Patents Examined by Bao-Thieu L Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11147343
    Abstract: There is an article of footwear that may have an interchangeable, height adjustable heel. The article of footwear has a recess in the heel portion. The height adjustable heel engages and is secured to the article of footwear by way of the cylindrical recess. The interior surface of this recess is preferably threaded, although it may have some other property that also enables securement of the height adjustable heel. The height adjustable heel has a connecting section and a base section. The connecting section engages the cylindrical recess. The base section can be of varying sizes allowing the article of footwear to take on a number of appearances and be worn in a variety of settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Anatalie Saint Louis
  • Patent number: 11140933
    Abstract: An article may include a base structure with a strand and an adjustment member. The adjustment member may include a course with a plurality of loops, and the strand of the base structure may be inlaid within the course of the adjustment member adjacent to a first loop and a second loop of the plurality of loops. The adjustment member may be configured to slide along the base structure from a first state to a second state such that the first loop and the second loop define a first loop distance in the first state, and the first loop and the second loop define a second loop distance in the second state. The first loop distance may be greater than the second loop distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan N. Farris, Bruce Huffa
  • Patent number: 11129422
    Abstract: Systems or methods for anatomy warping a garment are provided. Anatomy warping is any deliberate manipulation of a garment's seams, pockets, and/or other construction lines and/or details in order to change the perceived shape of a wearer of the garment toward a desired appearance. Additionally, the garments that result from use of these systems and methods for anatomy warping are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: The H.D. Lee Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren J. Peshek, Justin T. Mark, Brian Marion, Kyle Stephens, Donald Hoffman, Stephen H. Zades
  • Patent number: 11116280
    Abstract: A liner for a skate boot that includes an outer surface and an inner surface. The outer surface is configured to be mounted to a shell of the skate boot. The inner surface includes a first material and an overlay of a second material covering a part of the first material. The overlay and another part of the first material not covered by the second material are configured to be exposed to a foot when the foot is placed in the skate boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Gaetan Champagne, Jean-Marie Bidal, Donald Nault, Stephane Chalifoux
  • Patent number: 11006677
    Abstract: Provided is a single-piece magnetic pocket square that folds over a pocket, and that uses magnets to retain its position and shape about the pocket. The pocket square provides adornment or an accessory that adds visual flair to the pocket in the same manner as a handkerchief or traditional pocket square while retaining its shape and position. The pocket square includes an inner rigid material extending between an upper half and a lower half, a bend plane at which the upper half folds towards the lower half, magnets attached to the upper half and lower half of the inner rigid material, and a fabric covering the pocket square. The pocket square works by placing the lower half in the pocket, and by folding the upper half over the pocket to create a magnetic force that couples the upper half to the lower half with the pocket edge disposed in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Randolph Winston Jones
  • Patent number: 10986894
    Abstract: A material that includes at least one layer made of an auxetic structure and articles of footwear having soles comprising the materials. When the material is under tension, it expands in both the direction under tension and in the direction orthogonal to the direction under tension. The articles of footwear have soles that have at least one layer made of a material that has a pattern of apertures to provide the auxetic structure. The apertures are surrounded by sole portions that can rotate or pivot to change the size of the apertures. An outer covering can be mated with an outsole structure formed by the auxetic structure. The outer covering includes features that mate with the apertures in the outsole structure. The outer covering is elastic and can stretch to accommodate expansion of the auxetic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Kevin W. Hoffer, David P. Jones, Patrick B. Kirschner, Elizabeth Langvin, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 10986888
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a dynamic support system that controls arrays of tiles in the upper of the footwear to adjust the level of support provided in different regions of the upper. Sensors in the sole of the footwear, in the upper of the footwear and/or in an article worn by the wearer of the footwear measure the level of stress or other characteristics and provide input to one or more microprocessors that control motors located in the sole or in the upper of the footwear. When the motors are activated, they may compress or loosen arrays of tiles to adjust the stiffness of the upper in one or more regions of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Rushbrook, Tiffany A. Beers, Nathan T Gilbreath
