Patents Examined by Andrew D. Meyers
  • Patent number: 5054215
    Abstract: Device for ski boots comprising a front quarter and a rear quarter associated with a shell and/or an upper quarter embracing at least one portion of the leg of a skier and supported at the upper end of said front and/or rear quarter(s). The device has a slider which is movable transversely to said upper quarter and/or front quarter and/or rear quarter and/or shell, and interacts selectively with at least two separate abutments provided on said upper quarter and/or front quarter and/or rear quarter and/or shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Valerio Tonel, Mario Mattiuzzo, Giancarlo Foscaro, Stefano Soligo
  • Patent number: 4979320
    Abstract: Means for adjusting the freedom of movement between the instep shield (2) and the tip (1') of a shell (1) for skiing boots having a shell (1) which accommodates the foot and is covered on top by such shield (2). The shield is movable in relation to the shell (1) in the direction of walking and at its front rim (21) is supported on a resilient cushion (6) e.g. of rubber fitted to the boot tip (1'), following the arcuate shape thereof. In the transverse central region of the cushion (6) a slider (11), taking the form of a double-armed toggle lever and which is adjustable in the walking direction, is provided. It limits the adjustment range of the shield (2) and comprises a ratchet device which, biased by a spring engages into a matching ratchet formation of a guide in any selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Skischuhfabrik Dynafit Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Kurt Hilgarth
  • Patent number: 4979317
    Abstract: A shoe with a synthetic resin shell that is easily and inexpensively mass produced, and which is both water proof and provides ventilation included a number of ventilation holes in the shell. The size of the ventilating holes are such that surfaces tension forces prevent water from entering the shoe through the ventilation holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Tatsuo Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 4977692
    Abstract: The present invention relates to ski boots provided with a foot holding mechanism for pressing to fix the fore part of a foot instep, wherein when an adjusting bolt is turned externally to apply a tensile force to pressing bands, a rocking member is rocked in the axis direction of the pressing bands depending on various foot shapes, thereby applying almost equal tensile force to the pressing bands in a plural number so as to press the fore part of the foot instep evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Daiwa Seiko, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Iwama, Keiji Tsugami, Shigeto Yamada
  • Patent number: 4974346
    Abstract: Between an upper portion and a leg portion of the plastic shell of ski-boots a slot is provided, which is closed by internal tongues for sealing the slot with respect to water and snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Inventors: Antonello Marega, Pierluigi Lorati
  • Patent number: 4974347
    Abstract: A general purpose baseball shoe sole with significant advantages for a baseball pitcher, whether he be in Little League or the professional ranks. The sole can be molded from a resilient material with tread members creating a longitudinal vallecular area or cleatless with an unobstructed channel in the sole. The longitudinal channel or vallecular area promote the unique anchoring characteristic of the sole. A means for the pitcher to obtain a stable foothold atop the pitching rubber, enabling him to thrust against the top front of the pitching rubber with his foot while pitching towards home plate. When utilizing the disclosure properly the pitcher can be relieved of endeavoring to furrow a hole in the dirt to the front of the pitching rubber in which to set his foot, and then bracing his foot against the pitching rubber. Instead, the top front edge of the pitching rubber fits into the groove in the sole of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Inventor: Leonard G. Funderburk
  • Patent number: 4974345
    Abstract: A midsole (10 and 22) for an activewear shoe (12) comprises a removable insert (10) and a peripheral member (22). The peripheral member (22) is joined to the perimeter of an upper surface (18) of an outsole (14). A reinforcing layer (28) substantially less thick than the peripheral member (22) is joined to the outsole upper surface (18). A transverse reinforcing segment (30) is integrally formed with the peripheral member (22) to provide stability and support to a wearer of the shoe (12). Segment (30) forms a front receptacle (32) and a heel receptacle (34) dimensioned to receive insert (10). Insert (10) has a transverse slot (42) to match with the transverse segment (30). A plurality of independent cushioning elements (40) depend from a base member (38) of insert (10), and are sized in order to conform to the depth of peripheral member (22). The cushionability and resiliency of insert (10) may be selected according to the wearer's weight and cushionability preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Autry Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Lin Yung-Mao
