Patents Assigned to Nike, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10368614
    Abstract: An article of footwear flat pattern upper having an upper portion and a footbed portion is provided. The upper portion and the footbed portion are integrally continuous, such that the upper portion lateral side converges with the footbed lateral side. The flat pattern includes nested same-sided article of footwear with a reduced surplus portion there between. The articles of footwear includes the following continuous portions: the first medial side with a toe end, the toe end with a lateral side, the lateral side with a heel end, and the heel end with the second medial side. The first medial side and the second medial side are joined to form dimensional article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce J. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 10368616
    Abstract: A zipper assembly includes various elements, such as a zipper-slider body and a zipper puller. The zipper puller can be gripped when manually traversing the zipper-slider body along zipper-teeth assemblies, such as when releasably fastening portions or edges of an article together. In addition, the zipper puller includes one or more additional hooking loops that releasably attach onto other surfaces or items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Burke, Stephanie J. Scott, Rebecca M. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 10369412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prompting a user to perform an exercise and monitoring the exercise are provided. Multiple independent sensors or sensor systems may be used to calculate energy expenditure. Various criteria may be used to manually or automatically select the independent sensor or sensor system or combination that will be used with the energy expenditure calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tesa Aragones, Adriana Guerrero, Steve Holmes, Christina S. Self, Aaron B. Weast, Paul Winsper, Jay C. Blahnik
  • Patent number: 10368607
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper defining an interior void and a first cable movable in a tightening direction to move the upper into a tightened state and movable in a loosening direction to move the upper into a loosened state. The article of footwear also includes a tightening grip operable to be moved away from the upper in a first direction to move the first cable in the tightening direction and a cable lock operable in a locked state to restrict movement of the first cable in the loosening direction and operable in an unlocked state to permit movement of the first cable in the loosening direction. A release grip is operable to be moved away from the upper in a second direction to move the cable lock from the locked state to the unlocked state, whereby the release grip is separate from the tightening grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Peter Lam, Austin Orand, Andrea M. Vinet, Peter Williams, Samantha Young
  • Patent number: 10368590
    Abstract: Aspects of a flat-knit support garment for an upper torso are provided. The flat-knit support garment may include a bra structure having a flat-knit bra material that includes a cup zone, a body zone, a wing zone, a strap zone, and a chestband zone. In some instances, a perimeter of the flat-knit bra comprising a neck opening and armhole openings includes a finished edge treatment corresponding to a high stretch modulus, covered yarn. Such finished edges are generated in seamless construction with the unitary, flat-knit structure of the flat-knit support garment for an upper torso. The flat-knit characteristics of the support garment for an upper torso may correspond to one or more of a flat-knit stitch sequence, a yarn type, and/or a finishing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Josue Diaz, Paul R. Montgomery, Lori Sears, Andrea J. Staub
  • Patent number: 10368606
    Abstract: A knitted component formed of unitary knit construction includes a ridge structure and a channel structure. The ridge structure is biased to curl about a first axis in a first direction toward a compacted position. The channel structure is biased to curl about a second axis in a second direction toward a compacted position. The first direction is opposite the second direction. Courses of the ridge structure extend in the same direction as the first axis. Courses of the channel structure extend in the same direction as the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian Meir
  • Patent number: 10368611
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole assembly that has a bladder element with a first outer surface and a second outer surface opposite the first surface. A guide component is fused to one of the outer surfaces. The guide component has at least one groove extending laterally across the guide component. The at least one groove is configured to receive and guide at least one elongated member such that the elongated member is movable lengthwise when positioned in the at least one groove. A method of manufacturing a sole assembly for an article of footwear includes fusing the guide component to one of the first outer surface and the second outer surface of the bladder element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 10369409
    Abstract: Analysis of sporting equipment characteristics may be analyzed using dynamic sampling rates. For example, analyzing a golf swing may include the use of one or more sensors providing data at various sampling rates. According to some aspects, the sampling rate may be dynamically modified upon determination of one or more golf equipment characteristics, environmental conditions, player characteristics and the like. In one example, a sampling rate processor may dynamically select a sampling rate at which data is sampled from one or more sensors. In some examples, by dynamically selecting the sampling rate, an analysis may be tailored to various types, and portions of a golf swing, in addition to producing power consumption by the analysis instruments in the golf club system. According to other aspects, triggering conditions for modifying a sampling rate may be determined from a population of one or more previous golf swings performed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Manan Goel, Mario Lafortune
  • Patent number: 10368612
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article of footwear from a flat pattern is provided. The method includes cutting a first cut in a first material through the top surface (502) and the bottom surface of the first material. The method continues with coupling an overlay (500) on the first material top surface (502) such that the overlay (500) extends over the first cut and obscures the first material top surface (502). The method continues with forming the flat pattern having the first material with the first cut and the overlay (500) into a dimensional article of footwear configured to receive a foot. The first material bottom surface is more interior to the dimensional article of footwear than the top surface (502).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce J. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 10369474
