Leg Patents (Class 2/22)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9936751
    Abstract: A sleeve having an absorptive surface, comprising a tubular structure having an exterior moisture absorptive surface, configured to fit around a wearer's arm, from shoulder to at least forearm, having an adjustable diameter to selectively control a snugness of the tubular structure on the upper arm area and the lower arm area, while permitting free flexion of the elbow, having at least three elastic bands having a non-slip surface against a wearer's skin to prevent movement of the tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Francesco Mignone
  • Patent number: 9924750
    Abstract: A protective shield for a lower leg of an ice skater is provided. The protective shield comprises a protective segment and a support segment to which the protective segment is secured. The protective segment comprises a web of interlocking metal loops. The protective segment is shaped and sized to fit over at least a rear portion of the lower leg including at least a portion of an Achilles tendon and at least a portion of a calf. The support segment is shaped and sized to fit around the lower leg, and is resilient to hold the protective shield in place around the lower leg during skating and to tension the protective segment against the rear portion of the lower leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SKATE-CUT-PROOF INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Joseph MacNeil
  • Patent number: 9872789
    Abstract: A joint for a rehabilitation device and a rehabilitation device are disclosed. The joint is defined for operation between an end of a first member and an end of a second member. The joint enables the second member to pivot at the joint with respect to the first member. The joint includes a positioning mechanism for defining a set position from which the second member pivots. The joint also includes a restriction mechanism for restricting the degree of pivoting of the second member, from the set position. The joint further includes a biasing mechanism for biasing the second member such that it returns to the set position when an opposing force applied to the second member is less than the bias of the biasing mechanism. When the joint is in the set position, the biasing mechanism is configured such that no bias is applied to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventors: Mark Sorrenti, Samiul Sorrenti, Andrew Hughes, Richard Genga
  • Patent number: 9867408
    Abstract: A knee pad provided for engagement to a user in an as-worn position with an interior surface surrounding the front of the user's knee. A plurality of projections extend from the body and are made of compressible material to provide a cushioned support to the knees of the user during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: David Pratson, Craig Beal, D. J. Moore
  • Patent number: 9861144
    Abstract: A knee pad holding mechanism for holding a knee pad over the knee region of a pantleg having a first length of fabric material and a second length of fabric material operatively attached to a pantleg on opposite sides of the knee region, each length of material forming a plurality of loops for receiving a strap associated with the knee pad. The plurality of loops associated with the first and second lengths of material are arranged in opposed relationship to each other and allow a user greater flexibility to adjust the vertical location of a knee pad relative to the user's knee. The plurality of loops can be individually formed on opposite sides of the knee region, or they can be formed using any number of a plurality of sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: 5 Seas Engineering & Trading LLC
    Inventor: John W. Carver
  • Patent number: 9814615
    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: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventor: Arni Thor Ingimundarson
  • Patent number: 9795499
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a brace assembly and a force-application assembly. The brace assembly includes a muscle-origin portion configured to connect proximate to a muscle origin of a muscle. The brace assembly also includes a muscle-insertion portion configured to connect proximate to a muscle insertion of the muscle. The force-application assembly is configured to connect to the muscle-origin portion and the muscle-insertion portion. The force-application assembly is also configured to extend between the muscle-origin portion and the muscle-insertion portion once coupled to do just so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CORPUS SANUS
    Inventor: Lester Ponce
  • Patent number: 9795859
    Abstract: A description is given of a shin guard (1) having a shin element (2) which is based on a hard plastics material or metal and has a concave inner side (16) which is curved transversally to a longitudinal axis (41) of the shin guard and encloses an interior (18) for accommodating a user's shin region. The shin guard is characterized in that at the lower end of the shin element (2), said lower end being directed towards the user's foot, it has a separate sliding element (3), which is based on a hard plastics material or metal and has a concave inner side (17), winch is adapted to the lower region of the shin element (2) and is curved transversally to the longitudinal axis (41) of the shin guard, as well as a convex outer surface (11), and in that the sliding element (3) is mounted such that it can be displaced dynamically essentially along the longitudinal axis (41), within defined limits, counter to a spring force directed towards the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LEKISPORT AG
    Inventor: Eberhard Heim
  • Patent number: 9788671
