spools. In an embodiment, the gripping material can be added to or coated on the entire length of the first gripping thread and/or the first supplementary thread in the first pair, or on the second gripping thread and/or the second supplementary thread in the second pair. The gripping material adheres to the first gripping thread and/or the first supplementary thread in the first pair and to the second gripping thread and/or the second supplementary thread in the second pair. The gripping material on the inner surface defined by the first pair and the outer surface defined by the second pair adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively for providing enhanced grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure, and between the fabric structure and the external contact surface respectively.

[0017] In another embodiment, the selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure comprises creating a design frame comprising one or more patterned holes, positioning the created design frame on each of the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure, and selectively applying the gripping material on the positioned design frame on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure. The gripping material is selectively applied on the positioned design frame on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure, for example, by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, and spraying the gripping material on the positioned design frame to allow the gripping material to pass through the patterned holes of the positioned design frame and adhere to the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure in a pattern defined by the patterned holes of the positioned design frame.

[0018] In another embodiment, the method for selectively applying the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure comprises configuring the gripping material into one or more of multiple shapes, coating one surface of the gripping material with a sealing element, and selectively applying the configured gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure. The sealing element attaches the configured gripping material to the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure. The attached gripping material on the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively.

[0019] In another embodiment, the selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure is performed, for example, by painting, pouring, screen printing, or spraying the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure in one or more of multiple patterns. In another embodiment, the selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure is performed, for example, by using a heat press for transferring the gripping material to the inner surface and/or the outer surface of the fabric structure in one or more of multiple patterns.

[0020] In another embodiment, the gripping fabric constructed from the fabric structure with the selectively applied gripping material is configured as patches and selectively attached, for example, by sewing or bonding to one or more sections of a garment wearable by the user for providing grip between the user contact surface and the constructed gripping fabric, and for providing grip between the constructed gripping fabric and the external contact surface. In an embodiment, patches are made of the gripping material, for example, a thermoplastic elastomer, a polyvinyl chloride, natural latex, synthetic latex, synthetic suede, suede leather, synthetic leather, other leathers, etc., instead of being made of the fabric structure to which the gripping material is selectively applied, for example, by painting, pouring, screen printing, spraying, etc., the gripping material on the fabric structure. These patches are selectively attached, for example, by sewing or bonding to one or more sections of a garment wearable by the user. The selectively attached patches contact both the user contact surface and the external contact surface simultaneously.

[0021] In another embodiment, the gripping material itself is selectively attached in one or more of multiple patterns to one or more sections of a garment for providing grip between the user contact surface and the garment, and for providing grip between the garment and the external contact surface.

[0022] In an embodiment, the constructed gripping fabric comprising the fabric structure with the selectively applied gripping material is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., for constructing a gripping garment, for example, a gripping sock, a gripping glove, etc.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0023] The foregoing summary, as well as the following detailed description of the invention, is better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the invention, exemplary constructions of the invention are shown in the drawings. However, the invention is not limited to the specific components and methods disclosed herein.

FIG. 1 exemplarily illustrates a method for constructing a gripping fabric.

FIG. 2 exemplarily illustrates a method for selectively applying a gripping material on an inner surface and/or an outer surface of a fabric structure.

FIG. 3 exemplarily illustrates a method for selectively applying a gripping material on an inner surface and/or an outer surface of a fabric structure.

FIG. 4A exemplarily illustrates a fabric structure configured in the form of a sock stretched over a framework, showing a gripping material attached to a transfer material positioned on the sock for selectively applying the gripping material on the sock.

FIGS. 4B-4C exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material on the sock using a heat press.

FIGS. 5A-5B exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material on a fabric structure configured to conform to a user's body part, by pouring the gripping material on the configured fabric structure to construct a gripping garment.

FIGS. 6A-6B exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material on a fabric structure configured to conform to a user's body part, by spraying the gripping material on the configured fabric structure to construct a gripping garment.

FIGS. 7A-7F exemplarily illustrate selectively attaching a gripping fabric configured as a patch to a section of a garment to construct a gripping garment.

FIGS. 7G-7I exemplarily illustrate selectively attaching a gripping material to a section of a fabric structure configured to conform to a user's body part to construct a gripping garment.

FIGS. 8A-8D exemplarily illustrate selectively attaching a gripping material to a fabric structure configured to conform to a user's body part to construct a gripping garment.

FIG. 9 exemplarily illustrates an embodiment for creating a fabric structure as shown in FIGS. 13A-13B.

FIG. 10 exemplarily illustrates an embodiment for creating an inner surface and an outer surface of the fabric structure shown in FIGS. 13A-13B.

FIGS. 11A-11B exemplarily illustrate knitting of a first pair comprising a first gripping thread and a first supplementary thread with a second pair comprising a second gripping thread and a second supplementary thread for creating the fabric structure shown in FIG. 13B.

FIG. 11C exemplarily illustrates knitting the first pair and the second pair using a latch needle for creating the fabric structure shown in FIGS. 13A-13B.

FIG. 12 exemplarily illustrates an embodiment for creating an inner surface and an outer surface of the fabric structure shown in FIGS. 13A-13B.

FIG. 13A exemplarily illustrates a fabric structure configured to conform to a user's body part.

FIG. 13B exemplarily illustrates an enlarged sectional view of the fabric structure.

FIGS. 14A-14D exemplarily illustrate multiple views of the fabric structure of FIGS. 13A-13B, showing a first pair comprising a first gripping thread and a first supplementary thread knitted with a second pair comprising a second gripping thread and a second supplementary thread for creating the fabric structure.

FIGS. 15A-15B exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material on a fabric structure configured to conform to a user's body part as shown in FIGS. 13A-13B, by spraying the gripping material on the configured fabric structure to construct a gripping garment.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0024] FIG. 1 exemplarily illustrates a method for constructing a gripping fabric. As used herein, the term "gripping fabric" refers to a fabric structure comprising one of natural threads, synthetic threads, gripping threads, or any combination thereof, to which a gripping material is selectively applied. Also, as used herein, the term "fabric structure" refers to a network of one of natural threads, synthetic threads, gripping threads, or any combination thereof, that can be configured or knitted, for example, using a knitting machine, to construct a garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc. The gripping fabric is therefore constructed by selectively applying the gripping material to a fabric structure comprising a network of natural threads and/or synthetic threads, or to a fabric structure comprising a network of gripping threads and supplementary threads as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 9-15B, or to a fabric structure comprising only gripping threads. Also, as used herein, the term "gripping material" refers to a non-slip, sticky, and/or textured material that exhibits generally high surface adhesion and provides grip between a user contact surface and a fabric structure to which the gripping material is selectively applied, and simultaneously provides grip between the fabric structure to which the gripping material is selectively applied and an external contact surface. Also, as used herein, the term "user contact surface" refers to a surface, for example, the skin of a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., that contacts an inner surface of the fabric structure. Also, as used herein, the term "external contact surface" refers to a surface in external contact with an outer surface of the fabric structure. For example, if the fabric structure is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a foot, for constructing a garment, for example, a sock, when the user wears the sock and footwear, the user contact surface is the skin of the user's foot and the external contact surface is the inside surface of the user's footwear.

[0025] In the method disclosed herein, a fabric structure that defines an inner surface and an outer surface is created 101. The fabric structure comprises, for example, a network of natural threads and/or synthetic threads, or a network of gripping threads, or a network of one or more of natural threads, synthetic threads, and gripping threads. As used herein, the term "gripping threads" refer to non-slip, sticky, tacky, and/or textured threads that exhibit generally high surface adhesion and provide grip between the user contact surface and a fabric structure made from the gripping threads, and simultaneously provide grip between the fabric structure and the external contact surface. In an embodiment, the gripping threads are made by selectively applying a gripping material to natural threads and/or synthetic threads, for example, by spraying, painting, pouring, etc., the gripping material on the natural threads and/or synthetic threads. In an embodiment, the fabric structure is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a foot, a hand, etc., for constructing a garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc., prior to selective application of the gripping material on the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure. The inner surface of the fabric structure is proximal to the user contact surface and distal to the external contact surface. The outer surface of the fabric structure is proximal to the external contact surface and distal to the user contact surface.

[0026] Moreover, in the method disclosed herein, a gripping material is selectively applied 102 on one or more of the inner surface and the outer surface of the configured fabric structure. For example, the gripping material is added to the configured fabric structure, that is, a sock, after the sock is made. The gripping material is a non-slip material, a tacky material, a textured material, or any combination thereof. In an embodiment, the gripping material is made in the form of a sheet having a thickness of, for example, 0.35 millimeters (mm). In an embodiment, the gripping material has a suede type finish and is classified as a non-woven fabric. As used herein, a "textured material" is any coarse or non-uniform finish material, for example, a surface produced when Styrofoam® from the Dow Chemical Company is sprayed onto the surface. The gripping material is made, for example, from natural rubber, synthetic rubber, natural latex, thermoplastic rubber (TPR), thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride, synthetic and/or natural suede-like non-slip finishes, etc. In another example, the gripping material is a synthetic leather-like material, for example, Clarino® manufactured by Kuraray Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

[0027] The gripping material on the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively. The adherence of the gripping material on the inner surface and the outer surface of the fabric structure to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively provides grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure, and provides grip between the fabric structure and the external contact surface.

[0028] In an embodiment, the gripping material is selectively applied on each of the inner surface and the outer surface of a piece of a conventional fabric to construct a gripping fabric that provides grip between the user contact surface and the gripping fabric, and for providing grip between the gripping fabric and the external contact surface. The piece of conventional fabric is made, for example, from cotton, nylon, wool, acrylic, polyester, polypropylene, spandex, etc., or any combination thereof. Consider an example where a fabric structure comprising a network of natural threads and/or synthetic threads is knitted, for example, using a knitting machine, to construct a garment, for example, a sock, a glove, etc. The gripping material is then selectively applied on each of the inner surface and the outer surface of the garment to construct a gripping garment, for example, a gripping sock. In another embodiment, the gripping material is selectively applied on the inner surface and/or the outer surface of an embodiment of the fabric structure configured into a garment, for example, a sock as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 9-15B, for providing grip between the user contact surface and the configured fabric structure, and for providing grip between the configured fabric structure and the external contact surface. The selective application of the gripping material on this embodiment of the fabric structure is exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 15A-15B.

