Insoles Patents (Class 36/43)
  • Patent number: 12023872
    Abstract: Personalized insole manufacturing apparatus and method includes a foot pressure pattern measuring unit configured to measure user's foot pressure pattern, a foot pressure pattern image acquisition unit configured to capture an image of the foot pressure pattern printed on the foot pressure pattern measuring unit and combine the captured image with a foot shape image, a foot pressure pattern pressure calculation unit configured to divide the combined image into a predetermined number of areas, and calculate a pressure level for each area, an insole attachment calculation unit configured to calculate data of an attachment pad corresponding to the foot pressure pattern, and an insole attachment output unit configured to visually show the attachment pad or data calculated by the insole attachment calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2024
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Namhee Kim
  • Patent number: 12022911
    Abstract: An insole having, a base layer, a top layer fixedly secured to the base layer, a middle layer comprised of the base layer and the top layer positioned between the base layer and the top layer, a pressure projection extending upwardly from within the middle layer and extending past an upper surface of the upper layer, the projection including a disc fixedly secured within the middle layer, an annular ring fixedly secured atop the disc, a circular metal insert fixedly secured atop the disc within the annular ring, the circular metal insert having a horseshoe-shaped aperture therein. The insole may also include projections either positioned proximate an inside arch and/or positioned proximate an outside arch. The insole may also comprise a projection positioned proximate to a midfoot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Annette Verpillot
  • Patent number: 12016428
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to an adjustable insole for a footwear article. In various embodiments, the adjustable insole comprises an insole body comprising a heel bottom cavity defined by a cavity opening provided along an insole body bottom surface; and a removeable heel bottom insert configured to be disposed within the heel bottom cavity such that a first insert portion is disposed within the heel bottom cavity and a second insert portion defines a lowermost surface of the adjustable insole, the removeable heel bottom insert having a selectively adjustable configuration relative to the insole body that is defined by an arrangement of the removeable heel bottom insert within the heel bottom cavity in one of a nominal position and a rotated position defined relative to the nominal position by a rotation of the removeable heel bottom insert through an angle of rotation of at least approximately 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitris Plessas, Juraj Suska, Maria Rojko Nisu
  • Patent number: 12017475
    Abstract: The present application can provide a decoration material in which a printed layer having various designs and colors to meet demands and needs is formed on a basic material layer to have clearness and high adhesion. The present application can also provide a transfer film for manufacturing the decoration material and a method for manufacturing a decoration material using the transfer film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: LX HAUSYS, LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Yeon Seo, Won Tae Kim, Heon Jo Kim
  • Patent number: 12004598
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed including a tri-layer orthotic system having a heel portion and a forefoot portion to support respective heel and forefoot portions of a foot through at least a portion of a gait cycle. The tri-layer orthotic system can include an upper layer suspended over a mid-layer and a base layer to create a rear spring section, a mid-spring section, and a front spring section. A distal toe portion of the mid-layer can form the forefoot portion of the tri-layer orthotic system and a heel upper layer portion of the upper layer can form the heel portion of tri-layer orthotic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: SubioMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry A. Butler
  • Patent number: 12008617
    Abstract: The disclosed systems provide ways to manufacture a style of an article of footwear in bulk, while providing customization for heel stability for individual customers. Moreover, the disclosed systems provide ways to customize articles of footwear for a customer on an ongoing basis, such that the heel stability of the articles of footwear is refined until a tailored fit is achieved for the same customer. Generally, the process may include providing a user/customer with an article of footwear, getting evaluation information about the stability of the article of footwear from a survey (e.g., asking the user to rate the stability of the article of footwear in a smartphone app), modifying the next article of footwear provided to the user/customer according to the evaluation information, and iterating through this process to give the user an article optimized for stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Cook, Shane S. Kohatsu, Bret Schoolmeester, Daniel T. Rowe
  • Patent number: 11998083
    Abstract: A method of forming and shaping a waterproof and moisture permeable shoe upper includes disposing a shoe upper and a waterproof and moisture permeable film on a shoe last, wherein at least one of the shoe upper and the waterproof and moisture permeable film includes microwave treatable material, and heating the shoe last with the shoe upper and the waterproof and moisture permeable film thereon by microwave, so that the shoe upper and the waterproof and moisture permeable film are combined by the microwave treatable material and shaped to form the waterproof and moisture permeable shoe upper after cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: SHENG LONG MATERIAL TECH. LTD. (WS)
