Pneumatic Patents (Class 36/29)
  • Patent number: 11185126
    Abstract: An electronically controlled bladder assembly includes an adjustable pressure bladder and a constant pressure reservoir connected by an electronically controlled valve. The electronically controlled valve is operated in a manner that inflates the adjustable bladder when the current pressure is below a target pressure and in a manner that deflates the adjustable bladder when the current pressure is above the target pressure. The inflation and deflation of the adjustable bladder are achieved in an iterative manner by controlling the flow of fluid between the constant pressure reservoir and the adjustable bladder over several cycles of heel strikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 11122857
    Abstract: A footwear construction includes a sole assembly having a first midsole platform of a first durometer and a second midsole platform of a second durometer, less than the first, so that the second midsole platform is softer than the first, and an outsole having an outsole upstanding cup wall surrounding the second midsole platform so as to protect it from abrasion, and to control a lateral and expansive movement of the softer second midsole platform, when lugs of the outsole are pushed upward toward the second midsole platform due to lug engagement with an underfoot terrain feature. The platforms can be constructed from a different durometer EVA or foam. The first durometer can be about 50-60 Asker C, inclusive and the second durometer can be about 35-45 Asker C, inclusive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Cass
  • Patent number: 11096446
    Abstract: A fluid-filled chamber may include a pair of polymer layers that define a plurality of subchambers and a web area. The subchambers are protruding portions of the polymer layers that enclose a fluid, and the web area is portions of the polymer layers that are located between the subchambers and lay adjacent to each other. The subchambers may have greater thickness than the web area. A perimeter bond joining the polymer layers and extends around a periphery of the chamber. In addition, a plurality of interior bonds join the polymer layers and extend around the subchambers, which may seal the fluid within the subchambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Brandt, Jonathan A. Eckart, Danielle L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11096445
    Abstract: A sole structure may include chambers and a transfer channel containing an electrorheological fluid. Electrodes may be positioned to create, in response to a voltage across the electrodes, an electrical field in at least a portion of the electrorheological fluid in the transfer channel. The sole structure may further include a controller including a processor and memory. At least one of the processor and memory may store instructions executable by the processor to perform operations that include maintaining the voltage across the electrodes at one or more flow-inhibiting levels at which flow of the electrorheological fluid the through the transfer channel is blocked, and that further include maintaining the voltage across the electrodes at one or more flow-enabling levels permitting flow of the electrorheological fluid through the transfer channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Walker, Chin-yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 11089835
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a forefoot region disposed adjacent an anterior end, a heel region disposed adjacent a posterior end, and a mid-foot region disposed intermediate the forefoot region and the heel region. The sole structure further includes fluid-filled bladder having a first segment extending along a medial side in the heel region, a second segment extending along a lateral side in the heel region, and a web area disposed between the first segment and the second segment. Additionally, the sole structure includes an outer sole member having an upper portion extending from a first end in the forefoot region to a second end in the heel region. The second end of the outer sole member is received on a first side of the web area. The outer sole member also includes a rib extending downwardly from the upper portion and defining a cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Can Eldem, Wade Flanagan, Ryan Nyberg, Levi J. Patton, Eric S. Schindler, Jessica Small
  • Patent number: 11089840
    Abstract: Articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include one or more of: (a) an upper; (b) a sole structure including a midsole and an outsole, the outsole having a plurality of polygonal lugs arranged about a base surface of the outsole. The outsole may include one or more regions wherein the characteristics of a portion of the lugs within a region differ from the characteristics of a portion of the lugs in another region. The lugs may differ, for example based on size, construction and/or spacing between the lugs. Methods of manufacturing such articles of footwear also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Kevin W. Hoffer, Tobie D. Hatfield
  • Patent number: 11083247
    Abstract: A sports shoe includes a bottom sole and an upper vamp attached to the bottom sole. The bottom sole is provided with a compressible and stretchable air cushion. The upper vamp is provided with at least one airbag configured for covering and abutting against the foot. An air-charging valve is provided between the air cushion and the airbag. An air-intaking valve is provided between the air cushion and the external environment. An air-discharging duct is provided between the airbag and the external environment. The air-discharging duct is provided with an air-discharging valve. When the sports shoe is taken on the foot, the air cushion is used to inflate the airbag of the upper vamp automatically. After being inflated, the airbag surrounds the foot to cause the upper vamp of the shoe to fit well with the foot, to improve wearing comfort of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD., ZHEJIANG GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shufu Li
  • Patent number: 11076656
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to soles in particular midsoles for sports shoes. According to an aspect, an additively manufactured sole is provided. The sole comprises a lattice structure, the lattice structure comprising a plurality of cell elements. The sole further comprises a heel element, three-dimensionally encompassing the heel. Moreover, the sole comprises a base portion interconnecting the heel element and the lattice structure, wherein the base portion has an extension arranged to connect to a plurality of adjacent cell elements, wherein the plurality of adjacent cell elements is not positioned along an edge of the lattice structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Marco Kormann, Carl Arnese, Stanislav Goussev, Justin Thomas Steeds
