Patents Assigned to Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
  • Patent number: 10493327
    Abstract: A tennis ball may include a spherical hollow core having an inner surface including material shift lines and a textile outer layer over and about the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Frank M. Simonutti, Robert T. Thurman, William E. Dillon, David A. Vogel
  • Patent number: 10478688
    Abstract: A knob sleeve for a ball bat extending along a longitudinal axis and having a tubular handle portion and a knob attached to the handle portion. The knob sleeve includes a tubular body having a distal end and a proximal end. The body defines a central bore for receiving the handle portion. The body includes at least first and second regions positioned adjacent the distal and proximal ends of the body, respectively. The first and second regions have first and second maximum outside diameters, respectively. The second maximum outside diameter is greater than the first maximum outside diameter. Each of the first and second regions has a height measured with respect to the longitudinal axis of at least 0.4 inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co
    Inventors: Ryan D. Stevens, Adam G. Gray, James M. Earley
  • Patent number: 10463921
    Abstract: An American-style football having a major longitudinal dimension extending about a longitudinal axis and including an inflatable prolate spheroidal shaped bladder, a lining positioned about the bladder, a cover assembly, a lacing and a thin electronic tag. The cover assembly includes at least first, second, third and fourth cover panels collectively positioned over the bladder and the lining. The lacing extends along a longitudinal plane extending through the longitudinal axis and is coupled to the first and fourth cover panels. The tag is positioned between the lining and the cover assembly. The tag is covered by at least one of the first and fourth cover panels but not covered by the second and third cover panels. The tag is configured to enable at least one characteristic of the football to be monitored during use. In another example implementation, the tag is positioned between the lining and the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Krysiak, Mark W. Fisher, Bradley L. Gaff, Douglas G. Guenther
  • Patent number: 10449421
    Abstract: A game ball supports electronics. In one implementation, the electronics sense motion of the game ball and are encapsulated by potting compound which forms an encapsulating body sized and shaped to fit within a cavity of the game ball. In one implementation, a game ball comprises an inflatable body which supports the electronics, wherein an electrical conductive line is electrically connected to electronics extends along a surface of the inflatable body at least 60 degrees about the inflatable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Kevin L. Krysiak
  • Patent number: 10420993
    Abstract: An iron-type golf club head includes a body having a wall extending about an opening, a faceplate coupled to the body across the opening, a first set of apertures, and at least one second aperture. The wall has an outer peripheral surface, a sole, a toe and a topline. The wall and the faceplate define a rearward-facing cavity. The first set of apertures extends through the wall from the peripheral outer surface to the cavity. The first set of apertures extends about a first plane. The at least one second aperture extends through the wall from the peripheral outer surface to the cavity. The at least one second aperture extends about a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Jon C. Pergande, Mark A. Spencer, Mark A. Kerscher, Michael D. Vrska, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10413781
    Abstract: A golf ball includes a core, a mantle and a cover layer. The core includes polybutadiene and has a diameter of less than 1.45 inches. The core has a deflection of at least 0.225 inches under an applied static load of 200 pounds. The mantle includes at least one fully neutralized ionomer terpolymer comprising ethylene, carboxylic acid and an acrylate. The mantle composition has a flexural modulus of less than 10,000 psi. The core and the mantle form a core-mantle assembly having a diameter of between 1.540 inches and 1.580 inches with a deflection of greater than 0.210 inches under an applied static load of 200 pounds. The cover layer includes one or more ionomer materials and has a Shore D hardness of greater than 62.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventor: Frank M. Simonutti
  • Patent number: 10398955
    Abstract: A bat customization method includes the steps of capturing images of a batter's swing, determining a swing plane angle of the batter's swing at ball impact at a middle elevation of a strike zone of the batter based upon the captured images, and providing a bat for the batter. The bat has circumferentially spaced launch angle boosters. Each of the launch angle boosters extends along the axis at an angle based upon the determined swing plane angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Joshua S. Stenzler, Richard E. Moritz, Brent R. Slater, Ty B. Goodwin, Mark A. Fritzke, Edwin D. Vander Pol, Robert T. Thurman, Sean S. Epling, Ryan M. Raagas
  • Patent number: 10398945
    Abstract: A football sensing system may include an American-style football extending along a longitudinal axis and having a maximum transverse dimension defining a transverse axis and at least one accelerometer. The football has a bladder and a cover about the bladder. The accelerometer is carried by the football between the bladder and the cover to sense acceleration along at least a first axis. The accelerometer is sized to sense a predetermined maximum value of acceleration in the first axis. The accelerometer is positioned within the football in a first position with the first axis of the accelerometer angled with respect to the longitudinal axis of the football. The accelerometer in the first position is capable of measuring acceleration values in a direction in line with or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the football that are greater than the predetermined maximum value of acceleration in the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T Thurman, Kevin L Krysiak, Daniel E. Hare, Frank Garrett, Jr., David Betzold, Mark W Fisher, David J Proeber
  • Patent number: 10387930
    Abstract: A bat customization system for use with a processing unit of an electronic device. The system includes a first sensing bat, at least one sensor carried by the first sensing bat, and a wireless transmitter for transmitting signals from the sensors. The at least one sensor is configured to detect characteristics of at least one test swing of the first sensing bat. The signals represent the detected characteristics. A non-transient computer readable medium containing computer readable programming is configured to direct the processing unit to identify a recommended bat based on the characteristics detected by the at least one sensor carried by the first sensing bat. The programming is configured to direct the processing unit to generate data relating to the at least one test swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Ty B. Goodwin, Joshua S. Stenzler, Mark A. Fritzke, Bradley L. Gaff, Jeffrey A. Flood, Sean S. Epling
  • Patent number: 10368596
    Abstract: A ball glove for catching the ball includes a front glove portion, a back glove portion coupled to the front glove portion to define a hand cavity having a thumb stall. The thumb stall has a back side and a palm side. A metacarpal sling extends within the hand cavity. The sling extends from a thumb side of the back glove portion to a pinky side of the back glove portion and continuing along the back side of the thumb stall to the palm side of the thumb stall so as to support the first metacarpal on a person's hand when the person's hand is positioned within the hand cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventor: Shigeaki Aso
  • Patent number: 10369442
    Abstract: A ball bat including one of a left-hand configuration designated for a left-handed batter and a right hand configuration designated for a right-handed batter. The left hand configuration is different than the right hand configuration. The ball bat further includes one of a left-hand indicia indicating the left hand configuration and a right hand indicia indicating the right hand configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sportings Goods Co.
