Patents Examined by Marie Patterson
  • Patent number: 8844169
    Abstract: A traction cleat attachment system for footwear that engages with a single click. The system comprises a cleat and a receptacle. The cleat includes a central stud with screw threads spaced about the outside surface of the stud. The receptacle includes a threaded annulus on a base for receiving the central stud of the cleat. The cleat also includes a collar coaxially surrounding the central stud with splines projecting from the interior collar surface. The threaded receptacle annulus is surrounded by two sets of alternating teeth projecting from the outside surface of the annulus. The height above the receptacle base of at least a portion of each tooth in the first set of teeth is less than the height of the second set of teeth above the base. The result is that cleat splines pass in turn over a corresponding tooth of less than full height and then a full tooth upon insertion and rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cleats LLC
    Inventor: Armand J. Savoie
  • Patent number: 8745898
    Abstract: A method of making a skate boot including manufacturing a rear element including a tendon guard for covering at least a rear portion of the ankle received within the boot, and forming a direct connection at a fixed position between contacting portions of the rear element and of a remainder of the skate boot separately from the quarters, the direct connection being formed such that the rear element is an external element of the boot and such that an upper portion of the rear element is displaceable relative to the quarters in a forward and rearward direction, the upper portion of the rear element being displaceable through flexing of the rear element about the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Stewart
  • Patent number: 8713819
    Abstract: Embodiments relating to a lightweight sole structure are disclosed. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include a lobed member having a protruding portion associated with a cleat member. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include a chambered member located in an indention in an intermediate member. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include a cleat member having an outer layer, an intermediate layer, and an inner layer. In some embodiments, a method of making a sole structure may include injecting a chambered member in between an upper member and an intermediate member. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include a plurality of zones having varying degrees of flexibility. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include cleat members having penetrating portions for penetrating into the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 8707584
    Abstract: A boot includes a lacing system having an upper zone of action associated with an upper portion of the boot body and a lower zone of action associated with a lower portion of the boot body. The lacing system includes a single bootlace, the first end of which is anchored in the upper zone of action and the second end of which is anchored in the lower zone of action. The boot also includes a common lace-tightening device, having a handpiece, for the upper zone of action and the lower zone of action of the lacing system. The common lace-tightening device cooperates with the bootlace in such a way that, on operation of the handpiece, the upper zone of action and the lower zone of action of the lacing system are acted upon simultaneously in respect of lacing up and opening the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: DeeLuxe Sportartikel Handels GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Seliger
  • Patent number: 8707585
    Abstract: A removable cleat for footwear. The cleat includes a disc with opposing faces. A shoe coupling element is attached to one face of the disc. The other disc face supports a cushioning layer. Traction elements are supported by the cushioning layer. When a user steps on a surface wearing a shoe outfitted with these cleats, the resilience of the cushioning layer at once both lessens the impact of the traction elements on the ground surface and lessens the reaction force on the user's foot transmitted through the shoe's outsole. The user's comfort is thereby enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Cleats LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Dow, Craig Rubino, Armand J. Savoie
  • Patent number: 8707493
    Abstract: Linked articles and a method for customizing the linked articles are disclosed. The linked articles comprise a first link matrix and a second link matrix comprising a first portion of the article and a second portion of the article, respectively. The first link matrix consists essentially of links of a first material and the second link matrix consists essentially of links of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Aveni
  • Patent number: 8695233
    Abstract: A boot for sealing out environmental elements is disclosed. In one example, the boot includes a drawstring seal between the boot and a leg of wearer. The boot can limit the intrusion of environmental elements to the interior of the boot at least during some conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Keen, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Youngs
  • Patent number: 8695235
    Abstract: A soccer shoe absorbs and stores energy from the foot at foot-strike and return some of this energy to the object being struck. The shoe may also cushion the foot, leg and body; provide foot stability and motion control; reduce fatigue; extend the float time of a runner and increase the jump height of the wearer. The shoe is intended to absorb, store and return energy to the object struck, which would otherwise be lost using the existing shoe components and inserts. The shoe has a vertical component that extends around the periphery of the front of the shoe and another component (horizontal) that extends longitudinally from the front of the shoe towards the back of the shoe, at least to about the middle of the shoe, and preferably proximate the heel of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: J. Edward Perron, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8689464
    Abstract: A magnetically-supported article of footwear that primarily supports a wearer's weight by repulsive magnetic forces from magnets arranged in and around the article's sole. The magnets are arranged between and around the article's insole and outsole and may be attached to pairs of magnetically-conductive plates located down the length of the article's sole. Each plate has two magnets, one with a north pole facing upwards and one with a north pole facing downward. Also disclosed is an independent magnetically-supported sole assembly suitable for attachment to an existing article of footwear's sole so that, when attached, the weight of the wearer of that article is primarily supported by repulsive magnetic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jared David Rodman, Joseph Andrew Haber
  • Patent number: 8689468
    Abstract: A dynamic golf cleat having a plurality of composite dynamic traction elements, the wherein the elements preferably assume an angle with respect to the plane of the shoe sole, to allow room for deflection toward the shoe sole under load. The dynamic traction element is preferably formed of an elastomeric material such as thermoplastic urethane. A hub portion having a threaded attachment means is preferably oriented perpendicular to the plane of the shoe sole. Extending outwardly in a radial manner from the hub portion is a plurality of embedded thin tensile members oriented to be integrally formed within each flexible traction element. Each individual tensile member is centrally located within each dynamic traction element creating a distinct upper surface area and a lower surface area, within each dynamic traction element. Said sections of the dynamic traction elements have facing surfaces joined by a thin tensile member sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: John J. Curley
  • Patent number: 8683718
    Abstract: Footwear including a sole, an upper, and a securement arrangement configured to secure the footwear to the foot of a wearer, where the sole and the upper delimit individual toe portions configured to receive, retain, and allow independent articulation of corresponding individual toes of a foot inserted in the footwear, and where the sole includes contouring and curvature which intimately corresponds to the shape of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Vibram S.p.A.
