US Pat. No. 9,179,743

SNAP FASTENER

YKK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A snap fastener comprising
a female member composed mainly of a cap with a crushable caulking leg and a socket with an insertion hole for the caulking
leg and

a male member composed mainly of a cap with a crushable caulking leg and a stud with an insertion hole for the caulking leg,
wherein the cap of the male member and/or the cap of the female member are produced by molding a resin composition comprising
45 to 100 parts by weight of wollastonite and 1 to 10 parts by weight of glass fiber per 100 parts by weight of polyamide
66 resin, and

wherein the socket of the female member and/or the stud of the male member are produced by molding a resin composition comprising
45 to 100 parts by weight of wollastonite per 100 parts by weight of polyamide 610 resin.

US Pat. No. 9,161,635

SHEET FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP) To...

1. A sheet fastener for fastening a pair of sheet edges continuously along the sheet edges, comprising:
a first member; and
a second member capable of being inserted into the first member, each of the first member and the second member being provided
by a continuous member having a predetermined cross section, wherein

the first member comprises a first fixing portion and a holder continuous with the first fixing portion, wherein the first
fixing portion is capable of fixing one of the sheet edges,

the holder comprises a first recess and a support portion formed opposite the first fixing portion across an opening of the
first recess,

the second member comprises a second fixing portion, a head continuous with the second fixing portion, and a second recess
that is defined by the head and includes an opening engageable with the support portion, wherein the second fixing portion
is capable of fixing the other one of the sheet edges,

the second member comprises a contact portion formed along an opening edge of the head near the second fixing portion,
wherein in a first state where the support portion is inserted into the head:
the contact portion and the support portion are configured such that the contact portion contacts a lateral surface of the
support portion and a tip end of the support portion contacts an inner surface of the head, and

wherein in a second state where the head is inserted in the first recess:
the support portion is configured to contact a surface of the second fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,215,912

SLIDING FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A sliding fastener comprising a pair of left and right fastener stringers which include a plurality of fastener elements
adhered to facing tape side edges of a pair of fastener tapes at a predetermined pitch which is an interval between the adjacent
elements, wherein
the fastener elements on the left and right fastener stringers come in close-contact with each other when the fastener elements
are coupled to make the sliding fastener rigid,

each fastener element includes
a base which is integrally fixed to the fastener tape,
a close contact portion which extends from the base towards a corresponding fastener stringer and comes in close contact with
a corresponding fastener element at the time of coupling, and

a first engaging and disengaging portion and a second engaging and disengaging portion which are disposed integrally on a
first tape surface side and a second tape surface side via the close-contact portion and are mutually engageable and disengageable
with those of the corresponding fastener element,

the close-contact portion includes
a first close-contact surface which is disposed on one side in a tape length direction, and
a second close-contact surface which is disposed on the other side in the tape length direction,
the first and the second close-contact surfaces are tapered surfaces such that a dimension of the close-contact portion in
the tape length direction increases gradually from a tip end surface of the close-contact portion toward the fastener tape,
and

the pitch is set to be smaller than a sum of a dimension between the first and the second close-contact surfaces at a predetermined
portion of the fastener element and a dimension between the first and the second close-contact surfaces at a corresponding
portion of the corresponding fastener element.

US Pat. No. 9,340,181

BELT MEMBER AND SEATBELT APPARATUS INCLUDING THE BELT MEMBER

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A belt member comprising:
a strip member having an elongate shape;
a fastener disposed along a longitudinal direction of the strip member; and
an opening-closing device that opens or closes the fastener, wherein
for reducing a contact pressure of the belt member per unit area, the fastener is opened by the opening-closing device to
unfold the belt member into a form of a wide strip so that a width of the belt member is increased, the fastener extending
less than an entire length of the strip member in the longitudinal direction of the strip member such that only a portion
of the belt member is configured to unfold into the wide strip form, and

when the fastener is closed by the opening-closing device, the belt member takes a form of a narrow tube so that the width
of the belt member is reduced,

wherein the opening-closing device is separate from the strip member and engages the fastener to open and close the fastener.

US Pat. No. 9,357,815

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded surface fastener comprising
surface fastener members in which a plurality of engagement elements stand on first surfaces of flat plate-shaped base materials,
and

flexible connecting portions which connect the plurality of surface fastener members to each other in a longitudinal direction,
in which

each of the surface fastener members comprises a pair of left and right longitudinal protective wall sections placed along
the longitudinal direction on left and right side edge portions of the flat plate-shaped base materials in a width direction,
and a pair of front and rear lateral protective wall sections placed on front and rear end edge portions of the flat plate-shaped
base materials in the longitudinal direction, and

the molded surface fastener is integrally molded on a surface of a cushion body when the cushion body is foamed and molded,
wherein

each of the lateral protective wall sections includes an outer first lateral wall section and an inner second lateral wall
section,

the engagement elements include first engagement elements placed in a region surrounded by the longitudinal protective wall
sections and the second lateral wall section, and a second engagement elements directly placed in the second lateral wall
section,

the first lateral wall section comprises a continuous lateral wall body which is connected to the left and right longitudinal
protective wall sections and which continuously stands at a predetermined height from the flat plate-shaped base materials
between the left and right longitudinal protective wall sections, and

the second lateral wall section comprises divided lateral wall bodies which are intermittently placed along the width direction
between the left and right longitudinal protective wall sections, and the second engagement elements placed between the divided
lateral wall bodies.

US Pat. No. 9,072,347

SLIDE FASTENER AND SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
left and right fastener tapes;
left and right coil-shaped fastener elements which are attached onto side ends opposite to each other on rear surfaces of
the left and right fastener tapes, respectively; and

a slider for engaging or separating the left and right coil-shaped fastener elements with or from each other,
wherein the slider includes a slider body and a stopper mechanism for preventing movement of the slider body, the slider body
including an upper wing plate having a pawl hole, a lower wing plate and a guide post for connecting the upper and lower wing
plates,

wherein the slider body includes: two front openings which are open on left and right sides of the guide post between the
upper and lower wing plates and through which the left and right coil-shaped fastener elements in a separation state are passed,
respectively; one back opening which is open on a side opposite to the guide post in a front-back direction and through which
the left and right coil-shaped fastener elements in an engaged state are passed; and a Y-shaped element guide groove which
is formed between the front openings and the back opening,

wherein the stopper mechanism includes a locking pawl that can protrude to the element guide groove through the pawl hole
of the upper wing plate,

wherein the lower wing plate has a raised portion on its inner surface, the raised portion extending in the front-back direction
from the guide post toward the back opening,

wherein the raised portion includes: a first upper surface on a side of the guide post, the first upper surface being horizontal
and a highest surface of the raised portion; and a second upper surface on a side of the back opening, which is lower than
the first upper surface,

wherein the second upper surface is horizontal, and the first upper surface and the second upper surface are connected by
an inclined surface, and

wherein the locking pawl can engage the coil-shaped fastener elements on the first upper surface in a state where the locking
pawl protrudes to the element guide groove.

US Pat. No. 9,328,436

ENERGY ABSORBING FABRIC AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

YKK Corporation of Americ...

1. A fabric comprising:
(i) a first layer comprising a first set of elongation yarns extending in a substantially warp direction and a first set of
lateral yarns extending in a substantially weft direction across the fabric between the first set of elongation yarns such
that the elongation yarns of the first set of elongation yarns are interwoven with one another by the first set of lateral
yarns;

(ii) a second layer comprising a second set of elongation yarns extending in the substantially warp direction and a second
set of lateral yarns extending in the substantially weft direction across the fabric between the second set of elongation
yarns such that the elongation yarns of the second set of elongation yarns are interwoven with one another by the second set
of lateral yarns; and

(iii) a plurality of binder yarns that are interwoven between the first layer and the second layer to bind the first set of
elongation yarns with the second set of elongation yarns,

wherein at least one of the plurality of binder yarns interweaves pairs of lateral yarns of the first set of lateral yarns
in the first layer with pairs of lateral yarns of the second set of lateral yarns in the second layer,

wherein the at least one of the plurality of binder yarns exits the first layer and reenters the first layer along a plurality
of first sections such that each of the first sections includes one of the pairs of lateral yarns of the first set of lateral
yarns and such that no lateral yarns are present in the first layer between consecutive first sections of the plurality of
first sections,

wherein the at least one of the plurality of binder yarns exits the second layer and reenters the second layer along a plurality
of second sections such that each of the second sections includes one of the pairs of lateral yarns of the second set of lateral
yarns and such no lateral yarns are present in the second layer between consecutive second sections of the plurality of second
sections, and

wherein the elongation yarns have a shrinkage characteristic that is greater than a shrinkage characteristic of the binder
yarns and wherein the binder yarns have a tensile strength that is greater than a tensile strength of the elongation yarns.

US Pat. No. 9,320,327

KNITTED SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A knitted slide fastener, comprising:
a tape body of a fastener tape, and a fastener element attaching portion disposed along a side edge portion in a longitudinal
direction of the tape body of the fastener tape, wherein the fastener tape is knitted and a continuous fastener element row
is knitted on the fastener element attaching portion,

a plurality of knitting yarns configure a ground structure in the tape body and the fastener element attaching portion and
each of at least two rows of wales in the fastener element attaching portion includes a fixing chain knitting yarn,

wherein the ground structure includes at least one second warp knitting yarn,
the fixing chain knitting yarn includes first, second, and third needle loops, which are consecutive needle loops of the fixing
chain knitting yarn connected to each other in the longitudinal direction, wherein the second needle loop mounts element legs
of the continuous fastener element row to the fastener element attaching portion, and each of two sinker loops extending toward
the ground structure from the second needle loop goes under a respective sinker loop of the at least one second warp knitting
yarn, wherein the respective sinker loops are adjacently arranged in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,237,782

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes;
a pair of fastener element rows respectively including a plurality of fastener elements arranged in a tape longitudinal direction
along opposing tape-side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes, and coupling yarns coupling the plurality of fastener
elements which are adjacent to each other in the tape longitudinal direction, the fastener element rows respectively sewn
to the tape-side edge portions; and

a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows,
wherein each of the fastener elements includes:
a body portion sewn to the fastener tape;
a first surface portion which is in contact with the fastener tape and a second surface portion which is disposed at an opposite
side of the fastener element;

a neck portion provided on the first surface portion which extends from the body portion in a tape width direction and in
a direction toward an opposite fastener tape, and which is constricted in the tape longitudinal direction;

an engaging head portion provided on the first surface portion which extends from a tip end portion of the neck portion in
the tape width direction and in a direction toward the opposite fastener tape and which further extends in the tape longitudinal
direction, the engaging head portion being engageable with opposite fastener elements;

a pair of shoulder portions provided on the second surface portion which extends from the body portion in the tape longitudinal
direction and which is configured to come in contact with opposite engaging head portions in an engaging state; and

a head portion provided on the second surface portion which further extends from tip end portions of the pair of shoulder
portions in a direction toward the opposite fastener tape, wherein a dimension of the head portion in the tape longitudinal
direction gradually decreases toward a tip end thereof,

wherein the pair of fastener tapes have stretchability in the tape longitudinal direction, and
wherein a dimension of the engaging head portion in the tape longitudinal direction is set to be larger than a dimension between
the tip end portions of the pair of shoulder portions in the tape longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,295,307

SLIDE FASTENER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener stringers including a pair of fastener tapes and fastener element rows which are respectively attached
to opposing edges of the pair of fastener tapes, each of the fastener element rows including a plurality of fastener elements,
each of the pair of fastener tapes including a woven and tape-shaped core material and a coating material which coats front
and back surfaces of the core material and both outside edges of the core material; and

a slider slidably attached to the fastener element rows to engage and disengage the fastener elements,
wherein the tape-shaped core material is formed with a plurality of through holes, the through holes disposed at positions
between the fastener elements and the outside edges in a width direction of the fastener tapes and arranged along a longitudinal
direction of the fastener tapes, and

wherein the coating material fills the plurality of through holes.

US Pat. No. 9,266,205

PIPING SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A piping slider comprising:
a first slider member having:
a cavity in which a pipe-shaped part of an adherend is accommodatable;
a slit that intercommunicates the cavity with an outside, wherein a width of an opening of the slit is greater than a minimum
width of the pipe-shaped part to insert the pipe-shaped part into the cavity through the slit;

a connector configured to be connected to an object; and
a grip member on which the cavity and the slit are provided;
a second slider member having:
a key member insertable into the slit, wherein a width of an opening of the slit with the key member inserted is smaller than
the minimum width of the pipe-shaped part; and

a lock mechanism that restricts a displacement between the key member and the grip member when the key member is inserted
into the slit.

US Pat. No. 9,179,744

FASTENER AND ARTICLE PROVIDED WITH FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener comprising:
a tape member that includes a first cellulose fiber, wherein said tape member includes paper yarns including 80% by weight
of the first cellulose fiber; and

an engaging element attached to said tape member, the engaging element including a second cellulose fiber, wherein said engaging
element includes 25 to 100% by weight of the second cellulose fiber, 0 to 75% by weight of a polyolefin, and 0 to 30% by weight
of starch where the total weight of these three ingredients is equal to or greater than 90% by weight per the weight of said
engaging element,

wherein a total weight of the first and second cellulose fibers included in said tape member and said engaging element is
51 to 100% by weight per the total weight of said tape member and said engaging element.

US Pat. No. 9,271,547

MOLDED HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded hook and loop fastener which is capable of being integrated into a surface of a foam body when the foam body is
molded, comprising: multiple hook and loop fastener parts having backings whose first surfaces are provided with multiple
engaging elements so as to stand on the first surfaces; and a connection member which has flexibility and connects the hook
and loop fastener parts in a longitudinal direction, wherein
the hook and loop fastener parts comprise left and right longitudinal protective walls which are disposed along the longitudinal
direction of the backings so as to interpose the multiple engaging elements between the left and right longitudinal protective
walls, lateral protective walls and fixing parts which are projected on the first surfaces of the backings and fix the connection
member,

the backings of all of the hook and loop fastener parts comprise forward and rearward extensions which extend in the longitudinal
direction from positions where the fixing parts are disposed, and from which the engaging elements are excluded,

the connection member comprises flexible monofilament which passes through a side of the lateral protective walls,
a surface of the monofilament is exposed in the forward and rearward extensions,
a dimension in the longitudinal direction of the connection member at a connection part, which is disposed between the fixing
parts, and connects the hook and loop fastener parts, is set to be longer than a minimum interval between adjacent hook and
loop fastener parts, and

a lateral cross section of the connection member has an elliptical shape, whose major axis is extended along a front and back
direction of the backings.

US Pat. No. 9,113,680

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising: a male member; and a female member into which the male member is inserted for engagement,
the male member comprising a male base to which a string member is attachable; a pair of legs projected from the male base,
the pair of legs being capable of elastic deformation in a direction orthogonal to an insertion direction of the male member;
and an engagement portion respectively provided on each of the legs to be detachably engaged with the female member,

the female member comprising a female base to which a string member is attachable; an insertion hole provided in the female
base into which the pair of legs are insertable while being elastically deformed in a direction for the legs to approach each
other; a housing space provided in the female base in communication with the insertion hole, the pair of legs being housed
within the housing space; and engaged portions with which the engagement portions are engaged in a manner capable of detachment
due to a restoration force of the pair of legs against the elastic deformation when the pair of legs are inserted to a predetermined
position, wherein

the male member comprises a movement restricting portion provided on each of the legs, the movement restricting portions projecting
in a direction towards each other; and deformation restricting portions provided on the male base, wherein the deformation
restricting portions are spaced apart from the movement restricting portions when the male member is engaged with the female
member, and one of the movement restricting portions is in contact with one of the deformation restricting portions to restrict
the leg with the one of the movement restricting portions from deforming in a direction opposite to the direction for the
legs to approach each other when the leg with the one of the movement restricting portions is deformed in the direction opposite
to the direction for the legs to approach each other,

wherein each of the movement restricting portions includes an abutment surface, and
each of the deformation restricting portions includes a restricting surface facing one of the abutment surfaces, the restricting
surface of the one of the deformation restricting portions being in contact with the abutment surface of the one of the movement
restricting portions when the leg with the one of the movement restricting portions is deformed in a direction opposite to
the direction for the pair of legs to approach each other.

US Pat. No. 9,237,784

SLIDE FASTENER SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for engraving a logo or pattern onto a pull-attaching post coupled to a body of a slider that is for engaging
fastener elements, the method comprising:
placing, over an upper surface of the pull-attaching post of the slider, an engraving tool for engraving a logo or pattern;
and

engraving, by the engraving tool, the logo or pattern onto the upper surface of the pull-attaching post of the slider.

US Pat. No. 9,138,033

TOP STOP FOR SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider assembly comprising:
(a) a slider body comprising a top wing and a bottom wing that are spaced apart from one another and joined by a connecting
neck, wherein each of the top and bottom wings comprises a leading edge that extends along a front of the slider body; and

(b) a top stop comprising:
a body comprising a fin that projects upwardly from the body and that extends generally from a left side to a right side of
the body, wherein the fin is formed of a flexible material and comprises a contour that generally conforms to the leading
edge of the slider body;

a gap that mirrors the connecting neck of the slider body and that is configured to receive the connecting neck of the slider
body; and

two extensions that project from the body and extend beyond the gap, wherein a first of the two extensions projects beyond
an edge of a second of the two extensions and wherein the two extensions are separated from one another at their distal ends
by a width that is less than a width of the gap,

wherein the top and bottom wings do not extend beyond the connecting neck.

US Pat. No. 9,289,034

FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer for a slide fastener, in which a continuous fastener element molded from a monofilament made from a
thermoplastic resin is attached to a tape edge portion of a fastener tape, and the fastener element includes a coupling head,
upper and lower leg parts extending in a tape width direction from the coupling head, and a connecting portion that connects
one of the upper and lower leg parts to one of the upper and lower leg parts of a fastener element that is adjacent in a length
direction of the fastener tape, wherein:
a plurality of fine projections disposed continuously along the length direction of the monofilament and a plurality of recesses
disposed between the projections are disposed on a circumferential surface of the monofilament,

a diameter of the monofilament is in a range from 0.35 mm to 2.30 mm, and a number of the projections and recesses disposed
on the circumferential surface of the monofilament is in a range from 12 to 72,

a cross-sectional shape of each of the projections is curved convexly, and a cross-sectional shape of each of the recesses
is curved concavely,

convex curved surfaces of the projections and concave curved surfaces of the recesses are alternately formed continuously,
a curvature of the convex curved surfaces of the projections is larger than a curvature of the concave curved surfaces of
the recesses in a cross-section of the monofilament,

at least the projections disposed on the upper and lower leg parts are twisted with respect to an extension direction of the
upper and lower leg parts, and

a plurality of the projections disposed on the upper leg part or the lower leg part in a twisted state face the same direction.

US Pat. No. 9,271,546

MOLDING HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molding hook and loop fastener including:
a planar substrate made from a thermoplastic resin and including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first
surface;

barriers erected on the first surface near left and right side edges along a length direction of the substrate; and
a plurality of engaging elements disposed between the left and right barriers, in which
each of the left and right barriers includes at least two rows of vertical wall arrays,
the vertical wall array of each row includes a plurality of vertical walls that are disposed intermittently in the length
direction and are alternately disposed between an adjacent vertical wall array, and

the molding hook and loop fastener is molded integrally with a foam body at the same time as molding of the foam body, wherein:
between two adjacent rows of vertical walls disposed alternately, each of the vertical walls disposed on one row is connected
to two vertical walls disposed on the other row via connecting parts, and

the connecting parts connect one end portion in the length direction of the vertical wall disposed on one of the adjacent
rows and the other end portion in the length direction of the vertical wall disposed on the other row only, and

the respective connecting parts are disposed separately and independently in the length direction of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,254,020

SLIDE FASTENER SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fastener, comprising:
a slider body having an upper blade and a lower blade arranged to face each other in an upward and downward direction and
provided with an element guide passage between the upper blade and the lower blade;

a pull tab having an attachment shaft portion; and
a pull tab holder body fixed, at one end portion thereof, to the upper blade of the slider body in cantilevered fashion and
configured to hold the attachment shaft portion of the pull tab,

wherein the pull tab holder body comprises flanges extending from right and left side surfaces of the one end portion in a
width direction and extending in a longitudinal direction,

wherein the slider body comprises slide groove portions formed in a front end portion of the upper blade and configured to
receive the flanges,

wherein one of the pull tab holder body and the slider body has a protrusion portion protruding toward the other of the pull
tab holder body and the slider body;

wherein the other of the pull tab holder body and the slider body has a recess portion to be engaged with the protrusion portion,
and

wherein the flanges are inserted into the slide groove portions and upper surface portions of the upper blade located above
the slide groove portions are crimped toward the flanges, so that the protrusion portion is engaged with the recess portion
and the pull tab holder body is fixed to the slider body.

US Pat. No. 9,237,783

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising a pair of stringers, each comprising:
a flexible tape having first and second sides facing in opposite directions, and outer and inner longitudinal edges; and
coupling elements attached to the first side of the tape, for engagement with corresponding coupling elements of the tape
of the other stringer,

wherein in a disengaged condition of the coupling elements, inner longitudinal edge portions of the stringers project beyond
the respective coupling elements toward the other stringer, to an extent such that when the coupling elements of the stringers
are engaged with each other, the inner longitudinal edge portions of the stringers are engaged with one another in a substantially
overlapped condition,

wherein in the overlapped condition the inner longitudinal edge portions of the stringers are superimposed along a plane essentially
parallel to the stringers, and

wherein each stringer comprises a coating of a water-tight material applied onto the first side of the tape.

