Patents Examined by Bobby Muromoto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10246801
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes: weaving one first portion including warp and weft threads intertwined according to the fundamental weave of each portion of woven wall corresponding to this first portion, stopping introduction of weft threads after insertion of a weft thread associated with the positioning of one elongated element having a main axis, the weft thread being intertwined with the warp threads of each portion of woven wall, introducing each elongated element between the warp threads defining with the associated weft thread, the insertion position of this elongated element, and maintaining in position each elongated element and introducing one new weft thread intertwining warp threads of the structure according to the fundamental weave of each wall portion or according to at least one new weave, to resume production of the structure, with each elongated element not being taken in the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Georges-Paul Deschamps
  • Patent number: 10212979
    Abstract: A helmet having an energy absorbing layer and a sliding facilitator is provided. The sliding facilitator is provided inside of the energy absorbing layer. A method of manufacturing a helmet having a sliding facilitator is further provided. The method comprising the steps of providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator contacting the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 10202713
    Abstract: Ticking having excellent flexibility is described. A woven fabric is obtained by using a multifilament having a monofilament fineness of not more than 0.5 dtex, the number of filaments of 100 or more and a total fineness of not more than 50 dtex and used as ticking. The woven fabric can be made of a polyester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Norihisa Fujiwara, Ryo Yasumitsu
  • Patent number: 10194707
    Abstract: Protective components may include a plate element and a cushioning element that are secured together with a hook-and-loop fastening system. The cushioning element may include a pair of material layers and a pad or a plurality of pad components located between the material layers. The plate element may include a polymer material and the pad may include a polymer foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 10194643
    Abstract: An edge finishing for a mesh formed by interlacing adjacent wire pickets, each picket formed in a zig-zag manner, the edge finishing comprising two interlinked loops where a first loop is formed from a first picket of the adjacent pickets and a second loop is formed from a second picket of the adjacent pickets, wherein the first loop and the second loop are interlocked together, via first and second loop-ends, at an intersection of the first picket and the second picket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ullrich Machinery Company Limited
    Inventors: Mark William Ullrich, Nelson Hartley Thelning, Kevin McBride Anderson
  • Patent number: 10196766
    Abstract: A wrappable textile sleeve and method of construction thereof is provided. The wrappable textile sleeve includes an elongate wall extending along a longitudinal axis between opposite ends with lengthwise extending edges extending parallel or substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis between the opposite ends. The wall is woven from lengthwise extending warp yarns and circumferentially extending weft yarns. The weft yarns form a plurality of discrete annular bands, with adjacent bands having weft yarns of different diameters to provide the wall with discrete enhanced hoop strength regions and with discrete enhanced flexibility regions, where the enhanced hoop strength and enhanced flexibility regions alternate in adjacent relation with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventors: Alexa A. Woodruff, Cassie M. Malloy, David A. Harris
  • Patent number: 10188157
    Abstract: Athletic garments and methods of their use are provided. One garment includes, for instance: a waist band, and an insulated panel configured to form a pouch to conformally cover a groin and genital area of a person. At least one end of the insulated panel is coupled to a portion of the waistband. Also disclosed is a method of using the athletic garment including providing the athletic garment and providing an ice bath for a person wearing the athletic garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Ulysse Tschantret, Erin Tschantret
  • Patent number: 10190853
    Abstract: A system and method is described for easily creating textiles out of chains connected by thread. A dissolvable or removable substrate on which chains can be set is used whereby the thread stitching passes through the substrate. After the textile stitching is completed, the substrate is then removed, including by use of a dissolving solvent or by melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Saadia Zafar
  • Patent number: 10178888
    Abstract: A head restraint system having a rate sensitive device to connect a head restraint to a body of a user. The head restraint system includes a first connector to connect to the head of a user, a second connector connected to the first connector and to a body of the user, wherein one of the first connector and the second connector includes a rate sensitive (RS) device, wherein the first connector and the second connector are configured to restrain the user's head to the user's body at high speed motion of the user's head relative to the user's body and otherwise not restrain the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Eric Dean Wetzel, Greg Allan Thompson, Jared Michael Gardner, Patrick Michael Toal, Jr., Thomas Anthony John Plaisted, David Stanley Lowry
  • Patent number: 10179271
    Abstract: A protective sports helmet that includes a chin strap system that allows for rapid, one-handed adjustment of the chin strap by the player while the helmet is worn is provided. The chin strap assembly includes a protective chin cup and a pair of straps extending from opposed sides of the chin cup and having a plurality of securing elements. The assembly also includes a pair of adjustable connectors affixed to the helmet and that include a central opening that receives an extent of the strap and a depressible lever that engages the securing elements. The adjustable connector allows movement of the strap in a first direction, and prevents movement of the strap in a second direction when the lever and securing elements are engaged. The adjustable connector allows movement of the strap in both the first and second directions when the lever is not engaged with the securing elements. When the strap is sufficiently loosened, but not disengaged from the connectors, the helmet can be removed from the player's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tryner, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 10172407
    Abstract: A safety helmet that provides improved protection against injuries that can result from both linear and angular head acceleration is described. The helmet features an outer shell, an interface structure and a liner. The liner is a matrix structure formed from silkworm cocoons. Minimization of weight and sustainability, without compromising functionality, are also features of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Howard A. Riina, Fritz Vollrath
  • Patent number: 10173103
    Abstract: Swimming goggles having a first eyepiece, a second eyepiece, and a bridging means, having a first bridging member, and a second bridging member, wherein the first bridging member engages the first eyepiece, wherein the second bridging member engages the second eyepiece, and wherein the first bridging member rotationally engages the second bridging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Christian Hahn
  • Patent number: 10167579
    Abstract: A fabric having a first side and a second side and comprising weft yarns and warp yarns woven together in pattern. At least some of the weft, or warp, yarns float over a number of warp yarns, or weft yarns, and below a number of warp yarns, or weft yarns, to provide weft, or warp, over portions on the first side and under portions on the second side. The under portions and/or over portions of the yarns form loops. At least some of the yarns that form the loops are conjugate yarns comprising a plurality of filaments that are separable, i.e., splittable into sub-filaments. The loops of the conjugate yarns extend for a length of at least three adjacent warp, or weft, yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sanko Tekstil Isletmeleri San. Ve Tic A.S.
