Patents Examined by Ted Kavanaugh
  • Patent number: 10918162
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear may include a first knit layer, a second knit layer, and a third layer located between the first knit layer and the second knit layer, the third layer including a material with a melting point of 150° C. or less, where the first knit layer and the second knit layer are secured via the material of the third layer. A first zone may be included, where the first knit layer, the second knit layer, and the third layer are coextensive in the first zone. A second zone may be included, where the first knit layer, the second knit layer, and the third layer are coextensive in the second zone. The first zone may have a first stretch resistance and the second zone may have a second stretch resistance, where the first stretch resistance is greater than the second stretch resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Cook, Shane S. Kohatsu
  • Patent number: 10918164
    Abstract: An article of footwear with various types of guide elements is disclosed. The article of footwear provides a set of tensile elements that can be moved through the guide elements to switch between a loosened and tightened position of the upper. The tensile elements may be routed through a guide element associated with the upper that can provide compressive strength and support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tiffany A. Beers
  • Patent number: 10918163
    Abstract: A blank of flexible sheet material used to form and article of footwear upper and an article of footwear having a sole attached to the upper. According to one embodiment the blank of flexible sheet material includes a main bottom portion having a front toe area, a rear heel area and opposed sides, said main bottom portion being in the general shape of a foot sole. A front strap portion having an elongated shape extends outward from one of the opposed sides of the main bottom portion near the front toe area and having a free end, and a pair of heel-strap flaps extend outward from opposite sides of the main bottom portion near the rear heel area and configured to form an enclosed heel portion and a rear strap of the shoe upper. According to another embodiment the front strap is formed separately from the main bottom portion and pair of heel-strap flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel R. Blondeau
  • Patent number: 10905198
    Abstract: An article of footwear with adjustable stiffness is provided. The article of footwear in the form of a snowboard boot is provided with adjustable tensioning systems that are disposed on either side of an inner liner of the snowboard boot. The adjustable tensioning system includes a comb body structure having flex portions made of a plurality of extending fingers with a flexibility that can be controlled by the adjustable tensioning system. Depending on the level of tension applied by the tensioning system, or lack thereof, a range of flex profiles having varying amounts of stiffness are available to the wearer to adjust the overall stiffness of the snowboard boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia L. Smaldone, Stephen D. Pelletier, Jr., Jeremy L. Connell
  • Patent number: 10905199
    Abstract: A last extension for a shoe last provides a pattern defining an origin location. The origin location on the last extension can be used to identify locations or points on a last or a shoe component on a last for control of location-critical manufacturing operations, including decorative and functional operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Dragan Jurkovic, Philip Mars, Yu-Shu Hsiao, Chun-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 10905200
    Abstract: A footwear component manufacturing fixture secures a component, such as a shoe sole, in a manner that allows for the processing of one or more surfaces of the component without obscuring the surfaces. The fixture has a fixed portion with a first compression surface and an adjustable portion having a second compression surface. The adjustable portion moves in relation to the fixed portion to compress one or more protrusions of the component between the compression surfaces to secure the component to the fixture for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Philippe Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10888135
    Abstract: A pre-tensioned article and method of making an article of footwear involving pre-tensioning a sole structure during manufacturing. In some embodiments, the sole structure may include a plurality of apertures that provide an auxetic effect. In further embodiments, the upper may also be pre-tensioned in a similar manner as the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Bryan N. Farris, Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 10881166
    Abstract: A sole member for an article of footwear includes a composite sole structure and a reinforcing member. The sole structure may comprise two layers of woven composite material. The two layers have substantially similar woven patterns. The sole structure includes bulging portions with centrally recessed portions. The reinforcing member fits into channels associated with the bulging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 10874174
    Abstract: A shoe with a shoe eyelet structure includes a flexible substrate, a plastic protective layer formed outside the flexible substrate, and a shoe sole connected to the bottom of the flexible substrate. The flexible substrate is a braided fabric or a textile fabric of an integral structure. Several shoe eyelet structures are provided on an upper side between a shoe toe portion and a shoe throat portion of the flexible substrate. One end of the shoe eyelet structure is fixedly connected to the flexible substrate, and the shoe eyelet structure protrudes from the flexible substrate and is suspended so as to be penetrated by a shoe lace and adjust the degree of tightness of the flexible substrate. Such a shoe is comfortable and is easy to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN JIANGHAO PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yetai Qin
  • Patent number: 10874167
    Abstract: Presented are footwear sole structures with pressure-mapped midsole topographies and inlaid wear-mitigating outsoles, methods for making/using such sole structures, and footwear fabricated with such sole structures. An article of footwear includes an upper for receiving and attaching to a foot of a user, and a sole structure attached to the upper for supporting thereon the user's foot. The sole structure includes a midsole that is formed with a first material having a first hardness, and an outsole that is mounted to the midsole and formed with a second material that is harder than the first material. The midsole has a ground-facing surface with multiple cavities, multiple channels interspersed with the cavities, and ground-contacting land segments that separate the cavities from the channels. The outsole is disposed in the channels and positioned between the cavities such that a ground-contacting outsole surface is substantially flush with the midsole's ground-contacting land segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Darryl Matthews, Dov Michael Lashmore, Can Eldem