US Pat. No. 9,307,809

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener, comprising:
a pair of left and right fastener tapes; and
a plurality of synthetic resin fastener elements lined along opposing tape side edge portions of the fastener tapes,
each fastener element including an upper half element portion disposed at a first surface side of the fastener tape and a
lower half element portion disposed at a second surface side of the fastener tape,

the upper half element portion including a first tape-sandwiching portion having a predetermined dimension in a tape length
direction, and a first head portion of a tapered form that extends from the first tape-sandwiching portion toward an outside
of the tape up to a forefront position of the lower half element portion and has a dimension in the tape length direction
that gradually decreases toward the forefront,

the lower half element portion including a second tape-sandwiching portion that sandwiches the fastener tape together with
the first tape-sandwiching portion, a neck that extends from the second tape-sandwiching portion toward the outside of the
tape and has a shape constricted in a front and rear of the tape length direction, and a second head portion that extends
from a forefront portion of the neck and bulges in a front and rear of the tape length direction,

wherein the first head portion includes a first narrow width portion arranged on the first tape-sandwiching portion side and
a second narrow width portion arranged on an element forefront side via an inflection portion from the first narrow width
portion, and

a dimension in a tape length direction between a front side surface and a rear side surface of the first tape-sandwiching
portion and the first head portion gradually decreases towards an upper surface of the upper half element portion.

US Pat. No. 9,157,175

FLY SEWING MACHINE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fly sewing machine configured to continuously stitch a plurality of flies each made of a piece of cloth to an elongated
slide fastener chain, the fly sewing machine comprising:
a fly supply unit configured to supply the flies to a fly transfer passage;
a fly transfer unit disposed downstream of the fly supply unit and configured to transfer and send the flies supplied by the
fly supply unit to a downstream side thereof;

a chain feed unit disposed downstream of the fly transfer unit and configured to feed the slide fastener chain onto the flies
sent by the fly transfer unit;

an auxiliary conveyance unit disposed downstream of the chain feed unit and configured to press the flies and the slide fastener
chain which are overlapped by the chain feed unit from above or below and to send the flies and the slide fastener chain to
a downstream side thereof; and

a sewing machine part disposed downstream of the auxiliary conveyance unit and configured to stitch the flies to the slide
fastener chain.

US Pat. No. 9,480,311

SLIDE FASTENER WITH SIMPLE LOCKING MECHANISM

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising a pair of first and second stringers in which an element row is disposed on opposed tape side
edges of first and second fastener tapes and a slider that can slide along the element rows, each of the element rows including
a plurality of fastener elements attached to the tape side edges at predetermined intervals and the slider including upper
and lower blades, a connecting post connecting the upper and lower blades, and a flange portion disposed on left and right
side edges of at least one of the upper and lower blades, wherein
at least one of the fastener elements is a stopping element, which includes a resistance portion capable of making the slider
stop and capable of locking the slider by contacting an inner surface of the slider,

the stopping element includes a base fixed to the tape side edge of the first and second fastener tapes, a neck extending
outwards beyond the tape side edge and having a shape constricted in a tape length direction, and a coupling head disposed
on a tip side of the neck and having a substantially oblong shape and a shoulder extending from a front and a back of the
neck in opposing directions in the tape length direction from a center portion of the neck and in a tape front and rear direction;
and

a dimension in the tape front and rear direction of the stopping element including the resistance portion is larger than a
dimension between the upper and lower blades of the slider, or a chain width when the element rows are coupled across the
stopping element including the resistance portion is larger than a minimum interval between the left and right flange portions
of the slider, wherein when the left and right element rows are coupled and the stopping element, including the resistance
portion is within the slider, the slider stops.

US Pat. No. 9,364,053

FASTENER ELEMENT

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener element made of metal for a slide fastener including a coupling head and a pair of leg portions bifurcated and
extended from the coupling head via a hip and having a coupling concave portion provided on a first surface of the coupling
head and a coupling convex portion projecting from a second surface of the coupling head, wherein
an outer margin portion on the first surface side of the coupling head has a first margin portion disposed in a center region
of a tip end side of the coupling head and formed by the first surface meeting an outer side face of the coupling head and
a pair of second margin portions wherein each second margin portion is formed as a downward inclined surface from the first
surface to the outer side face and the second margin portions extend from opposite ends of the first margin portion in an
element width direction, and

an interval between the opposite ends of the first margin portion is less than an interval between opposite ends of the coupling
concave portion in the element width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,271,548

SLIDER FOR SLIDER FASTENERS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener comprising:
a slider main body having an upper blade, a lower blade, a guide post which connects the upper blade to the lower blade, and
first and second pull-tab attachment posts which are erected on an upper surface of the upper blade, the slider main body
configured to engage and disengage a pair of fastener elements;

a pull-tab attached to the first and second pull-tab attachment posts;
a spring part disposed between the first and second pull-tab attachment posts, the spring part having a locking claw at one
end thereof; and

a cover body immovably fixed to the upper blade of the slider main body, the cover body covering the first and second pull-tab
attachment posts and the spring part,

wherein the pull-tab has a shaft portion, a pair of connecting rods which are connected to the shaft portion, and an operating
portion which is connected to the pair of connecting rods,

wherein the shaft portion is provided with a cam portion, and when the pull-tab is rotated from a laid-down state where the
pull-tab is laid down toward one side of the slider main body to an erected state where the pull-tab is moved up from the
laid-down state and is erected on the slider main body, the pull-tab is urged with the cam portion in a direction in which
the pull-tab returns to the laid-down state by an elastic force of the spring part,

wherein the slider further comprises a restraining part configured to prevent the pull-tab from rotating further from the
erected state and prevent the pull-tab from being laid down toward the other side of the slider main body,

wherein the restraining part includes:
a pull-tab-side restraining portion formed in the pull-tab; and
a cover-body-side restraining portion formed in the cover body,
wherein the pull-tab-side restraining portion is configured to abut the cover body-side restraining portion so as to prevent
the pull-tab from rotating further from the erected state,

wherein the cover body is comprised of a top plate, side plates, a front plate and a rear plate,
wherein the cover body has a wide-width portion disposed at a front end portion of the cover body and a narrow-width portion
extending rearward from the wide-width portion, where a distance between a pair of side plates in the wide-width portion is
greater than a distance between a pair of side plates in the narrow-width portion,

wherein the cover body-side restraining portion is formed in a shoulder portion of the wide-width portion, which extends outward
beyond the narrow-width portion in a width direction, and

wherein the pull-tab-side restraining portion is a protrusion provided on an upper surface of one of the connecting rods.

US Pat. No. 9,101,182

METAL DOUBLE-SIDED TOOTH AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A metal double-sided tooth having a coupling head, a body disposed at the rear end of the coupling head, and a pair of
left and right legs extending from the rear end of the body, wherein the body has a front side and a rear side, the coupling
head includes a flat plate portion, and a thickness of the flat plate portion is smaller than a thickness of the body from
the front side to the rear side;
a pair of coupling convex portions protruding from a front side and a rear side of the flat plate portion, front-side protruding
portions disposed on left and right sides of the coupling convex portion on the front side of the flat plate portion and protruding
to a height equal to a height of the front side of the body, rear-side protruding portions disposed on left and right sides
of the coupling convex portion on the rear side of the flat plate portion and protruding to a height equal to a height of
the rear side of the body, and a pair of coupling concave portions, wherein a front side coupling concave portion is surrounded
by the coupling convex portion on the front side of the coupling head, the front-side protruding portions, and the body, and
a rear side concave portion is surrounded by the coupling convex portion on the rear side of the coupling head, the rear-side
protruding portions;

an upper surface of the front side protruding portions and the front side of the body are on the same plane, and an upper
surface of the rear side protruding portions and the rear side of the body are on the same plane;

a front boundary between the front side coupling concave portion and the front side of the body is an inclined surface, and
a rear boundary between the rear side coupling concave portion on the rear side of the coupling head and the rear side of
the body is an inclined surface;

a front concave portion is formed on the front boundary and has an inclined bottom and a rear concave portion is formed on
the rear boundary and has an inclined bottom, wherein an inclination angle of the inclined bottom of the front concave portion
is different than an inclination angle of the front boundary, and an inclination angle of the inclined bottom of the rear
concave portion is different than an inclination angle of the rear boundary; and

the front concave portion has a concave shape open to a top side of the metal double-sided tooth and the rear concave portion
has a concave shape open to a rear side of the metal double-sided tooth.

US Pat. No. 9,060,572

BUTTON FIXING MEMBER AND BUTTON STRUCTURE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A button fixing member made of a synthetic resin, which is used to fix a button having a fixing opening to a cloth, the
button fixing member comprising:
a plate-like base and
a post protruding from the base to a front surface side of the base, the post capable of being deformed after it passes through
the cloth and then the fixing opening of the button when the button is fixed to the cloth,

wherein the post includes a cavity extending from an opening on a rear surface of the base to a closed end on a tip-side of
the post concentrically with the post, and a solid portion between the closed end of the cavity and a tip of the post,

wherein a diameter of the cavity is gradually reduced from the opening to the closed end,
wherein the post includes a post proximal part rising from the base, an outer diameter of the post proximal part being constant,
and a post distal part, an outer diameter of which is gradually reduced from an upper end of the post proximal part to the
tip, the post proximal part including the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,167,871

SLIDE FASTENER SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener slider comprising:
a body for engaging fastener elements;
a pull-attaching post having a first end coupled to the body and a second end that is opposite to the first end, the pull-attaching
post extending between the first and second ends, the pull-attaching post having an upper surface and a lower surface;

a first area of the upper surface of the pull-attaching post, the first area including a pattern that is provided on the upper
surface of the post, the pattern including at least one of a recessed pattern and a projected pattern, and

a ridge-shaped parting line provided on the upper surface of the pull-attaching post extending from the first end side to
the second end side of the pull-attaching post, except in the first area where said pattern is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,388,502

BUTTON OR FASTENER MEMBER OF COPPER-PLATED ALUMINUM OR ALUMINUM ALLOY AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION THEREOF

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A button or fastener member, comprising:
a button or fastener member formed of aluminum or an aluminum alloy;
a first copper plating layer directly covering an entire surface of the button or fastener member formed of aluminum or an
aluminum alloy; and

a second copper plating layer directly covering the first copper plating layer, wherein the second copper plating layer is
thicker than the first copper plating layer,

wherein a mean crystal grain size of the first copper plating layer is 0.7 ?m-1.1 ?m and a mean crystal grain size of the
second copper plating layer is 0.2 ?m-0.6 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,265,308

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener including:
a pair of left and right fastener tapes, each of which includes a tape member and in which a core member that is larger than
the tape member is formed along a side edge of the tape member;

a fastener element row in which each of the core members in the pair of left and right fastener tapes face each other and
a plurality of fastener elements is arranged at an equal interval along each of the core members; and

a slider that is attached so as to be slidable along the pair of left and right fastener element rows so that the fastener
elements disposed to face each other are engaged and disengaged, wherein:

each fastener element includes an intermeshing head and a body portion that extends from the intermeshing head;
an overlay material that has liquid-tightness and is elastically deformable is formed on an entire surface of a first surface
of each of the tape members and a first surface of each core member continuous to the first surface of each tape member;

the overlay material formed on the first surface of each core member extends toward an opposite, second surface of each core
member beyond a centerline in a front-rear thickness direction of the tape members; and

a tip of each intermeshing head of each fastener element comes into contact with the overlay material on the side edge of
the opposing fastener tape when the pair of fastener element rows engage with each other, wherein an end portion of the overlay
material formed on each core member is positioned closer to the centerline than an apex of the opposite, second surface of
each core member, wherein the apex is on an exposed portion of the core members.

US Pat. No. 9,055,790

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener having a waterproof structure, comprising:
a pair of left and right fastener stringers including a pair of left and right waterproof fastener tapes and a pair of left
and right fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements along side ends of the fastener tapes opposite to
each other;

a slider for engaging and disengaging the left and right fastener elements with and from each other; and
a bottom stopper which is formed over the left and right fastener tapes at lower ends of the rows of the fastener elements,
wherein each of the fastener elements includes an engaging head, a base, a neck for connecting between the engaging head and
the base, and a pair of shoulders which extend from both sides of the neck in a shape of wing pieces,

wherein said bottom stopper covers at least an entire lower half of a first fastener element which is the fastener element
at a lowest end or near the lowest end of one of the fastener element rows, and also covers at least a portion of a second
fastener element which is the fastener element adjacent upward to the first fastener element, the first fastener element being
of one of the left and right fastener element rows and the second fastener element being of another one of the fastener element
rows, and

wherein said bottom stopper includes a depression depressed downward in an upper side of the bottom stopper.

US Pat. No. 9,307,810

DECORATED SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of first and second stringers each comprising a tape and a row of coupling elements mounted on one longitudinal edge
of the tape; wherein

each of the coupling elements comprises a first non-connecting portion and a second connecting portion and wherein the second
connecting portion comprises a head portion and a body portion; and

wherein the first non-connecting portion comprises an attachment surface to which a decorative element is attached and the
attachment surface has a first surface and a second surface lower than the first surface, and

wherein the decorative element is attached to the second surface such that a part of the second surface is exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,277,790

FASTENER STRINGER AND FASTENER CHAIN

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer, comprising:
a plurality of metallic fastener elements attached to tape side edge portions of a fastener tape, wherein ink is printed on
a portion of a first tape surface side of the fastener tape and a portion of the fastener elements, wherein for each of the
fastener elements:

the fastener element includes at least one printable resin layer which is capable of fixing the ink, and is formed on an entire
surface of the fastener element, and

the portion of the fastener element includes an exposed surface which is exposed in a tape front and back direction and is
on a same side of the fastener tape as the first tape surface side and an inner side surface which is on the same side of
the fastener tape as the first tape surface side and which faces a tape inward side.

US Pat. No. 9,062,401

METHOD OF SEWING A FASTENER STRINGER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method of sewing a fastener stringer to an attached body using a sewing machine, wherein the fastener stringer has a
fastener tape with a tape main body portion, an element attaching portion, and a tape bent section, wherein the tape bent
section is bent in a U-shape and is between the tape main body portion and the element attaching portion, and an element row
is attached to at least a first tape surface of the element attaching portion and an engagement head protrudes outward from
the tape bent section,
wherein the method includes the steps of:
placing the fastener stringer on an external surface of the attached body so that a portion of a second tape surface faces
the external surface of the attached body, wherein the second tape surface is on an opposite side of the fastener tape from
the first tape surface and the portion of the second tape surface corresponds to the tape main body portion;

conveying the fastener stringer and the attached body toward a sewing section of the sewing machine; and
feeding the fastener stringer into an element guide groove in the sewing section, wherein the element guide groove opens the
tape bent section so that the second tape surface of the element guide section faces the external surface of the attached
body, and sewing the fastener tape to the attached body.

US Pat. No. 9,445,650

MALE SURFACE FASTENER MEMBER FOR USE IN A CUSHION BODY MOLD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

YKK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A male surface fastener member that is configured for being integrated on a surface of a foaming resin mold body simultaneously
with molding of the foaming resin mold body, the male surface fastener member comprising:
first and second male surface fastener strips connected with each other such that end portions of first and second male surface
fastener strips are opposed to each other along a longitudinal axis of the male surface fastener strips, each of the first
and second male surface fastener strips comprising a flat-type base material and a plurality of engaging elements integrally
molded and extending upwardly from a first surface of the base material; and

a connecting portion connecting the first and second male surface fastener strips and having a width that is less than a width
of the male surface fastener strips,

wherein each of the first and second male surface fastener strips further comprises:
first and second longitudinal resin intrusion prevention walls arranged along longitudinal side edge portions of the first
surface; and

first and second substantially lateral resin intrusion prevention walls extending along a width direction of the base material,
wherein each of the engaging elements comprises at least an element main body having a rising portion rising from the first
surface and an engaging head portion extending from an upper end of the rising portion,

wherein the connecting portion includes a rib extending in the longitudinal axis of the male surface fastener strips and rising
upwardly from the first surface of the base material; and

wherein the rib extends beyond the connecting portion and over the base material of the first male surface fastener strips
and the base material of the second male surface fastener strips.

US Pat. No. 9,049,904

BUTTON FASTENER, METHOD FOR FORMING BUTTON FASTENER, EYELET, AND METHOD FOR FORMING EYELET

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A button fastener made of metal for fastening a button to a cloth, comprising a plate-like base and a cylindrical post
projecting from a center area of the base, a distal end face of the post being open as a top opening, and a proximal end face
of the post being open in the center area of the base as a bottom opening,
wherein the button fastener includes a disk-like closing member which closes the inside of the post at a proximal side thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,301,579

WATERPROOF SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A waterproof slide fastener including:
a pair of fastener stringers where a plurality of synthetic-resin-made fastener elements are attached to opposing tape edge
portions of left and right waterproof tapes having a synthetic-resin-made waterproof layer on at least one of first and second
tape surfaces; and a slider which is attached to element rows each of which is formed of the plurality of fastener elements,
wherein each of the left and right fastener elements has an engaging portion which engages with the fastener element of an
engaging counterpart, projects from a tape edge of the waterproof tape and is brought into contact with the tape edge portion
of the engaging counterpart at the time of engaging of the element rows wherein

a silicone resin or a fluorine-based resin is contained in the fastener elements, and
a water repellant agent is applied to the waterproof tape and the fastener elements, and
a content of the silicone resin or the fluorine-based resin in the fastener elements is set to 0.2 weight % or more and less
than 1.5 weight %.

US Pat. No. 9,193,095

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF FEEDING HOOK FASTENING ELEMENTS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A system for facilitating the continuous feeding of hook fastening tape through the system, the system comprising:
two or more spools of hook fastening tape, wherein the two or more spools are positioned so that an end of the hook fastening
tape of a first of the two or more spools is received within a tape feed area and so that the end of the of hook fastening
tape of the first of the two or more spools is aligned with an end of the hook fastening tape of a second of the two more
spools, wherein the end of the hook fastening tape of the second of the two or more spools is offset in one direction from
the end of the hook fastening tape of the first of the two or more spools and from the tape feed area;

a feed motor that pulls the hook fastening tape off of the two or more spools to feed the hook fastening tape from one of
the two or more spools through the system;

a detector that detects the presence of the hook fastening tape; and
a controller that controls operation of the feed motor based on whether the detector detects the presence of the hook fastening
tape and based on demand for the hook fastening tape, and

wherein the pulling of the hook fastening tape off of the two or more spools includes pulling the hook fastening tape from
the first of the two or more spools, moving the end of the hook fastening tape of the second of the two or more spools along
the one direction to align the end of the hook fastening tape of the second of the two or more spools with the tape feed area,
and pulling the hook fastening tape from the second of the two or more spools.

US Pat. No. 9,131,750

CORD FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A string stopper comprising:
a body being configured to accommodate a plurality of string ends, wherein the body comprises:
a substantially cylindrical socket; and
a plug being configured to be inserted in the socket, the plug integrally formed of an elastic synthetic resin material,
the socket comprises:
a string opening configured to receive the string ends;
a plug opening configured to receive the plug;
an accommodating portion being in communication with the string opening and the plug opening, the accommodating portion being
configured to accommodate a predetermined length of the string ends inserted through the string opening; and

a securing portion being configured to secure the string ends accommodated in the accommodating portion,
the plug comprises:
a base being configured to close the plug opening of the socket;
a leg being integrally formed to extend from the base, the leg being configured to be inserted in the accommodating portion
of the socket and formed as a plate having an upper surface, a lower surface and lateral surfaces;

a support provided on the base, wherein a first portion of the support is provided on a first inner end of the base and a
second portion of the support is provided on a second inner end of the base opposite the first portion; and

a temporarily fixing portion being configured to temporarily fix the string ends,
the temporarily fixing portion comprises a first projection and a second projection laterally projecting from the leg, the
first projection and the second projection projecting in an alternate manner in an extending direction of the leg and being
plate-like along the extending direction of the leg,

the first projection projects from near a first edge of the lateral surfaces of the leg and comprises two or more projections
arranged along the extending direction of the leg, the two or more projections having first opposed surfaces facing the second
projection and being coplanarly located along the extending direction of the leg,

the second projection projects from near a second edge of the lateral surfaces of the leg and is spaced apart from the two
or more projections of the first projection in an opposing direction, the second projection having a second opposed surface
opposed to a gap between the two or more projections of the first projection,

a dimension between the first opposed surfaces and the second opposed surface is smaller than a diameter of the string ends,
the first projection and the second projection are positionally different from each other in the extending direction of the
leg,

the plug comprises a plug-side string accommodating portion extending in the extending direction of the leg along each of
the lateral surfaces of the leg, the plug-side string accommodating portion being located between the projections of the first
projection and the second projection,

a first end of one of the two or more projections of the first projection is supported directly on the first portion of the
support and a second end of the one of the two or more projections is supported directly on the second portions of the support,

the one of the two or more projections, the base, and the first and second portions of the support define a gap, and
the plug is deformable between the one of the two or more projections and the base.

US Pat. No. 9,089,187

FASTENER STRINGER FOR CONCEALED SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer for a concealed slide fastener, comprising: a right woven fastener tape and a left woven fastener tape,
each having a front and a back surface and each including a tape body portion, a tape bend portion extending from one side
edge of the tape body portion in a tape width direction, and an element mounting portion to which a fastener element is sewn
with a sewing thread that extends from a side edge of the tape bend portion opposite the tape body portion,
wherein the tape bend portion is bent into a U-shape towards the back surface of the tape body portion,
wherein the element mounting portion of the respective fastener tape includes a hollow weave portion that completely surrounds
a film body in the tape width direction,

wherein the tape body portion has a single weave weaving structure and the hollow weave portion of the element mounting portion
has a hollow weave weaving structure, and

wherein the fastener element is sewn together with a needle thread that pierces the hollow weave portion and the film body
and one side edge of the film body is located closer to the tape bend portion than the needle thread.

