US Pat. No. 9,480,883

METHODS FOR PROVIDING A SELECTION OF A RECOMMENDED GOLF BALL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for providing a selection of a recommended golf ball construction, the method comprising steps of:
(i) obtaining (a) a first set of measurements using a first golf ball having a first ball construction, including at least
one ball spin measurement for each of a first golf club having a first club loft and a second golf club having a second club
loft, and (b) a second set of measurements using a second golf ball having a second ball construction, including at least
one ball spin measurement for each of the first golf club and the second golf club;

(ii) determining (a) a first linear relationship among the first set of measurements, and (b) a second linear relationship
among the second set of measurements; and

(iii) providing a selection of a recommended golf ball construction between the first ball construction and the second ball
construction,
wherein the recommended golf ball construction is the first ball construction if a slope of the first linear relationship
is larger than a slope of the second linear relationship, and the recommended golf ball construction is the second ball construction
if the slope of the first linear relationship is not larger than the slope of the second linear relationship, and wherein
the first ball construction is different from the second ball construction.

US Pat. No. 9,563,436

WIRELESS INITIALIZATION OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES FOR FIRST TIME USE

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A computer-implemented method of initializing an electronic wrist-worn device comprising:
reading an electronic display of the electronic wrist-worn device using an optical input device of a computing device to obtain
input corresponding to a pairing token presented at the electronic display;

processing, by the computing device, the input using an optical input processor to identify the pairing token;
providing, by the computing device, the pairing token to the wrist-worn device during a handshake process that establishes
a wireless communication session between the computing device and the electronic wrist-worn device; and

performing, by the computing device, an initialization process via the wireless communication session that initializes the
electronic wrist-worn device such that the electronic wrist-worn device is available for operation by a user following the
initialization process.

US Pat. No. 9,381,404

GOLF BALL HAVING AN INCREASED MOMENT OF INERTIA

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball comprising:
a core having a first density;
a cover encasing the core and including an outer surface; and
a coating encasing the cover, the coating comprising:
a resin applied to the outer surface of the cover; and
a plurality of particles comprising a high density material;
wherein the coating has a second density at least twice the first density; and
wherein the plurality of particles are present in the coating in a sufficient amount so that an exterior surface of the golf
ball has a micro surface roughness between about 1.3 ?m and about 3.0 ?m, and wherein micro surface roughness includes deviations
from an ideal surface of 0.25 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,297,709

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING ATHLETIC ACTIVITY

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sensor system comprising:
a flexible insert member configured to be positioned in contact with a sole member of an article of footwear;
a port connected to the insert member and configured for communication with an electronic module;
a plurality of sensors connected to the insert member, each sensor comprising a first layer and a second layer, with a first
contact located on the first layer and a second contact located on the second layer, the second contact being generally aligned
with the first contact, wherein the sensors are each configured such that pressure on the sensor changes a resistance of the
sensor, and wherein each sensor further comprises a connection pad extending from the sensor; and

a plurality of leads connected to the insert member, the leads connecting the sensors to the port, wherein the leads are formed
by conductive thread sewn into the insert member, and wherein the leads are connected to the connection pads of the sensors
by sewing the conductive thread to the connection pads.

US Pat. No. 9,218,696

WIRELESS ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

UNIKEY TECHNOLOGIES INC.,...

1. A wireless access control system for a door defining first and second areas, the wireless access control system comprising:
a lock assembly carried by the door and comprising
a lock,
a first directional antenna directed toward the first area,
a second directional antenna directed toward the second area,
lock wireless communications circuitry coupled to said first and second directional antennas, and
a lock controller coupled to said lock and said lock wireless communications circuitry;
a plugin device remote from said lock assembly in the first area; and
a remote access device remote from said lock and comprising
remote access wireless communications circuitry, and
a remote access controller configured to cooperate with said remote access wireless communications circuitry to wirelessly
transmit a remote access command to said plugin device; and

said plugin device comprising
plugin device wireless communications circuitry, and
a plugin device controller coupled to said plugin device wireless communications circuitry and configured to
determine whether said remote access device is within the first area or second area based upon communication of said remote
access device with said lock assembly, and

wirelessly send a lock communication enable command to said lock assembly based upon said remote access device being within
the second area;

said lock controller configured to switch said lock between the locked and unlocked positions based upon wirelessly receiving,
via said lock wireless communications circuitry, the remote access command from said remote access device and the lock communication
enable command from said plugin device.

US Pat. No. 9,272,194

GOLF CLUB ASSEMBLY AND GOLF CLUB WITH AERODYNAMIC FEATURES

NIKE, Inc, Beaverton, OR...

1. A golf club head for a metal wood type club, the club head comprising:
a body member having a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a back, a crown, a sole, and a hosel region located at the intersection
of the ball striking face, the heel, and the crown;

the sole including a channel extending from the hosel region toward the toe,
wherein the channel extends across a centerline of the club head; and
an insert located within the channel, the insert having a top surface and defining a recess in the top surface.

US Pat. No. 9,066,558

ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED BLADDER ASSEMBLY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
a bladder and a reservoir, wherein the pressure of the bladder is adjustable and wherein the pressure of the reservoir is
substantially constant;

an electronically controlled valve including a first fluid port in fluid communication with the bladder and a second fluid
port in fluid communication with the reservoir;

a pressure sensor associated with the bladder;
an electronic control unit for controlling the electronically controlled valve, wherein the electronic control unit receives
information from the pressure sensor; and

wherein the electronic control unit is configured to operate the electronically controlled valve in an iterative manner to
create a first maximum pressure in the bladder during a time period period between a first heel strike and a sequential second
heel strike and to create a second maximum pressure in the bladder during a time period following the second heel strike,
wherein the second maximum pressure is greater than the first second maximum pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,070,055

GRAPHIC ALIGNMENT FOR PRINTING TO AN ARTICLE USING A FIRST DISPLAY DEVICE AND A SECOND DISPLAY DEVICE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of printing onto to an article, comprising:
displaying a graphic on a transparent display device that is disposed between the article and an optical device;
capturing image information of the graphic and the article with the optical device;
aligning the graphic with the article while the article and a printing system are in a first relative configuration using
the captured image information;

changing a configuration of the article and the printing system from the first relative configuration to a second relative
configuration, wherein the second relative configuration is substantially different from the first relative configuration;
and

printing the graphic onto the article while the article and the printing system are in the second relative configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,336,637

WIRELESS ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

UNIKEY TECHNOLOGIES INC.,...

1. A wireless access control system for a door, the wireless access control system comprising:
a lock assembly carried by the door and comprising
a lock,
lock wireless communications circuitry, and
a lock controller coupled to said lock and said lock wireless communications circuitry, and configured to switch the lock
between a locked position and an unlocked position;

a plugin device remote from said lock; and
a remote access device remote from said lock and configured to wirelessly communicate with said lock controller for switching
said lock between the locked and unlocked positions;

said plugin device configured to
determine a first distance between said remote access device and said lock based upon wireless communication therewith,
determine when said remote access device is within a second distance from said lock, the second distance being closer to said
lock than the first distance, and

wirelessly send a lock communication enable command to enable switching of said lock between the locked and unlocked positions
by said remote access device based upon said remote access device being within the second distance from said lock.

US Pat. No. 9,204,708

STRAP INCORPORATING A FLUID-FILLED BLADDER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A strap comprising:
a sheath;
a fluid-filled bladder at least partially located within the sheath, the bladder having an elongate configuration that defines
a pair of ends, the bladder being unsecured to the sheath, wherein the bladder is an elongated polymer tube that is sealed
by a pair of sealing bonds, one sealing bond at each of the ends, wherein a fluid within the elongated polymer tube is communicable
throughout a sealed portion of the polymer tube between the pair of sealing bonds, and wherein the sealing bonds are spaced
inwardly from the ends of the polymer tube forming a pair of flanged areas that define ends of the polymer tube that do not
enclose the fluid; and

a pair of extensions comprising a first extension secured to a first flanged area of the pair of flanged areas and a second
extension secured to a second flanged area of the pair of flanged areas, wherein the pair of extensions are unsecured to the
sheath and wherein the first extension is different from the second extension.

US Pat. No. 9,404,206

FEEDER FOR KNITTING MACHINE HAVING PUSHING MEMBER

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A feeder for a knitting machine having a knitting bed with a plurality of needles that form a knit component, the feeder
comprising:
a feeder arm with a dispensing area having a dispensing tip configured to feed a strand toward the knitting bed, the feeder
arm including a first portion and a second portion that are pivotally attached; and

a pushing member that is operably supported by the feeder arm, wherein the pushing member protects from the dispensing tip,
and wherein the pushing member is configured to push a portion of the knit component to provide clearance for the strand to
be incorporated in the knit component.

US Pat. No. 9,079,368

ROTATIONAL MOLDED GOLF CLUB HEADS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head, comprising:
a golf club head base member including a golf club head face member having a ball striking face engaged therewith or integrally
formed therewith as a unitary one piece construction; and

a polymeric body member engaged with an interior surface of the golf club head base member via a rotational molding process,
wherein the polymeric body member forms at least a portion of a crown member of the golf club head, wherein the polymeric
body member constitutes a shell formed against all interior surfaces of the base member to which polymeric material forming
the polymeric body member is exposed during the rotational molding process.

US Pat. No. 9,392,841

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH SOIL-SHEDDING PERFORMANCE

Nike Innovate C.V., Beav...

1. An outsole for an article of footwear, the outsole comprising:
an outsole backing member;
a plurality of traction elements operably secured to the outsole backing member; and
a film secured to the outsole backing member and defining an external surface of the outsole, wherein the film compositionally
comprises a thermoplastic hydrogel, wherein the thermoplastic hydrogel comprises polyamide block copolymer chains.

US Pat. No. 9,272,500

CUSHIONING ELEMENTS FOR APPAREL AND OTHER PRODUCTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE CUSHIONING ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a cushioning element, the method comprising:
providing a die and an extractor, the die having a plurality of die elements, and the extractor including a plurality of pins
and an extractor sheet, the pins extending through apertures in the extractor sheet;

locating a polymer material between the die and the extractor;
compressing the polymer material between the die and the extractor, the die elements cutting the polymer material to form
a plurality of pad components, and the pins extending into the pad components;

separating the die and the extractor, the pad components being secured to the pins;
compressing the pad components against a first material layer with the extractor to bond the pad components to the first material
layer;

separating the extractor sheet from the pins to push the pad components from the extractor; and
compressing the pad components against a second material layer to bond the pad components to the second material layer.

US Pat. No. 9,265,305

EASY ACCESS ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Incorporated, Beav...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper including a top opening, a first side edge extending forward from the top opening and along an instep area, and a
second side edge opposite the first side edge and extending forward from the top opening and along the instep area, wherein
the upper includes a foot insertion opening extending rearwardly and downwardly from the first side edge at least to a heel
area of the upper;

a zipper system for at least partially closing the foot insertion opening engaged with the upper, wherein the zipper system
includes a slider element;

a tightening system for tightening the upper to a wearer's foot, the tightening system including:
a first portion extending between the first side edge and the second side edge at the instep area,
a second portion extending past the second side edge and around the heel area of the upper, and
a third portion engaged with the slider element of the zipper system; and
a sole structure engaged with the upper.

US Pat. No. 9,101,798

GOLF BALL WITH HIGH DENSITY AND HIGH HARDNESS MANTLE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball comprising:
an inner core layer comprising a highly neutralized polymer; the inner core layer having a diameter that ranges from 20 mm
to 28 mm; an outer core layer enclosing the inner core layer, wherein the outer core layer comprises polybutadiene rubber;

the outer core layer having a compression between 2.7 mm and 3.3 mm when measured with an initial load of 10 kg and a final
load of 130 kg;

an inner cover layer enclosing the outer core layer, the inner cover layer comprising a thermoplastic material;
an outer cover layer enclosing the inner cover layer, the outer cover layer comprising thermoplastic polyurethane;
the inner cover layer having a higher density than any density of the inner core layer, the outer core layer, and the outer
cover layer;

the inner cover layer density ranging from 1.10 g/cm3 to 1.17 g/cm3;

the inner cover having a Shore D hardness which is greater than the Shore D hardness of any of the inner core layer, the outer
core layer, and the outer cover layer; and

a golf ball coefficient of restitution of less than 0.8 when measured with an initial velocity of 131 ft/s.

US Pat. No. 9,358,427

GOLF BALL HAVING WINDINGS CONTAINING A HIGHLY NEUTRALIZED ACID POLYMER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball comprising:
a solid layer; and
at least one strand made of at least one highly neutralized acid polymer,
the strand being wound under tension to form a wound layer;
wherein the at least one highly neutralized acid polymer has a flexural modulus of less than 35,000 psi.

US Pat. No. 9,266,000

GOLF PUTTER WITH ADJUSTABLE COUNTERBALANCE WEIGHT

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An adjustable counter balance for a golf club, the counterbalance comprising:
an elongate member having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second
end;

an externally threaded cap affixed to the first end of the elongate member, the externally threaded cap configured to be secured
within a tubular body of a golf club shaft;

a stabilizing grommet disposed on the second end of the elongate member, the stabilizing grommet having an external diameter
such that it is able to be inserted within the tubular body of the golf club shaft and contact an inner surface of the tubular
body;

an annular weight disposed about the elongate member between the first end and the second end, wherein the annular weight
is movable along the elongate member and configured to be selectively affixed to the elongate member; wherein the annular
weight includes a first section and a second section, each section being respectively centered along the longitudinal axis;
wherein the annular weight is configured to be selectively affixed to the elongate member by rotating the first section about
the elongate member relative to the second section; and

wherein the annular weight has a mass of from about 30 grams to about 100 grams and is movable along the elongate member by
a distance of from about 200 mm to about 500 mm.

US Pat. No. 9,226,545

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH FORWARD DISPLACING CUSHIONING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
an upper;
a midsole positioned beneath the upper; and
a forward displacement assembly positioned within the midsole and comprising:
a biasing member;
an actuator element operably connected to the biasing member; and
an extension assembly positioned in a forefoot region of the midsole and operably connected to the actuator element, the extension
assembly including a movable outsole member movable from a first retracted condition where a bottom surface of the outsole
member is in a first position with respect to the midsole, to a second extended condition where the bottom surface of the
outsole member is positioned forward and below the first position; and

at least one extension member connecting the actuator element to the movable outsole member.

US Pat. No. 9,072,337

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING AN IMPACT ABSORBER AND HAVING AN UPPER DECOUPLED FROM ITS SOLE IN A MIDFOOT REGION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper having an outermost wall that provides an exterior surface of the upper;
a sole having a top surface attached to the upper and a bottom surface disposed opposite of the top surface, the bottom surface
being configured to contact a ground surface, wherein the top surface and the bottom surface of the sole extend continuously
along a length of the article of footwear from a heel region to a forefoot region;

wherein the top surface of the sole is continuously attached to a center portion of the outermost wall of the upper extending
along a longitudinal direction between the heel region and the forefoot region;

wherein the top surface of the sole is further attached to the outermost wall of the upper at a boundary area disposed in
a midfoot region, the boundary area being spaced inwards from a peripheral edge of the sole in a lateral direction;

wherein the outermost wall of the upper is coupled to the top surface of the sole along a periphery of the sole in both the
forefoot region and the heel region;

an impact absorber disposed separately from the sole, the impact absorber being attached to the exterior surface of the outermost
wall of the upper at least along the midfoot region of the upper adjacent to the boundary area and extending outward towards
the peripheral edge of the sole along the lateral direction, wherein the impact absorber is configured to absorb a portion
of a lateral impact when the impact absorber is moved into contact with the top surface of the sole from an initial position
that is spaced apart from the top surface of the sole;

wherein the impact absorber is attached to a rolling portion of the outermost wall of the upper; and
wherein, through the midfoot region, the inward spacing of the boundary area allows at least a lower portion of the rolling
portion to move between the initial position in which the at least a lower portion of the rolling portion and at least a lower
portion of the impact absorber extend generally vertically away from the top surface of the sole and a subsequent position
in which the at least a lower portion of the rolling portion and the at least a lower portion of the impact absorber extend
generally horizontally over the top surface of the sole and cover an area of the top surface between the boundary area and
the peripheral edge that is greater than in the initial position, with the at least a lower portion of the impact absorber
contacting the top surface of the sole.

US Pat. No. 9,409,701

METHOD OF CUSTOM FITTING AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND APPARATUS INCLUDING A CONTAINER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A kit for custom fitting an article of footwear comprising:
a container; and
a steam tray sized and dimensioned to receive an article of footwear;
wherein the steam tray includes:
a top portion; and
a bottom portion containing holes;
wherein the bottom portion containing holes is disposed on an opposite side of the steam tray from the top portion; and
wherein the top portion is a flexible sheet or film.

