Patents Examined by Steven B. Wong
  • Patent number: 10406404
    Abstract: Described are a carcass for a sports ball having a textile element, which has at least two segments joined by a seam and defines a shape of the carcass, and wherein the at least two segments and the seam are warp-knitted or weft-knitted in a single piece, and a method of making a carcass for a sports ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Stefan Alois Bichler, Wolfgang Reinhold Rempp, Uwe Vogel
  • Patent number: 10398944
    Abstract: A sport ball includes a casing formed from a plurality of panels joined together at a plurality of seams. Each of the plurality of panels includes (a) a first layer having a first thickness, formed from a polymer material, and positioned to form a portion of an exterior surface of the sport ball; (b) a second layer having a second thickness, formed from a polymer foam material, and positioned inward and adjacent to the first layer; and (c) a third layer positioned inward and adjacent to the second layer. The first layer defines a first indentation therein. The first layer is bonded directly to the third layer at the first indentation, and the first indentation has a first indentation thickness equal to a sum of the first thickness and the second thickness. The sport ball also includes a bladder located within the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Berggren, Tal Cohen, Vincent F. White, Gary W. Glahn
  • Patent number: 10398945
    Abstract: A football sensing system may include an American-style football extending along a longitudinal axis and having a maximum transverse dimension defining a transverse axis and at least one accelerometer. The football has a bladder and a cover about the bladder. The accelerometer is carried by the football between the bladder and the cover to sense acceleration along at least a first axis. The accelerometer is sized to sense a predetermined maximum value of acceleration in the first axis. The accelerometer is positioned within the football in a first position with the first axis of the accelerometer angled with respect to the longitudinal axis of the football. The accelerometer in the first position is capable of measuring acceleration values in a direction in line with or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the football that are greater than the predetermined maximum value of acceleration in the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T Thurman, Kevin L Krysiak, Daniel E. Hare, Frank Garrett, Jr., David Betzold, Mark W Fisher, David J Proeber
  • Patent number: 10391374
    Abstract: An elongated hand thrown projectile comprises a projectile body having a forward end and a rearward end with a projectile axis extending between the forward end and the rearward end. A finger grip having a longitudinal grip axis is attached to the projectile body. In an exemplary embodiment, a thumb grip comprising a planar portion is attached to the projectile body at a position longitudinally between the projectile forward end and the finger grip. The thumb grip and the finger grip are separated by a distance such that the thumb and finger of a single hand can simultaneously grip the thumb grip and finger grip. The elongated hand thrown projectile assists a pitcher in learning to throw with a linear, single-plane motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Toronto
  • Patent number: 10391365
    Abstract: Tossing balls having a resilient skeletal body formed from a plurality of interconnected resilient ribs and defining an open internal volume and a plurality of passages between adjacent resilient ribs. The passages extend from an outwardly facing body portion of the body to the internal volume. The tossing balls may include an array of force-absorbing resilient fingers extending from the plurality of interconnected resilient ribs. The resilient fingers extend at least one of away from and toward the open internal volume. The tossing balls may have a nominal configuration in which the array of force-absorbing resilient fingers extends away from the open internal volume and is configured to cushion impact between the tossing ball and an external object. The tossing balls may include an everted configuration in which the resilient fingers that extended away from the open internal volume in the nominal configuration extend into the open internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Acorn Products, LLC
    Inventors: Scott H. Stillinger, Kathryn Kelsey Anne Stillinger, Diane B. Stillinger
  • Patent number: 10376749
    Abstract: A sports ball comprises a plurality of interlocking panels covered by an outer layer. Each of the interlocking panels includes a plurality of recesses. The outer layer includes a plurality of distinct surface irregularities, each of the surface irregularities aligned with one of the plurality of recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Campbell
  • Patent number: 10376750
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ball, in particular a soccer ball, comprising: a shell with a plurality of panels on an outside of the shell, wherein the plurality of panels are arranged in such a way that there is a gap between two adjacent panels, and wherein the gap is at least partly filled with a filling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Nürnberg
