Patents Examined by William M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10960273
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball; an elongated channel extending across a portion of the sole, wherein the sole has an elongated channel recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole that has a plurality of troughs within the channel to help improve the efficiency of the impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10946267
    Abstract: A gaming die is provided, that has a generally spherical body and a plurality of substantially planar faces distributed around the die. The spherical body defines lands extending between pairs of the plurality of faces. A plurality of bosses positioned on the spherical body between respective pairs of the plurality of faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Jacobus Alton
  • Patent number: 10928158
    Abstract: The expandable telescopic baton (1) consists of the handle (2), the central tube (5) with secondary locking member, of the end tube (6) with terminal locking member, of the button (4) and of the release rod (8). The locking member comprises at least two lever segments of the first order (9, 9?), whose first tilting arms (11) bear the radial projections (10) securing the tubes (5, 6) in the extended position, the second tilting arms (12) extend inside the tubes (5, 6), and the tilting means comprising the tilting edge (15) ensures the tilting of the segments (9, 9?) against the inner wall of the tube (5, 6). The release rod (8) passing through the locking tilts over the segments (9, 9?), thus extending radial projections (10) from the internal radial grooves (7, 7?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Vladimir Kupa, Bretislav Kostal
  • Patent number: 10926141
    Abstract: A golf club head of the wood-type, including a body having a ball-striking face and a sole, is disclosed. The sole can include a wave slot for adding additional weight to the golf club head and for providing improved performance. The wave slot can include a front sidewall, a rear sidewall, and at least two waves. The wave slot can be open-ended. The waves can be positioned between the front and rear sidewalls and can each include a valley portion at the lowest point of the wave such that the valley portion does not protrude below the sole. The wave slot can also have two, three, or more waves, which can have heights that decrease as the position of the waves increases with respect to the ball-striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: David Llewellyn, Kei Tsuji, Arata Kamo
  • Patent number: 10912970
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a plurality of stiffening members, the tension or compression of which can be adjusted, is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section, and a crown section or a return section, and also defines a hollow interior. Each of the plurality of stiffening members is at least partially disposed within the hollow interior, and extends from the crown section or return section to the sole section to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The compression or tension of the stiffening members may be adjusted to affect the stresses experienced by the golf club head upon impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Hanhart, Michael Hallack, Homer G. Aguinaldo, James A. Seluga, Christopher A.G. Nunez, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt
  • Patent number: 10894193
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with cavities and methods to manufacture golf club heads with cavities are generally described herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a body. The body comprises a strikeface, a backside of the strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a first cavity at the backside of the strikeface, a rear portion opposite the strikeface, and a second cavity at the rear portion. In many embodiments, the golf club head further comprises a cap closing off the second cavity. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaojian Chen, Cory S. Bacon
  • Patent number: 10888745
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a crown, a sole, and defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight. The bore is aligned on a longitudinal axis that intersects the face. An elongate weight is insertable into the bore. The elongate weight is rotatable between a first angular position and a second angular position. The golf club head can futher include a compliant stop positioned to contact a protrusion of the elongate weight, such that a torque threshold must be overcome to rotate the elongate weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 10888765
    Abstract: A bowling ball ramp includes a substantially transparent, generally hollow, tubular stand assembly, a substantially transparent, generally hollow, tubular ramp assembly structurally coupled to the stand assembly, and lighting embedded within at least one of the stand assembly and the ramp assembly. A detection sensor is provided for detecting a bowling ball on the ramp assembly. Electronics activate the lighting to illuminate the stand assembly and/or the ramp assembly in response to the detection sensor detecting the bowling ball on the ramp assembly. The electronics may also activate an audio speaker to produce an audible sound in response to the detection sensor detecting the bowling ball on the ramp assembly. The embedded lighting and/or the audible sound enhance the enjoyment of a bowling experience for a child or handicapped individual using the bowling ball ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Bradley N. Duke
  • Patent number: 10888743
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with energy storage characteristics are presented herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a hollow body comprising a strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a top rail and an inflection point. The inflection point provides increase bending of the strikeface thereby providing performance enhancement over clubs without an inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales, Cory S. Bacon, Calvin Wang, Xiaojian Chen, Travis D. Milleman
  • Patent number: 10874916