US Pat. No. 9,393,480

BASEBALL GLOVE WITH FLOATING PAD FIT ADJUSTMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A closed-back athletic glove capable of receiving a human hand, the athletic glove comprising:
an exterior glove shell having a palm-side portion, a primary back portion, and a wrist back portion that form index, middle,
ring, and pinky finger sheaths, a thumb sheath, and an opening capable of receiving a human hand, the opening located opposite
the four finger sheaths and adjacent to the wrist back portion;

a glove webbing connected to and extending between the thumb sheath and the index finger sheath;
a wrist strap connected to an interior surface of the exterior glove shell at a first attachment point, the wrist strap running
from the first attachment point along a portion of the interior surface of the wrist back portion to a second attachment point,
wherein the wrist strap includes a free end, the second attachment point being positioned between the free end and the first
attachment point; and

an adjustment pad slidably connected to the wrist strap and disconnected from the interior surface of the exterior glove shell,
the wrist strap extending through the adjustment pad, such that, when the free end is pulled, the wrist strap exerts a force
on the adjustment pad that tightens the adjustment pad by the wrist strap sliding through the adjustment pad and cinching
the second attachment point towards the first attachment point.

US Pat. No. 9,364,045

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING AN ILLUMINABLE PANEL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper comprising: an illuminating
panel that emits light, the illuminating panel having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the first surface being
oriented to face toward an exterior of the footwear, and the second surface being oriented to face toward an interior of the
footwear, the first surface having a covered area and an exposed area, the covered area including a substantially opaque covering
disposed on the first surface of the illuminating panel and blocking light emitted by the illuminating panel, and the exposed
area being at least partially visible from the exterior of the footwear; and a first plurality of strands positioned to extend
adjacent and parallel to the illuminating panel, the strands being located to correspond with the exposed area of the illuminating
panel; wherein the plurality of strands are disposed on an opposite side of the first surface as the substantially opaque
covering.

US Pat. No. 9,266,318

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH RETRACTABLE SCREEN ASSEMBLY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A printing assembly, comprising:
a printing device;
a retractable screen assembly fastened to the printing device, the retractable screen assembly further comprising: a housing
member and a screen member that can extend from and retract into the housing member;

a platform disposed adjacent to the printing device, wherein the platform is configured to move relative to the printing device;
and

wherein the screen member extends from the housing member while the printing device is in use.

US Pat. No. 9,238,547

METHOD OF CUSTOM FITTING AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND APPARATUS INCLUDING A CONTAINER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of custom fitting an article of footwear including an upper having a throat portion that surrounds a throat opening
providing access to an interior of the article of footwear, the method comprising:
forming a hole in a container for holding the article of footwear, the hole being sized and dimensioned to fit the throat
portion of the article of footwear;

placing the throat portion of the article of footwear in contact with an outer perimeter of the hole; and
subjecting the hole and at least the throat opening of the article of footwear to a source of steam.

US Pat. No. 9,381,420

WORKOUT USER EXPERIENCE

NIKE, INC., Beverton, OR...

1. A mobile computing device comprising:
a touch sensitive display;
a processor;a computer-readable memory containing computer-executable instructions that when executed cause the processor to:
receive, from a sensor system, activity data relating to a performance of an athletic activity by a user;
process the received activity data to generate weight distribution data for the user;
receive input data from the touch sensitive display indicating a number of fingers used to input athletic performance data
to the touch sensitive display;

process the input data to distinguish between at least one of an outcome of the athletic activity and a type of the athletic
activity performed by the user;

determine a plurality of performance metrics based at least in part on the activity data and the input data;
present athletic training session data to the user, wherein the athletic training session data includes one or more performance
metrics in the plurality of performance metrics, wherein the athletic training session data comprises basketball training
data and the input data represents point values of shots attempted; and

associate, at a time preceding a first user input, a first weight distribution of the user with a first outcome of the athletic
activity performed by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,351,535

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH A CAVITY VIEWING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:
a first side and an opposite second side;
a sole structure including a lower portion, a first side portion, and a second side portion;
the sole structure including a cavity, the cavity further comprising a first opening disposed on the first side portion and
a lower opening disposed on the lower portion;

a first transparent member, the transparent member being approximately L-shaped; and
wherein the first transparent member corresponds to the cavity and wherein the first transparent member is configured to cover
the first opening and extend along a bottom portion of the cavity in a direction aligned with a lateral axis.

US Pat. No. 9,332,792

ARTICLES OF APPAREL UTILIZING TARGETED VENTING OR HEAT RETENTION ZONES THAT MAY BE DEFINED BASED ON THERMAL PROFILES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A garment including at least a torso region, comprising:
a first fabric panel; and
a pattern of openings formed through the first fabric panel, wherein the pattern of openings is defined based on a thermal
profile of a body, wherein the thermal profile distinguishes between areas of the body having different thermal characteristics,
wherein the thermal profile defines at least a first area of the body having a first thermal characteristic and a second area
of the body having a second thermal characteristic, and wherein the pattern of openings defines locations for plural openings
of a first size corresponding to the first area and locations for plural openings of a second size corresponding to the second
area;

further wherein the pattern of openings includes plural openings of the same size which are non-uniformly positioned in the
first fabric panel.

US Pat. No. 9,283,448

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH POLYMERIC FACE

Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a body including an annular face support having an inner sidewall adjacent to a recessed shelf configured to receive a face
plate insert, wherein the annular face support partially defines a central cavity;

a face plate insert having a hitting surface and a rear surface opposite the hitting surface, the face plate insert disposed
within the annular face support such that the rear surface of the face plate insert abuts the shelf and such that the face
plate insert is spaced from the inner side wall to define an adhesive channel between the face plate insert and the inner
side wall;

wherein at least one of the inner side wall and the face plate insert defines a recess in communication with the adhesive
channel such that an adhesive provided within the channel is capable of flowing into the recess and facilitating a mechanical
bond between the face plate insert and the annular face support; and

wherein the face plate insert includes a polymeric material that consists of a filled or unfilled thermoplastic polymer that
is disposed across the cavity when the rear surface of the face plate insert abuts the shelf, and wherein the polymeric material
has a tensile strength of at least about 220 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,282,784

SOLE STRUCTURES AND ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR HAVING A LIGHTWEIGHT MIDSOLE WITH SEGMENTED PROTECTIVE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear, comprising:
a foam midsole component having a density of less than 0.25 g/cm3 extending from a heel region to a forefoot region;

a first rear heel cage component distinct from the foam midsole component and covering side and bottom regions of a rear heel
area of the foam midsole component, wherein the first rear heel cage component is formed at least in part from a foam material;

a first forward heel cage component distinct from the foam midsole component and covering side and bottom regions of a forward
heel area of the foam midsole component, wherein a first space exists between the first rear heel cage component and the first
forward heel cage component, wherein the first forward heel cage component is formed at least in part from a foam material;

a first midfoot cage component distinct from the foam midsole component and covering side and bottom regions of a midfoot
area of the foam midsole component, wherein a second space exists between the first forward heel cage component and the first
midfoot cage component, wherein the first midfoot cage component is formed at least in part from a foam material; and

a first forefoot cage component distinct from the foam midsole component and covering side and bottom regions of a forefoot
area of the foam midsole component, wherein a third space exists between the first midfoot cage component and the first forefoot
cage component, wherein the first rear heel cage component is formed at least in part from a foam material.

US Pat. No. 9,265,293

GLOVE WITH HOOK-AND-LOOP FASTENER HAVING PLURAL HOOK AND/OR LOOP SECTIONS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A glove that is operable to be worn by a wearer, the glove comprising:
a main body that defines an interior space that is operable to receive a body part of the wearer, the main body including
a continuous region having a first end and a second end, the continuous region extending continuously between the first end
and the second end, the continuous region having an inner surface that faces the interior space and an outer surface that
faces away from the interior space, the continuous region configured to extend over the body part along a curved path, the
continuous region being elastic and extendable;

a strap that extends from the second end of the continuous region, the strap having an attached end that is attached to the
second end and a free end that is spaced apart from the attached end, the strap including a first surface and a second surface
that face in opposite directions, the strap being movable between a first position and a second position relative to the continuous
region;

an opening that is defined between the first end and the second end; and
a hook-and-loop fastener that includes a first member and a second member, the first member being one of a hook member and
a loop member, the second member being the other of the hook member and the loop member;

wherein the first member is supported on the outer surface of the continuous region and the second member is supported on
the first surface of the strap;

wherein the first member and the second member are operable to removably attach to each other to secure the strap in the first
position; and

wherein the strap, in the first position, substantially follows the curved path from the attached end to the free end;
wherein at least a portion of the strap, in the first position, overlays the continuous region with the first surface facing
the interior space and the second surface facing away from the interior space;

wherein the strap, in the second position, is spaced apart from the continuous region such that the first member and the second
member are detached;

wherein the first member is divided into a first section with a first peripheral edge and a second section with a second peripheral
edge, wherein the first and second peripheral edges are separated apart at a distance from each other, wherein the first section
and the second section are configured to cooperatively attach to the second member to removably attach the strap to the continuous
region in the first position;

wherein the first member is divided into the first section, the second section, and a third section with a third peripheral
edge;

wherein the second section is disposed between the first section and the third section; and
wherein the second peripheral edge is separated apart at a distance from the first peripheral edge and the third peripheral
edge.

US Pat. No. 9,061,182

GOLF BALLS INCLUDING HIGHLY NEUTRALIZED POLYMER HAVING A HARDNESS MODIFIER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball, comprising:
a core;
a cover layer, the cover layer substantially surrounding the core;
at least one of the core and the cover layer being made of a polymer mixture, the polymer mixture comprising a polymer and
a modifier;

the polymer comprising a highly neutralized polymer;
the modifier comprising a process oil selected from the group consisting of naphthenic process oils, paraffinic process oils,
aromatic process oils, and blends thereof;

wherein the modifier is present in the polymer mixture in a sufficient amount such that the modifier reduces a hardness of
the polymer mixture from a first value that is approximately the same as a hardness of the highly neutralized polymer to a
second value that is less than the hardness of the highly neutralized polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,044,884

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RUBBER AND POLYOLEFIN SOLE ASSEMBLY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of forming a sole assembly with a mold assembly comprising the steps of:
using a top plate having a bottom surface; a middle plate positioned beneath the top plate and having a top surface and a
bottom surface, the bottom surface of the top plate and the top surface of the middle plate cooperating to define an upper
recess therebetween; and a bottom plate positioned beneath the middle plate and having a top surface, the top surface of the
bottom plate and the bottom surface of the middle plate cooperating to define a lower recess therebetween; wherein the bottom
surface of the top plate and the top surface of the bottom plate are configured such that when the top plate and bottom plate
are in contact with one another they cooperate to define a sole recess, the sole recess having a volume that is larger than
a volume of the upper recess and a volume of the lower recess combined:

preheating the bottom plate, middle plate, and top plate;
placing a quantity of rubber in a first portion of the lower recess;
placing the lower surface of the middle plate in contact with the upper surface of the bottom plate, and the lower surface
of the upper plate in contact with the upper surface of the middle plate;

subjecting the top plate, middle plate, and bottom plate to heat to semi-cure the rubber in the lower recess to form an outsole
member;

separating the top plate, the middle plate, and the bottom plate;
placing the lower surface of the top plate in contact with the upper surface of the bottom plate, wherein a quantity of a
polyolefin forming a midsole member is in the sole recess above the semi-cured rubber; and

subjecting the top plate and bottom plate to heat such that the polyolefin expands within the sole recess and the polyolefin
and rubber in the sole recess fully cure, cross-link, and bond to one another to form a sole assembly for an article of footwear;

cooling the top plate and the bottom plate; and
removing the top plate from the bottom plate and removing the sole assembly from the sole recess;
wherein a portion of the top plate defining a first portion of the upper recess includes at least one surface irregularity
configured to form a mating surface irregularity in the midsole; and

wherein a portion of the bottom plate defining the first portion of the bottom recess includes at least one surface irregularity
configured to form a mating surface irregularity in the outsole.

US Pat. No. 9,392,825

COLD WEATHER VENTED GARMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A cold weather vented garment comprising:
at least one front panel adapted to cover a front torso area of the wearer when the cold weather vented garment is in an as-worn
configuration: and

at least one back panel adapted to cover a back torso area of the wearer when the cold weather vented garment is in the as-worn
configuration, wherein the at least one front panel and the at least one back panel define in part at least a neckline opening,
a first sleeve opening, a second sleeve opening, and a waist opening:

each of the at least one front panel and the at least one back panel comprising:
(1) a first inner panel configured to face a wearer when the cold weather vented garment is in an as-worn configuration;
(2) a second outer panel configured to be exposed to an external environment when the cold weather vented garment is in the
as-worn configuration, wherein the first inner panel and the second outer panel comprise one or more of a waterproof, a water
resistant, or a DWR-treated textile material;

(3) a plurality of seams that join the first inner panel and the second outer panel;
(4) a chamber formed between the first inner panel and the second outer panel, and between at least a pair of seams in the
plurality of seams;

(5) a thermally insulating fill material contained within each chamber; and
(6) a plurality of perforations located on one or more of the plurality of seams, wherein the plurality of perforations extend
through the one or more of the plurality of seams, through the first inner panel and the second outer panel.

US Pat. No. 9,378,598

WIRELESS ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

UNIKEY TECHNOLOGIES INC.,...

1. An access device for a wireless access control system for a door, the wireless access control system comprising a lock
assembly carried by the door remote from the access device and comprising a lock, lock wireless communications circuitry,
and a lock controller coupled to the lock and the lock wireless communications circuitry, the access device being remote from
the door and comprising:
an accelerometer configured to sense an acceleration of the access device;
remote access wireless communications circuitry configured to communicate directly with the lock wireless communications circuitry;
a geographical positioning system configured to generate geographical location data corresponding to a geographical location
of the access device; and

a remote access controller configured to cooperate with said remote access wireless communications circuitry and said geographical
positioning system to

receive a lock signal from the lock controller when the access device is within a threshold distance from the lock assembly,
and

wirelessly transmit, based upon receipt of the lock signal, a command comprising the geographical location data to switch
the lock between the locked and unlocked positions based upon the sensed acceleration from said accelerometer and the geographical
location data.

US Pat. No. 9,370,696

GOLF CLUB ASSEMBLY AND GOLF CLUB WITH AERODYNAMIC FEATURES

NIKE, Inc, Beaverton, OR...

17. A golf club head comprising:
a body member having a ball striking face, an upper surface, a toe, a heel, and a lower surface;
a recess formed in the lower surface, wherein a first end of the recess is closer to the striking face than a second end of
the recess; and

three secondary recesses formed in a bottom surface of the recess, each secondary recess having a first base and a second
base, wherein the secondary recesses extend in a direction from the first end of the recess to the second end of the recess,

wherein a second base of a first secondary recess lies adjacent to a first base of an adjacent second secondary recess and
a second base of a second secondary recess lies adjacent to a first base of an adjacent third secondary recess, and

wherein each of the secondary recesses have a depth that decreases as the secondary recess extends from the first base to
the second base.

US Pat. No. 9,321,199

METHOD FOR MAKING LAMINATE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of preparing a molded article, comprising
placing in a mold a rubber insert comprising a rubber on which is a surface layer comprising a thermoplastic elastomer, wherein
a group in the surface layer is covalently bonded to the rubber and wherein the surface layer of the insert extends into a
mold cavity;

closing the mold and injecting into the mold a thermoplastic material; and
cooling the thermoplastic material to form a molded article comprising the insert.

US Pat. No. 9,185,947

FORMING PORTION OF AN ARTICLE FROM FABRICATION SCRAP, AND PRODUCTS THEREOF

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:
distributing material scraps on a first carrier panel so as to form a recovered material layer from the distributed material
scraps, wherein

the material scraps include thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) particles having areas of 250 square millimeters or less, the
TPU particles formed from resized TPU remnants,

the material scraps include additional material particles having areas of 250 square millimeters or less, the additional material
particles formed from resized remnants of at least one other type of material,

the TPU particles and the additional material particles are commingled in the recovered material layer, and
the first carrier panel has an area at least as large as an area of a flattened shell of a footwear upper;
placing a second carrier panel over the recovered material layer so as to situate the recovered material layer between the
first and second carrier panels, wherein the second carrier panel has an area at least as large as the area of the flattened
shell of the footwear upper;

simultaneously applying heat and pressure to the first and second carrier panels having the recovered material layer situated
between the first and second carrier panels so as to melt the resized TPU remnants;

allowing the recovered material layer to cool and form a pliable composite panel, and wherein the composite panel comprises
the recovered material layer bonded to the first carrier panel and to the second carrier panel; and

forming the footwear upper from at least a portion of the pliable composite panel.

US Pat. No. 9,170,872

RESET SUPERVISOR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:
(a) receiving an input signal at a first processor and at a second processor;
(b) at the first processor, processing the input signal to generate an output signal;
(c) transmitting the output signal from the first processor to the second processor;
(d) at the second processor, comparing the input signal to the output signal and determining that an error exists when the
input signal does not correspond to the output signal;

(e) when an error exists in (d), transmitting a reset signal from the second processor to the first processor to reset the
first processor; and

(f) loading firmware into the first processor in response to receiving the reset signal at the first processor.

US Pat. No. 9,089,999

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING COMPONENTS USED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES

Nike, Incorporated, Beav...

