Uppers Patents (Class 36/45)
  • Patent number: 11589651
    Abstract: A shoe includes a knit upper and a sole secured to the knit upper. The knit upper is formed with a first type of knit structure knitted with a thermoplastic yarn in a first area. The first area is in at least the toe region of the knit upper. In a second area including at least the medial and lateral metatarsal regions of the knit upper, the knit upper is formed with a second type of knit structure knitted with a second yarn having a higher melting temperature than the thermoplastic yarn. A rear boundary line of the first area and a forward boundary line of the second area define a boundary line between the first and second areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Polgar, Mattias Verfl, Laura Greelish, Wai Ming Leung
  • Patent number: 11583034
    Abstract: Upper components for footwear include: (a) a first layer including a first filament including first plural, non-intersecting, spaced apart path segments (wherein the first filament may have a width dimension of less than 3 mm wide); and (b) a second layer including a second filament including second plural, non-intersecting, spaced apart path segments (wherein the second filament may have a width dimension of less than 3 mm), wherein the second layer is fused to the first layer at locations where the layers contact one another. Additional layers of material, including additional layers with filament, may be included in the upper. The filament material in the different layers may be the same or different from one another (e.g., a thermoplastic material, a thermoplastic polyurethane material, a hydrophobic material, a water-repelling material, a non-water absorbing material, etc.). One or more layers each may be formed as a continuous extruded path of filament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Braithwaite, Matthew R. Pauk, Todd Anthony Waatti
  • Patent number: 11564449
    Abstract: Upper components for footwear include: (a) a first upper component that includes a first layer having a first material as a first filament including first plural, non-intersecting, spaced apart path segments (wherein the first filament has a width dimension of less than 3 mm wide (and in some examples, less than 2 mm wide, less than 1.5 mm wide, less than 1 mm wide, or even less than 0.75 mm wide)); and (b) a second upper component including a fabric element formed at least in part of a fusible material, wherein the fusible material of the second upper component is fused to the first material of the first upper component (e.g., in an adhesive-free manner). Additional layers of material, including additional layers including filament and/or fabric elements, e.g., of the types described above, may be included in the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Braithwaite, Can Eldem, Matthew R. Pauk, Todd Anthony Waatti
  • Patent number: 11540596
    Abstract: A last system and a method of making the last system are disclosed. The last system includes a last member and an exterior layer. The exterior layer becomes deformable when heated above a characteristic temperature. The method can include forming a braided footwear component on the last system. The exterior layer may be joined with the braided footwear component by heating the last system above the characteristic temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Bruce, Eun Kyung Lee, Craig K. Sills
  • Patent number: 11529783
    Abstract: A method of forming a polymeric foam material is provided and includes providing a precursor material having a first thickness, the precursor material being an open-cell foam material and applying a uniaxial compressive force to the precursor material to compress the precursor material to a second thickness, the compressive force causing a cell structure of the precursor material to collapse. The method also includes heating the precursor material at a molding temperature for a first time period while the compressive force is applied, the first time period being sufficient to heat the precursor material to a softening temperature, removing the compressive force from the precursor material, and maintaining the cell structure of the precursor material in a collapsed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Sami Fakhouri, Cassidy R. Levy, Brian Prevo, Pei-Jyun Lin, Ping-Hung Tsai
  • Patent number: 11497276
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper coupled to the sole structure. The upper includes a base layer and a plurality of support members. The base layer has a peripheral portion. The support members have end portions and an intermediate portion extending between the end portions. The end portions of the support members are coupled to the peripheral portion of the base layer. Each of the intermediate portions of the support members intersect with one or more other ones of the support members and is independently movable between a relaxed state and an engaged state relative to the one or more other ones of the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo S. Chang, Derek Houng
  • Patent number: 11478046
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided that includes a sole structure and an upper attached to the sole structure. The upper includes an exterior layer and a base layer, and the exterior layer includes a biodegradable layer and a biologically active agent capable of biodegrading the biodegradable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: PUMA SE
