Patents Examined by Kara B Boyle
  • Patent number: 11732102
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing articles, including articles of footwear, apparel, and sporting equipment are provided. The methods comprise decorating a plurality of foam particles. The decorating can comprise applying a coating on the foam particles, or embossing or debossing the foam particles, or both. The decorating can comprise applying a coating on the foam particles by printing, painting, dyeing, applying a film, or any combination thereof. The plurality of foam particles are affixed utilizing aspects of additive manufacturing methods. 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: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Jay Constantinou, Harleigh Doremus, Luis Folgar, Brandon Kvamme, Joseph Thomas Muth, Denis Schiller
  • Patent number: 11725092
    Abstract: A foam molded article includes a main agent resin, a filler of greater than or equal to 15% by mass and less than or equal to 80% by mass, and a foaming agent of greater than or equal to 0.01% by mass and less than or equal to 10% by mass, and a foaming ratio caused by the foaming agent is greater than or equal to 1.1 times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventors: Yoshie Takahashi, Masashi Hamabe, Masayoshi Imanishi, Toshifumi Nagino
  • Patent number: 11713383
    Abstract: To provide a method for producing a porous film in which even when minute fine particles are used, fine particles can be satisfactorily dispersed, a method for producing a composition for producing a porous film, and a porous film that can be produced by the method for producing a porous film. When a porous film is formed using a varnish including at least one resin component selected from the group consisting of polyamide acid, polyimide, a polyamide-imide precursor, polyamide-imide and polyethersulfone, and fine particles, varnish is produced by dispersing the fine particles by using a pressure device that pressurizes slurry including the fine particles and a dispersing device provided with a flow path whose cross-sectional area is 1960 ?m2 or more and 785000 ?m2 or less, and allowing the slurry pressurized to 50 MPa or more to pass through the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Sugawara
  • Patent number: 11708306
    Abstract: A process for the production of a geopolymer composite. The disclosure further relates to a geopolymer composite, and the use of a geopolymer, a geopolymer in combination with an athermanous additive, or the geopolymer composite in expanded vinyl polymer, preferably vinyl aromatic polymer. Furthermore, the disclosure relates to a process for the production of expandable vinyl aromatic polymer granulate, and expandable vinyl aromatic polymer granulate. Finally, the disclosure relates to expanded vinyl foam, preferably vinyl aromatic polymer, and to a masterbatch comprising vinyl polymer and a), b), or c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: SYNTHOS S.A.
    Inventors: Filip Lukasz Kondratowicz, Piotr Rojek, Marzena Mikoszek-Operchalska, Kamil Utrata
  • Patent number: 11708473
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method in which a polyester melt containing one or more polyesters is produced, the polyester melt being foamed by a blowing agent and a foamed granulate is produced from the foamed polyester melt. The intrinsic viscosity (IV) of the polyester melt is reduced by the blowing agent about at least 0.05 dl/g, measured according to ASTM D4603, and the IV of the foamed granulate is then increased by means of a solid phase polycondensation (SSP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Siegl, Andreas Weber
  • Patent number: 11702527
    Abstract: A foam article, such as a cushioning element for an article of footwear, apparel or sporting equipment is provided that comprises a foam component, such as a midsole, having a number of beneficial physical characteristics. The cushioning element is a low-density foamed component with a surface skin that encases the remaining foam volume. The cushioning element has a number of foam volumes, arranged to achieve a more consistent foam component. Additionally, the cushioning element includes a series of concentric ridges extending radially outwardly from injection gate vestige locations, and a number of striation bands near the perimeter of the cushioning element. The location of the gate vestiges can be beneficially arranged to produce intersecting flow boundaries that are located away from key strain areas of the cushioning element. The cushioning element is more environmentally-friendly, requiring less energy to produce while still providing acceptable energy return and low density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Irving Archer, Hossein Allen Baghdadi, Jay Constantinou, Sami Mohamad Fakhouri, Floyd Whitney Miles, Joseph Thomas Muth, Bradley C. Tutmark
  • Patent number: 11685814
    Abstract: An insulation material formed of a composition, and a method of making an insulation material is provided. The composition forming the insulation material includes magnesium oxide; at least one of magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate, and hydrates thereof; water; a foaming agent; a thickener; and a foam stabilizer. The composition is foamed to promote aeration of the composition to reduce density of the insulation material formed from the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: MGO SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Doug Brown, Todd McKay
  • Patent number: 11667765
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foam composition and a foam tape including a foam layer including a cured product thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Beom Doo Seo, Heon Sik Song, Hyo Soon Park, Nam Jeong Lee, Je Sik Jung, Hun Jeong
  • Patent number: 11667572
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to present principles enhance aspects of applied plaster coats. In particular, the materials include a synthetic substitute aggregate (SSA), added to a cementitious base coat, for a plastering step prior to application of stucco or acrylic synthetic finishes or finish coats. The addition of SSA to a pre-blended cementitious base coat creates a light weight product which in some implementations is highly advantageous for the plastering industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventors: Manuel Joe Rios, Anthony Michael Rios
  • Patent number: 11655349
    Abstract: Storage-stable two-component polyurethane or polyisocyanurate spray foam compositions are disclosed, said compositions comprising: (a) an A-side component comprising one or more polyisocyanate and one or more blowing agent; and (b) a B-side component comprising one or more polyol and one or more blowing agent comprising pressurized gaseous carbon dioxide and one or more liquid blowing agent; wherein both the A-side component and the B-side component, separately, generate less than 300 ppm of fluoride ion after one week of aging at 50° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventors: Megan Marie Thomas, Kyoung Moo Koh, Mark Alan Rickard
