Patents by Inventor Karen S. Dimoff

Karen S. Dimoff 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: 11937663
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a first plate having a first surface. The first plate includes a forefoot region at an anterior end, a heel region at a posterior end, and a mid-foot region. The sole structure further includes a second plate having a second surface opposing the first surface of the first plate. The second plate has a first end attached to the forefoot region of the first plate and a second end that is spaced apart from the first surface of the first plate. A cushion is disposed between the first plate and the second plate and has a first side attached to the first surface of the first plate and a second side attached to the second surface of second plate. The cushion extends continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Stefan E. Guest, Charlie Keller, Troy C. Lindner, Geng Luo, Tetsuya T. Minami, Jonathan Rasca, Adam Thuss
  • Patent number: 11793269
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a transverse direction across the sole structure and a plurality of sipes that extend in an oblique direction relative to the transverse sipes. A plurality of sipes may also subdivide the hexagonally-shaped sole elements into one or more diamond-shaped sole element portions. The sole structure may include additional features such as non-hexagonal sole elements and lugs distributed across a bottom surface of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary E. Hull, John A. Truax, Robert W. Dolan, Mark C. Miner, Angela N. Martin, Robert C. Williams, Jr., Karen S. Dimoff, Jekti Hadiati, Howard Banich
  • Publication number: 20230255311
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a transverse direction across the sole structure and a plurality of sipes that extend in an oblique direction relative to the transverse sipes. A plurality of sipes may also subdivide the hexagonally-shaped sole elements into one or more diamond-shaped sole element portions. The sole structure may include additional features such as non-hexagonal sole elements and lugs distributed across a bottom surface of the sole structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Inventors: Zachary E. Hull, John A. Truax, Robert W. Dolan, Mark C. Miner, Angela N. Martin, Robert C. Williams, JR., Karen S. Dimoff, Jekti Hadiati, Howard Banich
  • Publication number: 20230255314
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure includes a midsole having a ground-facing surface with a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region. The midsole defines downwardly-extending protrusions at the ground-facing surface distributed over the midfoot region and the heel region, each of the downwardly-extending protrusions having a convex outer surface. A height of the midsole is greatest at the midfoot region. The sole structure may also include an outsole covering at least a portion of the ground-facing surface of the midsole, and a height of the sole structure may be greatest at the midfoot region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Karen S. Dimoff, Derek A. Fitchett, Emily Harrington, Joseph L. Helseth, Oliver McLachlan, Colin Runkle
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11696619
    Abstract: Ground-engaging components for articles of footwear include: (a) an outer perimeter boundary rim that at least partially defines an outer perimeter of the ground-engaging component, wherein the outer perimeter boundary rim defines an open space at least at a forefoot support area of the ground-engaging component, wherein the outer perimeter boundary rim is shaped such that the outer perimeter of the ground-engaging component tapers or curves inward moving from a forefoot support area to an arch support area, and wherein a narrowest dimension from a lateral side edge to a medial side edge of the outer perimeter boundary rim is located in a heel support area of the ground-engaging component; and (b) a support structure extending into or at least partially across the open space. The ground-engaging component may have a narrower width dimension in a central heel or rear heel support area than in the arch support area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Karen S. Dimoff, Lysandre Follet, Thomas Foxen, John Hurd, Shane S. Kohatsu, Troy C. Lindner, David J. Roulo, Adam Thuss, Andrea Vinet
  • Patent number: 11666119
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure includes a midsole having a ground-facing surface with a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region. The midsole defines downwardly-extending protrusions at the ground-facing surface distributed over the midfoot region and the heel region, each of the downwardly-extending protrusions having a convex outer surface. A height of the midsole is greatest at the midfoot region. The sole structure may also include an outsole covering at least a portion of the ground-facing surface of the midsole, and a height of the sole structure may be greatest at the midfoot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Karen S. Dimoff, Derek A. Fitchett, Emily Harrington, Joseph L. Helseth, Oliver McLachlan, Colin Runkle
  • 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: 11464284
    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: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Emily Farina, Joël Ryp Greenspan, Stefan E. Guest, Derek Haight, Olivier Henrichot, Helene Hutchinson, Geng Luo, Krissy Yetman
  • Patent number: 11439200
    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: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Emily Farina, Joël Ryp Greenspan, Stefan E. Guest, Derek Haight, Olivier Henrichot, Helene Hutchinson, Geng Luo, Krissy Yetman
  • Publication number: 20220007787