    Inventors: Charles Johnson, Matthias Hartmann
  • Patent number: 11446914
    Abstract: A process for thermo-adhesive bonding of semi-finished products includes preparing an inner sock, an outer sock and an impermeable membrane provided with a thermo-adhesive disposed on an inner surface and/or an outer surface of the membrane; fitting the inner sock onto a rigid reference shape; fitting the membrane over the inner sock; fitting the outer sock over the membrane; heating the outer sock, the membrane and the inner sock arranged on the rigid reference shape in an oven until at least partial melting of the thermo-adhesive; cooling the outer sock, the membrane and the inner sock arranged on the rigid reference shape until cross-linking of the thermo-adhesive and stable bonding of the membrane to the outer sock and/or the inner sock. Also, exerting a substantially uniform pressure on the outer sock, the membrane and the inner sock disposed on the rigid reference shape during cooling, so as to compact them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: MACPI S.P.A. PRESSING DIVISION
    Inventors: Paolo Lancini, Giovanni Cartabbia
  • Patent number: 11375774
    Abstract: A knitted component may include an adjustable tensioning cable, may form at least a portion of an exterior surface of an upper, and may include at least one knit anchor having a channel for receiving the tensioning cable, where the tensioning cable extends through the channel, and where the channel of the at least one anchor extends along an arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Dalton T. Durrell, Chaokun Huangfu
  • Patent number: 11359333
    Abstract: Hot melt sequins and methods of applying these sequins are disclosed. The sequins may be stitched to a layer of an article in a pattern to form a relatively rigid structure. The sequins may be made of a hotmelt material and melted to form a continuous structure. The sequins may be located along a lacing region and used as eyelets to secure laces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Luedecke
  • Patent number: 11332882
    Abstract: Hot melt sequins and methods of applying these sequins are disclosed. A method of attaching two components includes stitching a hot melt sequin to one of the components and heating the hot melt sequin to bond the two components together. Sequins can also be applied to articles to create structural elements such as heel counters, toe covers, and lace cages. Sequins can be applied in 1D, 2D, and 3D patterns as well as in dispersive patterns. Sequins can be applied to vary the abrasion properties of a portion of an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Luedecke
  • Patent number: 11304473
    Abstract: The invention relates to embroidered material portions for incorporation into an article of footwear, and systems and methods for the manufacture thereof. More particularly, the invention relates to an article of footwear having an upper with a sole structure, the upper including a first upper element including a base layer and a first structural layer including at least one first fiber embroidered onto the exterior surface of the base layer, the at least one first fiber forming a plurality of first elongate structural elements extending over the exterior surface of the base layer to provide discrete localized structural support to the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Robert Whiteman, Bryan Decker Gothie, Timothy Kelvin Robinson, Michael Nelson White
  • Patent number: 11291272
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing waterproof and breathable shoes is provided. The method includes subjecting shoe sole materials to plastication and mixing, followed by cutting into pieces to be mold to form a shoe sole; stacking a knitted fabric as an outer layer, a polyurethane layer as a middle layer, and a knitted fabric as an inner layer sequentially into a mold for hot-pressing and shaping to form a shoe upper; and bonding the shoe upper to the shoe sole with an adhesive glue so as to form a shoe. The shoe is made flexible and light as the shoe upper is made up of two layers of knitted fabric bonded to a polyurethane layer. Moreover, the middle layer of the shoe upper includes a wavy structure, which is stretchable and helps improve waterproofness and breathability of the shoe upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Xiaoying Zhu
  • Patent number: 11241064
    Abstract: An article of footwear with an upper including a ribbon structure is disclosed. The ribbon structure comprises ribbon sections running in at least two different directions. Ribbon sections are connected at nodes. Between nodes portions of ribbon act like links joining the nodes. The links can be arranged in various geometries, including a rectangular grid and a triaxial grid. The ribbon structure may extend the entire length of the article of footwear, and may extend through a forefoot, midfoot and heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Luedecke
  • Patent number: 11203827
