Patents Examined by Jila Mohandesi
  • Patent number: 9801429
    Abstract: There is provided an instep cover in which various designs can be provided on a side surface portion of the instep cover even when a shoelace holding section is provided, and a shoe upper including the instep cover. In a shoe upper (100) configuring a shoe, an instep cover (1) that covers a portion on an instep side of a wearer includes a slit (5S) extending from a foot insertion opening for the wearer to insert a foot toward a toe, and a shoelace holding section (4) that holds a shoelace for adjusting a spacing of the slit (5S). The shoelace holding section (4) includes a holding unit (4U) configured by a hole (4h) formed in a slit edge region (11) that shapes the slit (5S), and an annular strap (4s) being formed to an annular shape by connecting one end and the other end of a lace-like body to the slit edge region (11) and having a length that can be pulled out from the hole (4h) when an intermediate portion of the lace-like body is brought to a position of the hole (4h).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Uchikawa, Masamitsu Ikenaka
  • Patent number: 8359769
    Abstract: The present invention employs chimneys and chimneys structures to move or vent heat and moisture away from the foot and out of the microclimate of the shoe. The chimneys define pathways that utilize convection and other principles to cool and dry the foot. The chimneys and chimney structures can have many different configurations, and can be positioned anywhere desired in the upper. For example, chimneys can be positioned on the sidewalls of the upper, in the tongue, or both. Chimneys and chimney structures can also be used with form-fitting foot coverings such as socks or leggings, or used with other apparel. Specialized footbeds can also be employed with footwear chimneys to evacuate hot, moist air away from the underside of the foot and towards the chimneys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Timberland Company
    Inventors: David Vattes, Christopher J. Pawlus
  • Patent number: 8245421
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a forefoot portion and a heel portion movable relative to the forefoot portion from a first articulated configuration to a second articulated configuration is provided. An articulation assembly having a forefoot articulation member and a heel articulation member is also provided. The articulation assembly couples the forefoot portion to the heel portion and includes a hinge mechanism and a cam mechanism. The hinge mechanism may include a pin located within a socket. The cam mechanism may include a cam surface and a protrusion configured to ride on the cam surface. The article of footwear may include a locking mechanism having a first locking element that engages a second locking element in the first articulated configuration. The first locking element may be a first concavity formed in a surface and the second locking element may be a protrusion configured to extend into the first concavity in the first articulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Baudouin, Michael R. Friton, John Hurd, Casey Lee Smith
  • Patent number: 8230619
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method of orthopedic footwear for post-surgical or diabetic patients or for sanitary use. The footwear has an ambidextrous bottom sole. In a higher part thereof, there is a groove of at least 10 mm, in which an off-loading plantar insoles or medicine or bandages can be inserted. These have been built-in the bottom sole using an ortho-dynamic concept which allows the patient a controlled deambulation. To that end, the present invention prevents sheer force on the plantar part of the bottom sole and the foot and in particular on the metatarsal and/or tarsal part of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Salvatelli SRL
    Inventors: Franco Salvatelli, Massimo Tulipani
  • Patent number: 8220182
    Abstract: The invention relates to a footwear sole with massaging effect comprising an external sole configured for resting on the ground and at least an insole interposed between said external sole and the user's foot. In one embodiment, the footwear has one or more vertically movable pliable areas peripherally connected to the remaining portion of the sole by bridges of elastically pliable material, which project from the outer sole and are moved towards the foot during walking. Such pliable areas are provided with an extension passing through a slot of said insole and having at least a foot contacting end portion composed of a soft or elastically pliable material. In another embodiment, the inner vamp lining the outer vamp and the outer vamp are free to slide one with respect to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: TN & Co. di Lucio Righetto
    Inventor: Lucio Righetto
  • Patent number: 8215481
    Abstract: A container closure is disclosed for retaining an additive material to mix with a container material within a container. The container closure comprises a reservoir having a sleeve and a plunger for retaining the additive material. A resilient seal is located at a first end of the sleeve and a frangible wall is located at a second end of the sleeve. The plunger is slidably received within the sleeve with the resilient seal interacting between the sleeve and the plunger. A severable member coacts between the base and the plunger for spacing a plunger projection from the frangible wall. The severable member is removable for enabling the plunger to be moved into a depressed position to fracture the frangible wall to permit the additive material to enter the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Michael G. Knickerbocker