1. A method of manufacturing a portion of an article of footwear, comprising:
performing a scan of a foot;
creating a virtual design of a mold insert configured to mold the portion of the article of footwear based on the results
of the scan performed;

saving the virtual design in a data file;
fabricating the mold insert using a technique selected from the group consisting of: laser sintering, fused deposition modeling,
and stereolithography, wherein the fabricating step uses the data file for creating the mold insert;

inserting the mold insert into a mold;
with the mold insert inserted into the mold, inserting moldable material into a cavity created at least in part by the mold
insert;

with the mold insert inserted into the mold, molding the moldable material to produce the portion of the article of footwear,
wherein the portion of the article of footwear is formed of the moldable material; and

removing the portion of the article of footwear from the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,072,335

KNITTED COMPONENT FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCLUDING A FULL MONOFILAMENT UPPER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A knitted component for incorporating into a full monofilament upper of an article of footwear, the knitted component comprising:
a monofilament knit element formed by at least one monofilament strand, the monofilament knit element defining substantially
all of an exterior surface of the full monofilament upper and an opposite interior surface of the full monofilament upper,
the interior surface defining a void for receiving a foot;

wherein the monofilament knit element extends (a) through each of a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region of
the article of footwear, and (b) across a top of the full monofilament upper between a medial side and a lateral side of the
article of footwear; and

wherein the monofilament knit element includes a first side and an opposite second side formed by a plurality of intermeshed
loops that define courses of the at least one monofilament strand, the first side forming a portion of the exterior surface
of the full monofilament upper and the second side forming a portion of the interior surface of the full monofilament upper.

US Pat. No. 9,353,469

INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED ROLLERS FOR TAKE-DOWN ASSEMBLY OF KNITTING MACHINE

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A knitting machine configured for knitting a knit component having a first portion and a second portion, the knitting machine
comprising:
a knitting bed with a plurality of knitting needles that are arranged along a longitudinal direction, the knitting bed defining
a first knitting area and a second knitting area that are spaced apart in the longitudinal direction, the first knitting area
configured to form the first portion of the knit component, the second knitting area configured to form the second portion
of the knit component;

a take-down assembly that includes a first take-down roller and a second take-down roller, the first take-down roller configured
to rotate at a variable first speed while contacting the first portion of the knitted component to apply tension to the first
portion of the knit component, the second take-down roller configured to rotate at a variable second speed while contacting
the second portion of the knitted component to apply tension to the second portion of the knit component;

a first actuator that is configured to actuate to selectively adjust the first speed of the first take-down roller for varying
tension on the first portion of the knit component;

a second actuator that is configured to actuate to selectively adjust the second speed of the second take-down roller for
varying tension on the second portion of the knit component; and

a controller that is operably coupled to the first actuator and the second actuator to selectively and independently control
actuation of the first actuator and the second actuator, wherein the controller controls the first and second actuators to
rotate the first and second take-down rollers at different speeds while forming at least one of the first and second portions
of the knit component.

US Pat. No. 9,329,053

ATHLETIC WATCH

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An activity monitoring watch comprising:
a wristband configured to be worn by a user; and
an electronic module attached to the wristband, the electronic module having a controller and a screen configured to receive
a plurality of user inputs,

including a first user input and a second user input configured to be applied by the user by tapping against the electronic
module, and

wherein the controller is configured to:
generate a user interface displaying a scrollable menu of athletic activity functions, wherein each of the athletic activity
functions is independently user-selectable from other ones of the athletic activity functions;

generate a time of day interface comprising a time of day simultaneously displayed in conjunction with a workout summary comprising
a plurality of workouts performed over a predefined time period;

display a first display on the user interface responsive to the first user input that comprises the user tapping the electronic
module with a first force, the first force comprising a first magnitude and a first direction; and

display a second display on the user interface responsive to the second user input that comprises the user tapping the electronic
module with a second force, the second force comprising a second magnitude, greater than the first magnitude, and the second
force being applied along substantially the first direction, and

wherein the controller is configured to prevent additional taps of the screen from activating the first or second displays
for a set period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,272,391

SODIUM BICARBONATE PUCK CLEANING AND PAINTING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of making an article of footwear, comprising:
(a) providing a component having a contaminant on a receiving area of a surface;
(b) cleaning the receiving area by blast cleaning the receiving area of the surface by propelling an abrasive alkali, alkaline
earth, or ammonium compound having a Mohs hardness of less than 3.0 in a pressurized gas stream against the receiving area
for a time selected to effectively remove the contaminant;

(c) applying a pressurized gas stream free of the abrasive compound and free of liquid water or organic liquid to the receiving
area to remove any residual abrasive compound from the receiving area of the surface to produce a cleaned receiving area;

(d) applying a layer of a material to the cleaned receiving area, wherein the material is selected from the group consisting
of adhesives and coatings; and then

(e) incorporating the component into an article of footwear, wherein the component is made of polymer or metal and is selected
from the group consisting of midsoles, components for midsoles, reinforcements for eyelets and flex regions of a vamp forefoot
region, and decorative elements for uppers.

US Pat. No. 9,211,662

MOLD WITH MIDPLATE AND METHOD OF MOLDING GOLF BALL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a golf ball, the method comprising:
placing an inner golf ball core into an indentation of a first side of a midplate;
suspending a first preform within a cavity of a first mold plate via a mechanical fastening device of the first mold plate
projecting into the first mold plate cavity, the suspended first preform facing the placed core;

placing a second preform into a cavity of a second mold plate, the placed second preform facing a projection of the midplate
projecting from a second side thereof; and

closing the first and second mold plates against the first and second midplate sides, respectively, so as to mold the first
and second preforms into hemispherical shapes against the core and projection, respectively, the first preform successively
contacting the core and midplate during said closing.

US Pat. No. 9,307,804

AUTOMATIC LACING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper with a sidewall portion;
a hollow guide member associated with the sidewall portion, the hollow guide member further comprising:
a plurality of upper holes and a plurality of lower holes;
a plurality of channels, each channel extending between one of the upper holes and one of the lower holes;
a plurality of fastening elements;
a fastener moving mechanism configured to tension the fastening elements;
wherein each of the fastening elements includes an end portion and an intermediate portion;
wherein the end portion is associated with the fastener moving mechanism;
wherein the intermediate portion of each of the fastening elements is disposed within a corresponding channel of the plurality
of channels of the hollow guide member;

wherein the hollow guide member is more rigid than the upper; and
wherein tensioning the fastening elements with the fastener moving mechanism tightens the upper.

US Pat. No. 9,186,547

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system for determining aspects related to a golf swing, comprising:
a golf club comprising:
a golf club head;
a shaft configured to engage with the golf club head, including a grip engaged with the shaft;
a monitoring device configured to be engaged with the golf club and configured to determine data related to at least one characteristic
of a golf swing, comprising:

an accelerometer,
a gyroscope,
a magnetometer, and
a GPS device;
a remote computer configured to receive the data; and
a removable section;
wherein the removable section is nondestructively removably engaged with the golf club and wherein the monitoring device is
nondestructively removably engaged with the removable section;

wherein the shaft is configured to nondestructively removably engage and secure the removable section;
wherein the removable section is configured to removably engage the monitoring device with at least one of: press fitting,
snap fit mechanisms or mechanical fasteners; and

wherein the shaft is configured to removably engage the removable section with at least one of: press fitting, snap fit mechanisms
or mechanical fasteners.

US Pat. No. 9,139,938

INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLED ROLLERS FOR TAKE-DOWN ASSEMBLY OF KNITTING MACHINE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a knit component with a knitting machine, the knitting machine defining a first knitting area
and a second knitting area that are spaced apart in a longitudinal direction, the method comprising:
knitting a first portion of the knit component at the first knitting area;
pulling the first portion away from the first knitting area with a first take-down roller;
knitting a second portion of the knit component at the second knitting area;
pulling the second portion away from the second knitting area with a second take-down roller;
providing a biasing member that applies a biasing load to the first take-down roller for biasing the first take-down roller
generally toward the first portion of the knit component;

selectively adjusting the biasing load to thereby: (a) selectively adjust tension applied by the first take-down roller on
the first portion of the knit component, and (b) advance one of the first portion and the second portion relative to the other;
and

joining the first portion to the second portion by knitting the first portion and second portion together across the first
knitting area and the second knitting area.

US Pat. No. 9,387,367

FOOTBALL WITH SEGMENTED COVER PANELS

NIKE Inc., Beaverton, OR...

1. A prolate spheroidal inflatable game ball comprising:
a cover, the cover comprising a plurality of panels; and
an inflatable bladder disposed inside the cover;
wherein at least one panel of the plurality of panels includes a stripe piece disposed between an end cone segment and a central
body segment along a longitudinal axis;

the stripe piece comprising multiple layers, including a padding layer;
wherein edges of the stripe piece are joined to an edge of the end cone segment and an edge of the central body segment;
wherein the end cone segment and the central body segment of the at least one panel are separate components joined together;
wherein the edges of the stripe piece are beveled, forming a first beveled edge and a second beveled edge;
wherein the edge of the end cone segment is beveled forming a third beveled edge and the edge of the central body segment
is beveled forming a fourth beveled edge;

wherein the first beveled edge of the stripe piece corresponds to the third beveled edge of the end cone segment and the second
beveled edge of the stripe piece corresponds to the fourth beveled edge of the central body segment;

wherein the edges of the stripe piece are joined to the edge of the first end cone segment and the edge of the central body
segment with stitching; and

wherein the stripe piece is joined to the central body segment with stitching having a first stitch line extending through
a full thickness of the stripe piece and a second stitch line extending through the fourth beveled edge of the central body
segment and through the second beveled edge of the stripe piece.

US Pat. No. 9,267,022

ANTI-TACK POWDER FOR UNCURED RUBBER PELLETS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A moldable rubber mixture comprising:
uncured rubber pellets; and
an anti-stick agent comprising a cured rubber powder, wherein the cured rubber powder in the moldable rubber mixture is between
0.5 to 10 percent by weight of the uncured rubber pellets in the moldable rubber mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,254,424

SPORT BALL WITH INDENTED CASING

NIKE INC., Beaverton, OR...

1. A sport ball comprising:
a casing having an exterior surface facing outward from the sport ball and an opposite interior surface facing inward, the
casing including a plurality of panels, the plurality of panels including a first panel having (a) an outer layer that defines
a first indentation in the exterior surface of the casing, (b) an inner layer that defines a second indentation in the interior
surface of the casing, and (c) a central layer, a majority of the outer layer of the first panel being spaced from the inner
layer of the first panel by the central layer, and the outer layer of the first panel being secured to the inner layer of
the first panel at the first indentation and the second indentation; and

a bladder located within the casing;
wherein the first panel has one or more peripheral edges joined to edges of adjacent panels of the casing to form one or more
seams, each of the one or more seams projecting inward beyond portions of the first panel adjacent the one or more seams,
the first indentation extending to at least one of the one or more peripheral edges;

wherein a first portion of the first indentation is spaced from at least one of the one or more peripheral edges of the first
panel;

wherein a second portion of the first indentation extends to at least one of the one or more peripheral edges of the first
panel; and

wherein the first indentation and the second indentation each have a substantially squared cross-sectional configuration.

US Pat. No. 9,370,208

PROTECTIVE APPARATUS WITH A VARIED THICKNESS LATTICE SUPPORT STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A protective apparatus comprising:
an impact shell having an anterior surface, an opposite posterior surface, a medial edge, an opposite lateral edge, a superior
edge, and an opposite inferior edge;

the impact shell further comprising an integrally formed structural lattice protruding from the impact shell posterior surface
forming a protrusion surface;

the lattice including one or more ribs, at least one of the ribs including a medial-edge portion and a middle portion, wherein
the medial-edge portion is closer to the medial edge than the middle portion, the medial-edge portion having a first rib height
and the middle portion having a second rib height, the first rib height being shorter than the second rib height; and

an impact attenuating structure covering at least a portion of the posterior surface of the impact shell and the protrusion
surface of the lattice, such that the integrally formed structural lattice is layered between the impact attenuating structure
and the impact shell, the impact attenuating structure affixed to the impact shell at least proximate the medial edge and
the lateral edge.

US Pat. No. 9,289,656

MULTI-LAYER GOLF BALL

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A multi-layer golf ball comprising:
a core formed from an ionomer that has a material hardness measured on the JIS-C scale of from about 34 to about 70, the core
being the innermost layer of the multi-layer golf ball, the core having an outer surface that includes:

a plurality of land portions aligned on a common sphere having a diameter of from about 22 mm to about 32 mm;
a plurality of grooves separating the respective land portions and extending radially inward from the sphere;
wherein the plurality of grooves includes a first set of grooves and a second set of grooves; and
wherein each groove of the first set of grooves is perpendicular to each groove of the second set of grooves;
an intermediate layer surrounding the core and having a radially inward surface that is bonded to the outer surface of the
core across the entire outer surface, the intermediate layer formed from a rubber material and having a radial thickness measured
from the common sphere of from about 4.0 mm to about 9.0 mm;

a cover surrounding the intermediate layer and defining an outermost portion of the ball, the cover including an ionomer resin,
polyethylene, a polyester resin, or a mixture thereof;

wherein the core has a 10-130 kg compression deformation of from about 3.5 to about 5.5 mm; and
wherein the intermediate layer has a material hardness measured on the Shore-D scale of from about 56 to about 64.

US Pat. No. 9,250,611

ELECTRONICALLY TRIGGERED PERSONAL ATHLETIC DEVICE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A user device worn by an athlete during a timed event, the device comprising:
an attachment member for connecting the device to an article of apparel;
a transceiver coupled to the attachment member, the transceiver to receive wireless signals during the timed event wherein
the signals cause the device to automatically determine and record one or more measured split times for the athlete during
the timed event;

a bistable display coupled to the attachment member, the bistable display configured to display data associated with the timed
event including: the one or more measured split times for the athlete during the timed event, a plurality of predefined split
times for the event, and, at a conclusion of the timed event, perpetually display an elapsed time for the athlete, wherein
the data associated with the timed event further includes an indication as to whether the athlete is on pace, ahead of pace
or behind pace as preset by the athlete; and

memory storing personal information of the athlete and wherein the transceiver transmits the personal information during a
registration process for the timed event.

US Pat. No. 9,219,430

SENSOR COMPRISING A PIEZOELECTRIC DETECTOR WITH COMPENSATION FOR GROUND FAULTS

HIDRIA AET DRUZBA ZA PROI...

1. A sensor comprising a piezoelectric detector (10) mounted in a support having electrically conductive walls forming a first electrical potential reference, referred to as
mechanical ground (MM), to which the piezoelectric detector (10) is connected, and a circuit for processing the signal delivered by the piezoelectric detector, said processing circuit comprising:
an electrical supply circuit defining a second potential reference, referred to as electronic ground (ME),
a charge amplifier comprising an operational amplifier, referred to as a processing amplifier (12), having:

an input (13) connected to an output (11) of the piezoelectric detector so as to receive the signal delivered by this output (11) of the piezoelectric detector (10),

an output (15) delivering an output voltage signal referenced with respect to the electronic ground and representative of the signal delivered
by the piezoelectric detector,

a capacitive feedback loop (16) between the output (15) and the input (13) of the processing amplifier (12) receiving the signal delivered by the piezoelectric detector (10), said capacitive feedback loop (16) comprising a capacitor (29) of which a first terminal (71) is connected to said input (13) of the processing amplifier (12) receiving the signal delivered by the piezoelectric detector (10),
wherein the capacitive feedback loop (16) comprises, between said output (15) of the processing amplifier (12) and said capacitor (29), a voltage adder circuit (61, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69) adapted to add on the second terminal (72) of said capacitor (29) an electrical voltage which varies as a function of the potential difference between the mechanical ground (MM) and the
electronic ground (ME), so that the variations of this potential difference are continuously compensated for at the input
(13) of the processing amplifier (12) receiving the signal delivered by the piezoelectric detector (10).

US Pat. No. 9,393,587

METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COATING LAYER ON A GOLF BALL

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of forming a coating layer on a golf ball, the method comprising:
spraying a first quantity of a coating composition onto the golf ball to form a partially-coated golf ball having:
a first pole disposed in a top position, wherein the top position is spaced apart from a ground plane by a first distance;
a second pole disposed in a bottom position, wherein the bottom position is spaced apart from the ground plane by a second
distance that is less than the first distance;

a diameter extending between the first pole and the second pole;
an axis of rotation perpendicular to the diameter, wherein the axis of rotation intersects the diameter at a midpoint between
the first pole and the second pole;

a partially-coated surface; and
a first equator defined by a first plane that is perpendicular to the diameter and intersects the partially-coated surface,
wherein the first equator circumnavigates the partially-coated surface and is equidistant from the first pole and the second
pole;

after spraying the first quantity, rotating the partially-coated golf ball about the axis of rotation to translate the first
pole and the second pole such that the first pole is disposed in the bottom position and the second pole is disposed in the
top position;

wherein rotating includes disposing the partially-coated golf ball between at least two needles such that the at least two
needles abut the partially-coated golf ball on the first equator; and

after rotating, spraying a second quantity of the coating composition onto the partially-coated golf ball to form the coating
layer on the golf ball.