  • Patent number: 11071347
    Abstract: Articles of footwear including footbed membranes and rigid or semi-rigid frames may be configured to suspend and support a wearer's foot during all stages of the gait cycle. Footbed membranes may be configured to suspend the wearer's foot with nothing underneath the footbed membrane, maintaining a gap between the footbed membrane and the frame during the entire gait cycle. Footbed membranes may be formed of elastomeric materials having less than a threshold percentage of elongation in response to loading, to maintain suspension of the wearer's foot. The outsole, frame, and footbed membrane may be integrated such that the components work together to support the wearer's foot during the gait cycle and in static conditions as well. Methods of making such articles of footwear may include sewing the footwear upper to the footbed membrane via a sew wall, without cementing the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: S-Ride, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kendall, Brent Rockne James, William James Spracher
  • Patent number: 11058174
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided and includes an upper, a fluid-filled chamber including a first portion in contact with the upper in a first region, and a midsole including a first portion disposed between the fluid-filled chamber and the upper in a second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoff S. Hale
  • Patent number: 11044964
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a midsole layer with a lower surface having a first recess that has an outer periphery spaced inward of an outer periphery of the midsole layer, and a peripheral bonding region between the outer periphery of the midsole layer and the outer periphery of the first recess. A sole plate has an upper surface with a second recess forming a cavity with the first recess between the sole plate and the midsole layer. The upper surface of the sole plate has a peripheral bonding region between an outer periphery of the sole plate and an outer periphery of the second recess. A bladder nests in the cavity with a contoured upper surface inward of the peripheral bonding region of the midsole layer and a contoured lower surface inward of the peripheral bonding region of the sole plate. A method of manufacturing the sole structure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason R. Meeker
  • Patent number: 11039662
    Abstract: An article comprises a chamber that includes a barrier formed from a polymer material. The barrier has a first portion that forms a first surface of the chamber, and a second portion that forms an opposite second surface of the chamber. The barrier forms at least one interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion. The at least one interior cavity is filled with fluid retained by the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Taylor, Dolores S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11033074
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel and forefoot regions. The sole structure also includes a first fluid-filled segment disposed within the forefoot region and includes a first portion extending continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure. The sole structure also includes a second fluid-filled segment disposed between the heel region and the first fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending continuously between the medial side and the lateral side. The sole structure also includes a third fluid-filled segment disposed between the first fluid-filled segment and the second fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending along one of the medial side and the lateral side and a second portion extending from the first portion toward the other one of the medial side and the lateral side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Frederick J. Dojan, Olivier Henrichot, Troy C. Lindner, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11026475
    Abstract: A method of making an article of footwear. The method may include forming a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid, including a first chamber barrier layer, a second chamber barrier layer, and a tensile member extending between the first chamber barrier layer and the second chamber barrier layer. The tensile member may include a first tensile member layer, a second tensile member layer, and a plurality of tethers connecting the first tensile member layer to the second tensile member layer. The method may also include extending a portion of the second chamber barrier layer toward the first tensile member layer between a first section of the second tensile member layer and a second section of the second tensile member layer, and joining the portion of the second chamber barrier layer to the first tensile member layer between the first section and the second section of the second tensile member layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hurd, Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 11019881
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a heel region, a forefoot region, and a midfoot region disposed between the heel and forefoot regions. The sole structure also includes a first fluid-filled segment disposed within the forefoot region and includes a first portion extending continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure. The sole structure also includes a second fluid-filled segment disposed between the heel region and the first fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending continuously between the medial side and the lateral side. The sole structure also includes a third fluid-filled segment disposed between the first fluid-filled segment and the second fluid-filled segment and includes a first portion extending along one of the medial side and the lateral side and a second portion extending from the first portion toward the other one of the medial side and the lateral side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Frederick J. Dojan, Olivier Henrichot, Troy C. Lindner, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10966484
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shoe sole including a first base component, at least one second top component connected to the first base component, as well as at least one third intermediate component, interposed between the first base component and the second top component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: JV INTERNATIONAL S.R.L.