    Inventor: Chin-Hsun Hsiao
  • Patent number: 11986045
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided and includes a sole having a forefoot portion, a midfoot portion and a heel portion and a support member including a first part and a second part. The first part of the support member extends at least partially into the forefoot portion, and the second part of the support member extends from the first part and at least partially into a portion of the sole that is in or between the midfoot portion and the heel portion, where the first part forms a loop defining an opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Deckers Outdoor Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew James Head, Thibaut Poupard
  • Patent number: 11986056
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure comprise footwear having an adjustable lining. The adjustable shoe may comprise a sole structure, an upper, and an adjustable lining configured to provide for length and/or width adjustability of the shoe. The adjustable lining may be coupled to the upper and may be configured to be moved relative to the upper to adjust a shape and/or a fit of the upper (e.g., change a length and/or a width of the upper).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: FAST IP, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Cheney, Seth Munger
  • Patent number: 11974636
    Abstract: An orthotic support insole having a body including each of an uppermost anti-microbial lining, an intermediate foam layer, a rigid stabilizer insert and a bottom-most thermo-formable foam layer. An extending edge of the body corresponds to at least a heel cup and intermediate sides being fused along an outer perimeter edge to prevent delamination. The body includes a non-standard thickness along an axial length thereof and the fused perimeter edge extends to a location proximate a forward extending edge portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: David Epstein
  • Patent number: 11964436
    Abstract: In an example, a method includes operating, by a processor, on object model data and operating, on a processor, on pattern data. The object model data describes at least part of an object to be generated in additive manufacturing and the pattern data describes an object pattern intended to be formed on at least a portion of the part of the object to be generated in additive manufacturing. The method includes determining, by a processor, control data to control a print agent applicator to apply a pattern of fusing agent onto a part of a layer of build material. The pattern of fusing agent comprises a fusing agent area and a gap area that lacks fusing agent. The gap area corresponds to the object pattern such that no fusing agent is applied to a part of the layer of build material that corresponds to the object pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Huang, Gary J. Dispoto, Craig Peter Sayers
  • Patent number: 11958261
    Abstract: Example shoe manufacturing methods and related computer readable medium for implementing a portion of said manufacturing methods are disclosed herein. In some examples, the method includes placing an upper member about an upper portion of a last, wherein the last is a form for the shoe. In addition, the method includes producing a lasting based on data relating to a foot of a user, and attaching the lasting to the upper member, wherein the lasting extends over a lower portion of the last. Further, the method includes molding a sole onto the lasting and the upper member, and removing the last from the upper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Ponomarev, Matthew G. Lopez, Stephen George Miller
  • Patent number: 11950653
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a foam element extending from a forefoot region to a heel region. A lower surface of the foam element includes a recess formed in the forefoot region. The sole structure also includes a posterior cushioning arrangement extending along a peripheral region of the sole structure from a heel region to a mid-foot region, and an anterior cushioning arrangement disposed in the recess of the foam element. The anterior cushioning arrangement has a proximal end adjacent to the lower surface of the foam element and a distal end formed on an opposite side of the anterior cushioning arrangement than the proximal end. The anterior cushioning arrangement includes at least one medial bladder proximate to a medial side of the sole structure and at least one lateral bladder proximate to a lateral side of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul VanDomelen
  • Patent number: 11925236
    Abstract: A non-removable insole, that is an integral part of a shoe or other footwear article, includes at least: a top layer, a middle layer, and a bottom layer. The middle layer of the insole has apertures or cavities, that define several discrete storage chambers within the insole. Each storage chamber stores a mixture of two or more particulate materials. The mixture includes one or more materials selected from Group A, which includes natural sand, synthetic sand, artificial sand, kinetic sand, silica, quartz. The mixture further includes one or more materials selected from Group B, which includes: powdered aluminum, powdered titanium, powdered zinc, powdered magnesia, powdered silver, powdered anti-bacterial agent, powdered metal, powdered talcum, grained cork, grained coal, grained wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: INSAND LTD.