US Pat. No. 9,352,207

ACTION DETECTION AND ACTIVITY CLASSIFICATION

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system, comprising:
an activity processing system having at least a first processor and a first memory, the first memory storing computer-executable
instructions that, when executed by the at least a first processor, cause the activity processing system to:

receive identification of an athletic activity to be performed;
determine, based on the received identification of the athletic activity to be performed, a sensor subscription;
transmit, to a sensor system, the determined sensor subscription;
a sensor system including a plurality of sensors, at least a second processor and at least a second memory storing computer-executable
instructions that, when executed, cause the sensor system to:

receive, from the plurality of sensors, raw athletic activity data associated with a potential corresponding event during
performance of the athletic activity;

process the raw athletic activity data to smooth and filter the received athletic activity data;
transmit, from the sensor system to the activity processing system, the processed athletic activity data, transmitting the
processed athletic activity data to the activity processing system including controlling, by the sensor system, at least one
of a type of data and an amount of data transmitted based on the determined sensor subscription;

the activity processing system further including instructions that, when executed, cause the activity processing system to:
compare the received processed athletic activity data to a plurality of physical action templates to determine whether a physical
activity of at least one physical action template of the plurality of physical action templates has occurred, the comparing
including:

determining a plurality of required states associated with the physical activity of the at least one physical action template
and forming a portion of the at least one physical action template;

for each of the plurality of required states, determine a state-specific set of one or more constraints defining match characteristics
of a corresponding required event,

wherein a state-specific set of one or more constraints for a first state of the plurality of required states includes a relative
constraint defining a required relationship between the first state and a second state of the plurality of required states,

wherein the state-specific set of one or more constraints further includes a scoring distribution for determining a match
score for the one or more constraints;

determine, based on the comparison, the match score for the one or more constraints;
determine, based on the match score, whether the physical activity has occurred; and
transmit a result of the determining whether the physical activity has occurred to one or more devices.

US Pat. No. 9,333,393

METHOD OF MAKING A GOLF BALL CORE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of making a golf ball that can be customized for a desired play characteristic, comprising
heating a curable rubber golf ball core to partially cure at least a portion of the golf ball core;
rapidly cooling the golf ball core before the golf ball core finishes curing, wherein a portion of the golf ball core is left
uncured, and wherein rapidly cooling the golf ball core includes quenching the golf ball core in an ice bath, water bath,
cryogenic fluid, or dry ice/alcohol bath; and

incorporating the golf ball core into a finished golf ball by applying at least one cover layer, wherein the uncured portion
of the golf ball core remains uncured after the golf ball core is incorporated into the finished golf ball;

and determining a time and temperature of further curing the golf ball core to provide the desired play characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,321,200

METHOD FOR MAKING LAMINATE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of preparing a molded article, comprising:
placing in a first mold a curable rubber composition;
placing on a surface of the rubber composition a layer comprising a first thermoplastic material with unsaturated carbon-carbon
bonds;

curing the rubber composition in the first mold to form a first molded article with the first thermoplastic material covalently
bound to the cured rubber composition;

placing the first molded article into a second mold, the layer facing an inside cavity of the second mold;
closing the second mold and injecting into the second mold a second thermoplastic material to form a second molded article
with the first thermoplastic material thermally bound to the second thermoplastic material.

US Pat. No. 9,301,566

SOLE STRUCTURES AND ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR HAVING A LIGHTWEIGHT MIDSOLE MEMBER WITH PROTECTIVE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

15. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper; and
a sole structure engaged with the upper, wherein the sole structure includes a polymeric foam member configured to support
at least a heel and midfoot area of a wearer's foot, wherein an exposed outer edge of the polymeric foam member includes:

a first billows structure that includes: a first outer billow ridge, a second outer billow ridge, a third outer billow ridge,
a first interstitial region located between the first and second outer billow ridges, and a second interstitial region located
between the second and third outer billow ridges, and

a second billows structure that includes: a fourth outer billow ridge, a fifth outer billow ridge, and a third interstitial
region located between the fourth and fifth outer billow ridges,

wherein the fourth outer billow ridge originates in the first interstitial region and the fifth outer billow ridge originates
in the second interstitial region, and

wherein the billow ridges extend upwardly at an angle from front ends of the ridges to rear ends of the ridges.

US Pat. No. 9,149,084

APPAREL INCORPORATING A PROTECTIVE ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MAKING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A protective element for an article of apparel, the protective element comprising:
a first material layer having a first side and an opposite second side;
a second material layer associated with the first material layer;
a pad component located between the first material layer and the second material layer;
a plate component positioned adjacent to the first material layer, wherein the plate component is disposed adjacent the first
side of the first material layer and the pad component is located adjacent the second side of the first material layer so
that the first material layer is disposed between the plate component and the pad component,

wherein the plate component has a first portion having a first thickness and a second portion having a second thickness, wherein
the first thickness is greater than the second thickness;

an attachment area formed on an outer perimeter of the plate component, wherein the attachment area corresponds to the second
portion so that the attachment area has the second thickness; and

an attachment element that attaches the plate component to the first material layer, wherein the attachment element extends
entirely through the second thickness of the attachment area.

US Pat. No. 9,404,205

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT WITH INLAID TENSILE ELEMENTS AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a knitted component, the method comprising:
knitting a first plurality of courses to define a first webbed area of the knitted component, the first webbed area having
a front surface, wherein the knitted component is associated with a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, the first
webbed area configured to move between a neutral position and an extended position, wherein in the neutral position, a first
area of the front surface is hidden from visual observation from a first viewing perspective, wherein in the extended position,
the first area of the front surface is revealed for visual observation from the first viewing perspective, the first webbed
area being biased toward the neutral position, the first webbed area configured to stretch in the lateral direction toward
the extended position of the first webbed area in response to a force applied to the first webbed area, wherein knitting the
first plurality of courses includes extending the first plurality of courses along the longitudinal direction of the knitted
component; and

knitting a second plurality of courses to define a first tubular rib structure of the knitted component, wherein at least
one of the first plurality of courses is joined with at least one of the second plurality of courses, wherein knitting the
second plurality of courses includes extending the second plurality of courses along the longitudinal direction of the knitted
component.

US Pat. No. 9,289,032

SOLE STRUCTURE WITH EXTENDABLE CLEAT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear including a cleat assembly, comprising:
a cleat member including an extending portion, the extending portion having a first end fixed relative to the sole structure
and a second end designed to move relative to the first end, wherein the extending portion is elastomeric;

an actuating assembly including a pivot plate and an actuating member;
the pivot plate including a first end portion and a second end portion;
the actuating member attached to the first end portion
the actuating member disposed within the extending portion and designed to elongate the extending portion by moving the second
end of the extending portion away from the first end of the extending portion when force from a foot of a wearer actuates
the actuating member; and

wherein the pivot plate is configured to pivot about the second end portion of the pivot plate to transfer the force from
the foot of the wearer to the extending portion.

US Pat. No. 9,149,693

GOLF CLUB AND GOLF CLUB HEAD STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a body defining a ball striking face, a crown and a sole, the body further having a first leg extending away from the ball
striking face and a second leg extending away from the ball striking face wherein a void is defined between the first leg
and the second leg, the crown extending over the void, the void defining a first perimeter proximate an underside surface
of the crown and the void defining a second perimeter proximate the sole, wherein the second perimeter is a different length
than the first perimeter; and

wherein the first perimeter is in the range of 80%-90% of the second perimeter.

US Pat. No. 9,149,086

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING AN UPPER WITH KNITTED ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper including a tongue element
comprising:
a knitted component forming a majority of an exterior of the tongue element, including a first knit layer disposed on one
side of the exterior of the tongue element and a second knit layer disposed on an opposite side of the exterior of the tongue
element, the first knit layer and the second knit layer defining an interior cavity; and

a compressible material located within the cavity, the compressible material having a first planar surface and a second planar
surface opposite the first planar surface, the first planar surface spaced from the second planar surface;

wherein the knitted component is designed to accommodate the compressible material, the first layer extends over the first
planar surface and the second layer extends over the second planar surface;

wherein the knitted component is formed of unitary knit construction so that the first knit layer is a one piece element with
the second knit layer along three sides of the knitted component, including along each of a lateral edge, a medial edge, and
a first end;

the first knit layer extending continuously around the compressible material into the second knit layer along each of the
lateral edge, the medial edge, and the first end, wherein the lateral edge, the medial edge, and the first end have a seamless
configuration; and

wherein a second end of the knitted component is secured to a throat area of the upper.

US Pat. No. 9,272,188

MULTI-LAYER GOLF BALL WITH BLADDER CORE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball comprising:
a core:
an intermediate layer substantially surrounding the core; and
an outer layer substantially surrounding the intermediate layer, the outer layer including a plurality of dimples;
wherein the core comprises a bladder, the bladder having walls which define an internal space, wherein the walls of the bladder
are formed from an ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer layer; and

wherein the bladder is formed from multiple layers fused together and contains a fluid, wherein a center layer of the bladder
is the ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer layer, and wherein layers adjacent to the center layer are formed of thermoplastic
polyurethane.

US Pat. No. 9,248,343

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A TEAM SPORTS ENVIRONMENT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. An athletic monitoring system comprising:
a unitary athletic device having a housing comprising:
a retaining mechanism configured to retain the housing on either a first athlete or apparel worn by the first athlete during
an athletic activity;

at least one sensor configured to generate, in real-time, athletic movement data from physical movement of the first athlete
during the athletic activity;

a processor;
a transceiver configured to communicate in real-time during the athletic activity with a computer device; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that when executed by a processor cause
the processor to perform at least:

in real-time, process with the processor, the athletic movement data of the respective at least one sensor to calculate athletic
metric data of the first athlete; and

a computer device that is not worn by the first athlete or on the first athlete during the athletic activity configured to
communicate electrical signals relating to the athletic metric data with the athletic devic, wherein said computer device
and said athletic device are specifically paired, defined by at least one of a wired serial connection and wireless bonding
which enables the athletic device to authenticate the identity of the computer device prior to communicating the electrical
signals therewith, and

wherein said computer device is operable to automatically upload activity data, defined as data generated from one or more
electrical signals relating to the athletic metric data from the physical movement of the athletic housing over a network
to a remote server configured to store said activity data to enable interactive communication whereby uploaded activity data
can be retrieved over the network.

US Pat. No. 9,192,815

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A TEAM SPORTS ENVIRONMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A unitary athletic monitoring device comprising:
a body-worn housing configured to be releasably attached to a first player during performance of an athletic activity, the
housing comprising:

a sensor configured to sense athletic movement data, comprising at least a multi-axis accelerometer and having gyroscope capabilities;
an on-board display unit configured to display athletic information;
a transceiver configured to communicate in real-time during the athletic activity with a central computer device;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that when executed by the processor
cause the processor to perform at least:

in real-time, process the athletic movement data to calculate athletic metric data, comprising a plurality of vertical height
measurements for the first player during the athletic activity;

during the performance of the athletic activity, display on the on-board display unit, a first vertical height measurement
of the first player calculated from athletic movement data; and

transmit via the transceiver during the athletic activity, the first vertical height measurement to the central computer device;
receive a second vertical height measurement calculated at a second athletic monitoring device of a second player participating
in the athletic activity;

receive an identity of the second player; and
display, during performance of the athletic activity, on a display, the second vertical height measurement and identity of
the second player.

US Pat. No. 9,457,525

SPORT BALL CASING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE CASING

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a sport ball, the method comprising:
providing a first panel and a second panel that each have a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
joining together the first panel and the second panel to form a seam by:
(a) locating the second surface of the first panel against the second surface of the second panel; and
(b) forming a bond that joins the second surface of the first panel to the second surface of the second panel;
wherein the first panel has a layered configuration that includes (a) a first layer forming a portion of an exterior surface
of the first panel, (b) a second layer formed from a polymer foam material and having a lesser thickness adjacent to the seam
than in areas spaced apart from the seam, and (c) a third layer forming a portion of an interior surface of the first panel;

wherein the second panel has a layered configuration that includes (a) a first layer forming a portion of an exterior surface
of the second panel, (b) a second layer formed from a polymer foam material and having a lesser thickness adjacent to the
seam than in areas spaced apart from the seam, and (c) a third layer forming a portion of an interior surface of the second
panel; and

orienting the first panel and the second panel such that:
(a) the first surface of the first panel and the first surface of the second panel face outward and toward an exterior of
the sport ball; and

(b) the second surface of the first panel and the second surface of the second panel face inward and toward an interior of
the sport ball.

US Pat. No. 9,393,473

GOLF CLUB HEAD OR OTHER BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING REINFORCED SOLE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A ball striking device comprising:
a face having an outer surface configured for striking a ball and a rear surface opposite the outer surface;
a body joined to the face around peripheral edges of the face and extending rearwardly from the face, the body having a sole
with a bottom sole surface configured to confront a playing surface; and

a bracing member connected to an upper sole surface located on the sole of the body opposite the bottom sole surface, the
bracing member comprising a first end connected to a first point on the upper sole surface, a second end connected to a second
point on the upper sole surface spaced from the first point, and a bridge portion extending between the first end and the
second end, the bridge portion extending upward from the upper sole surface and being spaced from the upper sole surface,

wherein the bracing member comprises a plurality of trusses, including a first truss having the first end and a first distal
end opposite the first end, a second truss having the second end and a second distal end opposite the second end, a third
truss having a third end connected to a third point on the upper sole surface that is spaced from the first and second points
and a third distal end opposite the third end, and a fourth truss having a fourth end connected to a fourth point on the upper
sole surface that is spaced from the first, second, and third points and a fourth distal end opposite the fourth end, wherein
the first, second, third, and fourth trusses extend upward from the upper sole surface to form at least a portion of the bridge
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,420,848

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A CHAMBER SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE CHAMBER SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the sole structure comprising a component
formed from a first polymer layer and a second polymer layer, the component including a chamber with an interior void that
encloses a fluid, at least a portion of the component including a flange that forms a seam for joining the first polymer layer
and the second polymer layer and sealing the fluid within the void, the flange extending in an outward direction from the
void and having a tapered configuration with a first thickness adjacent to the void and a second thickness spaced away from
the void, the first thickness being greater than the second thickness, the chamber including a first group of subchambers
located adjacent to a lateral side of the article of footwear and a second group of subchambers located adjacent to a medial
side of the article of footwear, the first group of subchambers having at least two parallel segments extending away from
the lateral side toward the medial side and the second group of subchambers having at least two parallel segments extending
away from the medial side toward the lateral side, the first group of subchambers and the second group of subchambers bounded
by a web area where the first polymer layer and the second polymer layer are bonded together, the web area extending between
the at least two parallel segments of the first group of subchambers and between the at least two parallel segments of the
second group of subchambers.

US Pat. No. 9,227,129

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING GOLF BALL STRIKING ABILITY

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for selecting a piece of golf equipment, the method comprising steps of:
(i) monitoring, using a launch monitor, an impact between (a) a first golf ball and a first golf club, wherein the impact
of the first golf club imparts a first trajectory to the first golf ball, and (b) a second golf ball and a second golf club,
wherein the impact of the second golf club imparts a second trajectory to the second golf ball;

(ii) measuring one or more magnitude parameters and one or more offline parameters of the first trajectory and the second
trajectory;

(iii) establishing, for each of the first trajectory and the second trajectory, (a) a trajectory magnitude factor based upon
the one or more magnitude parameters and (b) a trajectory offline factor based upon the one or more offline parameters;

(iv) determining, via a processor in communication with the launch monitor, a striking ability rating for each of the first
trajectory and the second trajectory, based upon a difference between the trajectory magnitude factor and the trajectory offline
factor; and

(v) selecting (a) if the striking ability rating for the second trajectory is less than the striking ability rating for the
first trajectory, a piece of golf equipment from a group consisting of the first golf ball and the first golf club, and (b)
if the striking ability rating for the second trajectory is not less than the striking ability rating for the first trajectory,
a piece of golf equipment from a group consisting of the second golf ball and the second golf club.

US Pat. No. 9,410,270

THREAD STRUCTURE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MAKING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system comprising:
a thread structure composition comprising:
a first thread comprising a first material, the first material having a first melting temperature;
a second thread comprising a second material, the second material having a second melting temperature; and
wherein the second thread is twisted around the first thread;
a heat source configured to heat the thread structure composition to a temperature;
wherein the temperature is less than the first melting temperature;
wherein the temperature is greater than the second melting temperature;
an extruder configured to extrude the heated thread structure composition; and
a fabric for receiving the extruded thread structure composition,
wherein the fabric has a length, a width, and a thickness;
wherein a first direction extends along the length;
wherein a second direction extends along the width;
wherein a third direction extends along the thickness; and
wherein the extruder is further configured to move in the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction.

