Leg Patents (Class 2/22)
  • Patent number: 11311792
    Abstract: A shin guard includes a protective shell having a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface, a cushioning element abutting the inner surface, and a polymeric texture provided on the outer surface to inhibit the motion of an overlaid textile relative to the protective shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Blunt, Dylan Durrell, Kyle Schepke
  • Patent number: 11311055
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sock for preventing ankle injury of a subject, comprising a sock body which includes a leg section and a foot section, wherein the leg section comprises a fixation band comprising a first zone of high compression, configured to contour the transversal leg subject body, wherein the foot section comprises a second zone of high compression positioned to match the back of the ankle of the subject and configured to minimize subject adduction/abduct ion movements; a third zone of high compression that bounds to the subject leg section and foot section with a X-shape that begins in the fixation band and contours the plant of the foot section and the upper part of the foot section, configured to restrict the movement of subject plantar flexion, namely eversion/inversion movements, wherein the first zone and the second zone of high compression are bound by a vertical band, wherein such vertical band accompanies laterally the peroneal alignment path of the subject ending in the fixat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: PEÚGAS CARLOS MAIA, LDA
    Inventors: Diogo César De Freitas Silva, Alfredo Alexandre Tomé Lopes, Flávio Miguel Ferreira Da Silva Maia, Emanuel José De Campos Simões
  • Patent number: 11291878
    Abstract: A wearable exercise apparatus to provide support for a limb-based workout is described. A middle section includes a first D-ring, a second D-ring, and a first fixation member configured to affix to a second fixation member on a portion of a front tapered end. A first rear tapered end is configured to wrap around a limb such that the first D-ring receives the first tapered end therethrough in a first direction. A second rear tapered end is configured to wrap around the limb such that the second D-ring receives the second tapered end therethrough in the first direction. The apparatus is tightened on the limb by: pulling the first and second rear tapered ends in a second direction opposite the first direction through the first and second D-ring, respectively. A weight holder coupled to the middle section is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Carosella
  • Patent number: 11284653
    Abstract: A protector for protecting an arm or other body part of a wearer, such as a sports player playing lacrosse, hockey, baseball, or another sport. The protector comprises: a base for engaging the wearer's arm or other body part; and a pad member fastened to the base and comprising protective padding. The pad member may be fastened to the base by a narrow fastening zone. This may allow the protector to better fit on the wearer's arm or other body part, reduce resistance to movement of the wearer's arm or other body part, and/or increase breathability or ventilation of the wearer's arm or other body part and the protector itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CASCADE MAVERIK LACROSSE, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Morin, Eric Lemieux
  • Patent number: 11266557
    Abstract: A system includes an inflatable device having a top sheet of material and a bottom sheet of material, wherein the top sheet of material is connected to the bottom sheet of material thereby defining a cavity therebetween to be inflated. The device further includes a plurality of passages in the bottom sheet extending from the cavity to an exterior of the device, wherein the passages are configured to permit air to pass from the cavity to the exterior of the device. The inflatable device further includes a plurality of inflation-limiting members connecting the top sheet to the bottom sheet, and an input configured for receiving air to inflate the device. The system further includes an absorbent body pad configured to be positioned between the top sheet of material and a patient positioned on the inflatable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SAGE PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Alvarez, David P. Beck, Jay Roberts, Michael J. Rigoni, Garret W. Sweetwood, Hester C. Fletcher, Thomas Keaty, Jr., Gregory T. Davis, Paul H. Hanifl
  • Patent number: 11246729
    Abstract: An exoskeletal orthosis includes a proximal cuff including a hinge along an upper edge of the cuff; an ankle section/footplate; and at least one posterior strut connecting the proximal cuff to the ankle section and foot plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: The Government of the United States as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Ryan Vaughn Blanck
  • Patent number: 11241609
    Abstract: A leg pad (e.g., a hockey leg pad) for protecting a leg of a user, in which the leg pad is designed to enhance protection and freedom of movement (e.g., during skating strides), such as by providing flexibility of the leg pad proximate to a knee and optionally an ankle of the user (e.g., for extension and optional retraction of one or more parts of the leg pad) to better follow natural movements of the user's leg (e.g., bending of the knee and optional flexion of the ankle of the user).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Gauvin, Thomas Lemelin, Marco Beauregard, Jean-François Laperrière