    Abstract: A method of making an article of footwear with an upper including a ribbon structure is disclosed. The method includes laying down ribbon elements in straight and winding sections. The method includes stitching or otherwise attaching the ribbon elements to a backing layer. The method also includes embroidering a periphery of the ribbon structure to tack down any raised portions of the ribbon at the periphery. The method also includes inserting a lace through loops in the ribbon structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Luedecke, Carmen Zhu
  • Patent number: 11197517
    Abstract: Described are shoe uppers for a sports shoe with a first layer with a first surface and an opposing second surface, a first yarn section with a first diameter, wherein the first yarn section is arranged on the first surface of the first layer, and a second yarn section with a second diameter, wherein the second yarn section is arranged on the first surface of the first layer. The first yarn section and the second yarn section have at least one parallel portion in which the first yarn section is substantially parallel to the second yarn section, and wherein a distance between the first yarn section and the second yarn section is smaller than a larger value of the first diameter and the second diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Gerd Rainer Manz, Paul Leonard Michael Smith, Stuart David Reinhardt, Jan Hill, Clemens Paul Dyckmans, Carl Arnese, III, Alexander Taylor, Edward Robinson
  • Patent number: 11172732
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole and an upper. The upper includes a leno woven fabric having a continuous leno weave pattern of a plurality of warp yarns extending in a longitudinal direction and a plurality of weft yarns extending in a transverse direction. The leno woven fabric includes zones having different stretch characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Matthew J. Costa, Thomas Piacentini, Dan Hobson
  • Patent number: 11134747
    Abstract: A shoe or apparel, including a first material layer with a first plurality of protrusions, a flexible layer with a plurality of apertures, and a second material layer. The flexible layer is positioned between the first material layer and the second material layer. Each protrusion of the first plurality of protrusions of the first material layer extends through at least one aperture of the plurality of apertures of the flexible layer and is connected to the second material layer. The flexible layer is not connected to the first material layer and the second material layer, and thereby can freely move between the first material layer and the second material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Stephen John Russell, Jessica Dorothy Janine Hymas
  • Patent number: 11129433
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a knitted upper component including a heel reinforcement area and monofilament in the heel reinforcement area. The article of footwear also includes a thermoplastic polyurethane yarn stitched into the knitted upper component. The thermoplastic polyurethane yarn is fused with the knitted upper component at the heel reinforcement area. The article of footwear may include at least one of an outer sole and a midsole connected to the upper, with at least one of the outer sole and the midsole formed of knitwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Stefan Tamm, Carl Arnese, James Carnes
  • Patent number: 11059249
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a compression molded upper is disclosed. A composite structure including several layers is placed under heat and pressure to form a laminate. One layer of the composite is an optical effect layer possessing an aesthetic that differs from one or more of the other layers of the composite structure. A plurality of holes are cut through one or more of the layers of the laminate to expose the optical effect layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: Bradley Krichevsky
  • Patent number: 11058180
    Abstract: An upper for a sports shoe may include a component such as a vamp or a rear portion. The shoe component may include a UV curable microlattice structure with a plurality of regions such that each region has a different density. In some cases, the microlattice structure may include a high density microlattice structure, a mid-level density microlattice structure, and a non-structural region with a low density microlattice structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Michel Reginald Lussier
  • Patent number: 11026477
    Abstract: A shoe may include an upper portion constructed from a continuous textile (e.g., a knit textile) that includes multiple regions having different textile properties to improve the performance of the shoe, including durability and comfort. In some cases, the multi-region upper portion may include regions having different thickness and/or flexibility based on a location relative to a wearer's foot to better support the wearer's foot. For example, the multi-region upper portion may include a reinforcement region having a first thickness and a flex region having a second thickness less than the first thickness. As another example, the multi-region upper portion may include a reinforcement region having a first stiffness and a flex region having a second stiffness less than the first stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ALLBIRDS, INC.
