Gap has been granted a patent for pullover bras designed for high support activities. The bras feature a band that wraps around the torso, with cup regions, a gore, and an underband. The bra is made from different patterns of fabric, with the gore and underarm portions formed from one pattern, the back, straps, and neckline from another pattern, and the underband from a third pattern. The design also includes stitching that decreases in density from the base to the top of each cup region. GlobalData’s report on Gap gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Gap, thermoformed fabric undergarments was a key innovation area identified from patents. Gap's grant share as of June 2023 was 1%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for pullover bra with high support

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Gap Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11684092B2) describes a unique design for a pullover bra. The bra includes a band that wraps around the torso and is connected to a front portion, which consists of two cup regions and a gore in between. The density of stitching in each cup region decreases from the base to the top. The bra also features straps and a neckline portion. Different patterns of fabric are used for various parts of the bra, including the band, straps, neckline portion, and underband.

The patent claims also describe variations in the density of stitching, with options for linear or nonlinear gradients or different densities at different portions of the cup regions. The top portion of the straps can be formed from the same pattern of fabric as the cup regions or a different pattern. Similarly, the upper and bottom portions of the back of the bra can be made from different patterns of fabric. The neckline portion can be formed from the same pattern as the cup regions or a separate pattern.

The patent also mentions the inclusion of gussets at the outer edge portions of the cup regions near the underarm areas. An auxiliary gusset is formed adjoining the underband to the other parts of the bra. Different patterns of fabric with unique stitching thickness, type of stitching, blend of material, or a combination thereof can be used for each pattern.

The patent further states that the bra can be manufactured using a circular knitting machine in a continuous uninterrupted process. Additionally, the bra can be designed as a seamless bra.

Overall, this patent describes a pullover bra design with specific features such as varying stitching density, different patterns of fabric for different parts, and the use of gussets. The design allows for customization and potential improvements in comfort and fit.

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