  • Patent number: 11202954
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hinged leg guard that may be used by catchers in diamond sports like baseball or softball. The hinged leg guard preferably includes a thigh guard, knee guard, shin guard that may be attached to one another by a flexible fabric. The thigh guard and shin guard also are preferably attached to a double hinge member that allows them to move relative to the knee guard. The knee guard also is preferably coupled to the double hinge member. When the hinged leg guard alternates between the extended and contracted position, an extension member of the knee guard preferably translates in one translational degree of freedom within a receiver of the hinge member. The translational movement preferably helps to keep the knee guard adjacent to the knee when a wearer crouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: RAWLINGS SPORTING GOODS COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Zach Runzo, Marc Schmidt, Matt Slump
  • Patent number: 11179260
    Abstract: A knee brace comprising a frame assembly comprising an outer frame portion and an inner frame portion. The outer frame portion has a first outer transverse member, a second outer transverse member, and an outer side member configured to extend along a length of a first side of a user's leg when worn by the user, the outer side member extending between the first outer transverse member and the second outer transverse member. The inner frame portion has a first inner transverse member, a second inner transverse member, and an inner side member opposite the outer side member and is configured to extend along a length of a second side of a user's leg when worn by the user, the second side member extending between the first inner transverse member and the second inner transverse member. The outer frame portion and inner frame portion define a top portion of the frame assembly and a bottom portion of the frame assembly, the top and bottom portions configured to be pivotable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Shock Doctor, Inc.
    Inventors: William Best, Thierry Petelle, Bastien Jourde
  • Patent number: 11173090
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to de-tension or unload the sciatic or other major nerve or muscle group compressing a nerve of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Dale Dellacqua, Michael Broderick, Souheil F. Haddad
  • Patent number: 11129740
    Abstract: An orthopedic device has a rigid or semi-rigid frame element defining opposed first and second sides, and is adapted to extend about at least a portion of a limb. The device includes straps formed from a variety of segments having stretchable and substantially inelastic segments. The straps adjustably secure to the frame element, and stretch relative thereto. The device also includes a central strap pad arranged to connect two straps together such that a first strap of the two straps is movable relative to a second strap, and the first and second straps are maintained diagonal relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventor: Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Patent number: 11058939
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a leg guard that provides increased protection while also providing maximum articulation and increased freedom of movement for the user. More particularly, the leg guard includes a toe guard, a shin guard, a knee guard including an extended knee cap wrap, an extended knee guard, a thigh guard, a left hinge, and a right hinge. Through the use of an extended knee cap wrap and a hinged configuration, the leg guard provides additional protection for the knees of a catcher and allows catchers to freely and quickly move to or through different stances without having to re-position the pads of the leg guard. The hinged configuration provides enhanced mobility for the user by preventing the leg guard from shifting and rotating about the shin of the user and allowing the leg guard to remain static without axial rotation or vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ampac Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Rodrick, Stanley Jurga, Jr., Brad Jurga, Ya Chi Chen, Shyan Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 11051566
    Abstract: A knee pad support frame that is a molded component having an upper section and lower section that are coupled together by a flexible connector. The upper section has a knee pocket shape and both the upper and lower sections have ribbing to provide the necessary strength and rigidity. Additional molded components are provided for attaching the frame to the other knee pad components such as a cushion, cover and securing strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Lee E. Richards
  • Patent number: 11033772
    Abstract: A weighted wearable training apparatus has a weight shell with a front surface, a rear surface, a top, a bottom, a first side edge and a second side edge. The weight shell is adapted to cover at least a portion of a user's limb. A plurality of pockets are positioned on the rear surface of the weight shell. At least one removable weight sized to fit within one of the pockets. At least one attachment mechanism is provided for holding the weight shell to the user's limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ROCKET GEAR INC.