  • Patent number: 4972611
    Abstract: An athletic shoe with rebound characteristics thereof formed by a first class of hollow core spheres (32, 34, 36) of high resilience mounted in pockets (30A, 30B, 30C) of selected sole regions and a second class of hollow core spheres (38) mounted in exposed heel end pockets for visibility and affording a non-resilient absorption shoe as a whole being very lightweight with the inclusion of such hollow spheres and readily manufacturable therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignee: Ryka, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry D. Swartz, Martin P. Birrittella
  • Patent number: 4962594
    Abstract: A slider, adjustably and slidably inserted in the V shaped rear slit of the ski boot shell permits the forward flexibility of the ski boot to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Calzaturificio Tecnica SpA
    Inventors: Antonello Marega, Peter Knights, Pierluigi Lorati
  • Patent number: 4962595
    Abstract: In ski shoe (1) with a shell (2) and upper or cuff (3) pivotably hinged on the shell, in which shell and upper or cuff are connected to one another in the heel area by a spring element and tension member (6) that engages the spring element is pivotably attached on shell (2), tension member (6) consists of at least two parts (8, 10) that can be slid lengthwise in relation to one another and parts (8, 10) of tension member (6) can be detachably locked with one another in at least one slide position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Koflach Sport Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. KG
    Inventor: Johann Perner
  • Patent number: 4959913
    Abstract: A cross-country ski shoe having a journal axle to allow the shoe to be journalled on a cross-country ski. A support surface on the shoe is adapted to contact an elastic element on the binding which exerts a return force on the shoe when it is pivoted upwardly about the journal axle. The journal axle is positioned beneath and to rear of the elastic element so that forces from the elastic element are not transmitted to the journal axle, giving the skier better control of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Marc Provence, Didier Rousset, Josiane Dunand
  • Patent number: 4958447
    Abstract: The present invention is an athletic shoe with a break-way high top. The shoe comprises an upper which is secured along its lower extent to a sole portion. The upper includes a main body section extending about the heel and sides of the foot and a toe section extending around and over the toe area of the foot. The main body section of the upper defines an ankle opening, the margins of which extend below the ankle bone on the lateral and medial side of the wearer's foot. A break-away high top including an ankle cuff is removably secured to the main body section of the upper and is adapted to wrap around the wearers ankle. Attaching the high top to the upper converts the athletic shoe from a low top athletic shoe to a high top athletic shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Inventor: Tony L. DuPree
  • Patent number: 4953311
    Abstract: A pair of golf shoes or inserts for golf shoes is provided in which, for a right handed golfer, the heel of the right foot is canted to the left, and the instep of the left foot is also canted to the left. The shoes or inserts are asymmetrically designed to optimize the different functions performed by a golfer's feet and to improve a golfer's balance and body position during a golf swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Inventor: Fred H. Bruggemeier
  • Patent number: 4953309
    Abstract: Warming footwear, which has a heat exchanging system 1 built in an inshoe 2 from a shin portion d over an instep portion c and a toe portion b to a calf portion a. The system 1 is composed of a ribbed plate 11, of an elastic foil 12 and of two nonreturn valves 13, 14, which valves are inserted in two conduits, which are limited by the plate 11, by its ribs and by the foil 12, which is fastened to said ribs and functions as bellows when the foot moves and across which a liquid in the conduits receives and renders heat. Alternatively, in the instep portion c a sunlight collector 4 is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Alpina Tovarna Obutve N.Sol.O.
