Patents Examined by Grace Huang
  • Patent number: 11026461
    Abstract: A system allows a user to create new designs for apparel and preview these designs before manufacture. Software and lasers are used in finishing apparel to produce a desired wear pattern or other design. The system swaps garments in a digital asset to garments that are designed using the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Christopher Schultz, Debdulal Mahanty, Jennifer Schultz, Benjamin Bell, James Barton Sights
  • Patent number: 11013283
    Abstract: Embodiments of The Hover Cover are comprised of one central rod, a left middle rod, a right middle rod, a left-side rod, a right-side rod, a left-side arm, a right-side arm, a central support, a crossbar, a brim-support, a brim, a hat cover, and a sizer. The central rod, the left middle rod, and the right middle rod span nearly the length of The Hover Cover and are connected on the back side of The Hover Cover to the back fitting and on the front side of The Hover Cover to the brim-support. The left-side rod and right-side rod extend from the back fitting to the brim-support on their respective sides of The Hover Cover. The crossbar transects The Hover Cover and is integrally formed with the brim-support. Connected to the crossbar is the central support. The brim extends forward from the brim-support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Hover Cover LLC
    Inventor: Mark James Holterman
  • Patent number: 11000086
    Abstract: A system allows a user to create new designs for apparel and preview these designs before manufacture. Software and lasers are used in finishing apparel to produce a desired wear pattern or other design. Users may collaborate while designing the apparel and designate what items should belong in specific collections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Debdulal Mahanty, Benjamin Bell, Christopher Schultz, Jennifer Schultz, Jeff Zens
  • Patent number: 11001948
    Abstract: A warp knitted fabric formed by a warp knitting machine includes a first knitted portion formed using a first knitting sequence in a machine direction and a formed using a second knitted portion formed using a second knitting sequence in the machine direction, the second knitted portion comprising at least two strips extending in the machine direction, the at least two strips being detached from one another along their lengthwise edges. The second knitted portion has the same width as the first knitted portion, and the first knitted portion and the second knitted portion alternate sequentially in the machine direction and are formed of a single set of continuous textile strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: Duke University, North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Howard Levinson, James Brian Davis, Don Ward, Jon Rust
  • Patent number: 10986885
    Abstract: A hand warming having an open end for receiving a player's hand, a closed end, and a generally cylindrical interior chamber that is located between the open and closed ends. The interior chamber is insulated and surrounded by a water-proof outer covering. A flexible collar having an elastic band closure extends from the perimeter edge of the open end. A looped panel is attached to the outer covering. The panel is attached to the outer covering so as to form first and second tunnels for selectively receiving a belt for vertical mounting. First and second belt loops are attached across the panel for horizontal mounting. A flap that can be closed and the first and second belt loops can be used to retain the hand warmer in place when the hand warmer is horizontally positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Greg Von Behren, Heather Von Behren
  • Patent number: 10959478
    Abstract: A head and facial protection system comprising a helmet and an attachable eye protection, said helmet comprising an inner and outer surface, a core between the inner and outer surfaces, a first and a second forehead mount, and a left and right post; wherein the eye protection secures to the first and second forehead mounts and the left and right posts to enable adjustment of the attachable eye protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hummingbird Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Robert H. Stolker
  • Patent number: 10959469
    Abstract: A device protecting the plantar padding of a foot that includes a cushion including a viscoelastic material that is configured to be held against the skin of the plantar region and to cover all of the metatarsal heads and the metatarsophalangeal joints of the foot, and an elastic band attached to the cushion along two opposing transverse edges and by a tab configured to pass between the big toe and the adjacent toe of the foot. The band has a width configured to entirely cover side bulges formed by the metatarsophalangeal joints of the small and big toes. A portion of the band configured for contacting the top of the foot includes tacky elements on both sides thereof, which prevent the protective device from sliding on the skin when the device is placed on the foot and inside a sock surrounding the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MILLET INNOVATION
    Inventors: Damien Millet, Odile Grange, Thierry Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10954617