US Pat. No. 9,380,840

KNITTED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A knitted surface fastener comprising:
a pair of right and left sewn areas which are capable of being sewn to a surface fastener adherend and are composed of a plurality
of wales; and

a surface fastener area which is disposed between the right and left sewn areas and is composed of a plurality of wales, and
in which a plurality of female engagement elements are disposed on one surface, being composed of warp knitting structure
including:

chain knitting yarns which form each wale of the sewn areas and the surface fastener area;
tricot knitting yarns which are disposed in the surface fastener area and which form the female engagement elements; and
a plurality of weft insertion yarns which are disposed in zigzags over two or more adjacent rows of wales, the knitted surface
fastener wherein

an average weight of the weft insertion yarns per unit area in the sewn areas is larger than an average weight of the weft
insertion yarns per unit area in the surface fastener area.

US Pat. No. 9,314,069

TOP STOP FOR SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider assembly comprising:
(a) a slider body comprising a top wing and a bottom wing that are spaced apart from one another and joined by a connecting
neck, wherein each of the top and bottom wings comprises a leading edge that extends along a front of the slider body; and

(b) a top stop comprising:
a body comprising a fin that extends upwardly from the body and that extends from a left side to a right side of the body,
wherein the fin comprises a contour that conforms to the leading edge of the slider body;

two extensions that project from the body, wherein a first extension of the two extensions projects beyond a second extension
of the two extensions;

a gap formed between the two extensions, wherein the gap is dimensioned to receive the connecting neck of the slider body,
and

wherein the body of the top stop further comprises a plurality of holes.

US Pat. No. 9,185,951

VERTICALLY ENGAGING SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A metallic slider for a slide fastener, comprising:
an upper wing plate;
a lower wing plate;
a front end wall connecting the upper wing plate and the lower wing plate and having two front openings which are formed in
different heights in an upper-lower direction and through which a pair of separated element rows are to be moved in and out;

a back opening through which a pair of engaged element rows are moved in and out; and
an element guide way which is arranged between the upper wing plate and the lower wing plate and communicates the two front
openings with the back opening,

wherein the front end wall has a plastically deformed portion caused by plastic working in which with the front end wall itself
as a fulcrum, the back opening is deformed from an open state to a closed state in the upper-lower direction.

US Pat. No. 9,492,844

METHOD FOR FORMING METAL COMPONENT

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for forming a metal component having a compressed decorative surface which is planar or curved, wherein the compressed
decorative surface has a pattern which is composed of a plurality of sectional parts on which a coating material as coated
remains and boundaries between adjacent sectional parts on which the coated coating materials is removed,
wherein the method includes:
a step A of obtaining a half-finished product which becomes the metal component, the half-finished product including a multi-face
part which includes, in at least a part of an outside area thereof, a plurality of sectional faces and ridges obtusely joining
two adjacent sectional faces;

a step B of coating the multi-face part with a coating material whose color differs from a ground color of the outside area,
wherein the step B is carried out by plating the multi-face part;

a step C of removing the coating material on portions corresponding to the ridges of the multi-face part and leaving the coating
material on portions corresponding to the sectional faces; and

a step D of compressing at least a part of the multi-face part to form the compressed decorative surface in which the portions
corresponding to the sectional faces become the sectional parts and the portions corresponding to the ridges become the boundaries.

US Pat. No. 9,655,412

SIDE RELEASE BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A side release buckle comprising:
(a) a plug comprising:
a base with a plug belt attachment; and
a pair of legs extending from the base, wherein each of the pair of legs comprises one or more engaging portions; and
(b) a socket comprising:
a body comprising a top side and a bottom side;
a socket belt attachment;
an insertion opening through which the pair of legs is configured to be inserted;
a housing space configured to house the pair of legs when the socket and the plug are in an engaged configuration;
a plurality of engaged portions that are each engageable with one of the one or more engaging portions when the socket and
the plug are in the engaged configuration; and

a bottom-side cutout formed by a lower edge of the bottom side of the body and the socket belt attachment,
wherein a first subset of the plurality of engaged portions is provided on an interior surface of the top side of the body
and a second subset of the plurality engaged portions is provided on an interior surface of the bottom side of the body at
the lower edge of the bottom side, and

wherein, when the socket and the plug are in the engaged configuration, at least a surface of the one or more engaging portions
of each of the pair of legs of the plug at a distal end of each of the pair of legs is exposed to the bottom-side cutout.

US Pat. No. 9,505,915

FASTENING COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE FASTENING COMPONENT

Kyoto Municipal Institute...

1. A fastening component that is a molded article of a mixture, the mixture comprising;
a thermoplastic polymer resin having a melting point of between 150 and 200° C., wherein the thermoplastic polymer resin comprises
a polyamide;

microfibrillated cellulose fibers dispersed in the thermoplastic polymer resin; and
an inorganic pigment, wherein when the total mass % of the thermoplastic polymer resin and the cellulose fibers is set to
be 100 mass %, the mass % of the cellulose fibers included in the mixture is greater than 35 mass % and less than 60 mass
% and wherein

the mixture melted at a temperature of 220° C. has a melt viscosity of equal to or less than 500 Pa/s at shear velocity of
12160 sec?1 and a melt viscosity of equal to or greater than 5000 Pa/s at shear velocity of 12.16 sec?1.

US Pat. No. 9,902,088

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF FEEDING HOOK FASTENING ELEMENTS

YKK Corporation of Americ...

1. A system configured to provide a plurality of strips of hook fastening tape to each of a plurality of molds in a mold assembly
line, the system comprising:
at least one roll of hook fastening tape; and
a cutter configured to cut the plurality of strips of hook fastening tape from the at least one roll of hook fastening tape;
wherein:
(1) the cutter is configured to cut a number of strips of hook fastening tape required for a selected mold and a length of
each of the number of strips required for the selected mold in response to receiving information identifying the number of
strips required for the selected mold, the length of the number of strips required for the selected mold and an expected arrival
time of the selected mold at a location proximate the cutter;

(2) the cutter is configured to direct the cut number of strips into the selected mold; and
(3) the hook fastening tape comprises structure along at least one of a width and a length of the hook fastening tape for
blocking foam from flowing into an interior of the hook fastening tape.

US Pat. No. 9,433,262

MOLDING HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molding hook and loop fastener comprising:
a plurality of surface fastener portions in which a plurality of engaging elements are erected on a first surface of a base
portion and an engaging element area is formed; and

a flexible coupling member that connects the plurality of surface fastener portions in a state where central positions in
a width direction of the surface fastener portions are disposed on a straight line along a longitudinal direction, the molding
hook and loop fastener being integrally molded to a surface of a cushion body when the cushion body is expanded and molded,
wherein:

recesses or projections are formed on a second surface of the base portion;
the coupling member is formed of a foam body or an elastomer, and includes a pair of vertical wall coupling portions continuously
disposed on both sides of the width direction of the engaging element area on the base portion along the longitudinal direction
of the molding hook and loop fastener and which connects the plurality of surface fastener portions and prevents a foaming
resin material of the cushion body from penetrating into the engaging element area from the width direction during the expansion
molding.

US Pat. No. 9,084,454

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
fastener stringers where continuous-shaped fastener elements are attached to opposing side edge portions of a pair of first
and second fastener tapes;

at least one slider which is allowed to pass through first and second element rows constructed with the fastener elements;
a separable pin which is attached to one end portion of the first element row; and
a box pin which is attached to the second element row,
wherein in the slider, an upper blade and a lower blade are connected to front end portions of shoulder opening sides by a
guide post, flange portions are disposed in left and right side edges of the upper blade and/or the lower blade, and rear
openings are provided to rear end portions of the upper and lower blades,

wherein the separable pin has a projecting portion which is projected toward the box pin when the separable pin is inserted
into the box pin, wherein the projecting portion is formed on an area of the separable pin near the one end portion of the
first element row and has an insert piece which is projected in a tape length direction from an edge side of the projecting
portion towards the first element row, wherein the edge side of the projecting portion faces the box pin when the separable
pin is inserted into the box pin,

wherein A is a dimension between inner surfaces of the flange portions in a rear end portion of the slider, B is a width dimension
of the separable pin from an inner edge to the edge side of the projecting portion, C is a width dimension of an upper side
surface of the box pin at a point of the box pin that corresponds to dimension B when the separable pin is inserted into the
box pin, D is a width dimension of the fastener elements of the first or the second element row, and dimensions A, B, C and
D satisfy a relationship of “C<(A?B)
wherein dimension B is set to be smaller than dimension D, and
wherein within the area of the separable pin E is a dimension in a tape length direction where a dimension of the separable
pin in a tape width direction is larger than (A?D), and the dimension E and dimensions of the element rows satisfy a relationship
of “E>(length of one pitch of the fastener elements of the element rows)×3?(a maximum dimension of a coupling head of one
of the fastener elements in the tape length direction)×3”.

US Pat. No. 9,585,441

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising:
a male member; and
a female member into which the male member can be inserted for engagement,
wherein the male member comprises a base portion on which a cord member can be mounted, a pair of legs extending from one
end of the base portion, and a pair of engaging faces each protruding from a side face of one of the legs on an opposite side
of a side on which the pair of legs faces each other and defined on a face intersecting an insertion direction of the male
member,

and wherein the female member comprises a body portion having an insertion port into which the legs can be inserted on one
end, a mounting portion on which a cord member can be mounted on the other end, and a cavity communicatively connected to
the insertion port to house the legs internally, a pair of openings each passing through a wall portion of the body portion
so as to communicatively connect to the cavity, and engaged faces each defined on an opening sidewall face exposed from one
of the openings toward the mounting portion and capable of engaging with one of the engaging faces by a restoring force for
elastic deformation of the leg when the leg is inserted up to a predetermined position in the cavity, and

when an external force in a direction opposite to the insertion direction is exerted on the male member after the engaging
faces of the male member and the engaged faces of the female member are engaged, an engagement width between each of the engaging
faces and the engaged faces becomes larger than an engagement width before the external force was exerted due to the elastic
deformation of the legs exposed through the openings in an opposite direction to the side on which the pair of legs faces
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,414,648

SEALING FOR OPEN-END SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener assembly comprising:
(a) a first tape comprising a top side, a bottom side, edges and a plurality of elements;
(b) a second tape comprising a top side, a bottom side, edges and a plurality of elements;
(c) a pin comprising a first portion on the top side of the first tape and a second portion on the bottom side of the first
tape, each of the first and second portions comprising:

an outer surface;
an insertion area recessed relative to the outer surface;
a protrusion that projects from the insertion area, wherein a depth extends between the two protrusions;
(d) a box that is integral with the second tape and that comprises a first portion on the top side of the second tape and
a second portion on the bottom side of the second tape, wherein a cavity separates an inner surface of the first portion from
an inner surface of the second portion and wherein a first deformable arm projects from the first portion into the cavity
and a second deformable arm projects from the second portion into the cavity;

wherein a distance between inner surfaces of the first and second deformable arms is less than the depth between the two protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,085,525

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener, the slider including:a slider body where an upper blade plate and a lower blade plate are connected by a guide post and a tab attaching portion is disposed on a top surface of the upper blade plate; and
a tab held by the tab attaching portion,
wherein the slider body is formed by a sintered body containing zirconium oxide as a main component,
wherein the slider body includes a first sintered member including the upper blade plate, the lower blade plate, and the guide post and a second sintered member which forms the tab attaching portion and is formed separately from the first sintered member,
the second sintered member is fixed to the first sintered member via an adhesive agent wherein the second sintered member includes a first attaching post portion fixed to a shoulder opening side on a top surface of the upper blade plate, a second attaching post portion fixed to a rear opening side on the top surface of the upper blade plate, and a bridging portion bridged between upper end portions of the first and the second attaching post portions,
the upper blade plate includes a first protruding portion protruding from an end portion on the shoulder opening side on the top surface of the upper blade plate and a second protruding portion protruding from an end portion on the rear opening side on the top surface of the upper blade plate, and
the second sintered member includes a first fitting hole portion to fit the first protruding portion therein, the first fitting hole portion being included on a lower surface of the first attaching post portion in a recessed manner, and a second fitting hole portion to fit the second protruding portion therein, the second fitting hole portion being included on a lower surface of the second attaching post portion in a recessed manner.

US Pat. No. 9,668,547

SLIDER AND METHOD FOR REPAIRING SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener comprising:
a slider body comprising at least a first blade, a second blade opposed to the first blade, a guide column for connecting
shoulder opening side ends of the first and second blades to each other, and a pair of first flange sections disposed on left
and right side edges of the first blade and extending toward left and right side edges of the second blade; and

a tab disposed on at least one of the first and second blades, wherein the slider body comprises an element guide passage
surrounded by element guide surfaces, wherein:

the slider body comprises a slider main member and a slider sub-member formed independently from the slider main member,
the slider main member comprises a first portion including at least an inner wall surface of the shoulder opening side end
of the first blade and a second portion including at least an inner wall surface of the shoulder opening side end of the second
blade and the guide column connecting integrally the first and second portions,

the pair of first flange sections of the first blade are integrally formed with the slider sub-member,
the slider sub-member is assembled with and fixed to the slider main member, and
the element guide surfaces of the slider body comprise at least the inner wall surface of the first portion of the slider
main member, the inner wall surface of the second portion of the slider main member and inner wall surfaces of the pair of
the first flange sections of the slider sub-member.

US Pat. No. 9,392,847

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER WITH AUTOMATIC STOP DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

7. A slider for a slide fastener with an automatic stopper, comprising:
a common part which includes a stopping pawl portion, a biasing portion and a cover portion and forms the automatic stopper,
wherein the common part is capable of mounting on at least two bodies, each body having a different guide recess, and each
of the at least two bodies are selected from among a first body having a guide recess configured to guide metal teeth, a second
body having a guide recess configured to guide resin teeth which are formed by injection molding, and a third body having
a guide recess configured to guide teeth made of resin monofilaments;

a selected body, wherein the selected body is selected from among the first body, the second body, and the third body; and
a pull-tab having a shaft which is positioned between the cover portion and the selected body.

US Pat. No. 9,220,323

SLIDER PROVIDED WITH HANDLE AT REAR FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A pull tab post-attaching slider for a slide fastener, in which: a slider body having upper and lower blades is formed
integrally with a pull tab attachment rod for holding a pull tab, in cantilever fashion on an upper surface of the upper blade;
the pull tab attachment rod comprises a fixed end portion erected from the upper blade and a free end portion such that an
insertion gap through which a part of the pull tab can be inserted is formed between the free end portion and the upper blade;
and a blocking member for closing the insertion gap is arranged on the slider body,
wherein the upper blade of the slider body comprises a first mounting portion for mounting the blocking member,
wherein the free end portion of the pull tab attachment rod comprises a second mounting portion for mounting the blocking
member,

wherein the blocking member comprises a first mounted portion to be mounted on the first mounting portion of the upper blade
and a second mounted portion to be mounted on the second mounting portion of the free end portion,

wherein one of the first mounting portion and the first mounted portion comprises a first dovetail groove portion and the
other comprises a first fitting engagement portion having a first fitting engagement structure fitted into and engaged with
the first dovetail groove portion, and

wherein one of the second mounting portion and the second mounted portion comprises a second dovetail groove portion and the
other comprises a second fitting engagement portion having a second fitting engagement structure fitted into and engaged with
the second dovetail groove portion.

US Pat. No. 9,084,453

WOVEN FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A woven fastener stringer including:
a woven fastener tape having a tape main body and an element attaching portion along one side edge of the tape main body;
and

a continuous element row woven into and fixed to the element attaching portion along a length direction of the tape, in which
each fastener element configuring the continuous element row is woven such that an engaging head portion of the fastener element
projects outward from a tape side edge of the fastener tape,

the element attaching portion includes a weft thread which is continuously weft-inserted from the tape main body, a plurality
of upper fixing warp threads running in a warp direction along an upper surface of an upper leg of the fastener element and
a plurality of lower fixing warp threads running in the warp direction along a lower surface of a lower leg of the fastener
element,

the weft thread interlaces an upper direction converting portion configured by at least a first upper fixing warp thread and
a lower direction converting portion configured by at least a first lower fixing warp thread at a location close to the engaging
head portion, wherein

an upper extension portion configured by at least a second upper fixing warp thread is adjacent to the tape main body side
of the upper direction converting portion, and a lower extension portion configured by at least a second lower fixing warp
thread is adjacent to the tape main body side of the lower direction converting portion,

the element attaching portion includes a plurality of restricting warp threads which run in the warp direction while alternately
interlacing with the weft thread as it runs along the upper leg and the weft thread as it runs along the lower leg, and which
restrict positions of the upper and lower fixing warp threads in a weft direction,

the weft thread includes a vertically running portion which runs in a tape front/back direction between the upper and lower
direction converting portions, and

the lower extension portion is between the vertically running portion of the weft thread and one of the restricting warp threads,
and the upper extension portion is between two adjacent restricting warp threads.

US Pat. No. 10,051,926

FASTENING TAPE WITH INJECTED FOAM GASKET

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening tape comprising:a plurality of attachment portions extending upwardly from a bottom portion of the fastening tape;
at least one inner wall disposed adjacent to at least some of the plurality of attachment portions;
at least one outer wall offset from the at least one inner wall such that a cavity is disposed between the at least one inner wall and the at least one outer wall; and
an injected foam member disposed in the cavity, wherein:
at least one of the at least one inner wall and the at least one outer wall extends along a length and a height of the cavity such that the at least one of the at least one inner wall and the at least one outer wall blocks more than approximately 50% of a side of the cavity; and
the injected foam member comprises a gasket member for sealing against a mold surface to prevent component foam from reaching the plurality of attachment portions.

US Pat. No. 9,596,909

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener stringers each having an element row attached along a respective tape inner side edge portion of a woven
fastener tape and a slider capable of engaging and disengaging the element rows; the slider having upper and lower blades,
a guide post connecting between the upper and lower blades, lower flange portions erected along each of a right side edge
portion and a left side edge portion of the lower blade, and ridge line portions formed on each of the lower flange portions
between an upper surface and an outer side surface of the lower flange portion, wherein

each of the fastener tapes has an inner single-woven region formed at the tape inner side edge portion and an outer single-woven
region formed at a tape outer side edge portion of a double-woven region, the inner single-woven region and the outer single-woven
region woven with a single-woven structure, the double-woven region woven with a double-woven structure and formed between
the inner single-woven region and the outer single-woven region so the respective ridge line of the slider passes along the
double-woven region;

each of the fastener tapes has weft yarns running in a tape width direction in the inner single-woven region, the double-woven
region, and the outer single-woven region,

each of the double-woven regions includes a first weave portion on a tape upper surface side and a second weave portion on
a tape lower surface side, and the weft yarns in the double-woven region are divided into the first weave portion and the
second weave portion, and

the weft yarns are connected together at an end portion of the inner single-woven region on a side of the double-woven region
and at an end portion of the outer single-woven region on a side of the double-woven region respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,462,853

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes;
a pair of fastener element rows respectively provided on opposing tape side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes, the
pair of fastener element rows each having a plurality of fastener elements;

a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows with and from each other; and
a separable end stop including;
a box pin formed at one end portion of one of the tape side edge portions of one of the fastener tapes; and
an insert pin formed at one end portion of another of the tape side edge portions of another of the fastener tapes and which
is configured to be inserted into an element guide path of the slider,

wherein the slider includes:
a body forming the element guide path;
a lock member which is swingably supported by a pillar portion which is erected on an upper surface of the body; and
a cover member which covers the pillar portion and the lock member from above,
wherein the lock member comprises a body portion which is disposed on the upper surface of the body and a claw portion which
protrudes from the body portion and is configured to enter the element guide path of the body,

wherein the lock member has a plate shape comprising a first main surface and a second main surface opposite the first main
surface and a thickness direction of the plate shape of the lock member is defined as a direction perpendicular to the first
main surface and the second main surface,

wherein the lock member is attached to the body such that the thickness direction is oriented to a width direction of the
slider,

wherein one side surface of the claw portion in the thickness direction is formed with an inclined surface which causes a
plate thickness of the claw portion to be gradually tapered toward a tip end of the claw portion, and the insert pin of the
separable end stop is configured to come into contact with the inclined surface of the claw portion and push up the claw portion
when the insert pin is inserted into the element guide path, and

wherein another side surface of the claw portion in the thickness direction is formed with a stepped portion which causes
the plate thickness of the claw portion to be smaller than the plate thickness of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 9,427,052

SLIDER FITTED WITH STOPPING MECHANISM

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider provided with a stopping mechanism, including:
a slider body;
a tab having an attaching shaft portion;
a stopping pawl body;
a resilient piece provided integrally with or separately from the stopping pawl body and pressing the stopping pawl body resiliently;
and

a cover body storing the stopping pawl body and the resilient piece inside and attached to the slider body, the stopping pawl
body including a main body provided across the attaching shaft portion of the tab and a pawl portion extending from one end
side of the main body and engageable with a fastener element on an element guide passage of the slider body, wherein

the stopping pawl body further includes an extending portion and a projecting portion, wherein the extending portion extends
from another end side of the main body extends in a direction approaching an upper blade of the slider body and is curved
or bent in a direction of a shoulder opening of the slider body, and the projecting portion projects from a tip portion of
the extending portion and is held by the cover body, the extending portion functions as a rotation support part which is in
contact with an upper surface of the upper blade of the slider body and becomes a fulcrum when the stopping pawl body rotates,
the rotating support part contacts at least a flat surface of the upper surface of the upper blade, and the cover body comprises
a pawl body holding portion holding the projecting portion of the stopping pawl body.

US Pat. No. 9,232,834

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER WITH AUTOMATIC STOPPER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener with an automatic stopper, the slider comprising:
a body forming an element guide passage into which fastener elements are insertable;
a locking member swingably supported in the body by a pin, and having a locking claw which is protrudable from a locking window
hole formed in the body to the element guide passage; and

an urging member configured to urge the locking member so that the locking claw protrudes from the locking window hole to
the element guide passage,

wherein a pair of lateral plate portions disposed at both end portions of the pin are respectively provided with crimping
protrusions which are abuttable against end faces of the pin and which are arranged at peripheral portions of a through-hole
of the pair of lateral plate portions, through which the pin penetrates, and

wherein the pair of lateral plate portions are formed with recess portions at the peripheral portions of the through-hole,
the recess portions in which the crimping protrusions extend.

