Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Catching Up

Since I am still behind on the issued patents, I am just going to concentrate on the patent summaries this week.  Below is a summary of selected patents that have been recently issued in textile related classification codes:

Outsole and Sports Shoe:  A light weight construction for an outsole for a sports shoe.  Patent #:  8584378.  Inventors:  Weidl, et al.  Assignee: addidas AG.

Article of Footwear with Multiple Cleat Sizes:  Athletic shoe with different cleat sizes along the medial and lateral sides of the outsole.  Patent #:  8584379.  Inventors:  Baucom, et al.   Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Self Adjusting Studs:  Footwear with self-adjusting studs that adjust to various types of conditions, environmental changes, and applied forces.  This appears to be done by combinations of mechanisms (springs and retractions) that react differently to the forces that are applied  resulting in the appropriate stud adjustments.  Patent #:  8584380.  Inventors:  Auger and Cavaliere.  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Insole and Shoe Comprising an Electronic Chip:  A more efficient way to install and replace electronic chips (devices such as transponders, gps, tracking and monitoring) in an insole.  Patent #:  8584382.  Inventor:  Holzer.  Not Assigned.

Rolling Textile Protective System for Textile Structural Members:  A protective sheath made of multiple concentric circles of fabric to protect an inner rope, line or cable against abrasion, heat and other hazards .  The fabrics include poly-aramid (like Kevlar) and PTFE (like Teflon) materials as well as others.  The purpose is to replace steel and other more durable materials with lighter weight materials protected by this sheath.  Patent #:  8584608.  Inventors:  Hennings, et al.  Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy.

Portable Personally Attachable Systems for Delivering Conditioned Air to Personal Breathing Zones and Other Body Areas:  An apparatus for use in creating a zone of filtered (conditioned) air on or near a person's body comprising: a blower unit configured to produce a flow of conditioned air; an air delivery system that is detachably connected to and is in flow communication with the blower unit, the said air delivery system having at least one outlet for discharging air.  Patent #:  8590062.  Inventor:  Gupta.  Assignee: Gupta

Athletic Wear with Replaceable Inserts:  An energy absorbing pad having a pouch that contains tubes that may be filled with flexible materials. The energy absorbing pad is worn as a part of an athletic wear garment so that it protects the wearer from injury due to impacts in contact sports.  Patent #:  8590063.  Inventor:  Aulenbach.  Assignee:  Aulenbach.

Saw-Tooth Clothing for a Textile Machine:  A saw-tooth clothing construction for fabric/fiber transport with a multiple teeth arrangement that more securely grips the fabric but releases more easily on transfer.  Patent #:  8590110.  Inventor:  Iten,  Assignee:  Graf + Cie AG.

Non-Woven Laying Machine and a Method for Laying a Non-Woven Fabric:  Machine and method to produce air-laid non-woven fabrics with an adjustable strength ratio in the production direction and 90° to the production direction.  Patent #:  8590111.  Inventor:  Hergeth.  Assignee:  Hergeth.

Method and Apparatus for Compacting Tubular Fabrics:  Equipment for compacting circular knitted tubular fabric comprising cooperating feeding and retarding rollers spaced apart a distance greater than the thickness of the fabric.  The result is a reduced differential in the amount of compaction on each side of the tube.  Patent #:  8590122.  Inventor:  West, et. al.  Assignee:  Tubular Textile Machinery, Inc.

Footwear Products, Methods for Making Footwear Products, and Structures Used in Making Footwear Products:  Method for making footwear comprising: applying cement to a surface of an upper and/or midsole; cooling the upper and/or midsole; and, placing the midsole in the upper.  When sufficiently cooled, the cement will not immediately bind the parts contacting it, but it will allow relative movement of these parts. After the midsole is positioned in the upper, the assembly may be heated to activate the cement and fix the parts together.  Patent #:  8590175.  Inventor:  Stockbridge, et. al.  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Shoe with Protrusions and Securing Portions:  An athletic shoe outsole with protrusions that improve lateral stability.  This allows increased increased cushioning in the midsole.  Patent #:  8590179.  Inventor:  Sink.  Assignee:  K-Swiss, Inc.

Footwear Structure with Textile Upper Member:  A shoe upper design comprising stability ribs and a textile covering.  The textile covering is smooth, breathable, and less bulky.  Patent #:  8590345.  Inventors:  Sokolowski and Wolf-Hochdoerffer.  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Construction of Vertical Full Rotary Hook for Sewing Machine:  Rotary hook for a sewing machine constructed so that threads cannot loop behind the needle or stray laterally.  Patent #:  8590467.  Inventor:  Tajima, et. al.  Assignee:  Tokai Kogyo Mishin Kabushiki Kaisha

Presser Device for Use with Sewing Machine and Sewing Machine:  Sewing machine with a presser device that has a speed restraining element that prevents sudden movement by the presser foot.  Patent #:  8590468.  Inventor:  Fujihara.  Assignee:  Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha.

Method for Panel Positioning:  A completely computerized method for clothing design including measurement and a 3-d simulation of the construction incorporating panel designs and seams, fabric structures including physical parameters, and draping.  The system renders the final result.  Patent #:  8590469.  Inventor:  Ko.  Assignee:  Ko.

Foldable Tent with Integrated Ventilation System:  A tent with a continuous ventilation system.  Patent #: 8590554.  Inventors:  Choi and Jin.  Assignee:  Jin.

Device to Form a Leno Selvedge:  A frame for installation on the heddle shafts of a loom. The frame has at least one needle pair for two leno threads. The needle pair is mounted in the frame so that it can pivot around the longitudinal axis of the frame, and the device includes a pivot drive for pivoting the needle pair.  Patent #:  8590578.  Inventors:  Schwemmlein and Hockemeyer.  Assignee:  Gebruder Klocker Gmbh.

Jim Carson is a principal of RB Consulting, Inc. and a registered patent agent.  He has over 30 years of experience across multiple industries including the biotechnology, textile, computer, telecommunications, and energy sectors.  RB Consulting, Inc. specializes in providing management, prototyping, and regulatory services to small and start-up businesses.  He can be reached via email at or by phone at (803) 792-2183.

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