Patents by Inventor Lee D. Peyton

Lee D. Peyton 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: 12029274
    Abstract: A sole structure may include a midsole element, a plate, a first chamber, and a second chamber. The midsole element may be formed from a foamed polymer material. The plate may be formed from a substantially non-foamed polymer material, and the plate has an upper surface and an opposite lower surface. The plate is embedded within the midsole element such that the foamed polymer material exposes a first area and a second area of the lower surface. The first chamber and the second chamber each have a fluid-filled configuration. The first chamber is secured to the first area, and the second chamber is secured to the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 12017427
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole including a polymeric bladder element enclosing a fluid-filled interior cavity, a first outsole component secured to a bottom surface and to a side surface of the polymeric bladder element, and a second outsole component. The first outsole component includes a first base, and a wall integral with the first base. The second outsole component includes a second base secured to the first base, and a wall integral with the second base and secured to the outer surface of the wall of the first outsole component. A method of manufacturing the article of footwear includes thermoforming the bladder element and the first outsole component, and securing the second outsole component to the first outsole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Frederick J. Dojan, Zachary M. Elder, Eric L. Fliss, Samuel Heinzman, Troy C. Lindner, Benjamin J. Monfils, Melanie N. Moteberg, Lee D. Peyton, Eric S. Schindler
  • Patent number: 11992087
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel region and the forefoot region. The sole structure also includes a fluid-filled chamber including a first barrier layer cooperating with a second barrier layer to define a first segment extending along a medial side of the sole structure within the heel region, a second segment extending from the medial side in the forefoot region to a lateral side in the heel region and along a lateral side of the sole structure within the heel region, and a web area disposed between and connecting the first segment and the second segment. The first barrier layer being attached to the second barrier layer within the web area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Wesley K. Chan, Zachary M. Elder, Elizabeth Langvin, Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20240164478
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure including a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid, the chamber having a top portion, a bottom portion, and side portions around a periphery of the chamber. The sole structure also includes a central structure located in a central portion of the chamber between opposing side portions of the chamber, such that the chamber is devoid of additional structures in a surrounding region around the central structure and extending from the central structure to the side portions of the chamber. On all sides of the central structure, a dimension of the surrounding region between the central structure and the nearest side portion is one third or more of a span across the chamber between opposing side portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2024
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: DeVonne DeVoe, Benjamin J. Monfils, Lee D. Peyton, Danielle L. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20240165462
    Abstract: A system for transitioning from a first footwear type to a second footwear type is usable with an article of footwear including a sensor system with a plurality of force sensors engaged with an article of footwear and configured to sense force exerted by a foot of a user and an electronic module configured to collect data based on force input from the sensors and to wirelessly transmit data generated by the sensor system. An electronic device includes a processor that receives the data from the electronic module, compares the data to a footstrike template corresponding to a desired footstrike pattern of a footwear transitional program, determines whether a deviation from the footstrike template exists, and generates an indication to the user when the deviation from the desired footstrike pattern is determined to exist. The desired footstrike pattern corresponds to a preferred footstrike of the second type of footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2024
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Inventors: Anna Antonia Giedwoyn, Lee D. Peyton, Christopher L. Andon
  • Publication number: 20240156211
    Abstract: A bladder for an article of footwear includes a plate, a first tensile layer disposed adjacent to a first side of the plate, and a second tensile layer disposed on an opposite side of the plate from the first tensile layer, the second tensile layer joined to the first tensile layer through the plate by a plurality of inner bonds. The bladder additionally includes a first barrier layer disposed adjacent to the first tensile layer and joined to the first tensile layer by a plurality of first outer bonds to form a first chamber, one or more of the first outer bonds interposed between adjacent ones of the inner bonds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2024
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Elder, Roger Paul Murphy, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11980253
    Abstract: Articles of footwear having an upper and a sole structure and methods of making the articles. The upper includes an adjustment system having a base element, a fluid-filled chamber, an adjusting element, an anchoring element, and a tensile strand. The adjusting element is positioned outward from the fluid-filled chamber. The anchoring element is secured to the base element and is spaced from the adjusting element. The tensile strand extends between the adjusting element and the anchoring element. The adjusting element is operable to change a tension placed upon the tensile strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Peyton, Dervin A. James, Zachary M. Elder
  • Publication number: 20240108101
    Abstract: A cushioning element for an article of footwear includes a bladder having a first barrier layer and a second barrier layer joined together along a seam to define a chamber and a support element disposed within the chamber and having a support member and a plurality of flexible support legs each extending from a first end attached to the support member to a second end disposed between the first barrier layer and the second barrier layer within the seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11944155
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided having an elevated plate structure incorporated in the sole structure and optionally including a fluid-filled chamber. The elevated plate structure can include an upper plate and a plurality of legs extending downward toward the outsole. End portions of the legs can engage an upper region of the outsole. The elevated plate structure can form a cage region that can optionally include a fluid-filled chamber substantially disposed therein. The elevated plate structure can further include a lower plate disposed at an upper region of the outsole, which can form a lower portion of the cage region. Portions of the legs can be integrated with impact-attenuating members in the heel region in various configurations and can provide features for the impact-attenuating members, such as support, impact-attenuation and adjustable impact-attenuation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: DeVonne DeVoe, Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20240074535