US Pat. No. 9,968,166

SLIDER COVER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide cover for a slide fastener, to be mounted to a slider comprising a slider body having an upper blade and a lower blade arranged to face each other with an interval in an upper-lower direction, a guide post configured to connect front portions of the upper blade and the lower blade at intermediate portions thereof in a right and left direction, and a Y-shaped first element guide passage formed by the upper blade, the lower blade and the guide post, the slide cover comprising:an upper plate to be mounted to the upper blade;
a lower plate to be mounted to the lower blade;
a connection post configured to connect the upper plate and the lower plate in the upper-lower direction and comprising a pair of inner wall portions configured to respectively guide engaging portion-sides of a pair of element rows of the slide fastener;
a pair of outer wall portions configured to respectively guide opposite sides of the pair of element rows to the engaging portion-sides and protruding from at least one of the upper plate and the lower plate so as to narrow an interval between the upper plate and the lower plate, and
a pair of second guide element passages formed in a space among the upper plate, the lower plate, the pair of outer wall portions and the pair of inner wall portions and configured to guide the pair of separated element rows into the first element guide passage,
wherein the upper plate, the lower plate and the connection post have a concave surface, which is recessed in a disengaging direction of moving directions of the slider, in a surface facing toward an engaging direction of the moving directions of the slider, and
wherein the pair of second guide element passages are configured so that tip ends of the pair of inner wall portions in the engaging direction are located at the same positions as tip ends of the pair of outer wall portions in the engaging direction or located at a side of the engaging direction relative to the tip ends of the pair of outer wall portions in the engaging direction.

US Pat. No. 9,924,765

RAIL FASTENER

YKK Corporation of Americ...

1. A fastening device comprising:a base comprising a top surface;
a first fastening field extending from the top surface of the base and comprising a plurality of first fastening elements, each of the first fastening elements comprising a fastening feature, the fastening feature of at least some of the first fastening elements extending in a first direction;
a second fastening field extending from the top surface of the base and comprising a plurality of second fastening elements, each of the second fastening elements comprising a fastening feature, the fastening features of all of the second fastening elements extending in a second direction that is angled with respect to the first direction, the second fastening field divided from the first fastening field by a dividing line; and
a wall extending from the top surface of the base and defining a wall height that is greater than a fastener height of each of the first fastening elements and greater than a fastener height of each of the second fastening elements, wherein the wall is positioned between a side end of the fastening device and a one of the first fastening field and the second fastening field.

US Pat. No. 9,827,700

COMPONENT FOR FASTENERS, SLIDE FASTENER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENT FOR FASTENERS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A component for fasteners, comprising a molded component formed of a polyamide resin composition including reinforcing
fiber,
wherein a dyed layer being dyed inward from a surface of the molded component is disposed, and the thickness of the dyed layer
is 30 to 100 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,661,887

BUTTON MOUNTING APPARATUS AND BUTTON MOUNTING METHOD

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A button mounting apparatus for mounting a button main body to a cloth with a button mounting member, the button mounting
apparatus comprising:
a button mounting unit that includes a first die configured to hold the button main body and a second die configured to hold
the button mounting member;

an intermediate material formation unit that forms an intermediate material from a strip-like sheet material, the intermediate
material being interposed between the button main body and the cloth or between the button mounting member and the cloth;
and

an intermediate material transport unit that transports the intermediate material formed by the intermediate material formation
unit to the button mounting unit to supply the intermediate material to the first die or the second die.

US Pat. No. 9,521,884

FASTENER CHAIN AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener chain in which a continuous fastener element is attached to facing tape side edge portions of a pair of left
and right woven fastener tapes, wherein:
each of the left and right woven fastener tapes include a plurality of warps and a weft;
at least some of the warps include a flame retardant phosphorus-copolymerized polyester fiber, and
the weft includes a synthetic resin having a higher tensile strength than that of the flame retardant phosphorus-copolymerized
polyester fiber, wherein the synthetic resin is not flame retardant and not phosphorus-copolymerized.

US Pat. No. 9,517,926

COVER-MATERIAL FASTENING CORD

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A cover material fastening cord comprising:
an elongated tape portion;
a plurality of block portions that are provided along a surface of the tape portion and project in a thickness direction of
the tape portion from the surface of the tape portion;

a plurality of flexible joint portions provided on the surface of the tape portion between the block portions, each of the
joint portions connecting adjacent ones of the block portions, each of the joint portions being defined by a sheet-shaped
member extending from a base side to a distal side of each of the block portions on the surface of the tape portion; and

a flexible support portion disposed along the block portions, the support portion being continuous in a longitudinal direction
of the tape portion and connected to each of the block portions, the support portion being defined by a sheet-shaped member
extending from the base sides of the block portions in a width direction of the tape portion along the surface of the tape
portion,

wherein the block portions, the joint portions and the support portion are integrally molded from a synthetic resin material.

US Pat. No. 9,427,051

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener wherein a tab attaching rod retaining a tab is integrally formed in a cantilevered state
on an upper surface of an upper blade of a slider body having the upper blade and lower blade,
the tab attaching rod has a fixed end portion which rises from the upper blade, and a free end portion which provides an insertion
gap capable of receiving a part of the tab with respect to the upper blade,

a blocking member blocking the insertion gap when arranged in the slider body,
the slider body has a mounting portion for mounting a part of the blocking member,
the mounting portion includes a concave groove on the upper surface of the upper blade,
the concave groove is provided across the insertion gap from the free end portion of the tab attaching rod,
the concave groove includes a bottom surface which is lower than the upper surface of the upper blade, a pair of right and
left side surfaces which rise from the bottom surface and face each other, and a front surface which rises from the bottom
surface and is formed between the right and left side surfaces, and

the concave groove extends from a rear end of the upper blade toward a front end of the upper blade,
wherein when the blocking member is mounted to the concave groove the blocking member is firmly fixed,
wherein the slider is provided with an occlusion retaining structure which retains a blocked state of the insertion gap when
the blocking member is firmly fixed,

wherein the tab attaching rod has a fixing portion which engages at least a part of the blocking member when the blocking
member is mounted to the concave groove so as to fix the blocking member with respect to the free end portion,

the blocking member has a main body portion which is mounted to the mounting portion, a resilient piece portion which is configured
to be resiliently deformable in an up and down direction, and an engaging and disengaging portion which is arranged in the
resilient piece portion and is capable of engaging with and disengaging from the fixing portion,

wherein the occlusion retaining structure includes the engaging and disengaging portion and the fixing portion,
wherein the fixing portion is constructed by a step portion which is arranged in the free end portion,
the resilient piece portion is arranged in such a manner that a part of the resilient piece portion is in contact with or
close to the free end portion of the tab attaching rod when the block member is firmly fixed,

the engaging and disengaging portion includes a protruding portion which protrudes from an upper surface of the resilient
piece portion, and

wherein an upper end of the protruding portion is movable to a height position of a lower end of the step portion.

US Pat. No. 9,420,853

SLIDE FASTENER WITH FLAT ELEMENTS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of first and second stringers each comprising a tape and a row of coupling elements mounted on a longitudinal edge
of the tape, wherein:

each of the coupling elements comprises a first non-connecting portion at an upper side of the tape and a second connecting
portion at a lower side of the tape,

the second connecting portion comprises a head portion and a body portion,
the head portion is engageable with a head portion of opposing coupling element,
the body portion is fixed to the tape,
in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the first and second stringers, the second connecting portion
is longer than the first non-connecting portion by an amount equal to substantially the size of the head portion of the second
connecting portion,

a shape of each of the coupling elements of the first stringer is identical with a shape of each of the coupling elements
of the second stringer,

the first non-connecting portion of each of the coupling elements is substantially square,
in the longitudinal direction of the first and second stringers, the length of the head portion is less than the length of
the body portion and the length of the head portion is less than the length of the first non-connecting portion, and

wherein each of the coupling elements is fixed to the tape by clipping the tape between the first non-connecting portion and
the second connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,357,816

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER AND THE SLIDE FASTENER COMPRISING THE SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fastener, comprising a slider body and a pull tab, wherein a pair of supporting parts rotatably supporting
the pull tab are provided on an upper surface of the slider body, and a claw for engaging elements of the slide fastener is
provided on the pull tab,
wherein the pull tab is rotatable between a first posture in which the pull tab is placed down on the slider body so that
the claw is engaged with the elements of the slide fastener in an elements path of the slider and a second posture in which
the pull tab is erected from the slider body so that the claw is released from the elements path of the slider,

wherein a stop member is provided on at least one of the slider body and the pull tab, and
wherein the stop member limits the pull tab in an erect position of the second posture such that a front end of the claw is
located within a protection space.

US Pat. No. 9,237,781

SLIDER FASTENER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes;
a pair of fastener element rows respectively provided along opposing one side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes;
a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows; and
tape members respectively provided in parallel along another side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes, that are opposite
to the one side edge portions,

wherein the tape members are respectively sewn to the another side edge portions of the fastener tapes with sewing threads
which bridge over the fastener tapes and the tape members, and

wherein the respective fastener tapes and the tape members are disposed coplanar in a side-by-side arrangement, and the sewing
threads extend laterally in a width direction to bridge the respective fastener tapes and the tape members.

US Pat. No. 9,227,370

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CONTINUOUS FASTENER ELEMENT

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method of manufacturing a continuous fastener element, comprising:
an extruding process of extruding a thermoplastic synthetic resinous material to mold linear monofilament;
a roughening process of roughening an outer peripheral surface of the monofilament; and
an element molding process of molding the roughened monofilament in a coil shape or a zigzag shape and pressing a part of
the monofilament at a constant interval to mold a coupling head or of pressing a part of the roughened monofilament at a constant
interval to mold a coupling head and molding the pressed monofilament in a coil shape or a zigzag shape,

wherein a part of the roughened monofilament is heated and pressed when the coupling head is molded in the element molding
process, so that the coupling head is molded and an average roughness of an outer peripheral surface of the coupling head
is made smaller than an average roughness of outer peripheral surfaces of upper and lower leg portions which extend from the
coupling head in a width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,456,664

METHOD FOR FORMING STOPPER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for forming a stop wherein a thermoplastic elastomer stopper which is disposed on at least one end portion side
of an element row is fixed to stride across an airtight and waterproof tape and a backing tape piece, with respect to a pair
of first and second fastener stringers wherein a plurality of fastener elements are attached to facing tape side edge portions
of a pair of the airtight and waterproof tapes provided with an airtight and waterproof layer on at least one tape surface,
wherein each fastener element is configured by holding together the tape side edge portion and a coupling element inside a
clamp element with a U-shaped cross-section, and wherein the backing tape piece is fixed on at least one end portion side
of the element row to stride across the pair of the airtight and waterproof tapes, wherein it comprises:
injection molding a stopper molding which comprises a molding body portion which embeds an end portion of the element row,
and a thin fin portion which extends outward from a periphery portion of at least one portion of the molding body portion
on at least one end portion side of the element row;

providing a first mold and a second mold;
providing a first accommodating hole portion and a second accommodating hole portion shallower than the first accommodating
hole portion on an upper surface of the first mold adjacent to one another;

wherein a depth of the first accommodating hole portion is larger than a thickness of the at least one portion of the molding
body portion excluding a thickness of the thin fin portion;

accommodating the molding body portion of the stopper molding in the first accommodating hole portion;
accommodating the element row in the second accommodating hole portion;
making the first mold and the second mold close relatively and pressurizing a space between the molds;and
adhesion integrating the stopper to the airtight and waterproof tape and the backing tape piece by adhering the fin portion
of the stopper molding by a high-frequency wave while pressing it to the airtight and waterproof tape and the backing tape
piece, and forming a high-frequency wave adhesion portion which is thinner than the fin portion.

US Pat. No. 9,414,650

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes;
a pair of core sections respectively provided along opposing tape side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes; and
a pair of fastener element rows respectively attached to the pair of core sections, each of the pair of fastener element rows
including a plurality of fastener elements made of metal,

wherein each of the fastener elements includes a base section attached to a corresponding core section and an engagement head
section extending from the base section toward a counterpart fastener tape of the pair of fastener tapes and configured to
be engaged with an opposite fastener element,

wherein the fastener elements are respectively attached to the core sections at intervals,
wherein silica is applied to the engagement head section and portions of the core sections between adjacent fastener elements,
and

wherein end stops are attached to portions of the core sections with applied silica so that the silica is interposed between
the end stops and the core sections.

US Pat. No. 9,334,594

SEWN PRODUCT AND SEWING METHOD OF MATERIAL

Gotalio Co., Ltd., (JP) ...

1. A sewn product in which one material edge and the other material edge are stitched together in an abutted state,
wherein the one material edge and the other material edge are stitched together with one bobbin thread and a plurality of
needle threads, the plurality of needle threads being interlocked with the one bobbin thread to form a plurality of rows of
zigzag stitched seams, and

wherein the plurality of needle threads are interlocked with the one bobbin thread in a plurality of places and in each of
the places only one of the plurality of needle threads is interlocked with the one bobbin thread.

US Pat. No. 9,169,583

WOVEN TAPE FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A woven tape for a slide fastener comprising an element-mounting portion and a tape main portion, wherein said tape main
portion includes warp having a fineness of 30-100 dTex and a weaving density of 100-220 yarns/inch (2.54 cm), weft having
a fineness of 60-180 dTex and a weaving density of 30-80 yarns/inch (2.54 cm), and a ratio of the number of yarns in the warp
constituting a plain weave structure to the total number of yarns in the warp in the tape main portion is at least 40%.
the element-mounting portion comprises bunches of paralleled warp yarns each bunch having at least two warp yarns such that
the element-mounting portion has a tape thickness larger than the tape main portion, and a single warp yarn having shifted
interlacing points is disposed inbetween adjacent bunches of paralleled warp yarns.

US Pat. No. 9,661,902

WATERPROOF SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A waterproof slide fastener including:
a pair of fastener stringers including a plurality of fastener elements arranged along facing element attachment edge parts
of a pair of waterproof fastener tapes in which a waterproof layer made of an elastomer resin is formed on a woven or knitted
belt-shaped core material; and

a slider configured to engage and disengage the fastener elements,
wherein each of the fastener elements is made of a synthetic resin material and includes front and rear half parts integrally
formed on front and rear face sides of one of the waterproof fastener tapes, and the front and rear half parts each include
a coupling head, a neck part continuously formed from the coupling head and constricted in a lengthwise direction of the one
of the waterproof fastener tapes, and a body part continuously formed from the neck part,

the front and rear half parts are integrally connected to each other with a connecting portion through a through-hole formed
on the element attachment edge part,

end edges of the element attachment edge parts are formed such that edge faces of the facing waterproof fastener tapes are
in contact with each other when the fastener elements are engaged,

when a minimum width between outer end edges of the neck part in the lengthwise direction of the one of the waterproof fastener
tapes is N, and a width between outer end edges of the body part in the lengthwise direction of the one of the waterproof
fastener tapes is B, a value of B/N is between 2.5 and 3.5, and

in the fastener element, a total distance (P?N?H) of two voids at a place at which the width between the outer end edges of
the neck part is minimum in the lengthwise direction of the one of the waterproof fastener tapes, and G that is a distance
between outer end edges of two adjacent body parts placed in a same direction satisfy an expression: 0.5?(P?N?H)/G?1.0 wherein

P indicates a distance, in the lengthwise direction of the one of the waterproof fastener tapes, between center lines of two
adjacent fastener elements placed in the same direction, and

H indicates a maximum width, in the lengthwise direction of the one of the waterproof fastener tapes, between outer end edges
of the coupling head of each of the fastener elements.

US Pat. No. 9,663,007

COVER MATERIAL FASTENING CLIP

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A cover material fastening clip for attaching a cover material to a cushion material, comprising:
a locking portion configured to be locked to a locking end member disposed at an edge of the cover material;
a hook portion configured to be locked to a wire disposed in a groove of the cushion material; and
a guide portion configured to guide the wire to the hook portion,
wherein the hook portion is formed below the locking portion and the hook portion is provided with an extending portion that
extends downward from the locking portion, a first hook piece that extends laterally from a leading end portion of the extending
portion in an extending direction thereof, and a second hook piece that extends to an opposite side of the first hook piece,

wherein the guide portion is formed in the extending portion and is provided with a first guide portion located above the
first hook piece and between the first hook piece and the locking portion and a second guide portion located above the second
hook piece and between the second hook piece and the locking portion,

wherein a space between a leading end portion of the first hook piece and the first guide portion serves as a first insertion
opening with a predetermined gap, and

wherein a space between a leading end portion of the second hook piece and the second guide portion serves as a second insertion
opening with a predetermined gap.

US Pat. No. 9,596,900

UPPER DIE FOR FASTENING BUTTON

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A button-fastening upper die for swaging a post of a button fastener, at the time of fastening a button having a fastening
opening to a cloth using the button fastener, after the post has passed through the cloth and then the fastening opening,
the button-fastening upper die comprising:
a cylindrical elastic member;
a die body including an upper elastic member receiving part to receive an axially upper surface of the elastic member, and
a columnar punch to swage the post of the button fastener; and

a button-holding member by which the button is held at the time of fastening the button to the cloth, the button-holding member
including a lower elastic member receiving part to receive an axially lower surface of the elastic member and a center bore
through which the punch passes;

wherein the elastic member includes at least one annular recess which is recessed radially outward from the inner surface
of the elastic member at an axially middle location of the inner surface, at least one thin-walled section which is located
radially outward from the recess and is made thin radially by the recess, and two or more thick-walled sections which remain
thicker than the thin-walled section axially above and below the recess and the thin-walled section.

US Pat. No. 9,585,444

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a slide fastener comprising: a pair of fastener tapes; a pair of fastener element rows provided
on respective opposing tape-side edges of the pair of fastener tapes, the pair of fastener element rows having a plurality
of fastener elements; and a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows with and from each
other, wherein each of the pair of fastener element rows is comprised of a monofilament which is made of synthetic resin,
the method comprising:
a step of forming the monofilament by extrusion molding, the monofilament having a surface layer on a surface thereof, the
surface layer being able to be colored with dyes;

a step of forming a roughened surface having a number of concaves on the surface of the monofilament by performing blast processing
on the surface of the monofilament;

a step of shaping the monofilament into the fastener element row; and
a step of dying the fastener element row,
wherein the surface layer has a thickness ranging from 10 ?m to 30 ?m, and
an average roughness degree of the roughened surface is less than a thickness of the surface layer.

US Pat. No. 9,521,883

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes;
a pair of fastener element rows respectively sewn to opposing tape side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes by sewing
threads, each of the fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements; and

a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows,
wherein each of the fastener element rows is a coil-shaped fastener element row made of synthetic resin,
wherein each of the fastener elements comprises an engaging head section and a first leg section and a second leg section
protruding from the engaging head section and extending parallel to each other,

wherein the first leg section comes in contact with the corresponding fastener tape and the second leg section does not come
in contact with the corresponding fastener tape,

wherein a coating film on a surface of the first leg section colors the first leg section such that the first leg section
is colored in a color different from those of the fastener tapes and the second leg section,

wherein the color of the first leg section is visible through a gap between the pair of fastener tapes, and
wherein the coating film on the surface of the first leg section comes in contact with the corresponding fastener tape and
extends beyond the gap between the pair of fastener tapes.

US Pat. No. 9,504,294

FEMALE SNAP BUTTON AND SNAP BUTTON

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A female snap button with which a post of a male snap button is engageable and disengageable, the female snap button comprising:
a first member at least partially-defining an aperture to which the post is inserted, the aperture being capable of expanding
in accordance with the insertion of the post, from a first aperture width to a second aperture width that is greater than
the first aperture width, and the aperture being capable of automatically recovering, in accordance with the completion of
the insertion of the post, from the second aperture width to the first aperture width; and

a second member capable of restricting the expansion of the aperture toward the second aperture width so as to increase the
required force for engagement or disengagement between the post and the female snap button or so as to prohibit the post from
engaging and disengaging with the female snap button;

wherein one of the first and the second members is rotatable relative to the other of the first and second members,
wherein the second member comprises at least one contact portion that is to be in contact with the first member, and the first
member comprises at least one contacted portion that is to be contacted with the contact portion,

wherein while the one of the first and second members is rotated relative to the other of the first and second members the
extent of the expansion of the aperture toward the second aperture width allowed by the second member varies in accordance
with the relative position of the contact portion and the contacted portion in a circumferential direction that is around
an insertion direction of the post into the aperture, and

wherein while the one of the first and second members is rotated relative to the other of the first and second members, the
width of the aperture at least partially defined by the first member does not reach or exceed the second aperture width.

US Pat. No. 9,434,113

SLIDE FASTENER MANUFACTURING METHOD

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a slide fastener, the slide fastener comprising:
a pair of right and left fastener tapes;
a pair of right and left fastener element rows respectively provided on opposing tape side edge portions of the pair of right
and left fastener tapes, each of the fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements; and

a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of right and left fastener element rows;
the method comprising:
coloring at least one of the pair of right and left fastener tapes and the pair of right and left fastener element rows in
a plurality of colors at a predetermined interval in a longitudinal direction by inkjet while the pair of right and left fastener
element rows are engaged with each other to provide a fastener chain;

disengaging the pair of right and left fastener element rows;
moving one of the pair of right and left fastener tapes in the longitudinal direction; and
reengaging the right and left fastener element rows.

US Pat. No. 9,414,647

UPPER DIE FOR BUTTON ATTACHMENT

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. An upper die for swaging shaft comprising:
an effect bottom that includes a surface that contacts the shaft for swaging the shaft, wherein
the effect bottom comprises:
a plurality of peripheral recesses provided on a rim that defines an outer edge of the effect bottom;
an expansion allowing portion configured to allow a radial and outward expansion of the shaft, the expansion allowing portion
being recessed relative to the rim; and

a plurality of peripheral projections provided along a circumferential direction of the rim, each peripheral projection projecting
in a longitudinal direction of the upper die relative to the peripheral recesses, wherein

the expansion allowing portion comprises a plurality of sloped bottom surfaces, each sloped bottom surface positioned between
adjacent peripheral projections, and each sloped bottom surface extending radially outwardly towards the rim such that a thickness
of each peripheral projection gradually decreases towards the rim.