    Inventor: Stanislav Kaiser
  • Patent number: 4951402
    Abstract: A manipulation element for closing and latching a rear spoiler of boot on the leg of a skier. The manipulation element is journaled on the rear spoiler so that journalling of this element tensions a cable which closes the spoiler on the leg of the skier. The manipulation element comprises a U-shaped lever having an open space therein adapted to receive a second manipulation element which can, for example, lock the heel of the foot in the boot. In this way, two manipulation elements can be positioned on the dorsal zone of the spoiler. In another embodiment, the manipulation element includes two lateral ribs, each having a groove extending along the length of the rib for engaging and protecting the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Louis Benoit, Bernard Nerrinck, Joseph Morell, Roland Petrini
  • Patent number: 4949480
    Abstract: The ski boot comprises a shell upon a sole. The shell comprises a back heel portion, a shell tip and a front portion rearwardly extending from the shell tip to approximately an instep region. The front portion also has a longitudinal slot to divide part of the front portion into two shell flaps. A rear flap is pivotably mounted to the heel portion and a cuff is pivotably mounted to the shell portion, both the rear flap and cuff being capable of forward and backward movement. Structure is provided for closing the cuff in separable connection with the rear flap such that the cuff and rear flap when closed define at least part of a tubular shaft for a skiers leg. An outer wall above and at the sides of the front portion of the shell forms at least one chamber substantially sealed toward the outer surface of the outer wall and defined by the front portion at the bottom. The length of the outer wall is changeable depending on the pivotal movement of the cuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Kastinger Skiboot GmbH of Seewalchen
    Inventors: Milan Hercog, Axel Kubelka
  • Patent number: 4949476
    Abstract: A running shoe comprising a front sole of hard plastic material for mounting gripping elements, and a support member arranged behind the rearmost gripping elements, of elastically deformable material. In order to ensure that it is better possible to maintain a foot attitude required for optimum running efficiency, the support member is a wedge member which increases in thickness in a rearward direction and which comprises a relatively hard but elastically pressure-deformable material, wherein the underside thereof is disposed approximately in one plane with the front sole, and the wedge member extends at least with its portion associated with the outer edge of the sole, into the shank region of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Adidas Sportschuhfabriken, ADI Dassler Stiftung & Co. Kg.
    Inventor: Wolf Anderie
  • Patent number: 4945660
    Abstract: An Alpine ski boot incorporating a shell base made of a rigid material, on which a shaft is jointed. The elastic means for control of the flexion of the shaft are made up of an energy cassette (8) attached onto the rear cover (5) which contains an elastic deformable element (9) and at least one connecting device (12, 13) extending between that element (9) and an anchoring point (14) on the shell base (1) beneath the energy cassette (8). The connecting device (12, 13) is put into traction whenever the shaft (2) pivots forward, and remains inoperative during rearward pivoting motion of the rear cover alone (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Claude Perrissoud
  • Patent number: 4945658
    Abstract: A cross-country ski boot comprising a sole (2) made of a molded plastic material, having a longitudinal groove (2a) by means of which it covers a longitudinal rib (3a) provided on the upper surface of the ski (3), when the boot is flat on the ski. The boot comprises, at least in the area of its heel (4), a shaped, rigid reinforcing element (5) which shapes itself so as to fit the transverse profile of the groove (2a) of the sole (2) and which is embedded at least partially in the plastic material of the sole (2), and this reinforcing element (5) carries walking and/or wear-resistant runners (6) which are mounted on its surfaces (5b, 5c) which come to rest for support on corresponding surfaces (3c, 3d; 3e, 3f) of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Marc Provence
  • Patent number: 4944100
    Abstract: The closure and adjustment device is particularly for ski boots comprising a front quarter and a rear quarter pivoted to a shell. The rear quarter is connected to at least one mutually movable part of the boot through at least one connecting element. The rear quarter and the connecting element are provided with a set of teeth and a bar respectively for the adjustment and locking of the position of the connecting element, for effecting adjustment of the closure of said quarters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: Nordica S.P.A.
    Inventors: Mariano Sartor, Valerio Tonel