    Inventors: Jamie McLellan, Thomas Jad Finck, Lisa Halbower-Fenton, James Romero, Uidong Cho, Joseph Zwillinger, Timothy Brown
  • Patent number: 10993497
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper secured to the sole structure. The upper is configured to receive a foot of a wearer and has a peripheral region. Further, the upper includes a ribbon structure formed of a plurality of ribbon sections, and a plurality of ribbon loops extending from a peripheral region of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Monibert Narito Gaba
  • Patent number: 10982364
    Abstract: A non-woven textile may be formed from a plurality of thermoplastic polymer filaments. The non-woven textile may have a first region and a second region, with the filaments of the first region being fused to a greater degree than the filaments of the second region. A variety of products, including apparel (e.g., shirts, pants, footwear), may incorporate the non-woven textile. In some of these products, the non-woven textile may be joined with another textile element to form a seam. More particularly, an edge area of the non-woven textile may be heatbonded with an edge area of the other textile element at the seam. In other products, the non-woven textile may be joined with another component, whether a textile or a non-textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Karen A. Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 10874172
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and methods of making articles of footwear including one or more continuous threads wound around anchor points. The winding of the one or more continuous threads forms a thread pattern that imparts desired characteristics to components of the article of footwear. Thread lines of the thread pattern may be bonded together. In some embodiments, thread lines may be bonded with a bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Fionn Jonathan Corcoran-Tadd, Benjamin William Kleiman, Ian James Hennebery, Keith Paul Thompson, Peter David Cauwood, Peter Georg Laitenberger, Sam Jackson Conklin, Luke Alexander Lowrey
  • Patent number: 10863794
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper with a first braided structure, a second braided structure, and an overlay system. The overlay system is bonded to the first braided structure and the overlay system is bonded to the second braided structure. The overlay system may be more resistant to stretching than the first braided structure and the overlay system may be more resistant to stretching than the second braided structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert M. Bruce
  • Patent number: 10856614
    Abstract: A shoe includes a midsole, an outsole, and an upper section. The upper section includes a top cap section, a vamp section, a quarter section, and a metatarsal-phalange joint flex area. The toe cap section covers a toe area of the shoe and is constructed of a first material. The vamp section covers a portion of a midfoot area of the shoe and is constructed of the first material or a second material. The quarter section provides a rear portion of the upper section and is constructed of the first material, the second material, and/or a third material. The metatarsal-phalange joint flex area covers a metatarsal-phalange joint section of the shoe and is constructed of a fourth material. The fourth material is more flexible than both of the first and second materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Athalonz, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy W. Markison, Jeremiah Johnston, Patricia A. Markison
  • Patent number: 10844526
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is related to an upper for an article of footwear. The upper may include a knitted component with a first yarn, the first yarn forming a plurality of intermeshed loops of the knitted component. The upper may further include a surface formed by the plurality of intermeshed loops. The upper may further include a first structure at least partially forming a first aperture, the first structure extending from the surface, the first structure having a first end and a second end adjacent to the surface, and the first structure having a central portion extending from the first end to the second end. The first structure may include the first yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashleigh S. Brinkman, Andreas Schoppel
  • Patent number: 10834989
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the article of footwear are disclosed. The footwear may include an upper and a sole structure. The upper incorporates a textile element with edges that are joined together to define at least a portion of a void for receiving a foot. The textile element may also have a first area and a second area with a unitary construction with varying stitch configurations. The upper may also incorporate longitudinal ribs extending along the lateral and/or medial sides of the upper. Various warp knitting or weft knitting processes, including circular knitting, may be utilized to form the textile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Edward Nathaniel Thomas
  • Patent number: 10791791
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may include a knitted component defining at least part of a void and joined with a sole structure. The knitted component may include an interior knit layer, an exterior knit layer, and a plurality of inlaid courses of a high tenacity yarn between the interior and exterior knit layers. The plurality of inlaid courses of high tenacity yarn may include at least three courses of the high tenacity yarn, each of which may be separated from an adjacent course of the plurality by no more than five courses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren E. Cox, Seth M. Wiberg, Roberto Zavala
  • Patent number: 10758009
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include various first strands and second strands. The cutting and second strands may extend from an area proximal to lace-receiving elements to an area proximal to the sole structure. The first strands may have a substantially vertical orientation and the second strands may have a rearwardly-angled orientation. The first strands may be located in a midfoot region of the footwear and the second strands may be located in both the midfoot region and a heel region of the footwear. Angles between the first strands and the second strands may be at least 40 degrees. Additionally, the second strands may have at least fifty percent greater tensile strength than the first strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 10649113