  • Patent number: 10968542
    Abstract: A ring spinning machine includes a reciprocating, displaceably supported spindle rail that is driven by a motor via a shaft that passes through the ring spinning machine. The spindle rail is arranged along opposite sides of the ring spinning machine in a longitudinal orientation of the ring spinning machine and is subdivided into sections along each of the opposite sides. Cross braces extend between the opposite sides of the ring spinning machine and connect opposite sections of the spindle rail. The shaft is supported between the sections of the spindle rail. The spindle rail is suspended from at least one cam disc that is seated on the shaft. A circumferentially biased spring is configured with the shaft or the cam disc to provide torsional compensation on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventor: Emil Krejci
  • Patent number: 10905189
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear is provided, having a braided structure comprising a first yarn having a first cross-sectional shape and a second yarn having a second cross-sectional shape different than the first cross-sectional shape. The first cross-sectional shape comprises an outer surface parallel to an inner surface in a rectangular orientation. Additionally, the first yarn is oriented such that at least a portion of the outer surface comprises the first side of the first yarn and at least a portion of the inner surface comprises the second side of the first yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert M. Bruce, Eun Kyung Lee, James Y. Yoo, Chikao Ichikawa, Michihiro Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10898668
    Abstract: A manufactured component, such as headgear or a headgear strap, for a patient interface for delivery of a supply of pressurised air or breathable gas to an entrance of a patient's airways may include a textile portion having a first material with a first melting point. It may also include a plastic portion over-moulded to the textile portion. The plastic portion may be formed of a second material having a second melting point. The melting points may be different such that the second melting point is chosen to be less than the first melting point of the first material. The component may be moulded in a multi-step process that moulds separate portions of the plastic portion and the textile portion at different times. The resulting plastic portion may then have a mechanical bond with the textile and may do so without significant chemical bonding between the plastic portion and the textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Mun Yee Mah, Cheoung Hong Lee, Robin Yew, Murray William Lee, Bruce Richard Davies
  • Patent number: 10870935
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is a braided filament including a plurality of strands each having at least one ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fiber and at least one polyester fiber wherein the quantity of certain types of fibers in a first strand is the same as the quantity of the same type of fibers in a second strand. In a variant, one additional strand of the braided filament is a monofilament strand. In another variant, each strand is homogeneous with respect to the other strands and is made exclusively from ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fibers and polyester fibers such that each strand has the same distribution and quantity of fiber types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: Stryker Corporation, Cortland Cable Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Craig Pilgeram, Luis Padilla, Aaron Vodnick
  • Patent number: 10865503
    Abstract: A sawtooth wire in which each tooth has a tooth tip and a tooth front having a first segment extending from the tooth tip towards a tooth side remote from a bearing edge and towards the tooth back and merging into a concave second segment that merges into a third segment extending towards the tooth side and merging into a concave fourth segment. that merges into a tooth back of the next tooth. The length of a tangent from a turning point of the second segment to the tooth side is greater than or equal to half the spacing between the tooth tip and the tooth side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Gäbler, Friedrich Haarer
  • Patent number: 10863792
    Abstract: A cushioning article includes a bladder enclosing an interior cavity and retaining a gas in the interior cavity. A tensile component is disposed in the interior cavity and includes tensile layers and a plurality of tethers connecting the tensile layers. The tensile layers are connected to an inner surface of the bladder such that the tethers span across the interior cavity. The bladder has an inwardly-protruding bond that joins an inner surface of the bladder to the tensile component, protrudes inward into the interior cavity, and partially traverses the plurality of tethers such that the bladder is narrowed at the inwardly protruding bond and the gas in the interior cavity fluidly communicates across the inwardly-protruding bond. A method of manufacturing a cushioning article is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arick Auyang, Page J. Bailey, Jeremy L. Connell, Derek Houng, Jason R. Meeker
