By Diverse Laminae Patents (Class 2/412)
  • Patent number: 10327496
    Abstract: A helmet including a body, an outer shell having an inner surface and an outer surface and a plurality of shock absorbers, the shock absorbers being positioned internal of the outer shell. A first set of shock absorbers has a first shock absorption characteristic and a second set of shock absorbers has a second shock absorption characteristic, the second shock absorption characteristic being different than the first shock absorption characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Rex Medical, L.P.
    Inventor: James F. McGuckin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10297244
    Abstract: Provided are: a carbonaceous acoustic matching layer which exhibits satisfactory mechanical strength, in which losses at a layer interface are suppressed as far as possible and in which the degree of variation in acoustic impedance in the thickness direction can be increased; and a method for producing same. The carbonaceous acoustic matching layer is obtained by dispersing filler particles, which are selected on the basis of the desired acoustic impedance of each layer, in a resin such as a furan resin, a phenol resin or a vinyl chloride resin, curing, laminating, and then carbonizing the resin by heating in a non-oxidizing atmosphere, amorphous carbon, which is obtained by the resin carbonization, is integrated across all the layers. The blending proportion of the filler particles is decided so that the difference in coefficient of linear contraction caused by the carbonization is at a minimum between adjacent layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshiki Oono, Atsunori Satake, Takeshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10271604
    Abstract: A comfort padding, configured to be attached at an innermost surface of a helmet, which is facing a wearer's head, for providing a sliding movement in the comfort padding in response to an oblique force applied to the helmet in use is provided. The comfort padding comprises a layer of membrane material provided closer to the helmet than a layer of stretchable fabric or nonwoven material, and between the two layers there is a layer of open cell polymer foam, the membrane layer has a low friction surface allowing for a sliding movement between the layer of open cell polymer foam and the membrane material. A helmet comprising the comfort padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: POC Sweden AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Hallander
  • Patent number: 10271603
    Abstract: A helmet comprising and outer liner and an inner liner slidably coupled to an interior surface of the outer liner is disclosed. The outer liner comprises an interior surface and the inner liner comprises an exterior surface. The inner liner is composed of an elastically deformable material. A majority of the interior surface of the outer liner and a majority of the exterior surface of the inner liner are both substantially parallel to a pseudo-spherical surface having a coronal cross section that is circular with a first radius and a sagittal cross section that is circular with a second radius different from the first radius. The inner liner is elastically deformable along the interior surface of the outer liner in response to rotation of the outer liner relative to the inner liner caused by an impact to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Eamon Briggs
  • Patent number: 10212979
    Abstract: A helmet having an energy absorbing layer and a sliding facilitator is provided. The sliding facilitator is provided inside of the energy absorbing layer. A method of manufacturing a helmet having a sliding facilitator is further provided. The method comprising the steps of providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator contacting the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 10212981
    Abstract: A helmet 100 includes a helmet shell 16, an outer liner layer 14 fixed inside the helmet shell 16; and an inner liner layer 12 positioned against the outer liner layer 14; the outer liner layer 14 having a dome-like concave curved internal surface; the inner liner layer 12 having a dome-like convex curved external surface; the said surfaces of the inner and outer liner layers 12, 14 being substantially spherical where they overlap for allowing rotational sliding movement of the inner liner layer against the outer liner layer; a rotation-limiting mechanism being provided for limiting rotation between the inner and outer liner layers; and at least one of the said surfaces of the inner and outer liner layers 12, 14 having recesses 18 therein for weakening the layer and for facilitating crushing of the layer when a sufficiently large radial force is applied, loosening the inner liner layer 12 within the outer liner layer 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Charles Owen & Company (Bow) Limited
    Inventors: Roy O. Burek, Matthew Stewart
  • Patent number: 10178889
    Abstract: A device, system, and elements for providing customizable and regionalized head protection are disclosed. One or more protective elements and/or cushioning elements can be permanently or removably attached to a wearable shell, to provide an increased level of protection for a wearer. The size, shape, and composition of the one or more protective elements and/or cushioning elements can be varied to alter the level and location of protection provided by the head protection device. One or more accessories also can be included in the head protection device, such as light sources and reflectors to enhance the visibility of the head protection device and to provide illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Wacter, Alison Hilda Wacter