  • Patent number: 8215033
    Abstract: An article of footwear for use in sporting activities such as snowboarding is disclosed. The article of footwear can include a flex notch and a coupled lace loop design. The article can further include an internal harness to enhance stability of the foot. The article can also include a threading layer configured to strengthen the upper and a corresponding connecting layer to bond the threading layer to the upper and to provide protection to other areas of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn G. Carboy, Stephen D. Pelletier, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8215035
    Abstract: An athletic shoe having an improved cleat arrangement is provided. An improved cleat having a v-shape is also provided. An angled or v-cleat is provided near the first metatarsal region to provide improved traction for a wide variety of sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Elan-Polo, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mills, Jacob Ulkus
  • Patent number: 8215036
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole assembly; an upper attached to the sole assembly; a heel counter on the upper, the heel counter having an upper edge and including a first connector portion that extends along the upper edge; and a heel insert removably attached to the heel counter along its upper edge, the heel insert having a corresponding second connector portion that mates with the first connector portion of the heel counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Sergio Cavaliere, Paul Hooper
  • Patent number: 8215037
    Abstract: An article of footwear that includes an outsole, including an outsole groove that extends generally in a thickness direction through the outsole to separate the outsole into first and second outsole elements. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes a midsole, including a midsole groove that extends generally in a thickness direction through the midsole to separate the midsole into first and second midsole elements. The first midsole element is operably secured to the first outsole element to define a first element assembly, and the second midsole element is operably secured to the second outsole element to define a second element assembly. Furthermore, the outsole groove and the midsole groove are substantially aligned with each other, and the first and second element assemblies interlock with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Dervin A. James
  • Patent number: 8201347
    Abstract: A shoe construction enables a user to attach or interchange shoe components for improving function and or appearance of the shoe construction. The shoe construction includes a base, a cover, a top attachable component, and two fasteners. The base includes a series of fastener-receiving apertures. First fastening structure surrounds the fastener-receiving apertures. The cover includes a second fastening structure matable with the first fastening structure. The top attachable component includes component ends, each of which has an end aperture and a third fastening structure, which third fastening structure surrounds the end apertures. The fasteners fasten the component ends to the base member via the end apertures and fastener-receiving apertures. The cover covers the first fastening structure, the component ends, and the fasteners. The first, second, and third fastening structures function to prevent rotation of the component ends about axes extending through the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Sandra Garza
  • Patent number: 8191283
    Abstract: An insole or footbed for footwear includes a flat support element from which mushroom-shaped formations extend. Air circulation channels are formed between said formations. The insole ensures good foot ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Angelo Basso
  • Patent number: 8176659
    Abstract: A shoe, especially a boot, which has a protective function against toxic chemical agents, especially chemical warfare agents, and a multilayer layered construction, which has an outer layer, which faces away from the foot when the shoe is worn, and an inner layer, especially an inner shoe lining, which is assigned to the outer layer and faces towards the foot when the shoe is worn, wherein, in addition, an adsorption layer based on an adsorbent material, especially activated carbon, which adsorbs toxic chemical agents, is arranged between the outer layer and the inner layer. In this way, efficient protection against toxic chemical agents, especially chemical warfare agents is achieved, and a high degree of wearing comfort is achieved at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Blücher GmbH
    Inventor: Hasso von Blücher
  • Patent number: 8171655
