Patents by Inventor Dean A. Snell

Dean A. Snell has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20160332034
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Applicant: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Patent number: 9421425
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Publication number: 20150133237
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) at least one mantle layer adjacent to the core; (c) an inner cover layer adjacent to the mantle layer; and (d) an outer cover layer adjacent to the inner cover layer, wherein the inner cover layer has a material Shore D hardness that is at least 3 less than the material Shore D hardness of the outer cover layer, and the inner cover layer has a thickness of less than 0.050 in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Eric Michael Loper
  • Patent number: 8979677
    Abstract: A golf ball comprises (a) a core, (b) an inner mantle layer, (c) an intermediate mantle layer, (d) an outer mantle layer and (e) at least one cover layer, and the material flexural modulus (FM) of the core and the various layers follows the relationship FM(core)<FM(inner mantle)>FM(intermediate)<FM(outer mantle)>FM(cover), or the relationship FM(core)<FM(inner mantle)<FM(intermediate)>FM(outer mantle)>FM(cover).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Patent number: 8932154
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising (a) a core; (b) at least one mantle layer adjacent to the core; (c) an inner cover layer adjacent to the mantle layer; and (d) an outer cover layer adjacent to the inner cover layer, wherein the inner cover layer has a material Shore D hardness that is at least 3 less than the material Shore D hardness of the outer cover layer, and the inner cover layer has a thickness of less than 0.050 in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Eric M. Loper
  • Patent number: 8858365
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a six piece golf ball wherein each part of the golf ball has certain characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Publication number: 20140200098
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Patent number: 8715113
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Eric M. Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Patent number: 8632423
    Abstract: The present invention is to a golf ball having an equator at latitude 0° and two poles; and an equator region defined by latitudes 0 to 25°, a shoulder region defined by latitudes from more than 25° to less than 65°, and a pole region defined by latitudes 65° to 90°; and a dimple pattern on the surface of the golf ball having an average dimple volume of the equator region Ve, an average dimple volume of the shoulder region, Vs, and an average dimple volume of the pole region, Vp such that the ratio Vs/Ve is less than 0.97 and the ratio Vp/Vs is less than 0.97.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan L. Stefan, Dean A. Snell, Hyun J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20130267348
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a six piece golf ball having a core, an inner mantle layer, an intermediate mantle layer, an outer mantle layer, an inner cover layer, and an outer cover layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Publication number: 20130237343
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-layer golf ball comprising at least one core or core layer, at least one intermediate layer, and at least one cover layer. The core has a diameter of about 1.20 to about 1.56 in. and a PGA compression of about 40 to about 90. The intermediate layer comprises a modified ionomeric polymer, and it has a thickness of about 0.01 to about 0.10 in. and a Shore D hardness of about 30 to about 70. The cover layer has a Shore D hardness of about 40 to about 75. The multi-layer golf balls of the present invention provide high driver ball speed and/or a high Coefficient of Restitution, while maintaining excellent shot feel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Hyun J. Kim, Eric Michael Loper
  • Patent number: 8440767
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-layer golf ball comprising at least one core or core layer, at least one intermediate layer, and at least one cover layer. The core has a diameter of about 1.20 to about 1.56 in. and a PGA compression of about 40 to about 90. The intermediate layer comprises a modified ionomeric polymer, and it has a thickness of about 0.01 to about 0.10 in. and a Shore D hardness of about 30 to about 70. The cover layer has a Shore D hardness of about 40 to about 75. The multi-layer golf balls of the present invention provide high driver ball speed and/or a high Coefficient of Restitution, while maintaining excellent shot feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Hyun Jin Kim, Eric Loper
  • Patent number: 8357060
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric M. Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Publication number: 20130012338
    Abstract: A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Eric M. Loper
  • Publication number: 20120283042
    Abstract: The present invention is to a golf ball having an equator at latitude 0° and two poles; and an equator region defined by latitudes 0 to 25°, a shoulder region defined by latitudes from more than 25° to less than 65°, and a pole region defined by latitudes 65° to 90°; and a dimple pattern on the surface of the golf ball having an average dimple volume of the equator region Ve, an average dimple volume of the shoulder region, Vs, and an average dimple volume of the pole region, Vp such that the ratio Vs/Ve is less than 0.97 and the ratio Vp/Vs is less than 0.97.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Ryan L. Stefan, Dean A. Snell, Hyun J. Kim
  • Patent number: 8241150
    Abstract: The present invention is to a golf ball having an equator at latitude 0° and two poles; and an equator region defined by latitudes 0 to 25°, a shoulder region defined by latitudes from more than 25° to less than 65°, and a pole region defined by latitudes 65° to 90°; and a dimple pattern on the surface of the golf ball having an average dimple volume of the equator region Ve, an average dimple volume of the shoulder region, Vs, and an average dimple volume of the pole region, Vp such that the ratio Vs/Ve is less than 0.97 and the ratio Vp/Vs is less than 0.97.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan L. Stefan, Dean A. Snell, Hyun J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20120129630
    Abstract: A golf ball comprises (a) a core, (b) an inner mantle layer, (c) an intermediate mantle layer, (d) an outer mantle layer and (e) at least one cover layer, and the material flexural modulus (FM) of the core and the various layers follows the relationship FM(core)<FM(inner mantle)>FM(intermediate)<FM(outer mantle)>FM(cover), or the relationship FM(core)<FM(inner mantle)<FM(intermediate)>FM(outer mantle)>FM(cover).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Michael Loper, Dean A. Snell
  • Publication number: 20120122611
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-layer golf ball comprising at least one core or core layer, at least one intermediate layer, and at least one cover layer. The core has a diameter of about 1.20 to about 1.56 in. and a PGA compression of about 40 to about 90. The intermediate layer comprises a modified ionomeric polymer, and it has a thickness of about 0.01 to about 0.10 in. and a Shore D hardness of about 30 to about 70. The cover layer has a Shore D hardness of about 40 to about 75. The multi-layer golf balls of the present invention provide high driver ball speed and/or a high Coefficient of Restitution, while maintaining excellent shot feel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Hyun Jin Kim, Eric Loper
  • Patent number: 8177665
    Abstract: A four-piece solid golf ball construction is disclosed, including one or more core layers, an inner mantle layer, an outer mantle layer, and one or more cover layers. The inner mantle layer has a Shore D hardness in the range of 20 to 60, and the outer mantle layer has a Shore D hardness in the range of 40 to 80 and exceeding that of the inner mantle layer by at least 3. The solid golf ball provides a high spin rate when struck not only by a full 8-iron, but also by a soft pitching wedge, for short shots near a putting green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Loper, Dean Snell, Hyun Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 8119714
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a multi-layer golf ball comprising at least one core or core layer, at least one intermediate layer, and at least one cover layer. The core has a diameter of about 1.20 to about 1.56 in. and a PGA compression of about 40 to about 90. The intermediate layer comprises a modified ionomeric polymer, and it has a thickness of about 0.01 to about 0.10 in. and a Shore D hardness of about 30 to about 70. The cover layer has a Shore D hardness of about 40 to about 75. The multi-layer golf balls of the present invention provide high driver ball speed and/or a high Coefficient of Restitution, while maintaining excellent shot feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Snell, Hyun Jin Kim, Eric Loper