Patents by Inventor Bernard Couderc

Bernard Couderc 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: 7503579
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus, such as a binding for a snowboard. The device includes a base plate associated with a rear support element/highback. The rear support element is movably mounted with respect to the base plate. A linkage is connected to the base plate and to the rear support element in order to limit the rearward movement thereof. The position of the rear support element with respect to the base plate is longitudinally adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Patent number: 7320475
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus. The base of the device, having the general shape of a plate, includes a zone for anchoring to the apparatus, as well as at least one zone for fastening a foot or boot retaining mechanism, the fastening zone being apart from the anchoring zone. Stiffening ribs extend between the anchoring zone and the fastening zone. Two adjacent stiffening ribs converge toward the fastening zone, between the anchoring zone and the fastening zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Patent number: 7316412
    Abstract: A device for receiving and retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus is disclosed. The device has a seat associated with a rear support element, the rear support element having a support surface facing a free surface, the rear support element being rotatably mounted with respect to the seat, an abutment limiting a rearward rotation of the rear support element, the abutment having a cursor that is movable along the rear support element, as well as a mechanism for immobilizing the cursor on the rear support element. A wall covers the cursor on the side of the free surface, the immobilizing mechanism extending through the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Patent number: 7309077
    Abstract: A device for receiving a foot or a boot onto a sports apparatus, the device including a support adapted to be located between the sole of the foot or the boot sole and the apparatus. The support includes a retractable abutment and a shock-absorbing arrangement, the abutment opposing the compression of the support up to a set value of the support compression force, the abutment retracting when the support compression force exceeds the set value, the shock-absorbing arrangement being biased beyond this set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20070170697
    Abstract: A device for receiving a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus, the device including a rear support element, the rear support element having a support surface adapted to support the back of the lower part of a user's leg, as well as a free surface opposite the support surface. The rear support element includes a first wall located on the side of the support surface, as well as a second wall located on the side of the free surface, the first wall including a traction-resistant material, the walls being affixed to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20070138766
    Abstract: A device for receiving a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus, such as a snowboard, the device including a support element adapted to be arranged between the sole of the foot or boot and the apparatus. The support element includes a first portion, a second portion, and an arrangement to adjust the position of the first portion with respect to the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Patent number: 7232147
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or boot on an apparatus, such as a binding for a snowboard. The device has a lateral portion and a medial portion demarcating a receiving zone, a rear support element, and a linkage. The linkage includes a front part and a rear part. The front part is located nearer a support surface of the rear support element and the rear part is located nearer a free surface of the rear support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20060170196
    Abstract: A device for receiving a foot or a boot onto a sports apparatus, the device including a support adapted to be located between the sole of the foot or the boot sole and the apparatus. The support includes a retractable abutment and a shock-absorbing arrangement, the abutment opposing the compression of the support up to a set value of the support compression force, the abutment retracting when the support compression force exceeds the set value, the shock-absorbing arrangement being biased beyond this set value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Publication date: August 3, 2006
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20060131839
    Abstract: A device for supporting a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus, such as a snowboard binding. The device includes a base plate associated with a rear support element, which extends transversely between a lateral edge and a medial edge. The device includes at least one wing adapted to cover the foot or the boot, the wing extending longitudinally in the area of the lateral edge or of the medial edge of the rear support element, on the one hand, and substantially in the area of the lower portion of the rear support element, on the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Couderc, Jean-Francois Gonthier
  • Publication number: 20060001238
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus, the device including a lateral portion and a medial portion demarcating a zone for receiving the boot, as well as at least one linkage connected to each of the lateral and medial portions by a lateral fastener and medial fastener: The lateral fastener and medial fastener of the linkage are arranged asymmetrically heightwise on the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Publication date: January 5, 2006
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20050280247