US Pat. No. 9,283,430

FOOTWORK TRAINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

11. A method for comparing footwork-based activity of multiple users for activities, comprising the steps of:
providing each user with a target impact pattern and a local evaluation system;
each user performing the activity wearing an article of footwear, the article of footwear incorporating a sensor capable of
detecting a first performance impact pattern generated by the user;

communicating the first performance impact pattern of each user to the user's local evaluation system;
comparing the first performance impact pattern to the target impact pattern to determine each of the users evaluation characteristics
and to define a first performance metric, wherein the first performance impact pattern and the target impact pattern each
comprise a plurality of left and right footstrikes associated with a timing between successive footstrikes;

communicating the evaluation characteristics for at least two users to a remote evaluation module via a communications network;
comparing the evaluation characteristics of each of the users to the target impact pattern and further comparing each of the
users evaluation characteristics between one another, in both instances the evaluation characteristics of the users are received
by the remote evaluation module;

repeating the activity at least once to generate a second performance impact pattern;
comparing the second performance impact pattern to the target impact pattern to determine a second performance metric for
each of the users; and

comparing the second performance impact pattern to the first performance impact pattern to evaluate the progress of each of
the users.

US Pat. No. 9,393,466

GOLF CLUB AND GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH A CROWN RECESSED FEATURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head for a metal wood type club, the club head comprising:
a ball striking face, a heel, a toe, a rear, and a crown,
the crown including:
a forward crown region extending rearwardly from the ball striking face;
a rearward crown region extending forwardly from the rear;
a primary recessed feature located between the forward crown region and the rearward crown region and extending from the heel
to the toe, the recessed feature having a substantially planar floor; and

a secondary recessed feature extending from the primary recessed feature toward the rear of the club head.

US Pat. No. 9,393,478

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING ONE OR MORE ROUNDS OF GOLF

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system for tracking a round of golf comprising:
a tracking system to track a golfer's position on a golf course;
a golf stroke information providing system for providing information about a golf stroke taken by the golfer, wherein the
information about the golf stroke taken includes at least information indicating that a stroke was taken and a golf club used
to make the stroke;

a recording system to record and store information about the golf stroke taken and information about the golfer's tracked
position on the golf course;

a coordinating system to coordinate the information about the golf stroke taken with the information about the golfer's tracked
position on the golf course;

a displaying system that allows a golfer to view the information recorded by the recording system; and
a transmitting system that transmits the information about the golf stroke taken and the information about the golfer's tracked
position on the golf course to a receiver,

wherein the transmitting system is selectively activated by removing the golf club from a golf bag.

US Pat. No. 9,392,835

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT WITH AN INTEGRAL KNIT ANKLE CUFF

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper including a knitted component,
the knitted component including:
a foot region forming a majority of the upper, the foot region extending through a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and
a heel region of the article of footwear, the foot region including an instep area that extends between a medial side and
a lateral side of the upper;

a plurality of lace apertures configured to receive a lace, the plurality of lace apertures being disposed in a longitudinal
direction along the upper on each of the medial side and the lateral side of the instep area;

wherein at least two of the plurality of lace apertures on the medial side are disposed in a pair that are offset from each
other in the longitudinal direction and wherein at least two of the plurality of lace apertures on the lateral side are disposed
in a pair that are offset from each other in the longitudinal direction;

an ankle region forming a portion of the upper that extends above the foot region, the ankle region including an ankle cuff
that defines a throat opening to a void within the upper that is configured to receive a foot;

wherein the ankle cuff is formed of unitary knit construction with at least the instep area of the foot region and a portion
of the foot region disposed on the medial side and lateral side in the heel region;

wherein the ankle cuff further comprises at least one malleolus zone disposed on at least one of the medial side and the lateral
side of the upper, the at least one malleolus zone being disposed at a location that is configured to correspond to at least
one of a medial malleolus bone and a lateral malleolus bone of a foot of a wearer, and the at least one malleolus zone including
a plurality of indentations in a first knit layer comprising an exterior surface of the ankle cuff; and

wherein the at least one malleolus zone includes a first knit structure and a remaining portion of the ankle cuff includes
a second knit structure, the first knit structure being different than the second knit structure; and

wherein the knitted component further comprises a tied-lace receiving aperture formed into at least one of the instep area
and the ankle cuff, and wherein the tied-lace receiving aperture defines an opening, the opening being larger than openings
in a knit structure surrounding the tied-lace receiving aperture and the tied-lace receiving aperture is configured to receive
loose ends of a tied lace within an interior of the upper and wherein the tied-lace receiving aperture is located above a
top-most set of lace apertures and off-center towards a lateral side of the footwear.

US Pat. No. 9,386,810

THERMAL ENERGY DISSIPATING GARMENT WITH SCALLOPED VENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A garment, comprising:
a plurality of vent seams, each vent seam of the plurality of vent seams comprising:
a first garment portion having a first perimeter defined by at least a first side; and
a second garment portion having a second perimeter defined by at least a vent side, wherein the first garment portion and
the second garment portion are permanently and discontinuously affixed to each other at intervals along the first side and
the vent side creating a plurality of scalloped vents for directing air towards a body of a wearer,

wherein the plurality of vent seams comprises first and second vent seams, the first and second vent seams being spaced apart
from one another, and wherein the first and second vent seams are positioned on opposing lateral sides of the garment.

US Pat. No. 9,199,133

GOLF BALL HAVING AN AERODYNAMIC COATING INCLUDING MICRO SURFACE ROUGHNESS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:
providing a golf ball body having a core and a cover encasing the core;
applying a coating encasing the cover to form a golf ball having an exterior surface, wherein the coating includes a resin;
wherein the exterior surface has a predetermined area and a remaining area, wherein the predetermined area is smaller than
a surface area of the entire exterior surface;

wherein surface roughening particles having an average size of 400 nm to 160 microns are present in the coating in a sufficient
amount such that the predetermined area exhibits a micro surface roughness that is between about 1.2 ?m and about 3.0 ?m and
the remaining area having micro surface roughness of less than or equal to about 1.0 ?m, wherein micro surface roughness includes
deviations from an ideal surface of 0.25 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,096,028

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR FORMED FROM TWO PREFORMS AND METHOD AND MOLD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a footwear midsole, the method comprising:
arranging first, second, and third preforms into a first mold portion recess, a second mold portion recess cooperating with
the first mold portion recess to define a midsole recess, and the first and second mold portions cooperating to define first,
second, and third overflow chambers each connected to the midsole recess, wherein the second and third preforms are arranged
only beneath a heel and forefoot region respectively of the first preform;

closing the mold by contacting the first and second mold portions;
heating the closed mold so as to melt the first, second, and third preforms and bond the second and third preforms to the
first preform to form a midsole, each overflow chamber receiving one or more of a flowing first, second, and third preform
material so as to form first, second, and third overflow portions;

removing the midsole from the mold;
allowing the removed midsole to expand; and
cutting away the first, second, and third overflow portions.

US Pat. No. 9,298,886

CONSUMER USEABLE TESTING KIT

NIKE Inc., Beaverton, OR...

1. A method of evaluating performance characteristics of a user performing an activity protocol, comprising:
detecting, by an electronic device, a plurality of fitness devices in a system, wherein each of the plurality of fitness devices
comprises one or more sensors; the detected plurality of fitness devices comprises at least:

a first fitness device including one or more sensors, wherein the one or more sensors comprises at least a first sensor configured
to measure a first parameter, wherein the first sensor is a pressure sensor and the first parameter is a grip pressure of
one or more hands of the user in contact with the first fitness device;

a second fitness device including one or more sensors, wherein the one or more sensors comprises at least a second sensor
configured to measure a second parameter, wherein the second fitness device is physically distinct from the first fitness
device;

determining, with a sensor of the one or more sensors of at least one of the detected plurality of fitness devices, if the
at least one of the detected plurality of fitness devices meets a predefined operational criterion; and

selecting, by the electronic device, at least a first activity protocol of a plurality of activity protocols to be available
for subsequent selection by the user of the electronic device, wherein selecting by the electronic device is based on, at
least in part, the measurement of the grip pressure, the measurement of the second parameter, and the determination that the
at least one of the detected plurality of fitness devices meets the predefined operational criterion.

US Pat. No. 9,095,752

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head, comprising:
a club head body having an overall club head length dimension of at least 4.7 inches and an overall club head breadth dimension
of at least 4.6 inches, wherein a ratio of the overall club head breadth dimension to the overall club head length dimension
is at least 0.98 and is less than 1, wherein the club head body further has a center of gravity, a hosel center axis, and
a Delta Y dimension within a range of 0.6 to 1.2 inches, wherein the Delta Y dimension is a rearward distance between the
hosel center axis and the center of gravity.

US Pat. No. 9,196,104

WIRELESS ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

UNIKEY TECHNOLOGIES INC.,...

14. A lock assembly comprising:
a lock;
lock wireless communications circuitry; and
a lock controller coupled to said lock and said lock wireless communications circuitry, and configured to
switch the lock between a locked position and an unlocked position,
communicate with a remote access device remote from said lock based upon wirelessly receiving, via said lock wireless communications
circuitry, a lock communication enable command from a plugin device,

the remote access device wirelessly transmitting a remote access command to the plugin device for switching said lock between
the locked and unlocked positions, the plugin device determining a first distance between the remote access device and said
lock based upon wireless communication therewith,

determining when the remote access device is within a second distance from said lock, the second distance being closer to
said lock than the first distance, and wirelessly send the lock communication enable command to enable said lock based upon
the remote access device being within the second distance from said lock,

and switch said lock between the locked and unlocked positions based upon wirelessly receiving, via said wireless communications
circuitry, the remote access command, independent from said plugin device, from said remote access device and authentication
of said remote access device.

US Pat. No. 9,295,295

SECURING SYSTEMS FOR GLOVES OR OTHER OBJECTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A glove, comprising:
a glove member including a front panel, a rear panel, and an opening for receiving a wearer's hand; and
a closure system engaged with the glove member, wherein the closure system includes:
(a) a flap component including a first portion of a hook-and-loop fastener, wherein a first edge of the flap component is
engaged with the glove member on a first side of the opening, and wherein the flap component further includes a free edge
located opposite the first edge, and

(b) a base component including a second portion of the hook-and-loop fastener engaged with the rear panel of the glove member
on a second side of the opening, wherein the base component has: (i) a first substantially linear edge located along the second
side of the opening, (ii) a second substantially linear edge extending away from the second side of the opening, (iii) a third
substantially linear edge opposite the second substantially linear edge and extending away from the second side of the opening,
and (iv) a notched edge opposite the first substantially linear edge and extending between the second and third substantially
linear edges, wherein the notched edge of the base component defines a notched area extending toward the second side of the
opening to expose the rear panel of the glove member within the notched area, and wherein the free edge of the flap component
extends over the notched area when the first and second portions of the hook-and-loop fastener are engaged together.

US Pat. No. 9,351,540

LAST WITH RETRACTABLE PINS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

8. A last member having a medial side, a lateral side opposite the medial side, a forefoot portion, a heel portion opposite
the forefoot portion, a midfoot portion disposed between the forefoot portion and the heel portion, and an upper instep portion
extending through a top of the midfoot portion and the forefoot portion, the last member further comprising:
a plurality of retractable pins extending from an outer surface of the last member,
wherein each pin of the plurality of retractable pins includes:
an exterior terminal end and an interior terminal end opposite the exterior terminal end;
an extended position and a retracted position, wherein the exterior terminal end is closer to the outer surface of the last
member in the retracted position than in the extended position;

wherein the plurality of retractable pins are divided into a first set of retractable pins and a second set of retractable
pins, wherein the first set of retractable pins are disposed on the upper instep portion of the last member, wherein the second
set of retractable pins are disposed on a rearwardly facing portion of the heel portion, and wherein the first set of retractable
pins and the second set of retractable pins are all aligned with each other along a plane that longitudinally bisects the
last member; and

a plurality of vacuum holes disposed on the outer surface on both the medial side and the lateral side in both the midfoot
portion and the heel portion.

US Pat. No. 9,289,674

COMBINATORY SCORE HAVING A FITNESS SUB-SCORE AND AN ATHLETICISM SUB-SCORE

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
receiving, from a pressure sensor, data representing a pressure exerted by a user's body during an athletic movement of the
user;

calculating, with a processor, from the received pressure data, a position of a body part of the user;
monitoring a form of the user by comparing, using the processor, the calculated position of the body part to a desired position
for the athletic movement;

estimating with the processor, a combinatory fitness-athleticism score comprising a fitness sub-score and a separate athleticism
sub-score based on the form of the user; and

providing an indication of an activity that the user can perform that will not cause injury, based upon the estimated combinatory
fitness-athleticism score for the user,

wherein the fitness sub-score is calculated, by the processor, using one or more of an endurance, a flexibility and a strength
fitness attribute of the user, and

wherein the athleticism sub-score is calculated, by the processor, using one or more of a speed, an agility, a reaction, a
power and a balance athleticism attribute of the user.

US Pat. No. 9,351,537

RIGID CANTILEVERED STUD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear, comprising:
a sole base member that forms a portion of a ground-contact surface of the sole structure; and
a rigid cantilevered stud having an attached end and an opposing free end, wherein the attached end is secured to the sole
base member and the free end extends away from the attached end and forms a portion of the ground-contact surface of the sole
structure during at least some portions of a step cycle, wherein

the free end is movable away from the sole base member as a result of flexure of the sole base member in a region of the attached
end,

the rigid cantilevered stud is oriented so that all of the free end is located forward of all of the attached end along a
rear-to-front direction extending from a heel region of the sole structure to a toe region of the sole structure,

the sole base member includes a recess formed therein, and
a portion of the free end is contained within the recess when the sole structure is in an unflexed condition.

US Pat. No. 9,114,282

GAME BALL OR OTHER ARTICLE OF SPORTS EQUIPMENT PRINTED WITH VISIBLE LIGHT-CURABLE INK AND METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of applying an indicium to an article of sports equipment, comprising
(a) printing an ink in the form of an indicium on the article, wherein the ink comprises a free radical-curable material,
a colorant, and a photoinitiating component comprising photoinitiator consisting of a member selected from the group consisting
of

(i) compounds that absorb light in both the ultraviolet region and in a range of from about 400 nm to about 690 nm in the
visible light region of the electromagnetic spectrum to generate free radicals and combinations thereof;

(ii) Type I photoinitiator compounds and Type II photoinitiator compounds containing an abstractable hydrogen that absorb
light in a range of from about 400 nm to about 690 nm in the visible light region of the electromagnetic spectrum to generate
free radicals and combinations thereof;

and combinations thereof;
(b) partially curing the printed indicium with one or more LED lights that emit visible light having a wavelength absorbed
by the photoinitiator to obtain a partially cured, printed indicium on the article;

(c) applying a clear top coat over the printed indicium, and
(d) further curing the printed indicium through the clear top coat with one or more LED lights that emit visible light having
a wavelength absorbed by the photoinitiator to obtain a cured, printed indicium on the article, wherein the ink has a Sward
hardness (ASTM D 2134-66) of no more than about 40 after curing.

US Pat. No. 10,070,680

FOOTWEAR HAVING SENSOR SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An insert for use with an article of footwear adapted to engage a foot, the article of footwear having a sole structure and an upper portion connected to the sole structure, the insert comprising:an insert member adapted to be placed in contact with the sole structure of the article of footwear, the insert member being formed of a flexible polymer material, wherein the insert member has an opening extending completely through the insert member;
a plurality of force sensors connected to the insert member, the force sensors being adapted to sense a force exerted on the insert member;
a plurality of sensor leads extending away from the force sensors; and
a port connected to the insert member and the plurality of sensor leads, the port comprising:
a housing connected to the insert member and adapted to be at least partially received within the sole structure of the article of footwear such that the housing is accessible through the opening in the insert member, the housing comprising a plurality of side walls defining a chamber adapted to receive an electronic module therein, the housing further comprising a retaining member located at a rear end of the housing, wherein the retaining member is a resilient tab located on at least one of the side walls; and
an interface engaged with the housing at a front end of the housing opposite the rear end and having at least one electrical contact exposed to the chamber, the interface being adapted to form an electrical connection with the module such that the module engages the at least one electrical contact when the module is received within the chamber,
wherein the retaining member is adapted to exert a downward force on the module to retain the module within the housing, and wherein the retaining member is further adapted to exert a forward force on the module to push the module into contact with the interface.

US Pat. No. 9,501,883

WIRELESS ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING LOCK ASSEMBLY GENERATED MAGNETIC FIELD BASED UNLOCKING AND RELATED METHODS

UNIKEY TECHNOLOGIES INC.,...

