Patents Assigned to adidas International Marketing B.V.
  • Patent number: 8356363
    Abstract: A garment for a part of the body, and in particular a sport pant, includes an elasticity element, or a number of such elements, disposed on a portion of the garment, while another portion of the garment is free of elasticity elements. As a result, the garment can store energy by elastic elongation under a movement of, for example, a leg. This energy can then be released under a second movement of the leg in the opposite direction, resulting in the garment supporting the second movement of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Caillibotte, Vincent Phillippe Rouiller
  • Publication number: 20130012345
    Abstract: A valve for a ball includes a casing and a core. The core is arranged at least partially inside the casing. The core comprises a first sealing area with a plurality of sections which have alternating concave and convex curvatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Volker Peter Steidle
  • Patent number: 8341763
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reinforcing element for an article of clothing, in particular for a goalkeeper glove, that allows a bending in a first direction, but resists bending in a second direction. The reinforcing element includes at least one bending area that has a curvature with a shape that allows bending of the reinforcing element in the first direction and blocks a bending of the reinforcing element in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Harald Geyer, Volker Peter Steidle, Erwin Friedrich Saur, Detlef Mueller, Dirk Meythaler
  • Patent number: 8327559
    Abstract: Disclosed are articles of footwear and soles therefor, in particular sports shoe soles that include openings for ventilation and vapor exchange. The soles include an insole layer with a plurality of first openings, a support layer with a plurality of second openings that partially overlap the plurality of first openings, and an outsole layer with at least one third opening that at least partially overlaps the plurality of second openings to provide fluidic communications through the sole from an interior of the shoe to an exterior of the shoe. A substantial portion of the plurality of first openings in the insole are interconnected to provide a path for diffusion. The shoes and soles can include a cushioning layer, a tread layer, a breathable membrane, and additional support elements. In addition, the shoes can be used with climate control socks to further enhance the climate control properties of the shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Christoph Berger, Gerd Rainer Manz
  • Publication number: 20120277040
    Abstract: Sports electronic training systems with sport ball and electronic gaming features are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method of transferring data from a sport ball to an electronic game includes the sport ball determining the occurrence of an event and the sport ball transmitting data related to the event to the electronic game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael VINCENT, Christian DIBENEDETTO, Mark Arthur OLESON, Paul GAUDIO
  • Patent number: 8292764
    Abstract: A valve for a ball includes a casing and a core. The core is arranged at least partially inside the casing. The core comprises a first sealing area with a plurality of sections which have alternating concave and convex curvatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Volker Peter Steidle
  • Patent number: 8234798
    Abstract: The invention is directed to intelligent systems for articles of footwear that adjust automatically in response to a measured performance characteristic. The intelligent systems include one or more adjustable elements coupled to a mechanism that actuates the adjustable elements in response to a signal from a sensor to modify the performance characteristic of the article of footwear. The intelligent system adjusts the performance characteristics of the article of footwear without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Christian DiBenedetto, Mark Arthur Oleson
  • Patent number: 8231487
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bladder for an inflatable ball including structure for receiving an electronic device therein. The structure facilitates at least one of cushioning, positioning, locating, and supporting the electronic device. The structure cushions reaction forces arising from a foot strike to the bladder and/or provides a restoring force to the electronic device subsequent to a foot strike to maintain the device in its predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Nurnberg, David John Drury, Timothy David Lucas, Roland G. Seydel
  • Patent number: 8221290
    Abstract: A sports electronic training system with electronic gaming features, and applications thereof, are disclosed. In an embodiment, the system comprises at least one monitor and a portable electronic processing device for receiving data from the at least one monitor and providing feedback to an individual based on the received data. The monitor can be a motion monitor that measures an individual's performance such as, for example, speed, pace and distance for a runner. Other monitors might include a heart rate monitor, a temperature monitor, an altimeter, et cetera. In an embodiment, an input is provided to an electronic game based on data obtained from the at least one monitor that effects, for example, an avatar, a digitally created character, an action within the game, or a game score of the electronic game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Vincent, Christian Dibenedetto, Mark Arthur Oleson, Paul Gaudio
  • Patent number: 8209882
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article of footwear, in particular a sports shoe, wherein the article of footwear includes a ventilation system with at least one active ventilation element arranged in a midfoot area of the article of footwear. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes at least one air channel with an inlet and an outlet which are arranged in the sole area in the interior of the article of footwear. The active ventilation element is arranged such that air is sucked from the interior of the article of footwear through the inlet and is blown into the interior of article of footwear shoe through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Robert Leimer, Timothy Kelvin Robinson, Frank Ingo Michel, Gerd Rainer Manz, Josh Robert Gordon, Tom Allen, Martin Harnisch, Joerg Blinn