    Abstract: One or more aspects of the present disclosure are directed to components having an optical element that imparts structural color to the component or article. The present disclosure is also directed to articles of manufacture including the component having an optical element, and methods for making components and articles having an optical element that imparts structural color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Bee, Jeremy Gantz, Kim Kovel
  • Patent number: 10617173
    Abstract: Footwear that opens fully at its back to allow a user to easily slide his or her foot into the footwear. The footwear may particularly be a boot, such as a cowboy boot or a work boot. The footwear may have both a vertical opening and a horizontal opening, allowing the user to place his or her foot into the footwear without bending his or her ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Twist
  • Patent number: 10609987
    Abstract: Articles of footwear with a sock-like upper and methods for constructing thereof are provided. In one embodiment, an upper comprises a first layer including a first interior and a first exterior, a second layer including a second interior and a second exterior, where the first layer and the second layer comprise a same material and are physically coupled at one end of each layer, and a plurality of sub-structural components positioned between the first exterior and the second interior. In this way, manufacturing articles of footwear with a sock-like upper may be simplified, while the comfort and fit of the articles of footwear may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fuerst Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Francis Smith
  • Patent number: 10595591
    Abstract: A bonded mesh composite panel can be used to form a three-dimensional upper shell that includes extensions used for double-lasting and/or to otherwise provide a shelf to support foam padding. The foam padding may be, e.g., a foam midsole. The extensions of the upper shell may be located in a lower portion of the shell and may be bonded to the foam midsole in a heel, midfoot and/or forefoot regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Daniel A. Johnson, Shane S. Kohatsu, Chin-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 10582741
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a fastening system including a guide element and a carriage member slidably coupled to the guide element. A lacing element is coupled to the carriage member such that the position of the lacing element changes as the carriage member moves along the guide element. In an embodiment, the footwear includes a lateral side rail and a medial side rail, each rail including a series of carriage members selectively movable along the rail for a predetermined distance. The lacing element extends repeatedly from the lateral side to the medial side, being captured by the carriage members. In operation, the carriage members move along the rail, adapting the positioning of the lacing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: David Dombrow, Justin Howe
  • Patent number: 10512296
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear associated with one of a first foot size and a second foot size. The upper includes a knitted component including a trim region that defines a trimmed outer edge of the knitted component. The trimmed outer edge is associated with a first dimension of the upper that corresponds to the first foot size, and the trim region includes a trim line that is spaced from the trimmed outer edge in an inboard direction on the knitted component. The trim line defines a second dimension of the upper that corresponds to the second foot size. The second foot size is smaller than the first foot size. The knitted component includes a knit element having a first layer and a second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Droege, Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 10477920
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a textile component. The textile component of the upper includes a textile element and a tensile element. The tensile element defines a first segment disposed on a first side of the upper. The first segment of the tensile element is configured to attach the securement device to the textile element on the first side of the upper. The tensile element further includes a second segment that is disposed proximate the lower portion of the upper on the second side. The second segment is fixed relative to the lower portion of the upper on the second side. The tensile element further includes an intermediate segment that extends continuously from the first segment, across the heel region, to the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Henrichot, Bryant R. Klug, Elizabeth Langvin, Timothy K. Liles, Adrian Meir, Nathan G. Schultze
  • Patent number: 10434388
    Abstract: A lacrosse head pocket and a related method of manufacture are provided to facilitate consistent, repeatable and/or custom manufacture of lacrosse equipment. The pocket can be constructed from multiple different sections joined with one another, or can be knitted, weaved or otherwise assembled on an automated assembly machine from strands, and/or can be formed as a unitary textile material having regions/sections with different physical and/or mechanical properties. The pocket can be integrally molded within portions of a lacrosse head to eliminate manually constructed connections between the pocket and lacrosse head. The lacrosse head can be integrally molded with a lacrosse handle to provide a one-piece unitary lacrosse stick. Related methods of manufacturing also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Huffa, Thomas H. Burns, Adam D. Paquette, Dale W. Kohler, Sean J. Slater
  • Patent number: 10349702
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing articles of footwear including forming a first upper on a textile manufacturing machine and forming a second upper on the textile manufacturing machine at a time that at least partially overlaps with formation of the first upper. The first upper and the second upper are formed at separate locations of the textile manufacturing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. McFarland, II, Kristen Orme
  • Patent number: 10342286
    Abstract: A shoe, and a method for tightening such a shoe, in particular to a sports shoe, having a sole and a shoe upper, wherein the shoe upper has a first material section, which at least partially extends around the foot of the wearer of the shoe. To enable the tightening of the shoe on the foot of the wearer in a comfortable manner, a second material section is arranged on the outside of the first material section, in which the second material section at least partially covers the first material section, wherein the second material section is a plastic material having a shape memory effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PUMA SE
