Patents Examined by Ted Kavanaugh
  • Patent number: 10492564
    Abstract: A sole assembly is provided including multiple compression units entrapped in a midsole and adjacent an outsole to efficiently distribute forces and to assist in correct foot motion during a gait cycle. The multiple compression units can be linked to one another to assist the foot in moving through an appropriate foot motion during a gait cycle. A heel compression unit can be linked to an arch compression unit, which can be linked to one or more forefoot compression units, which can be linked to a toe compression unit. The linking of the heel compression unit, the arch compression unit, and the forefoot compression unit to one another can resist torsional movement of the units between one another, thereby providing a more stable foot support, while still providing impact-attenuation and force distribution through the sole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin W. F. Dean
  • Patent number: 10485290
    Abstract: A ski boot comprising: a rigid shell which is shaped so as to accommodate the foot of the user, and has a lower part structured to be able to couple to a ski binding device; a rigid cuff which is shaped so as to enclose the lower part of the leg of the user, and is pivotally joined to the shell so as to be able to swing about a rotation axis substantially perpendicular to the midplane of the boot; and a cuff locking device which is located on the cuff and is selectively adapted to rigidly connect the cuff to the shell to prevent the cuff from swinging on the shell; the cuff locking device, in turn, comprising a movable arm which is pivotally joined to the cuff so as to be able to rotate to and from a locking position in which the movable arm extends downwards and arranges its distal end in abutment on an anchorage structure present on said shell, and an elastic assembly which is adapted to bring and elastically retain the movable arm in the locking position, and which basically consists of a telescopic stem t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Calzaturificio S.C.A.R.O.A. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Davide Parisotto
  • Patent number: 10485301
    Abstract: A method is provided for making footwear utilizing a spray-on material. The method can include spraying a spray-on fabric onto surfaces of a three dimensional last. The last can be produced using additive manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, based on data corresponding to dimensions and contours of a consumer's foot, and/or preselected aesthetic footwear designs. The spray-on fabric is sprayed onto the surfaces of the last and allowed to cure to form a flexible, non-woven fabric upper. The upper can be removed from the last and turned inside out. With the upper turned inside out, a sole can be joined to the fabric upper to form the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun Michael Bohnsack, Clark A. Matis, Lee Martin Smith, John H. Burch, Martin William Frederick Dean, Christopher John Loveder
  • Patent number: 10485298
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed that comprises a sole structure having a bladder element that includes multiple cushioning components. Each cushioning component includes an enclosed fluid-filled cavity. The cushioning components may include a first cushioning component and a second cushioning component. The first cushioning component has a single central opening extending completely therethrough, and a continuous fluid-filled cavity surrounding the central opening. The second cushioning component has multiple connecting features positioned inward of an outer periphery of the second cushioning component. The connecting features connect a first side of the second cushioning component to a second side of the second cushioning component opposite the first side. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear with such cushioning components is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Pamela S. Greene
  • Patent number: 10477910
    Abstract: A midsole for an article of footwear is strategically incised or scored to produce various straight and arcuate lines. Straight lines are integrated widthwise between edges on an arch side on an outer side. Arcuate lines are integrated into various places at the top of a toe portion, with at least one extending down through a midpoint in a heel portion. The latter arcuate line maintains curvatures that parallel curvatures on the outer side at some places and the arch side at other places. Also crossing at the midpoint in the heel portion are intersecting lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron A C Cooper
  • Patent number: 10477919
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a barrier that has a first portion that includes a first outer surface, and a second portion that includes a second outer surface. The barrier includes a first and a second interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion. The barrier includes a bond that secures an inner surface of the first portion to the second portion and separates the first and the second interior cavity. An outsole is secured to the second outer surface, and includes a first outsole portion extending under the first interior cavity, and a second outsole portion extending under the second interior cavity and separated from the first outsole portion by a gap, with the bond aligned with and overlying the gap such that the second outer surface is exposed between the first outsole portion and the second outsole portion at the bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Taylor, Dolores S. Thompson, Frederick J. Dojan
  • Patent number: 10470524
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward an article of footwear with an improved eyelet system independent of the upper. The article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure, where the sole structure includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a lateral side and a medial side. The article of footwear further includes an eyelet system coupled to the top surface of the sole structure. The eyelet system includes a base structure and a plurality of looped strand portions coupled to the base structure. The base structure is coupled to the top surface of the sole structure such that the plurality of looped strand portions extend outwardly from the sole structure, enabling the looped strand portions to receive a fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: Nicole Doenges
  • Patent number: 10463106
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole assembly with a cushioning component and a shell that has a textile layer. The cushioning component is positioned in a cavity of the shell so that the cushioning component is supported on a lower surface by the shell and the upper surface of the cushioning component is uncovered by the shell at an opening of the shell. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear includes forming an at least partially textile shell so that the shell has a cavity with an opening. A cushioning component is positioned in the cavity of the shell so that a lower surface of the cushioning component is supported on an inner surface of the shell and is uncovered by the shell at the opening. The lower surface of the cushioning component is secured to the inner surface of the shell by radio frequency welding or adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Peyton, Margarita Cortez, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 10463114
