Patents by Inventor Joseph J. Skaja

Joseph J. Skaja 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: 9114580
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles of manufacture having at least a portion prepared using recycled material, including but not limited recycled rubber or other polymeric materials. The articles may incorporate the recycled materials in a granulated form. In specific embodiments, the article comprises an article of footwear (i.e., a shoe). Particularly, all or part of the shoe sole may be formed using the granulated material, the granules specifically being joined together using a binder material, such as a polyurethane, preferably a moisture cure, single component polyurethane binder. The invention further provides methods of preparing articles formed of granulated materials. The inventive methods are characterized by their excellent economic benefits, ease of use, and environmental benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Evan L. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20140217636
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles of manufacture having at least a portion prepared using recycled material, including but not limited recycled rubber or other polymeric materials. The articles may incorporate the recycled materials in a granulated form. In specific embodiments, the article comprises an article of footwear (i.e., a shoe). Particularly, all or part of the shoe sole may be formed using the granulated material, the granules specifically being joined together using a binder material, such as a polyurethane, preferably a moisture cure, single component polyurethane binder. The invention further provides methods of preparing articles formed of granulated materials. The inventive methods are characterized by their excellent economic benefits, ease of use, and environmental benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Evan L. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8653151
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles of manufacture having at least a portion prepared using recycled material, including but not limited recycled rubber or other polymeric materials. The articles may incorporate the recycled materials in a granulated form. In specific embodiments, the article comprises an article of footwear (i.e., a shoe). Particularly, all or part of the shoe sole may be formed using the granulated material, the granules specifically being joined together using a binder material, such as a polyurethane, preferably a moisture cure, single component polyurethane binder. The invention further provides methods of preparing articles formed of granulated materials. The inventive methods are characterized by their excellent economic benefits, ease of use, and environmental benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Evan L. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20100293814
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles of manufacture having at least a portion prepared using recycled material, including but not limited recycled rubber or other polymeric materials. The articles may incorporate the recycled materials in a granulated form. In specific embodiments, the article comprises an article of footwear (i.e., a shoe). Particularly, all or part of the shoe sole may be formed using the granulated material, the granules specifically being joined together using a binder material, such as a polyurethane, preferably a moisture cure, single component polyurethane binder. The invention further provides methods of preparing articles formed of granulated materials. The inventive methods are characterized by their excellent economic benefits, ease of use, and environmental benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Evan B. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7033666
    Abstract: A flexible shock absorbing component providing cushioning for surfaces, especially wall and floor surfaces, is described. The shock absorbing component includes two sheets of thermoplastic, each sheet with inwardly facing, opposing, resiliently compressible indentations extending into a cavity between the two sheets. The shock absorbing component also includes a layer of particulate matter applied to and adhered to the outer surface of one of the sheets, to provide wear and weather resistance. A moderator may also be attached to the outer surface of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Patent number: 6777062
    Abstract: A flexible shock absorbing component providing cushioning for surfaces, especially wall and floor surfaces, is described. The shock absorbing component includes two sheets of thermoplastic, each sheet with inwardly facing, opposing, resiliently compressible indentations extending into a cavity between the two sheets. The shock absorbing component also includes a layer of particulate matter applied to and adhered to the outer surface of one of the sheets, to provide wear and weather resistance. A moderator may also be attached to the outer surface of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Skydex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Publication number: 20020119276
    Abstract: A flexible shock absorbing component providing cushioning for surfaces, especially wall and floor surfaces, is described. The shock absorbing component includes two sheets of thermoplastic, each sheet with inwardly facing, opposing, resiliently compressible indentations extending into a cavity between the two sheets. The shock absorbing component also includes a layer of particulate matter applied to and adhered to the outer surface of one of the sheets, to provide wear and weather resistance. A moderator may also be attached to the outer surface of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Publication number: 20020050077
    Abstract: Footwear, particularly an athletic or sport shoe, having a sole with a visible, replaceable cushioning cassette, and method for modifying impact response capacity or color pattern by removing and replacing the cushioning cassette. The invention also provides footwear, comprising a sole; and an upper connected to the sole, the sole comprising an outsole; and a midsole, the midsole comprising a midsole section wherein walls of a periphery of cells form in the midsole section at least one cavity for receiving a cushioning cassette, which, when within the cavity, is visible through clear material of the sole when viewed from outside of the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Inventors: JACK WANG, JOSEPH J. SKAJA, THOMAS M. ADAMS
  • Patent number: 6240657
    Abstract: Footwear comprising a sole, an upper, and a lace-binding system comprising a plurality of replaceable eyelet extenders. Replacing eyelet extenders, or components thereof, with others of a different color facilitates switching footwear from one color pattern to another. Replacing eyelet extenders, or components thereof, with others of a different length, flexibility, or elasticity facilitates modifying flexibility between eyelets and lace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: In-Stride, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Weber, Jack Wang, Joseph J. Skaja, Thomas M Adams
  • Patent number: 6098313
    Abstract: A high polymer resin material is configured into a shoe sole component having a plurality of inwardly extending indentations in one or both of the top and bottom members of the component. The indentations extend into the interval between the members and adjacent to the opposite member to provide support members for the sole component. The sole component can be constructed by molding upper and lower sole component halves wherein the molds are configured to provide indentations in the top and bottom members. The upper and lower sole component halves are then joined to complete the sole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Retama Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Patent number: 6029962
    Abstract: A shock absorbing component having a pair of surfaces with a plurality of inwardly extending indentations in the top and bottom surfaces. The indentations extend between the surfaces to provide support members for the shock absorbing component. At least some of the indentations are hemispherical. The surfaces may be formed of mesh material to allow the passage of gas or fluid therethrough. One or more inserts may be placed in the indentations. The shock absorbing component can be constructed by molding upper and lower shock absorbing component halves wherein the molds are configured to provide indentations in the top and bottom surfaces. The upper and lower halves are then joined to complete the shock absorbing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Retama Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Martyn R. Shorten, Joseph J. Skaja
  • Patent number: 5976451
    Abstract: A process for making a cushioning component from a pair of sheets of flexible thermoplastic resin in which the sheets are placed against a pair of molds having hemispherical protrusions for forming opposing hemispherical indentations in the sheets. The indentations in the first sheet abut those of the second sheet when the sheets are joined to complete the cushioning component. During the process, inserts may be positioned on the protrusions before the sheets are placed in the molds, and the inserts then may be adhered to the indentations during molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Retama Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Martyn R. Shorten
  • Patent number: 5572804
    Abstract: A high polymer resin material is configured into a shoe sole component having a plurality of inwardly extending indentations in one or both of the top and bottom members of the component. The indentations extend into the interval between the members and adjacent to the opposite member to provide support members for the sole component. The sole component can be constructed by molding upper and lower sole component halves wherein the molds are configured to provide indentations in the top and bottom members. The upper and lower sole component halves are then joined to complete the sole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Retama Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Martyn R. Shorten
  • Patent number: D616183
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Patent number: D625909
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Laurence I. Schwartz
  • Patent number: D626736
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Laurence I. Schwartz
  • Patent number: D627549
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Laurence I. Schwartz
  • Patent number: D633286
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Patent number: D633287
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph J. Skaja
  • Patent number: D639040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Aetrex Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Skaja, Laurence I. Schwartz