Patents by Inventor Jeffrey W. Bruner

Jeffrey W. Bruner 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: 20210030101
    Abstract: In one aspect, a shoe component is described. The shoe component comprises a body of continuous fabric having at least a first zone and a second zone. The first zone of the fabric has a first modulus of elasticity and the second zone of the fabric has a second modulus of elasticity that is different than the first modulus of elasticity. More than two zones can be provided per shoe component, in some cases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Knitmasters, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Bruner, Juan Aristizabal
  • Publication number: 20210030116
    Abstract: In one aspect, a shoe component is described. The shoe component comprises a body of continuous fabric having at least a first zone and a second zone. The first zone of the fabric has a first modulus of elasticity and the second zone of the fabric has a second modulus of elasticity that is different than the first modulus of elasticity. More than two zones can be provided per shoe component, in some cases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Quantum Materials, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 10900150
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of making a knitted shoe component are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting one or more fibers to form a toe portion; knitting one or more fibers to form a first wing portion; and knitting one or more fibers to form a second wing portion. The first and second wing portions extend from the toe portion and are knittingly connected to the toe portion. The method further comprises reducing the lateral separation between the first and second wing portions from an initial separation distance to a knitting separation distance such that the wing portions can be knitted together to form a seamless heel portion of the shoe component, including using a series of stitch transfer, racking, and knitting steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ecofibre Limited
    Inventors: Juan Aristizabal, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Publication number: 20200199812
    Abstract: A woven fabric comprises a plurality of first fibers extending along a first direction, the first fibers having a first modulus of elasticity; a plurality of second fibers extending along a second direction and being woven with the plurality of first fibers, the second fibers having a second modulus of elasticity that is lower than the first modulus of elasticity; and a coating disposed over the plurality of first fibers and the plurality of second fibers. In some embodiments, the coating is a synthetic leather.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Colin DONAHUE, Bett FAIRCLOTH, Jeffrey W. BRUNER
  • Publication number: 20200190703
    Abstract: A bicomponent fiber comprises a core component formed from a rate-sensitive material; and a sheath component surrounding the core component, the sheath component being formed from a non-rate-sensitive polymer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Quantum Materials, LLC
    Inventors: JEFFREY W BRUNER, Herbert Ernest Salley, Emmett William Bruffey
  • Publication number: 20200002855
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of making a spacer fabric are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting a first yarn or fiber and a second yarn or fiber to form a knit structure, wherein the knit structure comprises a plurality of concave portions in facing opposition to a plurality of convex portions. Further, the concave portions and the convex portions together define void spaces having a substantially double convex cross section. In some cases, the method further comprises heating the knit structure at a temperature sufficient to cause the second yarn or fiber to shrink in at least one dimension. Additionally, the second yarn or fiber shrinks more than the first yarn or fiber during the heating step. Moreover, in some instances, heating the knit structure increases a size of the void spaces of the knit structure, particularly in a thickness direction of the fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Juan Aristizabal, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Publication number: 20180142426
    Abstract: In one aspect, artificial turf systems are described herein. In some embodiments, an artificial turf system comprises an artificial turf mat and artificial turf fibers disposed on a surface of the artificial turf mat, the artificial turf mat comprising at least one energy management material. An energy management material, in some embodiments, is disposed in a backing of the artificial turf mat, a binding agent of the artificial turf mat, and/or an infill material of the artificial turf mat. In addition, in some embodiments, the artificial turf fibers also comprise at least one energy management material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Reyad I. SAWAFTA, Jeffrey W. BRUNER
  • Patent number: 9920461
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of making a knitted shoe component are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting one or more fibers to form a toe portion; knitting one or more fibers to form a first wing portion; and knitting one or more fibers to form a second wing portion. The first and second wing portions extend from the toe portion and are knittingly connected to the toe portion. The method further comprises reducing the lateral separation between the first and second wing portions from an initial separation distance to a knitting separation distance such that the wing portions can be knitted together to form a seamless heel portion of the shoe component, including using a series of stitch transfer, racking, and knitting steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Knitmasters, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Aristizabal, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Publication number: 20180055145
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of making a knitted shoe component are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting one or more fibers to form a toe portion; knitting one or more fibers to form a first wing portion; and knitting one or more fibers to form a second wing portion. The first and second wing portions extend from the toe portion and are knittingly connected to the toe portion. The method further comprises reducing the lateral separation between the first and second wing portions from an initial separation distance to a knitting separation distance such that the wing portions can be knitted together to form a seamless heel portion of the shoe component, including using a series of stitch transfer, racking, and knitting steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Juan Aristizabal, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 9896809