    Inventor: Ambrogio Merlo
  • Patent number: 10952496
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, a first sole member, and a second sole member. The first sole member is connected to the upper. Together, the first sole member and the upper define a cavity. The first sole member includes an outer surface and a textured inner surface, the textured inner surface defining a pattern of shapes. The second sole member is positioned in the cavity. The second sole member includes a textured lower surface directly engaging the textured inner surface of the first sole member. The textured lower surface of the second sole member is complementary to the textured inner surface of the first sole member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Glancy
  • Patent number: 10932523
    Abstract: A polymeric housing may have a channel defined therein. A first conductive trace may at least partially coincide with the channel. A first wire may have a first conductor surrounded by a first insulating jacket. The first conductor may be in electrical communication with the first conductive trace. A jacket bonding region of the first jacket may be welded to a housing bonding region of the housing. The jacket bonding region and the housing bonding region may be formed from a common type of polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Walker, Chin-yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 10932524
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a forefoot region disposed adjacent an anterior end, a heel region disposed adjacent a posterior end, and a mid-foot region disposed intermediate the forefoot region and the heel region. The sole structure further includes fluid-filled bladder having a first segment extending along a medial side in the heel region, a second segment extending along a lateral side in the heel region, and a web area disposed between the first segment and the second segment. Additionally, the sole structure includes an outer sole member having an upper portion extending from a first end in the forefoot region to a second end in the heel region. The second end of the outer sole member is received on a first side of the web area. The outer sole member also includes a rib extending downwardly from the upper portion and defining a cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Can Eldem, Wade Flanagan, Ryan Nyberg, Levi J. Patton, Eric S. Schindler, Jessica Small
  • Patent number: 10905193
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a bladder having a first side formed from a first polymeric sheet and a second side formed from a second polymeric sheet. The first and second polymeric sheets define a closed volume between the first side and the second side. The second polymeric sheet at least partially defines an outsole at the second side of the bladder. The outsole includes a ground-contacting surface and a plurality of lugs. The first polymeric sheet includes a portion that extends from the first side of the bladder and is fused to the second polymeric sheet opposite the ground-contacting surface at the one of the plurality of lugs, and further defines the one of the plurality of lugs. A method of manufacturing the sole structure comprises forming the bladder and fusing the portion of the first polymeric sheet to the second polymeric sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Conrad Rehagen
  • Patent number: 10897960
    Abstract: A fluid-filled chamber may include an upper barrier portion, a lower barrier portion, and a tensile member. An upper tensile layer of the tensile member may be secured to the upper barrier portion, and a lower tensile layer of the tensile member may be secured to the lower barrier portion. The upper barrier portion and the lower barrier portion may have first areas and second areas. The first areas may be indentations extending into the chamber, and the second areas may be protrusions extending outward from the chamber. At least a portion of the first areas may be unbonded with the upper barrier portion and the lower barrier portion. Accordingly, one or more properties of the chamber, such as a flexibility, stiffness, rigidity, tensile response, compressibility, or force attenuation property, may be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Beye, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 10842226
    Abstract: An adaptive fluid system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The adaptive fluid system includes a fluid chamber that provides cushioning and shock absorption for a foot. The adaptive fluid system includes an adjustable pressure regulating valve that may be used to control the pressure of the fluid chamber. The adaptive fluid system includes a valve that prevents fluid from escaping from a fluid chamber during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, James Molyneux, Lee D. Peyton, Ty A. Ransom, Nicola J. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10834990
    Abstract: Foot support members, e.g., sole structures for articles of footwear, include dynamically transformable portions, e.g., to change a dimension and/or apply a tensile or compressive force to some portion of an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device. Such foot support members may include a flexible support member having a wave shaped portion that flexes under an applied force. Flexing of this wave shaped portion under weight of a wearer produces: (a) a change in at least one of a longitudinal or transverse dimension of the foot support member, (b) application of a compressive or tensile force to the plantar support component and/or another part of the foot support member, article of footwear, or other foot-receiving device, (c) flattening of the wave shaped portion, and/or (d) compressing the wave shaped portion together (e.g., to fold up, decrease in overall height, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10813408