    Inventors: Anat Ophir, Moran Agaki Bardenstein
  • Patent number: 11900432
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing articles of footwear include providing articles to a customer, receiving evaluations of one or more structural characteristics of the articles, and making new customized articles for the customer based on the evaluations of one or more structural characteristics. The method can be conducted as a cycle that is repeated each time the customer buys a new pair of footwear. Systems for manufacturing customized articles of footwear include: a computing system that receives input including a customer-selected evaluation of one or more structural characteristics of an article of footwear, wherein the article of footwear includes a first sole member with a first structural characteristic having a first value; and a second sole member for a second article of footwear, wherein a surface of the second sole member is modified to include a first pattern of apertures and/or incisions based on the customer-selected evaluation of the first structural characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher S. Cook, Shane S. Kohatsu, Bret Schoolmeester, Daniel T. Rowe
  • Patent number: 11890843
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method for fabricating a composite structure for use as a resilient cushion, including: (a) placing a sheet of first resilient material on a surface; (b) cutting the sheet of first resilient material by pressing a cutter on to the first resilient material to produce a cut sheet of first resilient material displaying a cutting pattern of discrete first resilient elements of defined widths and lengths, wherein at least one of the first resilient elements touches adjacent resilient elements along its side; and (c) mounting a first expanse of material on at least one of the first resilient elements of the cut sheet of first resilient material to form a first composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 11882899
    Abstract: A strobel for an article of footwear comprises a polymeric bladder that defines an interior cavity. The polymeric bladder is configured to retain a fluid in the interior cavity. The polymeric bladder has a peripheral flange extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the interior cavity. The peripheral flange defines a groove extending along the peripheral flange. The polymeric bladder may include a first polymeric sheet bonded to a second polymeric sheet at the peripheral flange and joined to the second polymeric sheet at a plurality of interior welds. Methods of manufacturing a strobel and manufacturing footwear are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arick Auyang, Derek Houng, Eric A. Schmalzer, Matthew Temple, Jeffrey S. To, Geoffrey A. Weston
  • Patent number: 11882900
    Abstract: A present invention related to a method for manufacturing a dot bonding shoe insole using an adhesive resin containing hydrophobic nano-silica, including: melting adhesive resin made of any one selected from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) containing hydrophobic nano-silica in the range of 0.2 to 5 phr and applying to the surface of the transfer roller in which the intaglio dot pattern is formed in a mesh shape in the shape of the shoe insole; removing the adhesive resin applied other area than the intaglio dot pattern of the surface of the transfer roller; transferring the adhesive resin applied to the intaglio dot pattern of the surface of the transfer roller to either one of the foam or the fabric; bonding the foam and the fabric by compressing; and cutting a shoe insole shape in a package in which the foam and the fabric are bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Heedae Park
  • Patent number: 11877622
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a strobel that has a polymeric bladder defining an interior cavity and configured to retain a fluid in the interior cavity. The polymeric bladder has a peripheral flange extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the interior cavity. A tensile component is disposed in the interior cavity and is secured to opposing inner surfaces of the polymeric bladder. The peripheral flange defines a groove extending along the peripheral flange. The strobel also includes a lasting component configured to extend along the peripheral flange around the at least a portion of the perimeter of the interior cavity. The lasting component is secured to the peripheral flange. A method of manufacturing footwear that includes the strobel is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arick Auyang, Derek Houng, Jason R. Meeker, Eric A. Schmalzer, Jeffrey S. To, Geoffrey A. Weston
  • Patent number: 11877621