  • Publication number: 20120151653
    Abstract: A garment for a part of the body, and in particular a sport pant, includes an elasticity element, or a number of such elements, disposed on a portion of the garment, while another portion of the garment is free of elasticity elements. As a result, the garment can store energy by elastic elongation under a movement of, for example, a leg. This energy can then be released under a second movement of the leg in the opposite direction, resulting in the garment supporting the second movement of the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Caillibotte, Vincent Philippe Rouiller
  • Publication number: 20120144549
    Abstract: A garment for a part of the body, and in particular a sport pant, includes an elasticity element, or a number of such elements, disposed on a portion of the garment, while another portion of the garment is free of elasticity elements. As a result, the garment can store energy by elastic elongation under a movement of, for example, a leg. This energy can then be released under a second movement of the leg in the opposite direction, resulting in the garment supporting the second movement of the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Caillibotte, Vincent Philippe Rouiller
  • Patent number: 8186081
    Abstract: Torsion control devices for use in an article of footwear are disclosed. An article of footwear comprises: a sole having a forefoot portion and a rearfoot portion; and a torsion element disposed in the sole, wherein the torsion element allows the forefoot portion to rotate in a first direction relative to the rearfoot portion and restricts rotation of the forefoot portion relative to the rearfoot portion in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: C. Griffin Wilson, III, Gerd R. Manz, Mark A. Henderson, Robert Leimer, Timothy K. Robinson, Franz G. Rott, Darren M. Wood
  • Patent number: 8122615
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shoe sole including a cushioning element. The shoe sole can include a heel cup or heel rim having a shape that substantially corresponds to the shape of heel of a foot. Further, the heel part can include a plurality of side walls arranged below the heel cup or rim and at least one tension element that interconnects at least one side wall to another side wall or to the heel cup or rim. The heel cup or rim, the plurality of side walls, and the at least one tension element can be integrally formed as a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Robert J. Lucas, Vincent Philippe Rouiller, Allen W. Van Noy, Stephen Michael Vincent
  • Patent number: 8056268
    Abstract: The invention is directed to intelligent systems for articles of footwear that adjust automatically in response to a measured performance characteristic. The intelligent systems include one or more adjustable elements coupled to a mechanism that actuates the adjustable elements in response to a signal from a sensor to modify the performance characteristic of the article of footwear. The intelligent system adjusts the performance characteristics of the article of footwear without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Christian DiBenedetto, Mark Arthur Oleson
  • Patent number: 8037549
    Abstract: A reinforcing element for an article of clothing includes at least one elongate element and a plurality of raised bodies aligned substantially longitudinally and integrally formed with the elongate element. The bodies define slits therebetween to allow bending of the reinforcing element in a first direction and prevent bending of the reinforcing element in a second direction by a blocking contact of the bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Erwin Friedrich Saur, Joerg Knappworst
  • Publication number: 20110239488
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe with a sole unit, where the sole unit includes a recess for removably receiving a housing of an electronic assembly, for example, an electronic pedometer, an accelerometer, or a speed sensor. Further, the invention relates to a housing for receiving an electronic assembly, for example, a pedometer, an accelerometer, or a speed sensor, where the housing has an outer shape corresponding to the shape of a recess formed in a shoe sole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: Adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: James Carnes, Scott Tomlinson, Stephen Michael Vincent
  • Patent number: 8006411
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sliding element for a shoe sole. The sliding element includes an upper sliding surface and a lower sliding surface, wherein the lower sliding surface is arranged below the upper sliding surface so as to be slideable in at least two directions. The upper sliding surface can form a lower side of an upper heel cup and the lower sliding surface can form an upper side of a lower heel cup, wherein the upper heel cup and the lower heel cup have corresponding substantially spherical shapes. Complex multi-dimensional sliding and cushioning movements between the upper sliding surface and the lower sliding surface are made possible by the corresponding three-dimensional shapes of the two substantially spherical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Gerd Rainer Manz, Timothy David Lucas
  • Publication number: 20110203142
    Abstract: A modular shoe includes an upper with an upper side and a lower side, a chassis releasably arranged in an interior of the upper, and a plurality of studs. Each stud is releasably attached to the chassis through the lower side of the upper. The lower side of the upper is clamped between the chassis and at least one of the attached studs. The invention also relates to the various components used in a modular shoe in accordance with the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: WOLFGANG SCHOLZ
  • Publication number: 20110197473
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe having a sole element. The sole element includes a sole area extending below a wearer's foot and a heel cup three-dimensionally encompassing a heel of the wearer's foot. The heel cup alone forms at least a portion of a sidewall of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: ADIDAS INTERNATIONAL MARKETING B.V.
    Inventors: Bruno Jean Antonelli, Wolfgang Scholz, J├╝rgen Weidl, Josh Robert Gordon, Jan Hill, Gerd Rainer Manz