Patents Examined by Jila M. Mohandesi
  • Patent number: 10413013
    Abstract: Wrapped footwear includes a flip-flop which is wrapped in various ways with a strap. In one embodiment the strap is wrapped around both side members of the flip-flop. In another embodiment the strap is wrapped around the toe post and the side members of the flip-flop. And in another embodiment, multiple straps are wrapped around the toe post and the ankle of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Angelina Bella Corona
  • Patent number: 10398198
    Abstract: A sole plate for an article of footwear includes a foot-receiving surface and a ground-facing surface disposed opposite each other. A stiffness enhancing, ground-engaging cleat extends from the ground-facing surface of the sole plate. The ground-engaging cleat includes a first lug and a second lug. The first lug has a first foundation attached to the sole plate, and a first flex-limiting portion connected to the first foundation. The second lug has a second foundation attached to the sole plate, and a second flex-limiting portion connected to the second foundation. The first flex-limiting portion and the second flex-limiting portion contact each other in response to dorsiflexion of the sole plate equal to at least a predetermined flex angle, to increase a bending stiffness of the sole plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Orand, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 10383400
    Abstract: The present invention relates to visco-elastic inserts, in particular to shoe inserts, and in particular to heel supports having a main body with regions of dissimilar hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventor: Thomas Bauerfeind
  • Patent number: 10383391
    Abstract: A shock absorbing structure formed by including a column member, a ring member that is provided by being fitted onto the column member and has elasticity, a first pressure receiving portion that is connected to an upper end of the column member, and a second pressure receiving portion that is connected to a lower end of the column member, wherein the column member tilts with respect to at least one of the first and second pressure receiving portions with pressure reception, and is restored with decompression, and the ring member is caused to undergo bulging deformation to an outer circumferential side direction from an inner circumferential side by tilting of the column member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: ASICS CORPORATION, TAICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Mitsui, Manabu Mikuni, Hiroshi Nasuno
  • Patent number: 10383392
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole incorporating an auxetic structure. The article of footwear further includes a strobel that may be placed along the auxetic structure of the sole. The strobel may restrict the motion of the auxetic structure in particular locations. The strobel may be used to provide rigidity and support in the area of the strobel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 10383393
    Abstract: Several sole components and a method of manufacturing those sole components are disclosed. In general, each sole component includes a fluid-filled bladder and a reinforcing element extending around a portion of the bladder. The reinforcing element is bonded to the exterior of the bladder, and may be recessed into the bladder. In some configurations, the reinforcing element is die-cut from a sheet of polymer material, and the reinforcing element may exhibit a layered configuration. In manufacturing the sole component, the reinforcing element may be located within a mold, and the polymer material forming the bladder may be bonded to the reinforcing element during the molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher O. Parker
  • Patent number: 10383394
    Abstract: A running shoe includes an upper coupled to a sole structure. The sole structure includes a compressible midsole and an outsole. The midsole possesses a first compression value. A compression plate or insert possessing a second compression value is positioned between the midsole and the outsole. Specifically, the insert is softer, or has a smaller compression value, than the midsole. The outsole wraps around a sole structure such that it contacts the midsole and the insert. The outer surface of the outsole includes a series of treads or traction elements extending along the bottom and sides of the outsole. With this configuration, when the sole structure contacts an uneven topography, the outsole conforms around the topography, stabilizing the footwear during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: David Dombrow
  • Patent number: 10383396
    Abstract: Compression molded foam articles are provided having a closed cell foam structure comprising a plurality of cells having an anisotropic cell shape. The disclosed compression molded foam articles can be used as components or parts of a variety of articles, including articles of footwear and athletic equipment. Methods are disclosed for making the disclosed compression molded foam articles from a foamed preform having an elastomeric closed cell foam with substantially isotropic cell shape. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Malinowski, Joseph Thomas Muth, Christian Alexander Steinbeck
  • Patent number: 10376014
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved shoe cover with a bistable latch that allows for easy securing and removal of the shoe cover while providing a strong connection between the shoe and the shoe cover when in use. The shoe cover includes at least one bistable spring band at or around the toe, midsection, or heel of the cover for securing the cover to the shoe. In addition, a secondary attachment mechanism may be employed as well, which may include: a string-like material to encircle the shoe about its center, a semi-rigid structure on the inner-side of the cover; and/or an impressionable material located on or within the inner-side of the cover, so that it is directly exposed to the specialized shoe. The impressionable material will create a mold that is at least partially impermanent, permanent or semi-permanent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CleatGuard LLC
    Inventors: Xristos K. Apostolopoulos, Katharine C. Mena, Laura Mena, Andréa Potgieter
  • Patent number: 10327498
    Abstract: A method for making a footwear upper assembly, including knitting a tube to form first and second sock portions integrally joined at an intermediate portion; defining a first sock void and a first opening in the first sock portion; turning the second sock portion inside out, folding relative to the intermediate portion, and moving the second sock portion into the first sock void; inserting a footbed through the first opening into a footbed void formed between first and second lower panels of respective first and second sock portions; and closing the first opening to trap the footbed between the first and second lower panels. Alternatively, the method includes placing the knit tube on a last, placing a footbed adjacent the first lower panel, turning the second sock portion right-side out and moving it around an exterior of the first sock portion, and trapping the footbed within the footbed void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Burch
  • Patent number: 10321736
    Abstract: A shoe includes an upper and a sole secured to the upper. The sole includes transversely extending tread members and transversely extending grooves. The width of a tread member in a midfoot region is greater than the width of a tread member in a heel region and greater than the width of a tread member in a metatarsal region. The width of a groove in a ball region is greater than a width of a groove in a toe region and greater than the width of a groove in the metatarsal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Mokos