[0029] In an embodiment, a gripping garment, for example, a gripping sock, a gripping glove, etc., is constructed using the created fabric structure with the selectively applied gripping material on the inner surface and the outer surface of the created fabric structure. This exemplifies the embodiment where a gripping sock, a gripping glove, or other gripping garment is constructed using the gripping fabric disclosed herein. That is, the gripping fabric constructed from the fabric structure with the selectively applied gripping material is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a hand, a foot, etc., for creating the gripping garment, for example, a gripping glove, a gripping sock, etc. For example, the gripping fabric is configured to conform to the user's hand to construct a gripping glove. The gripping glove provides grip to the user's hand between the user's hand and the gripping glove. In another example, the gripping fabric comprising the fabric structure with the selectively applied gripping material is configured to conform to the user's foot to construct a gripping sock. The gripping sock provides grip to the user's foot between the user's foot and the gripping sock, and simultaneously provides grip to the user's foot between the gripping sock and the inside surface of footwear worn by the user.

[0030] The gripping garment can therefore be constructed by selectively applying the gripping material to a fabric structure that has already been knitted into a garment, for example, a sock, or by configuring the gripping fabric made of the fabric structure with the selectively applied gripping material into a gripping garment, for example, a gripping sock.

[0031] In an embodiment, the constructed gripping fabric is configured as a patch and is selectively attached or bonded to one or more sections of a garment wearable by the user for providing grip between the user contact surface and the constructed gripping fabric, and for providing grip between the constructed gripping fabric and the external contact surface. The gripping fabric is attached to an inside surface and/or an outside surface of a garment wearable by the user, for example, by heat-gluing, pressure gluing, sewing, heat-sealing, etc. For example, the constructed gripping fabric is selectively attached to an inside surface and/or an outside surface of a sock, a glove, etc., for providing grip to the user's foot, hand, etc. In an embodiment, the patch of the gripping fabric is sewn into an opening created in the garment wearable by the user. The resulting gripping garment disclosed herein therefore prevents the user's body part from slipping inside the constructed gripping garment, for example, a gripping sock, a gripping glove, etc., and also prevents the constructed gripping garment from slipping against an external contact surface.

[0032] In another embodiment, the fabric structure created by knitting gripping threads with supplementary threads as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 9-14D, is configured as a patch and is selectively attached or bonded to one or more sections of a garment wearable by the user as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 7A-7F, for providing grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure, and for providing grip between the fabric structure and the external contact surface. In another embodiment, the fabric structure created as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 9-14D and selectively applied with the gripping material as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 15A-15B, is configured as a patch and is selectively attached or bonded to one or more sections of a garment wearable by the user as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 7A-7F. In another embodiment, the patch is, for example, made of a gripping material, for example, a thermoplastic elastomer, a polyvinyl chloride, natural latex, synthetic latex, synthetic suede, suede leather, synthetic leather, other leathers, etc., instead of being made of the fabric structure to which the gripping material is selectively applied, for example, by painting, pouring, screen printing, spraying, etc., the gripping material on the fabric structure. The patch made of the gripping material is selectively attached, for example, by sewing or bonding to one or more sections of a garment wearable by the user as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 7G-7I.

[0033] FIG. 2 exemplarily illustrates a method for selectively applying a gripping material on an inner surface and/or an outer surface of a fabric structure. A design frame 501 is created 201 comprising one or more patterned holes 502 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 5A. The created design frame 501 is positioned 202 on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401. The gripping material 402 is selectively applied 203 on the positioned design frame 501 on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401. The gripping material 402 passes through the patterned holes 502 of the positioned design frame 501 and adheres to the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 in a pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the positioned design frame 501.

[0034] The selective application of the gripping material 402 on the positioned design frame 501 is performed, for example, by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, and spraying the gripping material 402 on the positioned design frame 501 to allow the gripping material 402 to pass through the patterned holes 502 of the positioned design frame 501 and adhere to each of the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 in the pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the positioned design frame 501. In an embodiment, the gripping material 402 is selectively applied 203 on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 directly without the design frame 501, for example, by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, heat pressing, spraying, heat-gluing, pressure gluing, heat-sealing, and selectively attaching, for example, by sewing, the gripping material 402 on selected areas on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 in one or more of multiple patterns.

[0035] FIG. 3 exemplarily illustrates a method for selectively applying a gripping material 402 on an inner surface 401a and/or an outer surface 401b of a fabric structure 401 as shown in FIGS. 4A-4C. A gripping material 402, for example, a non-slip material, a tacky material, a textured material, etc., is provided 301. The gripping material 402 is configured 302 into one or more of multiple shapes. A surface of the gripping material 402 is coated 303 with a sealing element, for example, a heat seal adhesive 406 such as Bemis 3218 manufactured by Bemis Associates Inc., Massachusetts, USA, a fabric glue, a polyurethane heat seal, etc. The configured gripping material 402 is selectively applied 304 on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401, for example, by heat pressing as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 4A-4C. The sealing element attaches the gripping material 402 to the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401. The attached gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively, where the inner surface 401a of the fabric structure 401 is proximal to the user contact surface and distal to the external contact surface, and the outer surface 401b is proximal to the external contact surface and distal to the user contact surface. The adherence of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively provides grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure 401, and provides grip between the fabric structure 401 and the external contact surface.

[0036] FIG. 4A exemplarily illustrates a fabric structure 401 configured in the form of a sock stretched over a framework, showing a gripping material 402 attached to a transfer material 404 positioned on the sock for selectively applying the gripping material 402 on the sock. The fabric structure 401 comprising, for example, natural threads and/or synthetic threads is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a user's foot to construct a sock. The configured fabric structure 401 herein referred to as a "sock" and herein referenced by the numeral 401 is positioned over a framework, for example, a sock form 403. The sock form 403 is made, for example, of aluminum. The sock form 403 is a two-dimensional or three-dimensional framework that is configured in the shape of a sock 401. In an embodiment, the sock 401 is not positioned on the sock form 403 prior to selective application of the gripping material 402. The gripping material 402, for example, Clarino® blocks are attached to a transfer material 404, for example, made of paper, using a temporary adhesive 405 provided on the transfer material 404 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 4B. The temporary adhesive 405 holds the gripping material 402 in place until the gripping material 402 is heat pressed onto the sock 401 by using a heat press 407 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 4C. After the gripping material 402 is transferred to the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401, the transfer material 404 is peeled off from the sock 401, while retaining the gripping material 402 on the sock 401.

[0037] FIGS. 4B-4C exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material 402 on the sock 401 using a heat press 407. A fabric structure 401 comprising, for natural threads and/or synthetic threads, that defines an inner surface 401a and an outer surface 401b is created. In this embodiment, the selective application of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 is performed, for example, by heat pressing for transferring the gripping material 402 to the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401 in one or more of multiple patterns. Heat pressing is a method of applying heat and pressure on the fabric structure 401 for a predetermined period of time for transferring the gripping material 402 to the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the fabric structure 401. Heat pressing is performed using the heat press 407 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 4C.

[0038] The gripping material 402 is cut, for example, by laser cutting, die cutting, rotary cutting, etc., to a required specification and aligned on a transfer material 404. As exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 4A-4B, the gripping material 402, for example, Clarino® blocks are attached to the transfer material 404 using a temporary adhesive 405. An opposing surface 402a of the gripping material 402 that faces the fabric structure 401 is coated, for example, with a polyurethane heat seal adhesive 406, for example, Bemis 3218 manufactured by Bemis Associates Inc. Bemis 3218 is a fully reacted elastomeric film that remains flexible over a wide temperature range. Bemis 3218 is a general purpose adhesive that combines a low activation temperature with a very high viscosity at its softening point.

[0039] The transfer material 404 that carries the gripping material 402 is positioned above and below the fabric structure 401 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 4B-4C, with the gripping material 402 facing the outer surface 401b and the inner surface 401a of the fabric structure 401 respectively. The transfer material 404 with the gripping material 402 positioned below the fabric structure 401 rests on the sock form 403. Heat at a predetermined temperature, for example, about 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit (F)) and pressure is applied on the transfer material 404 that carries the gripping material 402 above the fabric structure 401 for about 20 seconds using the heat press 407. The heat press 407 compresses the gripping material 402 towards the outer surface 401b and the inner surface 401a of fabric structure 401, resulting in the transfer of the gripping material 402 to the outer surface 401b and the inner surface 401a of the fabric structure 401. Due to the application of heat, the gripping material 402 peels off from the transfer material 404 and permanently bonds to the fabric structure 401. The transfer material 404 is thereafter removed from the fabric structure 401.

[0040] FIGS. 5A-5B exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material 402 on a fabric structure 401 configured to conform to a user's body part, by pouring the gripping material 402 on the configured fabric structure 401 to construct a gripping garment 400. The fabric structure 401 is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, the user's foot to construct a garment, for example, a sock. The configured fabric structure 401 is herein referred to as a "sock" and is herein referenced by the numeral 401. The threads of the fabric structure 401 are knitted, for example, using a circular knitting machine 1109 exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B, to construct the sock 401. The sock 401 is positioned over a framework, for example, a sock form 403 as disclosed in the detailed description of FIG. 4A. In this example, the selective application of the gripping material 402 on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 is performed by pouring the gripping material 402 on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 in one or more of multiple patterns as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 5A-5B. The gripping material 402 may also be selectively applied on the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 4B-4C by pouring the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 in one or more of multiple patterns.