  • Patent number: 10369457
    Abstract: In a puzzle toy having a plurality of push buttons, a mechanism for latching push buttons to a rotor, where rotation of the rotor sets a predetermined order for pushing buttons to solve the puzzle, and a chance mechanism for rotating the rotor, an improvement that partitions a rotor shaft and the rotor into two segments that rotate independently, responsive to separate weights affixed to each shaft segment. A reset mechanism operates by shifting the rotor along the shaft axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Mark J Holmes
  • Patent number: 10369458
    Abstract: A three-dimensional platform comprising a tessellated surface of pieces, each piece comprising a top and sides. The pieces comprise a fixed square piece having at least two opposing sides orientated acutely relative to the top to define a fixed square retention surface. The remaining surfaces orientate substantially perpendicular relative to the top. There is a mobile square piece having at least two opposing sides orientated obtusely relative to the top to define a mobile square retention surface. The remaining surfaces are oriented substantially perpendicular relative to the top. A mobile triangular piece having all sides orientated obtusely relative to the top. The fixed square retention surface indexes only with either the mobile square retention surface or the triangular piece surface to effect retention of the pieces to define the three-dimensional platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Randall Stolten
  • Patent number: 10369421
    Abstract: A spiked ball includes an inflatable ball having an outer surface and a series of protrusions on the outer surface. The protrusion each appear as a tear-dropped shape mass that includes a base having a relatively flat bottom adhered to the outer surface and a narrow tip extending away from the outer surface. The narrow tip may also appear as a curved tale. The spikes provide a unique tactile feel and a surface for gripping that is different than other balls. The spikes also cause the ball to contact or “grab” the ground to create a unique bounce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KESSLER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexander Kessler, Brian Kessler
  • Patent number: 10363467
    Abstract: A tetherable golf tee and teeing system are disclosed herein. One golf tee includes a body including a first end for inserting into an external surface and a second end opposite the first end and a crown located on the second end, the crown configured for resting a golf ball thereon. The body further includes a hollow portion and a first aperture located between the first end and the second end to access the hollow portion and for tethering the golf tee to another object. The crown includes a second aperture to further access the hollow portion. A golf tee system includes at least two of the above golf tees tethered together via a tethering apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jefferey Frederick Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 10357691
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ball structure and method for making the same. The ball structure includes an inner bladder and a plurality of covers. The covers surround the inner bladder. Each of the covers includes a base fabric layer, a middle layer and a surface layer. The middle layer is formed from a first polyurethane (PU) solution. A PU solid content of the first PU solution is greater than 70 wt %. The middle layer is a foamed layer, and a porosity thereof is 25% to 85%. The surface layer is formed from a second polyurethane (PU) solution. A PU solid content of the second PU solution is 5 wt % to 20 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAN FANG CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chung-Chih Feng, Chun-Wei Wu, Yong-Song Lin
  • Patent number: 10350460
    Abstract: A sports ball having a cover with an outer substrate surface is provided. The cover includes a plurality of raised lenticular features each having a terminus and a plurality of land areas. The raised lenticular features are formed from dimensional ink and disposed upon and extend from the outer substrate surface, such that each terminus is spaced apart from the outer substrate surface by a height greater than about 0.05 millimeters. The cover, including raised lenticular features and the land areas, defines a plurality of directionally-based designs within the physical surface geometry thereof, such that a first design is visible when the sports ball is viewed from a first viewing angle, a second design is visible when the sports ball is viewed from a second viewing angle, and a third design is visible when the sports ball is viewed from a third viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Berggren, Michelle J. Deaton
  • Patent number: 10350483
    Abstract: A puzzle including a background puzzle surface having printed thereon a background puzzle image including image areas and blank areas, and at least one puzzle piece formed of a transparent material having printed thereon a puzzle piece image including image areas and blank transparent areas. When solving the puzzle, the at least one puzzle piece is superimposed over the background puzzle surface, and is moved thereon to a correct location in which the image areas of the background puzzle image together with the image areas of the puzzle piece image match and form a cohesive image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Simon Basyuk