    Abstract: A tactile feedback shoe sole for footwear comprising a main body that defines a toe portion, an arch portion and a heel portion. A first chamber filled with a fluid is disposed in the toe portion. A second chamber comprising a second chamber upper wall, a second chamber lower wall and projections is disposed in the heel portion. A channel is disposed at the arch portion between the first chamber and the second chamber. If the first chamber is pressurized first before exerting pressure on the second chamber, which is likely to happen when the user of the sole runs following a forefoot running technique, the fluid from the first chamber flows to the second chamber and the fluid in the second chamber does not allow contact of the heel of the user to come in contact of the projections present in the inflated second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Adam Michaels Urbin
  • Patent number: 10806214
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure including a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid, the chamber having a top portion, a bottom portion, and side portions around a periphery of the chamber. The sole structure also includes a central structure located in a central portion of the chamber between opposing side portions of the chamber, such that the chamber is devoid of additional structures in a surrounding region around the central structure and extending from the central structure to the side portions of the chamber. On all sides of the central structure, a dimension of the surrounding region between the central structure and the nearest side portion is one third or more of a span across the chamber between opposing side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Devonne Devoe, Benjamin J. Monfils, Lee D. Peyton, Danielle L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10798988
    Abstract: A footwear article having a cartridge enclosing a fluid, the cartridge including a cartridge inlet and a cartridge outlet, and a fluid circulation system for circulating the fluid into the cartridge inlet and out of the cartridge outlet. The fluid circulation system may include a pump having a pump inlet in fluid communication with the cartridge outlet and a pump outlet in fluid communication with the cartridge inlet. Preferably, the cartridge further encloses particulate matter suspendable in the fluid. The pump may be a bellows pump. The cartridge is preferably interchangeable and can be attached and detached from the footwear article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Brown
  • Patent number: 10786039
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure with a sole member. The sole member can be manufactured using a cushioning sole system that provides different cushioning characteristics to a sole member using varying patterns of apertures. A user's foot morphology and/or preferences may be used to design the sole member. The sole member can include a set of apertures that are formed along various surfaces of the sole member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane S. Kohatsu, Christopher S. Cook, Bret Schoolmeester
  • Patent number: 10779613
    Abstract: An outsole includes a substantially flat reference surface formed on a lower side of the outsole, and studs projecting downward from the reference surface and each having a projection surface positioned below the reference surface. Midsole hollows are provided in a lower portion of a midsole. The midsole hollows are each defined between an upper portion of the outsole and an associated one of midsole recesses formed in a lower surface of a lower midsole at positions facing upper sides of the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Yahata, Kazunori Iuchi
  • Patent number: 10772791
    Abstract: A device can comprise: a trigger chamber, having a trigger elastic wall and a trigger base wall, the trigger chamber configured for relative motion between the trigger elastic wall and the trigger base wall; a connecting line fluidly coupled to the trigger chamber, the connecting line having a substantially inelastic wall; a stimulation chamber fluidly coupled to the connecting line, the stimulation chamber having a stimulation elastic wall and a stimulation base wall, the stimulation chamber configured for relative motion between the stimulation elastic wall and the stimulation base wall, the stimulation elastic wall having an exterior surface; a plurality of projections coupled to the exterior surface; and a stabilizing frame, the stabilizing frame having a substantially rigid wall, the stabilizing frame having a plurality of apertures, the stabilizing frame extending over the stimulation chamber, the projections configured to extend through the apertures when the stimulation chamber is expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Khalafalla Bushara
  • Patent number: 10772379
    Abstract: A dynamic pressure controlled air cushion device disposed on a bottom part of a shoe comprises a first air bag and a second air bag communicated with each other through an air passage, and the first air bag and the second air bag are respectively disposed corresponding to a front foot sole and a rear foot sole of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Li-Pang Mo, Shih-Chang Chen, Yung-Lung Han, Wei-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 10750821