    Inventors: Nizar Saab, Edward Halabi
  • Patent number: 11000011
    Abstract: An embodiment of the disclosed equine support boot comprises a base portion, at least one upper strap, and a v-shaped sling strap attached to a top section of the base portion, the sling strap being configured to pull the fetlock joint towards the attachment point to apply an upward force on the leg thus decreasing tensile stress in a localized area. In this embodiment, the disclosed equine support boot represents an improvement over known equine support boots because in known boots, sling straps rap horizontally around the horse's leg and thus do not provide an upward vertical force on the fetlock joint of the horse's leg. The use of a v-shaped sling strap in embodiments of the disclosed boot enables the straps themselves to apply an upward force toward the attachment point of the v-shaped strap when the boot is mounted on the horse's leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: PRO EQUINE GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen Coder
  • Patent number: 10993841
    Abstract: A banded support sock configured to induce a windlass mechanism in a foot includes a sock member having a forefoot portion configured to surround a forefoot of the foot and a heel portion configured to surround a heel of the foot. The banded support sock also includes a primary band having a first end coupled to the forefoot portion of the sock member at a first location, a second end coupled to the forefoot portion of the sock member at a second location, and a body extending between the first end and the second end such that the body extends around the heel portion of the sock member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: A. Jamie Riley, Gary J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10987267
    Abstract: An inflatable device includes a top sheet of material and a bottom sheet of material, wherein the top sheet of material is connected to the bottom sheet of material thereby defining a cavity therebetween to be inflated. The device further includes a plurality of passages in the bottom sheet extending from the cavity to an exterior of the device, wherein the passages are configured to permit air to pass from the cavity to the exterior of the device and to flow between a bottom surface of the device and a supporting surface upon which the device is configured to rest. The inflatable device further includes a plurality of inflation-limiting members connecting the top sheet to the bottom sheet, and an input configured for receiving air to inflate the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Sage Products, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Alvarez, David P. Beck, Jay Roberts, Michael J. Rigoni, Garret W. Sweetwood, Hester C. Fletcher, Thomas Keaty, Jr., Gregory T. Davis, Paul H. Hanifl
  • Patent number: 10912341
    Abstract: A knee supporter, including a tubular supporter main body including: a knee anterior surface part; a knee posterior surface part; a femoral side anterior surface part; a femoral side posterior surface part; a tibial side anterior surface part; and a tibial side posterior surface part, wherein elastic moduli, in an axial direction of the tubular supporter main body, when stretched by 80% in the axial direction of the tubular supporter main body, satisfy the following Formula (1) to (3): Formula (1): 0.7?knee posterior surface part/knee anterior surface part; Formula (2): 1<femoral side anterior surface part/femoral side posterior surface part; and Formula (3): 1<tibial side anterior surface part/tibial side posterior surface part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Ito, Aya Takeuchi, Kenji Iida, Motoyasu Yasui, Shiori Ito, Kazuoki Nakai, Fumihiko Kokido, Fumiaki Saikawa
  • Patent number: 10900151
    Abstract: This leg product comprising a tubular knitted fabric, in which the entire course of a leg part is knitted in a jersey stitch by using coated elastic yarns comprising elastic yarns and synthetic fibers, is characterized in that: the wale number in the circumferential direction is 340-400 wale; the size ratio is 1.10-1.40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10890964
    Abstract: The present disclosures relate to virtual reality systems that can be used to fully immerse a user in a virtual environment. In particular, it relates to a system that can sense the intent of movement of some or all parts of a user's body by measuring the force and direction of the force applied by that part of the user's body, can provide force feedback to the user and can provide inputs to the VR system that can be used to replicate the intended action of the user in the Virtual Reality environment and provide visual and/or aural feedback to the user; without the user's body parts actually moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Harshit Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10849374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a garment (1), especially to a sports garment, comprising a substrate (2) which covers a part of the body of the wearer of the garment (1). To provide a garment of the generic type which has good thermal insulation properties and which is especially suitable for sports the invention proposes that the substrate (2) is at least partially designed as an at least two-layer arrangement, wherein an inner layer (3) is facing the body of the wearer and an outer layer (4) is delimiting the outside of the garment (1), wherein the two layers (3, 4) form a pocket (5) which is filled with a filling material (6) and wherein the filling material (6) are at least partially plastic particles which are arranged loosely in the pocket (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PUMA SE