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure relate to rewarding users of an electronic game for real-world physical activity. Further aspects relate to altering virtual items based upon physical activity. An electronic game may comprise or otherwise relate to an online world (such as a “Virtual World”). Users may be represented through customized graphical representations, such as avatars. An account of a user (or entity) may be associated a “virtual region.” A threshold level of real-world physical activity may result in obtaining a reward that may be associated with a virtual item. A reward may be configured to result in: (1) altering visual appearance of a virtual item within a virtual region; (2) altering a virtual characteristic of a virtual item, such that the first user may engage in at least one additional virtual activity using that virtual item; and/or (3) acquiring a new virtual item for a virtual region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Willoughby H. Walling
  • Publication number: 20190231022
    Abstract: In one aspect, an upper for an article of footwear may include a knit element, a collar area configured to form an ankle opening, and a cuff in the collar area. The cuff may be at least partially formed by the knit element and may include a ribbed knit structure of the knit element. In another aspect, an upper for an article of footwear may include a knit element with a first area, the first area including a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The first side may be formed of at least 30% more material than the second side such that the first area is configured to curve convexly away from the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Roberto Zavala
  • Publication number: 20190231030
    Abstract: A knitted component may include a boundary, a first course extending from the boundary, and a second course extending from the boundary. The first course and the second course may be interlooped at a first location, the first location being adjacent to the boundary. A contour section may be located between the first course and the second course at a second location, and the second location may be spaced from the boundary such that the boundary is curved in a concave manner at the first location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lia Uesato
  • Publication number: 20190232591
    Abstract: A system and method for forming 3D printed structures includes printing an outer shell portion and filling an interior of the outer shell portion to form an inner portion. The outer shell portion and inner portion may have differing material properties. The outer shell portion may be anchored to the base component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoav Sterman, Todd A. Waatti
  • Publication number: 20190231028
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a forefoot region disposed adjacent an anterior end, a heel region disposed adjacent a posterior end, and a mid-foot region disposed intermediate the forefoot region and the heel region. The sole structure further includes fluid-filled bladder having a first segment extending along a medial side in the heel region, a second segment extending along a lateral side in the heel region, and a web area disposed between the first segment and the second segment. Additionally, the sole structure includes an outer sole member having an upper portion extending from a first end in the forefoot region to a second end in the heel region. The second end of the outer sole member is received on a first side of the web area. The outer sole member also includes a rib extending downwardly from the upper portion and defining a cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Can Eldem, Wade Flanagan, Ryan Nyberg, Levi J. Patton, Eric S. Schindler, Jessica Small
  • Publication number: 20190239309
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole system secured to the upper. The sole system includes a bladder member with an illumination device. The bladder member is formed from at least a partially transparent or colored outer polymer layer that encloses a fluid. The illumination device is located within the sole system. Light from the illumination device may pass out the sole system by passing through the bladder member, thereby imparting the configuration of an illuminable fluid-filled bladder member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Parluhutan Siagian, Doug D. Wilken
  • Publication number: 20190231023
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper has a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction that includes at least one gore region located in a heel region of the article of footwear. The gore region provides a contoured configuration to the knitted component. In a method of manufacturing, a knitted component may include a first gore region and a plurality of second gore regions, with the first gore region being located in a heel area of the article of footwear and the second gore regions being located adjacent to the sole structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Zavala, Stuart W. Dealey
  • Publication number: 20190231027
    Abstract: A bladder for an article of footwear includes a first barrier layer formed of a first material, and a second barrier layer formed of a second material. The first barrier layer and the second barrier layer cooperate to form a fluid-filled chamber having a first fluid-filled segment extending along an arcuate path, a second fluid-filled segment extending from a first end of the first fluid-filled segment to a first distal end along a first longitudinal axis, and a third fluid-filled segment extending from a second end of the first fluid-filled segment to a second distal end along a second longitudinal axis parallel to the first longitudinal axis. The first barrier layer and the second barrier layer may be joined together define a web area connecting each of the first segment, the second segment, and the third segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Can Eldem, Wade Flanagan, Ryan Nyberg, Levi J. Patton, Eric S. Schindler, Jessica Small
  • Patent number: D855298
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason G. Petrie
  • Patent number: D855301
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: D855302
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Winfield