With Encapsulating Of Permanently Fluent Material In Hollow Or Porous Lamina Or Filling Of Space Between Adhered Laminae Patents (Class 156/145)
  • Patent number: 11072126
    Abstract: A method of producing a golf ball applies ultrasonic welding on two half shells to form at least one intermediate layer, at least one cover layer, or at least one intermediate layer and at least one cover layer. The ultrasonic welding may include pressing the two half shells together, delivering a high power electrical signal to a welding stack, and converting the high power electrical signal at the welding stack to ultrasonic energy. The converting may include converting the high power electrical signal into a mechanical vibration, modifying an amplitude of the mechanical vibration to generate a modified mechanical vibration, and applying the modified mechanical vibration to an interface of the two half shells to weld them together ultrasonically. Aspects also relate to golf balls, or one or more layers thereof, made using ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: Masion de Golf, Qingdao SM Parker Golf, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Kim, Ki Jung Kim, Deuk Ho Song
  • Patent number: 11020101
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device suitable for application of a curable fluid composition to encircle a bodily organ. The device comprises a monolithic piece of a flexible material having a length dimension with an inner surface and an outer surface, a first end and a second end, a width dimension, and two spaced-apart sides, wherein a portion of the length dimension proximal to the first end is configured to contact a portion of the length dimension proximal to the second end, the inner surface defining a hollow area between the two spaced-apart sides; and at least one inlet providing fluid communication between the outer surface and the inner surface, for introduction of the fluid into the hollow area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.
    Inventors: Erez Ilan, Yotam Gurman, Moti Meron
  • Patent number: 10959489
    Abstract: A fluid-filled chamber, which may be incorporated into articles of footwear and other products, may include an outer barrier and a tensile member. The outer barrier may have an upper portion, an opposite lower portion, and a peripheral edge. The upper portion and lower portion may be bonded together in a bonded region spaced inward from the peripheral edge. The bonded region may have a convex shape. The tensile member may be located within the outer barrier, and may be formed to have at least one gap. The bonded region may extend at least partially into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaas P. Hazenberg, Kirvan L. Chao, Frederick J. Dojan
  • Patent number: 10946569
    Abstract: A method for producing a foam body (10) having an internal structure (100, 200, 300), comprising the steps: I) selecting an internal structure (100, 200, 300) to be formed in the foam body (10), the structure comprising a first polymer material; II) providing a foam body (10), the foam body (10) comprising a second polymer material which is different to the first polymer material; III) injecting, by means of an injection means (20), a predefined amount of a melt of the first polymer material or a predefined amount of a reaction mixture (30, 31, 32) which reacts to form the first polymer material at a predefined location inside the foam body (10), corresponding to a volume element of the internal structure (100, 200, 300); IV) repeating step III) for further predefined locations inside the foam body (10), corresponding to further volume elements of the internal structure (10), until the internal structure (10) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Covestro Deutschiand AG
    Inventors: Dirk Achten, Rebecca Alina Heil, Rolf Albach, Michael Ehlers, Dorothee Clasen, Sascha Praet, Adam Pajonk
  • Patent number: 10919246
    Abstract: A fluid chamber (20) for a shoe may be formed using pressure channels (190) in a forming mold (100A), eliminating the need to insert a nozzle or needles into the chamber for inflation. A fluid chamber so formed may have a smaller seal area than a chamber formed using an inflation needle, making the chamber more visually pleasing. Apparatus and methods for forming a fluid chamber in this fashion are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Fliss, Kenneth William Fricke, Samuel Heinzman, Samuel Peter Levno
  • Patent number: 10913222
    Abstract: A composite material component manufacturing method includes a molding step of applying, by a pressing device, heat and pressure to a prepreg to mold the prepreg, and a transfer step of transferring the prepreg. The transfer step includes moving the prepreg together with the pressing device in a state in which a pressing force is applied to the prepreg by the pressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Okamoto, Masato Ishii
  • Patent number: 10899523
    Abstract: A sealing device generally includes a rotatable support cylinder having an outer, circumferential surface and a heating element disposed about such surface and secured thereto such that the heating element rotates therewith. The heating element is coiled about the outer surface of the cylinder in the form of an overlapping helical pattern. Juxtaposed film plies may be sealed together by bringing the sealing device into rotational contact with the juxtaposed film plies and heating the heating element to a temperature sufficient to cause the film plies to seal together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, James Corliss, Jason Lepine, Brian Murch, Eric Kane, Ross Patterson, Mark Salerno
  • Patent number: 10858210