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a strobel that has a polymeric bladder defining an interior cavity and configured to retain a fluid in the interior cavity. The polymeric bladder has a peripheral flange extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the interior cavity. A tensile component is disposed in the interior cavity. The tensile component is secured to opposing inner surfaces of the polymeric bladder. The peripheral flange defines a groove extending along the peripheral flange. The groove serves as a guide path for an operator or for a machine to follow when stitching or otherwise securing the strobel to the upper. A method of manufacturing footwear is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arick Auyang, Derek Houng, Jason R. Meeker, Eric A. Schmalzer, Jeffrey S. To, Geoffrey A. Weston
  • Patent number: 11877618
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear may have a midsole system that includes a sole plate having a forefoot region and a midfoot region. The sole plate may have a foot-facing surface and a ground-facing surface opposite to the foot-facing surface. The sole plate may define a through hole extending from the foot-facing surface to the ground-facing surface in the forefoot region. The through hole may be closer to a medial edge of the sole plate than to a lateral edge of the sole plate. The sole plate may have ridges extending longitudinally in the midfoot region and in the forefoot region. The ridges may have crests at least some of which may extend non-parallel with one another in a longitudinal direction of the sole plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Chambers, John Droege
  • Patent number: 11864624
    Abstract: A sole for footwear includes an elongate body and a plurality of discrete, flexible and inserts configured to be secured to the elongate body. The insert has an elongate main portion fabricated from an elastic material and having a first end portion and a second end portion, a first anchor attached to the first end portion of the elongate main portion and configured to detachably engage a sole and a second anchor attached to the second end portion of the elongate main portion and configured to detachably engage a sole. The anchors can be secured in notches in a cavity of the sole to securely attach the insert to the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Bionic Muscle LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Smith, Anthony Loconte, Evan R. Jones, Allan Katz, Lawrence Rabinowitz
  • Patent number: 11805852
    Abstract: A combined shoe and orthotic support including a bracing assembly, a closing assembly and a protective assembly. The bracing assembly includes a back side support, a left rigid brace, a right rigid brace, and a tongue that are adapted to surround the user's ankle to provide support against ankle issues such as sprains, fractures or the like. The plurality of straps included in the closing assembly allows the user to adjust the bracing assembly around the ankle with a predetermined adjustment. The front side support and the closing assembly further includes laces and a zipper, wherein the laces allow the present invention to be adjusted around the foot and the zipper allows the front side support to be widely opened, allowing the user's foot to be placed in and out of the shoe with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventor: Dave Mosher
  • Patent number: 11805850
    Abstract: A human shoe sole has foot supporting upper surface including a first region for supporting the first, second, third, fourth and optionally fifth metatarsal heads of the foot of the wearer when the human shoe sole is worn; a second region for supporting the wearer's heel when the shoe sole is worn; and a section bridging the first section and the second section. The shoe sole includes a cuboid pad immediately forward the second section configured to underlie essentially the central interior region of the cuboid bone of the wearer, The cuboid pad includes an obliquely running groove or notch on a superior surface of the cuboid pad arranged to align with the location of the peroneus longus tendon of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Dananberg, Brian G. R. Hughes
  • Patent number: 11758984
    Abstract: A custom footwear sole component may have an upper surface conforming to a lower surface of an underfoot component. A method of making the custom sole component includes detecting a shape of a lower surface of the underfoot component. An upper surface of the sole component may be designed that has an upper surface conforming to the detected shape of the lower surface of the underfoot component. The sole-component upper-surface design may conform to three-dimensional geometrical surface data describing an as-worn shape of the lower surface of the underfoot component. Portions of the upper surface of the sole component may extend beyond an upper surface of the underfoot component to form with the underfoot component a combined continuous upper surface. The designed sole component and custom footwear may then be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: LINQ, LLC
