Stockings Patents (Class 2/239)
  • Patent number: 11098421
    Abstract: A knitted fabric panel, composed of a knitted base fabric embroidered as a circular knitted fabric from at least one knitted base fabric thread, wherein at least one zone having a reduced thread volume is provided, the zone being knitted by further threads which by way of the two ends thereof are fixed in the knitted base fabric, at least part of the further threads being thinner than the knitted base fabric thread. The threads instead of the knitted base fabric thread are knitted in a plurality of separate loop forming courses that in the circumferential direction extend by less than 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MEDI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jan Atmanspacher
  • Patent number: 10982363
    Abstract: A non-woven textile may be formed from a plurality of thermoplastic polymer filaments. The non-woven textile may have a first region and a second region, with the filaments of the first region being fused to a greater degree than the filaments of the second region. A variety of products, including apparel (e.g., shirts, pants, footwear), may incorporate the non-woven textile. In some of these products, the non-woven textile may be joined with another textile element to form a seam. More particularly, an edge area of the non-woven textile may be heatbonded with an edge area of the other textile element at the seam. In other products, the non-woven textile may be joined with another component, whether a textile or a non-textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Karen A. Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 10966483
    Abstract: A midsole for a shoe, in particular a running shoe, is described which midsole is asymmetric in a midfoot area, has an upper heel portion embracing the calcaneus of a wearer and has an upwardly extending toe end. In the midfoot area a vertical medial support structure originates from the midsole and supportively embraces the arch. Correspondingly, a vertical lateral support structure supports the lateral side of the foot in the midfoot area. The medial support structure covers a larger area than the lateral support structure, and is connected to the vertically extending upper heel portion of the midsole. The toe end of the midsole is extended upwardly, and provides in combination with the vertically extending upper heel portion and the vertically extending medial and lateral arch support structures a midsole which firmly embraces the foot. The resulting shoe reduces the risk of injury during running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ECCO SKO A/S
    Inventors: Ejnar Truelsen, Frank Jensen
  • Patent number: 10959469
    Abstract: A device protecting the plantar padding of a foot that includes a cushion including a viscoelastic material that is configured to be held against the skin of the plantar region and to cover all of the metatarsal heads and the metatarsophalangeal joints of the foot, and an elastic band attached to the cushion along two opposing transverse edges and by a tab configured to pass between the big toe and the adjacent toe of the foot. The band has a width configured to entirely cover side bulges formed by the metatarsophalangeal joints of the small and big toes. A portion of the band configured for contacting the top of the foot includes tacky elements on both sides thereof, which prevent the protective device from sliding on the skin when the device is placed on the foot and inside a sock surrounding the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MILLET INNOVATION
    Inventors: Damien Millet, Odile Grange, Thierry Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10905171
    Abstract: An anchor boot including a cuff, a heel operatively attached to and positioned below the cuff, the heel including a heel flap and a heel turn, a gusset operatively attached to the heel flap, the heel turn, and the cuff, the gusset positioned below the cuff and in front of the heel, a foot operatively attached to the gusset and positioned in front of the gusset, and memory foam imbedded within sides of the gusset provides a more secure and tight fit around the ankles in any type of boot wear. The adjustable configuration allows for use of the anchor boot with any boot but is particularly useful with rubber boots and warm and cold weather wading boots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Terry Dooley
  • Patent number: 10897932
    Abstract: A wader comprising a body portion and a bootie. The bootie is attached to the body portion. The bootie is comprised of a toe piece, an ankle piece, and a sole piece. The toe piece, the ankle piece, and the sole piece are adhered together to form the bootie. The toe piece has an outside surface, and the toe piece comprises a raised neoprene area on the outside surface. The ankle piece has an inside surface, and the ankle piece comprises a raised neoprene area on the inside surface. The toe piece, the ankle piece, and the sole piece are all comprised of a neoprene material. The raised neoprene area on the inside surface of the ankle piece is configured to wick moisture up and away from the foot of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Gibson, Derek Gustafson, Simon Quay, Jeremy Grodkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10883207