[0041] The design frame 501 comprising patterned holes 502 is created and positioned above the sock 401. The design frame 501 is, for example, a template, a stencil, a mask, etc. As exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 5A, the gripping material 402, for example, in a semi-liquid form is poured through the patterned holes 502 on the design frame 501 using a nozzle 503. The gripping material 402 passes through the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501 and adheres to the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 in a pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 5A. The gripping material 402 then solidifies on the sock 401 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 5B. The sock 401 is then flipped inside out and repositioned over the sock form 403 prior to pouring the gripping material 402 through the patterned holes 502 on the design frame 501 positioned above the inner surface 401a of the sock 401. The gripping material 402 passes through the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501 and adheres to the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 in a pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501.

[0042] FIGS. 6A-6B exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material 402 on a fabric structure 401 configured to conform to a user's body part, by spraying the gripping material 402 on the configured fabric structure 401 to construct a gripping garment 400. The fabric structure 401 is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, the user's foot to construct a garment, for example, a sock. The configured fabric structure 401 is herein referred to as a "sock" and is herein referenced by the numeral 401. The threads of the fabric structure 401 are knitted, for example, using a circular knitting machine 1109 exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B, to construct the sock 401. The sock 401 is positioned over a framework, for example, a sock form 403 as disclosed in the detailed description of FIG. 4A. In this example, the selective application of the gripping material 402 on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 is performed by spraying the gripping material 402 on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 in one or more of multiple patterns as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 6A-6B. The gripping material 402 may also be selectively applied on the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 4B-4C, by spraying the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 in one or more of multiple patterns.

[0043] The design frame 501 comprising patterned holes 502 is created and positioned above the sock 401. The design frame 501 is, for example, a template, a stencil, a mask, etc. As exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 6A, the gripping material 402, for example, in a liquid form is sprayed through the patterned holes 502 on the design frame 501 through a nozzle 601. The gripping material 402 passes through the patterned holes 502 of the positioned design frame 501 and adheres to the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 in a pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 6A. The gripping material 402 then solidifies on the sock 401 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 6B. The sock 401 is then flipped inside out and repositioned over the sock form 403 prior to spraying the gripping material 402 through the patterned holes 502 on the design frame 501 positioned above the inner surface 401a of the sock 401. The gripping material 402 passes through the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501 and adheres to the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 in a pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501. In an embodiment, the gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 directly without the design frame 501, for example, by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, heat pressing, spraying, and selectively attaching, for example, by sewing the gripping material 402 on selected areas of the sock 401.

[0044] FIGS. 7A-7F exemplarily illustrate selectively attaching a gripping fabric configured as a patch 701 to a section of a garment to construct a gripping garment 400. In an embodiment, the gripping fabric constructed as disclosed in the detailed description of FIG. 1 is configured as a patch 701 and selectively attached, for example, by sewing to one or more sections of a garment, for example, a sock 401 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 7A-7F. In an embodiment, the patch 701 is, for example, made of a gripping material 402, for example, a thermoplastic elastomer, a polyvinyl chloride, natural latex, synthetic latex, synthetic suede, suede leather, synthetic leather, other leathers, etc., instead of being made of a fabric structure 401 to which the gripping material 402 is coated. The patch 701 having an inner gripping surface 701a and an outer gripping surface 701b is selectively attached, for example, by sewing to one or more sections of the sock 401 for providing grip between a user contact surface and the sock 401, and for providing grip between the sock 401 and an external contact surface. The selectively attached patch 701 contacts both the user contact surface and the external contact surface simultaneously.

[0045] As exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7A and FIG. 7D, an opening 401c is defined in the sock 401. The patch 701 having the gripping surfaces 701a and 701b is then targeted towards the opening 401c as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7A and FIG. 7D, and sewn along the edge 401d of the opening 401c, for example, using a sewing needle 702 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7B and FIG. 7E, to cover the opening 401c in the sock 401, thereby constructing a gripping garment 400, that is, a gripping sock as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7C and FIG. 7F. The sewn patch 701 having the gripping surfaces 701a and 701b on a section of the gripping garment 400 provides a selective grip, for example, to the heel of the user's foot between the user's heel and the patch 701 and simultaneously provides grip, that is, traction between the patch 701 and footwear worn by the user.

[0046] FIGS. 7G-7I exemplarily illustrate selectively attaching a gripping material 402 to a section of a fabric structure 401 configured to conform to a user's body part to construct a gripping garment 400. In an embodiment, a gripping material 402, for example, natural leather or synthetic leather, having an inner gripping surface 402b and an outer gripping surface 402c is selectively attached, for example, by sewing, heat pressing, etc., to one or more sections on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the configured fabric structure 401, for example, a sock, a glove, etc., for providing gripping properties, blister prevention properties, etc., to the configured fabric structure 401. The resulting gripping garment 400 will therefore have a smooth leather finish. In another example, gripping materials, for example, polyvinyl chloride, thermoplastic elastomers, natural latex rubber, Clarino®, etc., are selectively applied, for example, by sewing, heat pressing, etc., to one or more sections on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the configured fabric structure 401, for example, a sock, a glove, etc., for providing gripping properties, blister prevention properties, etc., to the configured fabric structure 401.

[0047] In an embodiment as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7G, an opening 401c is defined in the configured fabric structure 401. The gripping material 402 having the gripping surfaces 402b and 402c is then targeted towards the opening 401c as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7G, and sewn along the opening 401c, for example, using a sewing needle 702 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7H, to cover the opening 401c in the configured fabric structure 401, thereby constructing a gripping garment 400, that is, a gripping sock, a gripping glove, etc., as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 7I. The sewn gripping material 402 having the gripping surfaces 402b and 402c on a section of the gripping garment 400 provides a grip to the user's body part between the user's body part and the sewn gripping material 402 and simultaneously provides grip, that is, traction between the sewn gripping material 402 and an external contact surface.

[0048] FIGS. 8A-8D exemplarily illustrate selectively attaching a gripping material 402 to a fabric structure 401 configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, a user's foot to construct a gripping garment 400, for example, a gripping sock. The configured fabric structure 401 is herein referred to as a "sock" and is herein referenced by the numeral 401. The threads of the fabric structure 401 are knitted, for example, using a circular knitting machine 1109 exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B, to construct the sock 401. The gripping material 402 is configured into one or more of multiple shapes, as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 8A, for selective application or attachment of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. In this embodiment, the gripping material 402 itself is selectively attached in one or more of multiple patterns to one or more sections of the sock 401 for providing grip between the user contact surface and the sock 401, and for providing grip between the sock 401 and the external contact surface.

[0049] As exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 8B, the gripping material 402 is sewn on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401, for example, using a sewing needle 702 to construct the gripping garment 400 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 8C. A sectional view of the gripping garment 400 having the attached gripping material 402, taken along the line A-A' in FIG. 8C is exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 8D. In this embodiment, the fabric structure 401 configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, the user's foot, does not have one or more openings 401c that are to be filled in by a patch 701 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 7A-7F or filled in by the gripping material 402 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 7G-7I. The gripping material 402 is disposed over the sock 401 in one or more of multiple patterns on the inner surface 401a and/or the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 and sewn thereon to construct the gripping garment 400 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 8C-8D.

[0050] FIG. 9 exemplarily illustrates an embodiment for creating a fabric structure 1301 as shown in FIGS. 13A-13B. Multiple gripping threads 1101a and 1102a and supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 11A-11B, FIG. 13B, and FIGS. 14A-14D are provided 901. As used herein, the "gripping threads" refer to non-slip, sticky, tacky, and/or textured threads that exhibit generally high surface adhesion and provide grip between the user contact surface and a fabric structure 1301 made from the gripping threads 1101a and 1102a, and simultaneously provide grip between the fabric structure 1301 and the external contact surface. The gripping threads 1101a and 1102a are coated with an anti-adhesive material, for example, silicon, talcum powder, etc., to prevent gathering and tangling in machinery. The gripping threads 1101a and 1102a used for creating the fabric structure 1301 are made from non-slip materials, tacky materials, and/or textured materials comprising, for example, one or more of synthetic rubber, natural latex, polyvinyl chloride, plastisol, thermoplastic rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, polyurethane, thermoplastic coatings on conventional threads, etc.

[0051] Also, as used herein, the term "supplementary thread" refers to an additional thread made from a conventional material, for example, cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, etc., which is knitted along with a gripping thread 1101a or 1102a to create a first pair 1101 or a second pair 1102 as disclosed herein. The supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b are selected from materials comprising, for example, cotton, nylon, polyester, spandex such as Lycra®, wool, etc. The gripping threads 1101a and 1102a are separated 902 into a first gripping thread 1101a and a second gripping thread 1102a. The first gripping thread 1101a, the second gripping thread 1102a, a first supplementary thread 1101b, and a second supplementary thread 1102b are wound 903 onto a first spool 1104a, a second spool 1104b, a third spool 1104c, and a fourth spool 1104d respectively. The first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b are grouped 904 into a first pair 1101. The second gripping thread 1102a and the second supplementary thread 1102b are grouped 905 into a second pair 1102.

[0052] The first pair 1101 is knitted 906 with the second pair 1102 to form the fabric structure 1301. The first pair 1101 defines the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301. The second pair 1102 defines the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The first gripping thread 1101a of the first pair 1101 is exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 but not exposed on the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The second gripping thread 1102a of the second pair 1102 is exposed on the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 but not exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301. The inner surface 1301a defined by the first pair 1101 provides grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure 1301. The outer surface 1301b defined by the second pair 1102 provides grip between the fabric structure 1301 and the external contact surface. The gripping threads 1101a and 1102a can also be placed only in certain selective areas on the inner surface 1301a and/or the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. Additionally, the fabric structure 1301 can be created without the use of the conventional supplementary thread 1101b or 1102b, but rather the gripping threads 1101a and 1102a are used exclusively to create the inner surface 1301a and the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301, or selective areas or portions of the fabric structure 1301, for example, a heel section that accommodates the user's heel, a ball section that accommodates the ball of the user's foot, etc.