    Inventor: Tarik Adam Kaddouri
  • Patent number: 11700904
    Abstract: A footwear system includes a sensorized insole and a charger. The sensorized insole has an insole bulk having a foot-facing upper surface. A sensor is embedded in the insole bulk for measuring a parameter of a user's foot, a battery is embedded in the insole bulk for providing energy to the sensor, and a receiver pod is embedded in the insole bulk and is spaced from the foot-facing upper surface for wirelessly receiving energy and providing energy to the battery. The charger provides energy to the receiver pod, and includes a cable for connecting to an energy source, and a transmitter pod electrically connected to the cable for receiving energy from the cable and wirelessly transmitting energy to the receiver pod. The transmitter pod is positionable against the foot-facing upper surface to wirelessly provide energy to the receiver pod through the insole bulk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: ORPYX MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Travis Stevens, Michael Purdy, Kogan Lee, Paul Garrity
  • Patent number: 11647805
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to three-dimensionally printed articles for use in footwear and associated systems and methods. In some embodiments, a three-dimensionally printed article may comprise a closed-cell foam. The closed-cell foam may have a gradient in and/or may be a single integrated material. In some embodiments, a three-dimensionally printed article may comprise a sensor. The use of such arrangements can, according to certain embodiments, allow for the production of improved articles of footwear and/or customized articles of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Kornit Digital Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Travis Alexander Busbee
  • Patent number: 11642279
    Abstract: A somatosensation and proprioceptor stimulation surface configured to stimulate rapid-firing nerves in the receptive field of a user's glabrous skin. The somatorsensation and proprioceptor stimulation surface includes a plurality of protuberances disposed thereupon, each protuberance sized and spaced apart appropriately to impress the receptive field when pressed in contact with the glabrous skin of the user. Each protuberance widens from an apex toward a base whereby increased pressure applied to the surface increases an area of contact and stimulation by applying stimulation over a larger area of skin. The protuberances are spaced apart to maximize stimulation of rapid firing nerves while lessening overstimulation. The somatosensation and proprioceptor stimulation surface is rendered in the form of a mat or floor covering and alternatively as an insole for wear in a user's shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: NABOSO TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Emily Splichal
  • Patent number: 11623391
    Abstract: In a three-dimensional shaping device, a support layer includes a dissolution removal target region removed by dissolving in the predetermined liquid and formed at a periphery of at least one part of the three-dimensional shaped object, and a non-dissolution removal target region removed through a method other than dissolution by the predetermined liquid and formed at a periphery of at least one part of the dissolution removal target region. At least one part of the support layer other than the dissolution removal target region is a different material region which is a region formed using a material different from the dissolution removal target region, and is formed at a position of at least one part of the periphery of the dissolution removal target region to indicate a position of a boundary between the dissolution removal target region and the non-dissolution removal target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keita Nishio
  • Patent number: 11596201
    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: February 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 11559104
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear may have a midsole system that includes a sole plate having a forefoot region and a midfoot region. The sole plate may have a foot-facing surface and a ground-facing surface opposite to the foot-facing surface. The sole plate may define a through hole extending from the foot-facing surface to the ground-facing surface in the forefoot region. The through hole may be closer to a medial edge of the sole plate than to a lateral edge of the sole plate. The sole plate may have ridges extending longitudinally in the midfoot region and in the forefoot region. The ridges may have crests at least some of which may extend non-parallel with one another in a longitudinal direction of the sole plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Chambers, John Droege