    Abstract: An adaptive fluid system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The adaptive fluid system includes a fluid chamber that provides cushioning and shock absorption for a foot. The adaptive fluid system includes an adjustable pressure regulating valve that may be used to control the pressure of the fluid chamber. The adaptive fluid system includes a valve that prevents fluid from escaping from a fluid chamber during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, James Molyneux, Lee D. Peyton, Ty A. Ransom, Nicola J. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11918073
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure including a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid, the chamber having a top portion, a bottom portion, and side portions around a periphery of the chamber. The sole structure also includes a central structure located in a central portion of the chamber between opposing side portions of the chamber, such that the chamber is devoid of additional structures in a surrounding region around the central structure and extending from the central structure to the side portions of the chamber. On all sides of the central structure, a dimension of the surrounding region between the central structure and the nearest side portion is one third or more of a span across the chamber between opposing side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Devonne DeVoe, Benjamin J. Monfils, Lee D. Peyton, Danielle L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11918074
    Abstract: A bladder for an article of footwear includes a plate, a first tensile layer disposed adjacent to a first side of the plate, and a second tensile layer disposed on an opposite side of the plate from the first tensile layer, the second tensile layer joined to the first tensile layer through the plate by a plurality of inner bonds. The bladder additionally includes a first barrier layer disposed adjacent to the first tensile layer and joined to the first tensile layer by a plurality of first outer bonds to form a first chamber, one or more of the first outer bonds interposed between adjacent ones of the inner bonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Elder, Roger Paul Murphy, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11918078
    Abstract: Foot support members, e.g., sole structures for articles of footwear, include dynamically transformable portions, e.g., to change a dimension and/or apply a tensile or compressive force to some portion of an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device. Such foot support members may include a flexible support member having a wave shaped portion that flexes under an applied force. Flexing of this wave shaped portion under weight of a wearer produces: (a) a change in at least one of a longitudinal or transverse dimension of the foot support member, (b) application of a compressive or tensile force to the plantar support component and/or another part of the foot support member, article of footwear, or other foot-receiving device, (c) flattening of the wave shaped portion, and/or (d) compressing the wave shaped portion together (e.g., to fold up, decrease in overall height, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20240057715
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a heel region, a forefoot region, a fluid-filled chamber and a midsole. The fluid-filled chamber extends from the heel region to the forefoot region. The midsole includes a first projection contacting the fluid-filled chamber at a first contact region in the forefoot region and a second projection contacting the fluid-filled chamber at a second contact region in the heel region. The first projection is spaced apart and separated from the second projection to define a gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Peyton, Laura E. Flores Sandoval
  • Patent number: 11903443
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a midsole with a bladder system having a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region. The bladder system defines a first sealed chamber retaining fluid as a first cushioning layer, the first sealed chamber extending over the forefoot region, the midfoot region, and the heel region. The bladder system further defines multiple discreet sealed chambers retaining fluid in isolation from one another, each of the multiple discreet chambers disposed at one side of the first sealed chamber, and fluidly isolated from the first sealed chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Case, Zachary M. Elder, Dervin A. James, Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20240032651
    Abstract: An adjustable multiple bladder system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The bladder system includes an outer bladder that may be inflated using an external pump. A valve member is disposed within the outer bladder and divides the outer bladder into two distinct inflation chambers. The inflation chambers may be inflated separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, James Molyneux, Lee D. Peyton, Ty A. Ransom, Nicola J. Reynolds, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 11871812
    Abstract: A cushioning element for an article of footwear includes a bladder having a first barrier layer and a second barrier layer joined together along a seam to define a chamber and a support element disposed within the chamber and having a support member and a plurality of flexible support legs each extending from a first end attached to the support member to a second end disposed between the first barrier layer and the second barrier layer within the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Publication number: 20240000188
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole system with a plurality of cushioning units, each having multiple cushioning layers configured to work together as a system to absorb a compressive load, such as a dynamic compressive load due to impact with the ground, in stages of progressive cushioning according to the relative stiffness values of the layers. Various midsole systems disclosed include isolated cushioning units, linked cushioning units, sole layers having stanchions interfacing with the midsole system, midsole systems with sole layers having keyed and unkeyed portions overlying a bladder, and midsole systems with vertically-stacked cushioning units disposed in inverted relationship to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2023
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Case, Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11849803
    Abstract: An adaptive fluid system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The adaptive fluid system includes a fluid chamber that provides cushioning and shock absorption for a foot. The adaptive fluid system includes an adjustable pressure regulating valve that may be used to control the pressure of the fluid chamber. The adaptive fluid system includes a valve that prevents fluid from escaping from a fluid chamber during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, James Molyneux, Lee D. Peyton, Ty A. Ransom, Nicola J. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20230380545
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole having four stacked polymeric sheets bonded to one another to define a first cushioning layer, a second cushioning layer, and a third cushioning layer. Each cushioning layer comprises a sealed chamber retaining gas in isolation from each other sealed chamber. Bonds between adjacent ones of the sheets are arranged such that the third cushioning layer is stacked directly above the first cushioning layer with the second cushioning layer bordering both the first cushioning layer and the third cushioning layer, and the sealed chamber of the second cushioning layer includes a plurality of elongated segments each extending lengthwise across a longitudinal midline of the midsole at a respective acute angle to the longitudinal midline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Case, Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton