Patents Assigned to adidas International Marketing B.V.
  • Patent number: 7980009
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: James Carnes, Scott Tomlinson, Stephen Michael Vincent
  • Patent number: 7954259
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Bruno Jean Antonelli, Wolfgang Scholz, Jürgen Weidl, Josh Robert Gordon, Jan Hill, Gerd Rainer Manz
  • Patent number: 7927253
    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: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Vincent, Christian Dibenedetto, Mark Arthur Oleson, Paul Gaudio
  • Patent number: 7918811
    Abstract: Support devices for joints of the human body are disclosed. A support device for an ankle includes a main body having a medial portion and a lateral portion disposed about the ankle, and an interior surface; at least one of a medial support member disposed in a cavity in the medial portion of said main body and a lateral support member disposed in a cavity in the lateral portion of said main body; a strap disposed on a proximal portion of said main body, said strap having fastening means adapted to create a first level of pressure in the front of the lower leg immediately proximal to the ankle and a second level of pressure in the rear of the lower leg immediately proximal to the ankle; and one or more proprioceptive members disposed on the interior surface of said main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Michel Lussier, Brook Dion Athay, John Whiteman, Albert Gollhofer
  • Patent number: 7854815
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multi-layer outer panel for a game ball includes three-dimensionally forming a top layer of an outer panel, as well as one or more backing materials disposed underneath the top layer, into a shape substantially corresponding to the surface of the ball. Multi-layer outer panels are then attached to or interconnected to surround an inflatable bladder, thereby producing a game ball while minimizing overstretching of the outer material or the backing material and improving resistance of the outer panels to delamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignees: adidas International Marketing B.V., Molten Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhusa Taniguchi, Hideomi Shishido, Shigeo Doi, Yoshihisa Okimura, Hans-Peter Nürnberg
  • Patent number: 7827706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sole made from a first material, at least one receptacle made from a second material, and at least one stud, which can be releasably mounted within the receptacle by inserting a fastening projection of the stud into the receptacle. The fastening projection includes a first locking member, and the receptacle includes a flexible wall having a second locking member. The flexible wall is deflected when the fastening projection is inserted into the receptacle until the first and the second locking members engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Antoine Briant, Erwin Friedrich Saur
  • Publication number: 20100218298
    Abstract: A garment which minimizes chafing includes a three-dimensional heat molded area and a seam connecting a front area of the garment with a back area of the garment. The seam may be curved and shaped to create a three-dimensionally shaped area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Martina Stattelmann, Nina Maria Ludwig, Pauline Nolan, Andrea Simon
  • Publication number: 20100222165
    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: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Hans Peter Nurnberg, David John Drury, Timothy David Lucas, Roland Gunter Seydel
  • Patent number: 7753813
    Abstract: The ball for a ball game of the invention includes a fabric layer 1 having a spherical 12-hedron where twelve right pentagonal fabric pieces 2 are sewn together. The marginal edges of the fabric piece being folded by 90 degrees, and the marginal edges are sewn together with a sewing machine. The fabric layer is then reversed through cross-like slits 5a, 5b formed in the fabric layer in a location opposite to a valve opening 5 (also formed in the fabric layer) in such a manner that the marginal edges are located on an inner side of the fabric layer. After the bladder is accommodated within the fabric layer through the closure hole 5, the hole 5 is closed by a patch. Onto a surface of the fabric layer, there is adhered the panels. Thereby, the ball for a ball game having no unevenness and soft feeling is attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignees: Molten Corporation, adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Harufusa Taniguchi, Hideomi Shishido, Shigeo Doi, Yoshihisa Okimura
  • Publication number: 20100154258
    Abstract: A sole for a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, includes a unidirectional bending element. The unidirectional bending element enables a dorsal bending of the sole (bending of the sole in the direction upward and away from the ground) and blocks a plantar bending of the sole (bending of the sole in the direction downward and towards the ground). The unidirectional bending element may be arranged at a first layer of the sole and may vertically project from the first layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Wolfgang SCHOLZ, Juergen Weidl
  • Patent number: 7740551
    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: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Hans Peter Nurnberg, David John Drury, Timothy David Lucas, Roland Gunter Seydel
  • Publication number: 20100139120
    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: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Gerd Rainer Manz, Timothy David Lucas
  • Patent number: 7730637
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Wolfgang Scholz
  • Publication number: 20100130315
    Abstract: A bladder for an inflatable ball, in particular a soccer ball, has electrical wiring wherein the wiring is at least partially arranged along a bladder wall to interconnect two electrical or electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Volker Peter STEIDLE
  • Publication number: 20100130316
    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: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Volker Peter STEIDLE
  • Patent number: 7721348
    Abstract: The present invention relates a protective element for an athlete. The protective element can include a first flexible support layer, wherein a plurality of substantially hard projections is arranged on the first support layer, and a second flexible support layer, wherein a plurality of substantially hard receiving elements is arranged on the second support layer. The receiving elements and the projections are configured to provide flexible protection to various areas of a user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Nürnberg
  • Patent number: D618740
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventor: Janneke van Oorschot
  • Patent number: D637380
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Barbara Niedner, Juergen Uedelhoven, Philipp Renner, Josh Robert Gordon, John Whiteman, Stuart Reinhardt
  • Patent number: D641143
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Barbara Niedner, Juergen Uedelhoven, Philipp Renner, Josh Robert Gordon, John Whiteman, Stuart Reinhardt
  • Patent number: D641545
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Barbara Niedner, Juergen Uedelhoven, Philipp Renner, Josh Robert Gordon, John Whiteman, Stuart Reinhardt