  • Patent number: 10350461
    Abstract: A device including a deformable shell delimiting an inner space, and a resilient band suspended in the inner space and including two ends secured to the deformable shell. The band includes a piezoelectric material to generate an electric voltage under the effect of the deformation of the shell and two electrodes for collecting the voltage. An electronic circuit for processing the voltage is arranged on the resilient band and connected to the electrodes of the resilient band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternative
    Inventors: Guillaume Savelli, Philippe Coronel, Thomas Huguet
  • Patent number: 10343027
    Abstract: A sportsball and manufacturing method thereof are provided. The sportsball includes a carcass and a ball cover. The ball cover includes two or more cover panels having connecting sides connected with each other in edge to edge manner to form a plurality of connecting seams. The ball cover is supported and retained by the construction layer of the carcass in a desired roundness after air inflation. At least one the cover panels of the ball cover provides one or more virtual stitching seams molded to form thereon each imitating an actual stitching seam but having no stitching hole and gap. Each of the virtual stitching seams has a virtual seam recess and a plurality of virtual stitching marks along a bottom of the virtual seam recess imitating actual stitching marks of stitching thread like the actual stitching seam after sides of panels being sewn edge to edge together, so as to reduce the number of cover panels of the ball cover and minimize the presence of stitching holes and gaps of the ball cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Tsung Ming Ou
  • Patent number: 10343026
    Abstract: A sport ball includes a casing that includes a plurality of joined panels and defines a cavity. The casing includes at least a first panel having (a) a first layer positioned to form a portion of an exterior surface of the sport ball, (b) a second layer disposed adjacent to the first layer, and (c) a third layer disposed adjacent to the second layer. The first panel defines a first indentation and a second indentation spaced apart from the first indentation. The first indentation has a first depth and the second indentation has a second depth that is less than the first depth. The sport ball also includes a bladder disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ryan Berggren, Tal Cohen, Gary W. Glahn, Arthur Molinari, Todd Smith, Vincent F. White
  • Patent number: 10335664
    Abstract: A golf utility device includes upper and lower baseplates and a ball alignment tool. The alignment tool is mechanically coupled with, but rotationally independent of, the upper and lower base plates. The alignment tool includes an upper surface with an arrow. Before putting, a golfer places the golf utility device on the green behind a ball that has been circumscribed with an annular ring, removes the ball, calculates the line of play, and aligns the arrow therewith. The ball is then returned to the green with the annular ring aligned by the arrow on the alignment tool. A golfer subsequently aligns his putt using the alignment of the annular ring. Additional golf tools may be attached to the upper or lower baseplates, including, but not limited to, a ball marker, a divot repair tool, a range finder, a spike wrench, a golf tee, and a fidget/focus device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Guido Jacques
  • Patent number: 10322337
    Abstract: A hexagonal prismatic packing puzzle is provided, which includes 18 different shapes of puzzles. Each of the puzzles is composed of a plurality of unit components and the puzzles can be pieced together into a hexagonal prism. The unit components are selected from a group consisting of a first unit component and a second unit component. The volume of the first unit component is larger than that of the second unit component. The packing puzzle does not have an only solution or a specific solution. A user may develop and improve the sense of space and the cognitive of geometric figures thereof. Further, the user may train ability to think in multiple ways and achieve edutainment in the process of thinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Ku-Yu Fan, Wen-Liang Hung
  • Patent number: 10300346
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a toy deformable to several structural configurations. The toy includes two endcaps connected by a plurality of pliable ribs. The toy may be deformed into a low-profile configuration by pressing the endcaps together, the ribs bending outward to accommodate the deformation. The toy may be deformed into a high-profile configuration by squeezing the ribs together, the endcaps being pushed apart to accommodate the deformation. While pressure is not applied to the toy, the toy may enter a non-deformed configuration wherein the ribs and the toy as a whole take on a substantially spherical form. A retention device may also be utilized to confine the toy to a specific configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: John Hinnen, III