Patents by Inventor Austin J. Orand

Austin J. Orand has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11219274
    Abstract: A footwear article includes a tongue and a tongue reinforcer, which helps the tongue maintain a shape and position when the tongue is subjected to forces or adjustments, such as from other footwear-article elements or from a wearer. For example, the tongue reinforcer may help the tongue maintain a shape and position when a wearer is inserting his or her foot into the footwear article or when medial and/or lateral quarters press inward on the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin J. Orand, Aaron B. Weast, Peter P. Williams, II
  • Publication number: 20220000221
    Abstract: A tensioning system for articles of footwear and articles of apparel is disclosed. The tensioning system includes a spool system that can be engaged or disengaged from a driveshaft through the use of a cam device. The motorized tensioning device includes a torque transmitting system that allows for incremental tightening incremental loosening and full loosening of the tensile element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Ryan Frederick, Clayton Lindsay, Austin J. Orand, Andrew A. Owings
  • Publication number: 20220000220
    Abstract: A footwear article includes a tongue and a tongue reinforcer, which helps the tongue maintain a shape and position when the tongue is subjected to forces or adjustments, such as from other footwear-article elements or from a wearer. For example, the tongue reinforcer may help the tongue maintain a shape and position when a wearer is inserting his or her foot into the footwear article or when medial and/or lateral quarters press inward on the tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Austin J. Orand, Aaron B. Weast, Peter P. Williams, II
  • Patent number: 11178937
    Abstract: A footwear article includes a tongue and a tongue reinforcer, which helps the tongue maintain a shape and position when the tongue is subjected to forces or adjustments, such as from other footwear-article elements or from a wearer. For example, the tongue reinforcer may help the tongue maintain a shape and position when a wearer is inserting his or her foot into the footwear article or when medial and/or lateral quarters press inward on the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin J. Orand, Aaron B. Weast, Peter P. Williams, II
  • Publication number: 20210307935
    Abstract: A traction system for an ambulatory support such as a prosthetic foot blade or a crutch includes a sole plate, a latch assembly, and a strap. The sole plate is couplable to a distal end of the ambulatory support to extend under a bottom side of the ambulatory support and a latch assembly. The latch assembly includes a front catch and a rear catch both fixable at a top side of the ambulatory support with the front catch nearer to the distal end of the ambulatory support than the rear catch, and a lever having a front end and a rear end, the front end releasably latchable to the front catch and the rear end releasably latchable to the rear catch when the lever is pivoted about the latched front end. The strap is secured to the lever and to the sole plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobie D. Hatfield, Austin J. Orand, George A. Xanthos, Aron Kristbjorn Albertsson, Bjarni Andresson, Arinbjorn Viggo Clausen, Christophe Guy Lecomte, Sindri Pall Sigurdsson, Maria Gudrun Sveinbjornsdottir
  • Patent number: 11129447
    Abstract: An article of footwear comprises an upper defining an interior void, a sole structure attached to the upper, a cable attached to the upper and moveable in a tightening direction to decrease a volume of the interior void of the upper and in a loosening direction to increase a volume of the interior void of the upper, and a locking device operable between a locked state to prevent movement of the cable and an unlocked state to permit movement of the cable, the locking having a housing attached to one of the upper and the sole structure and receiving the cable therethrough. The housing includes a pulley rotatably disposed therein, whereby the pulley is engaged by the cable and configured cooperate with the housing to provide audible or tactile feedback when the pulley is rotated by cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Austin J. Orand
  • Publication number: 20210235819
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a cable lock disposed adjacent to an exterior surface of the upper. The cable lock is separated from the exterior surface of the upper by a space. The article of footwear also includes a cable having a first portion routed through the cable lock and a second portion routed through the space between the cable lock and the upper. The cable is operable to move the upper between a relaxed state and a constricted state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lindsey K. Andreasen, YongSeon Lee, Austin J. Orand, Jessica Small
  • Patent number: 11058167
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper defining an interior void and a first cable movable in a tightening direction to move the upper into a tightened state and movable in a loosening direction to move the upper into a loosened state. The article of footwear also includes a tightening grip operable to be moved away from the upper in a first direction to move the first cable in the tightening direction and a cable lock operable in a locked state to restrict movement of the first cable in the loosening direction and operable in an unlocked state to permit movement of the first cable in the loosening direction. A release grip is operable to be moved away from the upper in a second direction to move the cable lock from the locked state to the unlocked state, whereby the release grip is separate from the tightening grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Peter Lam, Austin J. Orand, Andrea M. Vinet, Peter Williams, Samantha Young
