Patents by Inventor Robert W. Dolan

Robert W. Dolan 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: 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: 20220218068
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid. The chamber includes subchambers laterally extending in a medial to lateral direction of the bladder. A bottom surface of the chamber may include at least one bond that laterally extends across the bottom surface of the chamber from one side edge to another side edge of the chamber in the medial to lateral direction. The bond may cooperate with an indentation in the bottom surface that separates one subchamber from an adjacent subchamber. A diameter of the subchambers may decrease in a direction from a heel region of the bladder to a forefoot region of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Dolan, Travis K. Ernst, Scott C. Holt, Lisa M. Hovey, Eric S. Schindler, Tamimu A. Shyllon
  • Patent number: 11297898
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid. The chamber includes subchambers laterally extending in a medial to lateral direction of the bladder. A bottom surface of the chamber may include at least one bond that laterally extends across the bottom surface of the chamber from one side edge to another side edge of the chamber in the medial to lateral direction. The bond may cooperate with an indentation in the bottom surface that separates one subchamber from an adjacent subchamber. A diameter of the subchambers may decrease in a direction from a heel region of the bladder to a forefoot region of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Dolan, Travis K. Ernst, Scott C. Holt, Lisa M. Hovey, Eric S. Schindler, Tamimu A. Shyllon
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170172250
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid. The chamber includes subchambers laterally extending in a medial to lateral direction of the bladder. A bottom surface of the chamber may include at least one bond that laterally extends across the bottom surface of the chamber from one side edge to another side edge of the chamber in the medial to lateral direction. The bond may cooperate with an indentation in the bottom surface that separates one subchamber from an adjacent subchamber. A diameter of the subchambers may decrease in a direction from a heel region of the bladder to a forefoot region of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Dolan, Travis K. Ernst, Scott C. Holt, Lisa M. Hovey, Eric S. Schindler, Tamimu A. Shyllon
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9609912
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid. The chamber includes subchambers laterally extending in a medial to lateral direction of the bladder. A bottom surface of the chamber may include at least one bond that laterally extends across the bottom surface of the chamber from one side edge to another side edge of the chamber in the medial to lateral direction. The bond may cooperate with an indentation in the bottom surface that separates one subchamber from an adjacent subchamber. A diameter of the subchambers may decrease in a direction from a heel region of the bladder to a forefoot region of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Holt, Eric S. Schindler, Travis K. Ernst, Robert W. Dolan, Lisa M. Hovey, Tamimu A. Shyllon
  • Publication number: 20150128452
    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: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: 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: 20130247422
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid. The chamber includes subchambers laterally extending in a medial to lateral direction of the bladder. A bottom surface of the chamber may include at least one bond that laterally extends across the bottom surface of the chamber from one side edge to another side edge of the chamber in the medial to lateral direction. The bond may cooperate with an indentation in the bottom surface that separates one subchamber from an adjacent subchamber. A diameter of the subchambers may decrease in a direction from a heel region of the bladder to a forefoot region of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Holt, Eric S. Schindler, Travis K. Ernst, Robert W. Dolan, Lisa M. Hovey, Tamimu A. Shyllon
  • Patent number: D511618
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael McDowell, Eric P. Avar, Susan Cessor, Andrew Estey, Maria J. Kozo, Steven F. Smith, Robert W. Dolan, Tate E. Kuerbis, Jean-Francois Fullum
  • Patent number: D547937
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan
  • Patent number: D557489
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan
  • Patent number: D595045
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan
  • Patent number: D595498
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan
  • Patent number: D642370
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan
  • Patent number: D642371
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan
  • Patent number: D649765
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Dolan