Patents by Inventor Richard D. Watkins

Richard D. Watkins 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: 11975513
    Abstract: Airsoles or bladders for articles of footwear comprising multi-layered films are provided herein. In one aspect, the airsoles or bladders comprise a first sheet and a second sheet, wherein a first side of the first sheet faces a second side of the second sheet, wherein the first sheet and the second sheet are bonded together to form an internal cavity in a space between the first side of the first sheet and the second side of the second sheet, forming a bladder capable of retaining a gas in the internal cavity at a pressure above atmospheric pressure, at atmospheric pressure, or below atmospheric pressure; and wherein each of the first sheet and the second sheet comprise a multi-layered film comprising: a core region comprising at least 20 gas barrier layers and a plurality of elastomeric layers, wherein the gas-barrier layers alternate with the elastomeric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Diya Bandyopadhyay, Narayanan Ashwin Kumar Bharadwaj, Yihua Chang, Christopher J. Dimitriou, Nancy D. Eisenmenger, Sharon Oba, Richard L. Watkins
  • Patent number: 11938703
    Abstract: Airsoles or bladders for articles of footwear comprising multi-layered films are provided herein. In one aspect, the airsoles or bladders comprise a first sheet and a second sheet, wherein a first side of the first sheet faces a second side of the second sheet, wherein the first sheet and the second sheet are bonded together to form an internal cavity in a space between the first side of the first sheet and the second side of the second sheet, forming a bladder capable of retaining a gas in the internal cavity at a pressure above atmospheric pressure, at atmospheric pressure, or below atmospheric pressure; and wherein each of the first sheet and the second sheet comprise a multi-layered film comprising: a core region comprising at least 20 gas barrier layers and a plurality of elastomeric layers, wherein the gas-barrier layers alternate with the elastomeric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Diya Bandyopadhyay, Narayanan Ashwin Kumar Bharadwaj, Yihua Chang, Christopher J. Dimitriou, Nancy D. Eisenmenger, Sharon Oba, Richard L. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20220112764
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a bottom rail for a double panel window shading having opposing first and second panels coupled by a plurality of vanes. The bottom rail may include a body, a first connection point on the body coupled to the first panel, and a second connection point on the body coupled to the second panel. A weight distribution of the body may cause a center of gravity of the bottom rail to be on a side of a plane through the first connection point and the second connection point opposing the body. The bottom rail is adjustable between an open position in which the first and second connection points exert downward tensile force on the respective panels, and a closed position in which the first connection point solely exerts downward tensile force on the first panel without the second connection point exerting downward tensile force on the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Inventors: Richard D. Watkins, Thomas Marusak
  • Publication number: 20140262060
    Abstract: A simplified and light-weight cornice or valance system that can be manufactured along with a window covering in colors and patterns to match, shipped flat, and easily installed with the window covering is disclosed. The cornice or valance system may include a single-piece core with a foldable region near each end, the foldable regions defining a central non-foldable region and an end return non-foldable region at each end of the central non-foldable region; and an angle bracket for coupling to each side of a selected foldable region to retain a desired angle between the central non-foldable region and the respective end return non-foldable region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jason M. VanDervoort, Richard D. Watkins
  • Patent number: 8371355
    Abstract: A window shade assembly includes a flexible shade material having a pair of non-beaded vertical edges positioned in a pair of opposed vertical side channels. A re-channeling system includes a lip to at least partially define a plane of the flexible shade material within the side channels, and a bottom rail irremovably and slidingly received in each side channel. The side channels can be two parts. A single resilient seal strip is used with the side channels to seal the flexible shade material. The seal strip can be an edge of the flexible wrapping material for the side channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation Watervliet
    Inventors: Corina Santoro, Richard D. Watkins, John A. Corey
  • Publication number: 20120193038
    Abstract: Embodiments of a window shade assembly include a headrail coupled to a source of a substantially opaque shade material. A pair of opposed vertical, opaque side channels open in a direction facing one another and configured to be mounted to a surrounding frame for receiving at least a portion of an edge of the substantially opaque shade material. Each side channel includes at least one light-absorbing inner surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: COMFORTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Richard D. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20120012262
    Abstract: A window shade assembly includes a flexible shade material having a pair of non-beaded vertical edges positioned in a pair of opposed vertical side channels. A re-channeling system includes a lip to at least partially define a plane of the flexible shade material within the side channels, and a bottom rail irremovably and slidingly received in each side channel. The side channels can be two parts. A single resilient seal strip is used with the side channels to seal the flexible shade material. The seal strip can be an edge of the flexible wrapping material for the side channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: COMFORTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Corina Santoro, Richard D. Watkins, John A. Corey
  • Publication number: 20120012261
    Abstract: A window shade assembly includes a flexible shade material having a pair of non-beaded vertical edges positioned in a pair of opposed vertical side channels. A re-channeling system includes a lip to at least partially define a plane of the flexible shade material within the side channels, and a bottom rail irremovably and slidingly received in each side channel. The side channels can be two parts. A single resilient seal strip is used with the side channels to seal the flexible shade material. The seal strip can be an edge of the flexible wrapping material for the side channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: COMFORTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Corina Santoro, Richard D. Watkins, John A. Corey