  • Patent number: 10143258
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes a shell provided with an outer surface and an inner surface, at least one pad adapted, in use, to abut against the head of a user who wears the protective helmet, including at least one first surface and a second surface that are opposite each other, elements for the connection of at least one pad to the shell associated with the at least one first surface, wherein the at least one pad is shaped as a substantially laminar body and includes at least one layer deformable and configured in a manner such to allow the sliding and/or the relative rotation between the at least one first surface and the second surface following a shear stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ANOMALY ACTION SPORTS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Elena Salmini, Carlo Salmini, Theodore Sharp Ligety, Gianluca Bisol
  • Patent number: 10112366
    Abstract: A composite comprising a first layer formed of a transparent or translucent plastic material; a second layer formed of a semi-rigid or rigid plastic material; and a third layer, securely positioned between the first and second layers, formed of a material having reflective properties on at least a side facing the first layer. A method for forming a composite comprising providing a first transparent or translucent plastic material, a second semi-rigid or rigid plastic material, and a third material having reflective properties on at least one side; positioning the first material adjacent the at least one side of the third material having reflective properties and the second material on an opposing side of the foil material; and heating the first material and the second material to a temperature of between about 110° C. and about 130° C. to form a bond between the first material, the second material, and the third material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Triforce Luggage, LLC
    Inventor: Shibing Yu
  • Patent number: 10104924
    Abstract: A support element including a padding structure constructed of a plurality of interconnected spherical shaped structures together defining a pliable support element. The spherical shaped structures are interconnected to one another with a connection defining flexible interconnectors for enabling the padding structure to be flexibly bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Alfred K. Dassler, Robert M. Schwartz, Albert J. Hofeldt
  • Patent number: 9975032
    Abstract: An improved protective helmet having an outer impact receiving shell, and inner protective shell and an intermediate piston interposed between the outer and inner shells which allows the inner shell to decelerate gradually when the outer shell is subjected to a sudden impact, and which, therefore, permits the brain to decelerate safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Frey
  • Patent number: 9872532
    Abstract: A protective helmet may include an energy management material inside an outer surface, a rim positioned on an outwardly facing surface between an inner surface and the outer surface, a sweat management pad assembly with an absorbent forehead pad positioned in a front portion of the helmet proximate the rim, the assembly including at least one absorbent extension tab extending from the absorbent forehead pad and across a portion of a surface of the rim outward of the inner surface of the energy management material, wherein the absorbent extension tab extends at least half a distance across the rim between the inner surface and the outer surface, and a fastener positioned between the absorbent extension tab and the rim and coupling the absorbent extension tab to the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Hilgard N. Muller
  • Patent number: 9861153
    Abstract: Protective headgear apparatus (such as a helmet used for contact sports) is formed to comprise a non-rigid outer shell in the form of multiple layers of open-cell foam, each layer having a different density. A flexible, lightweight metal frame (i.e., a “cage”) is disposed to contact the inner surface of the outer shell (i.e., bonded in a manner that essentially “locks” the frame to the foam layer), and an open-cell foam cushion layer (in a waffle-like pattern) is bonded to the exposed surface of the metal frame. The various foam layers are preferably impregnated with activated carbon particles that electrostatically absorb (i.e., “capture”) the energy caused by blows to the outer shell. The captured energy is thereafter distributed throughout the volume of the foam layer itself, so as to minimize the amount of energy that reaches the wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PRO-TEKT ATHLETIC SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Finisdore
  • Patent number: 9844243
    Abstract: A protective member for a graphic transfer assembly includes an interior portion to receive a sole structure of an article of footwear. The protective member may protect the sole structure from heat applied by a graphic transfer assembly. The protective member can also prevent portions of a sole structure from damaging components of a graphic transfer assembly. The protective member can be contoured to improve the seal between deformable membranes of the graphic transfer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, David P. Jones, Jeremy L. Connell
  • Patent number: 9839251
