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CORSETS; BRASSIERES
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Please note that for classification of additional funtions or features Indexing Codes under A41B 2300/00 to A41B 2500/00 for underwear should be used.

Machines, appliances or methods for making a particular article of apparel should be classified in the relevant group for the machine, appliance or method concerned in A41H and also as additional information with the symbol of the particular article of apparel concerned in A41B to A41F.

Corsets or girdles (corsets fasteners A41F 1/04; orthopaedic corsets A61F 5/02)
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When girdle is used to shape body, class in A41C 1/00 and lower groups.

When girdle is used to support trouser or skirt, class in A41F 9/00 and lower groups.

If girdle is further used to support stocking or socks, classify also as additional information in A41F 11/00.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Corset:
A closely-fitting inner bodice stiffened with whalebone or the like, and fastened by lacing; worn chiefly by women to give shape and support to the figure.
Girdle:
A corset, usually elasticated, that does not extend above the waist.
[N: Panty-girdles]
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[N: Corsets or girdles provided with means preventing the riding-up of the garment]
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Elastic corsets
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with brassieres
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Abdominal supports
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Orthopaedic corsets
Maternity corsets
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Maternity clothing
Orthopaedic corsets
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Comprises also post-pregnancy supports.

Component parts
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Stays; Steels
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made or wire
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of built-up type
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with protective type
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Brassieres
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For cleavage covers class in A41D 1/22

[N: with stay means (A41C 3/06 takes precedence; stay means per seA41C 3/122)]
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For brassieres with stay means, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/0007.

For stay means per se, which are wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup, class in A41C 3/122 and lower groups.

For stiffening or bust-forming inserts per se, which are supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup class in A41C 3/14 and lower groups.

For brassieres with stiffening or bust-forming inserts, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/10.

[N: made from one piece with one or several layers]
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[N: with suspension construction for the breasts]
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[N: with size and configuration adjustment means]
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[N: with pockets]
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Medicine delivery patches
[N: diffusing perfume or the like]
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Holders for air deodorants
Body deodorants
Perfumes encapsulated in a carrier
Perfumes released by thermal or chemical activation
Textiles containing perfume or deodorants
Containers for holding perfume
[N: specially adapted for specific purposes (prosthetic brassieres A41C 3/148)]
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[N: for sport activities]
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[N: for medical use or surgery]
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Prosthetic brassieres
with front closures
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For back fasteners of brassieres class in A41F 1/006

for nursing mothers [N: (nursing clothing in general A41D 1/205)]
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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Absorbent pads for breast / torso
Breast-nipple shields
Milking pumps
Suction cups for milking pumps
Supports of milk pumps on body
K61M209/08D
Strapless brassieres, [N: i.e. without shoulder straps]
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[N: attached directly to the body, e.g. by means of adhesive]
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Adhesive plasters
Bandages adapted to breast
Plasters for reconstructing body shape
combined with other garments (with corsets A41C 1/06)
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Vests with features specially meant for women
Cleavage covers
with stiffening or bust-forming inserts (inserts per se A41C 3/14)
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For brassieres with stiffening or bust-forming inserts, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/10.

For stiffening or bust-forming inserts per se, which are supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup class in A41C 3/14 and lower groups.

For stay means per se, which are wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup, class in A41C 3/122 and lower groups.

For brassieres with stay means, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/0007.

[N: with inflatable inserts]
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component parts
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Undergarments with integral shoulder straps
Brassiere back fasteners
Brassiere shoulder straps
Hook/eye fasteners
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For stay means per se, which are wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup, class in A41C 3/122 and lower groups.

For stiffening or bust-forming inserts per se, which are supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup class in A41C 3/14 and lower groups.

For brassieres with stay means, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/0007.

For brassieres with stiffening or bust-forming inserts, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/10.

[N: Stay means (stay means for corsets A41C 1/14)]
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For stay means per se, which are wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup, class in A41C 3/122 and lower groups.

For stiffening or bust-forming inserts per se, which are supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup class in A41C 3/14 and lower groups.

For brassieres with stay means, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/0007.

For brassieres with stiffening or bust-forming inserts, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/10.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Stay means:
Wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup.
[N: with an articulated or bridge construction]
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[N: with additional means provided at the ends, e.g. for protection]
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[N: using specific materials]
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Stiffening or bust-forming inserts
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For stiffening or bust-forming inserts per se, which are supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup class in A41C 3/14 and lower groups.

For cup liners, cup surface reinforcement, cups with a layered structure where all of the volumetric contour of the cup is covered and for supports covering a continuous surface over most of the volumetric contour of the cup, class in A41C 3/14.

For stay means per se, which are wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup, class in A41C 3/122 and lower groups.

For brassieres with stiffening or bust-forming inserts, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/10.

For brassieres with stay means, where the brassiere is also relevant, class in A41C 3/0007.

For stiffening inserts, which are supports covering discrete parts of the volumetric contour of the cup, class in A41C 3/142.

For pads, which are soft cushion-like supports or layers of material used as stuffing for filling out or expanding the bust shape, class in A41C 3/144 and lower groups.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Stiffening or bust-forming inserts:
Supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup.
[N: Stiffening inserts]
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For stiffening inserts, which are supports covering discrete parts of the volumetric contour of the cup, class in A41C 3/142.

For pads, which are soft cushion-like supports or layers of material used as stuffing for filling out or expanding the bust shape, class in A41C 3/144 and lower groups.

For cup liners, cup surface reinforcement, cups with a layered structure where all of the volumetric contour of the cup is covered and for supports covering a continuous surface over most of the volumetric contour of the cup, class in A41C 3/14.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Stiffening inserts:
Supports covering discrete parts of the volumetric contour of the cup.
[N: Pads]
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Comprises pads meant for the cup only.

For pads, which are soft cushion-like supports or layers of material used as stuffing for filling out or expanding the bust shape, class in A41C 3/144 and lower groups.

For stiffening inserts, which are supports covering discrete parts of the volumetric contour of the cup, class in A41C 3/142.

For cup liners, cup surface reinforcement, cups with a layered structure where all of the volumetric contour of the cup is covered and for supports covering a continuous surface over most of the volumetric contour of the cup, class in A41C 3/14.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Pad
Soft cushion-like support or layers of material used as stuffing for filling out or expanding the bust shape.
[N: containing liquid or gel filling]
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[N: Prosthetic brassieres (non-inplantable mammary prostheses A61F 2/52)]
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Machines, appliances, or methods for manufacturing corsets or brassieres
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[N: by moulding (shaping of textile material made from plastics fibres by thermoforming B29C 51/004)]
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