Patents Examined by Khoa D. Huynh
  • 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: 11026457
    Abstract: A concealed pocket system is described herein. The concealed pocket system has a concealed pouch assembly disposed on a clothing garment. A concealed pocket of the concealed pouch assembly is disposed within a hand pouch and has at least one access point to a storage area of the concealed pocket. The concealed pocket system enables users to securely store items in the clothing garment, while effectively hiding points of access to the storage area of the concealed pocket, thereby providing an additional layer of security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Charles J. Mayer
  • Patent number: 11026475
    Abstract: A method of making an article of footwear. The method may include forming a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid, including a first chamber barrier layer, a second chamber barrier layer, and a tensile member extending between the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer. The tensile member may include a first tensile member layer, a second tensile member layer, and a plurality of tethers connecting the first tensile member layer to the second tensile member layer. The method may also include extending a portion of the second chamber barrier layer toward the first tensile member layer between a first section of the second tensile member layer and a second section of the second tensile member layer, and joining the portion of the second chamber barrier layer to the first tensile member layer between the first section and the second section of the second tensile member layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hurd, Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 11019867
    Abstract: A hat having a body of conforming material to cover at least a portion of a wearer's head and at least generally encircle the head about a forehead or upper crown, and a depending projection on at least one side having a lower boundary lower than a respective ear lobe of the wearer; an opposing pair of substantially wide under chin straps of conforming material attached to lower left and right boundaries of the body, the straps being fastened with a non-tying securing couple fixed to the under chin straps; and, in part of the depending projection, a soft, conforming open mesh to cover the external hardware of a cochlear implant or a traditional hearing aid, and provide for securing of the same when worn by the wearer and for external visibility of the same by a non-wearer of the hat. The wearer may be a young child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Cecelia Ann Marco
  • Patent number: 11020649
    Abstract: A gripping apparatus is disclosed. A gripping glove comprises a wrist band which can be secured with hook and loop fastener patches, and a palm strip with finger loops. The palm strip may be divided into three different strips and allows a comfortable grip during sport activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Antjuane Sims
  • 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: 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: 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: 10993481
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a one-piece garment that fastens securely and snugly in the neck and back through a unique threading system, has static arm holes snug enough to prevent diaper access, gives room through inner leg paneling for a pull-up, and has tapering legs with static openings to prevent diaper access through modification of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Siiri Stinson
  • Patent number: 10988863
    Abstract: A card wire has consecutive teeth spaced apart in the longitudinal direction by a pitch. The teeth are bounded in the longitudinal direction by a tooth face on a first side and by a tooth back on a second side. Looking downwards in the height direction of the card wire, the tooth face and the tooth back of consecutive teeth merge in a tooth base and, looking upwards in the height direction, form a tooth tip. The tooth depth is defined by the greatest distance, in the height direction of the card wire, from the tooth tip to the tooth base. The ratio of pitch to tooth depth is less than 1.1. An interspace, measured at right angles to a tangent to an inflection point between tooth back and tooth base, between this inflection point and the opposite tooth face is greater than a quarter of the pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Peter Heißel, Stefan Lohrmann
  • Patent number: 10986891
    Abstract: A shoe includes a sole and an upper secured to the sole. The sole has an outsole, a molded chassis, a forefoot cushion, and a heel cushion. The medial midfoot region of the outsole is devoid of the outsole such that the chassis member is visible as viewed in a bottom plan view. The molded chassis has a forefoot opening and a heel opening, with both the forefoot opening and the heel opening being through openings extending through the molded chassis. The forefoot opening is in one or more of the toe region and the ball region of the sole, and the heel opening is in the heel region of the sole. The forefoot cushion is in the forefoot opening, and the heel cushion is in the heel opening. The molded chassis is coupled to the outsole and coupled to the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mokos, Caroline Swierszczyk, Brett Brown, Mathew Chapdelaine, Scott Patt
  • Patent number: 10988866
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromotively operating device (1) for forming a leno selvedge, comprising a rotor (10) having two thread-guide eyelets (14) arranged diagonally opposite each other in the rotor (10) for the leno threads, and a stator (30) accommodating the rotor (10). The rotor (10) has a magnetic disk (16), wherein the magnetic disk (16) has a plurality of alternately positive and negative magnetized segments (17), which are oriented in an axial direction of the rotor (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: GEBRÜDER KLÖCKER GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Schwemmlein, Kurt Hockemeyer
  • 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: 10945474
    Abstract: A headband comprising an adornment support portion comprising a plurality of slots and at least one adornment or adornment fastener strap configured to be received in at least one of the adornment support portion slots. An elastic nape section may connect to opposite ends of the adornment support portion at connection seams to dispose the headband in a closed loop configuration. The adornment fastener strap may have fastener components disposed on opposite surfaces of opposite ends of the strap operable to secure the fastener strap in a loop configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Ara Atkinson-Skinner
  • Patent number: 10948679
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of SZ stranding into one strand a bundle of two or more flexible micromodules, each micromodule comprising one or more optical fibers. A first pulley is located with its winding surface adjacent to a longitudinal axis of a cabling line. The bundle of micromodules is guided over the winding surface of the first pulley, the first pulley being rotating around the longitudinal axis of the cabling line. The rotational speed, or the rotational direction of the first pulley, is alternating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DRAKA COMTEQ BV
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Testu, Jean-Pierre Bonicel, Olivier Tatat
  • 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: 10925338
    Abstract: A knit garment comprises a seamless, tubular torso section, a shoulder section knit continuously with the torso section along a front surface, and a single, continuous seam affixing the shoulder section to the torso section along a width of the upper back of the garment. Such a garment can be made by continuously knitting a double-layer web, interlooping the layers of the web to one another to forma central tube, severing the web, trimming material from the first layer of the double layers, folding the second layer over itself toward the first layer, and affixing the second layer to the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 10918138
    Abstract: A wearable blanket includes a body and removable lower pocket coupled to a rear surface of the body along vertical edges of the pocket. Legs of a user are received between the rear surface of the body and the pocket for securing the wearable blanket to the user. An removable upper pocket can be attached to the body and positioned adjacent a chest of a user after the lower pocket is secured to the user. A liner made of warming fabric can be added to or removed from the both the upper and/or lower pocket to regulate comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Audrey Lloyd
  • 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