Patents Examined by Bao-Thieu L Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10400361
    Abstract: A yarn producing apparatus produces CNT (carbon nanotube) yarn from CNT fibers while causing the CNT fibers to run. The yarn producing apparatus includes an aggregating unit that aggregates the CNT fibers, and a twisting and winding device that twists the CNT fibers aggregated by the aggregating unit. The aggregating unit includes an adjusting mechanism that adjusts the aggregation state of the CNT fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Takashima
  • Patent number: 10390584
    Abstract: A footwear article is provided herein. The footwear article may include a cord structure including interconnected bights in a vamp cord and a rand cord forming a loop line extending along at least a portion of the footwear article, and further including an anchor cord extending along the portion of the footwear article and parallel to the loop line. The rand cord may couple to the anchor cord. In this way, the cord structure may be tensioned independently of other upper materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Fuerst Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Rory Fuerst, Jr., Stefano Del Biondi
  • Patent number: 10390570
    Abstract: A portable bib includes a bib and a bowl that can be attached to and easily removed from the bib. The bib includes semi-circular upper sections and fasteners for folding the bib. By fastening the upper sections together, the bib bends slightly to conform to the neck, shoulders, and chest of the individual. The bib can also be fastened to create a folded pocket where the bowl is placed and attached to the bib. The back of the bowl is a concave surface that conforms to the abdomen of the individual. The bib may be easily unfolded for cleaning and storing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Christie Petersen
  • Patent number: 10383388
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper that is attached to the sole structure. The upper includes a knitted component with a compression member that is configured to apply compression to the wearer. The knitted component also includes a selection element that is configured for selecting and changing the amount of compression applied by the compression member. The selection element is spaced away from the sole structure. The selection element includes a first area and a second area. The first area is configured to move relative to the second area between an unsecured position and a secured position to change the amount of compression applied by the compression member. The first area is spaced away from the second area in the unsecured position, and the first area is attached to the second area in the secured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 10378126
    Abstract: A spinning preparation machine includes a consolidating means for producing a roving having a protective twist from a fiber bundle, a drafting system arranged upstream of the consolidating means, a winding device arranged downstream of the consolidating means, and a movably mounted traversing element adjacent the winding device to guide the roving being wound onto a tube. In a side view of the spinning preparation machine, the consolidating means is arranged vertically between at least one feed roller of the drafting system and the traversing element, and the feed roller and the traversing element are arranged on a same side of the consolidating means so that in operation of the spinning preparation machine, the roving experiences a change in direction after exiting the consolidating means and prior to being wound onto the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Christian Griesshammer, Petr Haska
  • Patent number: 10376018
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper configured to receive a foot of a wearer, the upper including one or more elastic portions and one or more substantially inelastic portions. The footwear may further include a plurality of lace receiving members fixedly attached to an outer surface of the upper on the inelastic portions of the upper. Also, the footwear may include a sole structure fixedly attached to the upper. In addition, the footwear may include a motorized tensioning system including a motorized tightening device and a tensile member extending through the plurality of lace receiving members, the tightening device being configured to apply tension in the tensile member to adjust the size of an internal void defined by the article of footwear by drawing two or more of the plurality of lace receiving members closer to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Rushbrook, Tiffany A. Beers
  • Patent number: 10368594
    Abstract: A device for coupling a limb guard to a human limb includes a support sleeve configured to wrap around the limb. The support sleeve includes a friction pad configured to cushion the limb and oppose translational and rotational displacement of the device relative to the limb. The support sleeve provides a stable attachment surface for a joint guard and/or limb guard and may be worn without discomfort for extended periods, remaining stationary relative to the limb while a person wearing the device moves about.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Normand P. LaCroix
  • Patent number: 10362829
    Abstract: A protective helmet can include an outer shell and a multi-layer liner disposed within the outer shell and sized for receiving a wearer's head. The multi-layer liner can include and inner-layer, a middle-layer, and an outer-layer. The inner-layer can include an inner surface oriented towards an inner area of a helmet for receiving a wearer's head. The inner-layer can comprise a mid-energy management material with a density in a range of 40-70 g/L. The middle-layer can be disposed adjacent an outer surface of the inner-layer, wherein the middle-layer comprises a low-energy management material with a density in a range of 10-20 g/L. The outer-layer can be disposed adjacent an outer surface of the middle-layer, the outer-layer comprising an outer surface oriented towards the outer shell, wherein the outer-layer comprises a high-energy management material with a density in a range of 20-50 grams g/L.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Lowe
  • Patent number: 10364528
    Abstract: A rope including a yarn twisted by using a raw thread of a polyethylene fiber having an ultrahigh molecular weight and a strand twisted by the yarn and subjected to rope-making through the strand, and a resin coating layer for protecting the rope is formed on an external surface of the yarn, an external surface of the strand or an external surface of the rope. A method of manufacturing the rope includes a pretreating step I of removing an oil content contained in the rope and performing an affinity enhancing treatment over a surface thereof and a resin coating step II of forming a resin coating layer for protecting the rope on an external surface of the yarn, an external surface of the strand or an external surface of the rope. The resin coating layer for protecting the rope is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KAGAWA PREFECTURAL GOVERNMENT, TAKAGI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takako Nakamura, Tetsuo Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Shirakawa, Toshimitsu Takagi
  • Patent number: 10366798
    Abstract: A garment that shields a wearer from electromagnetic radiation may generally have a length of fabric forming the garment. The wearable garment may be virtually any garment such as a brassiere, camisole, shirt, pants, leggings, head wear, footwear, and the like. The garment is preferably made of at least a first fabric and a second fabric, where the first fabric is a non-metallized fabric and the second fabric being a metallized fabric. The metallized fabric, in some embodiments, is a metal plated fabric having one or more electrically conductive metals disposed thereon. The metallized fabric is used to form at least one pocket of the garment. Electronics and other devices can be placed and stored in the metallized pocket thereby shielding the wearer from electromagnetic radiation emitted by the electronic or similarly situated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Lori Sexton