US Pat. No. 9,061,882

FASTENING MEMBER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening member, comprising:
a hook-and loop fastener area, which has a plurality of female engagement elements or male engagement elements formed on one
face of the hook-and-loop fastener area;

a right sewing area and a left sewing area, wherein the right sewing area and the left sewing area are woven or knitted; and
a right connection area which connects the right sewing area to one edge portion of the hook-and-loop fastener area and a
left connection area which connects the left sewing area to an opposite edge portion of the hook-and-loop fastener area,

wherein the right and left connection areas are woven or knitted, and a weaving or knitting density of the right and left
connection areas is lower than a weaving or knitting density of the right and left sewing areas.

US Pat. No. 9,723,884

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener, comprising a slider body which includes:
an upper blade disposed at a front side of the slider body, which is a pull-tab attachment side;
a lower blade disposed at a back side of the slider body, which is opposite to the front side; and
a connecting post connecting the upper blade and the lower blade to each other,
wherein a fibrous fabric sheet is integrally fixed to a back surface of the lower blade at the back side, with an adhesive
layer being interposed between the fibrous fabric sheet and the back surface of the lower blade, and

wherein a circumferential portion of the back surface of the lower blade is exposed without being covered with the fibrous
fabric sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,462,854

FASTENER STRINGER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer including a fastener tape, and a plurality of fastener elements made of synthetic resin, which are
attached to a tape side edge section of the fastener tape, in which
the fastener elements include a first half section which is disposed on a first surface side of the fastener tape and a second
half section which is disposed on a second surface side of the fastener tape, and in which

at least one of the first and the second half sections has a tapered element shape comprising a fixing section fixed to the
fastener tape and an extending section extending from the fixing section past the tape side edge of the tape and gradually
decreasing in an element width dimension in a tape length direction toward a tip end section,
wherein
a width dimension from a first side face to a second side face in the tape length direction of the fixing section gradually
increases from an element surface of the fastener element toward a tape surface of the fastener tape, and

each of the first side face and the second side face in the fixing section has a curved concave surface, which curves inward
so that the width dimension of the fixing section gradually increases between curves formed by the concave surfaces of the
first side face and the second side face from the element surface toward a tape surface of the fastener tape.

US Pat. No. 9,339,087

INCORPORATED SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener, including:
a pair of left and right fastener tapes, each fastener tape having:
an element attaching portion which is extended in a longitudinal direction along one edge and incorporates and fixes respective
fastener elements of a zigzag type continuous element row; and

a tape main body portion which is extended in a width direction of the tape adjacent to one edge of the element attaching
portion,

the zigzag type continuous element rows being incorporated into opposing edges of the pair of left and right fastener tapes,
wherein each fastener tape is constituted by a plurality of first fastening warps, a plurality of second fastening warps,
and a weft yarn, wherein the weft yarn includes two threads, one constituent thread reciprocates and is weft-inserted in the
width direction of the fastener tape in an opening formed among the fastening warps, is returned over at least one of the
fastening warps at a tape edge of the element attaching portion side and sequentially reciprocates and is weft-inserted in
a subsequent opening,

each of the fastener elements includes an engaging head which is formed from a synthetic resin monofilament and has an engaging
portion bulged in a longitudinal direction of the fastener tape in a bending portion bent in a U shape, first and second leg
portions which are extended in the width direction of the fastener tape on a first surface and a second surface of the fastener
tape respectively, a first connecting portion which connects the first leg portions adjacent to each other in the longitudinal
direction of the tape in parallel to the tape surface, and a second connecting portion which connects the second leg portions
adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction of the tape in parallel to the tape surface,

the first leg portion disposed on the first surface is fastened by intersections of the plurality of first fastening warps
and the weft yarn and the second leg portion disposed on the second surface is fastened by intersections of the plurality
of second fastening warps and the weft yarn,

the two threads reciprocate and are weft-inserted in parallel and the one constituent thread of the weft yarn diagonally straddles
the first surface of the first leg portion by passing between at least some of the plurality of first fastening warps and
the first leg portion, and

the one constituent thread of the weft yarn diagonally straddles the second surface of the second leg portion of an adjacent
fastener element by passing between at least some of the plurality of second fastening warps and the second leg portion.

US Pat. No. 10,136,707

FASTENER ELEMENT, FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener element for a slide fastener made of synthetic resin which is injection molded at tape side edge parts of fastener tapes, having a central land portion fixed to the fastener tape and first and second bulging portions bulging from the central land portion to a tape front surface side and a tape rear surface side in an element thickness direction, wherein the central land portion has a body portion fixed to the fastener tape with a predetermined dimension in an element width direction, a neck portion extending from the body portion to a tape outward side in an element length direction and a coupling head portion further extending from the neck portion in the element length direction, wherein;the first and second bulging portions have a bulging end surface facing upward or downward in the element thickness direction and a pair of top and bottom side wall surfaces formed from top and bottom side edges of the bulging end surface to the central land portion respectively,
the bulging end surface has a quadrilateral-shaped base end surface which is composed of four sides of a tip end edge on the coupling head portion side, a tail end edge of the body portion side and the pair of side edges connecting both ends of the tip end edge and both ends of the tail end edge and is long in the element length direction and also has a protrusion end surface protruding from only a part of one of the side edge out of the pair of top and bottom side edges of the base end surface in the element width direction, and
the protrusion end surface is formed on the coupling head portion and has a shape which tapers gradually toward a protrusion direction from the base end surface.

US Pat. No. 9,888,746

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded surface fastener including a flat plate-shaped substrate portion extending in a machine direction and a plurality
of hook-shaped engaging elements disposed on at least one surface of the substrate portion, each engaging element being provided
with a stem portion standing from the substrate portion and a hook portion extending from a side surface of the stem portion
to one direction of a machine intersect direction, wherein,
the engaging element has a narrow width tip end portion provided with at least the hook portion and an enlarged width portion
provided with only the stem portion, separated by a reference surface extending along the machine direction and a fastener
height direction as a boundary,

the enlarged width portion decreases in dimension in the machine direction as it extends away from the substrate portion in
the fastener height direction, and

a dimension of the narrow width tip end portion in the machine direction is smaller than a dimension of the enlarged width
portion in the machine direction at the boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,854,880

SLIDE FASTENER CHAIN AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener chain, comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes; and
a plurality of elements fixed on each of opposing edge portions of the fastener tapes at a predetermined pitch;
wherein the elements comprise a base portions fixed on the respective fastener tape and a head portion protruding from the
base portion and configured to be engaged with the opposing elements, and

wherein the elements have a thickness (t) and a pitch (p) satisfying the following equations: 0 wherein when the slide fastener chain with the elements engaged is bent in a front and back direction thereof at a middle
portion thereof to form a loop portion and an overlap portion, the loop portion is pressed from above towards the overlap
portion while fixing the overlap portion with a predetermined flexibility testing device, and a movable member of the predetermined
flexibility testing device moves downward to a predetermined position, a maximum load (F) measured by the predetermined flexibility
testing device within a moving range of the movable member satisfies the following equation: 0

US Pat. No. 9,783,090

SKIN MATERIAL FASTENING STRUCTURE AND SKIN MATERIAL REMOVING TOOL

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A skin material fastening structure for removably fastening a free end edge of a first skin material covering a part of
a molded foam and a free end edge of a second skin material covering another part of the molded foam in a fastening groove
formed in the molded foam,
wherein the free end edge of the first skin material and the free end edge of the second skin material are in an unconnected
state in the fastening groove so that the free end edges of the first and second skin materials are capable of being removed
from the fastening groove independently of each other,

wherein the fastening groove includes first and second sides facing each other, a bottom extending between lower ends of the
first and second sides, and one or more hook and loop fasteners being fixed on the first and second sides, the hook and loop
fasteners having a plurality of hooks,

wherein each of the hooks includes a hook base and a hook head which extends from the hook base toward the bottom of the fastening
groove,

wherein each of the free end edges of the first and second skin materials has a plurality of loops capable of engaging with
the hooks, and

wherein the free end edges of the first and second skin materials in the fastening groove are in surface contact with each
other.

US Pat. No. 9,681,710

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a first fastener stringer that comprises a first element row and a first fastener tape, the first element row including a
plurality of first elements and one or more second elements, and the first element row being disposed at an opposed side edge
of the first fastener tape;

a second fastener stringer that comprises a second element row and a second fastener tape, the second element row including
a plurality of first elements and one or more second elements, and the second element row being disposed at an opposed side
edge of the second fastener tape; and

a slider that is slidable along the first and second element rows of the first and second fastener stringers,
wherein each of the first elements and the second elements includes a head coupled to a base via a neck, the base including
an opposite surface that is located at an opposite side of the head, and

the opposite surface of the one or more second elements is positioned farther from the opposed side edge than the opposite
surface of the first elements in the first fastener stringer or the second fastener stringer when the first and the second
fastener elements are aligned with respect to the fastener tape, and at least two engaged second elements of the first and
second element rows constitute a lock unit that is for locking the slider.

US Pat. No. 9,661,901

SLIDER AND HANDLING TOOL FOR SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener including a synthetic resin slider body which is attached to left and right element rows
and can couple and separate the element rows each other by sliding along the left and right element rows, wherein the slider
body includes an upper blade part, a lower blade part disposed parallel to the upper blade part at a predetermined interval,
a guide post connecting a shoulder opening side end part of the upper blade part and a shoulder opening side end part of the
lower blade part and a flange part disposed at left and right side edge parts of at least one of the upper blade part and
the lower blade part, wherein the slider includes a slider handling tool which holds top and bottom sides of the slider body
and performs sliding operation with respect to the element rows,
the slider handling tool includes a first arm part and a second arm part which cross and connect each other swingably at a
crossed point with a connecting axis part, a first grip part and a second grip part disposed at one end part of the first
arm part and the second arm part, and a first holding part and a second holding part disposed at the other end part of the
first arm part and the second arm part and holding the top and bottom sides of the slider body, and

the first and second holding parts respectively have a back wall part supporting each back surface of the upper and lower
blade parts.

US Pat. No. 9,591,897

SLIDE FASTENER WITH ANGLED ELEMENTS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a plurality of first elements arranged along a first tape in a longitudinal direction of the first tape, wherein each of the
plurality of first elements has a first element axis that extends along a length of the element from a base to a tip of each
element in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the first tape, and wherein a first element
plane extends in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the first tape and comprises the first
element axis of each of the plurality of first elements;

a plurality of second elements arranged along a second tape in a longitudinal direction of the second tape, wherein each of
the plurality of second elements has a second element axis that extends along a length of the element from a base to a tip
of each element in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the second tape, and wherein a
second element plane extends in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the second tape and comprises
the second element axis of each of the plurality of second elements; and

a slider comprising a leading edge and a trailing edge, the slider configured to engage each of the plurality of first elements
with at least one of the plurality of second elements,

wherein any one of the plurality of first elements forward of the leading edge of the slider is in a disengaged configuration
with respect to a corresponding one of the plurality of second elements,

wherein any one of the plurality of first elements rearward of the trailing edge of the slider is in an engaged configuration
with respect to a corresponding one of the plurality of second elements, and

wherein, in the engaged configuration, the first and second element planes intersect one another to define a predetermined
angle between the first and second element planes that is less than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,549,593

SLIDE FASTENER WITH SEPARABLE BOTTOM END STOP

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener with separable bottom end stop comprising:
a pair of first and second fastener stringers in which having element rows are disposed wherein a plurality of fastener elements
made of synthetic resin are molded along a tape length direction at predetermined intervals at facing respective tape side
edges of first and second fastener tapes; and

separable bottom end stop disposed to one end of each of the first and second fastener stringers, the separable bottom end
stop including:

at least an insert pin attached adjacent to the element row of the first fastener stringer; and
a box pin attached adjacent to the element row of the second fastener stringer,
wherein at least a corner portion of a front end of the insert pin on a facing side edge side that faces the second fastener
stringer includes an escape portion which avoids interference with a fastener element disposed adjacent to the box pin when
the fastener elements are coupled, and the escape portion has an inclined surface which declines downward or a concave curved
surface, and a thickness dimension of the insert pin in a tape front/back direction gradually decreases continuously from
a main body portion towards a front end edge of the insert pin.

US Pat. No. 9,528,178

FASTENER ELEMENT FOR SLIDE FASTENERS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A coil-shaped fastener element for slide fasteners to be attached to a fastener tape,
wherein the fastener element comprises an engagement head, an upper leg, a lower leg and an inverting part connecting the
upper leg and the lower leg,

wherein a coating comprising at least one light transmissive layer is formed at least in the upper leg,
wherein a layer thickness of the light transmissive layer is formed to gradually decrease from an approximate top of the upper
leg toward a side of the fastener tape,

wherein the layer thickness of the approximate top is about 50 nanometer (nm) to about 1500 nm at the maximum, and
wherein the light transmissive layer comprises at least two light transmissive layers laminated, and light is reflected on
at least one interface formed with the at least two light transmissive layers.

US Pat. No. 9,510,650

KNITTED FASTENER STRINGER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A knitted fastener stringer comprising a fastener tape of a warp knit structure in which an element attaching portion is
disposed along one side edge of a tape main body portion, and a continuous fastener element which is knitted and fixed to
the element attaching portion, the element attaching portion being configured by at least a fixing chain stitch yarn which
holds and fixes pairs of upper and lower leg portions of the fastener element in a tape front and rear direction, the fixing
chain stitch yarn comprising a double structure with first needle loops which are knitted into a ground structure on a lower
surface side of the pairs of the upper and lower leg portions of the element attaching portion and second needle loops which
are disposed on an upper surface side of the upper and lower leg portions, and fasten and fix the upper and lower leg portions,
wherein one of the first needle loops and one of the second needle loops of the fixing chain stitch yarn are formed at each
one pitch of the fastener element, the first needle loops interlace with corresponding needle loops of ground knitting yarns
and subsequent first needle loops, and each second needle loop fastens and fixes the upper and lower leg portions to the element
attaching portion by striding across them while interlacing with subsequent second needle loops in series.

US Pat. No. 9,328,441

SUPPORT GUIDE FOR MAKING DECK SEAMS AND FRENCH SEAMS WITH SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A support guide for sewing a decorative topstitch on a seam with a slide fastener, the support guide comprising:
a first top surface;
a second top surface, the first top surface coplanar with the second top surface and spaced apart from the second top surface
by a distance sized to accept the slide fastener;

a first planar groove side wall extending downward from the first top surface;
a second planar groove side wall extending downward from the second top surface;
a groove bottom extending from the first planar groove side wall and the second planar groove side wall; and
a front guide, a top surface of the front guide flush with the groove bottom;
the first planar groove side wall, the second planar groove side wall, and the groove bottom defining a groove between the
first top surface and the second top surface;

wherein the front guide is tapered, a narrow end of the front guide distal from the groove and a wider end of the front guide
proximate to the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,232,770

ILLUMINATED MARKER

YKK Corporation of Americ...

1. An illuminated marker comprising:a button comprising
an inner surface;
an outer surface, the outer surface including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being translucent; and
a post, the post extending from the inner surface away from the outer surface; and
a washer, the washer defining a bore sized to receive the post of the button, the washer comprising a light mount, the washer formed as a single piece including the light mount, the light mount defining a cavity configured to receive a light source therein, wherein light from the light source is transmitted through the post, the cavity comprising a post receiver portion for the post to fixably engage the washer, wherein a diameter of a portion of the post engaged within the post receiver portion is greater than a diameter of the bore of the washer after engagement.

US Pat. No. 10,066,658

NON-ROTATABLE FASTENER ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

YKK Corporation of Americ...

1. A cap and washer fastener assembly comprising:a cap with an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein a post extends from the lower surface; and
a washer with an upper surface, a lower surface, and a hole extending through the upper surface and the lower surface, wherein:
the upper surface of the washer comprises an outer portion;
the lower surface of the washer comprises a cavity that is coaxial with the hole;
the cap and washer fastener assembly comprises an assembled configuration wherein:
(a) the post of the cap is inserted into the hole of the washer and a portion of the post is permanently deformed within the cavity; and
(b) a substrate layer is disposed between the cap and the washer such that the lower surface of the cap interfaces with the substrate layer and the upper surface of the washer interfaces with the substrate layer;
the outer portion comprises a plurality of serrations that increase friction with the substrate layer when the cap and washer fastener assembly is in the assembled configuration;
the hole comprises a plurality of radial protrusions that extend in a radial direction toward a central axis of the hole; and
the cavity comprises a plurality of projections adjacent the hole that extend in a projection direction that is approximately parallel to an axial direction of the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,021,946

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising a male member and a female member capable of being connected to and disconnected from each other, each provided with an attaching portion to be attached to another member,wherein the male member is formed with an engaged portion protruding from a main body portion which is provided with the attaching portion,
wherein the female member is formed with a pressing elastic member provided with an engaging portion which is configured to be engaged with the engaged portion, and a receiving main body formed with a receiving space for receiving the pressing elastic member,
wherein the receiving main body is formed with an opening portion communicated with the receiving space and configured to insert the engaged portion therethrough,
wherein the pressing elastic member is integrally provided with:
a pair of pressing portions protruding from the receiving space of the receiving main body;
a pair of elastic body portions connecting the pair of pressing portions together and elastically supporting the pressing portions to allow the pressing portions to be elastically moved into the receiving main body; and
the engaging portion elastically held on the pair of elastic body portions, wherein the pair of elastic body portions and the engaging portion form a continuous connection between the pair of pressing portions, and
wherein the engaging portion is provided so as to be movable in a direction substantially perpendicular to a pressing direction of the pair of pressing portions when the pressing portions are moved into the receiving main body.

US Pat. No. 9,936,771

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising:a plug; and
a socket into which the plug is inserted for engagement, wherein
the plug comprises:
a base;
a leg comprising: an elastic portion that projects from the base and is elastically deformable in a width direction intersecting with an insertion direction of the plug and an operation portion that extends from a distal end of the elastic portion in an insertion direction of the plug; and
an engaging portion that is continuous with a distal end of the operation portion of the leg and projects from the leg in a thickness direction of the plug intersecting the insertion direction of the plug and the width direction,
the socket comprises: a body having an insertion hole; a housing space that is defined inside the body and is capable of housing the leg inserted through the insertion hole; an engaged portion engageable with the engaging portion; and a guide portion that projects toward the housing space and is continuous from a predetermined portion near the insertion hole relative to an intermediate position between the insertion hole and the engaged portion to the engaged portion, the guide portion guiding the engaging portion to the engaged portion,
a thickness T2 of the distal end of the operation portion of the leg continuous with the engaging portion is smaller than a thickness T1 of the elastic portion at a base end of the leg,
the engaging portion is defined by a front-side engaging portion having a projection height T3 from the leg in the thickness direction of the plug and a rear-side engaging portion having the projection height T3 from the leg in the thickness direction of the plug, a sum of the thickness T2 of the distal end of the operation portion of the leg, the projection height T3 of the front-side engaging portion and the projection height T3 of the rear-side engaging portion is larger than the thickness T1 of the elastic portion at the base end of the leg,
a thickness T5 of a continuous portion of the guide portion continuous with the engaged portion and including an intersection of a guide face of the guide portion with an engaged face of the engaged portion is larger than a thickness T4 of a base end of the guide portion,
the guide portion is formed in a sloped step such that the thickness of the guide portion in the thickness direction of the plug is gradually increased from the base end of the guide portion toward the continuous portion of the guide portion,
the leg has a sloped step in which the thickness of the leg in the thickness direction of the plug is gradually decreased from the elastic portion toward the distal end of the operation portion of the leg to conform to the sloped step of the guide portion, and
in an engaged state in which the plug is inserted into and engaged with the socket, the sloped step of the guide portion and sloped step of the leg are positioned in a manner to face each other in the thickness direction of the plug.

US Pat. No. 9,844,246

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener slider comprising a slider body, a pull tab and a lock member,
wherein the slider body comprises:
a lower blade;
a guide post erected on a front end portion of the lower blade;
an upper blade extending rearward from the guide post;
right and left wall portions erected along both right and left side edges of the lower blade;
right and left flanges extending inwardly from upper ends of the right and left wall portions so as to approach each other;
a front mounting portion erected on the guide post and configured to mount the lock member thereon; and
a rear mounting portion erected on the upper blade and configured to mount the lock member thereon,
wherein the front mounting portion and the rear mounting portion are respectively provided with receiving grooves for receiving
the lock member,

wherein the receiving grooves have right and left side walls,
wherein a part of an upper end edge of the right side wall of the front mounting portion is flat and another part of the upper
end edge of the right side wall of the front mounting portion has a first protrusion which protrudes beyond the flat part
of the upper end edge of the right side wall,

wherein a part of an upper end edge of the left side wall of the front mounting portion is flat and another part of the upper
end edge of the left side wall of the front mounting portion has a second protrusion which protrudes beyond the flat part
of the upper end edge of the left side wall,

wherein upper end portions of the right and left side walls of the front mounting portion and the rear mounting portion are
inclined inwardly so as to approach each other, so that the lock member is fixed to the front mounting portion and the rear
mounting portion, and

wherein when the upper end portions of the right and left side walls of the front mounting portion are inclined inwardly so
as to approach each other, the first and second protrusions of the right and left side walls approach each other, and the
first and second protrusions of the right and left side walls cover the lock member more largely relative to the flat parts
of the upper end edge of the right and left side walls.

