Patents by Inventor Jeremy L. Connell

Jeremy L. Connell 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: 20240032650
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole structure that includes a foam midsole layer. A forefoot cushioning component is secured to the foot-facing surface of the foam midsole layer in the forefoot region, and a heel cushioning component is secured to the foam midsole layer at one of the foot-facing surface or the ground-facing surface in the heel region. Each of the forefoot cushioning component and the heel cushioning component includes a bladder and a tensile component. The bladder encloses and retains a gas in an interior cavity. The tensile component is disposed in the interior cavity. The bladder of the forefoot cushioning component has at least one inwardly-protruding bond that joins the inner surface of the bladder to the tensile component, protrudes inward into the interior cavity, and partially traverses a plurality of tethers of the tensile component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Jason R. Meeker, Jason G. Petrie, Jacob Raymond Van Daam
  • Publication number: 20240023675
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear includes a carcass layer including an interior liner defining an interior void of the upper and an exterior liner joined to the interior liner to define a plurality of resilient pads protruding from an exterior surface of the upper. In some examples, the upper includes an outer shell attached to the exterior liner of the carcass layer and including a plurality of openings each configured to receive a respective one of the resilient pads therethrough. Here, each of the resilient pads includes a distal end surface defining a first portion of a ball control surface and the outer shell defines a second portion of the ball control surface. In some implementations, each of the resilient pads includes a compressible material enclosed between the interior liner and the exterior liner. Optionally, each of the resilient pads includes a tensile element disposed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Adami, Jeremy L. Connell, Timothy J. Smith, Thomas Marchesini
  • Patent number: 11849802
    Abstract: A cushioning article comprises a first and a second polymeric sheet bonded to one another and enclosing an interior cavity. The polymeric sheets retain a gas in the interior cavity. A tensile component disposed in the interior cavity includes a first tensile layer, a second tensile layer, and a plurality of tethers spanning the interior cavity and connecting the first tensile layer to the second tensile layer. An inwardly-protruding bond joins the first polymeric sheet to the first tensile layer, protrudes inward from the first polymeric sheet toward the second polymeric sheet, and partially traverses the plurality of tethers. The first polymeric sheet is displaced from the first tensile layer adjacent to the inwardly-protruding bond by the gas. A method of manufacturing a cushioning article is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Page J. Bailey, Jeremy L Connell, Jason R. Meeker
  • Publication number: 20230404210
    Abstract: A bladder including a first barrier element having a first surface formed on a first side of the first barrier element and a second surface formed on an opposite side of the first barrier element than the first surface, a second barrier element having a third surface formed on a first side of the second barrier element and a fourth surface formed on an opposite side of the second barrier element than the third surface, and a peripheral seam joining the first barrier element and the second barrier element to define an interior void between the first surface and the third surface, the peripheral seam including a first segment extending along the bladder proximate to the second surface, a second segment extending along the bladder proximate to the fourth surface, and a third segment extending between and connecting the first segment and the second segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Craig Fredrick, Jason R. Meeker, Chris Wilburn
  • Patent number: 11839262
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear includes a carcass layer including an interior liner defining an interior void of the upper and an exterior liner joined to the interior liner to define a plurality of resilient pads protruding from an exterior surface of the upper. In some examples, the upper includes an outer shell attached to the exterior liner of the carcass layer and including a plurality of openings each configured to receive a respective one of the resilient pads therethrough. Here, each of the resilient pads includes a distal end surface defining a first portion of a ball control surface and the outer shell defines a second portion of the ball control surface. In some implementations, each of the resilient pads includes a compressible material enclosed between the interior liner and the exterior liner. Optionally, each of the resilient pads includes a tensile element disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Adami, Jeremy L. Connell, Timothy J. Smith, Thomas Marchesini
  • Publication number: 20230276903
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel and forefoot regions. The sole structure also includes a first fluid-filled segment disposed within the forefoot region and includes a first portion extending continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure. The sole structure also includes a second fluid-filled segment disposed between the heel region and the first fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending continuously between the medial side and the lateral side. The sole structure also includes a third fluid-filled segment disposed between the first fluid-filled segment and the second fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending along one of the medial side and the lateral side and a second portion extending from the first portion toward the other one of the medial side and the lateral side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Publication date: September 7, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Frederick J. Dojan, Olivier Henrichot, Troy C. Lindner, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11717051
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear is provided. The sole structure includes an outsole having a ground-engaging surface and an upper surface formed on an opposite side of the outsole than the ground-engaging surface. A first cushion is disposed proximate to a medial side of the sole structure and includes a first fluid-filled chamber attached to the upper surface of the outsole and a second fluid-filled chamber attached to the first fluid-filled chamber and disposed between the first fluid-filled chamber and the upper. A second cushion is disposed proximate to a lateral side of the sole structure and includes a third fluid-filled chamber attached to the upper surface of the outsole and a fourth fluid-filled chamber attached to the third fluid-filled chamber and disposed between the third fluid-filled chamber and the upper. The second cushion is fluidly isolated from the first cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Emily Farina, Joel Ryp Greenspan, Stefan E. Guest, Derek Haight, Olivier Henrichot, Helene Hutchinson, Geng Luo, Krissy Yetman
  • Publication number: 20230232941
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel and forefoot regions. The sole structure also includes a first fluid-filled segment disposed within the forefoot region and includes a first portion extending continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure. The sole structure also includes a second fluid-filled segment disposed between the heel region and the first fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending continuously between the medial side and the lateral side. The sole structure also includes a third fluid-filled segment disposed between the first fluid-filled segment and the second fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending along one of the medial side and the lateral side and a second portion extending from the first portion toward the other one of the medial side and the lateral side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Frederick J. Dojan, Olivier Henrichot, Troy C. Lindner, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11684117