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, and multiple cushioning components that are attached to a ground-facing surface of the upper. The cushioning components are spaced apart from one another so that the ground-facing surface of the upper is exposed between the cushioning components and the cushioning components at least partially form a ground contact surface. At least one of the cushioning components includes a bladder element with a fluid-filled cavity. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear comprises attaching cushioning components to a ground-facing surface of an upper so that the cushioning components are spaced apart from one another, the ground-facing surface of the upper is exposed between the cushioning components, and the cushioning components at least partially form a ground contact surface, wherein at least one of the cushioning components includes a bladder element with a fluid-filled cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Pamela S. Greene
  • Patent number: 10743614
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole assembly with a midsole and an outsole. The midsole includes a fluid-filled bladder element including a first polymeric sheet that has a surface with an impression. The fluid-filled bladder element has a sealable internal cavity that retains fluid. A first portion of the bladder element with the impression is exposed to view through one of the midsole, the outsole, or an upper. A second portion of the bladder element is blocked from view by said one of the midsole, the outsole, or the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Taryn Hensley, Dervin A. James
  • Patent number: 10721992
    Abstract: In a sole structure for a flexible shoe with a flexibly elastic mid-sole which comes at least partially into contact with the ground during walking and has laterally open, channel-containing elements which are oriented transversely with respect to its longitudinal direction and extend down towards the ground, wherein the mid-sole has a border strip bridging each of the channel-containing elements, wherein the outwardly directed end faces of the channel-containing elements are provided with horizontal predetermined fold notches, and wherein the channel-containing elements are deformable vertically and/or in the longitudinal direction in the area of the border strip under the effect of forces that act vertically and/or in the longitudinal direction during walking, until their lateral openings become worn, wherein the predetermined fold notches have a vertical width corresponding to the height of the lateral openings of the channel-containing elements and are flush with the lateral openings of the channel-contai
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ON CLOUDS GMBH
    Inventors: Olivier Bernhard, Ilmarin Heitz
  • Patent number: 10713974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a displacement transducer arrangement for measuring intrusions in a crash test dummy, having a first mounting and a second mounting, wherein a distance between the first mounting and the second mounting is variable, wherein there is a displacement transducer for measuring the distance (D) between the first mounting and second mounting, wherein the first mounting and second mounting are connected to each other by a scissor lift mechanism. The invention further relates to a crash test dummy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Gerhard Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10709196
    Abstract: Ground-engaging components for articles of footwear include: (a) an outer perimeter boundary rim that at least partially defines an outer perimeter of the ground-engaging component; (b) an inner perimeter boundary rim that at least partially defines an inner perimeter of the ground-engaging component, wherein a first open space is defined between the outer perimeter boundary rim and the inner perimeter boundary rim, and wherein a second open space is defined between a lateral side portion of the inner perimeter boundary rim and a medial side portion of the inner perimeter boundary rim; and (c) a support structure extending from the outer perimeter boundary rim to the inner perimeter boundary rim and across the first open space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Karen S. Dimoff, Lysandre Follet, Thomas Foxen, John Hurd, Shane S. Kohatsu, Troy C. Lindner, David J. Roulo, Adam Thuss, Andrea Vinet
  • Patent number: 10687582
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole structure attached to an upper defining an internal void configured to receive a foot of a wearer is described. The sole structure includes a sole body portion having a plurality of sensory node elements located in apertures in the sole body portion. The sensory node elements have a bottom surface configured to contact the ground and move vertically within the apertures. The movement of sensory node element pushes a top surface of the sensory node element attached to a portion of the upper against the foot of the wearer. The sensory node element provides sensory feedback to the foot of the wearer about the condition of the ground. The sensory node elements are arranged at discrete locations across the sole structure to provide sensory feedback at desired portions of the foot of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Meschter, Kevin W. Hoffer
  • Patent number: 10661543
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a lamination machine and lamination process for laminating a membrane to a three-dimensional (3D) target surface of an article, such as a footwear article, glove, clothing article, backpack, or other article. The lamination machine may include an inflatable former that is permeable to air. The inflatable former may have a shape that generally corresponds to a shape of the target surface. The membrane and target surface may be arranged on the former, with a heat-activated adhesive disposed between the membrane and the target surface. The lamination machine may further include a pump to pump heated compressed air into the former. The heated compressed air may inflate the former to press the membrane against the target surface and to activate the adhesive to bond the membrane to the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Outdry Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Matteo Morlacchi