US Pat. No. 9,827,890

COVER FASTENING CLIP

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A cover material fastening clip comprising:
a locking part configured to be locked to a locking end member provided at an edge of a cover material; and
a hook configured to be locked to a wire disposed in a groove of a cushion material,
wherein the cover material fastening clip is configured to couple the cover material and the cushion material,
wherein the hook is provided below the locking part, and is provided with an extension portion extending downwards from the
locking part and a claw-shaped portion-bent laterally from a leading end of the extension portion and inclined towards the
locking part,

wherein the locking part is provided with a guide piece,
wherein the guide piece extends downwards from the locking part, has a bent portion in the middle thereof and bends and extends
laterally towards a leading end portion of the claw-shaped portion of the hook,

wherein a leading end portion of the guide piece reaches a position facing the leading end portion of the claw-shaped portion,
with a wire insertion opening having a predetermined gap in which the wire is to be inserted,

wherein parts of the guide piece and the claw-shaped portion facing towards the wire insertion opening are respectively formed
with guide surfaces, and

wherein the guide piece is configured such that when the wire enters into the wire insertion opening, the guide piece is elastically
deformed so that the leading end portion of the guide piece comes close to the locking part to expand the wire insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 9,801,432

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising:
a plug comprising a guide bar that extends in an insertion direction; and
a socket provided with an insertion opening configured to receive the plug, the socket comprising:
a pair of front pieces disposed side by side in a width direction intersecting with the insertion direction of the plug;
a back piece disposed to face each of the front pieces; and
a bottom piece disposed opposite to the insertion opening to connect the front pieces and the back piece, wherein
a slit is defined between the pair of front pieces,
the slit extends in the insertion direction from the insertion opening to the bottom piece,
the front pieces each have a peripheral portion that faces the slit, wherein the peripheral portions abut against the guide
bar when the plug is inserted into the socket, and

the guide bar comprises a front surface configured to be continuous with an exterior surface of each of the front pieces when
the guide bar is inserted into the slit and an end face configured to be continuous with an end face of the bottom piece when
the guide bar is inserted into the slit.

US Pat. No. 9,781,979

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded surface fastener comprising
surface fastener members in which a plurality of engagement elements stand on first surfaces of flat plate-shaped base materials,
and

flexible connecting portions which connect the plurality of surface fastener members to each other in a longitudinal direction,
in which

each of the surface fastener members comprises a pair of left and right longitudinal protective wall sections placed along
the left and right side edge portions of the flat plate-shaped base materials, and a pair of front and rear lateral protective
wall sections placed on front and rear end edge portions of the flat plate-shaped base materials, and

the molded surface fastener is integrally molded on a surface of a cushion body when the cushion body is foamed and molded,
wherein

each of the lateral protective wall sections includes an outer first lateral wall section and an inner second lateral wall
section,

the engagement elements include first engagement elements placed in a region surrounded by the longitudinal protective wall
sections and the second lateral wall section, and

a distance between the first lateral wall section and the second lateral wall section is set smaller than a mounting pitch
of the first engagement elements in the longitudinal direction of the surface fastener member.

US Pat. No. 9,743,777

DRAWN INSTRUMENT FOR SECURELY ATTACHING A COVER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A drawn instrument for securely attaching a cover comprising:
a tape member having left and right surfaces and attachable to a cover; and
a drawn portion provided at the end of the tape member and projected from left and right surfaces of the tape member, the
drawn portion extending along the end of the tape member and having left and right surfaces, wherein

the drawn portion comprises:
a plurality of attached portions that are separated along a longitudinal direction of the drawn portion, each attached portion
being recessed at the left or right surface of the drawn portion; and

a plurality of walls separated along the longitudinal direction of the drawn portion and projected at both left and right
sides, each wall extending away from the tape member leftward or rightward, wherein

at both left and right sides each wall is provided adjacent to the attached portion and positioned inwardly of the tape member
relative to the attached portion.

US Pat. No. 9,763,499

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener, comprising:
a slider body comprising an element passage extending therethrough in a front and rear direction of the slider;
an elastic body attached on an upper surface of the slider body and elongated in the front and rear direction; and
a pull tab supported on the slider body to be swingable in the front and rear direction above the elastic body,
wherein the pull tab comprises a shaft extending in a right and left direction and rotatably supported on the slider body,
a pull tab main body extending radially outward from the shaft, and a cam protruding radially outward from the shaft,

wherein the cam is configured to elastically deform the elastic body when the pull tab is laid down toward one of front and
rear sides of the upper surface of the slider body,

wherein the slider body comprises, on an upper portion thereof, an upper blade covering the element passage from above and
a pair of pull tab attaching posts protruding from right and left sides of an upper surface of the upper blade,

wherein the upper blade comprises a recess portion and a crimping portion for crimping the elastic body, between the pair
of pull tab attaching posts on the upper surface thereof,

wherein the recess portion comprises a pair of lateral recess portions located on right and left sides thereof, and a center
recess portion located between the pair of lateral recess portions and configured to receive the elastic body therein,

wherein the crimping portion is configured to protrude from at least one of the pair of lateral recess portions at a protruding
location located at a center side relative to both front and rear ends of the center recess portion, and

wherein the pair of lateral recess portions are located between the center recess portion and the pair of pull tab attaching
posts, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,750,313

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER, AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider comprising a slider body in which an upper wing and a lower wing are coupled via a coupling pillar at the front
side, the upper wing comprises a pair of upper flanges that are projected toward the lower wing and extend away from a front
mouth toward a back mouth of the slider, and a passage being divided by the coupling pillar is provided between the upper
wing and the lower wing and is partially defined between the pair of upper flanges, wherein
at a front part of the upper wing, downward slopes are provided at the both left and right sides of the coupling pillar, each
downward slope descending toward the lower wing as extending away from the front mouth toward the back mouth of the slider
body, wherein

at a front part of the lower wing, upward slopes are provided at the both left and right sides of the coupling pillar, each
upward slope ascending toward the upper wing as extending away from the front mouth toward the back mouth of the slider body,
and wherein

at each left and right side, the downward slope of the upper wing is steeper than the upward slope of the lower wing.
US Pat. No. 9,687,051

RESIN SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENERS AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED THEREWITH

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A resin slider for slide fasteners, formed by using as a material a polyamide resin composition including an aliphatic
polyamide having a melting point of 220 to 310° C., an aromatic polyamide having a melting point of 230 to 310° C., and reinforcing
fiber, wherein a ratio of the aromatic polyamide in a total mass of the aliphatic polyamide and the aromatic polyamide is
10% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less,
wherein a melting point difference between the aliphatic polyamide and the aromatic polyamide is 50° C. or less, and
wherein the melting points of the aliphatic polyamide and the aromatic polyamide are each defined as a peak top temperature
of an endothermic peak when the endothermic quantity is measured by differential scanning calorimeter.

US Pat. No. 9,615,633

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising:
a socket and a plug,
wherein the socket comprises: a cylindrical main body having an insertion port into which the plug is can be inserted at one
end and an attachment to which a corded member is attachable at another end; a hollow part formed within the main body; a
pair of left and right openings continuous to the hollow part and penetrating through wall parts of the main body; and a pair
of left and right first latch surfaces defined on opening-side wall surfaces of the wall parts of the main body and exposed
from the openings to the attachment, the opening-side wall surfaces inclined in a direction intersecting with an insertion
direction of the plug,

wherein the plug comprises: a base to which a corded member is attachable; a pair of left and right arms extended from one
end of the base; and a pair of left and right second latch surfaces protruding outward from outer sides of the arms, respectively,
and inclined in the direction intersecting with the insertion direction of the plug, respectively, the second latch surfaces
engagable with the first latch surfaces,

and wherein, when the plug is inserted into the socket in a fully engaged position, inner ends of the second latch surfaces
are either (1) brought into contact with lines that extend in parallel to the insertion direction of the plug and pass through
inner side portions located at outermost portions on inner sides of proximal ends of the arms, or (2) disposed further inside
the lines.

US Pat. No. 9,538,817

SEALING FOR OPEN-END SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener assembly comprising:
(a) a first tape comprising a top side, a bottom side, edges and a plurality of elements;
(b) a second tape comprising a top side, a bottom side, edges and a plurality of elements;
(c) a pin comprising a first portion on the top side of the first tape and a second portion on the bottom side of the first
tape, each of the first and second portions comprising:

an outer surface;
an insertion area recessed relative to the outer surface;
a protrusion that projects from the insertion area, wherein a depth extends between the two protrusions;
(d) a box that is integral with the second tape and that comprises a first portion on the top side of the second tape and
a second portion on the bottom side of the second tape, wherein a cavity separates an inner surface of the first portion from
an inner surface of the second portion and wherein a first deformable arm projects from the first portion into the cavity
and a second deformable arm projects from the second portion into the cavity;

wherein a distance between inner surfaces of the first and second deformable arms is less than the depth between the two protrusions.
US Pat. No. 9,469,750

FASTENING COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE FASTENING COMPONENT

Kyoto Municipal Institute...

1. A fastening component that is a molded article of a mixture, the mixture comprising;
a thermoplastic polymer resin having a melting point of between 150 and 200° C., wherein the thermoplastic polymer resin comprises
a polyamide;

microfibrillated cellulose fibers dispersed in the thermoplastic polymer resin; and
an inorganic pigment, wherein when the total mass % of the thermoplastic polymer resin and the cellulose fibers is set to
be 100 mass %, the mass % of the cellulose fibers included in the mixture is greater than 35 mass % and less than 60 mass
% and wherein

the mixture melted at a temperature of 220° C. has a melt viscosity of equal to or less than 500 Pa/s at shear velocity of
12160 sec?1 and a melt viscosity of equal to or greater than 5000 Pa/s at shear velocity of 12.16 sec?1.

US Pat. No. 9,095,192

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener comprising:
a slider main body configured to engage and disengage a pair of fastener elements;
a pull tab which is attached to a pull tab attachment portion of the slider main body;
a stopper hook having one end configured to be engaged with the fastener elements to stop the slider main body from moving;
a spring portion;
a cam portion, wherein when the pull tab pivots from a lie-down state to an erected state, the cam portion contacts the spring
portion and an elastic force of the spring portion urges the pull tab in a direction in which the pull tab returns to the
lie-down state where the pull tab is lying down toward one side of the slider main body; and

regulating portions configured to stop the pull tab from pivoting further from the erected state, so that the pull tab is
prevented from lying down to the other side of the slider main body,

wherein the regulating portions comprise:
pull tab-side regulating portions which are formed on the pull tab; and
slider-side regulating portions which are formed on the slider main body,
wherein the pull tab-side regulating portions are configured to abut against the slider-side regulating portions to stop the
pull tab from pivoting further from the erected state,

wherein the slider main body is comprised of a slider body and a cover body which is fixed to the slider body,
wherein the cover body comprises a receiving portion which receives the stopper hook and the spring portion, and
wherein the slider-side regulating portions are formed in a part of the cover body.

US Pat. No. 9,074,973

CLOTH EVALUATION APPARATUS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A cloth evaluation apparatus comprising:
a first section, comprising:
a measuring member having, on its distal side, a measuring part to pass through a cloth, wherein the measuring part includes
a piercing force measuring portion and an outer diameter of the piercing force measuring portion gradually decreases toward
its acute tip;

a cylindrical elastic member arranged around the measuring part of the measuring member, wherein the elastic member is configured
to support a first side of the cloth; and

a load cell capable of detecting a load applied to the measuring member; and
a second section, comprising:
a pusher, wherein the pusher has a pushing surface and a cavity for receiving the piercing force measuring portion, and the
pushing surface is configured to support a second side of the cloth,

wherein the elastic member is compressed in its axial direction when the piercing force measuring portion is moved into the
cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,085,527

SLIDER ASSEMBLY FOR A SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider assembly for a slide fastener, comprising: a slider body; a pull-tab; and a resilient locking member,wherein the slider body has upper and lower wings linked by a post and an essentially Y-shaped guide channel defined between the upper wing and the lower wing,
wherein an upper surface of the upper wing has a recess extending in a longitudinal direction of the slider body,
wherein the recess has two confronting side walls and a bottom wall disposed between the two confronting side walls,
wherein the upper wing is provided with an aperture putting the recess in communication with the guide channel,
wherein the pull-tab has a distal end adapted to be gripped and a proximal end pivotably mounted in the recess of the upper wing, between the two confronting side walls thereof,
wherein the slider assembly is provided with a pivot pin which extends in a transverse direction of the slider body, through holes in the two confronting side walls and a hole in the proximal end of the pull-tab,
wherein the pull-tab is provided with a window which is aligned with the aperture in the upper wing when the pull-tab is in a first angular end position relative to the slider body,
wherein the locking member has a proximal end retained to the slider body, an intermediate portion extending in the recess around the proximal end of the pull-tab, and a distal end extending towards the guide channel through the window in the pull-tab and the aperture in the upper wing,
wherein the locking member is configured such that the locking member is resiliently biased towards a locking position in which the distal end thereof protrudes to a predetermined extent in the guide channel,
wherein the proximal end of the pull-tab has a cam cooperating with the locking member such that the locking member takes the locking position when the pull-tab is in the first angular end position, and the locking member is moved towards an unlocking position when the pull-tab is pivoted away from the first angular end position,
wherein the bottom wall of the recess is provided with a longitudinal groove,
wherein the intermediate portion of the locking member extends at least in part inside the longitudinal groove,
wherein on at least one side of right and left sides of the longitudinal groove with respect to the longitudinal direction of the slider body the bottom wall of the recess forms a sloping surface slanting upwardly towards a front portion of the slider body, and
wherein the pull-tab abuts against the sloping surface in a second angular end position, with an inclination of less than 180° with respect to the first angular end position.

US Pat. No. 10,021,947

FASTENING TAPE WITH IMPROVED ATTACHMENT SYSTEMS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening tape comprising:at least one membrane disposed adjacent to a bottom of the fastening tape;
at least one attachment portion connecting the at least one membrane with the bottom of the fastening tape; and
at least two non-attachment portions between the at least one membrane and the fastening tape, wherein each of the at least two non-attachment portions are disposed adjacent to the at least one attachment portion and wherein each of the at least two non-attachment portions forms an open space between the at least one membrane and the bottom of the fastening tape.

US Pat. No. 9,993,049

SLIDE FASTENER SLIDER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener slider, comprising:a slider body in which upper and lower blades are connected at front ends thereof to each other by a connecting post and a Y-shaped element guide passage is arranged between the upper and lower blades to extend from shoulder mouths located at a side of the connecting post to a rear mouth located at a side opposite to the connecting post;
a pull tab having a body for operating the slider body, a pair of arm portions provided to extend from one end of the body and a connection rod connecting the pair of arm portions; and
a locking pawl arranged on the upper blade and having a pawl portion at one end thereof and a cover portion provided between the one end and another end to cover at least a part of the connection rod of the pull tab,
wherein the pull tab is pivotally held on the upper blade at the connection rod thereof,
wherein the locking pawl is fixed on the slider body at the another end thereof,
wherein the pull tab has a rotatable region including laid-down positions where the pull tab is laid down toward the shoulder mouths and the rear mouth of the slider body, and a stood-up position where the pull tab is stood up from the laid-down positions by pivotal operation of the connection rod,
wherein, within the rotatable region of the pull tab, the locking pawl is elastically deformed to move the cover portion, and the pawl portion is arranged to be inserted into and removed from the element guide passage in accordance with movement of the cover portion, and
wherein when the pull tab is completely laid down toward the shoulder mouths and the rear mouth relative to the slider body, the pull tab has respective regions in which the pull tab is rotatable over a predetermined angle without exerting any load on the locking pawl.

US Pat. No. 9,930,937

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising:a plug; and
a socket configured to be engaged with the plug,
wherein the plug comprises:
a plug-side base part to which a belt-shaped member is attached;
a pair of leg parts extending in parallel with each other from both end portions of the plug-side base part in a width direction; and
a pair of engagement protrusions protruding in an upward and downward direction from each of leading end portions of the pair of leg parts,
wherein the socket comprises:
a socket-side base part to which the belt-shaped member is attached;
an upper plate and a lower plate extending from the socket-side base part;
upper side wall parts protruding downwardly along both side edges of the upper plate in the width direction;
lower side wall parts protruding upwardly along both side edges of the lower plate in the width direction;
engagement stepped portions capable of being respectively engaged with the pair of engagement protrusions of the pair of leg parts inserted between the upper and lower plates;
slits formed between the upper side wall parts and the lower side wall parts and each having an end portion opened at a plug insertion-side so that the pair of leg parts can be inserted therein; and
guide surfaces formed on inner surfaces of the upper side wall parts and the lower side wall parts and configured to guide the pair of engagement protrusions of the pair of leg parts inserted between the upper and lower plates to the engagement stepped portions,
wherein when the plug is inserted into the socket, the engagement protrusions of the leg parts of the plug comes into contact with and are guided by the guide surfaces of the socket,
wherein the plug comprises a fitting rod arranged between the pair of leg parts and formed in parallel with the pair of leg parts,
wherein the socket comprises a fitting hole arranged between the upper and lower plates and into which the fitting rod is fitted,
wherein protruding pieces are formed at central portions of both side surfaces of the fitting rod in the upward and downward direction,
wherein the fitting hole is configured by the upper plate, the lower plate, and a pair of right and left plate parts formed so as to connect to the upper plate and the lower plate, and
wherein end faces of the pair of right and left plate parts at the plug insertion-side are formed with concave parts to which the protruding pieces are fitted.

US Pat. No. 9,930,939

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener comprising a slider body and a tab coupled with the slider body, wherein the slider body at least comprises an upper wing plate from which a tab-attaching post extends, a lower wing plate opposed to the upper wing plate, a neck connecting a shoulder-opening-side tip portion of the upper wing plate and a shoulder-opening-side tip portion of the lower wing plate to each other, and left and right lower flanges extending from left and right side edges of the lower wing plate toward the upper wing plate, wherein:each of the left and right lower flanges includes a flange upper surface that opposes the upper wing plate, a flange outer surface, a flange front end surface that faces the shoulder-opening-side-tip portion of the lower wing plate, and a downwardly inclined surface portion which downwardly inclines toward a shoulder of the slider and downwardly inclines toward an outer side of the slider in a width direction of the slider such that each downwardly inclined surface portion slopes downward in two different directions and a height in a vertical direction of each of the lower flanges is reduced along each downwardly inclined surface portion in (1) a length direction from the flange upper surface toward the shoulder of the slider and (2) the width direction from an inner portion of the slider toward the outer side of the slider,
each of the downwardly inclined surface portions is bounded by three ridge lines and is triangular in shape, and
a first of the three ridge lines of each triangularly shaped downwardly inclined surface portion is on one of the flange upper surfaces, a second of the three ridge lines of each triangularly shaped downwardly inclined surface portion is on one of the flange outer surfaces, and a third of the three ridge lines of each triangularly shaped downwardly inclined surface portion is on one of the flange front end surfaces and extends obliquely with respect to the one of the flange upper surfaces and the one of the flange outer surfaces to connect end portions of the first and the second of the three ridge lines.

US Pat. No. 9,930,940

SEPARABLE SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A slide fastener comprising:a first tape comprising a plurality of first elements;
a second tape comprising a plurality of second elements; and
a slider element movable along the first tape and the second tape to (i) engage the plurality of first elements and the plurality of second elements with each other and (ii) disengage the plurality of first elements and the plurality of second elements from each other, the slider element comprising a body portion attached to and movable along the first tape and a removable portion attached to and movable along the second tape, wherein the body portion and the removable portion are configured to move between:
an engaged position where the body portion and the removable portion are mechanically coupled together; and
a disengaged position where the body portion and the removable portion are separate from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,918,527

CONCEALABLE SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a first row of slide elements extending along a longitudinal direction of the slide fastener;
a second row of slide elements extending approximately parallel to the first row and arranged adjacent to the first row in
a width direction of the slide fastener which is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, when the first and second rows
are engaged with one another;

a first tape connected with the first row of slide elements at a first end of the first tape; and
a second tape secured with the second row of slide elements at a first end of the second tape, wherein:
a vertical direction of each slide element is orthogonal to (i) the longitudinal direction of the slide fastener and (ii)
the width direction of the slide fastener;

a forward and rear direction of each slide element is parallel to the width direction of the slide fastener;
each slide element of the first and second rows comprises a base, a head, a neck extending between the base and the head,
a top surface, a facing surface, and one or more shoulders;

each base comprises an upper portion disposed above a through hole in the vertical direction and a lower portion disposed
below the through hole in the vertical direction, wherein the upper and lower portions are integrally connected with each
other at rear sides thereof;

the first tape is disposed in the through hole of the first row of slide elements and is configured to cover the facing surface
and the top surface of each of the slide elements of the first row;

the second tape is disposed in the through hole of the second row of slide elements and is configured to cover the facing
surface and the top surface of each of the slide elements of the second row; and

a first vertical distance between a lowermost surface of the head and the first end of the first tape in the vertical direction
is greater than a second vertical distance between a lowermost surface of the base and the first end of the first tape in
the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,872,540

RIVET

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A rivet to be applied from a rear surface of a fabric for mounting a burr on a front surface of the fabric, comprising
a disk-shaped base, and
a shank projecting from and concentrically with the base,
wherein the base includes an annular recess around a proximal end of the shank, the recess being depressed in a direction
opposite to the shank-projecting direction, and a flange radially outward from the recess,

wherein the flange includes a plurality of bumps which are raised from an upper surface of the flange in the shank-projecting
direction,

wherein the recess has a bottom surface and an inclined outer surface extending from the bottom surface and adjacent to the
flange, the inclined outer surface being inclined radially outward and upward, and wherein each of the bumps has an inclined
inner surface extending continuously from the inclined outer surface of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,788,615

FASTENER STRINGER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer including a fastener tape and a plurality of fastener elements made of synthetic resin attached to
a tape side edge portion of the fastener tape, in which
each fastener element includes an element main body portion fixed so as to extend across a first tape surface and a second
tape surface of the fastener tape and first and second projections projected in a tape front and back direction from the element
main body portion, and in which

the element main body portion has a body portion fixed to the fastener tape, a neck portion in a constricted shape extending
in a tape outward direction from the body portion and a coupling head portion in an elliptical shape extending from the neck
portion, wherein

an outer surface of the first projection and an outer surface of the second projection respectively have at least one top
surface parallel to the first tape surface and the second tape surface of the fastener tape, a peripheral side surface rising
from the element main body portion and at least one sloped surface which is between the top surface and the peripheral side
surface and has a different inclination angle with respect to the top surface and the peripheral side surface.