    Abstract: In one aspect, artificial turf systems are described herein. In some embodiments, an artificial turf system comprises an artificial turf mat and artificial turf fibers disposed on a surface of the artificial turf mat, the artificial turf mat comprising at least one energy management material. An energy management material, in some embodiments, is disposed in a backing of the artificial turf mat, a binding agent of the artificial turf mat, and/or an infill material of the artificial turf mat. In addition, in some embodiments, the artificial turf fibers also comprise at least one energy management material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Reyad I. Sawafta, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Publication number: 20170049187
    Abstract: In one aspect, methods of making a knitted shoe component are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting one or more fibers to form a toe portion; knitting one or more fibers to form a first wing portion; and knitting one or more fibers to form a second wing portion. The first and second wing portions extend from the toe portion and are knittingly connected to the toe portion. The method further comprises reducing the lateral separation between the first and second wing portions from an initial separation distance to a knitting separation distance such that the wing portions can be knitted together to form a seamless heel portion of the shoe component, including using a series of stitch transfer, racking, and knitting steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Juan ARISTIZABAL, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 9234304
    Abstract: The present invention relates to composite elastomeric yarns and fabrics, to methods of making same, and to articles in which such yarns and fabrics are used. The composite yarns of the present invention comprise a elastomeric core, an elastomeric thermoplastic sheath disposed about the core and, preferably, fibers mechanically anchored in the sheath. The composite fabrics of the present invention comprise the composite yarns of the present invention and conventional fibers arranged to form a fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: The Quantum Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W Bruner
  • Publication number: 20130298520
    Abstract: The present invention relates to composite elastomeric yarns and fabrics, to methods of making same, and to articles in which such yarns and fabrics are used. The composite yarns of the present invention comprise a elastomeric core, an elastomeric thermoplastic sheath disposed about the core and, preferably, fibers mechanically anchored in the sheath. The composite fabrics of the present invention comprise the composite yarns of the present invention and conventional fibers arranged to form a fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Publication number: 20130199755
    Abstract: In one aspect, artificial turf systems are described herein. In some embodiments, an artificial turf system comprises an artificial turf mat and artificial turf fibers disposed on a surface of the artificial turf mat, the artificial turf mat comprising at least one energy management material. An energy management material, in some embodiments, is disposed in a backing of the artificial turf mat, a binding agent of the artificial turf mat, and/or an infill material of the artificial turf mat. In addition, in some embodiments, the artificial turf fibers also comprise at least one energy management material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: THE QUANTUM GROUP, INC
    Inventors: Reyad I Sawafta, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 8484940
    Abstract: The present invention relates to composite elastomeric yarns and fabrics, to methods of making same, and to articles in which such yarns and fabrics are used. The composite yarns of the present invention comprise a elastomeric core, an elastomeric thermoplastic sheath disposed about the core and, preferably, fibers mechanically anchored in the sheath. The composite fabrics of the present invention comprise the composite yarns of the present invention and conventional fibers arranged to form a fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Quantum Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 7594700
    Abstract: A chair includes a control housing, a seat and a back support including an upwardly extending upright portion and a link portion extending forwardly from a lower portion of the upright portion. The link portion is pivotally connected to the control housing about a first pivot axis. The seat is connected to the link portion and is pivotable relative thereto. A linkage is coupled to the seat and is pivotally connected to the control housing at a second pivot axis positioned rearwardly and downwardly from the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Stumpf, Rodney C. Schoenfelder, Donald Chadwick, Carolyn Maalouf, Timothy P. Coffield, Randy J. Sayers, Jeffrey W. Bruner, Eric Cammenga
  • Patent number: 6966604
    Abstract: A chair includes a control housing, a seat and a back support including an upwardly extending upright portion and a link portion extending forwardly from a lower portion of the upright portion. The link portion is pivotally connected to the control housing about a first pivot axis. The seat is connected to the link portion and is pivotable relative thereto. A linkage is coupled to the seat and is pivotally connected to the control housing at a second pivot axis positioned rearwardly and downwardly from the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Stumpf, Rodney C. Schoenfelder, Donald Chadwick, Carolyn Keller, Timothy P. Coffield, Randy J. Sayers, Jeffrey W. Bruner, George A. Miles, Eric Cammenga, Philip Crossman
  • Publication number: 20040155503
    Abstract: A chair includes a control housing, a seat and a back support including an upwardly extending upright portion and a link portion extending forwardly from a lower portion of the upright portion. The link portion is pivotally connected to the control housing about a first pivot axis. The seat is connected to the link portion and is pivotable relative thereto. A linkage is coupled to the seat and is pivotally connected to the control housing at a second pivot axis positioned rearwardly and downwardly from the first pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: William E. Stumpf, Rodney C. Schoenfelder, Donald Chadwick, Carolyn Keller, Timothy P. Coffield, Randy J. Sayers, Jeffrey W. Bruner, George A. Miles, Eric Cammenga, Philip Crossman
  • Patent number: D531817
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: The Quantum Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Bruner, J. Michael Davis
  • Patent number: D557509
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: The Quantum Group, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Michael Davis, Jeffrey W. Bruner