    Abstract: A transfer and dispensing apparatus is disclosed for the conveying and separation of packaging material, cushions or pillows when needed by the operator. When a packer working over a conveyor receives a box that requires void fill, an operating switch such as a foot pedal is depressed to dispense pillows from the apparatus and into the box in a connected strip. When the operating switch is released, the apparatus stops dispensing pillows, separates the continuous strip of pillows along a transverse perforation in the strip, and ejects the end of the separated segment. The packer can then complete packing the box by placing the severed end of the pillows into the box, advance to the next box, and repeat the process. The transfer and dispensing apparatus may be positioned in any convenient location including adjacent to, above or attached to the inflation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wetsch
  • Patent number: 10786946
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are drawn to an additive manufacturing system, which may include a nozzle having an inlet for receiving a flowable material and an outlet for depositing the flowable material. An applicator head may surround at least a portion of a proximal region of the nozzle. The applicator head may include a housing, a cooling inlet for receiving a coolant into the housing, a cooling outlet configured to allow the coolant to exit the housing, and an air inlet. A roller may be mounted on the applicator head to one side of the outlet of the nozzle. The roller may include an air outlet, wherein a flow path connects the air inlet and the air outlet so that air enters the air inlet and exits the air outlet. The roller may also include a plurality of holes located on an external surface of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Susnjara, Scott G. Vaal, Brian S. Smiddy
  • Patent number: 10732406
    Abstract: A lens structure formed by materials in different refractive indexes includes a sphere which is a round ball formed by a first portion and a second portion, a first lens which is formed on the first portion, a separation layer which is disposed between the sphere and the first lens, a second lens which is formed on the second portion, and a third lens which is formed on the second lens and opposite to the sphere. The first lens, the second lens and the third lens are formed respectively by a material in different refractive index and are provided respectively with a light absorption curve in different curvature, so that a light beam can pass through these light absorption curves to form plural times of light condensing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CONCRAFT HOLDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsing Lee, Feng-Cheng Chung, Jie-Ru Chen
  • Patent number: 10725213
    Abstract: A lens structure formed by materials in different refractive indexes includes a transparent sphere in a first refractive index as well as a transparent second lens in a second refractive index. The first refractive index is different from the second refractive index, and the sphere is a round ball formed by a first portion and a second portion which are equipped with a first light condensing effect. The first lens is formed on the first portion of the sphere, the second portion of the sphere is exposed out of the first lens, and the first lens is provided with a first light absorption curve opposite to the first portion of the sphere, so that a light beam can pass through the second portion of the sphere to form the first light condensing effect, and then pass through the first light absorption curve to form a second light condensing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: CONCRAFT HOLDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsing Lee, Feng-Cheng Chung, Jie-Ru Chen
  • Patent number: 10712477
    Abstract: A lens structure formed by materials in different refractive indexes includes a sphere, a first lens and a separation layer which is disposed between the sphere and the first lens. The sphere and the first lens have a different refractive index and the sphere is a round ball. The first lens is formed on the sphere that part of the sphere is exposed out of the first lens, and the first lens includes a first light absorption curve. The separation layer includes a transparent section opposite to the first light absorption curve. When a light beam passes through the second portion of the sphere to form a first light condensing effect and enter the sphere, the light beam will then pass through the transparent section to enter the first lens, forming a second light condensing effect after passing through the first light absorption curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CONCRAFT HOLDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsing Lee, Feng-Cheng Chung, Jie-Ru Chen
  • Patent number: 10546396
    Abstract: A system for registering a group of images of an anatomical region of a patient in a coordinate system of a medical system is disclosed. The system includes an object disposed in a known position in the coordinate system. In one embodiment, the object has a first state in which the object is visible in at least one image and a second state in which the object is invisible in at least another image. In another embodiment, the object is substantially invisible to the eye in each image, but detectable by image processing. The system includes an electronic control unit configured to process the images to identify an image location of the object, create a transformation model responsive to the image location and the known position of the object in the coordinate system, and register the group of images in the coordinate system using the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical International Holding S.à r. l.
