This page provides quick access to numerous patents and patent applications for body armor
for the extremities that may be interesting to those designing body armor for Improvised Explosive
Devices (IED). It also contains a few patents on new body armor materials, technologies and approaches.
This page is part of the Body Armor Body for IED Information Research Center.
Viewing Body Armor Patents
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Application Number Search Box.
U.S. Patent Application 2007/0028339 Deltoid Arm Protection System for Ballistic Body Armor.
Published 8 Feb 2007. Deltoid cover with fasteners to attach it to a vest. Deltoid cover includes a
weapons gripping pad and attachment loops.
U.S. Patent 7,143,446 Body Armor for Protecting the Lower Body. Issued 5 Dec 2006. Soft body
armor wraps around upper thigh and has a pocket for a magazine (shell carrier) or other supplies.
U.S. Patent Application 2006/0234577 Advanced Body Armor Utilizing Shear Thickening Fluids. Published
19 Oct 2006. Invented by Wagner and Wetzel. Use of shear thickening fluid to improve performance of
ballistic fabric body armor.
U.S. Patent Application 2006/0234572 Shear Thickening Fluid Containment in Polymer Composites. Published
19 Oct 2006. Invented by Wagner, Kirkwood and Egres. A study of the rheology of shear thickening fluids
with possible body armor applications.
U.S. Patent 7,076,806
Body Armor. Issued 18 July 2006. Removable accessory panel for the deltoid. Fits on left or right side
of user. Specifically mentions being designed for use with the Interceptor vest to reduce IED injuries.
U.S. Patent Application 2006/0143771 Body Armor. Published 6 Jul 2006. A deltoid panel.
WO/2006/083395 Extremity Armor.
Published 10 Aug 2006. Applicants: Oklahoma State University, U.S. Government (represented by the Secretary
of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy), FSTechnology, and several inventors (Matic, Hubler, Simmonds,
Sprague, Rupert, Frost, Branson, Farr, Peksoz, and Bruno). QuadGuard patent.
U.S. Patent Application 2005/0266748 Advanced Body Armor Utilizing Shear Thickening Fluids. Published
1 Dec 2005. Invented by Wagner and Wetzel. Use of shear thickening fluids to improve performance of
ballistic fabric body armor.
U.S. Patent 6,698,024
Modular Front Opening Body Armor. Issued 2 March 2004. Assigned to Point Blank Body Armor. Modular armor
that can be adjusted to the threat level. Patent specifications include a nice brief history of body
armor and a photo of person wearing the invention.
U.S. Patent 6,745,661
Method and Apparatus for Defeating Ballistic Projectiles. Issued 8 June 2004.
Assigned to Pinnacle Armor Inc. Describes Pinnacles use of rows of disks to defeat high velocity
U.S. Patent 6,532,857
Ceramic Armor Array. Issued 18 Mar 2003. Assigned to Ceradyne. Ceramic insert encapsulated in an
elastomer for use in body armor. Elastomer protects the insert from environmental hazards (road hazards,
fire, gasoline, etc).
U.S. Patent 6,108,813
Ballistic Resistant Upper Arm Armor Piece. Issued 29 Aug 2000. Assigned to USA
represented by the Secretary fo the Army. Designed specifically not to interfere with movement
while still providing protection to the major arteries in the upper arm.
U.S. Patent 6,026,510
Bullet Deflection Fighting Position Body Armor. Issued 22 Feb 2000. Body Armor mounted on legs and arms
and shoulders deflects bullets and tries to make them "tumble" so they are easier to stop.
U.S. Patent 5,060,314
Multi-Mission Ballistic Resistant Jacket. Issued 29 Oct 1991. Assigned to USA represented by the
Secretary of the Navy. Component type jacket consists of a back, left, right and front panels along
with a permanent collar. Leg straps, a higher collar, groin pad, shoulder and upper arm pads are
accessories that can be quickly attached or detached as needed. The body armor can be buoyant and fire
resistant, is resistant to sea water and to petroleum contaminated waters. Inventor refers to it as
"mission adjustable" body armor.
U.S. Patent 3,458,863
Lower Leg Protective Armor. Issued 5 Aug 1969. Assigned to USA represented by the Secretary of the Army.
Small arms armor for the lower legs with a quick release attachment point at the heel.
U.S. Patent 3,331,083
Leg Protective Armor System. Issued 18 July 1967. Assigned to USA represented by the Secretary of the Army.
A harness transfers some of the weight to the hips to make it easier to walk.
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