    Abstract: A composite multi-axial impact protection liner for a helmet is provided that reduces rotational acceleration, rotational strain rate, and rotational strain that cause concussions. In a protective helmet so equipped, one or more layers of fluid polymer, including strain thinning and strain thickening polymers, are positioned between the wearer's head and a hard helmet shell. The liner offers greater injury protection, performance, and personal comfort using the rate dependent and combined effect of strain thinning and strain thickening of fluid polymer layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Zymplr LC
    Inventors: Abraham Pannikottu, Abu Abraham
  • Patent number: 9814279
    Abstract: An integrally formed safety helmet structure includes an assembly of a helmet shell or a shell body, a foam filling body enclosed in the shell body and a structure body. Geometrical array texture structures are disposed at the assembling interfaces between the shell body, the structure body and the foam filling body. In manufacturing, by means of a mold or molding module and solid foaming technique, the foam filling body is integrally formed to bond with the shell body and the structure body and the geometrical array texture structures so as to form a compact and rigid multilayer complex reinforcement structure. The complex reinforcement structure not only can enhance the structural strength of the entire safety helmet, but also has the advantages of material-saving, lightweight, high security and easy manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Chang-Hsien Ho
  • Patent number: 9782962
    Abstract: A fiber reinforced resin composite for ballistic protection comprising a plurality of first and second plies wherein the first and second plies further comprise a woven fabric and a polymeric resin. The fabric has a Russell tightness factor of from 0.2 to 0.7 and a cover factor of at least 0.45, The fabric is impregnated with the resin, the resin comprising from 5 to 30 weight percent of the total weight of fabric plus resin. The fabric of each first and second ply comprises regions wherein the fabric is distorted from an orthogonal woven state by a distortion angle of least 30 degrees. The composite may further comprising a third ply having a surface area no greater than 50% of the surface area of a first and second ply. The ratio of the number of first plus second plies to the number of third plies is from 2:1 to 12:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: E I DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Hanks, Brian Charles West, John Henry McMinn, Bryce Vanarsdalen
  • Patent number: 9603406
    Abstract: A helmet with an energy absorbing layer (2) and a sliding facilitator (5) is provided. The sliding facilitator is provided inside of the energy absorbing layer (2). A method of manufacturing a helmet with a sliding facilitator is further provided. The method has the steps of providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator contacting the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 9585433
    Abstract: A helmet with an outer shell made from a fiber reinforced material, and preferably a fiber reinforced polymer. The helmet preferably has a critical impact area that contains a greater concentration of fibers. Preferably, the helmet has a weight, offset, and dimensions which are comparable to a helmet with an outer shell that is not made from a fiber reinforced material. The helmet is preferably stiffer and more protective than a conventional helmet not having a fiber reinforced outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Wade Heimer, Matthew V. Vacek, Biju Mathew, Scott Jeffrey Sorensen
  • Patent number: 9554613
    Abstract: Provided is a safety helmet that exhibits more than one color. Methods of manufacturing such safety helmets are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Radians, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike S. Tutor
  • Patent number: 9557144
    Abstract: The helmet appliqué assembly of the present invention permits a helmet wearer to upgrade the ballistic prevention capabilities of a traditional helmet quickly and efficiently. The helmet appliqué can be provided as part of a helmet appliqué system and/or assembly that includes internal-side connection means for attaching to a helmet and external-side connection means for receiving any of various external items such as identification tags, mounts and external equipment or attachments. The appliqué element can comprise various types of material, including, for example, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). In one embodiment of the present invention, multiple helmet appliqué elements are employed on the same helmet and include surfaces and portions that are cooperatively engageable for covering multiple areas of the helmet at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Velocity Systems LLC
    Inventor: David B. Strum
  • Patent number: 9474318
    Abstract: An alpine helmet for protecting the head of a wearer while the helmet is worn over a broad temperature range includes an outer shell and an energy dissipating internal padding assembly coupled to the outer shell. The padding assembly includes a first pad layer disposed inwardly of a second pad layer which may be adjacent an inner surface of the helmet shell. The first pad layer includes an arrangement of structural alterations that affect the performance of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Wesson, Samuel Kass
  • Patent number: 9370216