    Inventors: Uzi Eichler, Yuval Vaknin, Alon Izmirli, Shlomo Hoory
  • Patent number: 10486221
    Abstract: A method for producing a motor vehicle component from a lightweight metal alloy is disclosed including extruding a profile having at least two wall thicknesses that are mutually dissimilar in the cross section, rolling the extruded profile in portions in the extrusion direction. The rollers in the roller spacing thereof are variable. Cutting-to-length the extruded and in portions rolled profile so as to form a semi-finished product, and forming the semi-finished product so as to form the motor vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Georg Frost, Jochem Grewe
  • Patent number: 10232968
    Abstract: A packaging apparatus comprising a base surface, in turn comprising a first end and a second end is disclosed. The packaging apparatus further comprises a feed tube between the first end and the second end of the base surface, a transporter between the first end of the base surface and the feed tube, a first sealer between the feed tube and the second end of the base surface, and a second sealer between the first sealer and the second end of the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Todd S. Tiffany, Tristan E. Lee
  • Patent number: 10195782
    Abstract: A foam twin-sheet formed air filled gasket is provided. The foam sheets need not be covered with one or more layers of air impermeable materials before, during or after the twin-sheet forming process. Methods for manufacturing the air filled gaskets are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: UNIQUE FABRICATING INC
    Inventors: Daniel Bianchi, Bradley J. Hazen
  • Patent number: 10139680
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a display panel, a display panel, and a display device are disclosed. The method includes: forming an alignment film over an entire surface of an array substrate motherboard, wherein the array substrate motherboard comprises at least one array substrate provided with a pad area on each of the array substrate; cell-assembling the array substrate motherboard with a color filter substrate motherboard to form a display panel motherboard, wherein the color filter substrate motherboard comprises at least one color filter substrate corresponding to the array substrate on the array substrate motherboard; cutting the display panel motherboard to obtain at least one display panel, wherein the display panel comprises the array substrate and the color filter substrate; and removing the alignment film on the pad area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Li, Huiyue Luo, Jae Gwan Shin, Heyu An, Guanchao Li
  • Patent number: 10054784
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrowetting device. An emulsion is dispensed on a surface of a first support plate comprising an electrode. The emulsion comprises a first fluid dispersed in a second fluid immiscible with the first fluid, and, dispersed within the first fluid, a third fluid immiscible with the first fluid. The method includes coalescing the first fluid to form a layer of the first fluid on the surface of the first support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Lucia Marra
  • Patent number: 10029776
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to techniques for manufacturing a balloon envelope. In one example, a first sheet of material for a first gore of the balloon envelope is provided. Lap seal material is arranged at least partially on the first sheet of material. A first heat seal is created between the lap seal material and the first sheet of material. A second sheet of material for a second gore of the balloon envelope is arranged over the first heat seal. A second heat seal is created between the lap seal material and the second sheet of material such that the lap seal material is configured to provide additional structural support to the balloon envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Henry Fourie, Kevin Roach
  • Patent number: 10011416
    Abstract: A sealing device generally includes a rotatable support cylinder having an outer, circumferential surface and a heating element disposed about such surface and secured thereto such that the heating element rotates therewith. The heating element is coiled about the outer surface of the cylinder in the form of an overlapping helical pattern. Juxtaposed film plies may be sealed together by bringing the sealing device into rotational contact with the juxtaposed film plies and heating the heating element to a temperature sufficient to cause the film plies to seal together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Laurence Sperry, James Corliss, Jason Lepine, Brian Murch, Eric Kane, Ross Patterson, Mark Salerno
  • Patent number: 9914258
    Abstract: A method of producing, for example, handles for using in rolling stock or other transport situations, employs a flexible core mould that is coated with an impregnated glass fiber. The coated core mould is placed into a tool for curing, whereupon the rubber core is pulled out of the center of the resulting handle member after curing. The method helps create 3D shapes of any form and cross section in a cost effective manner and using a standardized methodology and process. Further, the method enables creation of a hollow and lightweight part. The method allows use of standard glass fiber instead of more specialized braided fiber of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BFG INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Anjal Motwani, Samer Aljishi
  • Patent number: 9894959
    Abstract: An article comprises a chamber that includes a barrier formed from a polymer material. The barrier has a first portion that forms a first surface of the chamber, and a second portion that forms an opposite second surface of the chamber. The barrier forms at least one interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion. The at least one interior cavity is filled with fluid retained by the barrier. Tethers of different configurations operatively connect the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Taylor, Dolores S. Thompson, Frederick J. Dojan