  • Patent number: 11540588
    Abstract: A trim to fit insole for insertion into a shoe has a raised metatarsal pad on the insole upper surface, wherein the raised metatarsal pad has a first region rising at a slope inboard from a medial edge of the insole board, and configured to underlie the first metatarsal head of the wearer, a second, raised top surface region configured to underlie the second to fourth metatarsal shafts of the wearer, and a third region sloping downward towards the lateral edge of the insole configured to underlie the fifth metatarsal shaft of the wearer, wherein all three regions cooperate to evert the first metatarsal and to invert the fifth metatarsal of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Dananberg, Brian G. R. Hughes
  • Patent number: 11528956
    Abstract: A plurality of orthotic systems are provided. One bi-layer system is constructed from a single sheet of fabric that is molded into two layers. One tri-layer system includes a base layer; a mid-layer; and an upper layer. The upper layer is joined to the mid-layer and the mid-layer is joined to the base layer. The coupling of the base layer, the mid-layer and the upper layer create a rear spring section, a mid-spring section and a front spring section in which the upper layer is suspended over the mid-layer and the heel portion is suspended on the proximal heel end of the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: SubioMed, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry A. Butler
  • Patent number: 11523656
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole body having a proximal surface and a distal surface. Proprioceptive elements may extend in the hole in the midsole body, and translate toward the proximal surface in the holes upon a force directed along a central axis of the hole at a distal end of the proprioceptive elements. In various embodiments, the holes may angle relative to vertical from the proximal surface to the distal surface, the holes may be defined by perforations and the proprioceptive elements may be integral portions of the midsole body, or the midsole body may have a plurality of annular holes at the proximal surface, and a plurality of annular recesses in the distal surface, and a plurality of proprioceptive elements, each centered in a different annular hole of the plurality of annular holes. Methods of manufacturing articles of footwear are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuchung K. Chen, Oliver McLachlan, Thomas J. Rushbrook, Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11490684
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a unitary sole with a first cushioning body having a first hardness and a second cushioning having a second hardness greater than the first hardness. Both the first and the second cushioning bodies are exposed at a periphery of the sole. The second cushioning body may have a wedge surface that interfaces with a lateral extremity of the first cushioning body and angles laterally outward toward a lateral side exterior surface of the sole from a lower extent to an upper extent of the wedge surface. The second cushioning body may underlie the first cushioning body in a portion of a forefoot region of the sole such that the first cushioning body establishes a foot-facing exterior surface and the second cushioning body establishes a ground-facing exterior surface of the sole where the first cushioning body overlies the second cushioning body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristina L. S. Kurcinka, Jeffrey S. To
  • Patent number: 11452336
    Abstract: An insole, which is insertable into a shoe and is removable from the shoe, includes at least a top layer, a middle layer, and a bottom layer. The middle layer has apertures or cavities, that define several discrete storage chambers within the insole. Each storage chamber stores a mixture of two or more particulate materials. The mixture includes one or more materials selected from Group A, which includes natural sand, synthetic sand, artificial sand, kinetic sand, silica, quartz. The mixture further includes one or more materials selected from Group B, which includes: powdered aluminum, powdered titanium, powdered zinc, powdered magnesia, powdered silver, powdered anti-bacterial agent, powdered metal, powdered talcum, grained cork, grained coal, grained wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: INSAND LTD.