    Inventor: Hugh Anthony Clarke
  • Patent number: 10821015
    Abstract: A ankle brace for use by athletes or others requiring protection and support of the ankle. The ankle brace includes a base and a tension member. The base is made of elastic material and configured to closely fit around portions of the ankle and adjacent foot and leg portions. A tensioning member is fastened to the interior surface of the base, with the tensioning straps extending through apertures in the base for detachable attachment to the exterior surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Mueller, Zhaodong Max Li
  • Patent number: 10786405
    Abstract: External-injury waterproof protector, of long service life as a product. The structure of the limb-insertion opening enables completely shielding out water to protect an injured area. The protector has a flexible pouch body composed of a waterproofing material, with a mouth at either one or both ends, and an extensible/contractible annular constriction component hermetically and adhesively attached to the one or both pouch-body end(s). The annular constriction component is furnished with a tube portion formed to enable covering a portion of the four human limbs in a watertight state, and a brim portion formed projecting radially outward from a mouth edge of the tube portion. The tube portion favorably is formed at a narrower diameter than that of the other end of the pouch body. The brim portion arcuately slopes gently in a flaring form, lending the mouth of the annular constriction component an arcuate sloping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Try and E Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 10773149
    Abstract: A protective shin guard includes a floating knee section hingedly attached to a shin section, both sections being formed of one or more hard shell panels. The floating knee section is attached to the shin section by a main padding layer, and a liner is attached beneath the main padding layer. The liner includes an integral cut-resistant calf-sleeve attached along its bottom edge and extending downward. The cut-resistant calf-sleeve is an elastic tubular sleeve formed of a weave of elastic/cut-resistant fibers, e.g., Kevlar® and Spandex. The cut-resistant calf-sleeve is long enough to surround both the calf and the ankle. The cut-resistant calf-sleeve also provides a lower attachment feature that combines with an upper 360+ degree attachment strap to provide a better fit that will not shift or come loose during play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WM. T. BURNETT IP, LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Hammer
  • Patent number: 10736765
    Abstract: A small, lightweight, adjustable knee orthosis for restoring gait symmetry. The orthosis includes a rotary damper for variable damping at the knee joint of the user, and a spring member for variable stiffness at the knee joint of the user. An exemplary application of the device is as a rehabilitation device for individuals who have had a stroke, as the device is designed to induce larger knee flexion as an aftereffect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Christina-Anne Kathleen Lahiff, Kyle Brandon Reed, Seok Hun Kim, Tyagi Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10737168
    Abstract: The invention relates to a leg pad for a hockey player. The leg pad extends along a longitudinal axis and comprises an upper portion, a bottom portion and a band. The upper portion has a knee cap for covering a knee joint of the player. The bottom portion has an upper shell for covering a substantial part of a shin of the hockey player and a lower shell for at least partially covering the shin and ankle of the hockey player. The band extends along part of a periphery of the upper shell and part of a periphery of the lower shell. The band interconnects the upper shell and the lower shell to one another wherein the lower shell is movable relative to the upper shell between a first position and a second position in response to flexion of the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Mathieu Contant, Jean-Francois Laperriere, Marco Beauregard, Marie-Claude Genereux
  • Patent number: 10709593
    Abstract: The knee pain treatment apparatus includes an upper member constructed to encircle a leg above a knee. The upper member includes an outer surface, an inner surface, an opening for exposing a front of the knee and a tensioning member integral with the upper member and depending downwardly therefrom. A patella biasing device is secured on the inner surface of the upper member and is arranged and constructed to border the opening. The apparatus further includes a flexible lower member arranged and constructed to encircle the leg below the knee and at least one tensioning member fastening system. The tensioning member fastening system is arranged and constructed for connecting the upper member and the lower member. When the upper member and lower member are mounted on the leg and connected, the at least one tensioning member is stretched creating a downward biasing of the patella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Gene Hur