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel and forefoot regions. The sole structure also includes a first fluid-filled segment disposed within the forefoot region and includes a first portion extending continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure. The sole structure also includes a second fluid-filled segment disposed between the heel region and the first fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending continuously between the medial side and the lateral side. The sole structure also includes a third fluid-filled segment disposed between the first fluid-filled segment and the second fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending along one of the medial side and the lateral side and a second portion extending from the first portion toward the other one of the medial side and the lateral side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Frederick J. Dojan, Olivier Henrichot, Troy C. Lindner, Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20230147255
    Abstract: A cushioning article includes a bladder enclosing an interior cavity and retaining a gas in the interior cavity. A tensile component is disposed in the interior cavity and includes tensile layers and a plurality of tethers connecting the tensile layers. The tensile layers are connected to an inner surface of the bladder such that the tethers span across the interior cavity. The bladder has an inwardly-protruding bond that joins an inner surface of the bladder to the tensile component, protrudes inward into the interior cavity, and partially traverses the plurality of tethers such that the bladder is narrowed at the inwardly protruding bond and the gas in the interior cavity fluidly communicates across the inwardly-protruding bond. A method of manufacturing a cushioning article is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arick Auyang, Page J. Bailey, Jeremy L. Connell, Derek Houng, Jason R. Meeker
  • Publication number: 20230147851
    Abstract: A cushioning article comprises a first and a second polymeric sheet bonded to one another and enclosing an interior cavity. The polymeric sheets retain a gas in the interior cavity. A tensile component disposed in the interior cavity includes a first tensile layer, a second tensile layer, and a plurality of tethers spanning the interior cavity and connecting the first tensile layer to the second tensile layer. An inwardly-protruding bond joins the first polymeric sheet to the first tensile layer, protrudes inward from the first polymeric sheet toward the second polymeric sheet, and partially traverses the plurality of tethers. The first polymeric sheet is displaced from the first tensile layer adjacent to the inwardly-protruding bond by the gas. A method of manufacturing a cushioning article is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Page J. Bailey, Jeremy L. Connell, Jason R. Meeker
  • Patent number: 11638464
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel and forefoot regions. The sole structure also includes a first fluid-filled segment disposed within the forefoot region and includes a first portion extending continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure. The sole structure also includes a second fluid-filled segment disposed between the heel region and the first fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending continuously between the medial side and the lateral side. The sole structure also includes a third fluid-filled segment disposed between the first fluid-filled segment and the second fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending along one of the medial side and the lateral side and a second portion extending from the first portion toward the other one of the medial side and the lateral side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Frederick J. Dojan, Olivier Henrichot, Troy C. Lindner, Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20230127595
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a first cushioning member extending continuously from an anterior end of the sole structure to a posterior end of the sole structure. The first cushioning member includes an upper side, a bottom side formed on an opposite side from the upper side, and a recess formed in the upper side. A first bladder is disposed within the recess adjacent to a lateral side of the sole structure and a second bladder is disposed within the recess adjacent to a medial side of the sole structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Publication date: April 27, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo S. Chang, Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Thea Moshofsky, Rachel M. Savage
  • Patent number: 11633011
    Abstract: A cushioning article includes a bladder enclosing an interior cavity and retaining a gas in the interior cavity. A tensile component is disposed in the interior cavity and includes tensile layers and a plurality of tethers connecting the tensile layers. The tensile layers are connected to an inner surface of the bladder such that the tethers span across the interior cavity. The bladder has an inwardly-protruding bond that joins an inner surface of the bladder to the tensile component, protrudes inward into the interior cavity, and partially traverses the plurality of tethers such that the bladder is narrowed at the inwardly protruding bond and the gas in the interior cavity fluidly communicates across the inwardly-protruding bond. A method of manufacturing a cushioning article is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arick Auyang, Page J. Bailey, Jeremy L. Connell, Derek Houng, Jason R. Meeker
  • Patent number: 11571039
    Abstract: A cushioning article comprises a first and a second polymeric sheet bonded to one another and enclosing an interior cavity. The polymeric sheets retain a gas in the interior cavity. A tensile component disposed in the interior cavity includes a first tensile layer, a second tensile layer, and a plurality of tethers spanning the interior cavity and connecting the first tensile layer to the second tensile layer. An inwardly-protruding bond joins the first polymeric sheet to the first tensile layer, protrudes inward from the first polymeric sheet toward the second polymeric sheet, and partially traverses the plurality of tethers. The first polymeric sheet is displaced from the first tensile layer adjacent to the inwardly-protruding bond by the gas. A method of manufacturing a cushioning article is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Page J. Bailey, Jeremy L. Connell, Jason R. Meeker
  • Publication number: 20220322787
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a strobel, a footwear upper, and a sole plate. The strobel includes a polymeric bladder defining an interior cavity and configured to retain a fluid in the interior cavity. The polymeric bladder has a peripheral flange extending around a perimeter of the interior cavity from a medial side to a lateral side of the polymeric bladder at a front of the polymeric bladder. The footwear upper is secured to the peripheral flange. The sole plate has a heel portion, a midfoot portion, and a forefoot portion, and a rear extent of the strobel is secured to the sole plate or to the footwear upper forward of a rear extent of the sole plate. A method of manufacturing the article of footwear includes securing the peripheral flange to the upper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan P. Callahan, Jeremy L. Connell, Carrie L. Davis, Windra Fahmi, Gjermund Haugbro, Fiona L. Lesecq, Jason R. Meeker, Benjamin Stewart, Dylan S. Van Atta, Darlan Zacharia
  • Patent number: D1014040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Lauren Sebastian
  • Patent number: D1014041
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Lauren Sebastian
  • Patent number: D1014042
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Lauren Sebastian
  • Patent number: D1014933
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Lauren Sebastian