Patents Examined by Danny Worrell
  • Patent number: 10927485
    Abstract: A shoemaking machine includes a sewing device having a cantilever unit, a work platform and a clamping frame unit. The cantilever unit has a sewing needle extending toward the clamping frame unit. A driving device is disposed on the cantilever unit, and includes a movable seat that is movable toward and away from the clamping frame unit. An ultrasonic positioning device is connected to the cantilever unit, and includes a welding head facing the clamping frame unit. The clamping device is connected to the movable seat and has a clamping space. The ultrasonic positioning device is inserted into the clamping space and is clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: POU CHEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsien-Tang Huang, Sheng-Yen Tseng, Meng-Chieh Tsai, Jen-Hsiu Tsai
  • Patent number: 10920345
    Abstract: An upper-torso garment includes a chest-covering portion having a knit textile region, which includes a plurality of courses fully spanning a dome-shaped portion. In addition, the knit textile region includes a plurality of partial-length courses partially spanning the dome-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Josue Diaz, Virginia Meckley, Paul R. Montgomery, Nicole Rendone, Andrea J. Staub
  • Patent number: 10907282
    Abstract: In one aspect of the disclosure, a knitted component for use in an article of footwear may include a first layer with a multi-bed first area having a first surface and an opposite facing second surface. The knitted component may include a second layer with a second area overlapping the first area. The second area may have a first surface and an opposite facing second surface. The knitted component may include a plurality of interlayer knit stitches interlooping at least one yarn of the first layer with at least one yarn of the second layer at an interface between the second surfaces of the first and second areas. The interior surfaces of the first area and the second area may define at least part of a freely separable area between the first and second areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan L. Aceves Tinajero, Nicola A. Danby, Fiona L. Lesecq, David F. Roth, Gagandeep Singh
  • Patent number: 10900149
    Abstract: An article of footwear including an upper incorporating a knitted component having color-shifting properties is provided. Color-shift properties can be generated by one or more lenticular knit structures disposed across the upper of the article of footwear. The lenticular knit structures are formed of unitary knit construction with the remaining portions of the knitted component. The lenticular knit structures have portions formed with different yarns. The different yarns on the portions of the lenticular knit structures generate a visual effect that changes the color of the article of footwear depending on the viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Meir, Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 10900153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a knit having barbs protruding outwards from both faces obtained by knitting yarns of biocompatible material in guide-bars B2, B3 and B4 of a knitting machine, wherein the knitting patterns followed by guide-bars B2 and B3 involve at least two needles and produce an arrangement of yarns defining two faces of the knit, the knitting pattern followed by guide-bar B4 making stitches generating loops protruding outwards from each of the faces of the knit, guide-bar B4 being threaded with a hot-melt monofilament yarn, heat-setting the knit, forming barbs by cutting the loops via melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SOFRADIM PRODUCTION
    Inventors: Xavier Couderc, Anthony Mira, Francoise Varone, Yves Bayon
  • Patent number: 10900152
    Abstract: To achieve high fit corresponding to variation in dimensions and shapes in a section of a human body and high return-promoting-effect. The cylindrical bandage (1) has increase and decrease in the number of stitches of row on one circle of a wale side to reflect a variation in circumference of a section of a human body in human body circumference dates m1, m2, m3, . . . . This bandage includes depression part (exterior convex part (42) where stitch shows convexity on the outside and concavity on the inside) and projection part (interior convex part (41) where stitch show concavity on the outside and convexity on the inside) on the inside being in contact with a wear part. The depression part and projection part are alternatively and continuously arranged in parallel in a circumferential direction. This bandage has continuous unevenness in the cross-section by knitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TRESTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiya Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10900151
    Abstract: This leg product comprising a tubular knitted fabric, in which the entire course of a leg part is knitted in a jersey stitch by using coated elastic yarns comprising elastic yarns and synthetic fibers, is characterized in that: the wale number in the circumferential direction is 340-400 wale; the size ratio is 1.10-1.40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10900150