[0053] FIG. 10 exemplarily illustrates an embodiment for creating an inner and outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 shown in FIGS. 13A-13B. Consider an example where the first gripping thread 1101a, the second gripping thread 1102a, a first supplementary thread 1101b, and a second supplementary thread 1102b, as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 11A-11B, are wound 1001 onto a first spool 1104a, a second spool 1104b, a third spool 1104c, and a fourth spool 1104d respectively. The first spool 1104a of the first gripping thread 1101a and the third spool 1104c of the first supplementary thread 1101b are placed 1002 onto a rack 1107 positioned on a knitting unit 1106 above a first finger tube 1105a as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The second spool 1104b of the second gripping thread 1102a and the fourth spool 1104d of the second supplementary thread 1102b are placed 1003 onto the rack 1107 positioned on the knitting unit 1106 above a second finger tube 1105b as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B.

[0054] A first pair 1101 comprising the first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b from the first spool 1104a and the third spool 1104c respectively is fed 1004 into a first finger tube 1105a, while the second pair 1102 comprising the second gripping thread 1102a and the second supplementary thread 1102b from the second spool 1104b and the fourth spool 1104d respectively is fed 1005 into a second finger tube 1105b. The first pair 1101 and the second pair 1102 are retrieved from the first finger tube 1105a and the second finger tube 1105b respectively and knitted 1006, for example, using a latch needle 1108 of a knitting machine 1109, as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11C, for creating the fabric structure 1301 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 13B. The knitting machine 1109 is, for example, a Lonati 454 machine, Lonati Co., Brescia, Italy.

[0055] FIGS. 11A-11B exemplarily illustrate knitting of a first pair 1101 comprising a first gripping thread 1101a and a first supplementary thread 1101b with a second pair 1102 comprising a second gripping thread 1102a and a second supplementary thread 1102b for creating the fabric structure 1301 shown in FIG. 13B. The gripping threads 1101a and 1102a are separated out of a box into a first gripping thread 1101a and a second gripping thread 1102a. FIG. 11A exemplarily illustrates multiple gripping threads 1101a and 1102a being separated and wound around spools 1104a and 1104b respectively. The gripping threads 1101a and 1102a are separated into separate spools, for example, 1104a and 1104b of gripping threads 1101a and 1102a respectively using a twisting machine 1103. Consider an example where the first gripping thread 1101a, the second gripping thread 1102a, a first supplementary thread 1101b, and a second supplementary thread 1102b are wound onto a first spool 1104a, a second spool 1104b, a third spool 1104c, and a fourth spool 1104d respectively. The first spool 1104a of the first gripping thread 1101a and the third spool 1104c of the first supplementary thread 1101b are placed onto a rack 1107 positioned on a knitting unit 1106 above a first finger tube 1105a as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The second spool 1104b of the second gripping thread 1102a and the fourth spool 1104d of the second supplementary thread 1102b are placed onto the rack 1107 positioned on the knitting unit 1106 above a second finger tube 1105b as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B.

[0056] To create the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301, the first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b from the first spool 1104a and the third spool 1104c respectively are simultaneously fed into the first finger tube 1105a as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b are grouped into a first pair 1101 that defines the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 13A-13B. To create the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301, the second gripping thread 1102a and the second supplementary thread 1102b from the second spool 1104b and the fourth spool 1104d respectively are fed simultaneously into the second finger tube 1105b as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The second gripping thread 1102a and the second supplementary thread 1102b are grouped into a second pair 1102 that defines the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 13A-13B.

[0057] The first pair 1101 is knitted with the second pair 1102 to form the fabric structure 1301 using one or more of multiple latch needles 1108 in a circular knitting machine 1109 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The technique of knitting one or more pairs 1101 of threads 1101a and 1101b to define the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 and one or more pairs 1102 of the same or different material threads 1102a and 1102b to define the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 is known as plating. The first gripping thread 1101a of the first pair 1101 is exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301. The first gripping thread 1101a of the first pair 1101 is not exposed on the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The second gripping thread 1102a of the second pair 1102 is exposed on the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The second gripping thread 1102a of the second pair 1102 is not exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301.

[0058] FIG. 11C exemplarily illustrates knitting the first pair 1101 and the second pair 1102 using a latch needle 1108 for creating the fabric structure 1301 shown in FIGS. 13A-13B. The latch needle 1108 receives the first pair 1101 of threads 1101a and 1101b and the second pair 1102 of threads 1102a and 1102b at the same time to form the inner surface 1301a and the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 simultaneously as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11C. The gauge of the first gripping thread 1101a and second gripping thread 1102a is, for example, in the range of about 1 millimeter diameter to about 0.3 millimeter diameter.

[0059] FIG. 12 exemplarily illustrates an embodiment for creating an inner surface 1301a and an outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 shown in FIGS. 13A-13B. Consider an example where there are four finger tubes active on the circular knitting machine 1109 exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The first gripping thread 1101a, the second gripping thread 1102a, the first supplementary thread 1101b, and the second supplementary thread 1102b are wound onto a first spool 1104a, a second spool 1104b, a third spool 1104c, and a fourth spool 1104d respectively as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The first spool 1104a of the first gripping thread 1101a, the second spool 1104b of the second gripping thread 1102a, the third spool 1104c of the first supplementary thread 1101b, and the fourth spool 1104d of the second supplementary thread 1102b are placed onto the rack 1107 positioned on the knitting unit 1106 above a first finger tube, a second finger tube, a third finger tube, and a fourth finger tube respectively. The first gripping thread 1101a, the second gripping thread 1102a, the first supplementary thread 1101b, and the second supplementary thread 1102b are fed 1201 into the first finger tube, the second finger tube, the third finger tube, and the fourth finger tube respectively.

[0060] In this method of creating the fabric structure 1301 shown in FIG. 13B, the latch needles 1108 of the knitting machine 1109 exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B, simultaneously retrieve the first supplementary thread 1101b and the second supplementary thread 1102b from the third finger tube and the fourth finger tube respectively. The first supplementary thread 1101b retrieved from the third finger tube and the second supplementary thread 1102b retrieved from the fourth finger tube are knitted 1202, for example, using a plating technique, where the first supplementary thread 1101b goes to the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301, and the second supplementary thread 1102b goes to the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The first supplementary thread 1101b is exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301, and the second supplementary thread 1102b is exposed on the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301.

[0061] After a first course of knitting is complete, the latch needles 1108 on the circular knitting machine 1109 simultaneously retrieve the first gripping thread 1101a from the first finger tube and the second gripping thread 1102a from the second finger tube and knit 1203 the first gripping thread 1101a and the second gripping thread 1102a in the plating technique, where the first gripping thread 1101a goes to the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 and the second gripping thread 1102a goes to the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The first gripping thread 1101a is exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 but not exposed on the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. The second gripping thread 1102a is exposed on the outer surface 1301b but not exposed on the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301. The first pair 1101 comprising the first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b defines the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301. The second pair 1102 comprising the second gripping thread 1102a and the second supplementary thread 1102b defines the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301.

[0062] The circular knitting machine 1109 then continues to alternate on each course of knitting between the gripping threads 1101a and 1102a and the supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b until the fabric structure 1301 shown in FIGS. 13A-13B is created. This technique is not limited to alternating between the gripping threads 1101a and 1102a and supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b on each course. As an example, the gripping threads 1101a and 1102a may be knitted into the fabric structure 1301 on the third course, the fourth course, or any combination thereof.

[0063] FIG. 13A exemplarily illustrates a fabric structure 1301 configured to conform to a user's body part. The fabric structure 1301 comprises an inner surface 1301a and an outer surface 1301b. For example, the fabric structure 1301 is configured to conform to a user's foot for constructing a garment, for example, a sock. The configured fabric structure 1301 can be selectively applied with the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 1301a and/or the outer surface 1301b of the configured fabric structure 1301 as disclosed in the detailed description of FIG. 15A-15B.

[0064] FIG. 13B exemplarily illustrates an enlarged sectional view of the fabric structure 1301. The fabric structure 1301 comprises an inner surface 1301a and an outer surface 1301b as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 13A. The inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 is defined by a first pair 1101 comprising a first gripping thread 1101a and a first supplementary thread 1101b, and the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 is defined by a second pair 1102 comprising a second gripping thread 1102a and a second supplementary thread 1102b as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 13B. In an embodiment, the gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the first gripping thread 1101a and/or the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101 that defines the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301, and on the second gripping thread 1102a and/or the second supplementary thread 1102b in the second pair 1102 that defines the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 15A-15B. For example, the gripping material 402 can be added or coated to the first gripping thread 1101a and/or the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101, or on the second gripping thread 1102a and/or the second supplementary thread 1102b in the second pair 1102 at 0.16 of a cm (1/16th of an inch) intervals rather than coating the entire length of the threads 1101a, 1101b, 1102a, and 1102b on the spools 1104a, 1104c, 1104b, and 1104d respectively, exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. In an embodiment, the gripping material 402 can be added or coated on the entire length of the first gripping thread 1101a and/or the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101, or on the second gripping thread 1102a and/or the second supplementary thread 1102b in the second pair 1102.

[0065] The gripping material 402 adheres to the first gripping thread 1101a and/or the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101 and to the second gripping thread 1102a and/or the second supplementary thread 1102b in the second pair 1102. The gripping material 402 on the inner surface 1301a defined by the first pair 1101 and the outer surface 1301b defined by the second pair 1102 adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively for providing enhanced grip between the user contact surface and the fabric structure 1301, and between the fabric structure 1301 and the external contact surface respectively.