US Pat. No. 9,770,075

SLIDE-FASTENER OPENER, AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. An opener of a slide fastener, configured to shift a pair of fastener stringers extending in a front-rear direction from
a closed state to an open state by applying an external force in a right-left direction, which is a width direction thereof,
the opener comprising:
a separable pin provided at a rear part of one of the fastener stringers; and
a retainer provided at a rear part of the other of the fastener stringers and having a separable pin accommodation part formed
with a separable pin hole through which the separable pin can be inserted and removed,

wherein the separable pin accommodation part has an upper wall and a lower wall facing each other in an upper-lower direction,
which is a thickness direction of the fastener stringers, a pair of wall parts protruding from the upper wall and the lower
wall in a direction of narrowing an interval therebetween, and a bottom wall configured to join the upper wall and the lower
wall at the rear of the pair of wall parts,

wherein the pair of wall parts extends toward the bottom wall from a rear side relative to front ends of the upper wall and
the lower wall, and

wherein in a state where the separable pin is accommodated in the separable pin accommodation part, a pair of restriction
parts configured to collide with each other so as to restrict a position of a rearmost end of the separable pin inserted into
the separable pin hole to a position between the bottom wall and front ends of the pair of wall parts and to form a gap between
the rearmost end of the separable pin and the bottom wall are separately provided for the retainer and the separable pin.

US Pat. No. 9,750,311

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR JOINING HOOK FASTENER STRUCTURES

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A welded hook fastener tape comprising:
a first tape comprising a first base and a plurality of first hooks that project from the first base;
a second tape comprising a second base and a plurality of second hooks that project from the second base;
a pair of walls that longitudinally extend along edges of both the first and second tapes and that project from the first
and second bases; and

a welded connection segment in which a portion of the first tape and a portion of the second tape are overlaid and welded
together, the welded connection segment disposed between the plurality of first hooks and the plurality of second hooks and
comprising a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein:

the top surface comprises two non-recessed portions and a recessed portion disposed between the two non-recessed portions;
and

the bottom surface is generally flat.

US Pat. No. 9,668,548

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for a slide fastener comprising:
a body which engages and disengages fastener elements of a pair of fastener stringers; and
a string having pull tabs in longitudinally opposite sides thereof,
wherein the body is provided with a string-receiving portion receiving the string therein and having therein a protrusion
for fixing the string, and

wherein a cover which is configured separately from the body is attached to the body so that the string is held between the
cover and the string-receiving portion, thereby fixing the string to the body to prevent movement relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 9,668,549

FASTENER TAPE FOR SLIDE FASTENER, AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A woven fastener tape for a slide fastener, comprising:
an element mount section; and
a tape main body section, wherein:
the tape main body section includes a plurality of crossing sections in which a bundle of three or more warp yarns cross a
bundle of three or more pairs of weft yarns;

the tape main body section has a first section with a mesh structure having a plurality of openings between adjacent bundles
of the warp yarns and adjacent bundles of the weft yarns; and

in the first section, an interlacing density of outermost warp yarns of each crossing section and an interlacing density of
outermost pairs of weft yarns of each bundle of each crossing section are respectively higher than an interlacing density
of inner warp yarns located between the outermost warp yarns and an interlacing density of an inner pair of weft yarns located
between the outermost pairs of weft yarns, wherein each outermost pair of weft yarns includes two adjacent weft yarns and
the inner pair of weft yarns includes two adjacent weft yarns,

wherein the interlacing density of the outermost warp yarns and the inner warp yarns is based on a number of times the outermost
warp yarns and the inner warp yarns interlace with the weft yarns in the crossing section as the outermost warp yarns and
the inner warp yarns extend in a longitudinal direction of the fastener tape, and

wherein the interlacing density of the outermost pairs of weft yarns and the inner pair of weft yarns is based on a number
of times the outermost pairs of weft yarns and the inner pair of weft yarns interlace with the warp yarns in the crossing
section as the outermost pairs of weft yarns and the inner pair of weft yarns extend in a width direction of the fastener
tape.

US Pat. No. 9,661,900

SLIDE FASTENER ATTACHMENT METHOD

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener attachment method, the method including:
forming an opening having a predetermined length on a fastener receiving member;
integrating a fastener chain to which a slider has not been attached and the fastener receiving member by welding or bonding,
wherein the fastener chain has a pair of left and right fastener tapes, each of the fastener tapes has an element row with
plurality of fastener elements, and the element rows are coupled to each other, so the opening of the fastener receiving member
corresponds to a position of the coupled element rows;

forming a separated portion in the coupled element rows by separating a portion of the engaged fastener elements of the fastener
chain; and

attaching a slider to the separated portion of the element rows in the fastener chain after integration of the fastener chain
and the fastener receiving member.

US Pat. No. 9,572,406

WATERPROOF SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A waterproof slide fastener including:
a pair of fastener stringers in which a plurality of synthetic resin fastener elements is injection molded on opposed tape
side edge portions of a pair of waterproof tapes provided at least one of tape surfaces with a waterproof layer;

a slider slidably attached to an element row including the plurality of fastener elements; and
a synthetic resin stopper placed on at least one of ends of the element row, in which
the fastener elements includes a first element half placed on a first tape surface side of the waterproof tape and a second
element half placed on a second tape surface side of the waterproof tape, and

the first and second element halves are integrally connected to each other through first through-holes which are drilled in
the tape side edge portion at predetermined intervals from each other, wherein

each of the waterproof tapes includes at least one second through-hole drilled in a forming region of the stopper at the same
intervals as those of the first through-holes,

the stopper includes a body portion with which the slider comes into contact to stop the slider, and an extension portion
extending from the body portion in a direction opposite from the element row along a tape length direction,

the body portion and the extension portion are integrally molded with each other by injection molding,
the body portion and the extension portion include a first half placed on the first tape surface side and a second half placed
on the second tape surface side, the body portion and the extension portion are fixed such that the first half and the second
half straddle the pair of waterproof tapes, and the first half and the second half are integrally connected to each other
through the second through-hole,

a thickness dimension of the extension portion is smaller than that of the body portion,
the body portion and the extension portion are formed to hold the tape side edge portions of the waterproof tape, and
the extension portion is formed up to an end edge of the waterproof tape.

US Pat. No. 10,064,454

POLYAMIDE RESIN COMPOSITION FOR SLIDE FASTENERS, SLIDE FASTENER COMPONENT, AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A polyamide resin composition for a slide fastener, which has absorbed water, the composition comprising a polyamide resin and reinforcing fibers, wherein a total mass of the polyamide resin and the reinforcing fibers is 90% by mass or more of the composition; wherein a proportion of an aromatic polyamide having a melting point of from 200 to 250° C. in the polyamide resin is more than 70% by mass; and wherein a content of the reinforcing fibers in the total mass of the polyamide resin and the reinforcing fibers is from 45 to 70% by mass, wherein the aromatic polyamide is polyamide MXD6 having a saturated water absorption rate of 5% or more measured according to JIS K7209-2000, andwherein a melt flow rate of the polyamide resin composition is from 10 to 50 g/10 min.

US Pat. No. 10,060,466

FASTENING DEVICE AND HOOK PART

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening device in which an attachment part and a hook part are rotatably coupled around a rotational axis, the hook part comprising:a hook main body;
a latch for closing the hook main body; and
a coupled portion to which a base end of the latch is integrally coupled, the coupled portion extending away from the hook main body along the rotational axis such that coupling between the attachment part and the hook part is ensured, wherein
the latch comprises:
a spring portion provided closer to the base end of the latch, the spring portion being elastically configured to enable urging of the latch away from the hook main body; and
a latch main body coupled with the coupled portion via the spring portion, and wherein
a connection point of the latch and the coupled portion is farther from the hook main body along the rotational axis than a connection point of the hook main body and the coupled portion,
wherein the hook main body is coupled to a lower end of the coupled portion, and the base end of the latch is coupled to a portion between the lower end and an upper end of the coupled portion.

US Pat. No. 10,016,022

HOOK FASTENER AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

12. A hook fastener comprising:a stem comprising two lateral edges, the stem extending from a base surface;
a cap that extends from an upper end of the stem, the cap comprising:
an upper surface, a first end, a second end, a first overhanging portion, and a second overhanging portion; and
a cavity on an underside of the second end of the cap near an interface between the cap and the stem, the cavity penetrating a surface of the hook fastener, wherein:
the first and second ends are at opposite longitudinal ends of the cap;
the first and second overhanging portions extend in opposite lateral directions from the stem; and
the cavity comprises a wide opening near each of the two lateral edges of the stem and a narrow opening near a center of the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,016,023

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MOLDING HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a molding hook and loop fastener which is molded integrally with a foam body at the same time as molding of the foam body, including:a planar substrate made from a thermoplastic resin including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
barriers erected on the first surface near left and right side edges along a length direction of the substrate; and
a plurality of engaging elements disposed between the left and right barriers,
wherein:
a molten resin is poured toward a die wheel in which molding cavities are provided on a circumferential surface for molding at least the barriers and the engaging elements to form the substrate as well as the barriers and the engaging element on the circumferential surface of the die wheel,
the molded hook and loop fastener having the molded substrate, barriers and engaging elements is teared off from the circumferential surface of the die wheel, and
upper end portions of the respective barriers of the teared molded fastener are pressed with a press roll to form upper surface portions in which upper surfaces are flat and which are provided at a position on the molded hook and loop fastener farthest from the first surface of the substrate in a height direction and can be adhered to a cavity surface of a mold.

US Pat. No. 10,016,026

SLIDE FASTENER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:a pair of fastener tapes;
a pair of fastener element rows respectively sewn to opposing tape side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes with sewing threads, each of the fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements;
a pair of core strings which are inserted into the pair of fastener element rows, respectively;
the sewing threads, wherein a first sewing thread of the sewing threads contacts a first one of the pair of fastener element rows and a second sewing thread of the sewing threads contacts a second one of the pair of fastener element rows; and
a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows,
wherein the slider includes a pull tab which is arranged at a side of the pair of fastener tapes opposite a side of the pair of fastener tapes with the fastener element rows,
wherein the pair of fastener tapes and the pair of fastener element rows are colored in different colors,
wherein a width dimension of a gap between the pair of fastener tapes when the pair of fastener element rows are engaged with each other is set to be 10 to 25% of a width dimension of the pair of fastener element rows that are engaged with each other,
wherein the color of the fastener element rows is visible through the gap from the side of the pair of fastener tapes with the pull tab, and
wherein the sewing threads for respectively sewing the pair of fastener element rows to the opposing tape side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes penetrate through the core strings inserted into the pair of fastener element rows, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,016,027

ARTICLE WITH SLIDE FASTENER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ARTICLE WITH SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. An article with a slide fastener affixed thereto comprising:a pair of element members each of which has a plurality of single elements made of a synthetic resin and fixedly integrated and connected to at least one flexible connecting string-shaped member at an equal interval;
a slider formed with an element guide path between upper and lower blades; and
a fastener-attached member forming an opening and closing part of the article,
wherein the pair of element members are directly sewn to a first surface of the fastener-attached member by sewing threads,
wherein the element members and the fastener-attached member are inserted into the element guide path of the slider,
wherein a reinforcement sheet member is attached to the fastener-attached member, and
wherein the element members are sewn to the fastener-attached member by the sewing threads together with the reinforcement sheet member.

US Pat. No. 9,936,773

MOLDED HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CUSHION BODY

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded hook and loop fastener having at least one hook and loop fastener member which comprises a flat plate-shaped base material and a plurality of engaging elements erected on a first surface of the base material in a center region in a width direction thereof, and configured to be integrated with a cushion body upon foaming of the cushion body, the molded hook and loop fastener comprising:a flexible sheet-shaped resin material infiltration-blocking member fixed to right and left side edge portions, in the width direction, of the first surface of the base material and arranged along a longitudinal direction of the base material; and
right and left support members erected along the longitudinal direction of the base material at locations which are located on the inside of fixation portions of the resin material infiltration-blocking member with respect to the base material in the width direction, and configured to support the resin material infiltration-blocking member,
wherein an upper end of the resin material infiltration-blocking member is configured to protrude above an upper end location of the support members.

US Pat. No. 9,936,774

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fastener, comprising:a body having an upper blade and a lower blade connected by a guide post and having a guide groove between the upper blade and the lower blade;
a pull tab having a base portion rotatably attached to the body, a gripper extending from the base portion and a claw portion protruding from the base portion;
a shaft member inserted through the pull tab, supported by the body at both ends thereof and configured to rotatably support the pull tab relative to the body; and
a coil spring attached around the shaft member so as to urge the gripper of the pull tab to be laid down toward the body,
wherein the body comprises:
a claw guide portion formed in the upper blade to allow a tip end of the claw portion to protrude into the guide groove when the pull tab is laid down toward the body; and
a restricting portion for restricting rotation of the pull tab when the pull tab is raised by a predetermined angle from the body, and
wherein the pull tab comprises:
a restricted portion coming in contact with the restricting portion when the pull tab is raised by the predetermined angle from the body.

US Pat. No. 9,936,775

END STOP, SLIDE FASTENER AND ORNAMENTAL FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:a pair of fastener tapes extending in a front and rear direction and respectively arranged on right and left sides;
a pair of element rows fixed along opposing right and left side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes;
an end stop connecting the pair of fastener tapes, the end stop comprising:
a male member and a female member configured to sandwich the opposing right and left side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes from both sides thereof in an upward and downward direction, which is a thickness direction thereof, the male member and the female member each having a circular outer contour;
wherein the male member comprises a circular disk-shaped male base member including a facing surface having a circular shape and configured for facing the female member and an inserting male portion protruding in a concentric shape from the male base portion and configured to be inserted into the female member,
wherein the female member comprises a circular disk-shaped female base member including a facing surface having a circular shape and configured for facing the male member and a receiving female portion formed in a concentric shape with the female base portion and configured to receive and connect at least a part of the inserting male portion,
wherein at least one of the facing surface of the male base portion and the facing surface of the female base portion is provided with a protrusion group protruding therefrom, and
wherein the protrusion group includes a plurality of protrusions arranged in at least one concentric circle shape with the at least one facing surface provided with the protrusion group and the plurality of protrusions are spaced from each other at predetermined angles arrayed over an entire circumference of the at least one concentric circle shape along a circumferential direction thereof; and
a slider configured to move along the pair of element rows to engage and disengage the pair of element rows.

US Pat. No. 9,781,981

STOP FOR A SLIDE FASTENER, AND A METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE THEREOF

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A stop for a slide fastener, comprising a top plate and a bottom plate linked with one another at a transversely intermediate
position by an integral connecting post,
wherein in a condition before the stop is crimped onto the slide fastener,
an upper side of the top plate is substantially flat and a lower side of the top plate is flat;
and
the bottom plate includes a pair of leg members which slope away from the connecting post,
wherein the stop is crimped onto fastener tapes of the slide fastener by deforming the pair of leg members of the bottom plate
without substantially deforming the top plate, and

wherein in a condition after the stop is crimped onto the slide fastener, the pair of leg members are provided with a respective
end flange pointing towards the top plate and adapted to cooperate in use with the top plate to retain the fastener tapes
therebetween,

wherein in the condition after the stop is crimped onto the slide fastener, an upper side of each of the leg members of the
bottom plate has a sloping surface extending from the respective flange towards a proximal portion of each of the leg members,
and

wherein the bottom plate is shaped such that in the condition after the stop is crimped onto the slide fastener an entire
lower side of the bottom plate is flat.

US Pat. No. 9,763,498

SLIDER COVER FOR SLIDE FASTENER AND SLIDE FASTENER WITH SLIDE COVER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider cover for a slide fastener, comprising:
an upper member and a lower member which are spaced apart from each other in an upward and downward direction and arranged
in parallel to each other; and

a connecting post connecting the upper member with the lower member,
wherein the upper member comprises a receiving portion configured to receive at least a part of an upper blade of a slider,
wherein the receiving portion is a hole portion penetrating through upper and lower surfaces of the upper member,
wherein the receiving portion has an inner surface for defining the hole portion,
wherein at least a part of the inner surface receives the upper blade so as to come in contact with at least a part of a side
wall of the upper blade, and

wherein both sides of the receiving portion of the upper member in a width direction thereof are provided with cover-side
flanges protruding downward.

US Pat. No. 9,700,106

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener comprising:
a pair of fastener tapes formed with a pattern on a front surface thereof, wherein the pattern includes a plurality of pattern
units each pattern unit having a substantially rectangular shape with diagonals of each pattern unit have different lengths
and the pattern is continuously formed along a longitudinal direction of the fastener tapes with a longer one of the diagonals
oriented along the longitudinal direction of the fastener tapes;

a pair of fastener element rows respectively provided along opposing side edge portions of the pair of fastener tapes;
a slider configured to engage and disengage the pair of fastener element rows; and
a film member fixed to the front surface of the pair of fastener tapes such that the pattern is visible,
wherein the film member is provided with a concave-convex shape on a surface thereof, wherein the concave-convex shape includes
a plurality of pattern units corresponding to the pattern units of the fastener tapes.

US Pat. No. 9,622,551

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PORTION OF SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

13. A slide fastener stringer configured to be sewn to a garment or other article with sewing threads, comprising:
a first tape having a row of coupling elements along a first edge of the first tape, the coupling elements being configured
to interdigitate with a further row of coupling elements;

a first layer of a fluid resistant material attached to the first tape; and
an extending layer of a fluid resistant material attached to the first layer, wherein the extending layer forms an extension
member comprising a first overhang portion which extends beyond a second edge of the first tape opposite the first edge of
the first tape;

wherein the first layer of the fluid resistant material is attached to the first tape and the extending layer is attached
to the first layer such that there is no fluid path through the first layer and/or the extending layer to the first tape,
and

wherein the extending layer is made only of thermoplastic material,
wherein a back surface of the first tape is substantially flush with a back surface of the extending layer, and
wherein a dimension of the extending layer in a width direction of the slide fastener stringer is more than twice a thickness
of the first tape.

US Pat. No. 9,526,302

COVER-MATERIAL FASTENING CLIP

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A cover-material fastening clip for connecting a cover material and a cushion material, the cover-material fastening clip
comprising:
an engaging part configured to be engaged with an end member for engagement provided at an end edge of the cover material;
and

a hook configured to be engaged with a wire provided in a groove of the cushion material,
wherein the hook is provided below the engaging part and is formed with:
a claw-shaped part protruding laterally and configured to be engaged with the wire; and
a jig receiving part provided at a side opposite to the claw-shaped part and configured to be engaged with a jig for separating
the hook from the wire,

wherein a position at which the jig receiving part is engaged with the jig is located at a side opposite to the engaging part
relative to a position at which the hook is engaged with the wire, and is located lateral to the hook, and

wherein when the jig is engaged with the jig receiving part and is pulled up in a state where the hook is engaged with the
wire, the cover-material fastening clip is rotated about an axis of the wire and the wire is separated from the claw-shaped
part of the hook, so that the connection between the cover material and the cushion material is released,

wherein the hook has an extension part extending downward from the engaging part, and
wherein an inner side surface of the jig receiving part, which faces the extension part or an inner side surface of the extension
part, which faces the jig receiving part is provided with an engaging convex part.

US Pat. No. 10,149,516

HOOK-AND-LOOP FASTENER MANUFACTURING METHOD

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A hook-and-loop fastener manufacturing method comprising:an injection molding step of performing injection molding to form a molded production which a pillar group which is a set of a plurality of pillars and a base plate having a surface from which the pillar group protrudes are integrated into a unified body;
a step of providing the base plate in a lower jig and the pillars of the pillar group in a plurality of holes in an upper jig, wherein a tip part of the pillar group protrudes from the upper jig;
a cutting step of cutting the tip part of the pillar group to form a cut product with a small pillar group which is shorter than the pillar group;
a removal step of removing the cut product from the upper jig and the lower jig;
a melting step of melting the tip part of the small pillar group by arranging a heater with respect to the tip part of the small pillar group in a non-contact state to form pillar body portions which are non-melted portions and engaging portions which are melted portions and which have semispherical shapes so as to be thicker than the pillar body portions from small pillars constituting the small pillar group; and
a cooling step of cooling the engaging portions to determine shapes of a plurality of engaging elements including the pillar body portions and the engaging portions having the semispherical shapes, thereby forming a mushroom hook-and-loop fastener in which an engaging element group which is a set of the plurality of engaging elements and the base plate are integrated into a unified body.

US Pat. No. 10,005,210

INJECTION MOLDED ELEMENT FOR SLIDE FASTENER AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. An injection molded element for a slide fastener having as a material a polyamide resin composition containing a polyamide resin having a glass transition temperature from 40 to 70° C., the material excluding polyester resin,the composition having a melt flow rate from 5 to 40 g/10 min measured at 280 degrees C. under a load of 2.16 kg according to JIS K 7210 (Method A), and containing from 40 to 60 parts by mass of reinforcing fibers per 100 parts by mass in total of the polyamide resin and reinforcing fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,159,312

CAP, BUTTON GROUP AND METHOD FOR FORMING BUTTON GROUP

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A cap of a button or button fastener, comprising a bottom and a circumferential side rising from an edge of the bottom,wherein the cap is composed of an inner layer made of a first material and an outer layer made of a second material which is different from the first material, the inner layer and the outer layer being laminated on each other continuously across the bottom and the circumferential side rising from the bottom,
wherein the first material is aluminum or aluminum alloy, and
wherein the second material is copper, copper alloy, nickel alloy or zinc alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,111,497

BUTTON BACK AND BUTTON

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A metallic button back comprising a cylindrical part and an umbrella part extending radially outward from one axial end of the cylindrical part,wherein the umbrella part includes a first bending part which extends radially outward from the one axial end of the cylindrical part and then bends on the opposite side of the cylindrical part,
wherein an outer periphery, including a radially outer end, of the first bending part has a polygonal shape including at least three corners and sides which extend between two circumferentially adjacent corners,
wherein the umbrella part includes flat plates extending radially outward from the radially outer end, corresponding to the sides, of the first bending part.