    Inventor: Robert Fliri
  • Patent number: 8677652
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole and an upper with an exterior and interior surface, and one or more bladders which comprises at least one of the exterior or interior surfaces of the upper. The bladder comprising sheets of polyurethane or polyester film attached together to form an airtight seal. The article of footwear also includes a inflation mechanism for selectively introducing air in the one or more bladders. The inflation mechanism is located under the foot of the wearer to be activated by the normal action of the wearer to inflate the one or more bladders. The article of footwear may also include an assembly for connecting several tubes to one under foot inflation mechanism. The article of footwear may also include inflatable laces that are inflated by an underfoot inflation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Reebok International Ltd.
    Inventors: William Marvin, Paul M. Davis, Geoff Swales, Paul E. Litchfield
  • Patent number: 8671591
    Abstract: A footwear article that has an insert pad filled with loose particulate material which is configured within the pad to provide the feeling of walking on a sandy beach and with the same massage affect to the foot as walking on a sandy beach. The pad is particularly configured to prevent the loose particulate material inside of it from flowing to the sides of the pad and destroying the massaging affect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brownmed, Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan E. Brown
  • Patent number: 8671595
    Abstract: An ornamentation attachable to a strap, such as a strap of on an item of a footwear. The ornamentation comprises a base, an ornament associated with the base and a mounting means for mounting the base to the strap. The ornament may be associated with the base in any appropriate way; for example, by being formed integrally with the base, permanently attached to the base or removably attachable to the base. The base is configured for engagement by the mounting means. The mounting means comprises an elastic band adapted to be hooked onto curved end portions of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Paula Catherine Nelson
  • Patent number: 8667709
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to footwear with a shoe sole, including at least one insertable midsole orthotic. The insertable midsole orthotic is removably inserted within the shoe upper, the sides of which hold it in position. The shoe sole includes a concavely rounded side or underneath portion, which may be formed in part by the insertable midsole orthotic. The insertable midsole orthotic may extend the length of the shoe sole or may form only a part of the shoe sole and can incorporate cushioning or structural compartments or components. The insertable midsole orthotic permits replacement of midsole material which has degraded or has worn out in order to maintain optimal characteristics of the shoe sole and allows customization for the individual wearer to provide tailored cushioning or support characteristics for the purpose of orthopedic, podiatric, corrective, prescriptive, therapeutic and/or prosthetic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8661709
    Abstract: Shoes and shoe sole assemblies and associated methods of manufacture are disclosed herein. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a shoe and shoe sole assembly made of a non-linearly viscous, SEBS block copolymer-based material that becomes more resilient as more energy is applied. The shoe and shoe sole assembly is configured with a heel and forefoot insert configured to fit within a recess in a midsole. In other embodiments, the non-linearly viscous, SEBS block copolymer-based material is mixed with at least one other polymer in a foam. The midsole is formed with a heel impact region and a forefoot region made of the foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brooks Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Pete Humphrey, Vaikunthanathan Veeriah
  • Patent number: 8656608
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed that includes an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure incorporates a support element that includes a fluid-filled chamber, a first insert, and a second insert. The chamber defines a first surface, an opposite second surface, and a sidewall extending between the first surface and the second surface. The first insert is secured to the first surface and at least partially recessed into the polymer material of the chamber, and the second insert is secured to the second surface. In addition, the chamber may be pressurized to deform the first insert or the second insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Goodwin, Gerald Edwin Crowley
  • Patent number: 8656607
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to footwear such as a shoe, including an athletic shoe, with a shoe sole, including at least two computer controlled compartments, each compartment containing a fluid. At least a part of each of said at least two computer controlled compartments is located in a single frontal plane cross-section of the sole when the sole is upright and in an unloaded condition. The sole also includes a duct providing fluid communication between each of said at least two computer controlled compartments. The sole may include fiber and/or an internal sipe and the computer controlled compartments may be encapsulated by fiber or an internal sipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Anatomic Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8656612
    Abstract: A heel cup formed from a flexible material is located under the heel region of an upper portion of an article of footwear. Lateral and medial counters extend upward from the heel cup on the lateral and medial sides, with the medial counter having a height less than that of the lateral counter, and with a rear edge of the heel cup being lower than the lateral and medial counters. A rear strap extends upward around the lateral counter and around the Achilles tendon of the wearer, and is secured to a location on the upper that is forward of the wearer's ankle. During cutting movements in which the article is worn on the outside foot, tilting of the wearer foot and ankle toward the medial side pulls the strap and causes the lateral counter to conform to and support the wearer heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hurd, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Patent number: 8656614
    Abstract: Customizable studs for articles of footwear having variable ground interaction characteristics are disclosed. A customizable stud may generally include a fastening member formed of a fastening member cap and fastening member shaft, a plurality of rings, and a washer. The fastening member cap and the plurality of rings define the ground interaction characteristics of the stud. To vary the ground interaction characteristics, the contour, height, and material makeup of the stud may be altered by varying the shape, number, thickness, length, and material of the rings. The stud components may be sold as a kit with at least one fastening member and a plurality of rings with varying characteristics. The kit may also include at least one washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Timothy J. Smith, Doug D. Wilken