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an integral shoe embryo is provided. In the method, a reinforcement piece is woven by a flat knitting machine during a weave process, and the reinforcement piece is made unperceivable through a subsequent side overturning step when viewing from an exterior of a shoe. Thus, with the reinforcement piece, structural strength of the shoe embryo is reinforced while better comfort is provided to the foot by a shoe manufactured from the shoe embryo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: WHOLEKNIT INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Sheng Kuo, Yu-Lin Li, Chien-Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10864092
    Abstract: An attachment for a prosthetic foot comprising an attachment surface that couples to the edges of a foot plate of a prosthetic foot and an outer surface that functionally or cosmetically alters the foot plate of the prosthetic foot in order to adapt the prosthetic foot to the needs of the user. In another embodiment, a toe attachment for a prosthetic foot comprising a cavity that can receive the toe end of an elongate foot element of a prosthetic foot, the toe attachment that can functionally or cosmetically alter the elongate foot element in order to adapt the prosthetic foot to the needs of the user. In yet another embodiment, a seal cover that can removably engage a prosthetic foot and a cosmetic cover for a prosthetic foot, resulting in a substantially watertight connection between the seal cover and the prosthesis and the seal cover and the cosmesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Össur Iceland ehf
    Inventors: Christophe Guy Lecomte, María Guðrún Sveinbjörnsdóttir, Ragnar Örn Gunnarsson
  • Patent number: 10791771
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for impeding a downward travel of a leg section of a sock by the use of a retainer provided about at least one of a heel of the sock and a heel opening, defined by a heel opening perimeter, of the sock, wherein the retainer impedes the downward travel of the leg section of the sock. A method is provided for the use of the retainer to impede the downward travel of the leg section of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NO SLIP SOX, LLC
    Inventor: Allan W. McFadyen
  • Patent number: 10765158
    Abstract: Aspects herein relate to apparel items and apparel systems that utilize applied or printed foam nodes to provide, among other things, stand-off between an apparel item and a wearer's skin surface. One or more of the foam nodes, or areas of the textile surrounding the foam nodes, may be perforated to provide a fluid communication path between an inner-facing surface and an outer-facing surface of the apparel item. The communication path may be used to facilitate air exchange between the external environment and the wearer's body and/or to provide an exit path for moisture vapor generated by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuki Aihara, Alice Fockele, David Turner, Carmen L. Zolman
  • Patent number: 10702015
    Abstract: An article of apparel, such as a sock or a shoe, is disclosed as having a foot-supporting area for extending adjacent to a plantar surface of a foot. The foot-supporting area has various zones of differing thickness that attenuate forces upon the plantar surface to different degrees. The apparel may be manufactured through a process that includes utilizing a force mapping device to obtain data relating to forces upon the plantar surface of the foot. The sock is then formed to have zones of different thickness located to correspond with the areas of the plantar surface subjected to different magnitudes of forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth T. Craig, Hagit Ottens-Wilk, Donna L. Marchant
  • Patent number: 10694793
    Abstract: An insect-proof, form-fitting undergarment is provided having top and bottom parts formed of selected breathable materials and having omnidirectional stretch properties, and which top and bottom parts may be securely joined at the waist to prevent insect entry. A superfine knitted fabric is utilized to prevent insect bites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Andre J. West, Marian G. McCord, Charles S. Apperson, Richard Michael Roe, Emiel A. DenHartog
  • Patent number: 10669656
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an upper for an article of footwear. The upper may include a knitted component having a first yarn and a second yarn, where the first yarn comprises a core with a sheath, the sheath being formed of a thermoplastic material having a melting temperature. The second yarn may be substantially free of the thermoplastic material. The knitted component may further comprise a first layer having a first surface and a second layer having a second surface, where the first layer and the second layer are secured via a knit structure of the knitted component, and where the knitted component further comprises a first region and a second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jessica Green, Chun-Ying Hsu, Jaroslav J. Lupinek, Darryl Matthews, William C. McFarland, II, Chun-Yao Tu, Yi-Ning Yang, Cheng-Ying Han
  • Patent number: 10664629
