Patents by Inventor Eric P. Avar

Eric P. Avar 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: 10537155
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to footwear including a modular lacing engine are discussed. In this example, the footwear assembly can include a footwear upper and a lace cable running through a plurality of lace guides. The plurality of lace guides can be distributed along the medial side and the lateral side, and each lace guide of the plurality of lace guides can be adapted to receive a length of the lace cable. The lace cable can extend through each of the plurality of lace guides to form a pattern along each of the medial side and lateral side of the footwear upper. The footwear assembly can also include a medial proximal lace guide routing the lace cable into a lacing engine disposed within a mid-sole portion. Finally, the footwear assembly includes a lateral proximal lace guide to route the lace cable out of the lacing engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Summer L. Schneider, Narissa Chang, Daniel A. Johnson, Peter R. Savage, Travis J. Berrian, Fanny Yung Ho, Eric P. Avar, Elizabeth A. Kilgore, Katelyn Bruce
  • Patent number: 10524542
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper having a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component also includes an external surface. Moreover, the footwear includes a sole structure that is coupled to the upper. The sole structure includes an intermediate member with a first surface. The first surface is attached to the external surface of the knitted component. The sole structure also includes at least one stiffener that is attached to the intermediate member. The intermediate member is disposed between the stiffener and the external surface of the knitted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric P. Avar
  • Publication number: 20190328087
    Abstract: Articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include one or more of: (a) an upper; (b) a sole structure including a midsole and an outsole, the outsole having a plurality of polygonal lugs arranged about a base surface of the outsole. The outsole may include one or more regions wherein the characteristics of a portion of the lugs within a region differ from the characteristics of a portion of the lugs in another region. The lugs may differ, for example based on size, construction and/or spacing between the lugs. Methods of manufacturing such articles of footwear also are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Eric P. AVAR, Kevin W. HOFFER, Tobie D. HATFIELD
  • Publication number: 20190281926
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole structure with multiple components. The sole structure includes a midsole member, an outsole member and an exterior support member. The midsole member and the outsole member have corresponding grooves. The exterior support member provides reinforcement for the midsole member. The outsole member includes a plurality of bristle members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Nadia M. Panian, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Patent number: 10342291
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole structure with multiple components. The sole structure includes a midsole member, an outsole member and an exterior support member. The midsole member and the outsole member have corresponding grooves. The exterior support member provides reinforcement for the midsole member. The outsole member includes a plurality of bristle members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Nadia M. Panian, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Patent number: 10278456
    Abstract: Articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include one or more of: (a) an upper; (b) a sole structure including a midsole and an outsole, the outsole having a plurality of polygonal lugs arranged about a base surface of the outsole. The outsole may include one or more regions wherein the characteristics of a portion of the lugs within a region differ from the characteristics of a portion of the lugs in another region. The lugs may differ, for example based on size, construction and/or spacing between the lugs. Methods of manufacturing such articles of footwear also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Kevin W. Hoffer, Tobie D. Hatfield
  • Publication number: 20190116935
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to an automated footwear platform including an actuator assembly for controlling a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, an Lacing architectures for automated footwear assemblies are discussed. In an example, a footwear assembly can include a floating tongue within an upper assembly. The lacing architecture can include a first plurality or lace guides forming a first lacing zone and a second plurality of lace guides forming a second lacing zone. The lacing architecture can also include a tongue lace guide assembly secure to a proximal portion of the floating tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Fanny Yung Ho, Daniel A. Johnson, Peter R. Savage, Summer L. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20190116937
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to an automated footwear platform including an actuator assembly for controlling a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, an actuator assembly can include an actuator frame with a plurality of integrated actuators. The actuator frame is adapted to interconnect elements of the actuator assembly, the actuator frame including a width, a length, and a thickness where the width and length form an exterior surface and an interior surface separated by the thickness. The plurality of actuators are integrated into the actuator frame, each actuator of the plurality of actuators including an actuator head extending from the exterior surface and a button interface extending from the backside of the actuator head through the interior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Narissa Chang, Fanny Yung Ho
  • Patent number: 10238170
    Abstract: Articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include one or more of: (a) an upper; (b) a sole structure including a midsole and an outsole, the outsole having a plurality of polygonal lugs arranged about a base surface of the outsole. The outsole may include one or more regions wherein the characteristics of a portion of the lugs within a region differ from the characteristics of a portion of the lugs in another region. The lugs may differ, for example based on size, construction and/or spacing between the lugs. Methods of manufacturing such articles of footwear also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Kevin W. Hoffer, Tobie D. Hatfield
  • Publication number: 20180199673
    Abstract: A footwear assembly can comprise, an upper, a lace cable, a plurality of lace guides and a tensioner. The tensioner can comprise an elastic member extending between two lace guides of the plurality of lace guides, an elastic member extending between first and second portions of the upper, an elastic member extending between a portion of the upper and a lace guide of the plurality of lace guides, a heel channel connected to a heel portion of the upper and configured to facilitate access to an interior space, an elastic member coupled to the footwear assembly that functions to smooth out a torque versus lace displacement curve during tightening of the lace cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Summer L. Schneider, Narissa Chang, Eric P. Avar, Thomas G. Bell, Christopher Andon
  • Patent number: D851375
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein
  • Patent number: D856656
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein
  • Patent number: D858078
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein, Fanny Yung Ho
  • Patent number: D858079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein, Fanny Yung Ho
  • Patent number: D861304
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein, Fanny Yung Ho
  • Patent number: D861317
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein, Fanny Yung Ho
  • Patent number: D868447
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Thomas G. Bell, Ross Klein
  • Patent number: D870436
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Ross Klein, Bryant Klug, Timothy K. Liles
  • Patent number: D874124
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Thomas G. Bell, Ross Klein
  • Patent number: D874811
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Thomas G. Bell, Ross Klein