Patents Examined by Katherine Moran
  • Patent number: 10238163
    Abstract: An anchoring system for securing a strap to an in-molded helmet can include a strap anchor that includes an anchor housing and an in-molding flange coupled to the anchor housing. The anchoring system can include a bar tack clip sized to fit partially within the anchor housing, the bar tack clip including a cross beam, an opening adjacent the cross beam, and at least one clip coupled to the cross beam and sized to mateably couple with the anchor housing. The anchoring system can also include a strap disposed through the opening in the bar tack clip and looped around the cross beam, the strap being coupled to itself with a bar tack. The at least one clip of the bar tack clip can be disposed at an in-bound side of the bar tack clip or can include two side clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg T. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 10219560
    Abstract: A glove includes a main body that defines an interior space that is operable to receive at least a portion of the hand of the wearer. The main body includes an opening that divides the main body into a first portion and a second portion. The glove also includes a hook-and-loop fastener that includes a hook member and a loop member. The hook member and the loop member are operable to removably attach to each other. One of the hook member and the loop member is operably supported on the first portion of the main body, and the other of the hook member and the loop member is operably supported on the second portion of the main body. At least one of the hook member and the loop member is divided into a plurality of respective sections that are separated at a distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Hewitt, Matthew A. Rhoades
  • Patent number: 10206438
    Abstract: A garment includes a garment body formed of at least one fabric. At least one padded portion is coupled to the garment body so as to extend inwardly of the garment body and at least partially occupy a volume defined by a space between a portion of the garment body and a correspondingly positioned portion of a wearer's body. A method includes disposing padding configured to be accommodated in a region of a body of the wearer which is spaced apart from a portion of a garment body of the exercise garment when worn so as to be inwardly projecting of the garment body in a position generally corresponding to the region of the body of the wearer, to thereby insulate and/or wick moisture away from the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Levy
  • Patent number: 10201208
    Abstract: A foldable helmet for use in various athletic activities, and which includes a structure that facilitates folding the helmet into a compact position for storage and/or transport of same. The helmet includes an outer shell having an inner cavity, and one or more inner members positioned within the inner cavity that slideably engage same. The inner members are not fixedly attached to each other at any point, and are therefore slideable relative to each other. The helmet's inner member(s) and outer shell are made of flexible materials, whereby the helmet is foldable from an open position to a closed position. A packaged helmet assembly is also disclosed, including the foldable helmet and a storage container dimensioned so as to receive the helmet in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Ronnie Z. Bochner
  • Patent number: 10201744
    Abstract: A protective glove having a unitary dorsal panel formed from an inner scrim material and a plurality of protective elements molded directly to an exterior surface of the inner scrim. The plurality of protective elements are formed in an array of discrete islands each separated by zero-elevation interstitial spaces. The unitary dorsal panel is sewn or otherwise attached circumferentially to the palmer sections of the glove. This array provides increased protection to the user's fingers, hands, wrists, and lower forearms while maintaining flexibility and tactile feel on both palmar and dorsal sides of the glove, increasing flexibility where needed without compromising protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Abdelmalek
  • Patent number: 10143878
    Abstract: A movement resistance shirt for providing muscle toning to a user wearing the shirt. The shirt including a pair of semi-rigid shoulder anchors each configured to circle a shoulder of the user and a pair of long elastic bands each extending between first and second ends. A second end of at least one of said pair of long elastic band dangles out of a cuff of said shirt, and each one of the long elastic band is attached at its other first end to a respective one of the shoulder anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ofer Gottfried
  • Patent number: 10133350
    Abstract: An electroconductive touchscreen glove including a thumb pocket and an index finger pocket separated therefrom by a gap and leaves a user's other fingers exposed. An electroconductive contact layer, disposed on each of an entire front end and tip of the respective thumb pocket and the index finger pocket, is contactable with and operationally communicable with a capacitive touchscreen of an electronic device, such as a cellular phone or an iPad®, for example, to permit the user's direct control the actions of the touchscreen. First and second zippers are disposed on the thumb and index finger pockets, respectively. A connector body, such as a linked chain, has first and second ends attached to a slider on the first and second zippers, respectively, to secure the pockets on the user's thumb and index finger and to prevent the pockets from getting separated and misplaced or lost during non-use of the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: David Graham
