Patents by Inventor Mark C Miner

Mark C Miner 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: 20170202302
    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 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    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: 9687044
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a fluid-filled chamber component having a central portion, a plurality of lobes extending outward from the central portion, and a plurality of channels formed between the plurality of lobes. The structure also includes a midsole component inter-fitted with the plurality of lobes of the fluid-filled chamber and having a plurality of projections extending through the plurality of channels of the fluid-filled chamber component. The midsole component forms a portion of a peripheral side surface of the sole structure. At least a first lobe of the plurality of lobes has an exposed distal end wall and includes a projecting portion that extends further outward from the central portion of the fluid-filled chamber component than the portion of the peripheral side surface of the sole structure formed by the midsole component. The exposed distal end wall also includes a faceted surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Schindler, Risha Kelley, Steve M. Mathras, Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: 9661898
    Abstract: A multi-colored effect for a sole structure for an article of footwear is disclosed. The sole structure comprises a sole member having a first color and an exterior layer having a second color that is different from the sole member. A plurality of slots are formed in the sole structure and the second color is visible on an outer surface of the sole structure through the plurality of slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: 9648924
    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: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary E. Hull, John A. Truax, Robert W. Dolan, Mark C. Miner, Angela N. Martin, Robert C. Williams, Jr., Carrie Dimoff, Jekti Hadiati, Howard Banich
  • Publication number: 20170000212
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear and a method of making the sole structure is disclosed. The sole structure can include a plurality of slots. The slots are associated with connecting portions that connect portions of the sole structure in the generally longitudinal direction and provide for increased fit, flexibility and stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: 9468256
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear and a method of making the sole structure is disclosed. The sole structure can include a plurality of slots. The slots are associated with connecting portions that connect portions of the sole structure in the generally longitudinal direction and provide for increased fit, flexibility and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Publication number: 20160021974
    Abstract: A sole structure includes at least one lobed fluid-filled chamber component, a midsole component inter-fitted with the fluid-filled chamber component and forming a portion of a peripheral side of the sole structure, and an optional outer sole component. A lobed fluid-filled chamber component has a central portion, a plurality of lobes extending outward from the central portion, and a plurality of channels formed between the plurality of lobes, the plurality of channels extending in a direction from a top surface of the fluid-filled chamber component to a bottom surface of the fluid-filled chamber component. At least one lobe may have an exposed distal end wall including a projecting portion that extends beyond the portion of the peripheral side surface of the sole structure formed by the midsole component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Eric S. Schindler, Risha Kelley, Steve M. Mathras, Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D737557
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D738097
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D741582
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D741583
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D742110
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D744218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D746037
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D746038
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D746577
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D747865
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristina Gerig, Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D759357
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D762965
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner
  • Patent number: D762966
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Miner