    Inventors: Joshua S. Stenzler, Richard E. Moritz, Brent R. Slater, Ty B. Goodwin, Mark A. Fritzke, Edwin D. Vander Pol, Robert T. Thurman, Sean S. Epling, Ryan M. Raagas
  • Patent number: 10328316
    Abstract: A tennis racquet extending along a longitudinal axis and capable of being tested under a lateral bending test and a forward/rearward bending test, includes a frame having a head portion, a handle portion, and a throat portion positioned between the head and handle portions. The head portion forms a hoop that defines a string bed plane. At least the head portion and the throat portion of the racquet are formed at least in part of a fiber composite material. The throat portion includes a pair of throat elements. When the racquet is tested under the lateral bending test, the racquet has a lateral deflection of at least 6.0 mm when measured in a direction parallel to the string bed plane and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: William D. Severa, Dale J. Zwack, Robert T. Kapheim, Eloisa M. Compostizo
  • Patent number: 10265595
    Abstract: A ball bat for impacting a ball and extending along a longitudinal axis may include a handle portion and a barrel portion coupled to the handle portion. The barrel portion may include circumferentially spaced launch angle boosters. Each of the launch angle boosters extend along the axis at an angle of at least 3° and no greater than 12° from the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Joshua S. Stenzler, Richard E. Moritz, Brent R. Slater, Ty B. Goodwin, Mark A. Fritzke, Edwin D. Vander Pol, Robert T. Thurman, Sean S. Epling, Ryan M. Raagas
  • Patent number: 10252118
    Abstract: A basketball includes a bladder, electronics within the bladder proximate an outer portion of the bladder, windings about the bladder, and a molded elastomeric layer about the bladder and extending over the electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Kevin Krysiak, Robert Thurman, Rayna Kearney
  • Patent number: 10238922
    Abstract: An American style football including an inflatable prolate spheroidal shaped bladder, a lining positioned over the bladder, a cover assembly, a lacing, and an electronic circuit positioned between the lining and the cover assembly and generally aligned with the lacing. The cover assembly includes at least first, second, third and fourth cover panels collectively positioned over the bladder and the lining. The lacing is coupled to the first and fourth cover panels. The electronic circuit includes at least one sensor and the electronic circuit is configured to produce a signal to enable at least one characteristic of the football to be monitored during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Krysiak, Mark W. Fisher, Bradley L. Gaff, Douglas G. Guenther
  • Patent number: 10220264
    Abstract: An American style football including an inflatable prolate spheroidal shaped bladder, a cover assembly, a lacing and an electronic circuit. The bladder includes a valve assembly and a pocket that are symmetrically spaced about a longitudinal plane. The cover assembly includes at least first, second, third and fourth cover panels collectively positioned over the bladder. One of the first and fourth cover panels extending over the valve assembly and the other of the first and fourth cover panels extending over the pocket. The lacing extends along the longitudinal plane and coupled to the first and fourth cover panels. The electronic circuit is retained by the pocket. The electronic circuit includes at least one sensor and the electronic circuit being configured to produce a signal to enable at least one characteristic of the football to be monitored during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Krysiak, Mark W. Fisher, Bradley L. Gaff, Douglas G. Guenther
  • Patent number: 10220286
    Abstract: A golf ball sensing apparatus for use with a portable electronic device including a data acquisition device and a processing unit, and in association with a golf club and a cup. The apparatus includes a golf ball, at least one sensor carried by the ball and a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The sensor senses at least one attribute of the ball. The medium directs a processing unit to identify the initiation of a first stroke of the ball towards the cup, obtain a first final location after the first stroke, obtain the at least one attribute of the first stroke, store a set of associated data regarding the first stroke, obtain a second initial location of the ball prior to a subsequent second stroke, and output portions of the stored set of data in response to the second initial location being within a predetermined zone of the first initial location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T Thurman, Michael Vrska, Frank M Simonutti
  • Patent number: 10159884
    Abstract: An apparatus including a data acquisition device, a processing unit, a memory and an output device. The data acquisition device obtains at least one attribute of a shot of a basketball towards a basket. The at least one attribute is sensed by at least one sensor carried by the basketball or derived from signal output by the at least one sensor. The memory contains instructions to direct the processing unit to determine whether the shot is a made basket shot or a missed basketball shot by comparing the at least one attribute of the shot to one or more predetermined signature characteristics of a made basket. The output device presents output to a person based on the determination of whether the shot is a made basket shot or a missed basket shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Kevin L. Krysiak, Harri Hohteri, Jirka Poropudas, Tuukka Nieminen, Vesa-Matti Mäkinen
  • Patent number: D836734
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Alan Davenport, James Cassidy Whitworth
  • Patent number: D850550
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Hudson R. Vantrease, William D. Severa, Eloisa M. Compostizo, David A. Vogel