  • Patent number: 10660396
    Abstract: The invention discloses a pair of sports shoes comprising a shoes body, a pressure generating device, a humidity sensor, a controller and a switch valve. A shoes chamber is provided at the heel of the shoes body, and the pressure generating device is arranged in the groove chamber. The upper work end of the pressure generating device is in contact with the lower surface of the insole of the shoes body; the humidity sensor is setted at the upper surface of the insole of the shoes body; the humidity sensor, the controller and the switch valve are electrically connected in turn, and the pressure generating device supplies power to the humidity sensor, the controller, and the switch valve, respectively; the controller controls the pressure generating device to stop or start energizing the solenoid valve tongue of the switch valve to close or conduct the gas passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Tao Gong, Jianshe Zhou
  • Patent number: 10653247
    Abstract: Adjustable mattress assemblies are described in which a mattress incorporates regions where additional pressure reduction is adjustable via pliable fluid bladders filled with a gas or fluid. Such areas of the mattress where additional pressure reduction is desired may include regions of the mattress which support areas of the body which may be particularly susceptible to pressure ulcers such as the heels, sacral regions, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhat, George Y. Choi, Robert A. Brommer, Allen J. Li
  • Patent number: 10631593
    Abstract: A chamber may include a first barrier portion, a second barrier portion, a peripheral bond, an interior bond, and a fold. The first barrier portion defines a first surface of the chamber. The second barrier portion defines a second surface of the chamber, the first surface being opposite the second surface. The peripheral bond joins the first barrier portion and the second barrier portion to form an interior void within the chamber and seal a fluid within the interior void. The interior bond is spaced inward from the peripheral bond and joins the first barrier portion and the second barrier portion. Additionally, the fold is in the second barrier portion and extends away from the interior bond and through a majority of a thickness of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 10575589
    Abstract: An electronically controlled bladder assembly includes an adjustable pressure bladder and a constant pressure reservoir connected by an electronically controlled valve. The electronically controlled valve is operated in a manner that inflates the adjustable bladder when the current pressure is below a target pressure and in a manner that deflates the adjustable bladder when the current pressure is above the target pressure. The inflation and deflation of the adjustable bladder are achieved in an iterative manner by controlling the flow of fluid between the constant pressure reservoir and the adjustable bladder over several cycles of heel strikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 10555580
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure including a polymeric bladder element enclosing a fluid-filled interior cavity. The bladder element has a surface with a groove that extends generally parallel with a transverse edge from a lateral side to a medial side, and has a reduced thickness at the groove. A first length along a longitudinal midline of the bladder element from a longitudinal extremity of the bladder element to the groove corresponds with a first footwear size, and a second length along the longitudinal midline of the bladder element from the longitudinal extremity to the transverse edge corresponds with a second footwear size larger than the first footwear size. The sole structure is used in a method of manufacturing an article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10548370
    Abstract: A shoe sole includes a footbed, a midsole, and an outsole. The footbed includes deformable semi-tubular elements that protrude downward and are received in corresponding trough-shaped cavities of the midsole, which provide cushioning when the semi-tubular elements are compressed under load, and also provide a spring return effect. The semi-tubular elements may have a depth greater than a depth of a corresponding trough shaped cavity whereby the footbed is held in a raised position above the top surface of the midsole. The separation between the footbed and the top surface of the midsole is smaller in forefoot area and greater in the heel area. The separation provides shock absorption and resilience in the shoe because it allows the semi-tubular elements to deform under load and absorb impact shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rockport IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: James Walsh, Darrell Forbes, Jason Nevens
  • Patent number: 10537153
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole having four stacked polymeric sheets bonded to one another to define a first cushioning layer, a second cushioning layer, and a third cushioning layer. Each cushioning layer comprises a sealed chamber retaining gas in isolation from each other sealed chamber. Bonds between adjacent ones of the sheets are arranged such that the third cushioning layer is stacked directly above the first cushioning layer with the second cushioning layer bordering both the first cushioning layer and the third cushioning layer, and the sealed chamber of the second cushioning layer includes a plurality of elongated segments each extending lengthwise across a longitudinal midline of the midsole at a respective acute angle to the longitudinal midline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Case, Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10536023