  • Patent number: 10842223
    Abstract: A chassis for an article of footwear may include a base and a frame attached to a top side of the base. The frame may include a network of interconnected walls defining a plurality of cells, each of at least a portion of the cells having a bottom at least partially closed by an underlying portion of the base. A bottom of the base may be fixed with respect to a plantar section of an upper. A sock liner may be indexed to the chassis or to another footwear support structure. The sock liner may have downwardly-extending tabs configured to rest in cells of the chassis or in other cavities of a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Amis, Michael S. Amos, John Hurd, James Molyneux, Thomas J. Rushbrook, Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10837128
    Abstract: A method for processing a strand-type fiber bundle includes sending the fiber bundle to an air nozzle of a pre-spinning machine used to produce roving. A twist is imparted to the fiber bundle via a vortex air current within the air nozzle to form the roving, wherein the roving leaves the air nozzle through an outlet and is deposited in a receptacle. Normal operation is interrupted in a stop phases during which roving is not produced by the air nozzle. A start-up phase is commenced between the stop phase and subsequent normal operation wherein the roving produced during the stop phase is discarded after leaving the air nozzle when quality of the roving does not meet a desired specification. The roving discharge is deactivated when the quality of the roving meets the desired specification and the roving removed by the roving discharge is separated from the roving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Christian Griesshammer, Petr Haska
  • Patent number: 10834988
    Abstract: A helmet is disclosed for protection during an impact. An inner liner may slidably couple to the outer liner through at least one return spring. The outer liner includes an interior surface with a shelf extending inward. The shelf includes an arresting surface. The inner liner has an exterior surface, an interior surface and an edge connecting the exterior surface to the interior surface. The edge faces the arresting surface of the shelf. The inner liner is slidably movable relative to the outer liner between a first position in which the edge of the inner liner is separated from the arresting surface of the shelf by a first gap, and an arrested position in which a portion of the edge of the inner liner is in contact with a portion of the arresting surface of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BELL SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Shaffer, Mark A. Busse, Rafael T. Ramirez, Eamon Briggs
  • Patent number: 10834913
    Abstract: A fishing garment system can include a fabric garment having a pocket with an opening. A gimbal plate is disposed within the pocket of the fabric garment such that the gimbal plate is positioned for supporting a fishing rod. The gimbal plate is removable from the pocket of the fabric garment through the opening of the pocket. The fishing garment system can also include a belt with features for supporting a fishing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: W. Harry Clayton
  • Patent number: 10827797
    Abstract: A pair of minimalist barefoot shoes has two shoe units. Each shoe unit has a shoe member, a medial arch pulling member, and a pressing member. The shoe member has a shoe body, a toe member, and a sole. The shoe body has a medial arch segment, an instep lateral segment, a receiving space, an opening, and an attachment layer. The medial arch pulling member is mounted on the shoe member and has a pulling segment and a connection layer. The pressing member is mounted on the shoe body and has a pressing segment and a combination layer. The pressing segment is attached securely to the shoe body, extends around an medial arch segment of the shoe body, and covers the first end of the medial arch pulling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Wen-Hua Hsu
  • Patent number: 10829891
    Abstract: A device 100 produces an endless winding cable 101 by winding a yarn 106 around two thimbles 102, 104. The device 100 comprises an elongated guide 110, a carriage 112, a yarn feeder 114, a first thimble holder 116, and a second thimble holder 118. The first thimble holder 116 and the second thimble holder 118 each hold one of the two thimbles 102, 104. The carriage 112 is movable relative to the elongated guide 110. The yarn feeder 114 is connected to the carriage 112, and comprises at least one spool holder 120 for holding a spool 122 with the at least one yarn 106, and an output guide 124 for guiding the at least one yarn 106 to the cable during winding. The yarn feeder 114 comprises at least one yarn brake 126 for controlling a tension of the at least one yarn 106 during winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Cabin Air Group B.V.
    Inventor: Rinze Jan Van Der Schuit
  • Patent number: 10827801
    Abstract: A last for forming an upper of an article of footwear includes an exterior surface, where the exterior surface includes a plurality of three dimensional structural surface components disposed over at least 50% of the exterior surface of the last.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: James Webster, Thomas Foxen, David McManus