Patents Assigned to Nike, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10100445
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an article of apparel from a singular knit component in disclosed. According to techniques described herein, multiple tubular knit components may be formed in succession, and as run of knit components, by a standard flat-knit machine. Thereafter, the knit components may be separate from each other, and portions of the knit components may be removed to transform each knit component into an article of apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 10098413
    Abstract: An electronically controlled bladder assembly includes an adjustable pressure bladder and a constant pressure reservoir connected by an electronically controlled valve. The electronically controlled valve is operated in a manner that inflates the adjustable bladder when the current pressure is below a target pressure and in a manner that deflates the adjustable bladder when the current pressure is above the target pressure. The inflation and deflation of the adjustable bladder are achieved in an iterative manner by controlling the flow of fluid between the constant pressure reservoir and the adjustable bladder over several cycles of heel strikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 10098412
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper, an outsole attached to the upper, and a midsole. The outsole includes a ground-engaging surface and an inner surface disposed on opposite sides. The midsole has a footbed and a bottom surface disposed on opposite sides. The bottom surface opposes the inner surface to define a cavity therebetween. The article of footwear also includes a first series of projections extending into the cavity from one of the inner surface and the bottom surface in a first direction toward the other of the inner surface and the bottom surface. The article of footwear also includes a second series of projection extending into the cavity from one of the inner surface and the bottom surface in the first direction toward the other of the inner surface and the bottom surface. The article of footwear also includes a quantity of particulate matter disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Hoffer, Cassidy R. Levy, Nicholas R. Long, Aaron K. Seid
  • Patent number: 10098417
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper configured to receive a foot, and a sole structure fixedly attached to a bottom portion of the upper. The sole structure may include a ground-engaging outer member and the footwear may include a first strand configured to form at least a first lace receiving loop and extending through the outer member of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant Russell Klug, Tetsuya T. Minami, James Molyneux
  • Patent number: 10098409
    Abstract: A pre-tensioned article and method of making an article of footwear involving pre-tensioning a sole structure during manufacturing. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include a plurality of apertures that provide an auxetic effect. In further embodiments, the upper may also be pre-tensioned in a similar manner as the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Bryan N. Farris, Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 10098411
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper, an outsole attached to the upper, and a midsole. The outsole includes a ground-engaging surface and an inner surface disposed on opposite sides. The midsole has a footbed and a bottom surface disposed on opposite sides. The bottom surface opposes the inner surface to define a cavity therebetween. The article of footwear also includes a first series of projections extending into the cavity from one of the inner surface and the bottom surface in a first direction toward the other of the inner surface and the bottom surface. The article of footwear also includes a second series of projection extending into the cavity from one of the inner surface and the bottom surface in the first direction toward the other of the inner surface and the bottom surface. The article of footwear also includes a quantity of particulate matter disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Hoffer, Cassidy R. Levy, Nicholas R. Long, Aaron K. Seid
  • Patent number: 10098410
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed that includes an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure incorporates a support element that includes a fluid-filled chamber. The chamber may be bonded to other portions of the sole to secure the chamber within the sole. A surface of the chamber may also be angled to form a corresponding bevel in a lower surface of the sole structure, potentially in a rear-lateral area of the sole structure. A plate may also extend under a portion of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Cook, Bryan N. Farris, Jeffrey L. Johnson, Steven F. Smith, Paul VanDomelen
  • Patent number: 10098395
    Abstract: An apparel item having an integrated duct system for an upper torso of a wearer is provided herein. The integrated duct may be formed by permanently and discontinuously affixing a portion of the panels used to form the apparel item along their edges. Inflow air ducts may be positioned on the front of the apparel item and outflow air ducts may be positioned on the back of the apparel item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim D. Baschak, Iustinia Koshkaroff, Phyllis Michele Lininger, Luke A. Pezzimenti, Stephanie J. Scott
  • Publication number: 20180289166
    Abstract: A sport chair with ancillary electronic functionality includes a seating surface operative to support a user, and ancillary functionality selected from: thermal management functionality, identity sensing functionality, health sensing functionality, apparel integration, and immersive display functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Andon, Ciro Fusco, Daniel A. Judelson, Hien Tommy Pham, Michael Wallans
  • Publication number: 20180289099