    Abstract: A method of preparing a tufting process for tufting a fabric comprises the steps of: a) providing a pattern representation (10) representative of a fabric to be tufted comprising at least one tufting structure region (14), said at least one tufting structure region (14) corresponding to an area of the fabric to be tufted having a plurality of piles, b) in association with at least one tufting structure region (14), providing a tufting structure defined by a plurality of tufting structure parameters, each tufting structure parameter having an effect on the appearance of at least a part of the piles to be tufted in association with this tufting structure region and having no effect on the appearance of piles to be tufted in an area not corresponding to this tufting structure region (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: VANDEWIELE NV
    Inventor: Frank Marijsse
  • Patent number: 10945482
    Abstract: A knitted component may include a loft zone having at least one first loft portion that is integrally knit. The loft portion may include a first knitted layer having an elasticated first material, a second knitted layer, a void between the first knitted layer and the second knitted layer, and at least one course of a second material that is knitted within the void and causes the second knitted layer to extend away from the first knitted layer by a first distance. The at least one course of the second material may include at least one float and may project into the void. The second material may have a greater resistance to bending than the elasticated first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas I. Schoppel, Erin C. Stevens, Seth M. Wiberg
  • Patent number: 10934642
    Abstract: A loop-forming process includes moving a plurality of system components (11, 12) relatively to a needle bed (14). The system components (11, 12) contact threads (23) for forming loops. At least one spacer (10) is placed between at least two adjacent system components (11, 12) of the plurality of system components (11, 12) and defines the distance (21) between the two adjacent system components (11, 12), the spacer (10) being in mechanical contact to the two adjacent system components (11,12). The spacer (10) is placed away from and does not contact threads (23) and is moved with respect to the needle bed (14). The spacer (10) is also moved with respect to both of the two adjacent system components (11, 12) at least for a period of time during the loop forming process. An equivalent device is also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Martin Wörnle, Jörg Sauter, Uwe Stingel, Eric Jürgens, Hans-Jürgen Haug, Marco Andreoli, Stefano Rizzi
  • Patent number: 10932516
    Abstract: The footwear can be convertible between a shoe configuration and a sandal configuration. A flexible front vamp portion can be elevated into an upwardly flexed and elevated position so it creates a cavity, in conjunction with the footwear upper portion, to receive the foot of the wearer to provide a shoe configuration. In particular, the toes of the wearer can reside in the cavity portion formed by the flexible front vamp portion. For conversion to a sandal configuration, the midsole can be removed from the outer sole and the front vamp portion can be downwardly flexed so that it collapses and then nests into the outer sole. The midsole can be replaced back into the outer sole, with the front vamp portion captured between the midsole and the outer sole, so the footwear can function as a sandal with the wearer's toes exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick Hogan
  • Patent number: 10900145
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for fabricating nanofiber yarn at rates of at least 30 m/min (1.8 kilometers (km)/hour (hr)) using a “false twist” nanofiber yarn spinner and a false twist spinning technique are disclosed. In a false twist spinning technique, a twist is introduced to nanofibers in a strand by twisting the nanofibers at points between ends of the strand. This is in contrast to the “true twist” technique where one end of a strand is fixed and the opposing end of the strand is rotated to introduce the twist to intervening portions of yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: BaeKyun Kim, Julia Bykova, Luis Plata, Yang Yang, Marcio D. Lima
  • Patent number: 10895027
    Abstract: A pickup device for picking up a knitted tubular manufacture from a circular knitting machine for hosiery or the like and for transferring it to a unit adapted to perform additional operations on the manufacture, comprising an annular pickup body that supports a plurality of pickup elements, which are arranged radially around the axis of the pickup body and can slide with respect to the pickup body along radial directions; the pickup body can be arranged coaxially around the needle cylinder of a circular knitting machine for hosiery or the like, with each one of the pickup elements laterally facing a needle of the machine; actuation means are provided which act on the pickup elements for their movement along the radial directions at least from a first position, in which the pickup elements are closer to the axis of the pickup body, to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Lonati S.P.A.