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure includes a midsole having a ground-facing surface with a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region. The midsole defines downwardly-extending protrusions at the ground-facing surface distributed over the midfoot region and the heel region, each of the downwardly-extending protrusions having a convex outer surface. A height of the midsole is greatest at the midfoot region. The sole structure may also include an outsole covering at least a portion of the ground-facing surface of the midsole, and a height of the sole structure may be greatest at the midfoot region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Karen S. Dimoff, Derek A. Fitchett, Emily Harrington, Joseph L. Helseth, Oliver McLachlan, Colin Runkle
  • Publication number: 20210378358
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a first plate having a first surface. The first plate includes a forefoot region at an anterior end, a heel region at a posterior end, and a mid-foot region. The sole structure further includes a second plate having a second surface opposing the first surface of the first plate. The second plate has a first end attached to the forefoot region of the first plate and a second end that is spaced apart from the first surface of the first plate. A cushion is disposed between the first plate and the second plate and has a first side attached to the first surface of the first plate and a second side attached to the second surface of second plate. The cushion extends continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Stefan E. Guest, Charlie Keller, Troy C. Lindner, Geng Luo, Tetsuya T. Minami, Jonathan Rasca, Adam Thuss
  • Publication number: 20210298414
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a transverse direction across the sole structure and a plurality of sipes that extend in an oblique direction relative to the transverse sipes. A plurality of sipes may also subdivide the hexagonally-shaped sole elements into one or more diamond-shaped sole element portions. The sole structure may include additional features such as non-hexagonal sole elements and lugs distributed across a bottom surface of the sole structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Zachary E. Hull, John A. Truax, Robert W. Dolan, Mark C. Miner, Angela N. Martin, Robert C. Williams, JR., Karen S. Dimoff, Jekti Hadiati, Howard Banich
  • Patent number: 11129439
    Abstract: Ground-engaging components for articles of footwear include: (a) an outer perimeter boundary rim that at least partially defines an outer perimeter of the ground-engaging component, wherein the outer perimeter boundary rim defines an upper-facing surface and a ground-facing surface opposite the upper-facing surface, wherein the outer perimeter boundary rim defines an open space at least at a forefoot support area of the ground-engaging component, and wherein a rearmost extent of the outer perimeter boundary rim is located within one of: an arch support area or a forward heel support area of the ground-engaging component (and/or at these areas of an overall sole structure); and (b) a support structure extending from the outer perimeter boundary rim and into or at least partially across the open space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Karen S. Dimoff, Lysandre Follet, Thomas Foxen, John Hurd, Shane S. Kohatsu, Troy C. Lindner, David J. Roulo, Adam Thuss, Andrea Vinet
  • Patent number: 11096443
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a first plate having a first surface. The first plate includes a forefoot region at an anterior end, a heel region at a posterior end, and a mid-foot region. The sole structure further includes a second plate having a second surface opposing the first surface of the first plate. The second plate has a first end attached to the forefoot region of the first plate and a second end that is spaced apart from the first surface of the first plate. A cushion is disposed between the first plate and the second plate and has a first side attached to the first surface of the first plate and a second side attached to the second surface of second plate. The cushion extends continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Stefan E. Guest, Charlie Keller, Troy C. Lindner, Geng Luo, Tetsuya T. Minami, Jonathan Rasca, Adam Thuss
  • Publication number: 20210186153
    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: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: 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
  • Patent number: 11019880
    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: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Emily Farina, Joël Ryp Greenspan, Stefan E. Guest, Derek Haight, Olivier Henrichot, Helene Hutchinson, Geng Luo, Krissy Yetman
  • Patent number: 11000092
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a transverse direction across the sole structure and a plurality of sipes that extend in an oblique direction relative to the transverse sipes. A plurality of sipes may also subdivide the hexagonally-shaped sole elements into one or more diamond-shaped sole element portions. The sole structure may include additional features such as non-hexagonal sole elements and lugs distributed across a bottom surface of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary E. Hull, John A. Truax, Robert W. Dolan, Mark C. Miner, Angela N. Martin, Robert C. Williams, Jr., Karen S. Dimoff, Jekti Hadiati, Howard Banich
  • Patent number: 11000093
    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: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    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: 20210085026
    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: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: 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