[0066] FIGS. 14A-14D exemplarily illustrate multiple views of the fabric structure 1301 of FIGS. 13A-13B, showing a first pair 1101 comprising a first gripping thread 1101a and a first supplementary thread 1101b knitted with a second pair 1102
comprising a second gripping thread 1102a and a second supplementary thread 1102b for creating the fabric structure 1301. A bottom elevated view, a top view, and side views of the first pair 1101 comprising the first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b knitted with the second pair 1102 comprising the second gripping thread 1102a and the second supplementary thread 1102b are exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 14A, FIG. 14B, and FIGS. 14C-14D respectively. The fabric structure 1301 is made of traction, gripping yarn herein referred to as a first gripping thread 1101a and a second gripping thread 1102a, knitted with yarns made of a conventional material herein referred to as supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b. The first gripping thread 1101a and the second gripping thread 1102a are made of the same material. In an embodiment, the first gripping thread 1101a and the second gripping thread 1102a are made of different traction, gripping materials. The first gripping thread 1101a and the second gripping thread 1102a are, for example, made of a synthetic material such as a synthetic rubber, or a natural material such as latex also known as a natural rubber, or yarns coated with natural latex, polyvinyl chloride, thermoplastic rubber or thermoplastic elastomers, polyurethane, etc. In an embodiment, the gripping threads 1101a and 1102a are extruded vulcanized natural latex, gauge 68 and 75, made by the following company: Heveafil Sdn. Bdh., No. 1, Jalan Heveafil, 44300 Batang Kali, Ulu Selangor, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

[0067] The supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b are made, for example, of materials such as cotton, nylon, Lycra, acrylic, wool or other conventional materials used in the manufacture of, for example, socks, gloves, etc. In an embodiment, the fabric structure 1301 comprises a first type of supplementary thread 1101b used to define the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 and a second type of supplementary thread 1102b used to define the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301. For example, the first supplementary thread 1101b used to define the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301, that accompanies the first gripping thread 1101a, is made of cotton, while the second supplementary thread 1102b used to define the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301, that accompanies the second gripping thread 1102a is, for example, made of nylon. In an embodiment, the supplementary threads 1101b and 1102b used for the inner surface 1301a and the outer surface 1301b are made of the same material.

[0068] For purposes of illustration, the detailed description of FIGS. 9-14D refers to the creation of the fabric structure 1301 by knitting a first pair 1101 comprising a first gripping thread 1101a and a first supplementary thread 1101b, and a second pair 1102 comprising a second gripping thread 1102a and a second supplementary thread 1102b. However, the scope of the method disclosed herein is not limited to the first pair 1101 and the second pair 1102 but may be extended to include multiple pairs of multiple threads. In an embodiment, the first pair 1101 of threads 1101a and 1101b and the second pair 1102 of threads 1102a and 1102b are knitted to create the fabric structure 1301 such that the inner surface 1301a of the fabric structure 1301 and the outer surface 1301b of the fabric structure 1301 are made of threads of the same gripping material-supplementary material. In an embodiment, different gripping material-supplementary material thread combinations are used for creation of the fabric structure 1301.

[0069] FIGS. 15A-15B exemplarily illustrate selective application of a gripping material 402 on a fabric structure 1301 configured to conform to a user's body part as shown in FIGS. 13A-13B, by spraying the gripping material 402 on the configured fabric structure 1301 to construct a gripping garment 400. The fabric structure 1301 is configured to conform to a user's body part, for example, the user's foot to construct, for example, a sock. In this embodiment, the configured fabric structure 1301 is herein referred to as a "sock". The sock configured from the fabric structure 1301 as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 9-14D and as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 13A, is herein referenced by the numeral 1301. As exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 15A, the gripping material 402, for example, in a liquid form is sprayed through a nozzle 601 onto the outer surface 1301b of the sock 1301. The gripping material 402 may also be selectively applied on the inner surface 1301a of the sock 1301, for example, by spraying the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 1301a of the sock 1301 in one or more of multiple patterns.

[0070] The gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the first gripping thread 1101a and/or the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101 that defines the inner surface 1301a of the sock 1301, and on the second gripping thread 1102a and/or the second supplementary thread 1102b in the second pair 1102 that defines the outer surface 1301b of the sock 1301 exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 13A-13B, for example, by spraying the gripping material 402 on selected areas on the inner surface 1301a and/or the outer surface 1301b of the sock 1301 in one or more of multiple patterns. As exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 15A, the gripping material 402 adheres to the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101 and to the second gripping thread 1102a in the second pair 1102. The gripping material 402 on the inner surface 1301a defined by the first pair 1101 and the outer surface 1301b defined by the second pair 1102 adheres to the user contact surface and the external contact surface respectively for providing enhanced grip between the user contact surface and the sock 1301, and between the sock 1301 and the external contact surface respectively.

[0071] In an embodiment, the gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the first gripping thread 1101a and/or the first supplementary thread 1101b in the first pair 1101 that defines the inner surface 1301a of the sock 1301, and on the second gripping thread 1102a and/or the second supplementary thread 1102b in the second pair 1102 that defines the outer surface 1301b of the sock 1301 exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 13A-13B, for example, by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, etc., the gripping material 402 on selected areas on the inner surface 1301a and/or the outer surface 1301b of the sock 1301 in one or more of multiple patterns.

[0072] Consider an example of constructing a foot gripping garment 400, as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 4A-8D, that provides grip to a user's foot between the user's foot and the foot gripping garment 400, and that simultaneously provides grip to the user's foot between the foot gripping garment 400 and an inside surface of footwear worn by the user. The footwear comprises, for example, shoes such as soccer shoes, basketball shoes, tennis shoes, running shoes, skate boots, ski boots, etc. In the method disclosed herein, the fabric structure 401 is configured to conform to the user's foot to create a foot enclosure, for example, a sock also referenced herein by the numeral 401 by knitting different natural yarns and/or synthetic yarns using a circular knitting machine 1109 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B. The natural yarns and/or the synthetic yarns are first wrapped or packaged on yarn cones or yarn spools by specific machinery and then shipped to knitting mills for the production of the foot enclosure. The yarn cones hang from racks 1107 overtop the circular knitting machine 1109. The natural yarns and/or the synthetic yarns from the yarn cones or the yarn spools are fed through finger tubes 1105a and 1105b and moved through a series of latch needles 1108 and sinkers that closely knit the sock 401 together. The top of the sock 401 is completed as a circular opening at the section of the sock 401 that pulls over the leg. The circular knitting machines 1109 create an opening at the bottom of the sock 401 that is completed on a separate machine into a toe seam. The created sock 401 is composed of any conventional fabric, for example, open end cotton, ring spun/combed cotton, Lycra, acrylic, nylon, wool, etc.

[0073] The sock 401 defines an inner surface 401a and an outer surface 401b as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 4A-4C. The inner surface 401a of the sock 401 is in close proximity to the user's foot and distal to the footwear, when the user is wearing the sock 401 and the footwear. The outer surface 401b of the sock 401 is distal to the user's foot and proximal to the footwear, when the user is wearing the sock 401 and the footwear. A gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 to construct the foot gripping garment 400. The selective application of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 is performed, for example, by painting, pouring, screen printing, spraying, etc., the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401.

[0074] The gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 simultaneously adheres to the user's foot and the inside surface of the footwear respectively, when the user is wearing the foot gripping garment 400 and the footwear. The adherence of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 to the user's foot and the inside surface of the footwear respectively provides grip to the user's foot between the user's foot and the foot gripping garment 400, and simultaneously provides grip to the user's foot between the foot gripping garment 400 and the inside surface of the footwear, thereby preventing the user's foot from slipping inside the foot gripping garment 400 and prevents the foot gripping garment 400 from slipping inside the footwear by adhering to both the skin on the user's foot and the inside material or the inside surface of the footwear simultaneously.

[0075] In an embodiment, the selective application of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 is performed as follows: A design frame 501 comprising one or more patterned holes 502 is created. The design frame 501 is, for example, a design mold comprising patterned holes 502, a screen, etc. The created design frame 501 is positioned on each of the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. The design frame 501 is positioned, for example, over the top of the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 and over the top of the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. The gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the positioned design frame 501 on each of the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. The gripping material 402 passes through the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501 and adheres to each of the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 in a pattern defined by the patterned holes 502 of the design frame 501.

[0076] Consider another example where a design frame 501 or mold with the patterned holes 502 or the screen is created and placed over the top of the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 5A. The gripping material 402, for example, thermoplastic rubber that is in a liquid form as the thermoplastic rubber is mixed in a solution base, or heated to a melting point, is sprayed, screen printed, poured or painted on the design frame 501 or the screen that is positioned on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. The thermoplastic rubber passes through the patterned holes 502 in the design frame 501 or the screen and onto the outer surface 401b of the sock 401, thereby creating a pattern of the thermoplastic rubber on the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. The design frame 501 with the patterned holes 502 or the screen is also placed over the top of the inner surface 401a of the sock 401. The thermoplastic rubber is then sprayed, screen printed, poured or painted on the design frame 501 or the screen that is positioned on the inner surface 401a of the sock 401. The thermoplastic rubber passes through the holes 502 in the design frame 501 or the screen and onto inner surface 401a of the sock 401, thereby creating a pattern of the thermoplastic rubber on the inner surface 401a of the sock 401. The creation of the pattern of the thermoplastic rubber on the outer surface 401b and the inner surface 401a of the sock 401 allows the sock 401 to adhere, for example, to the skin of the user's foot and the inside surface of the user's footwear simultaneously, thereby inhibiting slippage between the user's foot and the inside surface of the user's footwear.

[0077] The selective application of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 to construct the foot gripping garment 400 prevents the foot of a user, for example, a player, a sportsman, etc., wearing the foot gripping garment 400 from slipping inside the foot gripping garment 400 by providing grip to the user's foot between the foot and the foot gripping garment 400, and simultaneously prevents the user's foot from slipping inside the footwear by providing grip to the user's foot between the foot gripping garment 400 and the inside surface of the footwear.

[0078] In another embodiment, the selective application of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 to construct the foot gripping garment 400 is performed, for example, by utilizing a heat press 407, as disclosed in the detailed description of FIGS. 4A-4C, for transferring the gripping material 402 to the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401. In this embodiment, the design frame 501, for example, the design frame 501 or the screen is not used. The selective application of the gripping material 402 to the inner surface 401a and the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 to construct the foot gripping garment 400, by the heat press 407 eliminates any slippage between the user's foot and the inner surface 401a of the sock 401, while simultaneously eliminating any slippage between the outer surface 401b of the sock 401 and the inside surface of the footwear, when the user wears the foot gripping garment 400 and the footwear.