    Abstract: A centralized command and control network system for the automated manufacture of a personalized custom-fit garment comprises a centralized control system; automated programmable manufacturing equipment configured for assembling and stitching the personalized custom-fit garment from a digital pattern; and automated programmable material handling equipment configured for transporting the personalized custom-fit garment or its components through each step of the manufacturing equipment. After the customer has had his or her body scanned, and selected and personalized a garment design, the inventive manufacturing system will then manufacture the garment upon receipt of the order in an automated manner without requiring further substantive manual intervention or touch labor. The resultant personalized custom-fit garment is based on the customer's three-dimensional body shape and style and fit preferences. The system can be used to prepare any kind of garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: 3D Tech LLC
    Inventors: Neil Rohin Gupta, Paul Eremenko
  • Patent number: 10639469
    Abstract: A tubular body is configured to be disposed around and to apply compression to an extremity. The tubular body includes a treatment area having a first filament and a second filament. Both the first filament and the second filament are disposed to engage the surface of the extremity. The first filament includes AgNP in a concentration effective to promote healing of a wound on the surface of the extremity. The second filament includes a metal having a composition that forms a galvanic couple with silver. The first filament and the second filament are arranged in the tubular body such that the AgNP and metal form galvanic couples across at least a portion of the treatment area when in the presence of a fluid in the wound of the extremity that produce an electric current in an amount effective to further promote healing of the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Vive Wear LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Duda
  • Patent number: 10582733
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to methods for producing garments and garment designs. More particularly, disclosed are methods for producing figure-flattering garments and garment designs that create an optical illusion of an anatomical feature. The garment designs are created by manipulating a macro scale pattern from nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: IRLA INATURA DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Sharon Irla Ellis
  • Patent number: 10575566
    Abstract: A garment (10) comprising a grip coating located on inner and outer surfaces of a garment section (12) so as to generate in use friction between a wearer's skin and the garment (10) and friction between the garment (10) and an external contact surface. The grip coating includes a first array of grip elements (14) located on the inner surface of the garment section (12) and a second array of grip elements (16) located on the outer surface of the garment section (12). The first and second arrays are arranged relative to each other so that the grip elements (14,16) of the first and second arrays are offset relative to each other and do not overlie or overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Stretchline Intellectual Properties Limited
    Inventor: Miles Stephen Cain
  • Patent number: 10485289
    Abstract: A safety slipper (10) includes a stretchable fabric material upper portion (12) and a porous anti-skid lower portion. The upper portion has a foot opening (16) and a profile heel pocket (17). The lower portion (13) is made from a scrim cloth type material having a knit of polyester threads (21) coated with a soft poly-vinyl chloride outer layer (22). The lower portion provides for a cris-crossing pattern or matrix of interconnected nodes (23) with spaces (24) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALBAHEALTH, LLC
    Inventor: Mary H. Frank
  • Patent number: 10477907
    Abstract: A skin care mask glove is disclosed. The skin care mask glove comprises a glove portion. The glove portion includes an opening section, a hand section, a thumb section and a set of finger sections. The opening section includes an opening configured for receiving a hand and a tightening strap for tightening the opening section after a hand is inserted. The thumb section includes a first perforated line and a removable thumb end-portion. Each of the finger sections includes a second perforated line and a removable finger end-portion. The removable finger end-portions are connected via connector fabric. The glove portion is constructed having, among other things, a first outer layer, a first inner layer and a layer of a first skin care product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: VOESH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seunghee Oh, You Seok Park
  • Patent number: 10456287
    Abstract: A therapeutic sock is formed from a knit sock body formed in a tubular shape and terminating in a closed toe portion, the toe portion being divided into a first compartment configured accommodating a big toe and at least one additional compartment for other toes. At least one of the compartments has a area of increased compression as compared to a compression in other areas of the sock. The area of increased compression can be disposed on the first compartment and extend longitudinally along a medial edge of the first compartment and/or can be disposed on the at least one additional compartment and extend laterally around a circumference of the at least one additional compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: David Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10455864