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus. The base of the device, having the general shape of a plate, includes a zone for anchoring to the apparatus, as well as at least one zone for fastening a foot or boot retaining mechanism, the fastening zone being apart from the anchoring zone. Stiffening ribs extend between the anchoring zone and the fastening zone. Two adjacent stiffening ribs converge toward the fastening zone, between the anchoring zone and the fastening zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Publication date: December 22, 2005
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20050167933
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus, such as a binding for a snowboard. The device includes a base plate associated with a rear support element/highback. The rear support element is movably mounted with respect to the base plate. A linkage is connected to the base plate and to the rear support element in order to limit the rearward movement thereof. The position of the rear support element with respect to the base plate is longitudinally adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20050057009
    Abstract: A device for receiving and retaining a foot or a boot on a sports apparatus. The device has a seat associated with a rear support element, the rear support element having a support surface facing a free surface, the rear support element being rotatably mounted with respect to the seat, an abutment limiting a rearward rotation of the rear support element, the abutment having a cursor that is movable along the rear support element, as well as a mechanism for immobilizing the cursor on the rear support element. A wall covers the cursor on the side of the free surface, the immobilizing mechanism extending through the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Publication date: March 17, 2005
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20050046150
    Abstract: A device for retaining a foot or boot on an apparatus, such as a binding for a snowboard. The device has a lateral portion and a medial portion demarcating a receiving zone, a rear support element, and a linkage. The linkage includes a front part and a rear part. The front part is located nearer a support surface of the rear support element and the rear part is located nearer a free surface of the rear support element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Publication date: March 3, 2005
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20040145128
    Abstract: A device for retaining a boot on a sports apparatus. The device has a lateral portion and a medial portion demarcating a zone for receiving the boot. At least one strap is connected to each of the portions. For at least one of the lateral and medial portions of the strap, a separation mechanism is provided for separation, at least partially, the lateral and/or medial portion from the receiving zone when the lateral and/or medial portion moves away from a reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Patent number: 6644681
    Abstract: Shock-absorbing support pad to be positioned between a boot and a snowboard, or between the boot and a snowboard binding, and a snowboard binding incorporating such support pad. The support pad has at least two layers of material having different hardnesses. A first layer has a support surface for contacting the boot and it has a bonding surface opposite to the support surface. A second layer is joined to the bonding surface of the first layer. The hardness of the second layer is less than the hardness of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Couderc, Jean-Pierre Rigal
  • Publication number: 20030127832
    Abstract: A device for retaining a boot on a sports apparatus, the device having a lateral flange, a medial flange, and at least one strap that connects the lateral flange to the medial flange. At least one of the flanges is flexible or semi-rigid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Couderc, David Farcot
  • Publication number: 20020062581
    Abstract: A rear support device having a rear support element, an abutment, and a mechanism for immobilizing the abutment with respect to the rear support element. The device includes a first wedge connected to the rear support element, and a second wedge connected to the abutment, at least one of the two wedges being movable to occupy at least two stable positions with respect to the piece to which it is connected, such that various portions of a wedge can be in contact with the other wedge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc
  • Publication number: 20020011718
    Abstract: A device for the angular orientation of a boot to be associated with a gliding or rolling board. The device includes a disk and a plate, the disk having a peripheral toothing. The plate is rotationally guided in relation to the disk. The plate is provided with an arm that has a toothed end. The arm is journalled with respect to tie plate along an axis that is parallel to the thickness of the plate, and an elastic mechanism biases the arm such that the toothed end of the arm is engaged with the peripheral toothing of the disk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventors: Bernard Couderc, Nicolas Mimeur
  • Publication number: 20020000707
    Abstract: A device for tightening a strap including a base, a drive lever, a ratchet, and a release button. The base has a first and second flange connected by a bridge. The lever and the ratchet are journalled on the base, the retaining portion of the ratchet being elastically biased toward the bridge, The button is substantially retracted with respect to the lever, or with respect to the flanges, in a direction substantially perpendicular to the bridge, when the lever is in a rest position that enables the strap to be retained, a position in which a handling end of the lever is the closest to the bridge. The invention is also directed to a snowboard binding that incorporates the tightening device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Applicant: SALOMON S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard Couderc