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Patent: Waterproof Socks For Motorcycles

22
January
2013
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Ideas
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Don't you hate it when you go out riding your motorcycle in the rain and your socks become wet? Or you go riding off-road and you end up going through a river, and your socks get wet? Terrible. Not comfortable.

But have no fear, help is here.....

Okamoto Corporation Open Okamotocorp link in a new window (who produce anything but wearable products) in Japan have filed a patent for waterproof socks that allow the feet to breath nevertheless. At least, reading the description that's what I think it means, since it's written in legalese English, which probably used to be legalese Japanese. Here's what it says:

A vapor-permeable waterproof sock includes a cylindrical main body including a cloth having vapor permeability and that is waterproof. The vapor-permeable waterproof sock covers a range from a foot tip portion to a crus portion. The cylindrical main body includes a plurality of cloth areas, each of which expands and contacts more easily in one direction as compared with other directions. The plurality of cloth areas are joined together, and include a crus cloth area expanding and contracting more easily in a circumferential direction of the crus portion as compared with in a longitudinal direction of the crus portion, the crus cloth area covering the crus portion; and a planta portion cloth area expanding and contacting more easily in a longitudinal direction of the planta portion as compared with a width direction of the planta portion.

Patent Waterproof Socks
Take that...describing a sock....

Now, if the legal Japanese to legal English translations have worked, it means these patented socks have supports, are waterproof but still allow your feet to breath, unless they mean that the vapors are the nasty odors that come from your feet... God knows.

Anyway, most motorcycle riders out there will know that having socks that allow your skin to breath normally, but still repel water, can be heaven sent.

My biggest question in all this (and you can see I'm confused), is why a patent for something that already exists? What's so different that makes this patent a .. patent?

Can anyone with a higher paygrade and/or I.Q. than me please explain.... please.

Click here to read the waterproof sock patent Open Google link in a new window.





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