    Abstract: A pedicure sock for use following a pedicure, during and/or after toe nails are painted, to keep the feet warm without disturbing the toenail area includes a full front opening, full front closure, a split central sock body that forms an elongated, hollow member when closed, an open toe area integral with the distal end of the central sock body, and a heel section integral with the proximal end of the central sock body. The open toe section is defined by a plurality of attached toe separators, each of which is to be positioned between the toes and fastened in place on the top on a wearer's foot so as to allow the toes to be separated and extend outside of the sock when the rest of the foot is inside the sock. The full front opening/closure and toe separators allow for easy removal of the sock so as not to disturb the pedicure when the sock is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Lawanda Denise Baker
  • Patent number: 10448696
    Abstract: The decorative slipper 10 includes a pocket opening 70 for reception of a person's foot therein. Pocket 70 is comprised of two toe receiving sections, a first section 70a and a second section 70b. The flap 20 is movable to the first position 50 wherein the flap 20 covers the first face 12 and body of the slipper while exposing the second face 16, and the flap opening 40 is aligned with pocket opening 70. In order to align the wearer's foot with the second face 16, the wearer places his toe section in the second section 70b of pocket 70. The flap 20 is also movable to a second position 60 wherein, the flap 20 covers the second face 16 and body of the slipper while exposing the first face 12, and the flap opening 40 is aligned with pocket opening 70. In order to align the wearer's foot with the first face 12, the wearer places his toe section in the first section 70a of pocket 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: JAY AT PLAY INTERNATIONAL HONG KONG LIMITED
    Inventor: Joseph A. Sutton
  • Patent number: 10441032
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a shoe insole includes an upper cover layer and a lower cover layer conforming in shape to the inner bottom of the shoe, and an insole body retained between the upper cover layer and the lower cover layer, taking a foot sole form to which pads are applied to selected regions of a sole taking a foot sole form; manufacturing an insole frame having a shape conforming to a three-dimensional shape of the foot sole form and applying insole pads to an upper surface of the insole frame, based on positions of marks of the test pads of the foot sole form to which the pads are applied, wherein the insole body includes the insole frame to which the insole pads are applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KOBE SOGU SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuzo Matsui, Yoshiaki Azuma, Moonsik Chung
  • Patent number: 10420394
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an insert configured to receive a foot of a wearer. The insert may consist essentially of a casing configured to at least partially enclose a foot of a wearer and including a casing material and a high heat capacity material. The article of footwear may also include an outer assembly configured to receive the foot of the wearer when the foot is received within the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mankowski, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Patent number: 10390598
    Abstract: An elastic textile is treated with a microencapsulated substance and a graspable pull mechanism is attached to the elastic textile. When a consumer pulls the pull mechanism to stretch the elastic textile from a natural relaxed state or a semi-stretched state microencapsulated substance is released. The microencapsulated substance can be fragrance, insect repellant, deodorant or a variety of other substances or combination of substances that are desirable to be released on demand by stretching the elastic textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Conscious Creations, LLC
    Inventors: Laura Aussant, Paul Dahn
  • Patent number: 10390568
    Abstract: A footwear article provided with a housing to removably hold or attach an object. The housing is arranged to minimize the inconvenience caused by the presence of the object in the housing when the housing of the footwear article is used on the foot, ankle or leg of a user. The longitudinal median axis of the object and/or the housing is located on the rear area of the inside or on the front area of the outside of the ankle/footwear article. The housing provides a storage space for an object such as a Smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FEETKIT
    Inventor: Frédéric Charles
  • Patent number: 10316441
    Abstract: An aspect of the disclosure is a footwear article. The footwear article includes a double layer knitted upper having a foot bed, an upper portion continuous with the foot bed, an ankle opening, and an inner void for receiving a foot of a wearer. The double layer knitted upper has an outer knit layer defining an exterior surface of the double layer knitted upper. The double layer knitted upper also has an inner knit layer monolithically knit to the outer knit layer. The inner knit layer has a plurality of inner knit regions that spatially correspond to the plurality of outer knit regions of the outer knit layer. The outer knit layer and the inner knit layer substantially define the foot bed and the upper portion of the double layer knitted upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventor: John Ly
  • Patent number: 10287716