    Abstract: A footwear construction including an upper, a midsole including a midsole flange, and an outsole shell including an outsole flange. The flanges can project outwardly, away from the upper in the forefoot portion. The flanges can be joined with a direct attach bond and a lock stitch. The flanges can each terminate short of the heel portion. The lock stitch can terminate short of the heel portion, and can be visible above and below the joined flanges. The midsole can include a fully exposed and viewable portion in the heel portion of the footwear. The midsole can include a heel cup integrally formed with the midsole flange. A method for constructing the footwear includes direct attaching a midsole to an upper and an outsole including an outsole flange. The midsole can form with a midsole flange, and the midsole flange and outsole flange can be stitched together with a lock stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark M. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8171658
    Abstract: A snowshoe of molded plastic material has a tail section with greater flexibility than the main body section, thereby allowing the tail to give and deform as the snowshoe tail is engaged against the terrain during the gait of the user. At the same time, the tail is stiff enough to provide flotation needed when the full weight of the user is on one snowshoe fully engaged against terrain, such as soft snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: Rudy Lucas Samuels, Chris Barchet, Dodd Grande, Mark S. Williams, Scott Youmans, Rachel Lin
  • Patent number: 8171657
    Abstract: An application for a pivoting sole for use in an energy-return shoe system includes a shoe portion with a bottom surface. An upper toe sole is affixed to the toe area of the bottom surface and an upper heel sole is affixed to a heel area of the bottom surface. The upper heel sole is pivotally connected to the upper toe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Perenich
  • Patent number: 8161665
    Abstract: An impact absorbing material for a footwear article includes a first sheet having a plurality of projections for dispersing the force of an impact and a second sheet, having a lower durometer than the first sheet, that is bonded to the first sheet for absorbing the force from the projections. The projections are arranged on the first sheet such that nonlinear gaps are formed between adjacent pairs of projections. The impact absorbing material may be positioned between an upper and an inner liner of the footwear article and may be selectively positioned on the footwear article to protect an area on the wearer that is vulnerable to impact, such as the wearer's feet, ankles, heels or calves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakano
  • Patent number: 8161669
    Abstract: A shoe such as an infant's shoe includes a sole and an upper with the upper formed by a forefoot portion and a heel portion. When an infant's foot is to be placed in the shoe, the heel portion is configured to be pivoted with respect to the forefoot portion to an open position to allow the foot to slide into the forefoot portion. According to an example, after the foot is received in the forefoot portion, the heel portion is pivoted to a substantially closed position and one or more securing devices associated with each of the forefoot portion and heel portion are engaged to secure the shoe on the infant's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: X-Swiss, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Keating
  • Patent number: 8161667
    Abstract: Disclosed are an elastic sole member which optimizes between a shock absorbing function and repulsive elastic force, between which a tradeoff relationship exists, and a shoe with the elastic sole member. The elastic sole member includes a sole body which is upwardly inclined toward a back end thereof, and an elastic member comprised of a fixing piece inserted through and fixed in a space formed through an upwardly inclined back portion of the sole body, and an elastic plate extending from the fixing plate while it is downwardly inclined and having a first end exposed to the outside and a second end spaced apart from the sole body, in which the elastic sole member elastically contracts when external force is applied to a back portion of the sole body while the fixing piece serves as the elastic support axis and provides elastic recovery force when the external force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Boss Corporation
    Inventor: Young Sun Hwang
  • Patent number: 8161664
    Abstract: Improved foot-receiving apparatuses that may include: a housing somewhat defining an interior (16) for receiving a foot, and having an external periphery; and at least one Pant-Leg-Cover (XX1) disposed substantially outside of the external periphery of the housing, where the Pant-Leg-Cover (XX1) extends upward from a fixable lower portion (A1) joined to the housing to a free upper portion (D1) movable relative to the housing, where a pant leg (99) can be at least accommodated, secured, and utilized between the housing and the Pant-Leg-Cover. The consumer may have the option to freely join or un-join the Pant-Leg-Cover with the housing to at least change the aesthetic appearance of the apparatus, e.g. depending on personal preference. This specification describes numerous embodiments that will create a sustainable competitive advantage for a select corporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Curran Dawson