1. A wireless access control system comprising:
a remote access wireless device to be carried by a user and comprising a remote housing, remote access wireless device wireless
communications circuitry carried by said remote housing, a magnetic sensor carried by said remote housing, and a remote access
wireless device controller coupled to said remote access wireless device wireless communications circuitry and said magnetic
sensor;

a lock assembly to be mounted on a door and comprising a lock, lock wireless communications circuitry, a magnetic field generator,
a touch sensor, and a lock controller coupled to said lock, said lock wireless communications circuitry, said magnetic field
generator, and said touch sensor;

said lock controller configured to
communicate, via said lock wireless communications circuitry, at least one magnetic field characteristic with said remote
access wireless device wireless communications circuitry based upon said touch sensor, and

cooperate with said magnetic field generator to generate a magnetic field based upon the at least one magnetic field characteristic;
said remote access wireless device controller configured to
cooperate with said magnetic sensor to sense the magnetic field,
compare the sensed magnetic field to the at least one magnetic field characteristic, and
communicate, via said remote access wireless device wireless communications circuitry and said lock wireless communications
circuitry to enable unlocking of said lock when the sensed magnetic field has a sensed magnetic field characteristic that
matches the at least one magnetic field characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,398,779

ARTICLES OF APPAREL INCORPORATING CUSHIONING ELEMENTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE ARTICLES OF APPAREL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

8. A method of manufacturing an article of apparel, the method comprising:
bonding a thermoplastic polymer element to a base layer, the base layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface,
wherein the thermoplastic polymer element is bonded to the second surface of the base layer;

forming an aperture through the thermoplastic polymer element and the base layer;
forming a cushioning element by securing a plurality of foam components between a first material layer and a second material
layer, wherein the second material layer is larger than the first material layer so that a portion of the second material
layer extends beyond an outermost edge of the first material layer;

positioning the cushioning element proximate the aperture so that the first material layer is in direct contact with the thermoplastic
polymer element and indirect contact with the second surface of the base layer and the second material layer is in direct
contact with the thermoplastic polymer element;

bonding the first material layer and the second material layer to the base layer by melting the thermoplastic polymer element.

US Pat. No. 9,358,432

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH POLYMERIC INSERT

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a body formed from a metallic material, the body including a face, a crown, and a sole, wherein the sole at least partially
defines an opening in the body;

an insert formed from a polymeric material and configured to be secured to the body across the opening such that at least
the face, the crown, the sole, and the insert cooperate to define a closed volume;

a metallic support strut that is secured to an inner surface of the body and disposed along a longitudinal axis extending
through the face; wherein the support strut is operative to stiffen the body; and on opposing sides of the opening; and

wherein the insert is bonded to both the body and to the support strut via an adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,351,533

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH ELONGATED SHOCK ABSORBING HEEL SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:
a sole, the sole including a heel system;
the heel system including a first support member associated with a lateral side of the article of footwear;
the heel system further including a second support member associated with a medial side of the article of footwear;
the first support member including a first top side and a first bottom side;
the second support member including a second top side and a second bottom side;
the first top side including a first rear surface region, a first peripheral surface region and a first center surface region;
the second top side including a second rear surface region, a second peripheral surface region and a second center surface
region;

the first peripheral surface region being associated with a lateral side of the first top side, and the second peripheral
region being associated with a medial side of the second top side;

the first rear surface region and the second rear surface region are each curved vertically upward;
wherein the first peripheral surface region and the second peripheral surface region are each curved vertically upward; and
wherein

the first center surface region is substantially flat, and the second center surface region is substantially flat.

US Pat. No. 9,480,310

MEDIA CORD MANAGING ZIPPER SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A zipper system configured to manage a media cord comprising:
a zipper slider that engages parallel attachment structures that may be in an engaged state to close a garment or in an disengaged
state to open the garment, the zipper slider having a front and a back;

a pull tab having a front, a back, a left side of a longitudinal axis, a right side of the longitudinal axis, a first end,
and an opposing second end, wherein the left side and the right side oppose each other, and wherein the back and the first
end of the pull tab are hingedly attached to the front of the zipper slider thereby forming a rotational axis about which
the pull tab may move;

a left prong extending from the left side of the pull tab and having an upstanding direction toward the first end of the pull
tab, the left prong having a left body portion that is spaced apart from the left side of the pull tab by a first distance
and a left end portion that is spaced apart from the left side of the pull tab by a second distance, wherein the left body
portion and the left end portion define a first space sized to retain the media cord, and wherein the left end portion comprises
a surface that forms an angle with respect to the upstanding direction of the left prong;

a right prong extending from the right side of the pull tab and having an upstanding direction toward the first end of the
pull tab, the right prong having a right body portion that is spaced apart from the right side of the pull tab by the first
distance and a right end portion that is spaced apart from the right side of the pull tab by the second distance, wherein
the second distance is less than the first distance, wherein the right body portion and the right end portion define a second
space sized to retain the media cord, and wherein the right end portion comprises a surface that forms an angle with respect
to the upstanding direction of the right prong; and

wherein the pull tab has a thickness that tapers from the second end of the pull tab to the first end of the pull tab.

US Pat. No. 9,375,045

KNITTED COMPONENT WITH ADJUSTABLE KNITTED PORTION

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article comprising:
a knitted component of unitary knit construction, the knitted component having a first edge and a second edge, the knitted
component having a length that is measured between the first edge and the second edge, the length being substantially fixed,
the knitted component including:

a base structure being substantially inelastic,
an adjustment member that is integrally knit to the base structure, the adjustment member including a bunched region that
is configured to slide along the base structure between a first position on the knitted component and a second position on
the knitted component, and

a supported area and at least one free area, wherein the base structure extends through the supported area and the base structure
is spaced from the at least one free area.

US Pat. No. 9,348,069

ARTICLE HAVING A PLURALITY OF OPTICAL STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article configured to be worn by a user, comprising:
a base material element;
a plurality of optical structures, wherein each optical structure is further comprised of:
a discrete coloring element, wherein the discrete coloring element has a first side disposed against the base material element
and a second side disposed opposite of the first side, and wherein each discrete coloring element includes at least two regions
having different colors;

a lenticular lens structure, the lenticular lens structure having a plurality of lens layers and wherein a bottom most lens
layer of the lenticular lens structure is disposed against the second side of the discrete coloring element, and wherein a
bottom surface of the bottom most lens layer of the lenticular lens structure is coextensive with the second side of the discrete
coloring element;

wherein the plurality of optical structures are spaced apart from one another; and
wherein the apparent color of the plurality of optical structures changes when the article is viewed from different angles.

US Pat. No. 9,320,313

SPLIT-SOLE FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
a sock upper component;
a sole component comprising a split sole having a forefoot portion and a heel portion separated by a gap between the forefoot
portion of the split sole and the heel portion of the split sole,

the gap completely separating the forefoot portion from the heel portion such that the gap defines a void that laterally extends
the entire width of the sole component from a medial side to a lateral side, allowing the sock upper component to be exposed
throughout the gap from the medial side to the lateral side of the sole component when viewed from a ground-engaging surface;

an integral x-shaped bridge that bridges over the gap and is configured to arch over a wearer's instep, wherein the x-shaped
bridge connects the forefoot portion of the split sole to the heel portion of the split sole by extending arms to curve over
the wearer's instep to connect with the forefoot portion on its lateral side, the forefoot portion on its medial side, the
heel portion on its lateral side and the heel portion on its medial side;

a lateral front protective element configured to curve around a lateral side of the forefoot portion to provide protection
at the lateral side of the forefoot portion and a medial front protective element configured to curve around a medial side
of the forefoot portion to provide protection at the medial side of the forefoot portion,

wherein the lateral front protective element and the medial front protective element are also configured to leave a substantial
opening at a dorsal surface of the wearer's foot;

a back strap attached to the split sole configured to wrap around a wearer's heel; and
wherein the article of footwear is a unitary component with the split sole integrally attached to the sock upper component.

US Pat. No. 9,314,065

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH BASE PLATE HAVING STRUCTURE AND STUDS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
a base plate including a forefoot region, a heel region, a midfoot portion disposed between the forefoot region and the heel
region, a longitudinal axis extending through the forefoot region and heel region, a forward edge, a rearward edge, a medial
edge, and a lateral edge;

a structure disposed on the base plate, the structure including a medial forefoot pad disposed on the forefoot region proximate
the midfoot portion and the medial edge, a lateral forefoot pad disposed on the forefoot region proximate the midfoot portion
and the lateral edge, a medial heel pad disposed on the heel region proximate the medial edge, a first lateral heel pad disposed
on the heel region proximate the lateral edge, a first diagonal rib extending from the medial forefoot pad to the first lateral
heel pad, a second diagonal rib extending from the lateral forefoot pad to the medial heel pad, a medial midfoot bar substantially
parallel to the longitudinal axis and disposed proximate the medial edge, and a lateral midfoot bar substantially parallel
to the longitudinal axis and disposed proximate the lateral edge;

a medial forefoot stud disposed on the medial forefoot pad;
a medial heel stud disposed on the medial heel pad;
a first lateral forefoot stud disposed on the lateral forefoot pad; and
a first lateral heel stud disposed on the first lateral heel pad;
the first diagonal rib having a first lateral edge intersecting with the first lateral heel pad;
the second diagonal rib having a second lateral edge intersecting with the first lateral forefoot pad;
the lateral midfoot bar having a third lateral edge;
wherein the medial midfoot bar extends from a first point on the first diagonal rib to a second point on the second diagonal
rib; and

wherein the third lateral edge of the lateral midfoot bar intersects with, and terminates at, a third point on the second
diagonal rib at a forward end of the lateral midfoot bar;

wherein the third lateral edge of the lateral midfoot bar intersects with, and terminates at, a fourth point on the first
diagonal rib at a rearward end of the lateral midfoot bar;

wherein the third point is spaced from the lateral forefoot pad; and
wherein the fourth point is spaced from the first lateral heel pad.

US Pat. No. 9,186,858

METHOD FOR MOLDING TENSILE STRAND ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

11. A method of manufacturing an element, the method comprising:
positioning a first set of strands between a first layer and a second layer;
positioning a second set of strands between the second layer and a third layer, the third layer being disposed apart from
the first layer;

locating the first set of strands, the first layer, the second layer, the second set of strands, and the third layer between
a first surface and a second surface of a press, the first surface having a substantially flat planar area adjacent to the
first layer and the second surface having a substantially flat planar area adjacent to the third layer, and each of the first
surface and the second surface being formed from different materials;

compressing the first set of strands, the first layer, the second layer, the second set of strands, and the third layer between
the first surface and the second surface such that (a) the first layer remains substantially planar along the first surface,
(b) portions of the third layer that are in contact with at least one of the first set of strands and the second set of strands
protrude into the second surface to a first depth, and (c) portions of the third layer that are not in contact with either
of the first set of strands and the second set of strands protrude into the second surface to a second depth, the first depth
being larger than the second depth.

US Pat. No. 9,648,924

ARTICULATED SOLE STRUCTURE WITH SIPES FORMING HEXAGONAL SOLE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An articulated sole structure comprising:
a footwear sole structure spanning portion extending longitudinally along the length of the sole structure and transversely
between the medial and lateral sides of the sole structure;

an articulated portion located below the spanning portion and comprising:
a plurality of sipes extending upward into the articulated portion from a bottom surface of the articulated portion and forming
a hexagonal pattern on the bottom surface of the articulated portion,

a plurality of discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements extending downward from the spanning portion, wherein individual
hexagonally-shaped sole elements are at least partially defined by one or more sipes of the plurality of sipes, and

a plurality of hexagonal lugs, one of the hexagonal lugs being connected to and extending downward from a bottom surface of
one of the discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements, the hexagonal lug being oriented such that an edge of the hexagonal
lug is disposed toward a forefoot region of the sole structure and extends in a transverse direction across the sole structure;
and a curved sipe extending sideward into one of the medial or lateral sides of the articulated sole structure, the curved
sipe being located at least partially above the articulated portion and extending continuously along one of the medial or
lateral sides of the articulated sole structure through at least a portion of a heel region, through a midfoot region, and
through at least a portion of a forefoot region of the articulated sole structure;

wherein one or more first sipes of the plurality of sipes located in the forefoot region and one or more second sipes of the
plurality of sipes located in a heel region of the sole structure are deeper relative to one or more third sipes of the plurality
of sipes located in the forefoot region of the sole structure.

US Pat. No. 9,381,406

GOLF CLUB WITH POLYMERIC INSERT AND ADJUSTABLE DYNAMIC LOFT

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a body formed from a metallic material, the body including a face, a crown, and a sole, wherein the sole at least partially
defines an opening in the body;

an insert formed from a polymeric material, wherein the insert is adhered to the body across the opening in order to permanently
retain the insert to the body, and such that at least the face, the crown, the sole, and the insert cooperate to define a
closed volume; and

wherein the insert defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight.

US Pat. No. 9,326,566

FOOTWEAR HAVING COVERABLE MOTORIZED ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A motorized footwear lacing system, comprising:
an article of footwear;
a motorized tensioning system including a tensile member and a motorized tightening device attached to an outer surface of
the article of footwear, the tightening device configured to apply tension in the tensile member to adjust the size of an
internal void defined by the article of footwear; and

a control unit and a power source incorporated into the motorized tensioning system, the control unit and the power source
being attached to an outer surface of the article of footwear;

a first set of component covers configured to be removably attached to the outer surface of the article of footwear, the first
set of component covers including a first tightening device cover configured to be removably attached over the tightening
device, a first control unit cover configured to be removably attached over the control unit, and a first power source cover
configured to be removably attached over the power source; and

a second set of component covers configured to be removably attached to the outer surface of the article of footwear, the
second set of component covers including a second tightening device cover configured to be removably attached over the tightening
device, a second control unit cover configured to be removably attached over the control unit, and a second power source cover
configured to be removably attached over the power source;

wherein the first tightening device cover is interchangeable with the second tightening device cover, the first control unit
cover is interchangeable with the second control unit cover, and the first power source cover is interchangeable with the
second power source cover.

US Pat. No. 9,297,097

KNIT ARTICLE OF APPAREL AND APPAREL PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

12. A textile printer comprising:
a print head; and
a tubular platen comprising:
a drum;
a support connecting the drum to the printer;
a platen surface extending around an outer region of the drum and configured to support a tubular knit textile during printing;
and

features on the platen surface configured to retain the tubular knit textile on the platen surface in a printing configuration
and to maintain a registration arrangement of the tubular knit textile with the print head,

wherein the features on the platen surface comprise a plurality of raised geometric features disposed on the platen surface
in a spaced apart configuration, and

wherein the raised geometric features include a plurality of uprights having a geometric shape configured to be received by
corresponding ones of a pattern of repeating gaps formed in the tubular knit textile.

US Pat. No. 9,277,787

MICROWAVE BONDING OF EVA AND RUBBER ITEMS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system for affixing an Ethylene-vinyl acetate item to a rubber item, the system comprising:
a chamber, the chamber comprising a first dielectric material with a cavity, the cavity configured to receive the Ethylene-vinyl
acetate item and the rubber item in a layered fashion

a chamber cover removably coupled to the chamber, the chamber cover having an aperture extending through the chamber cover,
the aperture fully containing a second dielectric material, the first dielectric material and the second dielectric material
having greater loss properties than the chamber cover when exposed to microwave energy;

a pressure source that applies pressure to the second dielectric material in an orientation that compresses the Ethylene-vinyl
acetate item and the rubber item together; and

at least one source of microwave energy that applies microwave energy to both the Ethylene-vinyl acetate item and the rubber
item through the second dielectric material.

US Pat. No. 9,272,189

THERMOPLASTIC MULTI-LAYER GOLF BALL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball, comprising: a core center having a diameter from about 5 mm to about 18 mm and comprising a first thermoplastic
material having a first flexural modulus of up to about 15,000 psi and a specific gravity of at least about 1.5; a core layer
disposed radially outward from the core center, wherein the core layer has a thickness of at least about 10 mm and comprises
a second thermoplastic material having a second flexural modulus of up to about 32,000 psi; and a cover disposed radially
outward from the core layer, wherein the cover comprises a third thermoplastic material having a third flexural modulus of
400 to 600 psi; wherein the second flexural modulus is greater than the first flexural modulus, the first flexural modulus
is greater than the third flexural modulus, and the specific gravity of the core center is greater than the specific gravity
of the core layer and greater than the specific gravity of the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,268,523

FITTING GOLF BALLS USING ACOUSTIC RESPONSE

Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR...

1. An electronic method for matching a user with a golf ball, the method comprising:
playing a first digital audio file to a user via a computer, the first digital audio file corresponding to an acoustic response
of a first golf ball to a standardized impact force;

playing a second digital audio file to the user via the computer, the second digital audio file corresponding to an acoustic
response of a second golf ball to the standardized impact force;

receiving an input from the user via the computer, the input corresponding to a preferred acoustic response selected from
the acoustic response of the first golf ball and the acoustic response of the second golf ball; and

displaying a golf ball model that corresponds to the preferred acoustic response.