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an intelligent insole module. The intelligent insole module is placed inside an insole for tracking a user's exercise behavior. The intelligent insole module comprises a sensing unit, a wireless unit, a control unit and a power supply unit. The sensing unit detects an exercise information. The wireless unit transmits the exercise information. The control unit is connected to the sensing unit and the wireless unit, and controls the sensing unit and the wireless unit. The power supply unit is connected to the control unit, and supplies electricity to the intelligent insole module. The power supply unit comprises a magnetic charging structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Goldtek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lih-Sin Lee, Wang-Hung Chiang
  • Patent number: 10517352
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article comprises etching an etched feature on a surface of a first polymeric sheet, and forming a fluid-filled bladder element from the first polymeric sheet, with the fluid-filled bladder element having a sealable internal cavity that retains fluid. The method includes assembling the bladder element in the article so that a first portion of the bladder element having the etched feature is exposed to view, and a second portion of the bladder element is blocked from view by the article. An article includes the bladder element with the etched feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Taryn Hensley, Dervin A. James
  • Patent number: 10512301
    Abstract: A cushioning assembly for an article of footwear includes a first bladder wall and a second bladder wall disposed opposite the first bladder wall. At least one of the first bladder wall and/or the second bladder wall defines a plurality of domes defining a fluid-filled cavity between the first bladder wall and the second bladder wall. The domes include a base portion defining a generally hemispherical segment having a base radius, and a cap portion defining a generally hemispherical cap having a cap radius. The cap radius is less than the base radius. The cushioning assembly may include a load distribution structure positioned adjacent the cap portions of the domes to distribute an applied load across the domes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10499842
    Abstract: Systems and methods for clinical assessment of balance may include a tilting balance platform further including: an upper platform, a lower platform, and an array of force transducers sandwiched between the upper platform and the lower platform. The systems may also include: a toroidal bladder supporting the lower platform; an air pressure sensor and a control valve connected to the toroidal bladder; an inclinometer that measures tilt information of the balance platform; and a computer that receives a control signal to activate one of: the array of force transducers and the inclinometer. If the array of force transducers is activated, then a clinical test is performed to measure changes to a subject's Center of Pressure on a stabilized balance platform, and if the inclinometer is activated, then another clinical test is performed to measure the tilt information caused by a subject's movements on a de-stabilized balance platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Diversified Healthcare Development, LLC
    Inventors: Dean G. Sbragia, John F. Byrd
  • Patent number: 10477919
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a barrier that has a first portion that includes a first outer surface, and a second portion that includes a second outer surface. The barrier includes a first and a second interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion. The barrier includes a bond that secures an inner surface of the first portion to the second portion and separates the first and the second interior cavity. An outsole is secured to the second outer surface, and includes a first outsole portion extending under the first interior cavity, and a second outsole portion extending under the second interior cavity and separated from the first outsole portion by a gap, with the bond aligned with and overlying the gap such that the second outer surface is exposed between the first outsole portion and the second outsole portion at the bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Danielle L. Taylor, Dolores S. Thompson, Frederick J. Dojan
  • Patent number: 10477914
    Abstract: A shoe has an air pump device comprising a bellows formed in a cavity in a heel area of the sole structure. The cavity has an average height of at least 4 mm and extends horizontally over most of the surface of the heel area, so that a support strip of the compressible material of the at least one intermediate layer remains between the cavity and the outside edges of the sole structure on the sides and at the heel, wherein the support strip extends vertically over the full height of the cavity and the average width of the support strip is not more than 20% of the maximum width of the heel area measured transversely to the walking direction. The compressible material has an average hardness between 30 and 55 Shore-A at least in the area of the support strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ATMOS AIRWALK AG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Möhlmann, Jens Schmidt