  • Patent number: 10695255
    Abstract: A supporting module including a supporting frame including a proximal end and a distal end, a connecting plate connected with the distal end of the supporting frame, a sliding plate in contact with one face of the connecting plate, a supporting band connected to both ends of the connecting plate, and an elastic strip configured to connect the sliding plate and the connecting plate is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byungjune Choi, Se-Gon Roh, Minhyung Lee, Youn Baek Lee, Hyun Do Choi, Jeonghun Kim, Jongwon Lee
  • Patent number: 10695650
    Abstract: A sports accessory is provided to be worn by a user during a sport activity. The accessory includes a flexure system. The flexure system includes a support structure including a plurality of intersecting grooves disposed along a surface of the support structure, where a plurality of segments are defined along the surface of the support structure between the intersecting grooves such that the support structure is configured to flex along the grooves with segments moving in relation to other segments during use of the sports accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Jedd Komlos, Tim Connelly
  • Patent number: 10688007
    Abstract: A wearable massage and/or compression device for applying controllable scrolling or intermittent sequential forces, such as compression forces, to the body and limbs of a user comprises one or more shape-memory wires integrated into an article of clothing and configured to apply a compression pressure to the limb through the fabric body upon changing shape in response to a stimulus, a pre-tensioning apparatus in the form of a bungee cord associated with each shape memory wire, and a micro-processor based controller for selectively actuating the one or more shape memory wire to reduce the length of the shape memory wire to thereby apply pressure to the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Recovery Force, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew W. Wyatt, Brian J. Stasey, Mark Gummin
  • Patent number: 10687567
    Abstract: An arm shield constructed from a thin sheet material has a curvature around an elongate axis. Opposite side edges are substantially parallel to the elongate axis. A nose edge extends from the first end. A tail curvature similar to the sheet curvature extends from the second end. An adjustable strap connects the first side edge to the second side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Nico Hawk LaRosa
  • Patent number: 10675166
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the brace assembly utilize an elastic cross strap attached to mounting facilities about a joint to provide progressive resistance to the extension, flexion or other movement of body parts about the joint. In some embodiments for a knee joint, the brace assembly provides a progressive resisting force to resist hyperextension of the knee. Some embodiments of the brace assembly further comprise adjusting facilities to accommodate different joints, different size wearers of the assembly and different tension settings such as for athletes during competition. Some embodiments of the brace assembly may be used bilaterally and can be made without metal bracing to comply with the requirements of some sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: THE LONNIE AND SHANNON PAULOS TRUST
    Inventors: Lonnie E. Paulos, Kim A. Nelson, Jordan Terry
  • Patent number: 10617160
    Abstract: An athletic compression fit pants/shorts with gussets constructed out of moisture-wicking, high-performance fabrics with varying elasticities, cut-resistant fabrics, and protective pads. Each of the gussets have a function and targets specific leg muscles to provide a desired benefit in the overall performance of the present invention. The gussets are named: 1.) Quadriceps gusset; 2.) Sartorius and Abductor Magnus gusset; 3.) Gluteus Medius gusset; 4.) Gluteus Maximus and Hamstring gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Gary Rayford Spruill, Douglas Verne Thom
  • Patent number: 10602791
    Abstract: Provided herein are multi-layered protective coverings, wearable multi-layered protective devices, and methods of using the multi-layered protective coverings and wearable multi-layered protective devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: North Carolina State University, The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Jesse S. Jur, Russell E. Gorga, Macon Adams, Shannyn A. Holder, Hilary Walker, Caryn A. Siggins, Carson Binns, Austin W. Teague, Andrew Nesbitt, Albena Ivanisevic, Jon Rust, James A. Murdock, Carly M. Bohnenblusch, Andrew M. Thomas, II, Benjamin Anthony, Paul Reid, Stephen Lee, Clinton R. George
  • Patent number: 10528172
    Abstract: Technologies are described for pressure sensors used in display devices. In one embodiment, a reference ground layer and sensing pad can be positioned between a display substrate and a window substrate. Additionally, a compression region can be positioned between the display substrate and the window substrate. The compression region can be compressed so as to change a distance between the reference ground layer and the sensing pad. By placing the compression region between the window substrate and the display substrate, the air gap below the display substrate can be removed. In still another embodiment, the sensing pad is aligned over a frit layer, but it is divided into spaced-apart sub-regions that are serially coupled together. Gaps between the sub-regions are sized such that the laser can adequately penetrate through the sensor pad to melt the frit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Joni Arola, Marko Heikkinen