  • Publication number: 20090205789
    Abstract: A window covering includes at least one pair of cell-supporting cords comprising a first support cord supporting an upper portion of each cell and a second support cord supporting a lower portion of each cell. The collapse and expansion of each cell is accomplished by the respective raising and lowering of the second support cord without movement of the first support cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: RICHARD D. WATKINS, James Barss, Rodney Akers
  • Publication number: 20080251622
    Abstract: A looped-cord tensioner for an architectural covering including a housing adapted for attachment to a looped-cord, an abutment member positioned within the housing, a slide member positioned within the housing, and at least one biasing element having a first end and a second end. One of the slide member and the abutment member is adapted to engage the second end of the biasing element and the first end of said biasing element is adapted to engage the housing such that one of the slide member and the abutment member is moveably positioned in the housing so as to bias one of the slide member and the abutment member toward engagement with the looped-cord such that the looped-cord is normally non-movably sandwiched between the slide member and the abutment member prior to installation of the looped-cord tensioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Raymond E. Randall, Richard D. Watkins
  • Patent number: 7311132
    Abstract: A cord-operated window covering is provided with means for equalizing the individual lift cord lengths to maintain a horizontal and level bottom rail, while avoiding the choking danger to small children presented by exposed cord loops that can become entangled with the child. A break-away coupling of the exposed cord ends is provided in the form of a shear-loaded, separable joint that is strong when subjected to shear-type forces in normal use, but which is weak when loaded in peel or tension perpendicular to the joint, as would occur in a potentially dangerous child-entangled situation. The joint is formed by surface-modifying products applied to the opposed abutting surfaces of the individual cordlock members. Also disclosed is an embodiment that utilizes a continuous lift cord loop that is frictionally gripped by a gripper member secured to the shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Richard D. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6817400
    Abstract: A cell and method of manufacturing a cell for a multi-cell window covering is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a flexible material, stiffening a portion of the flexible material, and creating at least one control engagement formation and at least one control clearance formation in axially extending sections of the stiffened flexible material that will become an upper portion and a lower portion of the cell. The method is further defined by folding the flexible material to create a closed element and securing the flexible material to itself to maintain the shape of the closed element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Richard D. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6786268
    Abstract: An actuator device is provided for use in a view-through window covering having a plurality of cells. The actuator device includes at least one cooperating pair of control members including a first control member that engages an upper portion of each cell and a second control member that engages a lower portion of each cell. The cooperating pair of control members are engaged with the cells along a plane parallel to the plane of the window covering, whereby relative movement of the control members modifies the size of the space between the cells. The actuator device may also include an actuator mechanism selectively operable to create opposite movement of the first and second control members. A guide member may also be provided to transition the first and second control members from being aligned substantially perpendicular to the window covering plane to being aligned substantially parallel with the window covering plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Raymond Randall, Richard D. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20030188835
    Abstract: A cell and method of manufacturing a cell for a multi-cell window covering is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a flexible material, stiffening a portion of the flexible material, and creating at least one control engagement formation and at least one control clearance formation in axially extending sections of the stiffened flexible material that will become an upper portion and a lower portion of the cell. The method is further defined by folding the flexible material to create a closed element and securing the flexible material to itself to maintain the shape of the closed element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Applicant: COMFORTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Richard D. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20030127196
    Abstract: An actuator device is provided for use in a view-through window covering having a plurality of cells. The actuator device includes at least one cooperating pair of control members including a first control member that engages an upper portion of each cell and a second control member that engages a lower portion of each cell. The cooperating pair of control members are engaged with the cells along a plane parallel to the plane of the window covering, whereby relative movement of the control members modifies the size of the space between the cells. The actuator device may also include an actuator mechanism selectively operable to create opposite movement of the first and second control members. A guide member may also be provided to transition the first and second control members from being aligned substantially perpendicular to the window covering plane to being aligned substantially parallel with the window covering plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Raymond Randall, Richard D. Watkins
  • Patent number: D542067
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Watkins, Don Nicoll
  • Patent number: D542068
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Watkins, Don Nicoll
  • Patent number: D543404
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Watkins, Don Nicoll
  • Patent number: D625435
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Richard D. Watkins
  • Patent number: D625436
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Comfortex Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Corey, Richard D. Watkins