    Abstract: Described are methods for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes, an apparatus to perform such method, as well as shoes manufactured by such method. According to certain examples, the method for the manufacture of a plurality of shoes includes providing a plurality of first shoe components for the manufacture of the plurality of shoes, and moving the plurality of first shoe components with a transport means which is at least partially comprised of the plurality of first shoe components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Gerd Rainer Manz, Jan Hill, Brian Hoying, Angus Wardlaw, Marco Kormann, Christian Lott
  • Patent number: 10463107
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed that includes a sole structure having a fluid-filled bladder element. The bladder element includes multiple fluid-filled cushioning components each having a single central opening extending completely therethrough and a continuous fluid-filled cavity surrounding the central opening. The cushioning components are spaced apart from one another so that an outer surface of each of the cushioning components is substantially decoupled from an outer surface of an adjacent one of the cushioning components. A method of manufacturing a sole structure of an article of footwear comprises forming such a bladder element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Pamela S. Greene
  • Patent number: 10463113
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method for the manufacture of sporting goods, in particular shoes, comprising the steps of providing a plurality of components in one of a plurality of predefined shapes, and placing the plurality of components onto a two-dimensional or three-dimensional carrier surface to create the sporting good or a part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Gerd Rainer Manz, Jan Hill, Clemens Paul Dyckmans, Paul Leonard Michael Smith, Zachary Clinton Coonrod, Stuart David Reinhardt, Thomas Hoewelmann, Peter Aul, Stefan Kallfass, Thomas Betzitza, Jan Keller, Martin Steyer
  • Patent number: 10455899
    Abstract: A lace guide for an article of footwear comprises a base, a body protruding from the base, and an enlarged head at a distal end of the body. The body, the base, and the enlarged head define an external channel that extends at least partially around the body to receive and retain a lace. The base may be a heel counter, and the lace guide and the heel counter may be an integral, one-piece component. Alternatively, the base of the lace guide may be a wing extending along a side of the upper, or may be secured to a footwear upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo S. Chang, Kristina L. S. Kurcinka, Jun Peng
  • Patent number: 10455892
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sole structure for shoes, which includes a lower midsole. The lower midsole includes a medial-side midsole portion which extends in a medial side portion of a heel region supporting a heel of a wearer's foot, and a lateral-side midsole portion which extends in a lateral side portion of the heel region, and which faces, and is spaced apart from, the medial-side midsole portion in a foot width direction. The lateral-side midsole portion includes supports which are arranged adjacent to each other in a longitudinal direction with a gap interposed therebetween and which support the wearer's heel, and a coupling portion which is provided in the gap, and couples the adjacent supports to each other to reduce displacement or twist in the foot width direction occurring between the adjacent supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MIZUNO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Iuchi, Yusuke Ide, Natsuki Sato
  • Patent number: 10455896
    Abstract: A method of forming a traced element is disclosed. The method may include printing layers of a traced element and incorporating a textile strand in overlapping polymer layers of the traced element. In some embodiments, the traced element may be formed on a base layer. The traced element may be incorporated into an upper for an article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoav Sterman, Todd A. Waatti
  • Patent number: 10455897
    Abstract: A decoration for a shoe element and a method of decorating a shoe element includes the steps of cutting a substrate to correspond to the shape of the shoe element and applying decorative elements to the substrate. Openings are cut in a protective cover to align with areas where the decorative elements are applied to the substrate. The protective cover and the substrate are aligned, including aligning the openings in the protective cover with the decorative elements on the substrate. In the process, the substrate is coupled to the protective cover to form a one piece, and the one piece is coupled to the shoe element. The decoration, once installed on the shoe, includes the substrate under the protective cover with raised decorative elements appearing through the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Karyn Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 10448705
    Abstract: A plurality of rubber-made medial cleats project from a base surface of an outsole in a medial portion of a forefoot portion, and a plurality of rubber-made lateral cleats project from the base surface of the outsole in a lateral portion of the forefoot portion, wherein a first engaging surface of each of the medial cleats faces toward a posterior direction or an obliquely posterior direction and a second engaging surface of each of the lateral cleats faces toward an anterior direction or an obliquely anterior direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Inomata, Kenta Moriyasu, Shuhei Takemura, Yasuyuki Takada, Yousuke Atarashi, Fumitaka Kamifukumoto
  • Patent number: 10448708
    Abstract: A method for preparation of a part of a surface of a shoe for subsequent gluing comprises the steps of spreading a glue on the operating surface of a roughing tool and applying this operating surface onto the part of the shoe to be roughed before drying of the glue, so as to transfer the glue onto the part of the surface being roughed. A device (14) implementing this method and a machine (10) using this device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LEA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Luciano Mercalli
  • Patent number: 10441026
    Abstract: Beads may be stitched to a substrate layer and then fused to form structures including foam midsoles, foam pads, and other foam structures. Beads may be embroidered to multiple substrate layers and then folded or stacked together to form a preform used in a mold to form a midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Luedecke
  • Patent number: 10441029
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an article of footwear including an upper and the sole structure, to the sole structure, and to a method for manufacturing the sole structure and a method for manufacturing the article of footwear. The sole structure includes a fluid-filled chamber and an outsole that at least partially surrounds the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Benjamin J. Monfils, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10426230
    Abstract: Described are methods for the manufacture of a shoe, an apparatus to perform such method, as well as a shoe manufactured by such method. According to certain examples, the method for the manufacture of a shoe includes providing a three-dimensionally pre-shaped first shoe component and processing the three-dimensionally pre-shaped first shoe component, wherein the processing includes an individually controllable succession of processing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Gerd Rainer Manz, Jan Hill, Brian Hoying, Angus Wardlaw, Marco Kormann, Christian Lott