US Pat. No. 9,179,737

SOLE ASSEMBLY WITH PLURAL PORTIONS THAT COOPERATIVELY DEFINE CHAMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole assembly for an article of footwear that includes an interior space that receives a foot of a wearer, the article
of footwear also including an exterior surface, the sole assembly comprising:
a first portion that includes a first base and a first peripheral wall that are integrally connected such that the first portion
is monolithic, the first base including a first surface that at least partially defines the interior space, the first base
also including a first chamber surface that opposes the first surface, the first peripheral wall being elongate, the first
peripheral wall projecting from the first chamber surface, the first peripheral wall including a first mating surface; and

a second portion that includes a second base and a second peripheral wall that are integrally connected such that the second
portion is monolithic, the second base including a second surface that at least partially defines the exterior surface of
the article of footwear, the second base also including a second chamber surface that opposes the second surface, the second
peripheral wall being elongate, the second peripheral wall projecting from the second chamber surface, the second peripheral
wall including a second mating surface that is mated to the first mating surface such that the first chamber surface and the
second chamber surface are spaced apart and cooperate to at least partially define a substantially sealed chamber within the
sole assembly;

the first peripheral wall and the second peripheral wall defining a periphery of the sole assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,161,592

FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER WITH A STACKED TENSILE MEMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the sole structure incorporating a fluid-filled
chamber comprising:
a barrier formed from a polymer material that defines a single, continuous interior void, the barrier having an upper portion,
a lower portion, a sidewall portion extending between the upper portion and the lower portion, and a peripheral bond joining
the sidewall portion to one of the upper portion and the lower portion;

a stacked tensile member located within the interior void, the stacked tensile member including a first tensile element and
a second tensile element that are in direct contact with and joined to each other the first tensile element being stacked
directly on top of the second tensile element, the first tensile element and the second tensile element each having a pair
of textile layers joined by a plurality of connecting members extending between the textile layers, and opposite sides of
the stacked tensile member being joined to the barrier; and

a fluid located within the interior void, the fluid being pressurized to place an outward force upon the barrier and induce
tension in the stacked tensile member.

US Pat. No. 9,044,065

FLUID-FILLED CHAMBERS WITH TETHER ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A chamber comprising:
an outer barrier formed from a polymer material that is sealed to define an interior cavity for enclosing a pressurized fluid;
a tensile member located within the interior cavity, the tensile member including a plurality of I-shaped tether elements
that extend across the cavity;

wherein each of the I-shaped tether elements includes (a) a first end member, (b) a second end member, and (c) a central member
having a first end and a second end, the central member extending between the first end member and the second end member,
the first end of the central member being joined with the first end member and the second end of the central member being
joined to the second end member; and

wherein the first end members of the plurality of I-shaped tether elements are arranged having varying orientations with a
substantially horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,943,139

AUTOMATIC LACING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An automatic lacing system for an article of footwear, comprising:a strap moving mechanism;
at least one strap attached to the strap moving mechanism, the at least one strap being configured to adjust an upper of the article of footwear;
an upper of the article of footwear, the upper including a first sidewall portion and a second sidewall portion, the first sidewall portion and the second sidewall portion being disposed on opposite sides of the upper and spaced apart by a lacing gap;
the at least one strap comprising a first end portion attached to the strap moving mechanism, a second end portion attached to the second sidewall portion of the upper, and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion;
wherein the automatic lacing system is configured to be controlled between a closed position and an open position;
wherein the at least one strap is configured to pull the second sidewall portion of the upper towards the first sidewall portion when the automatic lacing system is in the closed position;
wherein the lacing gap between the first sidewall portion and the second sidewall portion is configured to increase when the automatic lacing system is in the open position; and
wherein the first sidewall portion includes a rigid hollow plate forming at least two substantially parallel channels; and
wherein the rigid hollow plate is configured to receive the intermediate portion of the at least one strap in one of the at least two substantially parallel channels.

US Pat. No. 9,456,654

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH SOIL-SHEDDING PERFORMANCE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An outsole for an article of footwear, the outsole comprising:
an outsole backing member;
a plurality of traction elements operably secured to the outsole backing member; and
a film secured to the outsole backing member and defining an external surface of the outsole, wherein the film compositionally
comprises a thermoplastic hydrogel, wherein the thermoplastic hydrogel comprises polyurethane copolymer chains.

US Pat. No. 9,451,809

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH A MARKING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A monitoring system, comprising:
an article of footwear, including:
a sole system including a lower surface configured to contact a ground surface;
the sole system further including an outer peripheral portion that is angled with respect to the lower surface;
a corner portion that is disposed between the outer peripheral portion and the lower surface; and
a plurality of markings on the sole system;
the plurality of markings including a marking system associated with the sole system, the marking system including a set of
markings;

each marking of the marking system extending through portions of the lower surface, the corner portion and the outer peripheral
edge;

wherein the marking system is configured to facilitate locating a predetermined portion of the lower surface; and
wherein two or more markings of the marking system are disposed in orientations such that the two or more markings are configured
to be aligned with the same anatomical feature of the foot of a wearer when the article of footwear is worn by the wearer;
and

a monitoring device including a machine configured to capture movements of the foot of a wearer of the article of footwear
by locating the markings of the marking system.

US Pat. No. 9,403,078

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A piece of sports equipment comprising:
a cartridge;
an electronic module carried by the cartridge;
one or more flexible members connected to the cartridge and configured to engage a grip or distal end of the piece of sports
equipment to retain the cartridge to the piece of sports equipment;

wherein the cartridge has a housing configured to receive the electronic module; and
wherein the flexible members are connected to an exterior surface of the cartridge and extend outwardly from the cartridge
to engage the grip.

US Pat. No. 9,389,057

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TIME-BASED ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MEASUREMENT AND DISPLAY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method comprising:
capturing, by a plurality of video sources, a plurality of video segments of an athletic activity session of a user;
determining, by a processing system, that each of the plurality of video segments correspond to the athletic activity session
of the user; and

generating, by the processing system, a video replay of the athletic activity session of the user by piecing together the
plurality of video segments captured by the plurality of video sources,

wherein a first portion of the video replay includes a first video segment captured by a first video source of the plurality
of video sources,

wherein a second portion of the video replay includes a second video segment captured by a second video source of the plurality
of the video sources different than the first video source, and

wherein the first video segment and the second video segment are selected from the plurality of video segments to maximize
an image of the user.

US Pat. No. 9,386,812

ARTICLES OF APPAREL INCORPORATING CUSHIONING ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of apparel incorporating at least one cushioning element for attenuating impact forces, the cushioning element
comprising:
a first material layer and a second material layer; and
a pad component located between the first material layer and the second material layer, the pad component including a first
surface and an opposite second surface and having a pad thickness extending between the first surface and the opposite second
surface, the first surface facing the first material layer, and the second surface facing the second material layer, and the
first surface including a plurality of elongate grooves that extend partially through the pad thickness from the first surface
toward the second surface and at least partially across the pad component, wherein at least two grooves of the plurality of
elongate grooves are spaced apart from one another by a portion of the pad component, the portion of the pad component having
a width that is at least as wide as an elongate groove of the at least two grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,384,578

AUGMENTED REALITY DESIGN SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of designing an article, comprising the steps of:
viewing a proxy for the article on a display device, the proxy existing in a real-world environment, the proxy having a three-dimensional
irregular shape, the proxy including sensors disposed in the proxy that are configured to detect interactions between portions
of the proxy with an interacting device, and wherein a portion of the proxy, as viewed on the display device, has a first
color;

wherein the sensors disposed in the proxy substantially cover any surface of the proxy to be interacted with the interacting
device;

viewing, on the display device, a virtual menu in a location in the real-world environment;
physically placing the interacting device in the location to select a color from a color palette, wherein the placing the
interacting device in the location has been detected by an imaging device;

contacting the portion of the proxy in the real-world environment with the interacting device at a contact point, wherein
the contacting has been detected by a sensor of the sensors disposed in the proxy; and

viewing, during the step of contacting, the proxy on the display device, wherein the portion of the proxy, as viewed on the
display device, has a second color that is different from the first color, and wherein the portion has been displayed, by
the display device, as the second color based on the contacting being detected by the sensor of the sensors disposed in the
proxy and based on the physically placing the interacting device in the location being detected by the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 9,351,536

FOOTWEAR WITH FLUID BLADDER EXTENDING BETWEEN SOLE ASSEMBLY AND UPPER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
an upper having a medial side, a lateral side, a toe portion, and a heel portion;
a sole assembly connected to the upper and including a ground-engaging surface and a midsole disposed between the ground-engaging
surface and the upper;

a fluid-filled bladder including a base disposed between the sole assembly and the upper and a plurality of ribs in fluid
communication with the base, the plurality of ribs including a first rib and a second rib extending from the base onto the
medial side of the upper; and

an attachment device extending along a surface of the medial side of the upper, between the first rib and the second rib,
and directly connecting the first rib and the second rib.

US Pat. No. 9,283,440

MULTI-LAYER GOLF BALL

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A multi-layer golf ball comprising:
a core having an outer surface that includes:
a plurality of polygonal protrusions, each having a respective land area aligned on a common sphere;
wherein the polygonal protrusions define a plurality of grooves therebetween that extend radially inward from the sphere;
wherein the plurality of polygonal protrusions includes a plurality of triangular protrusions and a plurality of non-triangular
protrusions;

wherein the plurality of non-triangular protrusions and the plurality of triangular protrusions are arranged relative to each
other such that one of the plurality of triangular protrusions abuts at least one side of at least one of the plurality of
non-triangular protrusions;

an intermediate layer surrounding the core and having a radially inward surface that is bonded to the outer surface of the
core across the entire outer surface; and

a cover layer surrounding the intermediate layer and defining an outermost portion of ball.

US Pat. No. 9,226,540

METHOD OF KNITTING A KNITTED COMPONENT WITH A VERTICALLY INLAID TENSILE ELEMENT

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of knitting using a knitting machine comprising:
knitting a knit element along a first direction by using a plurality of needles of the knitting machine to manipulate at least
one yarn to form a plurality of courses and wales;

disposing at least one tensile element through the knit element;
holding the at least one tensile element with at least one needle of the plurality of needles;
extracting a portion of the at least one tensile element from below the at least one needle such that the portion of the at
least one tensile element changes orientation from the first direction to a second direction;

wherein the portion of the at least one tensile element remains in a fixed position along the second direction as additional
courses of the knit element are formed using the plurality of needles of the knitting machine; and

wherein the second direction is different from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,192,204

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR UPPER INCORPORATING A TEXTILE COMPONENT WITH TENSILE ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear configured to receive a foot of a wearer and configured to support a securement device, the securement
device being configured to selectively vary a fit of the article of footwear on the foot, the article of footwear comprising:
a sole structure; and
an upper with a lower portion that is attached to the sole structure, the upper further including a heel region, a first side,
and a second side, the upper further including a textile component, wherein the textile component of the upper includes:

a textile element that at least partially defines the heel region, the first side, and the second side of the upper; and
a tensile element that is attached to the textile element,
wherein the tensile element defines a first segment disposed on the first side of the upper;
wherein 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;

wherein the tensile element further includes a second segment that is disposed proximate the lower portion of the upper on
the second side;

wherein the second segment is fixed relative to the lower portion of the upper on the second side;
wherein the tensile element further includes an intermediate segment that extends continuously from the first segment, across
the heel region, to the second segment; and

wherein the tensile element is configured to transfer at least a portion of an input force applied to the first side of the
upper across the heel region, to the lower portion of the upper on the second side;

wherein the textile component is a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction;
wherein the textile element is a knit element; and
wherein the tensile element is formed of unitary knit construction with the knit element.

US Pat. No. 9,078,490

ANKLE AND FOOT SUPPORT SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of providing support to an ankle and foot comprising:
providing a covering having an outer surface, wherein a cable tightening mechanism is rotatably attached to the outer surface
proximate to a top edge of the covering;

providing a first cable segment extending between the cable tightening mechanism and a first exposed loop portion located
on a lateral bottom strap of the covering, the first cable segment having a first portion and a second portion, the first
portion of the first cable segment attached to the cable tightening mechanism and the second portion forming the first exposed
loop portion;

providing a second cable segment extending between the cable tightening mechanism and a second exposed loop portion located
on a medial bottom strap of the covering, the second cable segment having a first portion and a second portion, the first
portion of the second cable segment attached to the cable tightening mechanism and the second portion forming the second exposed
loop portion;

contacting a portion of an article of footwear with a portion of the covering, the article of footwear having a first footwear
loop anchor mounted on a lateral side of an upper of the article of footwear and a second footwear loop anchor mounted on
a medial side of the upper;

positioning the first exposed loop portion around the first footwear loop anchor;
positioning the second exposed loop portion around the second footwear loop anchor; and
rotating the cable tightening mechanism in order to tighten the first exposed loop portion around the first footwear loop
anchor and the second exposed loop portion around the second footwear loop anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,031,080

METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING RESISTANT GERMS AND DEVICE FOR PERFORMING SAME

Asklepios Kliniken Verwal...

1. A method for detecting living multi-resistant germs in a sample, comprising:contacting the sample by a sample carrier which comprises an agent for killing different germs; wherein the agent comprises a combination of antibiotics and/or antimyotics;
introducing the sample carrier in an analyzer;
detecting light emissions of the living multi-resistant germs from the sample carrier by the analyzer;
wherein the light emissions result from enzymatic activity of proteins comprising DNAse and/or catalase and/or hyaluronidase formed by pathogens still living;
outputting an indication by the analyzer indicating that the sample comprises at least one multi-resistant germ resistant to the agent for killing different germs, if the light emission exceeds a threshold value and the at least one multi-resistant germ is thus identified in a germ-unspecific manner; and
outputting an indication by the analyzer indicating that the sample does not comprise living multi-resistant germs resistant to the agent for killing different germs, if the light emission does not exceed the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,408,436

HEATABLE AND COOLABLE INSERTS FOR FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A footwear system, comprising:
a first insert including a first casing designed to receive a foot of a wearer;
a second insert designed to receive the foot of the wearer, the second insert including a second casing configured to enclose
the foot of the wearer, the second casing including a casing material and a high heat capacity material that is configured
to remain in a non-solid phase in a working temperature range from approximately 31 degrees Fahrenheit to approximately 99
degrees Fahrenheit; and

an outer assembly including an upper portion and an outer sole portion, the outer assembly designed to receive the foot of
the wearer while wearing one of the first insert and the second insert;

wherein the first insert is formed completely of one or more materials that are solid in the working temperature range;
wherein the first insert and the second insert are interchangeable such that the outer assembly is designed to:
receive the foot of the wearer when the foot is received within the first insert; and
receive the foot of the wearer when the foot is received within the second insert;
wherein substantially all of the first insert is formed by a first plurality of areas;
wherein the second insert is formed, at least in part, by a second plurality of areas that correspond with the first plurality
of areas;

wherein, in each area of the first plurality of areas, the first insert has a wall thickness that is substantially the same
as a wall thickness of the second insert in an area of the second plurality of areas that corresponds with the area of the
first plurality of areas of the first insert; and

wherein the second insert is configured to completely enclose the foot of the wearer in order to provide complete encapsulation
of the wearer's foot with high heat capacity material.

US Pat. No. 9,402,444

ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR WITH TENSILE STRAND ELEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure, the method comprising:
providing a first material layer and a second material layer in at least one of a lace region and a lower region, the lower
region being spaced apart from the lace region and located proximal to an area for securing the sole structure to the upper;

locating a plurality of strand segments extending from the lace region to the lower region and securing the strand segments
to the upper in the lace region and the lower region, the strand segments being unsecured for a distance of at least four
centimeters in an area between the lace region and the lower region, the strand segments forming both an exterior surface
of the upper and an opposite interior surface of the upper in the area between the lace region and the lower region; and

securing the strand segments between the first material layer and the second material layer in the lace region.

US Pat. No. 9,320,312

COMPOSITE UPPER FOR SHOE WITH SELECTIVELY DISPOSED BONDING AGENT

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper having a bonded mesh composite panel comprising:
(a) a substrate layer;
(b) a mesh layer overlapping the substrate layer in a mesh/substrate overlap area that does not overlap the entire substrate
layer; and

(c) a skin layer overlapping both the mesh and substrate layers in a skin/mesh/substrate overlap area, and
(d) a bonding agent that is selectively disposed (i) between the mesh and substrate layers, in the mesh/substrate overlap
area, but disposed over only a subset of the mesh/substrate overlap area or (ii) between the mesh and skin layers, in the
skin/mesh/substrate overlap area, but disposed over only a subset of the skin/mesh/substrate overlap area.

US Pat. No. 9,283,451

GOLF CLUB ASSEMBLY AND GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH TENSION MEMBER

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a body having a ball striking face for striking a golf ball, the body extending from a heel-side to a toe-side;
a first arm projecting in a rearward direction from the body;
a second arm projecting in the rearward direction from the body;
the second arm spaced from the first arm in a heel-to-toe direction to thereby define a gap; and
a tension member spanning the gap and having a first end attached to a first point partway along the first arm and a second
end attached to a second point partway along the second arm,

wherein a portion of the first arm projects in the rearward direction beyond the tension member to a first end and a portion
of the second arm projects in the rearward direction beyond the tension member to a second end,

wherein the first end is not connected to the second end such that the first arm is connected to the second arm only by the
body and the tension member,

wherein the tension member is pre-tensioned such that the tension member is held in tension between the first arm and the
second arm.