[0079] Consider another example where a fabric structure 1301 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 13B is configured to conform to a user's hand and fingers using the circular knitting machine 1109 to create a hand enclosure, for example, a glove. To create the hand enclosure, the gripping threads 1101a, 1102a, etc., are separated into two separate spools 1104a and 1104b of gripping threads 1101a, 1102a, etc., using a twisting machine 1103 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11A. The spools 1104a and 1104b of gripping threads 1101a, 1102a, etc., are placed on a rack 1107. The rack 1107 is positioned on a knitting unit 1106 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11B.

[0080] A single gripping thread 1101a and a single strand of a first supplementary thread 1101b, for example, a cotton thread, are drawn simultaneously from the spools 1104a and 1104c respectively into the first finger tube 1105a for grouping into the first pair 1101. The first pair 1101 defines the inner surface of the hand enclosure. The second gripping thread 1102a and a single strand of the second supplementary thread 1102b, for example, a nylon thread, are drawn simultaneously from the spools 1104b and 1104d respectively into a second finger tube 1105b for grouping into the second pair 1102. The second pair 1102 defines the outer surface of the hand enclosure.

[0081] The first pair 1101 and the second pair 1102 are knitted using a latch needle 1108 as exemplarily illustrated in FIG. 11C. The latch needle 1108 receives the first pair 1101 and the second pair 1102 at the same time to form the inner surface and the outer surface simultaneously, for example, in a knitting pattern known as plating. The inner surface formed by the first pair 1101 comprising the first gripping thread 1101a and the first supplementary thread 1101b provide grip to the user's hand within the hand enclosure. The first pair 1101 may be knitted with the second pair 1102 in a twin-threaded pattern as exemplarily illustrated in FIGS. 14A-14D to create the hand enclosure. In an embodiment, a piece of conventional fabric made from, for example, cotton, nylon, wool, acrylic, polyester, polypropylene, and/or spandex is used for creating the hand enclosure.

[0082] In this example, a gripping material 402 is selectively applied on the inner surface of the hand enclosure to construct the gripping hand garment, for example, a gripping glove. The selective application of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface of the hand enclosure is performed, for example, by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, spraying, heat pressing, selectively attaching by sewing, etc., the gripping material 402 on the inner surface of the hand enclosure.

[0083] The gripping material 402 on the inner surface of the hand enclosure simultaneously adheres to the user's hand, when the user is wearing the gripping hand garment. The adherence of the gripping material 402 on the inner surface of the hand enclosure to the user's hand provides grip to the user's hand between the user's hand and the hand enclosure. The gripping hand garment therefore prevents the user's hand from slipping inside the gripping hand garment by adhering to the surface of the user's hand.

[0084] For purposes of illustration, the detailed description refers to construction of a foot gripping garment 400, for example, a gripping sock and a gripping hand garment, for example, a gripping glove using the method disclosed herein; however the scope of the method disclosed herein is not limited to the construction of a gripping sock and a gripping glove but may be extended to the construction of any gripping garment that can be worn by the user for obtaining grip.

[0085] The foregoing examples have been provided merely for the purpose of explanation and are in no way to be construed as limiting of the present invention disclosed herein. While the invention has been described with reference to various embodiments, it is understood that the words, which have been used herein, are words of description and illustration, rather than words of limitation. Further, although the invention has been described herein with reference to particular means, materials and embodiments, the invention is not intended to be limited to the particulars disclosed herein; rather, the invention extends to all functionally equivalent structures, methods and uses, such as are within the scope of the appended claims. Those skilled in the art, having the benefit of the teachings of this specification, may affect numerous modifications thereto and changes may be made without departing from the scope of the invention in its aspects.


Claims

1. A method for constructing a gripping sock, the method comprising:

knitting threads to create a fabric structure conforming to a user's foot to construct a sock that defines an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein said inner surface is proximal to a user contact surface and distal to an external contact surface, and wherein said outer surface is proximal to said external contact surface and distal to said user contact surface;

configuring a gripping material into one or more of a plurality of shapes for selective application of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock; and

selectively applying the configured gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock, wherein said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock adheres to said user contact surface and said external contact surface respectively;

wherein the gripping material comprises a non-slip material such that in use said adherence of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock to said user contact surface and said external contact surface respectively provides grip to a user's foot between the user's foot and the sock, and simultaneously provides grip to the user's foot between the sock and an inside surface of footwear worn by the user.


 
2. The method of claim 1, wherein said selective application of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock is performed by heat pressing for transferring said gripping material to said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock in one or more of a plurality of patterns.
 
3. The method of claim 1, wherein said selective application of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock is performed by spraying said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock in one or more of a plurality of patterns or
wherein said selective application of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock is performed by pouring said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock in one or more of a plurality of patterns.
 
4. The method of claim 1, wherein said selective application of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock is performed by one of painting and screen printing said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock in one or more of a plurality of patterns or
further comprising selectively attaching said gripping material in one or more of a plurality of patterns to one or more sections of the sock for providing grip between said user contact surface and said sock, and for providing grip between said sock and said external contact surface.
 
5. The method of claim 1, wherein said selective application of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock comprises:

creating a design frame comprising one or more patterned holes;

positioning said created design frame on each of said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock; and

selectively applying said gripping material on said positioned design frame on said each of said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock, wherein said gripping material passes through said one or more patterned holes of said positioned design frame and adheres to said each of said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock in a pattern defined by said one or more patterned holes of said positioned design frame and optionally wherein said selective application of said gripping material on said positioned design frame is performed by one or more of painting, pouring, screen printing, and spraying said gripping material on said positioned design frame to allow said gripping material to pass through said one or more patterned holes of said positioned design frame and adhere to said each of said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock in said pattern defined by said one or more patterned holes of said positioned design frame .


 
6. The method of claim 1, wherein said creation of said fabric structure comprises:

providing a plurality of gripping threads and supplementary threads;

separating said gripping threads into a first gripping thread and a second gripping thread;

winding said first gripping thread, said second gripping thread, a first supplementary thread, and a second supplementary thread onto a first spool, a second spool, a third spool, and a fourth spool respectively;

grouping said first gripping thread and said first supplementary thread into a first pair;

grouping said second gripping thread and said second supplementary thread into a second pair; and

knitting said first pair with said second pair to form said fabric structure, said first pair defining said inner surface of said fabric structure, said second pair defining said outer surface of said fabric structure, wherein said first gripping thread of said first pair is exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said first gripping thread of said first pair is not exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said second gripping thread of said second pair is exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said second gripping thread of said second pair is not exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure;

whereby said inner surface defined by said first pair provides grip between said user contact surface and said fabric structure, and said outer surface defined by said second pair provides grip between said fabric structure and said external contact surface.
 
7. The method of claim 6, further comprising:

feeding said first gripping thread and said first supplementary thread from said first spool and said third spool respectively into a first finger tube; and

feeding said second gripping thread and said second supplementary thread from said second spool and said fourth spool respectively into a second finger tube or

wherein said inner surface and said outer surface of said fabric structure are created by:

feeding said first gripping thread, said second gripping thread, said first supplementary thread, and said second supplementary thread into a first finger tube, a second finger tube, a third finger tube, and a fourth finger tube respectively;

knitting said first supplementary thread retrieved from said third finger tube and said second supplementary thread retrieved from said fourth finger tube using a plating technique, wherein said first supplementary thread is exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said second supplementary thread is exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure; and

knitting said first gripping thread retrieved from said first finger tube and said second gripping thread retrieved from said second finger tube using a plating technique, wherein said first gripping thread is exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure but not exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said second gripping thread is exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure but not exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure, and wherein a first pair of said first gripping thread and said first supplementary thread defines said inner surface of said fabric structure, and a second pair of said second gripping thread and said second supplementary thread defines said outer surface of said fabric structure or

wherein said gripping threads are made from one or more of non-slip materials comprising one or more of synthetic rubber, natural latex, polyvinyl chloride, thermoplastic rubber, thermoplastic elastomers, and polyurethane or

wherein said gripping material is selectively applied on one or more of said first gripping thread and said first supplementary thread in said first pair that defines said inner surface of said fabric structure, and on one or more of said second gripping thread and said second supplementary thread in said second pair that defines said outer surface of said fabric structure, wherein said gripping material adheres to said one or more of said first gripping thread and said first supplementary thread in said first pair and to said one or more of said second gripping thread and said second supplementary thread in said second pair, wherein said gripping material on said inner surface defined by said first pair and said outer surface defined by said second pair adheres to said user contact surface and said external contact surface respectively for providing enhanced grip between said user contact surface and said fabric structure, and between said fabric structure and said external contact surface respectively.


 
8. The method of claim 1, wherein said fabric structure comprises one or more gripping threads in selective areas on said inner surface and said outer surface of said fabric structure.
 
9. The method of claim 1, wherein said creation of said fabric structure comprises knitting gripping threads that define said inner surface and said outer surface of said fabric structure.
 
10. A gripping sock comprising:

a fabric structure comprising threads knitted to conform to a user's foot to construct a sock that defines an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein said inner surface is proximal to a user contact surface and distal to an external contact surface, and wherein said outer surface is proximal to said external contact surface and distal to said user contact surface;
and

a gripping material configured into one or more of a plurality of shapes selectively applied on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock, wherein said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock adheres to said user contact surface and said external contact surface respectively;

wherein the gripping material comprises a non-slip material such that in use said adherence of said gripping material on said inner surface and said outer surface of said sock to said user contact surface and said external contact surface respectively provides grip to a user's foot between the user's foot and said sock, and simultaneously provides grip to the user's foot between said sock and an inside surface of footwear worn by the user;
and optionally
wherein said fabric structure comprises:

a first pair, said first pair comprising a first gripping thread and a first supplementary thread, said first pair defining said inner surface of said fabric structure, wherein said first gripping thread is exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said first gripping thread is not exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure; and

a second pair, said second pair comprising a second gripping thread and a second supplementary thread, said second pair defining said outer surface of said fabric structure, wherein said second gripping thread is exposed on said outer surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said second gripping thread is not exposed on said inner surface of said fabric structure, and wherein said second pair is knitted with said first pair to create said fabric structure;

whereby said inner surface defined by said first pair provides grip between said use contact surface and said fabric structure, and said outer surface defined by said second pair provides grip between said fabric structure and said external contact surface.
 