  • Patent number: 9868273
    Abstract: A lamination system (110) may be provided for attaching together display layers (45,46) for an electronic device display. The system may include one or more pressure-sensing lamination stages (124, 126) for temporarily mounting the display layers during lamination operations. A pressure-sensing lamination stage (124) may include one or more pressure sensors (130) configured to sense pressures that are applied to the display layers during lamination operations. The pressure-sensing lamination stages may include a fixed mounting stage (126) and a movable mounting stage (124). The movable mounting stage may be moved so that a first set of display layers is pressed against a second set of display layers to attach the first and second sets of display layers. The pressure with which the first set of display layers (45;46) is pressed against the second set of display layers may be adjusted based on pressure data gathered using the pressure sensors (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Hua Sung, Yong-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9818614
    Abstract: A method for bonding a first wafer onto a second wafer by molecular adhesion where the wafers have an initial radial misalignment between them. The method includes bringing the two wafers into contact so as to initiate the propagation of a bonding wave between the two wafers while a predefined bonding curvature is imposed on at least one of the two wafers during the contacting step as a function of the initial radial misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Gweltaz Gaudin
  • Patent number: 9801428
    Abstract: An article comprises a chamber that includes a barrier formed from a polymer material. The barrier has a first portion that forms a first surface of the chamber, and a second portion that forms an opposite second surface of the chamber. The barrier forms at least one interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion. The at least one interior cavity is filled with fluid retained by the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Taylor, Dolores S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9757893
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a resin-laminated board by preparing a pair of first and second split molds each of which is provided with a cavity; positioning two sheet materials made of a thermoplastic resin between the first and second split molds with the cavities of the first and second split molds opposed to each other; forming a plurality of recesses by recessing a first sheet material toward a second sheet material with use of a plurality of protrusions provided to the first split mold; and welding bottoms of the recesses to the second sheet material by clamping the pair of first and second split molds to obtain a resin-laminated board with a hollow structure. A mold includes a plurality of piece members, disposed at the cavity of the first split mold; and includes the protrusions and male screws provided to base ends of the protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Matsubara, Tadatoshi Tanji
  • Patent number: 9661935
    Abstract: Steps for using an insert to restore sagging sofa cushions are provided. Over time, the cushion develops a depression on a sitting surface of a deformable member and an elevation on a base surface of the deformable member. The cushion also suffers from reduced elasticity in the deformable member. Positioning the insert between a cushion casing and deformable member of the cushion allows for sagging areas of the cushion to be fixed. The cushion restoring insert thus addresses both aforementioned issues. An elongated elastic member with similar elasticity to the original cushion provides a like-new level of elasticity for the cushion. The cushion restoring insert also increases volume within the cushion casing, causing tension in combination with the cushion casing. This tension counteracts the depression and elevation, helping to return the cushion to a like new state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Belinda A. Maggard, James S. Maggard
  • Patent number: 9636879
    Abstract: A method for forming a plastic support shell of a sole includes the steps of placing a sheet material into a first mold assembly; softening the sheet material; vacuum plastic molding; putting the plastic semi product into a cutting mold assembly; cutting the waste edge; putting into a trimming mold assembly; and trimming with a mechanical arm. The carrying mold and the pressing mold press against the inner and outer surfaces of the plastic semi product, and the restricting edge and the support edge are used to define a cutting line. Therefore, the plastic semi product can be firmly positioned and held tight, and then the mechanical arm can trim the plastic semi product under the guiding of the restricting edge and the support edge, which makes the trimming process easy and precise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Teng-Jen Yang
  • Patent number: 9625705
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an electrofluidic device comprising the steps of providing a first plate with features for holding a first fluid, filling a first fluid into features on a first plate; providing a second plate and sealing a second plate onto the first plate forming stacked plates with at least one cavity between the plates, and leaving at least one fill port for a second fluid. Thereafter, the stacked plates are cooled to increase the viscosity of the first fluid so that the first fluid maintains a fixed position as a second fluid is filled into the cavity. Methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: University Of Cincinnati
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Dean, Jason C. Heikenfeld, Kaichang Zhou, Hari Mukunda Atkuri, Wyatt Austin Black Rodgers