    Abstract: Disclosed are a fabric manufacturing method, a manufacturing control method, a manufacturing control device and a manufacturing system, wherein the fabric manufacturing method comprises the steps of: obtaining information of a fabric function area setting performed using human morphology information, motional force analysis data and heat and moisture analysis data, wherein the information of the fabric function area setting comprises fabric function area type information; calling a corresponding relationship between the fabric function area type information and knitting member information, wherein the knitting member information comprises knitting stitch structure information and knitting action information; and performing integrated forming and seamless knitting of the fabrics according to the control instructions corresponding to the knitting stitch structure information and the knitting action information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AC Carpi Apparel Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Rong Liu, Amy Chu
  • Patent number: 10271581
    Abstract: A recovery tight having preconfigured compression zones with integrated knit structures is provided herein. The compression zones may have differing compressive properties where zones having a higher compression force are located at the calf and ankle areas of the tight, zones having the next highest compression force are located over the knee and lower thigh areas of the tight, and zones having the lowest compression force are located over the upper thigh and lower torso areas of the tight when the tight is worn. The integrated knit structures modify the compressive properties of the zones in the areas where the structures are located in order to further customize the compressive properties of the recovery tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Alyse Kehler, Richa Maheshwari, Martine Mientjes, Christopher J. Ranalli, Susan L. Sokolowski, Andrea J. Staub, Heidi A. Vaughan
  • Patent number: 10258108
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a tongue. The tongue includes a medial portion, a lateral portion, a central portion, a top portion and an upper perimeter portion. The medial portion and the top portion have similar thicknesses, which are greater than the thicknesses of the lateral portion, the central portion and the upper perimeter portion. The central portion is the thinnest portion of the tongue. Each portion of the tongue corresponds to a different pressure zone along a foot in order to provide differential cushioning and support against pressure applied by a fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Aveni, Martine I. V. Mientjes, Kelly McKean
  • Patent number: 10219549
    Abstract: Toe coverlets are provided including a flexible material configured to be positioned over the toes of a foot such that spacing between the toes of the foot is visible and does not extend onto a ball of the foot. Related systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Kelly Ward
  • Patent number: 10060055
    Abstract: A knit product includes a compression region and is formed by a circular knitting machine knitting first and second stitches having different stitch sizes in the same course. The second stitch has a smaller stitch size. The second stitch is selectively provided on a stitch-by-stitch basis. The knitting needles have a density of 14 to 24 per inch in a circumferential direction. A face yarn of a knitting yarn has a cotton count larger than 10. A back yarn of the knitting yarn is a covering yarn having a core yarn of polyurethane of 70 denier or less or a man-made fiber of 140 denier or less subjected to texturing. The size difference between the first and second stitches is 0.1 mm to 2.0 mm. The elongation difference between a first-stitch region of the first stitch and a second-stitch region of the second stitch is 20% to 100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OKAMOTO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Fukui
  • Patent number: 10034497
    Abstract: A sock has a foot portion and an ankle portion. The foot portion has an upper section, a lower section, side sections, an open rear section, and a closed forward toe section. The ankle portion has a top section and a bottom section. A forward friction zone on the foot portion is formed of a plurality of forward threads laterally spaced and extending longitudinally. The forward threads are fabricated of an elastomeric material woven into the lower section and extending rearwardly from the closed forward toe section. The forward threads are coplanar with the lower section. A rearward friction zone on the foot portion is formed of a plurality of rearward threads longitudinally spaced and extending latitudinally. The rearward threads are fabricated of an elastomeric material woven into the lower section and extending forwardly from the open rear section. The rearward threads are coplanar with the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Rhonda G. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10021919
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing sock is shown and described. In one embodiment, the sock is a shock-absorbing athletic sock generally conforming to the shape of a human foot that includes a heel portion, a mid-foot portion and a shock absorbing assembly. The shock absorbing assembly may include a cavity assembly and a shock absorbing material. In other embodiments, the sock may include a slip-avoidance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Soleimpact, Inc.