    Abstract: The present invention is for a safety helmet having a hard outer shell having a plurality of protective flexible air bags for protecting a person's head against blows to the helmet outer shell and having a shock absorbing face guard. Each air bag may have a plurality of cushioning air bags enclosure layers mounted to a thin foamed polymer shell lining. Each enclosure layer of each air bag has an interior filled with a resilient multi-cellular sponge like material, such as a shaped foamed polyurethane sponge, and has a plurality of air escapement openings sized to meter the release of air under impact to the helmet hard shell under predetermined pressure with a different air release pressure for each enclosure layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Charles W. Brantley
  • Patent number: 9370215
    Abstract: A helmet cover that has an outer skin, an impact absorbing material and at least one vent comprising an aperture tough the helmet cover is described. A helmet cover vent may be aligned with a vent in a helmet, thereby providing for improved ventilation and cooling, and may be attached to a helmet. A helmet cover vent may be configured as a tapered or flared vent, and may be an air capture vent. The impact absorbing material may be configured over substantially the entire helmet cover surface, or may cover only a portion of the surface. In one embodiment, the impact absorbing material is configured as a discrete pad that is located where impact is most common, such as on the front, sides, or back of the helmet cover. A discrete pad may be interchangeable, allowing for customizing the type and location of impact absorption on the helmet cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Protective Sports Equipment International Inc
    Inventors: Albert E Straus, Frank Lytle
  • Patent number: 9348949
    Abstract: Novel methods and systems for acoustic proofing are disclosed. A sound proof helmet can be designed by optimizing several layers of different materials, thickness, and physical properties. The thickness of the layers can be smaller than the wavelength of the sound waves which are meant to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Chiara Daraio, Georgios Gkantzounis
  • Patent number: 9210961
    Abstract: A new concept in cranial protection, is a device of individual protection with the purpose of protect the user's head against impact and decelerations. The Cephalic Protection Cell must be used with the objective of avoid direct injuries caused by impact and indirect injuries caused by deceleration, resting and, at the same time, improving the amount of time in which a contact strength is applied to the head, preventing, this way, localized injuries (by impact) or spreaded injuries (by deceleration) in the brain and in other internal structures of the cranium, and also regarding its hability to preserve the cervical spine, thanks to its less mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Mauricio Paranhos Torres
  • Patent number: 9163335
    Abstract: Fabrication of ballistic resistant fibrous composites having improved ballistic resistance properties and retained or improved ballistic penetration resistance properties. The composites are formed from high tenacity fibers having a tenacity of at least about 33 g/denier at ambient room temperature after being modified by a plasma treatment or by a corona treatment, without tenacity loss due to said treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Yiu-Tai Tam, David A Hurst, Mark Tallent, Henry Gerard Ardiff, John Armstrong Young, Ralf Klein, Bradley Grunden
  • Patent number: 9032558
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes a head cap, which surrounds and moves with a wearer's head, and an outer shell which surrounds the head cap. The outer shell is movable both radially and circumferentially relative to the head cap. An energy absorbing flexible liner is located between the head cap and the outer shell. The liner is attached to the outer shell and the head cap so that neither the head cap nor the head of the wearer is otherwise attached to the outer shell. The liner establishes a preset initial relative position and spacing between the head cap and the outer shell and compliantly absorbs energy imparted to the outer shell during a helmet impact to enable the outer shell to move relative to the head cap during the helmet impact and to be returned to the initial relative position with the head cap following the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Lionhead Helmet Intellectual Properties, LP
    Inventor: Robert L. Leon
  • Publication number: 20150089721
    Abstract: A shell-less helmet is provided with resilient material and a stainless steel interior member to protect the individual from head trauma while at the same time preventing the use of the helmet as a weapon due to the resilient helmet outer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Wadia M. Hanna
  • Publication number: 20150089722
    Abstract: A protective helmet which employs an inner shell, an outer shell, and dampeners positioned between the inner and outer shells which facilitate rotational movement between the inner and outer shells. The dampeners also provide shock absorption to counter the rotational acceleration caused by an impact to the helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Bret Berry
  • Patent number: 8966671