  • Patent number: 10117780
    Abstract: Goggles eliminate peripheral vision of a user and enhance situational awareness while increasing muscle memory. The goggles comprise a goggle frame mechanically coupled to a left side blinder and a right side blinder. The goggle frame is further mechanically coupled to a wearing component. The left side blinder covers approximately one half of a left eye of the user and the right side blinder covers approximately one half of a right eye of the user giving the user a field of vision of 30 degrees to 70 degrees which can eliminate distractions and disturbances in peripheral vision of the user causing increased situational awareness and increased muscle memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Swivel Vision LLC
    Inventors: James Gerard Konkler, Joseph James Valenti, Ryan Calvin Sherer
  • Patent number: 10111485
    Abstract: A motion restrictor device is operable to be worn with a protective helmet to reduce the risk of head or spine injury caused by injurious movement of the helmet. The device includes a helmet-engaging component supported on a harness. The component presents helmet-engagement surfaces positioned on opposite sides of the neck of the user. The component is operable to yieldably bias each of the helmet-engagement surfaces toward the helmet when the device is worn, such that contact with the helmet is maintained as the helmet-engagement surface shifts through a range of motion. The device also includes a brake assembly that restricts shifting of at least one of the helmet-engagement surfaces in response to injurious movement of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Scott W. Nagely
  • Patent number: 10111476
    Abstract: An ergonomic glove, fingered or fingerless, is provided for use with devices that require gripping such as ski poles, dumbbells, and bicycle handlebars. The glove shape is of a sports-fitted glove with built-up areas on the thumb, fingers, and palm, whereby when the wearer grips an item, the thumb is supported and the hand and wrist are in a neutral position generally aligned with the forearm. A thumb retainer is provided to position and support the thumb while bent. The glove is also provided with a padded insert or exsert of two different constructions, both having three portions, which insert or exsert acts to restrict the contraction of the successive fingers at a gradual rate. The insert/exsert causes the knuckles to be in linear alignment. The glove promotes improved alignment and stabilization of the user's body parts and in particular shoulders, hips, legs, etc., for greater stability and movement efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: BioGrip, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen K. Tamaribuchi
  • Patent number: 10104922
    Abstract: A transformable glove is formed from multiple panels covering the fingertips, palm, and palm heel of a user. In one version, a back panel is joined to a finger panel, a palm panel, and a palm heel panel along side edges to form a glove, while creating openings allowing fingers to be extended outside the glove as desired. The finger panel combines with the distal end of the back panel to form a finger pocket which can be inverted to allow the fingers to emerge from the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AMPHIPOD INC.
    Inventors: Keith S. Willows, June A. Angus, Antonio Del Rosario
  • Patent number: 10104929
    Abstract: A helmet includes a shell configured to extend over ears of a user with integrated acoustic ear cups or ear phones that can be positioned and pressure adjusted while the helmet is in use. An adjustment mechanism connected to each ear cup includes a portion extending through an aperture in the helmet shell to facilitate movement of the ear cup using the portion extending through the shell. The adjustment mechanism may be used to move the ear cups between a retracted position to facilitate donning and removal of the helmet and a user adjustable deployed position with user adjustable side pressure to facilitate sealing and comfort for passive or active noise reduction (ANR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Light Speed Aviation, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Schrader, Matthew Raymond Evonuk
  • Patent number: 10104924
    Abstract: A support element including a padding structure constructed of a plurality of interconnected spherical shaped structures together defining a pliable support element. The spherical shaped structures are interconnected to one another with a connection defining flexible interconnectors for enabling the padding structure to be flexibly bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Alfred K. Dassler, Robert M. Schwartz, Albert J. Hofeldt
  • Patent number: 10098400