  • Patent number: 10463945
    Abstract: A shin guard includes a protective shell having a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface, a cushioning element abutting the inner surface, and a polymeric texture provided on the outer surface to inhibit the motion of an overlaid textile relative to the protective shell. The polymeric texture includes a plurality of protrusions that each extend from the outer surface by a maximum distance of from about 1 mm to about 5 mm and that each have a hardness measured on the Shore A scale of from about 20 A to about 60 A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Blunt, Kyle Schepke, Dylan Durrell
  • Patent number: 10420668
    Abstract: A patella cup for use with a knee brace includes a main shell secured to a padded liner, and an upper shell disposed above the main shell, and secured at one end to the padded liner. The upper shell may include an extension passing under an upper end of the main shell, so that the upper shell is bendable rearwardly relative to the main shell. A lower strap and at least one upper strap are secured to the padded liner, such that each strap includes an elastic portion to allow each strap to stretch in length when pulled. Loops are secured to the padded liner, on lateral and medial sides of the main shell, with the loops secured to lateral and medial hinges on either side of a knee brace used with the patella cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventor: Zachariah J. Klutts
  • Patent number: 10314731
    Abstract: An orthosis is supplied to the human or animal body in order to perform a supporting or movement-guiding function. The orthosis here damps or limits the flexion or extension movement of a limb joint, such as the elbow joint, knee joint, etc., and describes the prophylactic and therapeutic use of the orthosis. The manner of its attachment and placement is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BAUERFEIND AG
    Inventor: Wieland Kaphingst
  • Patent number: 10293241
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a leg guard that provides increased protection while also providing maximum articulation and increased freedom of movement for the user. More particularly, the leg guard includes a toe guard, a shin guard, a knee guard including an extended knee cap wrap, an extended knee guard, a thigh guard, a left hinge, and a right hinge. Through the use of an extended knee cap wrap and a hinged configuration, the leg guard provides additional protection for the knees of a catcher and allows catchers to freely and quickly move to or through different stances without having to re-position the pads of the leg guard. The hinged configuration provides enhanced mobility for the user by preventing the leg guard from shifting and rotating about the shin of the user and allowing the leg guard to remain static without axial rotation or vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ampac Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Rodrick, Stanley Jurga, Jr., Brad Jurga, Ya Chi Chen, Shyan Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10292447
    Abstract: A chin strap includes a protective shell including a curved and convex contour extending between lengthwise ends of the shell, the shell further including a first curved edge extending between the lengthwise ends of the shell and a second curved edge extending between the lengthwise ends of the shell. A cross-section along a lengthwise central axis of the chin strap defines a first shell portion including the first curved edge and a second shell portion including the second curved edge. The first shell portion of the cross-section defines a first surface area between the lengthwise central axis and the first curved edge, and the second shell portion of the cross-section defines a second surface area between the lengthwise central axis and the second curved edge, where the first surface area is less than the second surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Connelly, Jedd A. Komlos
  • Patent number: 10278890
    Abstract: A therapeutic, fitness, and sports enhancement device which includes a cylindrically shaped body having a predetermined density and predetermined diameter, the body including a plurality of projections of a predetermined shape. One or more of the predetermined density and the predetermined diameter in combination with the predetermined shape of the projections optimize mobilization of soft tissue structures of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Kipp K. Dye
  • Patent number: 10231882
    Abstract: A therapeutic pressure band for applying pressure across a muscle or muscle groups on a mammalian limb is described. The band is particularly well suited for treating “shin splints.” The band includes a plurality of straps that are connected together via a connecting material. Ends of each of the straps have adjustable fasteners for securing and tightening the band around a limb. The band also possesses a plurality of pressure members (e.g., elongated rubber tubes) that apply separate and discrete areas or points of pressure in a line across a muscle, tendon, bone, or muscle group and generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Xtreme Orthopedics LLC
