US 9,808,040 B2
Strap fastener
Carole Lea Burns, Seattle, WA (US)
Filed by Carole Lea Burns, Seattle, WA (US)
Filed on Nov. 24, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/551,838.
Prior Publication US 2016/0143380 A1, May 26, 2016
Int. Cl. A41F 15/02 (2006.01); A41F 15/00 (2006.01); A41C 3/12 (2006.01)
CPC A41F 15/02 (2013.01) [A41C 3/12 (2013.01); A41F 15/002 (2013.01); Y10T 24/44274 (2015.01)] 9 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A fastener assembly for minimizing movement of a bra strap, the fastener comprising:
a flat disc-shaped first plate comprising a first outer surface, a first inner surface, a first clasp member, and a plurality of protrusions on the first inner surface; and
a flat disc-shaped second plate coupled to the first plate and comprising a second outer surface, a second inner surface and a second clasp member;
wherein the fastener is convertible between:
(i) a closed configuration wherein the first inner surface of the first plate faces, and is separated from, the second inner surface of the second plate and the first clasp member releasably couples to the second clasp member such that the fastener is configured to encompass two opposing sides of a looped-portion of a bra strap disposed between the first and second inner surfaces of the first and second plates, respectively, wherein one of the two opposing sides of the looped-portion of the bra strap is in contact with the plurality of protrusions; and
(ii) an open configuration, in which the first clasp member is uncoupled from the second clasp member such that the fastener is configured to release the two opposing sides of the looped-portion of the bra strap;
wherein the second plate coupled to the first plate via a joint comprising spring-steel or a shape memory material configured to automatically return to a default shape, wherein the default shape results in the fastener automatically transitioning from either the open configuration to the closed configuration or from the closed configuration to the open configuration; and
wherein the first outer surface of the first plate comprises a mounting portion configured to engage and retain one of a plurality of interchangeable embellishment members thereto, the mounting portion and interchangeable embellishment member are configured to matingly engage one another via a releasable coupling, wherein at least one of the mounting portion and interchangeable embellishment member comprises a male element and the other comprises a corresponding female element.