    Inventor: Reinhold Sussmann
  • Patent number: 10264851
    Abstract: An article of footwear having printed structures disposed on the article by a three-dimensional printer is disclosed. The printed structures include extended portions and fastener receiving portions. The extended portions are at least partially embedded in the upper. The fastener receiving portions are at least partially spaced apart from an exterior surface of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd A. Waatti
  • Patent number: 10182620
    Abstract: An article of footwear having an upper with enhanced transition properties is described herein. The transition properties may be incorporated in an ankle collar trim transition region, a heel stay reinforcing structure, and/or a heel padding structure. Additionally, a method for manufacturing the article of footwear with enhanced transition properties in a heel region is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle D. Schenone, Ellisha K. Wright
  • Patent number: 10172422
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper incorporating a knitted component. An inlaid strand extends through the knitted component. A combination feeder may be utilized to inlay the strand within the knitted component. As an example, the combination feeder may include a feeder arm that reciprocates between a retracted position and an extended position. In manufacturing the knitted component, the feeder inlays the strand when the feeder arm is in the extended position, and the strand is absent from the knitted component when the feeder arm is in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Podhajny, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10159309
    Abstract: A vamp with loop protection eyelets and a manufacture method thereof are disclosed. The vamp comprises a vamp body including a middle part having a notch which functions as a shoe tongue part. The vamp body is one-piece knitted fabric or a sheet-splice-vamp. Strings are projectively fixed on the upper surface of the vamp body. Threads embroider and fix the strings on the vamp body along a path of the length direction of the strings. The strings not only form a pattern on the vamp body but also leave loops on the shoe tongue part. Loops protrude inwards from both side edges of the shoe tongue part. The vamp has ventilation and has good supportability and straightness, is not only esthetic but also can protect feet. Protection eyelets are connected very firmly and do not come off easily. The pattern with a stereoscopic visual effect is formed on the vamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SINCETECH (FUJIAN) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinglai Cai, Weixiong Shi, Le Chen, Yizhen Cai, Fang Lin
  • Patent number: 10159311
    Abstract: An embroidered vamp process includes the following steps: (1) designing a vamp manufacture drawing by a computer; (2) according to the design drawing of step (1), cutting different pieces of cloth into base fabric of the vamp and a splice component of the vamp respectively by a laser; (3) typesetting the splice component cut in step (2) on the base fabric, then embroidering the splice component on the base fabric according to an embroidery thread pattern of the drawing by an embroidery machine; (4) cutting out the redundant base fabric of the vamp along the edge the splice component by, once again, the laser, forming the vamp of the finished product shoe model. An embroidered vamp comprises a vamp body, said vamp body comprising the base fabric and the splice component, said splice component being embroidered on the surface of base fabric by embroidery thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SINCETECH (FUJIAN) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinglai Cai, Weixiong Shi, Le Chen, Yizhen Cai, Fang Lin
  • Patent number: 9943136
    Abstract: A shoe upper includes a mesh covering unit having opposite first and second surfaces and including a plurality offirst and second yarns, and a fabric layer disposed on the second surface. Each of the first yarns has a first core yarn, and a first coating layer wrapped around the first core yarn and made from a thermoplastic material. The first and second yarns are interknitted to form a plurality of holes extending through the first and second surfaces, and to have first portions of the first coating layers and first portions of the second yarns forming the first surface, and second portions of the first coating layers and second portions of the second yarns forming the second surface The first portions of the first coating layers at the first surface are larger in surface area than the second portions of the first coating layers at the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: Huge Development Limited, Jiunn Jang Textile Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Pin Lin, Hsuan-Chia Su
  • Patent number: 9930922
    Abstract: A branched braid member has a central braid portion and one or more tensile strands or small braids at either end of the central braid portion. The branched braid member may be incorporated into a shoe upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lysandre Follet
  • Patent number: 9894956
    Abstract: An article of footwear with an insert system is disclosed. The insert system can include an insert that may be introduced to a side portion of the upper. The insert is configured to adjust properties of a side portion of an upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber, James A. Grove
  • Patent number: 9872535
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed having a structural harness and impact-attenuating structure arrangement that includes a fluid-filled chamber. The article includes an upper, a sole secured to the upper having an impact-attenuating structure including a fluid-filled chamber and a structural harness. The structural harness may extend between the upper and fluid-filled chamber in a tensile arrangement that biases the fluid-filled chamber toward the upper and compresses the chamber. The structural harness may include a first layer, a thread layer bonded to the first layer and a second layer bonded to the thread layer on an opposite side of the thread layer. The thread layer may include threads configured to transmit tensile forces and restrict stretch in a longitudinal direction of the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Beye, Benjamin J. Monfils