  • Patent number: 10314363
    Abstract: Provided is an insole capable of supporting a foot in a well-balanced manner. An insole 1 for a shoe is configured to include a calcaneal anterior-part support protrusion 90 for supporting a calcaneal anterior part 12A from a sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BMZ. Inc
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Kimihiko Kanazawa, Shigeki Takahashi, Takeo Sayama, Norihisa Okumura, Shouta Kaneko, Yuichi Takata
  • Patent number: 10299541
    Abstract: Strap systems for securing feet into articles of footwear or other foot-receiving devices include one or more strap members formed or engaged together in a continuous path along an upper for an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device. One or more structures for applying a force to the strap member(s) is provided so as to shorten a length of the continuous path and thereby apply tension to the strap member(s). Such strap systems can be arranged so that the strap tightens during plantar flexion or dorsiflexion. Additional aspects of this invention relate to bootie members for supporting such strap systems, upper members or bootie members including such strap systems, and articles of footwear and other foot-receiving devices including such strap systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Bishop, John Hurd, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Patent number: 10299540
    Abstract: Strap systems for securing feet into articles of footwear or other foot-receiving devices include one or more strap members formed or engaged together in a continuous path along an upper for an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device. One or more structures for applying a force to the strap member(s) is provided so as to shorten a length of the continuous path and thereby apply tension to the strap member(s). Such strap systems can be arranged so that the strap tightens during plantar flexion or dorsiflexion. Additional aspects of this invention relate to bootie members for supporting such strap systems, upper members or bootie members including such strap systems, and articles of footwear and other foot-receiving devices including such strap systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Bishop, John Hurd, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Patent number: 10292451
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for facilitating the installation of various components. A sole plate can include one or more specialized compartments designed to receive a component. The sole plate can be configured to provide greater stability to a sole structure. In some cases, the sole plate can be used to receive a component that can be used to perform different functions in a motorized tensioning system. Tabs within the sole plate can assist with retaining components within the sole plate and provide additional surface area for mounting the sole plate to other components of the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 10285468
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes projection members providing sensory feedback. The projection members are movable relative to an upper of the article of footwear. When the upper encounters a surface of an object, the projection members may be displaced in a direction towards wearer's foot. The projection members may be configured so that they are inserted into apertures located on the upper, and extend above an outer surface of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan S. Van Atta, Patricia L. Smaldone
  • Patent number: 10285470
    Abstract: A sole assembly for an article of footwear defines a base support plane. The sole assembly also includes a cushioning assembly with a first end and a second end. The cushioning assembly includes a first cushioning member and a second cushioning member. The first cushioning member includes a first overlapping surface, and the second cushioning member includes a second overlapping surface. The first and second overlapping surfaces overlap each other over the base support plane and each slope at a positive acute angle relative to the base support plane. The first cushioning member is thicker than the second cushioning member adjacent the first end of the cushioning assembly, and the second cushioning member is thicker than the first cushioning member adjacent the second end of the cushioning assembly. The first cushioning member has a resistance to resilient deformation less than that of the second cushioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Erez Morag, Blake Rhulen, Daniel T. Mackey, Ty A. Ransom, Martine I. V. Mientjes
  • Patent number: 10279581
    Abstract: The invention relates to articles of footwear having traction elements, and systems and methods for manufacturing same. An example shoe includes an upper and a sole plate, the sole plate including a lower surface adapted for ground contact having a first sole portion including first traction elements, the first traction elements having a distal end and a side wall with extensions extending from a central core, and a second sole portion including second traction elements, the second traction elements having at least one geometrical feature differing in one or more aspects from a corresponding geometrical feature of the first traction elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Ashcroft, Lee Blackwell, Matt Bullock, Bryan D. Gothie, Timothy K. Robinson, Stephen B. Shepard, Michael N. White, John R. Whiteman
  • Patent number: 10278450
    Abstract: Sole structures for articles of footwear include sipes that define discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements at the ground-engaging or ground-facing surface. At least some of the arch-supporting hexagonally shaped sole elements may be elongated in one direction as compared to at least some of the corresponding hexagonally shaped sole elements in the heel and/or forefoot support areas. Additionally or alternatively, the sole structure may include a perimeter rim and/or side wall integrally formed with and extending upward from a foot-supporting surface at least at a rear heel area of the sole structure. This perimeter rim and/or side wall forms a rear heel pocket that engages at least a portion of the heel area of the upper (e.g., the rear heel area) with an interior surface of the perimeter rim and/or side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Jonathan Cin
  • Patent number: 10271610
    Abstract: A comfortable, flexible Nordic ski boot with embodiments for classic, skate, combi, and roller skiing enables full ski control while remaining comfortable and allowing movement to help avoid overuse injuries including compartment syndrome. The boot provides precise fit at the heel and ball of the foot while allowing flexible movement. In embodiments, a strap attaches the ball of the foot. A custom heel fit and/or a strap can attach the heel. A removable, adjustable cuff can limit eversion and inversion. Some embodiments are made on multiple lasts, provide toe box room, provide partial or full movement about the ball of the foot, and/or allow twisting between the heel and ball of the foot. Embodiments are configured to elastically return to a flat configuration after flexing, while remaining in alignment with a ski. The sole can include carbon fibers and/or elastic cords, spring cables, and/or such like to enhance elasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Heidi Henkel