    Abstract: An adjustable, configurable hat is described that can be configured to accommodate a variety of hairstyles. In general, the adjustable, configurable hat has a crown member, an enlarged opening and a panel that is releasably attachable to the crown member. In one example, the adjustable, configurable hat generally has an open configuration and a closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the panel is releasably attached to the crown member by the fastening mechanisms, covers the enlarged opening and generally has the appearance of a hat that is not adjustable and configurable. In the open configuration, the panel is releasably attached to the inside of the crown member by the fastening members such that it is not visible when the hat is worn and the enlarged opening allows the wearer of the hat to wear a variety of hairstyles while wearing the hat. In both configurations, the fastening mechanisms and the panel are hidden by the crown member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Deborah Jeanne Johnson
  • Patent number: 10098402
    Abstract: A football helmet including a one-piece outer shell defining an exterior and an interior. The shell includes a plurality of slots penetrating at least partially through the shell from the exterior to the interior of the shell. Each slot may be disposed adjacent to at least one other slot and each pair of adjacent slots defines an energy absorbing beam portion between the adjacent slots. Each beam portion is configured to deform and absorb energy when the exterior of the shell is impacted from a normal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin V. Booher, Sr., Benjamin V. Booher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10098407
    Abstract: A helmet can include a protective shell and a layer of energy management material coupled to an inner surface of the protective shell to form a cavity for receiving a head of a user. An earpad can be coupled to the inner surface of the protective shell that comprises an inner surface that further defines a space for an ear of a user. The earpad can further include a leading edge at a front of the helmet, the leading edge extending between the outer surface of the protective shell and the inner surface of the earpad. An air intake opening can be formed at the leading edge of the earpad. An air exhaust opening can be formed at a trailing edge of the earpad. An airflow channel can extend through the earpad between the air intake opening and the air exhaust opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Kele
  • Patent number: 10092451
    Abstract: Goggles are providing having a lens arrangement having two side end regions, a frame, a head holding arrangement, and two coupling arrangements for the releasable connection thereof to one another. Each coupling arrangement includes a first coupling device arranged on the lens arrangement and a respective second coupling device, which is arranged on the head holding arrangement and has a head holding arrangement part receiver to partly receive the respective first coupling device and a pivotable holding body with a holding device. Each holding body and each first coupling device of the respective coupling arrangement, in the assembled state of the goggles, have an articulated connection to one another by at least one joint projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: UVEX ARBEITSSCHUTZ GMBH
    Inventors: Harald Frank, Michael Brandis, Johannes Kailas, Manfred Täuber
  • Patent number: 10092057
    Abstract: An improved design for a helmet to reduce injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet collisions. Certain embodiments include novel quick release features that permit the detachment of a facemask from a helmet in 30 seconds or less, resulting in the ability to attend to an injured player in a rapid fashion and without the need for any additional tools to accomplish such removal. Other aspects relate to impact energy absorbing constructions, including shock absorbing systems and PEEK facemask designs, that when combined with the quick release features described, provide a superior helmet for a player's protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Carter J. Kovarik, Joseph E. Kovarik
  • Patent number: 10085490
    Abstract: The present invention provides shirts, such as shirts that are worn as work uniform shirts, which are configured to provide significant improvements in a wearer's comfort, performance, and mobility over a predefined range of motions. Embodiments of the shirts comprise one or more stretch panels that are configured to provide for stretching of the shirt at an identified micro site in order to provide a wearer with enhanced mobility. In other embodiments, the manner in which the various portions of the shirt are shaped and connected together, and specifically the connection between the sleeve and the rear panel of the shirt, may be adjusted in order to provide a wearer with enhanced mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: VF IMAGEWEAR, INC.
    Inventors: David Griffin, Dianne Tatara, Amber Roberts, Shannon North
  • Patent number: 10085511
    Abstract: A ventilated hat is provided that includes a crown and a brim, the brim having air passages that extends from the front and/or sides of the brim, through the brim to the crown. Air is enters the air passages at the front or sides of the brim when the wearer moves or when any slight breeze blows into the brim, cooling the wearer's head. The hat can be constructed as a single unit or as a frame upon which replaceable hat covers are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: William F. Crunk