    Inventors: Anat Ophir, Moran Agaki Bardenstein
  • Patent number: 11395525
    Abstract: This document discloses antistatic shoe insoles that include a flexible foam layer and antistatic filaments of textile material interspersed throughout the foam layer and extending passed or exposed at the surface of the shoe insole and methods of making such an antistatic shoe insole. The antistatic filaments are needle punched through the foam layer. The antistatic filaments may be any suitable antistatic material blended with any felt fiber such as wool fiber, cotton fiber, polyester fiber, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: O2 Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Loyley, Robert Falken, Fabio Zanotto
  • Patent number: 11147692
    Abstract: Prosthetic feet and foot covers that provide a more natural appearance and improved performance are provided. A foot element for a prosthetic foot can extend from a heel end to a toe end and include a heel, arch, forefoot, and toe regions. The forefoot region can be wider than the arch and heel regions. The toe region can include a U-shaped cut out to define a big toe. Various features of the foot element can guide rollover of the foot through the big toe during use. A foot cover can be designed to receive a prosthetic foot including such a foot element. The foot cover can have a region of increased flexibility at a transition between the forefoot region and toe region. The foot cover can also have a padded area extending from the heel region across a lateral part of the arch region and forefoot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Össur Iceland ehf
    Inventors: Arinbjörn Viggo Clausen, Ragnar Örn Gunnarsson, Bjarni Andresson, Lárus Gunnsteinsson, Rowan Patrick Robinson Cain
  • Patent number: 11064766
    Abstract: A removable insole for insertion into footwear, comprises a forefoot portion integral to the insole and extending at least to a metatarsal of a foot and including a resilient layer, the resilient layer including at least two non-contiguous resilient layer sections (including a big toe section). The at least two non-contiguous resilient sections include at least four resilient layer subsections in some embodiments, a continuous rear portion that includes a medial longitudinal arch support portion, a heel surrounding portion and a lateral longitudinal arch support portion; and a heel portion. In some embodiments, the forefoot is customizable by having different levels of hardness for the subsections and big toe section. The insole is therefore tailored a particular sport. The medial longitudinal arch support portion includes a detachable cushion configured to adjust a height of the medial longitudinal arch and to support the foot during pronation of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TK IN SO LES LTD.
    Inventor: Tamir Kfir
  • Patent number: 11051578
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed below as having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a perimeter chamber, a central chamber, and an outsole. The perimeter chamber extends adjacent to at least a portion of a lateral sidewall and a medial sidewall of the sole structure. The central chamber is positioned within a central area of the sole structure, the central area being located between the lateral sidewall and the medial sidewall. The outsole defines at least a portion of a lower surface of the sole structure, and has a perimeter section secured below the perimeter chamber and a central section secured below the central chamber. Various features may be incorporated into the sole structure. For example, the perimeter chamber may be spaced from the central chamber and the perimeter section may be spaced from the central section to define a gap extending upward and into the sole structure from the lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10982067
    Abstract: Components for articles of footwear and athletic equipment are provided including a foam. A variety of foams and foam components are provided. The articles include a composition having a foam structure, wherein the composition includes an ionomeric polymer and a plurality of cations, wherein the ionomeric copolymer is crosslinked by the cations. The crosslinks are ionic, so in some aspects the composition is free or essentially free of any covalent crosslinks between the ionomers. In particular, midsoles including the foams are provided for use in an article of footwear. Methods of making the compositions and foams are provided, as well as methods of making an article of footwear including one of the foam components. In some aspects, the foams and foam components can be made by injection molding or injection molding followed by compression molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Hossein A. Baghdadi, Jay Constantinou, Kato Killops, Brian Prevo, Zachary C. Wright
  • Patent number: 10905196
    Abstract: A holistically improved shoe that incorporates beneficial aspects relating to a variety of interconnected elements, including comfort, sustainability, washability, ease of manufacturing, style, freedom and natural movement of the foot, as well as the sensory experience of a user. The shoe contains a removable insert that is configured to be removed and washed in between uses or as needed, such that a sock or other liner is unnecessary. The shoe further includes a footbed and an outsole that contain matching tread patterns. The matching tread patterns of the present technology allow the footbed and the outsole to move in concert by splaying during a stride in order to better absorb shock by mimicking the natural movements of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TBL Licensing LLC
    Inventors: John R. Steere, Jr., Stephanie Howard, Alex Dardinski, Michael P. Kirk, Emily Alati, Jacquelyn Burlage