  • Patent number: 9457239
    Abstract: A sport ball may include a plurality of panels having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the first surface forming a majority of an exterior surface of the ball. In addition, the sport ball may include an interior layer secured to the second surface of the panels and forming substantially all of an interior surface of the ball to retain a fluid within the ball, the interior layer extending between the panels to join the panels together. Further the sport ball may include a valve secured to the interior layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent F. White, Scott W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9428086
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes an easy-entry system with a seat frame having a seatback pivotally coupled to a seat member. An external lever is operably coupled to an engagement lever disposed on the seat frame and is configured to activate the engagement lever to move the seatback into an engaged position with a sector pivotally coupled to the seat frame. A disengagement rod flexibly is coupled to a spring member disposed on the sector at a first end and further coupled to a track release lever at a second end. As such, rotation of the seatback to a release position rotates the track release lever to unlock the seat assembly from a seat track. Further rotation of the seatback from the release position to an over-travel position loads the spring member but does not further rotate the track release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 9422156
    Abstract: A method of providing a CMOS-MEMS structure is disclosed. The method comprises patterning a first top metal on a MEMS actuator substrate and a second top metal on a CMOS substrate. Each of the MEMS actuator substrate and the CMOS substrate include an oxide layer thereon. The method includes etching each of the oxide layers on the MEMS actuator substrate and the base substrate, utilizing a first bonding step to bond the first patterned top metal of the MEMS actuator substrate to the second patterned top metal of the base substrate. Finally the method includes etching an actuator layer into the MEMS actuator substrate and utilizing a second bonding step to bond the MEMS actuator substrate to a MEMS handle substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventor: Peter Smeys
  • Patent number: 9405142
    Abstract: The inventive concept provides a liquid crystal display including an insulation substrate; a roof layer which is formed on the insulation substrate; a pixel electrode which is formed on the insulation substrate and under the microcavity supported by the roof layer; and a liquid crystal layer which is disposed in the microcavity. The opening corresponding to unit microcavity includes portions having a first width and a second width. According to the inventive concept, configurations of the pixel and the opening which may minimize the remaining liquid crystal are provided to adjust a size of the liquid crystal injection hole between a plurality of microcavities into which the liquid crystal is injected, which may prevent an orientation error of the liquid crystal caused by the remaining liquid crystal outside the microcavity and thus prevent the display error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo Jung Lee, Hee-Keun Lee
  • Patent number: 9375049
    Abstract: A spacer textile material may include a first layer, a second layer, and a plurality of connecting members extending between and joining the first layer and the second layer. The connecting members may form a series of at least ten rows that are separated by spaces. The rows have a width that is less than a width of the spaces, and the connecting members form at least one stabilizing row with a width that is greater than the width of the spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaas P. Hazenberg, Kirvan L. Chao, Yu Hui Wang, Tim Chen
  • Patent number: 9370695
    Abstract: A sport ball may have a plurality of panels that are joined at seams to form a casing. The panels may include a thermoplastic polymer material applied to an interior side of the panels, and the thermoplastic polymer material may be heat-activated to extend across the seams. The ball may further include a bladder within the casing and an intermediate layer located between the casing and the bladder. The thermoplastic polymer material may also be heat-activated to bond with the intermediate layer or casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Chi Chang, Yi-Jung Shen, Scott R. Berggren
  • Patent number: 9333722
    Abstract: Blow unit for an apparatus (1) for making air-filled bags from a film material (F) having chambers (12), wherein the blow unit (8) comprises a body (26) having an outlet opening (28) for introducing air into the chambers, wherein the blow unit comprises a guiding element (30) for guiding the film material towards the outlet opening, wherein the blow unit (8) comprises an air guiding space (32) that extends from the outlet opening (28) over a distance (D) at least partly along the guiding element, wherein a length (L) of the air guiding space (32) is such that in use, during introducing air into the film material (F), the air guiding space enables introduction of air into two adjacent chambers (12a, 12b) at the same time. The invention further relates to an apparatus comprising such a blow unit, a system comprising such an apparatus and a method for making air-filled bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: IDEEPAK HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Theodorus Joseph Aquarius
  • Patent number: 9241541