    Inventors: Ellen Frieder Spicuzza, Alicia M. Sacramone
  • Patent number: 10022257
    Abstract: A compression foot garment is integrally knit of a body yarn, and adapted for wear on a foot of a user. The foot garment incorporates first and second high compression zones, and a compression release zone between the high compression zones. The first high compression zone is adapted for applying substantially circumferential compression to the foot below the plantar fascia between the calcaneus and metatarso-phalangeal joints and generally around the midfoot. The second high compression zone is adapted for applying substantially circumferential compression to the foot above the calcaneus and generally around an ankle of the user. The first and second high compression zones may comprise elastic yarns integrated with the body yarn. The compression release zone is adapted for applying reduced compression to the foot in an area between the first and second high compression zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ING Source, Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9981448
    Abstract: A waterproof invisible barrier seam is formed between two fabric laminates, an outer shell fabric laminate and an inner lining fabric laminate. The seam includes an invisible seam tape that forms a hydrostatic barrier within the seam. The design of the seam allows the formation of an effective hydrostatic barrier along the seams of a soft shell garment, while retaining flexibility, stretch, aesthetic appearance, and reversibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Cohesive Systems LLC
    Inventor: Joseph E. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9936764
    Abstract: A shoe includes an outsole and a vamp, and a first opening is defined in the top of the shoe. A first connection portion is located along the periphery of the first opening. A water-proof sock is inserted into the first opening and has a second opening defined in the top thereof. A second connection portion is formed at the periphery of the second opening. The first connection portion is detachably connected to the second connection portion to secure the water-proof sock to the shoe. The water-proof sock can be removed from the shoe by separating the first connection portion from the second connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Chih-Fang Lo
  • Patent number: 9863070
    Abstract: A knit sleeve for providing protection to elongate members and method of construction thereof is provided. The sleeve includes a tubular knit wall having opposite end regions extending to opposite free ends and an intermediate region extending between said end regions. The intermediate region is formed as a circumferentially continuous, single knit layer and the end regions are formed having knit inner and outer layers, wherein the knit inner and outer layers inhibit the end regions from curling outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventors: Zhong Huai Zhang, Linwood Ludy
  • Patent number: 9828706
    Abstract: A method of forming an article of hosiery for being worn by a wearer in a footed or footless configuration includes forming a foot portion, leg portion, and panty portion, where the foot portion is formed by turning in an end portion of a circularly knitted fabric tube and connecting a first portion of an end edge to the fabric tube using transfer loops to form a turned welt around only a first portion of the perimeter of the fabric tube. A second portion of the end edge remains unattached and defines an opening between the second portion of the end edge and the fabric tube. The opening is dimensioned to receive toes of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. Seawell, Ronald W. Brown, Patsy H. Adams
  • Patent number: 9775401
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole system, including an upper and the sole system. The sole system includes a knitted component incorporating a one-piece knit outsole. The knit outsole has a ground-facing side, a top side, and a ground-engaging cleat member protruding from the ground-facing side of the knit outsole. The upper is connected at its bottom to the top side of the knit outsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 9770891
    Abstract: A tubular liner has an open proximal end and a closed-end distal area, and a fabric layer continuously defining an exterior surface of the liner without interruption. A polymeric layer having first and second surfaces is bonded to an interior surface of the fabric layer. A seam is formed by opposed sides of the fabric layer joined together and forming an excess portion directed toward the cavity of the liner. The excess portion is embedded in the polymeric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Asmundur Bergmann Bjarnason, Sigurdur Asgeirsson
  • Patent number: 9724260
    Abstract: A graduated compression garment is disclosed that includes a plurality of longitudinal fuzzy wales arranged to form a fabric with a plurality of transverse elastomeric threads under variable tension connecting the adjacent longitudinal fuzzy wales to deliver a first level of elastic compression distally on a limb and a gradually decreasing level of elastic compression as the limb increases in diameter proximally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Compression Dynamics, LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Winkler, Sr., Alan S. Neil
  • Patent number: 9675134