  • Patent number: 11654119
    Abstract: Formation of low-crystallinity curcumin nanoparticles via controlled supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) impregnation of curcumin into biodegradable nanoporous starch aerogels and methods of preparing these aerogels are disclosed. The nanoporous starch aerogels increase water solubility and bioaccessibility of the curcumin, thereby making them available for preparation of high nutraceutical value foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: NUtech Ventures
    Inventor: Ozan N. Ciftci
  • Patent number: 11655319
    Abstract: A processing aid for foam molding comprising a copolymer obtained by the polymerization of from 50% to 100% by weight total of one or more monomers selected from the group consisting of ethyl methacrylate and propyl methacrylate, and 0 to 50% by weight of other copolymerizable monomers, the copolymer having the following properties: (a) a reduced viscosity measured according to ASTM D2857 at 1 mg/mL in chloroform at 25° C. of greater than 8 dL/g and (b) a Tg equal to or less than 77° C. is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Michael T. Petr, Paul R. Van Rheenen
  • Patent number: 11643538
    Abstract: The thermoplastic elastomer composition contains a thermoplastic elastomer and a pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventors: Yuichi Gondoh, Hirotaka Kondo, Masashi Yamashita, Masayuki Takano
  • Patent number: 11643535
    Abstract: Components for articles of footwear and athletic equipment are provided including a foam. A variety of foams and foam components and compositions for forming the foams are provided. In some aspects, the foams and components including the foams can have exceptionally high energy return while also having improved durability and softness. In particular, midsoles including the foams are provided for use in an article of footwear. Methods of making the compositions and foams are provided, as well as methods of making an article of footwear including one of the foam components. In some aspects, the foams and foam components can be made by injection molding or injection molding followed by compression molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Hossein A. Baghdadi
  • Patent number: 11643518
    Abstract: This invention relates to a foaming composition, comprising at least one ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer; at least one foaming agent; at least one peroxide compound; at least one polyamine; at least one crosslinking enhancer; at least one primary antioxidant; and at least one secondary antioxidant; the content of the crosslinking enhancer is from 0.1 to 3% by weight based on the total weight of the composition. A foaming article cured from the foaming composition under the temperature range of 80 to 120° C. according to the present invention exhibits high initial volume expansion ratio at the baking window from 130 to 200° C. and shows excellent stability after storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Xinyu Zhang, Qi Chen
  • Patent number: 11634551
    Abstract: Molded polymer foam articles are described as having a novel a foam structure. The polymer foam articles include a continuous polymer matrix defining a plurality of pneumatoceles therein which is present throughout the entirety of the article, including in the surface region extending 500 microns beneath the surface of the article. The surface region is further characterized as having compressed pneumatoceles. The novel foam structure is achieved even when molding polymer foam articles comprising a thickness of more than 2 cm, a volume of more than 1000 cm3; or both a volume of more than 1000 cm3 and a thickness of more than 2 cm. Methods of making the molded polymer foam articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Moxietec, LLC
    Inventors: Jason L. Minnich, Travis J. Biggs, Alicyn M. Rhoades, Olivia K. Dubin
  • Patent number: 11634552
    Abstract: Disclosed is an organic amine salt foaming agent, that is, a composite polyurethane foaming agent, comprising: 1) hexafluorobutene; and 2) an alkanolamine salt mixture (MAA), the alkanolamine salt mixture (MAA) contains an organic amine salt compound having the following general formula (I): An?[Bm+]p (I); wherein An? is one or two or three selected from the following anions: (b) carbonate: CO32?; (c) formate: HCOO?; (d) bicarbonate: HO—COO?. A polyurethane foaming method using carbon dioxide and an organic amine in combination is also disclosed, in which carbon dioxide is added to a polyurethane composition for foaming. A method for preparing an alkanolamine carbonate salt with low water content from ammonium carbonate and an epoxide is additionally disclosed, in which a liquid alkanolamine salt mixture is used as a dispersion medium or as a solvent for reaction raw material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Shandong University of Technology
    Inventors: Gehua Bi, Yusui Bi
  • Patent number: 11629239
    Abstract: Mesoporous poly (aryl ether ketone) articles are formed from blends of poly (aryl ether ketones) with pore forming additives by melt processing, and can be in the form of a monofilament, disc, film, microcapillary or other complex shapes. The method of formation provides for preparation of poly (aryl ether ketone) articles with high degree of surface area and uniform nanometer pore size. The preferred poly (aryl ether ketone)s are poly (ether ketone) and poly (ether ether ketone). The mesoporous articles formed by the method of the present invention are useful for a broad range of applications, including molecular separations and organic solvent filtration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Avanpore LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Bikson
  • Patent number: 11629100
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems using heat exchanger reactors to form polymer derived ceramic materials, including methods for making polysilocarb (SiOC) precursors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Melior Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Landtiser, Wen Liao, Connor Kilgallen, Douglas Dukes, Isabel Burlingham
  • Patent number: 11603444
    Abstract: A method of forming foam material is provided, which includes mixing 100 parts by weight of a compound having cyclic carbonate groups and a foaming agent to form a foaming composition, wherein the foaming agent includes 3 to 13 parts by weight of carbamate salt and 15 to 65 parts by weight of amino compound. The foaming composition is heated to 100° C. to 170° C. for decomposing the carbamate salt into CO2 and amino compound, and the amino compound is reacted with the compound having cyclic carbonate groups to form the foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Inventors: Mao-Lin Hsueh, Yi-Zhen Chen, Chih-Kuang Chang