    Abstract: A sports helmet includes recessed insert surfaces on its exterior to accommodate shock absorbing inserts disposed therein. The helmet may include, for example, five recessed insert surfaces, a front recessed surface, a top recessed surface, a rear recessed surface, and two side recessed surfaces. The inserts may be disposed into the recessed surfaces to create a substantially uniform outer helmet shape. A uniform finish may cover the exterior of the helmet. The shock absorbing inserts, when used on a person receiving a force to the helmet's insert, will absorb at least a portion of the force, limiting the force's impact on the wearer's brain. The helmet may, for example, help prevent concussions and other brain injuries in sport participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Garry Rumbaugh
  • Patent number: 8966669
    Abstract: An outer hard-shell casing for a protection device that has airspace between the outer shell and inner shell or surface. This outer shell is designed to generate a shock wave during an impact to the casing. The generated shock wave then reflects off of the inner surface or shell. The reflected shock wave then dissipates along the air channel and out of the exit vents before it can be absorbed into the inner hard shell of the base or other protection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: James M. Hines
  • Patent number: 8961733
    Abstract: A method of improving an impact-protective property of a conformable substrate is provided. The method includes positioning a central core adjacent the conformable substrate. The central core includes a plurality of rigid plates. A first of the plates is joined by at least one hinge to a second of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pinwrest Development Group, LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Dodd
  • Patent number: 8927088
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composite structure for deflecting and spreading kinetic energy transmission after various types of impacts utilizing foam structures having graded properties. The structure has a first composite layer, composed of a discrete reinforcement and a continuous binder. The helmet receives contact of an object that transfers kinetic energy to a first composite layer. The helmet uses a second composite layer adjacent to the first composite layer designed such that the second composite layer compresses and expands into an expansion zone in the second composite layer. The second composite layer has expansion structures with a graded modulus such that the material at the tip of an expansion structure has a low modulus and the modulus in the expansion structure increases as it moves from the tip to the base of the expansion structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KineticShield, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Ira Faden, Thomas E. Twardowski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8925118
    Abstract: A concussion indicator that may easily be applied to a helmet is provided. The concussion indicator may visually or audibly provide indicators relating to impacts creating accelerations of the helmet that likely cause a concussion. In some embodiments, three separate indicators may be used within a single base; each indicator is configured to indicate at impacts relating to different concussion grades. A rear of the base is attachable to a surface such as an interior or exterior of a helmet. Upon a concussion triggering acceleration, the concussion indicator will indicate that a concussion is likely. This display may be seen or heard by observers if the indicator is on an exterior of the helmet, and by the user or someone who removes the user's helmet if it is on the inside of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Antonio Pietrantonio
  • Publication number: 20140373256
    Abstract: A head covering or helmet pads are removably attached to the outer surface of an existing sport's helmet. The pads are constructed to conform to the contours of the outer surface of the helmet. The pads are made from layers of thermoplastic material structured to absorb both shock and acoustic waves that may cause concussive type injuries. The thermoplastic may be an open-cell foam material selected from the group consisting of neoprene, polyethylene, silicon, urethane, silicon/urethane blend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: PHILIP R. HARRIS
  • Patent number: 8881315
    Abstract: A helmet, which includes an injection molded shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, the injection molded shell including a first main body portion and a second main body portion, wherein the first and second main body portions are formed of a first material; and a first molded hinge portion formed intermediate the first and second main body portions, the molded hinge portion adapted to allow the first main body portion and the second main body portion to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: André Desjardins, Philippe Martin, Ryan Crelinsten
  • Patent number: 8850622
    Abstract: A safety helmet includes damping elements for example made from expanded polystyrene added onto a shell made from an elastically deformable material. The whole of the surface, facing the shell, of the damping elements arranged along the periphery of the opening is positioned against the shell to form an inner supporting belt completely in contact with the shell. The helmet is arranged in such a way that a position of the head in the cavity of the helmet causes a deformation of the supporting belt by elastic deformation of the shell according to the morphology of the head, generating permanent tightening of the supporting belt against the head in substantially uniform manner along the supporting belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kuji Sports Ltd.