  • Patent number: 10351977
    Abstract: A yarn producing apparatus is an apparatus for producing CNT (carbon nanotube) yarn from CNT fibers while causing the CNT fibers to run. The yarn producing apparatus includes an aggregating unit that aggregates the CNT fibers, and a twisting and winding device that twists the CNT fibers aggregated by the aggregating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Takashima
  • Patent number: 10342291
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole structure with multiple components. The sole structure includes a midsole member, an outsole member and an exterior support member. The midsole member and the outsole member have corresponding grooves. The exterior support member provides reinforcement for the midsole member. The outsole member includes a plurality of bristle members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Nadia M. Panian, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Patent number: 10342271
    Abstract: A car seat jacket including a jacket body and a closure mechanism. The jacket body has a neck opening and at least one slot proximate the neck opening. The closure mechanism is operably attached to the jacket body. The closure mechanism is positionable in a closed configuration. When the closure mechanism is in the closed configuration, the closure mechanism substantially covers the at least one slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Adriane Douglas
  • Patent number: 10342280
    Abstract: A protective helmet. The protective helmet includes an outer layer and an inner layer, each formed of a hard material. The outer layer and the inner layer each further include a concave interior surface and a convex exterior surface. A flexible connector connects the concave interior surface of the outer layer to the convex exterior surface of the inner layer. The flexible connector is configured to allow the outer layer to laterally shift relative to the inner layer upon impact to the protective helmet. Upon impact, the convex surface moves along the inclined planed of the concave surface in a direction opposite of the impact, while the stretched flexible connector provides a restoring force pulling the inner and outer layers back to their original positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Diffusion Technology Research, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Valentino, Sr., Bruce H. Dewoolfson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10327483
    Abstract: An extender for an outerwear is described. The extender includes a first section and a second section. The first section provides a tapered first side and a substantially straight second side. The second section provides a tapered first side and a substantially straight second side. The extender also includes a fastening arrangement adapted to removably secure the second side of the first section to the second side of the second section. The extender also includes an anchoring arrangement arranged on the first side of the first section and the first side of the second section. The anchoring arrangement is adapted to removably secure the first section and the second section to first and second seams of the outerwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: EXTENDHER LLC
    Inventors: Maria T Messier, Joanne D Frank
  • Patent number: 10316443
    Abstract: A braided, open structure composite made with large prepreg tow can be cured without bonding at the yarn crossovers and after removal from the mandrel, it can be used directly as a spring in which the spring constant in bending, torsion, tension or compression can be controlled by the geometry of the braided structure as well as the size of the structural elements. Alternatively the spring may be curved in multiple directions to form complex shapes and then crossovers can be re-bonded to make more rigid open structure composites that would be difficult or impractical to manufacture by conventional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AUBURN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Royall M. Broughton, Jr., David G. Beale, David J. Branscomb, Austin R. Gurley
  • Patent number: 10316374
    Abstract: A cutting device for machines for cutting hides and the like, including an oscillating piston provided at its end with a cutting blade, the oscillating piston being actuated pneumatically by way of an inlet and an outlet, an oscillation chamber being defined by the lower and upper stroke limits of the oscillating piston, the device including a supply duct that leads to the oscillation chamber, the supply duct being regulated by a solenoid valve in order to raise the oscillating piston and consequently raise the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: COMELZ S.P.A.
    Inventor: Franco Torti
  • Patent number: 10314367
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole structure with an extension portion that maintains contact with the ground during a forward stride, extending the time period for deceleration of loads applied to the sole structure. The article of footwear comprises an upper and a sole structure. The upper has a forefoot region with a foremost extent. The sole structure has a forefoot portion underlying the forefoot region, and an extension portion extending forward from the forefoot portion. The extension portion extends forward of the foremost extent of the upper from a forward edge of the forefoot portion to a distal end. A top side of the extension portion is spaced apart from the upper between the forward edge and the distal end. The extension portion establishes a propulsion surface beyond the foremost extent of the upper during a forward stride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. Kilgore, Paul J. Francis, Kevin W. Hoffer, Shane S. Kohatsu, Aaron K. Seid, Jeffrey C. Spanks, Andrea M. Vinet, George A. Xanthos
  • Patent number: 10306939
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter provides apparatus, systems and methods in which pants have at least a hidden pocket near the end of a pant leg. The hidden pocket has a sealable opening, preferably downward-facing, on the inside of pant leg that is easily assessable from the end of the pant leg. In preferred embodiments, pants have two pockets on each of the pant legs that are connected by a cable which is at least partially covered by a rubber band. The rubber band can be covered by a soft and fluffy material (e.g., velvet). In some embodiments, the pocket has a metalized layer that would at least partially shield the user from electromagnetic radiation produced by an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Yu Jane Huang
  • Patent number: 10301748
    Abstract: A fiber processing system for opening and mixing fiber material includes a plurality of bale openers for opening fiber bales. Conveying devices are arranged downstream of the bale openers for mixing and conveying the opened fiber material to a downstream processing device. The bale openers are divided into at least two opener groups, wherein each opener group produces a respective fiber mixture. Each opener group is allocated one or more of the conveying devices arranged in such a manner that the respective fiber mixtures are transported directly away from their associated opener group in different directions and the fiber mixtures are subsequently combined before or in the processing device into an overall fiber mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TEMAFA MASCHINENFABRIK GMBH
    Inventor: Joerg Morgner