US Pat. No. 10,064,453

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded surface fastener, the molded surface fastener being integrally molded using a first resin composition and a second resin composition as materials, the molded surface fastener comprising a substrate portion in a form of plate and a plurality of engaging elements that protrude from one main surface of the substrate portion, at least a part of the substrate portion being made of the first resin composition, and at least a part of the engaging elements being made of the second resin composition,wherein the first resin composition comprises 80% by mass or more of a thermoplastic polyester and does not contain a magnetic material, and
wherein the second resin composition comprises a thermoplastic polyester, a thermoplastic polyester elastomer and a magnetic material at a total content of 90% by mass or more, a content of the magnetic material is from 20 to 50% by mass, and a content ratio by mass of the thermoplastic polyester and the thermoplastic polyester elastomer is in a range of the thermoplastic polyester/the thermoplastic polyester elastomer =50/50 to 90/10.

US Pat. No. 10,433,620

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SLIDE FASTENER CHAIN

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a waterproof fastener chain, comprising:preparing a fastener chain comprising a pair of fastener tapes made of polyester resin adjacent to each other at a given space (s) between each side edge thereof, and rows of elements respectively attached onto a main surface of the side edge of each of the fastener tapes;
extruding a polyester resin having a melt viscosity at 200° C. of 50 to 3000 dPa·s from an outlet of a die at 150 to 250° C. to apply the polyester resin onto a main surface of each of the fastener tapes that is opposite to the main surface having each of the attached rows of the elements, and onto the space (s), by curtain coating; and then
passing the fastener chain with the applied polyester resin, between a metal roll heated at 100° C. to 250° C., which is arranged on a side of the polyester resin applied surface, and a roll having a hardness of 5 to 50° (JIS K 6253: 2006), which is arranged on a side of the polyester resin non-applied surface, while applying a pressure of 0.1 to 10.0 MPa; and then cooling and curing the polyester resin on the fastener chain.

US Pat. No. 10,362,839

SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

17. A fastening device comprising:a first tape portion; and
a first fastening portion joined to the first tape portion, the first fastening portion defining a first side surface and a second side surface opposite from the first side surface, the first fastening portion comprising a plurality of fastening elements extending from the first side surface, the plurality of fastening elements arranged lengthwise along a lengthwise direction of the fastening device, each adjacent pair of fastening elements offset by a pitch distance and defining a fastening gap therebetween, each of the plurality of fastening elements comprising an engagement portion extending in a direction parallel to the lengthwise direction of the fastening device, the second side surface of the first fastening portion defining a plurality of relief grooves, the fastening device being a first fastening device, the first fastening device configured to be joined to a second fastening device comprising a second fastening portion having the same geometry as the first fastening portion of the first fastening device.

US Pat. No. 10,327,518

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded surface fastener made of synthetic resin which is integrated to a surface of a cushion body when foam molding of the cushion body, the molded surface fastener comprising:a flat plate-shaped base portion, right and left resin intrusion barrier portions standing along a length direction on an upper surface of the base portion, and a plurality of hook-shaped engaging elements disposed between the right and left resin intrusion barrier portions, in which a magnetic region containing magnetic particles in the synthetic resin is formed along the length direction in at least a part between the right and left resin intrusion barrier portions,
wherein magnetic raised portions integrally formed with the base portion and rising from the upper surface of the base portion such that a height dimension in a vertical direction is lower than the engaging elements and containing the magnetic particles therein are disposed alternately between the engaging elements adjacent in the length direction within the magnetic region,
the magnetic raised portions are formed on at least a position interposed by the adjacent engaging elements in the length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,251,454

SLIDER COVER OF SLIDE FASTENER AND SLIDER SET

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider cover of a slide fastener, comprising:an upper mounting plate configured to be mounted on an upper side of a slider;
a lower mounting plate configured to be mounted on a lower side of the slider; and
a column-shaped connecting post connecting a front portion of the upper mounting plate and a front portion of the lower mounting plate at a front side of the slider,
wherein the upper mounting plate comprises: an upper plate configured to be arranged above an upper blade of the slider and formed with a through-hole penetrating through the upper mounting plate in an upward and downward direction in order to allow a pull tab of the slider to pass through the through-hole; and an upper wall protruding downward from the upper plate,
wherein the lower mounting plate comprises: a lower plate configured to be arranged below a lower blade of the slider; and a lower wall configured to surround a front side and right and left sides of an outer periphery of the lower blade and protruding upward from the lower plate, and
wherein the upper mounting plate comprises a protrusion protruding from an inner peripheral surface of the upper wall and configured to come in close contact with a part of an outer peripheral surface of the upper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,212,992

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fasteners, comprising:a slider body that includes an upper blade; a lower blade; a coupling post; and a pull tab attachment post wherein the coupling post couples the upper blade and the lower blade at a front end portion of the slider body, and the pull tab attachment post extends from a base end portion thereof coupled to the upper blade to a free end portion thereof towards the front end portion as a cantilever; and
a closure part that comprises a closure portion for closing a gap between the free end portion of the pull tab attachment post and the upper blade,
wherein the closure part comprises an upper engaging portion provided at an upper section of the closure part and engaged with the free end portion of the pull tab attachment post; and a leg portion provided at a lower section of the closure portion, and
wherein the leg portion comprises a rod portion extending from the closure portion along the coupling post; and a lower engaging portion coupled to the rod portion and engaged with the lower blade.

US Pat. No. 10,194,720

METHOD OF PRODUCING A FASTENER ELEMENT

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method of producing a helical fastener element from a single monofilament, comprising:controlling an orientation of a flattened single monofilament relative to a mandrel, said flattened single monofilament having first and second widths in cross section, and the second width being orthogonal to and greater than the first width; and
helically winding the flattened single monofilament about the circumference surface of the mandrel along an axial direction of the mandrel, so that a helix of the monofilament is configured in which each helical unit in said helix includes a pair of legs, a first coupling portion coupled between said pair of legs, and a second coupling portion coupled between one leg of said pair of legs and the other leg of a pair of legs in an adjacent helical unit, at least the second width of said first coupling portion being oriented along the axial direction of the mandrel in accordance with the controlled orientation of the flattened single monofilament relative to the mandrel; and
pressing the first coupling portion in each helical unit in the helix of the monofilament to form an engagement head that has a third width that is a widened width of the second width of the first coupling portion in the width direction of the second width.

US Pat. No. 10,188,180

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener slider, configured to move in a front-rear direction, and comprising a slider body having an upper blade and a lower blade connected by a guide post at front end sides thereof, and a pull tab attached to a pull tab attachment portion formed on the upper blade,wherein the pull tab attachment portion has a pair of right and left first members protruding from the upper surface of the upper blade, and a second member connecting the pair of the right and left first members, so as to form an insertion passage opening in the front-rear direction,
wherein the first members have a base portion and a wall portion arranged to extend from the base portion toward at least one of front and rear sides thereof, wherein the pull tab has a string-shaped member and the string-shaped member is inserted into the insertion passage in the front-rear direction and attached to the pull tab attachment portion, and
wherein the wall portions are arranged to extend toward the front sides beyond a front end of the second member or arranged to extend toward the rear sides beyond a rear end of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,181

FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer comprising a row of elements and a fastener tape, at least one side edge of the fastener tape having insulation properties, the row of the elements being attached to the one side edge of the fastener tape, wherein each element comprises a pair of leg portions for holding the fastener tape from front and back sides; and a head portion connecting each leg portion while straddling the one side edge of the fastener tape, the head portion having an engaging region for engaging with an opposing element when constructing a fastener chain; and wherein cured coating film is formed in 50% or more of a total number of the elements at least at a center portion in a front and back direction of the fastener tape on an end surface of the head portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,387

FASTENING TAPE WITH FLEXIBILITY IN THE LATERAL DIRECTION AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastening tape comprising:a body comprising a first edge, a second edge distal from the first edge, a bottom surface extending between the first edge and the second edge, and a top surface extending between the first edge and the second edge, the body defining a lateral direction from the first edge to the second edge and a longitudinal direction transverse to the lateral direction;
a plurality of fasteners extending in an upward direction from the top surface of the body and arranged in rows extending in the lateral direction of the body, wherein each fastener of the plurality of fasteners has a height f;
a plurality of transverse walls extending in the upward direction from the top surface of the body, each of the transverse walls extending in the lateral direction of the body, wherein at least one of the transverse walls comprises a plurality of transverse wall sections having a transverse wall width, wherein at least one of the transverse wall sections connects adjacent fasteners arranged in one of the rows to each other; and
a slit within the at least one transverse wall section connecting adjacent fasteners, wherein the slit extends from a topmost end of the transverse wall towards the top surface of the body, wherein the slit has a slit width that is less the transverse wall width and wherein the slit has a height h that is less than or equal to approximately f+0.15 f and that is greater than or equal to approximately f?0.15 f.

US Pat. No. 10,178,898

METALLIC FASTENER MEMBER AND FASTENER EQUIPPED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A metallic fastener member comprising, as a base material, a copper alloy containing zinc, wherein the metallic fastener member has a surface to which a rust prevention treatment has been applied and has such a property that, when analyzed by a scanning X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy apparatus, a maximum value of an atomic concentration of Mn is detected at a depth of 100 nm or less from the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,178,899

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fastener, comprising:a body having an upper blade and a lower blade connected by a guide post and having a guide groove between the upper blade and the lower blade;
a pull tab having a base portion rotatably attached to the body, a gripper extending from the base portion and a claw portion protruding from the base portion;
a shaft member inserted through the pull tab, supported by the body at both ends thereof and configured to rotatably support the pull tab relative to the body; and
a coil spring attached around the shaft member so as to urge the gripper of the pull tab to be laid down toward the body,
wherein shoulder mouths are formed on both right and left sides of the guide post at a front side of the body and a rear mouth is formed at a rear end of the body,
wherein the guide groove communicates the shoulder mouths with the rear mouth to guide fastener elements of the slide fastener,
wherein the body comprises a claw guide portion formed in the upper blade to allow a tip end of the claw portion to protrude into the guide groove through the claw guide portion when the pull tab is laid down toward the body, and
wherein the base portion has a body attachment portion comprising:
a coil spring receiving portion formed in a recess shape which is opened at one of right and left sides thereof to receive the coil spring therein; and
a shaft member insertion portion provided at the other of the right and left sides to allow the shaft member to be inserted therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,426,231

MOLDED SURFACE FASTENER, CUSHION BODY, CUSHION BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND MOLDING DIE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A molded surface fastener that is configured to be integrated to a groove portion for fixing a skin material provided on a surface portion of a cushion body along a length direction of the groove portion at a time of foam molding of the cushion body,comprising at least one surface fastener portion in which an engaging region is formed of a plurality of hook-shaped engaging elements standing on a first surface of a flat plate-shaped substrate portion wherein:
a foldable piece portion extends from one of left and right end edge portions in a width direction which is perpendicular to the length direction of the surface fastener portion,
at least a part of the foldable piece portion has flexibility which is foldable with respect to the surface fastener portion,
the surface fastener portion has a pair of first barrier portions standing along a width direction at both end portions in a length direction of the substrate portion and between which the engaging region is disposed, and a second barrier portion standing along the length direction at an end edge portion of an opposite side of a side of the foldable piece portion in the substrate portion,
each hook-shaped engaging element has a rising portion standing from the substrate portion and a hook portion extending in the width direction from an upper end of the rising portion, and
the hook portion extends only toward a side of the foldable piece portion.

US Pat. No. 10,426,233

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING WATERPROOF FASTENER TAPE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method for manufacturing a waterproof fastener tape, the method comprising:forming a viscous waterproof layer on a releasable substrate;
attaching the viscous waterproof layer formed on the releasable substrate to a fastener tape base fabric, and peeling the releasable substrate off the viscous waterproof layer that has been attached to the fastener tape base fabric;
promoting curing of the viscous waterproof layer formed on the fastener tape base fabric to form a reduced-viscosity waterproof layer; and
after said promoting of curing of the viscous waterproof layer, covering an exposed surface of the reduced-viscosity waterproof layer formed on the fastener tape base fabric with a releasable cover.

US Pat. No. 10,413,023

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slider for slide fastener comprising:a slider body;
a pull-tab attachment portion provided at the slider body;
a resin-made pull tab attached to the pull-tab attachment portion, the pull tab including an axial portion and a pair of left and right bars extending from respective ends of the axial portion, wherein
the pull-tab attachment portion includes a pair of front and rear claws that axially support the axial portion of the pull tab,
the front and rear claws are held by and between the left and right bars while the pull tab pivots so that contact of the respective claws with the left and right bars is maintained throughout the pivoting of the pull tab, and
a width of a terminal end of each claw in an axial direction of the axial portion is less than a width of a base end of each claw in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,405,615

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR JOINING HOOK FASTENER STRUCTURES

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A method of joining two hook fastener tapes comprising:providing the two hook fastener tapes, each hook fastener tape comprising a base, a plurality of hooks extending from the base, and a wall extending from the base along a side of the hook fastener tape;
providing a first splicing component;
providing a second splicing component comprising a tape receiving channel with an extended portion, the extended portion comprising a center section between two side sections, wherein the center section projects beyond the two side sections;
positioning the two hook fastener tapes relative to the first and second splicing components such that an overlay section of the two hook fastener tapes aligns with the extended portion;
positioning the overlay section relative to the tape receiving channel such that hooks of the overlay section generally align with the center section of the extended portion and such that the wall of the overly section generally aligns with each side section of the extended portion; and
splicing the two hook fastener tapes at the overlay section using ultrasonic welding to form a welded tape with a welded connection segment that corresponds to the overlay section.

US Pat. No. 10,391,005

DIAPER ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

YKK Corporation, (JP)

11. An attachment tab for use with a diaper comprising:a fastening portion comprising a handle portion disposed at a distal edge of the fastening portion and a grip portion;
wherein the grip portion is disposed between the handle portion and a proximal edge of the fastening portion;
wherein the grip portion is configured to removably attach to a second end;
wherein the fastening portion comprises at least one cut portion extending through an entire thickness of the fastening portion;
wherein during disengagement of the fastening portion from the second end, the diaper is configured such that a peeling force resists detachment of the fastening portion from the second end before detachment of the fastening portion reaches a pair of end points of the at least one cut portion; and
wherein during disengagement of the fastening portion from the second end, the diaper is configured such that a shear force resists detachment of the fastening portion from the second end after the detachment of the fastening portion reaches the pair of end points of the at least one cut portion.

US Pat. No. 10,383,408

SLIDE FASTENER CHAIN

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener chain comprising:a first tape comprising an inner edge and an outer edge; and
a second tape comprising an inner edge and an outer edge;
wherein the first tape comprises a row of coupling elements fixed along the inner edge of the first tape; and the second tape comprises a row of coupling elements fixed along the inner edge of the second tape;
wherein each of the first and second tape comprises a transverse edge;
wherein the coupling elements of the first and second tapes are arranged such that the coupling elements of the first tape may interdigitate with the coupling elements of the second tape so as to secure the first and second tapes together;
wherein the chain comprises a bottom stop;
wherein the at least one of the tapes is provided with an extension portion which extends beyond the bottom stop;
wherein the extension portion comprises a side edge;
wherein a width of said extension portion is less than a width of a portion of said respective tape which does not form part of said extension portion; and
wherein the transverse edge of each of the first and second tapes is adjacent to the bottom stop or a part of the bottom stop.

US Pat. No. 10,306,953

MOLDING HOOK AND LOOP FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener strip for integration into a foam molded object, the fastener strip comprising:(a) a base made from a thermoplastic resin material and including two side edges extending along a length of the base and two ends extending across a width of the base;
(b) hook fastening elements located between the side edges, the hook fastening elements made from the thermoplastic resin material; and
(c) barriers extending along the length of the base, each barrier located between one of the side edges and the fastening elements, the barriers made from the thermoplastic resin, the barriers each including an outer portion including gaps arranged in a line along the side edge and an inner continuous portion;
wherein the number of fastening elements extending in a row along the length of the base is less than the number of outer portion gaps of one of the barriers.

US Pat. No. 10,306,954

SLIDE FASTENER CHAIN AND SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener chain, comprising:a pair of fastener tapes; and
a plurality of elements fixed on each of opposing edge portions of the fastener tapes at a predetermined pitch;
wherein each element comprises a base portion fixed on the respective fastener tape and a head portion protruding from the base portion and configured to be engaged with an opposing element of the plurality of elements,
wherein a ratio of a sum dimension of a first partial thickness, which is measured from an upper surface of each element to an upper surfaces-side apex of the respective edge portion, and a second partial thickness, which is measured from a lower surface of the element to a lower surface-side apex of the edge portion, to a thickness of the element is greater than or equal to 40%, wherein the thickness of the element is defined by the upper surface of the element which extends over an upper base portion and an upper head portion and by the lower surface of the element which extends over a lower base portion and a lower head portion, and
wherein a ratio of the thickness of the element to the entire length of the element from the base portion to the head portion is less than 60%, wherein the entire length of the element from the base portion to the head portion is defined by a first end that corresponds to a distal end of the upper head portion and a distal end of the lower head portion and a second end that corresponds to a distal end of the upper base portion and a distal end of the lower base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,292,458

BUCKLE

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A buckle comprising:a female part including a housing and an engaging portion provided at an inner surface of the housing;
a male part including a base and an inserted portion to be inserted into the housing of the female part, the inserted portion including a base end coupled to the base, a free end opposite to the base end, and an engaged portion to be engaged with the engaging portion, wherein
the inserted portion, while having a thickness, extends from the base end to the free end, and is elastically pivotable around the base end as a pivot center to allow engagement and disengagement of the engaging and engaged portions, wherein
when a force is applied to the male part for pulling the male part out of the housing, the engaged portion has a contact surface that is in planar contact with the engaging portion, wherein
provided that downward indicates a direction along movement of the inserted portion from its initial posture toward its deformed posture during the engagement and disengagement of the engaging and engaged portions and upward indicates a direction along movement of the inserted portion recovering from the deformed posture toward the initial posture,
(i) relative to a first center point at the center of the base end in a thickness direction of the inserted portion, a second center point at the center of the contact surface in said thickness direction is positioned downward; or
(ii) relative to an uppermost position at a lower surface of the base end, a position at a lower end of the contact surface is positioned downward.

US Pat. No. 10,278,457

FEMALE SNAP BUTTON

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A female snap bottom comprising a female snap body and a socket ring to be incorporated in the female snap body,wherein the female snap body comprises a bottom portion and a side wall rising from a peripheral edge of the bottom portion, the side wall being provided with a holding portion for holding the socket ring,
wherein the socket ring comprises a flange portion arranged radially outward and held by the holding portion and an engaging portion arranged radially inside the flange portion,
wherein the engaging portion protrudes downwardly toward the bottom portion side of the female snap body and below the flange portion, in the axial direction of the socket ring,
wherein the engaging portion of the socket ring is provided with a plurality of slits along the radial direction in the circumferential direction, and
wherein the holding portion includes a lower holding portion, a side holding portion and an upper holding portion, and wherein the engaging portion protrudes downwardly toward the bottom portion side and below the lower holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,238,187

FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer comprising a row of elements and a fastener tape, at least one side edge of the fastener tape having insulation properties, the row of the elements being attached to the one side edge of the fastener tape, wherein each element comprises a pair of leg portions for holding the fastener tape from front and back sides; and a head portion connecting each leg portion while straddling the one side edge of the fastener tape, the head portion having an engaging region for engaging with an opposing element when constructing a fastener chain; and wherein cured coating film is formed in 50% or more of a total number of the elements at least at a center portion in a front and back direction of the fastener tape on an end surface of the head portion.

US Pat. No. 10,212,991

FASTENER CHAIN ELEMENT AND FASTENER CHAIN

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener chain including an element, the element comprising a body portion fixed on a core portion of a tape extending in a length direction and a width direction, the core portion extending in the length direction on one side edge portion of the tape; a neck portion protruding from the body portion to extend away from the tape in the width direction; a pair of shoulder portions protruding from a front surface and a rear surface of the neck portion in the length direction when considered from an upper side of the element; an engaging head portion protruding from the neck portion to extend away from the tape in the width direction; and a pair of groove portions formed in the engaging head portion, each of the groove portions extending in the length direction when considered from the upper side of the element,wherein as viewed in the width direction, the element has at least one of a protruding direction of the pair of shoulder portions inclined with respect to a reference direction and an extending direction of the pair of groove portions inclined with respect to the reference direction, wherein the reference direction is an extending direction of the core portion on which the body portion is fixed such that the fastener chain forms a curved shape when closed.

US Pat. No. 10,161,019

METALLIC FASTENER MEMBER HAVING LIGHT GOLD COLOR, AND FASTENER PROVIDED THEREWITH

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A metallic fastener member comprising a base material of a copper alloy having composition containing 1 to 30% by mass of Zn and 1 to 11% by mass of Ni, 0 to less than 0.5% by mass of Mn and the balance being Cu and inevitable impurities, wherein the metallic fastener member has a Vickers hardness of Hv 120 or more and less than Hv 220.

US Pat. No. 10,098,420

FASTENER ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener element made of a polyacetal resin composition containing 13 to 17% by mass of reinforcing fibers having an average fiber diameter of 8-11 ?m and a numeric average fiber length of 200 to 270 ?m, wherein the reinforcing fibers have a fiber length distribution Lw/Ln of 1.0 to 1.5 in which Ln represents the numeric average fiber length and Lw represents a weight average fiber length.