  • Patent number: 10874174
    Abstract: A shoe with a shoe eyelet structure includes a flexible substrate, a plastic protective layer formed outside the flexible substrate, and a shoe sole connected to the bottom of the flexible substrate. The flexible substrate is a braided fabric or a textile fabric of an integral structure. Several shoe eyelet structures are provided on an upper side between a shoe toe portion and a shoe throat portion of the flexible substrate. One end of the shoe eyelet structure is fixedly connected to the flexible substrate, and the shoe eyelet structure protrudes from the flexible substrate and is suspended so as to be penetrated by a shoe lace and adjust the degree of tightness of the flexible substrate. Such a shoe is comfortable and is easy to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN JIANGHAO PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yetai Qin
  • Patent number: 10856616
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an insole for footwear. The insole preferably includes a bottom surface, a peripheral sidewall, and a relief. The bottom surface has a perimeter, and the peripheral sidewall preferably extends upward from the perimeter of the bottom surface. The relief is preferably disposed in the peripheral sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SUPERFEET WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Gooch, Ryan Anderson, Eric Hayes, Daniel Wakeland
  • Patent number: 10827798
    Abstract: The present invention is footwear having a convex shaped outsole with opposing wedge shaped configurations in the bottom of the front sole section and the back sole section which provide rotation of the front sole section and the back sole section in opposite directions when weight is applied. The present invention is also footwear convex shaped in the longitudinal direction with a split sole having opposing wedge shaped configurations in the bottom of the front sole section and the back sole section that provide rotation of the front sole section and the back sole section in opposite directions when weight is applied. The invention further includes footwear having at least one pair of wedges on the outsole which provide footwear having improved arch support. The invention is also footwear with a flexible, elastic, member between the front sole section and the back sole section of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Shlomo Piontkowski, Sharone Piontkowski
  • Patent number: 10744022
    Abstract: A force transmitting frame including a base, a first longitudinal member connected to the base, a second longitudinal member configured to slide with respect to the base, and a first fastener configured to fasten one end of the first longitudinal member and one end of the second longitudinal member is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., KOREA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Youn Baek Lee, Jung-Yun Choi, Yong Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 10729205
    Abstract: Provided is a device for insertion into a heeled shoe, having a rear region positioned to underlying a wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, the rear region being shaped to accommodate a planer surface of the wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, an upper surface of said rear region having a raised portion underlying an area of the wearer's calcaneus immediately forward of the wearer's calcaneus tuberosity; and a forward region positioned to underlie at least a portion of the shafts of the wearer's metatarsals, the second upper surface of said forward region having a raised portion which gradually rises to an apex position to underlie the shafts of the wearer's second and third metatarsals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. R. Hughes, Howard Dananberg
  • Patent number: 10702009
    Abstract: An insole with puncture-resistant properties for safety footwear. The insole contains a repeating pattern of knit layer groupings and woven layer groupings where the knit layer groupings form the upper and lower surfaces of the insole. Each layer within the knit layer groupings and the woven layer groupings is adhesively bonded to the adjacent layers. The knit layer groupings contain at least two knit layers and the woven layer groupings contain at least two woven layers. Each woven and knit layer contains yarns or fibers having a tenacity of about 5 or more grams per denier in a knit configuration. Each woven and knit layer is impregnated on both sides and at least some of the internal surfaces with about 10 wt. % or less, based on the total weight of the layer, of a coating containing a plurality of particles having a diameter of about 20 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Yunzhang Wang, Thomas E. Mabe
  • Patent number: 10702008
    Abstract: Provided is a shoe or device for inserting into a shoe, having a shallow channel on a top side of a contoured insole or shoe, specifically under the 1st metatarsal shaft of the wearer. The shoe also has a rear region or heel cup positioned to underlying a wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, the rear region being shaped to accommodate a planer surface of the wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, an upper surface of said rear region having a raised portion underlying an area of the wearer's calcaneus immediately forward of the wearer's calcaneus tuberosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. R. Hughes, Howard Dananberg
  • Patent number: 10624418
    Abstract: A shoe includes a sole, an upper, and a welt. The sole and upper define a seam. The welt overlies the seam. The sole includes flex grooves. The upper includes perforations. The welt includes flex slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mokos, Scott Patt