  • Publication number: 20210204646
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to articles of footwear with adjustable dimensions. More specifically, the articles of footwear disclosed herein include sole structures with adjustable dimensions. In some instances, an article of footwear includes one or more removable insert members configured for adjusting the dimensions of a foot-receiving cavity of the article of footwear. Additionally or alternatively, a sole structure can include one or more flexible portions that can move between compressed and expanded states to accommodate feet of various dimensions. To accommodate the adjustable dimensions of the sole structures, an upper of the article of footwear can be stretchable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ami M. Davis, Daniel J. Gearhardt, Michelle Haines, George S. Kim, Ryan J. Maddox, Austin J. Orand, Richard S. Ramsay, Sarah E. Sowers, Peter P. Williams, II, Patrick D. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20210204635
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper. The upper is coupled to the sole structure so as to form a foot-receiving cavity therebetween. The upper comprises a first portion, a second portion, and an expandable panel disposed between the first portion and the second portion. The upper is movable between a compressed configuration and an expanded configuration. In the compressed configuration, the first portion and the second portion are coupled together at a location adjacent to the expandable panel and the expandable panel is collapsed. In the expanded configuration, the first portion and the second portion are spaced apart from each other at the location adjacent to the expandable panel and the expandable panel is exposed. One or more dimensions of the foot-receiving cavity are larger when the upper is in the expanded configuration than when the upper is in the compressed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Bruno, Ami M. Davis, Daniel J. Gearhardt, Michelle Haines, George S. Kim, Ryan J. Maddox, Austin J. Orand, Richard S. Ramsay, Sarah E. Sowers, Peter P. Williams, II, Patrick D. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20200281322
    Abstract: A track and field shoe can include an upper and a sole structure. The upper includes a medial side portion, a lateral side portion, and a toe box portion. The sole structure is attached to the upper and includes a spike plate. The spike plate has an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a plurality of spikes, and a plurality of rails. The spikes extend in an inferior direction from the anterior portion of the spike plate and are configured for engaging a track surface. The rails extend in a superior direction from the anterior portion of the spike plate and extend over an exterior surface of the toe box portion of the upper, and the rails comprise longitudinal axes that extend in a superior/inferior direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Cailee M. Caldwell, Ingrid Hagen-Keith, Austin J. Orand
  • Publication number: 20200268109
    Abstract: An article of footwear comprises an upper defining an interior void, a sole structure attached to the upper, a cable attached to the upper and moveable in a tightening direction to decrease a volume of the interior void of the upper and in a loosening direction to increase a volume of the interior void of the upper, and a locking device operable between a locked state to prevent movement of the cable and an unlocked state to permit movement of the cable, the locking having a housing attached to one of the upper and the sole structure and receiving the cable therethrough. The housing includes a pulley rotatably disposed therein, whereby the pulley is engaged by the cable and configured cooperate with the housing to provide audible or tactile feedback when the pulley is rotated by cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Austin J. Orand
  • Publication number: 20200268094
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper defining an interior void and a first cable movable in a tightening direction to move the upper into a tightened state and movable in a loosening direction to move the upper into a loosened state. The article of footwear also includes a tightening grip operable to be moved away from the upper in a first direction to move the first cable in the tightening direction and a cable lock operable in a locked state to restrict movement of the first cable in the loosening direction and operable in an unlocked state to permit movement of the first cable in the loosening direction. A release grip is operable to be moved away from the upper in a second direction to move the cable lock from the locked state to the unlocked state, whereby the release grip is separate from the tightening grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Peter Lam, Austin J. Orand, Andrea M. Vinet, Peter Williams, Samantha Young
  • Publication number: 20200205511
