Patents by Inventor Derek A. Fitchett

Derek A. Fitchett 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).

  • Publication number: 20110077106
    Abstract: A golf ball includes a golf ball body; and a coating applied to the outer surface of the golf ball body. The coating comprises a resin and a plurality of particles, wherein the particles have an average size of 400 nm to 40 microns. The particles are contained within the resin or adhered to and/or embedded in a resin layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Fitchett
  • Publication number: 20100298069
    Abstract: A topcoat is applied to a surface of a golf ball using a carrier fluid comprising nitrogen gas or nitrogen-enriched air. The carrier fluid typically has air enriched to about 90-99.5% nitrogen. A mixture of carrier fluid and coating material may be sprayed onto the exterior of the golf ball. Nitrogen-enriched air delivery provides a number of benefits over compressed air delivery, such as reduced coating thickness, reduced variance in the coating thickness and average thickness, reduced pooling in dimple center, edge ratio closer to 1.0, faster cure times, reduced viscosity, less material usage, reduced material flow rate, reduced atomization air pressure, and decreased drying time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: David Goodwin, Derek Fitchett