    Inventor: Wesley Cox
  • Patent number: 10212974
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting against injury to the human body. The garment may protect against hip, tailbone, and/or spinal cord injury. The garment may have a waist belt with depending hip pads releasably secured to the legs. Also, a torso strap may extend upwardly from the waist belt with additional padding. The torso strap may be Y-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Cyrus K. Joshi
  • Patent number: 10195512
    Abstract: A compliant shin guard includes an outer shell composed of an impact absorbing material and an inner padding mounted to the inner surface of the outer shell. A plurality of vents extend through the outer shell and the inner padding, the plurality of vents being distributed across the outer surface of the outer shell. A raised channel extends at least partially along the length of the outer shell to provide rigidity to the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Ferrari, Charles Larson, Chinawut Paesang
  • Patent number: 10194707
    Abstract: Protective components may include a plate element and a cushioning element that are secured together with a hook-and-loop fastening system. The cushioning element may include a pair of material layers and a pad or a plurality of pad components located between the material layers. The plate element may include a polymer material and the pad may include a polymer foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 10159589
    Abstract: A knee brace having a tubular elastic knitted body with at least one pressure pad arranged thereon, which, when the brace is being worn, extends across the patellar tendon. On the front side of the knitted body, a first tension strap is provided, which extends around only a certain part of the knitted body and passes over the pressure pad. On the rear side of the knitted body, a second tension strap is provided, which is offset in the height direction from the first tension strap, and which extends around only a certain part of the knitted body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MEDI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Patrick Bauer
  • Patent number: 10137052
    Abstract: A device for applying compression treatment to a part of a wearer's body has an inner face for being placed adjacent to the part of the wearer's body in use and an outer face opposite the inner face. The device includes a pressure applicator to apply compression to the wearer's body part. First and second fastener elements are mounted on the device. Hook indicia on the outer face of the device generally overlie patches of hook material on the inner face of the device. The hook indicia includes first colored areas and hook-engagement areas include second colored areas. Upon wrapping the device around the wearer's body part and fastening the patches of hook material at the respective hook-engagement areas, each first colored area and corresponding second colored area form a predetermined shape indicating that the device is properly placed on the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KPR U.S., LLC
    Inventor: Raymond Avitable
  • Patent number: 10124237
    Abstract: The invention relates to a leg pad for a hockey player. The leg pad extends along a longitudinal axis and comprises an upper portion, a lower portion and a band. The upper portion has a knee cap for covering a knee joint of the player. The lower portion has an upper shell for covering a substantial part of a shin of the hockey player and a lower shell for at least partially covering the shin and ankle of the hockey player. The band extends along part of a periphery of the upper shell and part of a periphery of the lower shell. The band interconnects the upper shell and the lower shell to one another wherein the lower shell is movable relative to the upper shell between a first position and a second position in response to flexion of the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Mathieu Contant, Jean-Francois Laperriere, Marco Beauregard, Marie-Claude Genereux
  • Patent number: 9968138
    Abstract: A foot support device configured to be donned by a user and subsequently inserted into a shoe that is operable to provide impact reduction for a user. The foot support device includes a body having a first portion and a second portion contiguously formed. The body includes a cavity configured to receive a human foot therein. A bottom portion is secured to the second portion of the body and extends the length thereof. A void is present intermediate the bottom portion and the second portion of the body. Disposed within the void is an impact reduction member. The impact reduction member includes a first portion, a second portion and an expansion member. The expansion member is intermediate the first portion and second portion of the impact reduction member and is operable to allow the longitudinal extension of the impact reduction member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Uganda Mugo Williams, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9955738
    Abstract: Legwear is provided having at least two interior pockets in the calf area and ankle area of the legwear for inserting pads to enhance the physical structure of a person's leg between the knee and the ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Beverly Pillow