    Abstract: A footwear article includes a collar elevator that returns an ankle collar from a lowered state that is conducive to donning up to a raised state that secures the wearer's foot during wear. The collar elevator includes a lever arm. The lever arm may be deformable and biased towards the raised state. The lever arm may be articulated with a biasing force urging the lever arm to the raised state. The lever arm may have a variety of cross sections as well. The lever arm extends from a base, which may a sole portion of the footwear article. The lever arm and the base may be monolithic, permanently joined, removably joined, or otherwise connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hopkins, Austin J. Orand, Wade Flanagan, Aaron B. Weast, Peter P. Williams
  • Publication number: 20200205518
    Abstract: A footwear article includes a collar elevator that returns an ankle collar from a lowered state that is conducive to donning up to a raised state that secures the wearer's foot during wear. The collar elevator may be arranged at various positions among the footwear article, such as above or below a strobel. The collar elevator may be coupled to the footwear article using various connectors. The footwear article may have other features, such as an ankle collar, that are configured in a manner to work together with the collar elevator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Timothy P. Hopkins, Austin J. Orand, Aaron B. Weast, Peter P. Williams, II
  • Publication number: 20200196709
    Abstract: A footwear article includes a tongue and a tongue reinforcer, which helps the tongue maintain a shape and position when the tongue is subjected to forces or adjustments, such as from other footwear-article elements or from a wearer. For example, the tongue reinforcer may help the tongue maintain a shape and position when a wearer is inserting his or her foot into the footwear article or when medial and/or lateral quarters press inward on the tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Austin J. Orand, Aaron B. Weast, Peter P. Williams, II
  • Publication number: 20200138145
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper defining an interior void and having a first region and a second region. The article of footwear also includes a sole structure attached to the upper. The article of footwear includes a cable including a first fastening segment extending across the first region to a first terminal end anchored on one of the upper and the sole structure, a second fastening segment extending across the second region to a second terminal end anchored on one of the upper and the sole structure. The article of footwear further includes a cable lock attached to one of the upper and the sole structure, the cable lock configured to receive the first fastening segment and the second fastening segment and operable to secure a position of each of the first fastening segment and the second fastening segment independently from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Joël Ryp Greenspan, Peter Lam, Tetsuya T. Minami, Austin J. Orand, Patrick D. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20200085144
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure attached to the upper. The article of footwear also includes a cable lock disposed within the sole structure adjacent to a bottom surface of the sole structure. The article of footwear includes a first cable having a first section extending from the cable lock to a first anchor point on the upper and a second section extending from the cable lock to a second anchor point on the upper. The article of footwear further includes a second cable having a first section extending from the cable lock to a grip and a second section extending from the cable lock to the grip, whereby the cable lock is operable to retract the first section and the second section of the first cable when the first section and the second section of the second cable are extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: George Chiou, Ross Klein, Tate E. Kuerbis, Max Liu, Austin J. Orand, Nuryani K. Sulistyo, Harry Y. Sun
  • Publication number: 20200077748
    Abstract: An article of footwear comprises an upper defining an interior void, a sole structure attached to the upper, a cable attached to the upper and moveable in a tightening direction to decrease a volume of the interior void of the upper and in a loosening direction to increase a volume of the interior void of the upper, and a locking device operable between a locked state to prevent movement of the cable and an unlocked state to permit movement of the cable, the locking having a housing attached to one of the upper and the sole structure and receiving the cable therethrough. The housing includes a pulley rotatably disposed therein, whereby the pulley is engaged by the cable and configured cooperate with the housing to provide audible or tactile feedback when the pulley is rotated by cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Austin J. Orand
  • Publication number: 20190343217
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper defining an interior void and a first cable movable in a tightening direction to move the upper into a tightened state and movable in a loosening direction to move the upper into a loosened state. The article of footwear also includes a tightening grip operable to be moved away from the upper in a first direction to move the first cable in the tightening direction and a cable lock operable in a locked state to restrict movement of the first cable in the loosening direction and operable in an unlocked state to permit movement of the first cable in the loosening direction. A release grip is operable to be moved away from the upper in a second direction to move the cable lock from the locked state to the unlocked state, whereby the release grip is separate from the tightening grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb W. Dyer, Peter Lam, Austin J. Orand, Andrea M. Vinet, Peter P. Williams II, Samantha Young