    Abstract: A fluid-filled chamber may include an upper barrier portion, a lower barrier portion, and a tensile member. An upper tensile layer of the tensile member may be secured to the upper barrier portion, and a lower tensile layer of the tensile member may be secured to the lower barrier portion. The upper barrier portion and the lower barrier portion may have first areas and second areas. The first areas may be indentations extending into the chamber, and the second areas may be protrusions extending outward from the chamber. At least a portion of the first areas may be unbonded with the upper barrier portion and the lower barrier portion. Accordingly, one or more properties of the chamber, such as a flexibility, stiffness, rigidity, tensile response, compressibility, or force attenuation property, may be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Beye, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 9119439
    Abstract: A fluid-filled chamber may include a pair of polymer layers that define a plurality of subchambers and a web area. The subchambers are protruding portions of the polymer layers that enclose a fluid, and the web area is portions of the polymer layers that are located between the subchambers and lay adjacent to each other. The subchambers may have greater thickness than the web area. A perimeter bond joining the polymer layers and extends around a periphery of the chamber. In addition, a plurality of interior bonds join the polymer layers and extending around the subchambers, which may seal the fluid within the subchambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Brandt, Jonathan A. Eckart, Danielle L. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20150129114
    Abstract: A thermal convection-type accelerometer includes a first insulating substrate, a circuit formed on the first insulating substrate, a first acceleration-sensing device coupled with the circuit, and a first supporting layer attached on the insulating substrate. The first acceleration-sensing device includes two temperature-sensing components and a heater disposed between the temperature-sensing components. The temperature-sensing components and the heater are directly formed on the first supporting layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jium Ming LIN
  • Patent number: 9023164
    Abstract: In a sealant dispenser and a method of sealing a display panel using the sealant dispenser, the sealant dispenser includes a tracking part, a nozzle part and a body. The tracking part tracks a tracking line on a base substrate, the base substrate is divided into a display area and a non-display area. The nozzle part is spaced apart from the tracking part, and injects a sealant from an end portion of the nozzle part and forms a seal line on the base substrate at a same time the tracking part tracks the tracking line. The tracking part and the nozzle part are mounted on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byoung-Hun Sung, Young-Gu Kim, Baek-Kyun Jeon, Jin-Soo Jung
  • Publication number: 20150114547
    Abstract: A plasma crucible (92) has a through bore (93) and two tubes (981,982) butt sealed on to the end faces (901,902) of the crucible. One (981) of the tubes is closed prior to the filling of the crucible. The tube is tipped off and worked in a glass lathe to form it to have a flat end (983). After evacuation, dosing and gas fill, the end (983) is heated to drive off impurities in the dose, with its active constituent condensing within the bore (93). Then, the other tube (902) is tipped off in the similar manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Simon Neate, Barry Preston
  • Publication number: 20150094697
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, devices, and methods for the delivery of substances to, or the sampling of substances from, a patient using a portable and preferably implantable device. The substances introduced to and/or taken from the patient are preferably fluidic and are driven by a miniature pump, such as a microimpedance pump. A number of design variations are explicitly and implicitly described, such as the use of multiple pumps and multiple reservoirs for containing medicaments. Methods of manufacture of these systems and devices are also described, for instance, using molding, micromachining, or lithographic processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Derek Rinderknecht, Hesham Azizgolshani, Morteza Gharib
  • Publication number: 20150092125
    Abstract: The dynamic fringe pattern generating apparatus includes a liquid crystal layer including a first area and a second area, a lower layer and an upper layer. The upper layer includes a slit array layer where a micro-slit array including a common slit and a plurality of selection slits are formed and an upper transparent electrode layer where a reference electrode and a plurality of selection electrodes are formed. In the dynamic fringe pattern generating apparatus, different fringe patterns are phase-shifted by sequentially controlling a voltage applied to the reference electrode and to the selection electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Kyungpook National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Hak-Rin KIM
  • Patent number: 8992710
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a pressure management system for an earpiece comprising: a first valve, where the first valve allows air to pass from a first side of the valve to a second side more readily than from the second side to the first side an inflation channel, where the inflation channel has an outer diameter less than 5 mm; a pressure release mechanism; a pump; a stent, where the inflation channel is embedded; and a balloon, where the first valve, the inflation channel, the pressure release mechanism, the pump, and the balloon are operatively connected, where the first valve is positioned so that air from the pump passes through the first valve to inflate the balloon and where the leak rate of the air from the balloon back to the pump is less than 1% by volume per minute and where the pressure release mechanism is configured to release pressure from the balloon to the environment upon actuation, and where the pressure management system is configured to manage the inflation pressur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Personics Holdings, LLC.