Ansprüche

1. Verfahren zum Gestalten einer rutschfesten Socke, das Folgendes umfasst:

Stricken von Fäden zwecks Anfertigens einer an einen Fuß eines Benutzers angepassten Gewebestruktur zum Gestalten einer Socke, die eine Innenfläche und eine Außenfläche definiert, wobei die Innenfläche in der Nähe einer Benutzerkontaktfläche und von einer äußeren Kontaktfläche entfernt liegt und wobei die Außenfläche in der Nähe der äußeren Kontaktfläche und von der Benutzerkontaktfläche entfernt liegt,

Bilden eines rutschfesten Materials in einer oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Formen zum gezielten Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke und

gezieltes Auftragen des gebildeten rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke, wobei das rutschfeste Material auf der Innenfläche und der Außenfläche der Socke an der Benutzerkontaktfläche beziehungsweise der äußeren Kontaktfläche haftet,

wobei das rutschfeste Material ein griffiges Material umfasst, so dass das Anhaften des rutschfesten Materials auf der Innenfläche und der Außenfläche der Socke an der Benutzerkontaktfläche beziehungsweise der äußeren Kontaktfläche im Gebrauch zwischen einem Fuß eines Benutzers und der Socke sowie gleichzeitig zwischen der Socke und einer Innenfläche von von dem Benutzer getragenem Schuhwerk für Rutschfestigkeit des Fußes des Benutzers sorgt.


 
2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das gezielte Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke durch Warmpressen zum Übertragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke in einem oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Mustern erfolgt.
 
3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das gezielte Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke durch Aufsprühen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke in einem oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Mustern erfolgt oder
wobei das gezielte Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke durch Gießen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke in einem oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Mustern erfolgt.
 
4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das gezielte Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke durch Aufstreichen oder Siebdruck des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke in einem oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Mustern erfolgt oder
das ferner das gezielte Anbringen des rutschfesten Materials in einem oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Mustern an einem oder mehreren Abschnitten der Socke zum Bereitstellen von Rutschfestigkeit zwischen der Benutzerkontaktfläche und der Socke sowie zwischen der Socke und der äußeren Kontaktfläche umfasst.
 
5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das gezielte Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke Folgendes umfasst:

Anfertigen eines Designrahmens mit einem oder mehreren strukturierten Löchern,

Anordnen des angefertigten Designrahmens an der Innenfläche sowie der Außenfläche der Socke und

gezieltes Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf den angeordneten Designrahmen an der Innenfläche sowie der Außenfläche der Socke, wobei das rutschfeste Material durch das eine oder die mehreren strukturierten Löcher des angeordneten Designrahmens hindurchdringt und in einem durch das eine oder die mehreren strukturierten Löcher des angeordneten Designrahmens definierten Muster an der Innenfläche sowie der Außenfläche der Socke haftet, und wahlweise

wobei das gezielte Auftragen des rutschfesten Materials auf den angeordneten Designrahmen durch Aufstreichen, Gießen, Siebdruck oder/und Aufsprühen des rutschfesten Materials auf den angeordneten Designrahmen erfolgt, damit das rutschfeste Material durch das eine oder die mehreren strukturierten Löcher des angeordneten Designrahmens hindurchdringen und in dem durch das eine oder die mehreren strukturierten Löcher des angeordneten Designrahmens definierten Muster an der Innenfläche sowie der Außenfläche der Socke haften kann.


 
6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Anfertigen der Gewebestruktur Folgendes umfasst:

Bereitstellen mehrerer rutschfester Fäden und zusätzlicher Fäden,

Unterteilen der rutschfesten Fäden in einen ersten und einen zweiten rutschfesten Faden,

Aufwickeln des ersten und des zweiten rutschfesten Fadens, eines ersten und eines zweiten zusätzlichen Fadens auf eine erste, eine zweite, eine dritte beziehungsweise eine vierte Spule,

Gruppieren des ersten rutschfesten und des ersten zusätzlichen Fadens zu einem ersten Paar,

Gruppieren des zweiten rutschfesten und des zweiten zusätzlichen Fadens zu einem zweiten Paar und

Stricken des ersten Paars mit dem zweiten Paar zwecks Bildens der Gewebestruktur, wobei das erste Paar die Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur und das zweite Paar die Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur definiert, wobei der erste rutschfeste Faden aus dem ersten Paar an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt und an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur nicht freiliegt und wobei der zweite rutschfeste Faden aus dem zweiten Paar an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt und an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur nicht freiliegt,

wodurch die von dem ersten Paar definierte Innenfläche zwischen der Benutzerkontaktfläche und der Gewebestruktur und die von dem zweiten Paar definierte Außenfläche zwischen der Gewebestruktur und der äußeren Kontaktfläche für Rutschfestigkeit sorgt.


 
7. Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, das ferner Folgendes umfasst:

Einziehen des ersten rutschfesten und des ersten zusätzlichen Fadens von der ersten Spule beziehungsweise der dritten Spule in ein erstes Fingerröhrchen und

Einziehen des zweiten rutschfesten und des zweiten zusätzlichen Fadens von der zweiten beziehungsweise der vierten Spule in ein zweites Fingerröhrchen, oder

wobei die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur folgendermaßen angefertigt werden:

Einziehen des ersten und des zweiten rutschfesten, des ersten und des zweiten zusätzlichen Fadens in ein erstes, ein zweites, ein drittes beziehungsweise ein viertes Fingerröhrchen,

Stricken des aus dem dritten Fingerröhrchen herausgezogenen ersten zusätzlichen Fadens und des aus dem vierten Fingerröhrchen herausgezogenen zweiten zusätzlichen Fadens unter Verwendung einer Flechttechnik, wobei der erste zusätzliche Faden an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur und der zweite zusätzliche Faden an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt, und

Stricken des aus dem ersten Fingerröhrchen herausgezogenen ersten rutschfesten Fadens und des aus dem zweiten Fingerröhrchen herausgezogenen zweiten rutschfesten Fadens unter Verwendung einer Flechttechnik, wobei der erste rutschfeste Faden an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt, an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur jedoch nicht freiliegt und wobei der zweite rutschfeste Faden an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt, an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur jedoch nicht freiliegt und wobei ein erstes Paar aus dem ersten rutschfesten Faden und dem ersten zusätzlichen Faden die Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur und ein zweites Paar aus dem zweiten rutschfesten Faden und dem zweiten zusätzlichen Faden die Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur definiert, oder

wobei die rutschfesten Fäden aus einem oder mehreren griffigen Materialien hergestellt sind, die Synthesekautschuk, Naturlatex, Polyvinylchlorid, thermoplastischen Kautschuk, thermoplastische Elastomere oder/und Polyurethan umfassen, oder

wobei das rutschfeste Material gezielt auf den ersten rutschfesten oder/und den ersten zusätzlichen Faden in dem ersten Paar, das die Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur definiert, und auf den zweiten rutschfesten oder/und den zweiten zusätzlichen Faden in dem zweiten Paar aufgetragen wird, das die Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur definiert,

wobei das rutschfeste Material an dem ersten rutschfesten oder/und dem ersten zusätzlichen Faden in dem ersten Paar und an dem zweiten rutschfesten oder/und dem zweiten zusätzlichen Faden in dem zweiten Paar haftet, wobei das rutschfeste Material an der von dem ersten Paar definierten Innenfläche und der von dem zweiten Paar definierten Außenfläche zum Bereitstellen besserer Rutschfestigkeit zwischen der Benutzerkontaktfläche und der Gewebestruktur beziehungsweise zwischen der Gewebestruktur und der äußeren Kontaktfläche an der Benutzerkontaktfläche beziehungsweise der äußeren Kontaktfläche haftet.


 
8. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Gewebestruktur in ausgewählten Bereichen an ihrer Innenfläche und ihrer Außenfläche einen oder mehrere rutschfeste Fäden umfasst.
 
9. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Anfertigen der Gewebestruktur das Stricken von rutschfesten Fäden umfasst, die die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur definieren.
 
10. Rutschfeste Socke, die Folgendes umfasst:

eine Gewebestruktur mit Fäden, die so gestrickt sind, dass sie zum Gestalten einer Socke, die eine Innenfläche und eine Außenfläche definiert, an einen Fuß eines Benutzers angepasst sind, wobei die Innenfläche in der Nähe einer Benutzerkontaktfläche und von einer äußeren Kontaktfläche entfernt liegt und wobei die Außenfläche in der Nähe der äußeren Kontaktfläche und von der Benutzerkontaktfläche entfernt liegt, und

ein rutschfestes Material, das in einer oder mehreren einer Vielzahl von Formen gebildet und gezielt auf die Innenfläche und die Außenfläche der Socke aufgetragen ist,

wobei das rutschfeste Material auf der Innenfläche und der Außenfläche der Socke an der Benutzerkontaktfläche beziehungsweise der äußeren Kontaktfläche haftet,

wobei das rutschfeste Material ein griffiges Material umfasst, so dass das Anhaften des rutschfesten Materials auf der Innenfläche und der Außenfläche der Socke an der Benutzerkontaktfläche beziehungsweise der äußeren Kontaktfläche im Gebrauch zwischen einem Fuß eines Benutzers und der Socke sowie gleichzeitig zwischen der Socke und einer Innenfläche von von dem Benutzer getragenem Schuhwerk für Rutschfestigkeit des Fußes des Benutzers sorgt, und wahlweise

wobei die Gewebestruktur Folgendes umfasst:

ein erstes Paar, das einen ersten rutschfesten und einen ersten zusätzlichen Faden umfasst, wobei das erste Paar die Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur definiert, wobei der erste rutschfeste Faden an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt und an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur nicht freiliegt, und

ein zweites Paar, das einen zweiten rutschfesten und einen zweiten zusätzlichen Faden umfasst, wobei das zweite Paar die Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur definiert, wobei der zweite rutschfeste Faden an der Außenfläche der Gewebestruktur freiliegt und an der Innenfläche der Gewebestruktur nicht freiliegt und wobei das zweite Paar zwecks Anfertigens der Gewebestruktur mit dem ersten Paar gestrickt ist,

wodurch die von dem ersten Paar definierte Innenfläche zwischen der Benutzerkontaktfläche und der Gewebestruktur und die von dem zweiten Paar definierte Außenfläche zwischen der Gewebestruktur und der äußeren Kontaktfläche für Rutschfestigkeit sorgt.