  • Patent number: 10856608
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a sole system includes a sole member and a protruding member assembly. The sole system provides tactile sensation. Protruding members of the protruding member assembly can translate through holes in the sole member to facilitate tactile sensation. Some embodiments can include an inner member that is configured to accommodate the movement of a protruding member. Other embodiments can include a plurality of recessed portions or nub portions formed along an outwardly facing surface of the sole member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Hoffer, Elizabeth Langvin, James C. Meschter, Tetsuya T. Minami, Jeff Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10856609
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a sole system includes a sole member and a protruding member assembly. The sole system provides tactile sensation. Protruding members of the protruding member assembly can translate through holes in the sole member to facilitate tactile sensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Meschter, Tetsuya T. Minami, Kevin W. Hoffer
  • Patent number: 10856610
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various methods and devices for modifying the comfort and performance characteristics of a shoe. In various embodiments, the devices are soles, insole or outsoles, of a shoe comprising one or more shocks. The shocks may be defined by shock cavities positioned within one or more surfaces of a sole. In some embodiments the shock cavity may be configured to receive one or more shock cavity inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Hoe-Phuan Ng
  • Patent number: 10856618
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to an automated footwear platform including an actuator assembly for controlling a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, an Lacing architectures for automated footwear assemblies are discussed. In an example, a footwear assembly can include a floating tongue within an upper assembly. The lacing architecture can include a first plurality or lace guides forming a first lacing zone and a second plurality of lace guides forming a second lacing zone. The lacing architecture can also include a tongue lace guide assembly secure to a proximal portion of the floating tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Fanny Yung Ho, Daniel A. Johnson, Peter R. Savage, Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10856617
    Abstract: An expandable support member for an article of footwear includes a plurality of expansion components that are joined together. The support member can be expandable between a contracted position and an expanded position. The plurality of expansion components are configured to expand along a non-linear path when the support member moves between the contracted position and the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Holt
  • Patent number: 10849386
    Abstract: One or more aspects of the present disclosure provide for composite elements that include a textile having a plurality of fibers, the plurality of fibers comprising a first thermoplastic material; and a second thermoplastic material surrounding the plurality of fibers of the textile and consolidating at least a portion of the textile, wherein the second thermoplastic material has a melting temperature lower than a melting temperature of the first thermoplastic material. The composite elements can be used as part of a fluid chamber or cushioning element, whereby the composite element imparts puncture resistant to the fluid chamber or cushioning element. 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: October 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Edwards, Joel L. Passke
  • Patent number: 10834995
    Abstract: In one possible embodiment, the inventive subject matter is directed to a foot covering, comprising: a thin, flexible compartment for receiving a foot. The compartment has a forefoot section, a midfoot section, and a rearfoot section of selected rigidity. The compartment has a top surface for securing the foot and a ground-facing surface having a sole divided into at least two portions comprising (1) a forefoot portion and midfoot portion and/or (2) a midfoot portion and a rearfoot portion. At least one sole portion comprises a midfoot portion disposed between a forefoot portion and/or a rearfoot portion. In the foot covering, each pair of sole portions is divided along a flexural line running generally transverse to the longitudinal axis of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Pointe Noir Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: David Fox
  • Patent number: 10798991
    Abstract: A shoe insert device relieves pressure on a heel when a shoe is worn. The device includes a panel configured to be positioned in a shoe. A heel alignment pad is U-shaped. The heel alignment pad is positioned on and extends upwardly from an upper surface of the panel wherein the heel alignment pad is configured to extend around and support a heel of the foot positioned in the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Maggie Thorne
  • Patent number: 10798987
    Abstract: The subject matter of the present disclosure relates, in various embodiments, to improved footwear in the nature of sandals, shoes, sports shoes, running and jogging shoes, civilian and military boots, work boots and work shoes, water shoes, waders, and the like, for personal use in walking on sand and other granular terrain, each item of footwear comprising a distinctively profiled outsole. A left outsole profile is defined by a first radius, and a right outsole profile is defined by a second radius. A line connecting the center of each radius passes through and defines the centers of the side profiles of the outsole. A preferred toe-out or progressive angle of approximately six degrees helps ensure that the outsole, during use, is near the widest position for optimal left and right side balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Silvester, John C. Evans
  • Patent number: 10791792
    Abstract: Aspects hereof relate to a method for coupling a cemented upper to a sole of an article of footwear. Pairs of clamps secure a sole at a forefoot region and a heel region to prevent movement of a location of the sole upon application of a perimeter deforming force. Perimeter deforming implements apply such force to a bottom surface of the secured sole causing the perimeter of the top surface of the sole to splay open outwardly from the longitudinal axis of the sole. While the top surface of the perimeter is splayed, a cemented upper is caused to contact the top surface of the sole in a longitudinal direction from the heel end to the toe end. Once in place, the force on the bottom surface of the secured sole and the clamps is released leaving the top surface of the sole properly adhered to the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Davila, Stephen Hancock, Adam Montoya