    Abstract: Provided is a footwear that excels in productivity and shape retaining property. Footwear is knitted seamlessly with a flat knitting machine having at least a pair of a front and a back needle bed and includes a base knit fabric portion having a mixed section knitted using a first knitting yarn and a second knitting yarn interwoven along the first knitting yarn. The first knitting yarn configuring the mixed section of the footwear is a knitting yarn that is not a heat-fusible yarn, and the second knitting yarn is a heat-fusible yarn having thermal adhesiveness and heat-shrinkable properties. The second knitting yarn preferably has a configuration including a core made from a material that contracts by heat, and a sheath made from a material having a lower fusing point than the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMA SEIKI MFG., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kosui, Takashi Kino, Yohji Hamada
  • Patent number: 9656149
    Abstract: A leg protector for protecting the lower leg of a sports player against injury is disclosed. The leg protector comprises a sock and a plurality of protection pads. The sock is worn, in use, over the player's lower leg. Each protection pad comprises a rear surface that is detachably engageable with the worn sock so that, when engaged, the rear surface faces inward towards the player's lower leg and a corresponding front surface faces out away from the player's lower leg. Each of the plurality of protection pads are arranged for placement at a position that protects a respective area of the player's lower leg. A first protection pad can protect an upper shin area; a second protection pad can protect a lower shin and ankle area; and a third protection pad can protect a metatarsal area of the player's lower leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SPORTS DESIGN CONCEPTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Hughes
  • Patent number: 9610199
    Abstract: A stocking for a compression-therapy patient comprises a foot portion matingly removably receiving and surrounding a foot. A closable/openable leg portion extends from the foot portion, removably receives a leg, defines adjoining edges of the leg portion, and includes a band defining an uppermost area of the leg portion and material of which is more compressive/supportive than a remainder thereof. A fastening device extends along the leg portion and continuously fastens/unfastens the edges to/from each other and closes/opens the leg portion such that the stocking can secure and apply continuous pressure to the foot/leg. The device includes a zipper and an enfoldment connected and secured along a continuous inner edge of the zipper, including material that is different than the band and/or remainder of the leg portion, and disposed between the zipper and skin and contacting the skin such that the enfoldment prevents the zipper from contacting the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Nasrin Sesi
  • Patent number: 9572375
    Abstract: A vapor-permeable waterproof sock includes a cylindrical main body including a cloth having vapor permeability and that is waterproof. The vapor-permeable waterproof sock covers a range from a foot tip portion to a crus portion. The cylindrical main body includes a plurality of cloth areas, each of which expands and contacts more easily in one direction as compared with other directions. The plurality of cloth areas are joined together, and include a crus cloth area expanding and contracting more easily in a circumferential direction of the crus portion as compared with in a longitudinal direction of the crus portion, the crus cloth area covering the crus portion; and a planta portion cloth area expanding and contacting more easily in a longitudinal direction of the planta portion as compared with a width direction of the planta portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OKAMOTO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ichiro Shinga, Toshio Ando
  • Patent number: 9575601
    Abstract: An inputting fingertip sleeve includes a number of first wires and a number of second wires. The number of second wires and the number of first wires are crossed with each other to form a sleeve. The number of first wires includes a number of ends converged at one end point. Each of the number of the first wire includes a carbon nanotube wire structure. The sleeve includes at least one opening and a close end, the at least one opening is configured to receive a finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kai-Li Jiang, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9566206
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to graduated compression garments for legs having flat toe seams, wherein the pressure value at the ankle zone (1) is of about 10-27 mmHg and at the calf zone (2) about 6-16 mmHg, wherein at least an achilles section, heel section, toe section and/or a foot sole section is cushioned on the internal side of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: SIGVARIS INC., SIGVARIS AG
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Leonard, David McKinley York
  • Patent number: 9532607
    Abstract: A sock, in particular, a sports sock, comprising a sole region (10), which has a toe region (1), a ball region (2), and a heel region (3). The sole region (10) is provided with a heel guide pad (4) and a ball guide pad (5), which lie substantially parallel to a longitudinal roll line (6) of the foot of the wearer of the sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: X-Technology Swiss GmBH
    Inventor: Bodo W. Lambertz
  • Patent number: 9476148
    Abstract: A knitted sock includes a specially shaped toe with multiple gores and extra fabric length to cover portions of a wearer's toe digits, permitting the sock to assume a relaxed form with reduction of pressure on or along a wearer's toe digits. A sock toe portion may include left and right side boundaries, a first left side gore proximate to the left side boundary, a second left side gore distanced (e.g., inset) from and non-intersecting with the first left side gore, a first right side gore proximate to the right side boundary, and a second right side gore distanced (e.g., inset) from and non-intersecting with the first right side gore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: INTERLOOP LIMITED
    Inventor: Yaser Riaz