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FASTENINGS OR ATTACHMENTS OF FOOTWEAR; LACES IN GENERAL
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Equipment of the shoe e.g. laces, eyelets, cleats, studs.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Equipment for ski boots
Equipment for skate
Shoe lacing fastenings (garment fastening devices A41F)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Every fastening system including at least one lace and concerning the lace, e.g. a special way of lacing, a specific position of the lace on the shoe, several laces used, etc...

Hooks for laces; Guards for hooks
Eyelets
Holding devices for laces
Laces; Laces in general for garments made of textiles, leather, or plastics
Cable fastening
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Garment fastening device
Combined fastening
Hooks for laces (making from sheet metal B21D 53/46); Guards for hooks
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Hooks for lacing, along the upper, generally the lace joining together the hooks in the lateral part with the hooks situated on the medial part of the upper.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Making of Hooks from metal sheet
Eyelets (machines for setting eyelets A43D 100/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Holes in the upper generally to help the lace to bring together the lateral part with the medial part of the upper

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Machine for setting eyelets
Holding-devices for laces
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Systems to hold lace(s) in tighten position.

Laces; Laces in general for garments made of textiles, leather, or plastics
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The lace itself.

Other fastenings specially adapted for shoes (dress fastenings in general A44B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any fastening that is not a lace. Still some of the documents can have a lace, in case they relate to footwear provided with more than one fastening system.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Fastenings withdevice mounted on the tongue (could still involve lace)
Ornaments and decorative devices with fastening function (could involve a lace)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Dress fastenings in general
[N: Combined fastenings, e.g. to accelerate undoing or fastening]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Combination of two different fastenings e.g. a lace for precision lacing of a boot, and a zipper, for quick release of the boot.

Special rules of classification within this group

If one of the two fastenings is a lace, classification should be given in A43C 1/00 and sub-groups.

Ornamental buckles or other ornaments for shoes, with fastening function (buckles in general A44B 11/00)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Buckles in general
Wear-resisting attachments
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Additional device(s) attached on the shoe to protect against wear.

Non-skid devices or attachments (apparatus for climbing poles, trees, or the like A63B 27/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Additional device(s) attached to a footwear to improve friction.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Soles made anti skid, either by impregnation, either by antiskid devices monolithic to the sole, or multilayer soles, with a part of it in contact with the ground, but excluding the cleats, and studs
Sport footwear
Football/soccer footwear
Apparatus for climbing poles, trees, or the like
Snowshoes
Attachments for footwear, not provided for in other groups of this subclass
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Any attachment to a footweer not covered by the other groups, e.g. a plate with the name of the user, a tool to clean a golf club with the foot, an electronic device, any attachment not integrated in the footwear.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Overshoes
Overshoes for sporting purpose
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013