Patents by Inventor Robert G. Rinehart

Robert G. Rinehart 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: 20100175280
    Abstract: Footwear assemblies including removable enhanced traction devices are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a footwear assembly includes a footwear product with an outsole that removably receives a traction enhancing device. The outsole includes a tread pattern having a plurality of channels corresponding to portions of the traction device. The traction device includes multiple webs or straps that carry studs or other types of protrusions for improved traction. When a user attaches the traction device to the footwear product, the channels in the outsole removably receive the corresponding webs, thereby positioning the protrusions to extend away from the outsole. The outsole can also include one or more channels extending around one or more peripheral portions of the footwear product (e.g., around the side, back and/or front) to receive corresponding portions of the traction device and retain the traction device on the footwear product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Robert G. Rinehart, JR., Casey R. Rakoczy, John W. Ludemann, Christopher J. Wojnar
  • Publication number: 20040020077
    Abstract: A waterproof footwear includes a neoprene sock having a floor region and a side wall extending upward therefrom terminating in an upper edge. An outer rubber layer is bonded to and covers the entire outer surface of the neoprene sock side wall. A rubber floor portion covers the floor region of the neoprene sock and an outsole is attached to the rubber layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent A. Thomas, Robert G. Rinehart
  • Publication number: 20030015822
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing an article of waterproof footwear such as a boot is provided. The bottom of the lower where the sole is attached is initially left open so that any seams can be sealed watertight and any additional features, such as insulation and liners, can be added in an easier and more precise manner. The present method also makes it easier to custom fit footwear and make footwear in half sizes by taking the guesswork out of determining the actual inner dimensions of the footwear because these dimensions can be directly observed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Applicant: LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Rinehart, Robert G. Cropp, Jerome M. Hess