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of making a knitted shoe component are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting one or more fibers to form a toe portion; knitting one or more fibers to form a first wing portion; and knitting one or more fibers to form a second wing portion. The first and second wing portions extend from the toe portion and are knittingly connected to the toe portion. The method further comprises reducing the lateral separation between the first and second wing portions from an initial separation distance to a knitting separation distance such that the wing portions can be knitted together to form a seamless heel portion of the shoe component, including using a series of stitch transfer, racking, and knitting steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ecofibre Limited
    Inventors: Juan Aristizabal, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 10895025
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an article. The article may include a knitted component with a first zone, the first zone being at least partially formed with a first yarn and a second yarn. The first yarn may be a monofilament yarn. The second yarn may have a tenacity of at least 5 grams per denier (g/D). The first yarn and the second yarn may be adjacent at least at one location within the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexa Manos-Gully, Gagandeep Singh, Daren P. Tatler
  • Patent number: 10895026
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a sock and monitoring health, comprising the steps of manufacturing the sock, comprising determining regions for conductive yarn patches in a sock, wherein the regions comprise of a heel region and a ball region, determining conductive part regions for a plurality of conductive paths connecting the respective heel region and the respective ball region to a top part of the sock, wherein at least two of the plurality of conductive paths are connected to the ball region and at least two of the plurality of conductive paths are connected to the heal region, and stitching the sock comprising stitching utilizing conductive yarn for the conductive yarn patches and the conductive paths, and stitching utilizing cotton yarn for the remaining of the socks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: National Textile University, Faisalabad
    Inventor: Syed Talha Ali Hamdani
  • Patent number: 10889923
    Abstract: Knit apparel formed using knitted structures and yarn content to create zonal venting and material standoff are provided. In aspects, garments having standoff structures knitted into one or more zones within the garment, on an internal and/or external surface of the garment, include tops and half-tights. The standoff structures are created using missed stitches with floats adjacent knitted stitches are integral to the surrounding material. Additionally, garments having airflow apertures are included, with transfer-stitch structures creating integral openings within the surrounding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Josue Diaz, Andrea J. Staub, Michael Tanios
  • Patent number: 10883201
    Abstract: A polytetrafluoroethylene textile and manufacturing method thereof is disclosed. a pretreatment process is performed on a plurality of polytetrafluoroethylene yarns. In the pretreatment process, a step of extending the polytetrafluoroethylene yarns are extended, the polytetrafluoroethylene yarns are knitted into a polytetrafluoroethylene fabric, the shape of the polytetrafluoroethylene fabric is fixed, and the polytetrafluoroethylene fabric are de-knitted into the polytetrafluoroethylene yarns with a plurality of knit-assisting parts. A second knitting process is performed to knit the polytetrafluoroethylene yarns and a plurality of artificial yarns together to obtain the polytetrafluoroethylene textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Ching-Hai Liang, Huang-Shan Lin, Cheng-Hsuan Wu, Chih-Jui Lin
  • Patent number: 10883206
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a garment that includes a body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The body has an anterior knit region having a first knitting pattern configured to stretch across a portion of a wearer's abdominal area, a second knitting pattern configured to stretch across a portion of a wearer's chest area, a posterior knit region having the first knitting pattern configured to stretch about a portion of the wearer's back, a first lateral knit region having a third knitting pattern different from the first knitting pattern configured to stretch about a portion of the wearer's left lateral area, and a second lateral knit region having the third knitting pattern configured to stretch about a portion of the wearer's right lateral area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Heinz Altmann, Carmelo Padin
  • Patent number: 10876231
    Abstract: A knitting method is for forming a weft knitted fabric having a thick portion. The knitting method includes a thick portion knitting step of forming at least two complete thick portion textures in one course of the weft knitted fabric by continuously repeating a thick portion knitting substep while alternating horizontal yarn feeding directions, the thick portion knitting substep including feeding a knitting yarn once to a needle row of five successive knitting needles in one horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KNITIDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Idobata
  • Patent number: 10876230