    Abstract: A footwear system includes an article of footwear that has a sole with a medial side, a lateral side, and a foot-receiving surface. The article of footwear has an upper with a medial side portion and a lateral side portion. The medial side portion is fixed to the medial side of the sole and has a first distal end. The lateral side portion is fixed to the lateral side of the sole and has a second distal end. The medial side portion and the lateral side portion are configured to wrap at least partially around a foot positioned on the foot-receiving surface. The medial side portion is securable at the first distal end, and the lateral side portion is separately securable at the second distal end remote from the medial side portion when the medial side portion and the lateral side portion are wrapped at least partially around the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Hannah Rose Amis
  • Publication number: 20180289100
    Abstract: An article of footwear comprises a sole, and an upper that has a medial side portion extending from the medial side of the sole with a first distal end remote from the medial side. The upper has a lateral side portion extending from the lateral side of the sole with a second distal end remote from the lateral side. The upper may include a support member extending at least partially across the foot-receiving surface with a first end remote from the medial side. The medial and lateral side portions wrap at least partially around a foot with the first distal end securable proximal to the lateral side, and the second distal end separately securable proximal to the medial side. An article of footwear has cables with proximal ends fixed to one side of the upper and that extend through looped cables on an opposite side of the upper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Paul J. Francis, Claudio Innocente
  • Publication number: 20180289106
    Abstract: A method of forming a plate for an article of footwear is disclosed. The method includes applying a first strand portion to a base layer including positioning adjacent segments of the first strand portion to form a first layer on the base layer. The adjacent segments of the first strand portion having a greater density across a width of the plate between a medial side and a lateral side at a midfoot region of the plate than at a forefoot region of the plate and at a heel region of the plate. The method also includes applying at least one of heat and pressure to the first strand portion and to the base layer to conform the first strand portion and the base layer to a predetermined shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Bartel, Stefan E. Guest, Sam Lacey, Adam Thuss, Christian Alexander Steinbeck
  • Publication number: 20180289108
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper, an outsole attached to the upper, and a midsole. The outsole includes a ground-engaging surface and an inner surface disposed on opposite sides. The midsole has a footbed and a bottom surface disposed on opposite sides. The bottom surface opposes the inner surface to define a cavity therebetween. The article of footwear also includes a first series of projections extending into the cavity from one of the inner surface and the bottom surface in a first direction toward the other of the inner surface and the bottom surface. The article of footwear also includes a second series of projection extending into the cavity from one of the inner surface and the bottom surface in the first direction toward the other of the inner surface and the bottom surface. The article of footwear also includes a quantity of particulate matter disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Hoffer, Cassidy R. Levy, Nicholas R. Long, Aaron K. Seid
  • Publication number: 20180289109
    Abstract: A device configured to surround a portion of a foot-receiving cavity at a heel region of an article of footwear includes a control bar having a center segment, a medial side arm extending from the center segment, and a lateral side arm spaced from the medial side arm and extending from the center segment. The device may include an extension extending toward the control bar. At least a portion of the control bar may be elastically deformable under an applied force depressing the control bar toward the extension, and the extension may limit movement of the control bar. The control bar may be adapted to return to an unloaded position upon removal of the applied force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, John T. Dimoff, Wade Flanagan, Austin Orand, Gerald Sullivan, George A. Xanthos
  • Publication number: 20180289090
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to thermally-insulated garments and methods of forming the same. The garments in accordance with aspects herein have one or more chambers filled with a thermally-insulating fill material. The thermally-insulating fill material includes a plurality of crimped thermally-reflective polymer strands. Each strand in the plurality of crimped thermally-reflective polymer strands is crimped to provide an increased reflective surface area for heat deflection/reflection, breathability, and movability of the thermally-insulated garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 10092437
    Abstract: A wrist and forearm sleeve is adjustable to provide varying amounts of compression and support at different positions along the wrist and forearm. Among other things, the sleeve might include an elastic internal sleeve, an adjustable cuff, and an adjustable sheath. In addition, a method of supporting a wrist and forearm includes donning the wrist and forearm sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Baron C. Brandt, Iustinia Koshkaroff
  • Patent number: D830676
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Durand, Tony Hardman
  • Patent number: D830679
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Durand, Tony Hardman
  • Patent number: D830680
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Hardman
  • Patent number: D830681
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Durand, Tony Hardman, Benjamin Nethongkome