    Inventors: Rémi Finiel, Shaw Kaake, Ku Cheng-Huei, Xiang Zi Ping, Roger Davis
  • Patent number: 8834394
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device for reducing brain and cervical spine injury includes a headpiece sufficiently designed to secure to a user's head, the headpiece having a first attachment member; a support harness sufficiently designed to secure to the user's torso, the support harness having a second attachment member; and a telescoping member having a main tube and a series of progressively smaller diameter tubes nested within each other, wherein the smaller diameter tubes are adapted to extend and compress in a linear plane by the intake and outflow of fluid, wherein the telescoping member has a first engaging member for engaging the first attachment member, and wherein the telescoping member has a second engaging member for engaging the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Publication number: 20140223642
    Abstract: Provided is a protective insert to be received into a pocket of a protective athletic headwear. The protective insert includes a hard outer layer, at least one pliable middle layer, and a pliable inner layer. The hard outer layer includes an arrangement of first openings to enable flexing of the hard outer layer to decelerate an impact to the at least one protective insert. The at least one pliable middle layer includes at least one arrangement of second openings. The pliable inner layer provides cushioning. The hard outer layer, the at least one pliable middle layer, and the pliable inner layer are sealed such that the second openings form sealed air pockets to absorb and distribute the impact to the outer layer about the at least one protective insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8800065
    Abstract: A helmet is provided which is to be worn on the head of a helmet wearer and can be removed from the head with a comparatively small force. Operation for removing the helmet, including preliminary operation for it, can be performed easily and quickly. A recess-projection engaging mechanism to attach a blockish inside pad to a head protecting cap portion side includes an engaging pin on the inside pad side or head protecting cap portion side, and a notched engaging hole on the head protecting cap portion side or inside pad side. When pulling the inside pad outward from inside the head protecting cap portion at least partly, the engaging pin moves relative to outside the engaging hole through a notch of the engaging hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8713716
    Abstract: A wearable impact reduction device including a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, and a fourth layer. The first layer is located closest to the wearer's body and includes a flexible material configured to conform to the shape of a user's body. The fourth layer is located furthest from the wearer's body and is more rigid than the first layer whereby the fourth layer can distribute an external impact over a region. The second layer is placed between the first layer and the third layer. The third layer is placed between the second layer and the fourth layer. The second layer includes an elastically-deformable material having at least one resilient impression arranged and configured to at least partially compress upon application of a force and to return elastically to its original shape upon removal of the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Wesley W. O. Krueger
    Inventor: Wesley W. O. Krueger
  • Patent number: 8689365
    Abstract: Provided is a protective insert to be received into a pocket of a protective headwear. The protective insert includes a hard out plastic, at least one pliable middle layer and a pliable inner layer. The hard outer layer is configured to provide impact-resistance. The least one pliable middle layer has at least one arrangement of openings. Further, the pliable inner layer is configured to provide cushioning. The outer layer, the at least one middle layer and the inner layer are sealed with respect to one another such that the openings form closed air pockets. The air pockets are configured to absorb and distribute an impact to the outer layer about the at least one protective insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Publication number: 20140047621
    Abstract: An apparatus for aiding an athlete with heading a ball while protecting the head of the user participating in an athletic activity and in particular soccer players. Designed to resemble the surface of a player's head in structure and smoothness so as not to affect the trajectory of the ball during a header while at the same time absorbing the force from the impact to prevent or minimize concussions in players, especially younger athletes. This present invention is designed with the intention to overcome the rigid guidelines of youth soccer leagues and organizations, and be approved for use in games. Its design does not provide an advantage or disadvantage to the user as it is constructed to replicate a player's unaided head. The objective is that it feels like “second skin” so it will not affect the quality of movement or play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Rowena H. Toney, Brendon G. Toney, Kylie J. Toney