    Abstract: Provided is an elastic circular-knitted fabric that can be used for clothing such as underclothes, sportswear, or casual wear, and that is stretchable and has a pleasant feel. This elastic circular-knitted fabric contains knitted loops (c1) composed of non-elastic fibers, and knitted loops (c2) composed of non-elastic fibers and elastic fibers. The knitted loops (c2) composed of the non-elastic fibers and elastic fibers exist in the elastic circular-knitted fabric at a ratio of one course for every two courses. In a slope of the elongation stress curve in the warp direction and weft direction of the elastic circular-knitted fabric, a ratio (a2/a1) of a slope (a1) at 0-40% elongation to a slope (a2) at 40-80% elongation is no more than 1.0 in the respective directions, and the standard deviation of unevenness between the loops on the rear surface of the elastic circular-knitted fabric is 0.5 or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuyuki Watanabe, Shoichi Akita
  • Patent number: 10876233
    Abstract: An open-type circular knitting machine for the open and width-variable web production with a knitted fabric take-down and/or collecting assembly, including: a basement, knitting head and take-down and/or collecting assembly for the fabric. The head is equipped with a needle-holding element having a plurality of needles arranged around a central axis; a first and last active needle delimit a dead zone of the element without needles, and an arc-shaped operating zone with active needles. The head has a control device connected to the active needles to selectively actuate them to produce an open knitted fabric extending between two side edges making up two selvedges of the fabric. The assembly is downstream from the head with respect to feeding direction of the fabric, configured for rotating integral or coordinated with the element during production. Further, at least a first cutting device, configured for progressively cutting and/or trimming the produced fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SANTONI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Ettore Lonati, Fausto Lonati, Andrea Lonati
  • Patent number: 10865504
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper that includes a knitted component and a sole structure secured to the upper. The knitted component may define a tube formed of unitary knit construction, and a strand may extend through a length of the tube. As another example, the knitted component may have a pair of at least partially coextensive knitted layers formed of unitary knit construction, and a plurality of floating yarns may extend between the knitted layers. In some configurations, the knit type or yarn type may vary in different regions of the knitted component to impart different properties. Additionally, the knitted component may incorporate a thermoplastic yarn that is fused in different regions of the knitted component to impart different properties. A flat knitting process or a variety of other knitting processes may be utilized to form the knitted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Bruce Huffa, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10851482
    Abstract: A knitted component may include a course of a first yarn type and a course of a second yarn type, a first surface at least partially formed by the course of the first yarn type, and a cavity formed within the knitted component that is recessed relative to the first surface. A first float formed by the course of the second yarn type may extend across the cavity and may be exposed, and the course of the second yarn type may include a stitch that is knitted into the knitted component adjacent the float.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan L. Aceves Tinajero, William P. Halligan
  • Patent number: 10844526
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is related to an upper for an article of footwear. The upper may include a knitted component with a first yarn, the first yarn forming a plurality of intermeshed loops of the knitted component. The upper may further include a surface formed by the plurality of intermeshed loops. The upper may further include a first structure at least partially forming a first aperture, the first structure extending from the surface, the first structure having a first end and a second end adjacent to the surface, and the first structure having a central portion extending from the first end to the second end. The first structure may include the first yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashleigh S. Brinkman, Andreas Schoppel
  • Patent number: 10844527
    Abstract: A knitted fabric (10) including a plurality of parallel chains of knitted loops (12), with each chain of knitted loops (12) formed from a respective yarn, and with the parallel chains of knitted loops (12) extending in the warp or vertical direction. The fabric (10) also includes a plurality of weft yarns (14), with each weft yarn (14) connected to and extending across at least two adjacent chains of knitted loops (12). Each chain of knitted loops (12) is also associated with at least one respective yarn 16, (18) that is connected to, and intertwines along the chain of knitted loops (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: GALE PACIFIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew Nasarczyk, Garth Graham, Shane Graham, Ross Griffith, David Kost