 


Revendications

1. Procédé pour la construction d'une chaussette agrippante, le procédé comprenant :

le tricotage de fils pour créer une structure de tissu épousant le pied d'un utilisateur pour construire une chaussette qui définit une surface interne et une surface externe, dans lequel ladite surface interne est proximale par rapport à une surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et distale par rapport à une surface de contact externe, et dans lequel ladite surface externe est proximale par rapport à ladite surface de contact externe et distale par rapport à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur ;

la configuration d'un matériau agrippant sous une ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de formes pour une application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette ; et

l'application sélective du matériau agrippant configuré sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette, dans lequel ledit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette adhère à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et à ladite surface de contact externe respectivement ;

dans lequel le matériau agrippant comprend un matériau antidérapant de sorte que lors de l'utilisation ladite adhérence dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et à ladite surface de contact externe fournit respectivement une prise au pied d'un utilisateur entre le pied de l'utilisateur et la chaussette, et fournit simultanément une prise au pied de l'utilisateur entre la chaussette et une surface intérieure de la chaussure portée par l'utilisateur.


 
2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette est réalisée par pression thermique pour le transfert dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette dans un ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de motifs.
 
3. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette est réalisée par pulvérisation dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette dans un ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de motifs ou dans lequel ladite application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette est réalisée par coulée dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette dans un ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de motifs.
 
4. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette est réalisée par peinture et/ou sérigraphie dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette dans un ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de motifs ou comprenant en outre la fixation sélective dudit matériau agrippant dans un ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de motifs sur une ou plusieurs sections de la chaussette pour fournir une prise entre ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et ladite chaussette, et pour fournir une prise entre ladite chaussette et ladite surface de contact externe.
 
5. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette comprend :

la création d'un cadre de conception comprenant un ou plusieurs trous à motifs ;

le positionnement dudit cadre de conception créé sur chacune de ladite surface interne et de ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette ; et

l'application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ledit cadre de conception positionné sur chacune de ladite surface interne et de ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette, dans lequel ledit matériau agrippant passe à travers lesdits un ou plusieurs trous à motifs dudit cadre de conception positionné et adhère à chacune de ladite surface interne et de ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette dans un motif défini par lesdits un ou plusieurs trous à motifs dudit cadre de conception positionné et éventuellement dans lequel ladite application sélective dudit matériau agrippant sur ledit cadre de conception positionné est réalisée par peinture et/ou coulée et/ou sérigraphie et/ou pulvérisation dudit matériau agrippant sur ledit cadre de conception positionné pour permettre audit matériau agrippant de passer à travers lesdits un ou plusieurs trous à motifs dudit cadre de conception positionné et d'adhérer à chacune de ladite surface interne et de ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette dans ledit motif défini par lesdits un ou plusieurs trous à motifs dudit cadre de conception positionné.


 
6. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite création de ladite structure de tissu comprend :

la fourniture d'une pluralité de fils agrippants et de fils supplémentaires ;

la séparation desdits fils agrippants en un premier fil agrippant et un second fil agrippant ;

l'enroulement dudit premier fil agrippant, dudit second fil agrippant, d'un premier fil supplémentaire, et d'un second fil supplémentaire sur une première bobine, une deuxième bobine, une troisième bobine, et une quatrième bobine respectivement ;

le regroupement dudit premier fil agrippant et dudit premier fil supplémentaire en une première paire ;

le regroupement dudit second fil agrippant et dudit second fil supplémentaire en une seconde paire ; et

le tricotage de ladite première paire avec ladite seconde paire pour former ladite structure de tissu, ladite première paire définissant ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, ladite seconde paire définissant ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, dans lequel ledit premier fil agrippant de ladite première paire est exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et dans lequel ledit premier fil agrippant de ladite première paire n'est pas exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, et dans lequel ledit second fil agrippant de ladite seconde paire est exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, et dans lequel ledit second fil agrippant de ladite seconde paire n'est pas exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu ;

moyennant quoi ladite surface interne définie par ladite première paire fournit une prise entre ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et ladite structure de tissu, et ladite surface externe définie par ladite seconde paire fournit une prise entre ladite structure de tissu et ladite surface de contact externe.


 
7. Procédé selon la revendication 6, comprenant en outre :

l'introduction dudit premier fil agrippant et dudit premier fil supplémentaire à partir de ladite première bobine et ladite troisième bobine respectivement dans un premier tube en forme de doigt ; et

l'introduction dudit second fil agrippant et dudit second fil supplémentaire à partir de ladite deuxième bobine et ladite quatrième bobine respectivement dans un deuxième tube en forme de doigt ou

dans lequel ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu sont créées par :

l'introduction dudit premier fil agrippant, dudit second fil agrippant, dudit premier fil supplémentaire, et dudit second fil supplémentaire dans un premier tube en forme de doigt, un deuxième tube en forme de doigt, un troisième tube en forme de doigt, et un quatrième tube en forme de doigt respectivement ;

le tricotage dudit premier fil supplémentaire récupéré à partir dudit troisième tube en forme de doigt et dudit second fil supplémentaire récupéré à partir dudit quatrième tube en forme de doigt au moyen d'une technique de tressage, dans lequel ledit premier fil supplémentaire est exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et dans lequel ledit second fil supplémentaire est exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu ; et

le tricotage dudit premier fil agrippant récupéré à partir dudit premier tube en forme de doigt et dudit second fil agrippant récupéré à partir dudit deuxième tube en forme de doigt au moyen d'une technique de tressage, dans lequel ledit premier fil agrippant est exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu mais n'est pas exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, et dans lequel ledit second fil agrippant est exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu mais n'est pas exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et dans lequel une première paire dudit premier fil agrippant et dudit premier fil supplémentaire définit ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et une seconde paire dudit second fil agrippant et dudit second fil supplémentaire définit ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu ou

dans lequel lesdits fils agrippants sont composés d'un ou de plusieurs matériaux antidérapants comprenant un caoutchouc synthétique et/ou un latex naturel et/ou un polychlorure de vinyle et/ou un caoutchouc thermoplastique et/ou des élastomères thermoplastiques et/ou un polyuréthane ou

dans lequel ledit matériau agrippant est sélectivement appliqué sur un ou plusieurs dudit premier fil agrippant et dudit premier fil supplémentaire dans ladite première paire qui définit ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et sur un ou plusieurs dudit second fil agrippant et dudit second fil supplémentaire dans ladite seconde paire qui définit ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, dans lequel ledit matériau agrippant adhère auxdits un ou plusieurs dudit premier fil agrippant et dudit premier fil supplémentaire dans ladite première paire et auxdits un ou plusieurs dudit second fil agrippant et dudit second fil supplémentaire dans ladite seconde paire, dans lequel ledit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne définie par ladite première paire et ladite surface externe définie par ladite seconde paire adhère à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et à ladite surface de contact externe respectivement pour fournir une prise améliorée entre ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et ladite structure de tissu, et entre ladite structure de tissu et ladite surface de contact externe respectivement.


 
8. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite structure de tissu comprend un ou plusieurs fils agrippants dans des zones sélectives sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu.
 
9. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ladite création de ladite structure de tissu comprend le tricotage de fils agrippants qui définissent ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu.
 
10. Chaussette agrippante comprenant :

une structure de tissu comprenant des fils tricotés pour épouser le pied d'un utilisateur pour construire une chaussette qui définit une surface interne et une surface externe, dans laquelle ladite surface interne est proximale par rapport à une surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et distale par rapport à une surface de contact externe, et dans laquelle ladite surface externe est proximale par rapport à ladite surface de contact externe et distale par rapport à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur ; et

un matériau agrippant configuré sous une ou plusieurs d'une pluralité de formes sélectivement appliquées sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette, dans laquelle ledit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette adhère à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et à ladite surface de contact externe respectivement ;

dans laquelle le matériau agrippant comprend un matériau antidérapant de sorte que lors de l'utilisation ladite adhérence dudit matériau agrippant sur ladite surface interne et ladite surface externe de ladite chaussette à ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et à ladite surface de contact externe fournit respectivement une prise au pied d'un utilisateur entre le pied de l'utilisateur et ladite chaussette, et fournit simultanément une prise au pied de l'utilisateur entre ladite chaussette et une surface intérieure de la chaussure portée par l'utilisateur ; et éventuellement

dans laquelle ladite structure de tissu comprend :

une première paire, ladite première paire comprenant un premier fil agrippant et un premier fil supplémentaire, ladite première paire définissant ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, dans laquelle ledit premier fil agrippant est exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et dans laquelle ledit premier fil agrippant n'est pas exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu ; et

une seconde paire, ladite seconde paire comprenant un second fil agrippant et un second fil supplémentaire, ladite seconde paire définissant ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, dans laquelle ledit second fil agrippant est exposé sur ladite surface externe de ladite structure de tissu, et dans laquelle ledit second fil agrippant n'est pas exposé sur ladite surface interne de ladite structure de tissu, et dans laquelle ladite seconde paire est tricotée avec ladite première paire pour créer ladite structure de tissu ;

moyennant quoi ladite surface interne définie par ladite première paire fournit une prise entre ladite surface de contact avec l'utilisateur et ladite structure de tissu, et ladite surface externe définie par ladite seconde paire fournit une prise entre ladite structure de tissu et ladite surface de contact externe.


 




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