  • Publication number: 20140007324
    Abstract: A soft helmet for wear under a hat is described. The soft helmet may have a plurality of inserts configured to fit into pockets on the interior of the soft helmet. The inserts may be placed so as to cover a majority of a wearer's head. To provide protection, the inserts have a top portion that may be a rigid material and a bottom portion that may be an elastomeric material. The soft helmet may not be readably noticeable to viewers of a wearer using the soft helmet. In another embodiment, the soft helmet may be utilized as a standalone hat. The hat may appear to be a normal beanie or baseball cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Tim Svehaug
  • Patent number: 8621673
    Abstract: A concussion indicator that may easily be applied to a helmet is provided. The concussion indicator may visually or audibly provide indicators relating to impacts creating accelerations of the helmet that likely cause a concussion. In some embodiments, three separate indicators may be used within a single base; each indicator is configured to indicate at impacts relating to different concussion grades. A rear of the base is attachable to a surface such as an interior or exterior of a helmet. Upon a concussion triggering acceleration, the concussion indicator will indicate that a concussion is likely. This display may be seen or heard by observers if the indicator is on an exterior of the helmet, and by the user or someone who removes the user's helmet if it is on the inside of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Antonio Pietrantonio
  • Publication number: 20130340147
    Abstract: A reinforced and impact attenuating helmet comprising a shell configured to receive a head of a wearer of the helmet, the shell comprising an outer surface and an inner surface; a series of linked coils; filler material; wherein the series of linked coils are entirely encased within the filler material to form a reinforcement layer, the reinforcement layer having a first surface and an opposing surface, the first surface of the reinforcement layer generally facing toward the inner surface of the shell, the reinforcement layer being located proximate the inner surface of the shell, forming a basic helmet assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Brian C. GILES
  • Patent number: 8578520
    Abstract: The present application provides a helmet. The helmet includes an energy absorbing layer (2) and a sliding facilitator (5). The sliding facilitator is provided on an inside surface of the energy absorbing layer (2). A method of manufacturing the helmet is further provided. The method includes the steps of: providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator contacting an inside surface of the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 8554495
    Abstract: Systems and methods for head impact injury prediction. A computer implemented method is provided for event based injury predictions. The computer implemented method receives an indication of sensor data related to an impact of a user. The received sensor data is compared to previously stored sensor data in a data store. Each instance of the previously stored sensor data is associated with a medical diagnosis. If the received sensor data matches any of the previously stored sensor data based on the comparison, then an injury risk indicator is generated based on at least one of the medical diagnosis associated with the matching previously stored sensor data or an impact history of the user. The generated indicator is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: X2 Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph Mack, Marina Kuznetsova, Scott Votaw, Robert Snook
  • Patent number: 8544117
    Abstract: A helmet has a ventilated shell, ventilated padding and a ventilated liner of plural cells mounted to the padding for engaging a wearer's head. The liner has top and bottom flexible sheets fused around their perimeter, the bottom sheet having plural round or oval toroidal cells and plural round or oval closed cells, the openings in the toroidal cells extending through the top sheet. Foam at least partly fills each cell. Cells under a crown of the shell are connected in a first circuit with a valve for inflating these cells and a other cells under temporal and occipital portions of the shell are connected in a second inflation circuit with a valve for inflating the second plurality of the cells. Cells under the frontal portion not being inflatable and being substantially filled with foam padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kranos IP Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Raymond J. Drake, Jr., Cortney Warmouth, Louis Anthony VanHoutin, Vincent R. Long