    Abstract: A Blanket with tuck flaps with a sheet of flexible material, a hood member, a left tuck flap member, a right tuck flap member, a shoulder support member, and an arm support member. The planar sheet is wide enough to cover the front surface of an average person. The left and right side tuck flaps extend from the right side and left side of the sheet at the thigh level of the user. The shoulder support member is attached to the top of the planar sheet and supports the blanket on the user's shoulders. The hood is attached to the top side of the planar panel. The user's head protrudes through an aperture between the top of the planar panel and the shoulder support member. The arm support is attached at its top and bottom edge to the inside of the planar sheet at the location of the user's torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Peter Wuerz
  • Patent number: 9782026
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for designed for supporting a hip of a pregnant woman who often experiences hip pain associated with her pregnancy to help relieve this pain including a leggings with hook-and-loop belts, straps and strips associated with pillows for the thigh and ankles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Macapak, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam K. Cohan
  • Patent number: 9770645
    Abstract: A lower leg guard device is disclosed allowing a full range of ankle motion, while at the same time preventing impact injuries to the lower leg, including the Achilles area, the ankle, and the shin. The lower leg guard device includes two substantially rigid exterior shells each with a cushioned interior liner. The lower leg guard device can be securely attached to the lower leg with one or more attachment straps, and with at least one floating attachment pad that attaches to the wearer's footwear. A floating attachment pad can be positioned over both the inner side and outer side of the ankle, preferably attached to footwear that covers the ankle. The floating attachment pads are attached to the footwear using removable fasteners, located on the exterior surface of the footwear worn by the wearer, so that the guard device can be quickly and easily put on and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Brett Andrew Stevens
  • Patent number: 9770642
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are conformable protection pads, which can be integrated into articles such as clothing and protective cases. An exemplary cushioning pad can include an upper layer and a lower layer and cushioning material therebetween in a first cushioning region and one or more second cushioning regions, and one or more grooves between the first cushioning region and the second cushioning regions to enable articulation of the second cushioning regions relative to the first cushioning region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: G-Form, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Wyner, Richard B. Fox, Thomas Cafaro, Stephanie Thorn, Ami Newsham, David Foster
  • Patent number: 9675122
    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: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 9664481
    Abstract: An attachment system can include a plurality of apertures or openings in an attachment platform. The openings can be arranged in a pattern corresponding to a hexagon so that an attachment member for a MOLLE-compatible accessory may be passed through one or more of the openings so as to attach the accessory in a variety of different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: 5.11, INC.
    Inventors: Cres Trilles Alcantra, Fernando Calderon Aguilar, Scott Michael Lambert
  • Patent number: 9655391
    Abstract: A knee pad holding mechanism for holding a knee pad over the knee region of a pantleg having a first length of fabric material and a second length of fabric material operatively secured together to form a pocket, the pocket being sized and shaped to receive a knee pad and having at least one opening located along each of the outside edges of the pocket for receiving a strap associated with the knee pad. In one embodiment, the first length of fabric material can be secured directly to the knee region of a pantleg wherein the pantleg forms the second length of fabric material. Other embodiments include using a loop, eyelet, slits or an additional section of fabric having a slit associated therewith for receiving a strap associated with the knee pad. The present mechanism is also adaptable for use to receive an elbow pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: 5 Seas Engineering & Trading LLC
    Inventors: John W. Carver, Keith Ericson
  • Patent number: 9643053
    Abstract: Protective equipment for the limbs including a front guard, wherein the front guard includes support means attached to the front guard, a front surface, and a plurality of teeth protruding from the front surface for assisting a user in climbing over an obstacle, wherein the teeth include at least one engagement surface arranged to at least partially engage with a surface of the obstacle when pressure is applied to the support means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen Raymond Guiney
  • Patent number: 9636261
    Abstract: A leg garment according to the present invention includes a body portion covering at least an instep, a sole and an ankle of a leg. The leg garment includes a support strip exerting a tightening force larger than that of a portion of the leg garment around the support strip. The support strip is arranged in the shape of an inwardly-wound helix extending from the instep to the ankle through the sole. The support strip includes: a first tightening portion arranged so as to medially extend from the instep to the sole; and a second tightening portion arranged so as to extend obliquely upward from a lateral side to a medial side of a ventral ankle, the second tightening portion compressing the ventral ankle via a surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: OKAMOTO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tamaki Mitsuno, Toshio Andou, Ichirou Shinga