    Inventor: John P Keady
  • Publication number: 20150083308
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an alignment film and the manufacturing method for liquid crystal display panel. The method comprises preparing a first substrate, a second substrate and a liquid crystal, at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate being provided with an alignment film; the material of the alignment film comprising a solvent and a substance dissolved in the solvent, the substance comprising at least one first polymer, the first polymer comprising a main chain and a side chain; folding the first substrate and the second substrate, and injecting the liquid crystal between the first substrate and the second substrate to form a liquid crystal cell; applying voltage to the liquid crystal cell, and then irradiating the liquid crystal cell with UV light. Through the above way, the present invention can reduce the mura phenomenon in the liquid crystal display panel and improve the display quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Kunchang Yang, Liang Xu
  • Publication number: 20150072113
    Abstract: A metalized fabric (10) is disclosed a first layer (15) of clear thermoplastic material, a second layer (16) of vaporized aluminum material (metalized layer), a third layer (17) of thermoplastic material, and a fourth layer (18) of lofted billow spunbond thermoplastic material. The four layers are sealed together in a pattern that forms a series, matrix or field of large pillowed areas or regions (20) surrounded at four sides by smaller pillowed regions (21). The seals (23) are non-continuous or fragmented, as they are formed by several unjoined segments (24) which provide a less stiff feel to the metalized fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Encompass Group, LLC
    Inventor: Kelley Terrell
  • Publication number: 20150045764
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to silk-based drug delivery compositions for controlled, sustained delivery of therapeutic agent(s) as well as methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: David L. Kaplan, Tuna Yucel, Michael L. Lovett, Xiaoqin Wang
  • Publication number: 20150013190
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear may include a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid, the chamber having a first chamber barrier layer and a second chamber barrier layer bonded to the first chamber barrier layer about peripheral portions of the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer to define an interior void between the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer. The sole structure may also include a tensile member bonded to, and extending between, the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer. The sole structure may include a bond inhibiting material located between the tensile member and the first chamber barrier layer, the tensile member and the first chamber barrier layer being unbonded in an unbonded area in which the bond inhibiting material is disposed. The chamber may include an outwardly extending bulge in the unbonded area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren C. Davison
  • Publication number: 20150014141
    Abstract: An environmental seal is formed around a square sensor disposed beneath a circular button cap within a button assembly. The button assembly includes shelf portions each extending separately into the interior of the assembly from a sidewall of the assembly. Portions of the sidewall are exposed between the shelf portions large enough to permit the four corners of the square sensor to contact the sidewall. The button cap is set above the sensor, resting upon the shelf portions. A first sealant bonds the top faces of the shelf portions to the bottom of the button cap. A second sealant bonds the edges of the sidewall to the corners of the sensor. The second sealant interfaces with the first sealant to form a complete environmental seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew P. Rao, Scott A. Myers, James R. Kroghdahl, Alex M. Lee
  • Patent number: 8911577
    Abstract: A fluid-filled chamber may be incorporated into footwear and other products. The chamber is formed from a polymer material that defines a first surface, a second surface located opposite the first surface, and a sidewall surface extending around a periphery of the chamber and between the first surface and the second surface. A plurality of bonds are spaced inward from the sidewall surface and join the first surface and the second surface, and the bonds are distributed to form a regularly-spaced array, such as a hexagonal array. In some configurations, the first surface and the second surface may define elliptically-shaped structures between the bonds. In addition, the bonds may be formed to have a slope that is an average of slopes of the first surface and the second surface in areas proximal the bonds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Holt, Troy C. Lindner, Christopher W. L. Brandt