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a golf club body including a crown, a sole, and a skirt connected between the crown and the sole, the golf club body including a front including a leading edge and a back including a trailing edge, and a hosel connected to the golf club body; a face connected to the front of the golf club body, the face including a geometric center, the golf club head including modifiable boundary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kraig Alan Willett, Matthew Greensmith, Andrew James, Jason Andrew Mata, Matthew David Johnson, David Anderson, Brandon H. Woolley
  • Patent number: 10870041
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head comprises a face portion having a club face for hitting a ball, and a main body portion including a crown wall, a side wall and a sole wall which extend from the face portion toward the rear of the head. At least one of the walls of the main body portion is provided with a folded portion for facilitating a partial elastic deformation of the main body portion when the face portion hits a ball. The folded portion includes a first folded portion and a second folded portion each extending in the front-back direction of the head while swinging in the thickness direction of the wall. The first folded portion and the second folded portion are continuous with each other and extend along the peripheral edge of the club face, and have different phases in the swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Tsunashima, Masahide Onuki
  • Patent number: 10821335
    Abstract: A golf club head has a stranded structure such as a cantilevered strand or a beam strand. The stranded structure causes changes in acoustic properties from that of a standard golf club. A gap or through-hole around the stranded structure may be filled with a vibration dampening material, such as flexible polymer, to further adjust the acoustic properties of the golf club. Vibration frequency regions in a golf club may be modified by incorporating stranded structures in the vibration frequency regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Nick Frame, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 10799772
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole. A pair of ribs are positioned within the channel. The ribs may diverge away from one another and may have a first rib located in a toe portion of the channel and a second rib located in the heel portion of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10758791
    Abstract: An iron clubs golf club head 1 comprises a face plate and a head main body supporting a peripheral part of the face plate. The face plate is made of a titanium or a titanium alloy and provided on the club face with grooves. The head main body is made of a metal material having a specific gravity larger than that of the face plate. In a grooved range defined between positions in the toe-heel direction of the most toe-side end and most heel-side end of grooves of the face plate, a distance of at least part of a sole-side edge of the face plate is not more than 2.5 mm when measured from a sole-side profile line of the club head appearing in the front view of the club head, in the up-down direction of the club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Norimura
  • Patent number: 10751584
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole. The channel may have a cross-sectional profile that is asymmetric with a front wall and a rear wall where the front wall is longer than the rear wall. The channel may also have a center thickness that is different than a thickness at the heel and toe sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10737150
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club head with an insert. Other embodiments for related golf club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Ryan M. Stokke, Cory S. Bacon, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10729956
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface, an inner surface opposite the ball striking surface, and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. The head has a deformation limiting member located behind the face and having an end spaced a distance from the inner surface of the face. The face and the deformation limiting member are adapted such that an impact of the ball on the ball striking surface causes deformation of the face toward the deformation limiting member. When the deformation of the face is sufficient to cause the inner surface of the face to engage the deformation limiting member, the deformation limiting member exerts a force on the face to resist further deformation of the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Eric A. Larson
  • Patent number: 10729944
    Abstract: A wood golf club head is provided. The wood golf club head includes a hollow structure body having a face surface for hitting a ball. The hollow structure body has an inner surface and a thick portion in a predetermined region on the inner surface excluding a rear surface of the face surface. The thick portion is located outward of a virtual curved surface and has an outer surface extending along the virtual curved surface. The virtual curved surface is (a) a curved surface centered about a predetermined reference point located inside the hollow structure body or (b) a curved surface having a central axis that is a straight line passing through a reference point located inside the hollow structure body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Motokawa
  • Patent number: 10729945
    Abstract: Golf club heads with trench features are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Stokke, Martin R. Jertson, Brandon L. Fossum
  • Patent number: 10729947
    Abstract: Ball striking devices, such as golf clubs, have a head that includes a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, with the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, and a toe side, such that the face and the body combine to define an enclosed internal cavity. A damping member is connected to the body and includes a post extending inwardly into the cavity from an inner surface of the body, a first arm extending from the post toward the heel side of the body, and a second arm extending from the post toward the toe side of the body. The damping member is configured to produce a mass damping effect upon an impact on the face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, Michael Wallans