    Inventors: Tuncay Kilickan, Ertug Erkus, Erdogan Baris Ozden
  • Patent number: 10159603
    Abstract: A goggle for use in snowsports including a flexible frame and a lens assembly, magnets or magnetic elements being provided on upper and lower edges of an inner surface of the lens assembly and magnets or magnetic elements being provided in corresponding positions on an outer surface of the frame, for releasably holding the lens assembly in the frame, and at least two releasable clips being provided on the frame, the clips being movable between a released position and an engaged position, the clips in the engaged position overlying a portion of the lens assembly and each clip including at least one retaining member which in use passes into an aperture at least part way through the lens assembly, in a direction substantially perpendicular to the surface of the lens assembly, for preventing or limiting movement of the lens assembly in a direction away from the lateral side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Rees, Martin Knoepfli
  • Patent number: 10154702
    Abstract: A bottom garment for providing comfort to the wearer. The bottom garment may include a front panel and a back panel, both the front panel and the back panel formed of a high weft-stretch fabric. The bottom garment may also include a garment lining formed of a higher weft-stretch fabric, low weight fabric attached on the inside of the panels inside of the garment, above a crotch point of the bottom garment. The stretch in the weft direction of the garment lining is greater than a stretch in the weft direction of the front panel and the back panel. The stretch in the warp direction of the garment lining is less than the stretch in the weft direction of the garment lining. The bottom garment may further include an elastic support band for maintaining the position of the garment when the garment is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: VF Jeanswear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Whitney Neary, Amber Burke, Angela Kathleen Primavera, Hannah Alice Palmer, Shawn Tilson Mueller, Robert Owen, Ye Reu De, Surendar Sihag, Yu Hui Bin, John D. Lindquist, Steven Charles Miller
  • Patent number: 10145035
    Abstract: Fabrics which allow for light transmission and provide thermal insulation are described. A fabric is formed from at least one yarn to form a continuous web of fabric. The continuous web is configured to allow between 20% and 65% of incident light to be transmitted through the fabric, and to reduce heat transfer through the fabric such that the fabric has an R value of at least 0.75 K·m2/W. The continuous web of fabric may be a woven fabric where the at least one yarn is woven to form the woven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Smart Textile Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10143254
    Abstract: An article of headwear made of a resilient material includes at least two panels that cooperate to form openings or pass-through slots through which a user may thread earbuds or headphones while maintaining coverage of the ear. The ends of the at least two panels may overlap one another. The ends of the panels may be reconfigurable between a first configuration where the panels lay flat over one another and a second configuration, where the panels are manipulated to no longer lay flat over one another to define at least one opening. One of the panels may include a non-resilient material coupled to at least one of the panels proximate to the end of the panel to aid the user in threading earbuds through the at least one opening at least partially defined by the non-resilient material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Hawes, Whitney Enck
  • Patent number: 10143250
    Abstract: A customizable garment patch having a least a first layer, the first layer being a printed graphical layer, a second layer attached to the first layer being a fabric substrate layer, the first layer attached to the second layer by sublimation printing, an adhesive applied to the second layer, the adhesive capable of connecting the garment patch to a surface and the adhesive being a water soluble glue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Richard R. W. Schulz
  • Patent number: 10145064
    Abstract: An industrial textile formed from first and second systems of warp yarns interwoven with first, second, and third sets of weft yarns in a repeating pattern to provide a 2½ weft layer fabric construction is provided. One of each of the yarns of the first and second sets of weft yarns are arranged so as to form a vertically aligned pair with respect to one another, and the third set of weft yarns is located intermediate of the first and second sets of weft yarns between vertically aligned pairs from the first and second sets. Each of the warp yarns in the first system of warp yarns is interwoven only with the weft of the first and third sets, and each of the warp yarns of the second system of warp yarns is interwoven only with the weft yarns of the second and third sets. The warp yarns of the first and second systems of warp yarns are arranged as vertically stacked pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AstenJohnson, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc P. Despault
  • Patent number: 10143252
    Abstract: Integrating dynamic materials into articles for adjustable physical characteristics (e.g., aesthetic, functional) can include various systems and methods. For example, in response to a human's body heat, a dynamic material may change shape to allow additional permeability in an article of clothing. Similarly, in response to the presence of moisture, an article of clothing may change shape to prevent the introduction of rain into an internal portion of the article. Additionally, it is contemplated that the shape changing material may change shape that affects a geometric structure of the article as a whole (e.g., protrusions, dimples, vents, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Patrick Williams