    Inventors: Ettore Lonati, Fausto Lonati, Francesco Lonati
  • Patent number: 10876232
    Abstract: A conventional sock, in which a pile yarn knitted into loops together with a polyurethane yarn has cushioning properties, but has a problem in that it cannot be used for a long period of time. According to the present invention, a first component yarn 15a composed of two yarns, namely, a woolly nylon yarn 13a and a cotton yarn 14a, and a second component yarn 15b composed of two yarns, namely, a woolly nylon yarn 13b and a cotton yarn 14b, are alternately knitted into float loops every 10 loops. Accordingly, the cotton yarns that are less stretchable appear on the surface, and thus cushioning properties can be improved. Also, the yarn strength can be increased by the woolly nylon yarns that are highly stretchable, and also the strength can be further increased by using the component yarns each composed of two yarns: a woolly nylon yarn; and a cotton yarn. Accordingly, the obtained sock can be used for a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NISHIGAKI SOCKS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Nishigaki
  • Patent number: 10874159
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes a shell, which defines a bottom opening and an internal cavity for receiving the wearer's head. The shell further includes a brim with a central opening defined in the brim. An attachment mechanism for securing an accessory to the shell includes one or more openings defined through the brim on either side of the central opening, wherein each of the openings includes a larger diameter portion and a smaller diameter portion, which are separated by a detent. Each opening receives a respective boss of the accessory, which can be selectively advanced from the larger diameter portion to the small diameter portion of the opening. Furthermore, the attachment mechanism includes a slot defined in and along the edge of the shell, with the slot corresponding with the central opening defined in the brim, such that the slot is configured to receive a projection extending from the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: E.D. Bullard Company
    Inventors: Paul A. Kinzer, Travis J. Plumlee
  • Patent number: 10874173
    Abstract: One example embodiment in this disclosure provides an apparatus including a retainer, anchored at a heel position within a shoe. The apparatus also includes a heel strap having a first and second end and a mid-section, wherein the first and second end of the heel strap is anchored on a sole of a shoe, and wherein the mid-section of the heel strap is attached to the retainer. The apparatus also includes an adjuster associated with the heel strap configured to adjust length of the heel strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Tina Richardson Wright
  • Patent number: 10863789
    Abstract: A high heel shoe protector for covering and protecting an exterior surface of a high heel shoe. The high heel shoe protector includes a panel having a first distal end and a second distal end, wherein each distal end contains a fastener that removably secures to one another to form a front loop. The panel further contains a fold at a mid-section thereby creating a first lateral side and a second lateral side. A shared seam extends perpendicularly from a lower edge of each lateral side, wherein the seam creates a closed rear loop that receives a high heel of a high heel shoe. In an alternative embodiment, the panel is made of a flexible water resistant material and the fastener on each distal end comprises hook and loop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Vicki Webb, Charise Harper
  • Patent number: 10863795
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include a sole structure, an upper, and a printed layer. The upper can be coupled to the sole structure. The printed layer can be disposed on the upper and include a first printed material and a second printed material. The first printed material can have a plurality of spaced-apart first segments and have a first hardness. The second printed material can have a plurality of spaced-apart second segments and have a second hardness that is less than the first hardness of the first printed material. Each of the second segments can be disposed adjacent to one or more of the first segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan R. Larson, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10798993
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole body having a proximal surface and a distal surface. Proprioceptive elements may extend in the hole in the midsole body, and translate toward the proximal surface in the holes upon a force directed along a central axis of the hole at a distal end of the proprioceptive elements. In various embodiments, the holes may angle relative to vertical from the proximal surface to the distal surface, the holes may be defined by perforations and the proprioceptive elements may be integral portions of the midsole body, or the midsole body may have a plurality of annular holes at the proximal surface, and a plurality of annular recesses in the distal surface, and a plurality of proprioceptive elements, each centered in a different annular hole of the plurality of annular holes. Methods of manufacturing articles of footwear are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuchung K. Chen, Oliver McLachlan, Thomas J. Rushbrook, Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10767284
    Abstract: A thread draw-off nozzle for an open-end rotor spinning device includes an entrance-side nozzle funnel and an exit-side nozzle bore adjoining the nozzle funnel. A plurality of notches are arranged in the nozzle funnel and extend essentially radial to the nozzle bore. Each notch has an inlet wall, a baffle wall, a radially outer notch inlet, and a radially inner notch outlet. Each notch further includes an essentially flat notch bottom arranged between the inlet wall and the baffle wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG
    Inventors: Guenter Baur, Michael Basting