Cooperative Patent Classification


CPC Definition - Subclass A41C

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CORSETS; BRASSIERES
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Corsets or girdles being a special type of undergarments for shaping or correction of a figure, with or without stays or steels, auxiliary belts, straps or fasteners; corsets with or without brassieres, e.g. of annular or tubular shape; girdles, e.g. with high waist part, with open bottom, or girdles of panty type, e.g. with elongated thigh part with or without suspenders.

Brassieres being a type of undergarments for supporting or shaping breasts having connected or separate cups including strapless, backless brassieres, e.g. self-adhesive bra cups, or brassieres with stiffening or bust-forming inserts, e.g. with pads containing gel or foam filling, with pockets; bra specially adapted for nursing mothers, e.g. fold-down convertible bra or with replaceable absorbing pads or cups; bra cups with massage elements.

Details of corsets, girdles or brassieres relating to materials used in making process thereof, e.g. elastic corsets including corsets made of rubber, or of layered materials; special materials for nursing mother brassieres or brassieres for sport activities.

Machines or appliances for manufacturing corsets or brassieres, such as integrated manufacturing system or production lines including, e.g. cutting or sewing machines, ironing-machines, attachment mechanisms for assembling component parts, circular knitting machines, machines for molding cup-shaped parts.

Methods for manufacturing corsets or brassieres, mostly the combination of individual process steps such as mechanical treatment e. g. pattern cutting or sewing, physical treatment with the use of high temperature or pressure e.g. hot pressing forming die for a brassiere cup, thermoforming for shape retention or hardening of the articles, high temperature adhering and pressing process without sewing, ultrasonic adhering, antibacterial treatment, aromatizing or steeping by perfume, chemical methods for densification of the knitted stitches; methods of manufacturing one piece bra; finishing edges.

Relationships with other classification places

Group A41B 17/00 "Selection of special materials for underwear" is used not only with groups A41B 9/00 "Undergarments" or A41B 13/00 "Baby linen" but it should also be used together with groups A41C 1/00 and A41C 3/00 if the material of articles is of interest.

Manufacturing of corsets, girdles or bras is classified in group A41C 5/00. However provided that a subject of the invention concerns also an individual step of the combined method or an individual machine of the aggregated plant such information can be separately classified in the appropriate places of the CPC in sections B or D, e.g. in groups:

B32B 37/00 Methods or apparatus for laminating, e.g. by curing or by ultrasonic bonding;

B29C 51/00 Shaping by thermoforming, e.g. shaping sheets in matched moulds or by deep-drawing; Apparatus therefor;

D04B 1/24 Weft knitting processes for the production of fabrics or articles not dependent on the use of particular machines; Fabrics or articles defined by such processes specially adapted for wearing apparel;

D04B 21/14 Fabrics characterised by the incorporation by knitting, in one or more thread, fleece, or fabric layers, of reinforcing, binding, or decorative threads; Fabrics incorporating small auxiliary elements, e.g. for decorative purposes;

D06C 29/00 Finishing or dressing, of textile fabrics;

D06M 23/14 Processes for the fixation or treatment of textile materials in three-dimensional forms

D05C 7/00 Special-purpose or automatic embroidering machines

References
Application-oriented references

Examples of places where the subject matter of this place is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Non-implantable mammary prostheses

Orthopaedic corsets

Nursing devices in the form of corsets or bandages for abdomen, teat, or breast support, with or without pads

Bandages specially adapted for breast or abdomen

Absorbent pads for external application to the body

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Combined undergarment

Waistbands forming part of the undergarments

Shoulder-straps forming part of undergarments

Maternity clothing

Clothing specially adapted for women

Swim-suits, beach suits

Corset fasteners

Shoulder or like straps in general

Glossary of terms

In this place, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Corset

(n) tight-fitting undergarments often reinforced by stays, worn to support and shape the waistline, hips, and breasts.

Girdle

(n) a woman's corset extending from waist to thigh

Stay

(n) a flat strip of steel, plastic, etc., used especially for stiffening corsets, collars, etc. (in.pl.) hist. a corset esp. with whalebone etc. stiffening, and laced

Steel

(n) a steel stiffener in a corset, etc.

Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents, the following abbreviations are often used:

Bra

Brassiere

In patent documents, the following words/expressions are often used as synonyms:

  • Girdle, Stays, Corset

In patent documents, the word/expression in the first column is often used instead of the word/expression in the second column, which is used in the classification scheme of this place:

Foundation garment

Bra

Corsets or girdles
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References
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Examples of places where the subject matter of this place is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Orthopaedic corsets

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Corsets fasteners

Special rules of classification

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.

{Panty-girdles}
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{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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References
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Orthopaedic corsets

Maternity corsets
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References
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Maternity clothing

Orthopaedic corsets

Special rules of classification

Comprises also post-pregnancy supports.

Component parts
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Stays; Steels
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made of wire
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of built-up type
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with protective caps
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Brassieres
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Special rules of classification

For cleavage covers class in A41D 1/22

{with stay means (A41C 3/06 takes precedence; stay means per se A41C 3/122)}
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Special rules of classification

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.

{made from one piece with one or several layers}
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{with suspension construction for the breasts}
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{with size and configuration adjustment means}
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{with pockets}
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References
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Medicine delivery patches

{diffusing perfume or the like}
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Containers for holding perfume

Holders for air deodorants

Body deodorants

Perfumes encapsulated in a carrier

Perfumes released by thermal or chemical activation

Textiles containing perfume or deodorants

{specially adapted for specific purposes (prosthetic brassieres A41C 3/148)}
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{for sport activities}
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{for medical use or surgery}
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References
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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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Special rules of classification

For back fasteners of brassieres class in A41F 1/006

for nursing mothers {(nursing clothing in general A41D 1/215)}
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References
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

A61M2001/066

Supports of milk pumps on body

Strapless brassieres, {i.e. without shoulder straps}
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{attached directly to the body, e.g. by means of adhesive}
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Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Plasters for reconstructing body shape

Adhesive plasters

Bandages adapted to breast

combined with other garments (with corsets A41C 1/06)
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References
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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
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References
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Inserts per se

Special rules of classification

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.

{with inflatable inserts}
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Component parts
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References
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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

Special rules of classification

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.

{Stay means (stay means for corsets A41C 1/14)}
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References
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Wires

Special rules of classification

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

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Stay means:

Wires and perimetric supports only around the linear contour of cup.

{with an articulated or bridge construction}
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{with additional means provided at the ends, e.g. for protection}
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{using specific materials}
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Stiffening or bust-forming inserts
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Special rules of classification

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 place, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Stiffening or bust-forming inserts:

Supports covering the volumetric contour of the cup.

{Stiffening inserts}
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Special rules of classification

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 place, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Stiffening inserts:

Supports covering discrete parts of the volumetric contour of the cup.

{Pads}
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Special rules of classification

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 place, 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.

{containing liquid or gel filling}
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{Prosthetic brassieres (non-implantable mammary prostheses A61F 2/52)}
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Machines, appliances, or methods for manufacturing corsets or brassieres
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{by moulding (shaping of textile material made from plastics fibres by thermoforming B29C 51/004)}
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