Patents Assigned to Nike, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220312896
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a footwear upper that includes a base layer defining a throat opening, a tongue having a forward end fixed to the base layer forward of the throat opening, and a strap having an anchored end fixed at the base layer and a securing end selectively securable at the base layer. The tongue is pivotable about the forward end between an access position and a use position, extends over and covers the throat opening in the use position, and rests against an exterior of the base layer at a medial side of the base layer and at a lateral side of the base layer in the use position. The strap crosses over an exterior of the tongue with the securing end secured at the base layer and the tongue in the use position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson Bendzak, Chris J. Page
  • Publication number: 20220314099
    Abstract: Electronic tracking systems are disclosed for assisting users with locating objects in a sporting environment. One such system includes a ball tracking component that tracks a game ball while moving in the sporting environment, and a heads up display that is worn by the user. This heads up display has an electronic display screen with a transparent display area that dynamically displays images within the user's field of view. A processor, which communicates with the ball tracking component and heads up display, is programmed to detect movement of the game ball, and responsively determine launch characteristics and/or flight characteristics of the moving game ball. The heads up display displays the launch/flight characteristics contemporaneous with an object indication adjacent to or superimposed over the moving game ball as the game ball is visible through the transparent display area of the display screen within the user's field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Leech
  • Publication number: 20220312897
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to lace-receiving structures that may be included in articles of footwear. The lace-receiving structure can include a first longitudinal portion, a second longitudinal portion spaced apart from the first longitudinal portion to define a gap therebetween, and an intermediate portion that includes a first folded region adjacent the first longitudinal portion and a second folded region adjacent the second longitudinal portion. The lace guide can be a continuous piece of material that includes the first portion, the intermediate portion, and the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Brenton Wehrmeyer
  • Patent number: 11458700
    Abstract: Mold systems for molding fluid-filled elements include a lower mold body having a lower mold surface and an upper mold body having an upper mold surface. A mold apparatus is disposed between the lower and upper mold bodies. This mold apparatus includes: (i) a first arm providing a first mold surface extending between first and second ends of the first arm, and (ii) a second arm providing a second mold surface extending between first and second ends of the second arm. The first and second mold surfaces have surface contours configured to form molded undercut surface features of the fluid-filled element. Methods of molding fluid-filled elements using such mold systems also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Jared S. Baggen
  • Patent number: 11457696
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to an automated footwear platform including an actuator assembly for controlling a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, an actuator assembly can include an actuator frame with a plurality of integrated actuators. The actuator frame is adapted to interconnect elements of the actuator assembly, the actuator frame including a width, a length, and a thickness where the width and length form an exterior surface and an interior surface separated by the thickness. The plurality of actuators are integrated into the actuator frame, each actuator of the plurality of actuators including an actuator head extending from the exterior surface and a button interface extending from the backside of the actuator head through the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Narissa Chang, Fanny Yung Ho
  • Patent number: 11457695
    Abstract: An adaptive fluid system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The adaptive fluid system includes a fluid chamber that provides cushioning and shock absorption for a foot. The adaptive fluid system includes an adjustable pressure regulating valve that may be used to control the pressure of the fluid chamber. The adaptive fluid system includes a valve that prevents fluid from escaping from a fluid chamber during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, James Molyneux, Lee D. Peyton, Ty A. Ransom, Nicola J. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11457685
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a braided footwear upper is provided. The method includes braiding a two-layer, single-tube structure with a first end that couples a first braided layer to a second braided layer, and second end that couples the first braided layer to the second braided layer of the tubular braided structure. The first end is proximate the second end. At least one yarn from the first end, and at least one yarn from the second end are braided with at least one draw yarn. The draw yarn is braided to be easily removable, such that the first end is selectively de-coupled from the second end. When the draw yarn is removed, the double-layer tubular braided structure is expandable to form a larger diameter tubular braided structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Bruce, Eun Kyung Lee, James Y. Yoo, Chikao Ichikawa, Michihiro Ichikawa
  • Patent number: D965254
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitchell L. Eckensweiler
  • Patent number: D965256
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Valentina Azizova, Raj C. Mistry
  • Patent number: D965261
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle D. Schenone
  • Patent number: D965262
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nate Durflinger
  • Patent number: D965265
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kohei Kanata
  • Patent number: D965266
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kohei Kanata
  • Patent number: D965267
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Arielle Ebenholtz
  • Patent number: D965268
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryant Russell Klug
  • Patent number: D965269
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan M. VanHook
  • Patent number: D965270
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan M. VanHook
  • Patent number: D965276
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle Strek
  • Patent number: D965280
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Darryl Matthews
  • Patent number: D965282
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan M. VanHook