US Pat. No. 9,241,537

SPACER TEXTILE MATERIAL WITH TENSILE STRANDS THAT INTERSECT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A spacer textile material comprising:
a first layer;
a second layer;
a plurality of connecting members extending between and joining the first layer and the second layer;
a first tensile strand and a second tensile strand;
a first channel including a first channel portion and a second channel portion;
a second channel including a third channel portion and a fourth channel portion;
the first channel portion bounded by a first plurality of welds, the first plurality of welds including portions of the first
layer and the second layer that are in direct contact;

the second channel portion bounded by a second plurality of welds, the second plurality of welds including portions of the
first layer and the second layer that are in direct contact;

wherein a portion of the first tensile strand is disposed between the first layer and the second layer in the first channel;
wherein a portion of the second tensile strand is disposed between the first layer and the second layer in the second channel;
and

wherein the first tensile strand intersects the second tensile strand at an intersection region, the intersection region defined
by the first plurality of welds and the second plurality of welds.

US Pat. No. 9,245,457

IMPACT AND SOUND ANALYSIS FOR GOLF EQUIPMENT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by a processor of an apparatus, cause
the apparatus to:
receive data generated from an impact of a golf ball against a face of a golf club, wherein the data includes an audio signal
corresponding to a sound generated from the impact;

analyze the impact data to determine one or more characteristics of the impact between the golf ball and the golf club face,
wherein analyzing the impact data includes determining a first mode frequency of the audio signal and a second mode frequency
of the audio signal; and

generate, based on the analysis, an output specifying an impact location of the golf ball on the face of the golf club,
wherein analyzing the impact data to determine the one or more characteristics of the impact between the golf ball and the
golf club face further includes:

determining an amplitude of the first mode frequency;
determining an amplitude of the second mode frequency; and
determining the impact location by comparing the amplitude of the first mode frequency and the amplitude of the second mode
frequency to a predefined range of first mode frequency amplitudes and a predefined range of second mode frequency amplitudes
corresponding to an area of a golf club face.

US Pat. No. 9,119,439

FLUID-FILLED STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for manufacturing a fluid-filled chamber comprising:
molding a first polymer sheet and a second polymer sheet to form molded regions respectively defining a plurality of protrusions
and unmolded regions that are substantially parallel to one another;

forming a first bond between the first polymer sheet and the second polymer sheet, the first bond extending around a periphery
of the chamber;

injecting, after the step of forming the first bond, a fluid between the first polymer sheet and the second polymer sheet,
the fluid entering the protrusions in the first polymer sheet and the second polymer sheet; and

forming, after the step of injecting, a plurality of second bonds between the first polymer sheet and the second polymer sheet
in the unmolded regions to form a web area located between the protrusions, the second bonds extending around each of the
protrusions to seal and pressurized the fluid within the protrusions in a single step, wherein the first and second sheets
remain unbonded to each other in portions of the unmolded regions between the protrusions after formation of the second bonds.

US Pat. No. 9,055,784

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING A SOLE STRUCTURE INCORPORATING A PLATE AND CHAMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the sole structure comprising:
a midsole element formed from a foamed polymer material and positioned adjacent to the upper;
a plate formed from a non-foamed, polymer material, the plate having an upper surface facing toward the upper and an opposite
lower surface facing away from the upper, and the plate being at least partially embedded within the midsole element such
that the upper surface of the plate is covered by the foamed polymer material while a first area and a second area of the
lower surface of the plate are free of the foamed polymer material, wherein the first area and the second area of the lower
surface each extend from a forefoot region of the sole structure to a heel region of the sole structure; and

a first fluid-filled chamber secured to the first area, wherein the first chamber extends from the forefoot region to the
heel region, and a second fluid-filled chamber secured to the second area, wherein the second chamber extends from the forefoot
region to the heel region.

US Pat. No. 9,049,897

ARTICLE OF HEADWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of headwear configured to be worn on a head of a wearer comprising:
a crown that is configured for covering a portion of the head; and
a bill that defines an inner edge that is operably coupled to the crown, the bill also projecting away from the crown and
terminating at an outer edge, the bill including a stiffener that extends along and that stiffens the outer edge, the stiffener
being spaced from the crown to define a cavity between the stiffener and the crown, the stiffener having a first longitudinal
end that is adjacent the inner edge, a second longitudinal end that is adjacent the inner edge, an intermediate portion that
is disposed between the first longitudinal end and the second longitudinal end, a top side, and a bottom side, a cross section
of the stiffener being substantially constant in the intermediate portion between the first and second longitudinal ends,
and at least one of the top and bottom sides being substantially flat in the cross section of the stiffener,

wherein the stiffener is monolithic, and
wherein the stiffener includes a first zone and a second zone, the first zone and the second zone being resilient and compressible,
the first zone having a first resistance to resilient compression, the second zone having a second resistance to resilient
compression that is different from the first zone.

US Pat. No. 9,445,645

SOLE MEMBER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole member for an article of footwear, comprising:
a sole structure and a reinforcing member;
the sole structure including:
a base portion, the base portion including a first side and a second side;
a first bulging portion comprising a first peripheral portion and a first central portion, the first central portion being
bounded by the first peripheral portion;

the first central portion extending proximally from the second side of the base portion;
the first central portion being raised with respect to the first peripheral portion on the second side of the base portion;
a second bulging portion comprising a second peripheral portion and a second central portion, the second central portion being
bounded by the second peripheral portion;

the second central portion extending proximally from the second side of the base portion;
the second central portion being raised with respect to the second peripheral portion on the second side of the base portion;
the reinforcing member disposed against the second side of the base portion in a region corresponding to both the first bulging
portion and the second bulging portion; and

wherein the reinforcing member includes a first cut-out portion that is sized and dimensioned to receive the first central
portion of the first bulging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,403,071

POLYMERIC GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH METALLIC FACE

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a club face formed from a metallic material and including a first, hitting surface, a second, rear surface that is opposite
the first surface, an extension member and a flange; wherein the flange is separated from the second surface via the extension
member, and wherein the flange is disposed within about 30 degrees of parallel to a portion of the first surface;

a body formed from a filled or unfilled polymeric material and including a crown, a sole, a hosel, and a face support;
wherein the club face and the body cooperate to define a closed volume;
wherein the flange is embedded within the face support such that the face support contacts and surrounds the flange to couple
the club face to the body.

US Pat. No. 9,365,959

KNIT ARTICLE OF APPAREL AND APPAREL PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of providing an article of apparel having a printed knit textile region, the method comprising:
knitting a tubular knit textile having an internal side and an opposite external side configured to be exposed during use,
the tubular knit textile comprising:

a series of parallel rows of loops on the external side formed from an arrangement of interlocked loops forming the tubular
knit textile, the rows of loops each having a pair of opposite side portions and a top portion therebetween facing outward
from a tubular region and;

a plurality of channels on the external side formed between adjacent ones of the parallel rows of loops, each of the plurality
of channels including a base channel portion facing outward from the tubular region and opposing side portions of the adjacent
rows of the loops that form the channel;

placing the tubular knit textile on a tubular platen in a registration print arrangement with a print head, wherein placing
the tubular knit textile on the tubular platen comprises matching a plurality of repeating gaps formed in the tubular knit
textile with corresponding raised features extending from a surface of the platen; and

while retaining the tubular knit textile in the registration print arrangement with the print head, printing an ink design
on the external side of the tubular knit textile including applying ink to the parallel rows and the base channel portions.

US Pat. No. 9,351,538

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING AN ILLUMINABLE PANEL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper comprising: an illuminating
panel that emits light, the illuminating panel having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the first surface being
oriented to face toward an exterior of the footwear, and the second surface being oriented to face toward an interior of the
footwear, the first surface having a covered area and an exposed area, the covered area including a substantially opaque covering
disposed on the first surface of the illuminating panel and blocking light emitted by the illuminating panel, and the exposed
area being at least partially visible from the exterior of the footwear; and a plurality of strands positioned to extend adjacent
and parallel to the illuminating panel, the strands being located to correspond with the exposed area of the illuminating
panel;
wherein at least a portion of the illuminating panel is removed from the covered area, forming one or more apertures extending
through the illuminating panel, thereby reducing the covered area of the illuminating panel to be illuminated, thus saving
energy.

US Pat. No. 9,327,167

SPORT BALL CASING AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE CASING

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sport ball comprising:
a casing including a plurality of panel elements, wherein two of the plurality of panel elements are joined to each other
with a weld to form a seam disposed between the two of the plurality of panel elements;

wherein each of the plurality of panel elements includes:
a central panel area; and
a plurality of flange portions each extending from the central panel area and each disposed between another two of the plurality
of flange portions, wherein adjacent ones of the plurality of flange portions define an incision therebetween such that each
of the plurality of flange portions is disconnected from and flexible with respect to one another;

a bladder defining an interior and configured to contain a pressurized gas; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the casing and the bladder;
wherein the intermediate layer abuts the casing, contacts and covers substantially all of the bladder, and extends continuously
across the seam, and further wherein the intermediate layer has a limited degree of stretch and is configured to restrain
an outward force applied by the pressurized gas against the bladder;

wherein, when the sport ball is inflated, each of the plurality of flange portions abuts the intermediate layer and deflects
the intermediate layer toward the interior; and

wherein the intermediate layer is substantially seamless.

US Pat. No. 9,295,303

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR FOR PROPRIOCEPTIVE TRAINING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of proprioceptive training using an article of athletic equipment having an article of footwear, a knee coupling
member, and a biasing member, the method comprising:
securing the article of footwear to a foot;
securing the knee coupling member to a leg superiorly and inferiorly about a knee joint of the leg; and
biasing the article of footwear relative to the knee coupling member using the biasing member to bias the foot toward plantarflexion
relative to the leg to increase proprioception of the foot relative to the leg.

US Pat. No. 9,283,429

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED PERSONAL TRAINING

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
providing instructions to a user to perform an athletic movement;
monitoring with at least a first sensor the user performing the athletic movement;
generating a virtual avatar of the user during the user's performance of the athletic movement, the avatar having a first
contiguous area shaped like a first human subject, wherein the first contiguous area comprises a plurality of appendage-like
sub-areas representing appendages of the first human subject;

displaying on a display device the virtual avatar overlaid relative to a virtual shadow, wherein the virtual shadow comprises
a second contiguous area that is larger than the first contiguous area, and shaped like the first human subject, and the second
contiguous area comprising a plurality of appendage-like sub-areas representing appendages of the first human subject, wherein
the appendage-like sub-areas of the virtual shadow are larger than but proportional to the appendage-like sub-areas of the
virtual avatar, wherein the virtual shadow is configured to illustrate, a proper form of the athletic movement, such that
if the first user is performing the proper form of the athletic movement, then the first contiguous area is entirely within
the second contiguous area;

determining, by a processor, an amount of overlap between the virtual avatar and the virtual shadow; and
generating a feedback score based on, at least in part, the amount of overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,248,340

MONITORING FITNESS USING A MOBILE DEVICE

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system comprising:
a mobile athletic activity monitoring device comprising:
a first sensor device configured to measure athletic activity;
a second sensor device configured to determine a change in physical location of a user during the user's workout;
a processor; and
memory storing computer readable instructions that, when executed, cause the monitoring device to:
determine whether the user's athletic activity includes a change in physical location; and
in response to determining that the user's athletic activity does not include the change in physical location:
automatically activate recording of athletic activity data using the first sensor device, and
automatically deactivate recording of athletic activity data using the second sensor device, otherwise,
in response to determining that the user's athletic activity does include the change in physical location, automatically activate
recording of athletic activity data using the second sensor device.

US Pat. No. 9,220,318

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH ADJUSTABLE FITTING SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear comprising:
an upper that defines a void for receiving a foot;
a flexible sole structure that is coupled to the upper and includes a ground-engaging surface; and
a fitting system that includes:
an upper member that is supported by the upper,
a strand guide that is supported by the sole structure, the strand guide being flexible and configured to flex in concert
with the sole structure between a first position and a second position, the strand guide having a guide surface, and

a tensioning system with a flexible strand that is configured to bias the upper member toward the strand guide, the flexible
strand having a first section coupled to the upper member and a second section extending through the sole structure, the second
section abutting the guide surface and received within a groove formed in the ground-engaging surface of the sole structure,
the second section configured to slide across the guide surface as a result of flexure of the strand guide between the first
position and the second position, the first section and the upper member are configured to move relative to the sole structure
as a result of sliding of the second section across the guide surface.

US Pat. No. 9,186,546

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club, comprising:
a golf club head;
a shaft configured to engage with the golf club head, including a grip engaged with the shaft; and
wherein the golf club is configured to receive a monitoring device, comprising:
at least one sensor configured to determine data related to the characteristics of a golf swing; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the data related to the characteristics of a golf swing to a remote computer;
wherein the golf club further comprises:
a top portion;
wherein the top portion is nondestructively removably engaged with the golf club and wherein the monitoring device is nondestructively
removably engaged with the top portion;

wherein the shaft is configured to nondestructively removably engage and secure the top portion;
wherein the top portion is configured to removably engage the monitoring device with at least one of: press fitting, snap
fit mechanisms or mechanical fasteners; and

wherein the shaft is configured to removably engage the monitoring device with at least one of: press fitting, snap fit mechanisms
or mechanical fasteners.

US Pat. No. 9,155,944

GOLF CLUB AND GOLF CLUB HEAD STRUCTURES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising:
a body defining a ball striking face, a crown and a sole, the body further having a first leg extending away from the ball
striking face and a second leg extending away from the ball striking face wherein a void is defined between the first leg
and the second leg, the crown extending over the void, the void defining a first perimeter at an underside surface of the
crown and the void defining a second perimeter at the sole, wherein the second perimeter is greater in length than a length
of the first perimeter;

wherein the first leg has a first wall extending between the crown and the sole and integral with the crown and the sole,
and the second leg has a second wall extending between the crown and the sole and integral with the crown and the sole; and

wherein the first wall and second wall have respective proximal ends having a first height and the first wall and the second
wall have respective distal ends having a second height less than the first height.

US Pat. No. 9,120,296

METHOD OF CUSTOMIZING AN ARTICLE AND APPARATUS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of applying a graphic to an article, comprising the steps of:
placing the article onto a last assembly configured to fit the article;
associating the graphic with a curved surface of the article using a temporary attachment layer;
orienting the last assembly including the article so that the curved surface of the article is adjacent to a chamber of the
graphic transfer assembly, wherein the chamber is attached to a first housing portion, and wherein the first housing portion
includes a heating element, and wherein the chamber is filled with a liquid;

heating the liquid with the heating element to conductively heat a deformable membrane of the chamber;
pressing the curved surface of the article with the graphic against the deformable membrane using the last assembly, thereby
applying heat and pressure to the graphic; and

transferring the graphic to the curved surface of the article.

US Pat. No. 9,101,805

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head comprising: a golf club head body having a striking face configured for striking a ball, the golf club
head body having a connecting structure; a shaft engaging member engaged with the connecting structure of the golf club head
body, wherein the shaft engaging member is configured to be engaged with a golf club shaft to connect the shaft to the golf
club head body, the shaft engaging member comprising a first portion and a second portion that are angled with respect to
each other, wherein the first portion extends upward and away from the golf club head body and the second portion is received
in the connecting structure and extends into the golf club head body in a heel-to-toe direction, and wherein a gap is defined
between the first portion and a heel of the golf club head body; and a shroud engaged with at least one of the golf club head
body and the shaft engaging member and extending between the golf club head body and the shaft engaging member to at least
partially cover the gap and the connecting structure, wherein the shroud receives at least a portion of the first portion
of the shaft engaging member therein, wherein the connecting structure and the shaft engaging member have complementary rotational
locking structures to rotationally lock the shaft engaging member with the connecting structure, and wherein the rotational
locking structure is adjustable, such that the shaft engaging member is configured to be engaged with the connecting structure
in at least a first rotational position and a second rotational position with respect to the golf club head body, wherein
a loft angle of the golf club head in the first position is different from the loft angle of the golf club head in the second
position.

US Pat. No. 9,080,931

METHOD OF IMPACT TESTING USING MOUNT ASSEMBLY WITH DEFORMABLE MEMBER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of impact testing an article of protective equipment comprising:
mounting the article of protective equipment on a deformable member;
providing a pressure sensor between the article of protective equipment and an outer surface of the deformable member;
impacting the article of protective equipment with an impact object; and
detecting an effect of impact on the deformable member due to impacting the article of protective equipment with the impact
object,

wherein detecting the effect of impact includes detecting a distribution of impact load across an area of the deformable member,
wherein detecting the distribution of impact load includes detecting a distribution of impact load across the outer surface
of the deformable member, and

wherein detecting the distribution of load across the outer surface of the deformable member includes correlating a distribution
of load across the pressure sensor to the distribution of load across the outer surface of the deformable member.

US Pat. No. 9,063,075

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE STATE OF DEGRADATION OF A LUBRICANT OIL

FUNDACION TEKNIKER, Eiba...

1. Process for calculating the total degradation of used lubricant oil comprising the following steps:
a. calculating the components in the red, green and blue bands of the spectrum of the unused oil transmittance, IRO,IGO and IBO
b. performing several measurements of the transmittance of the same oil already used in three bands and obtaining the arithmetic
mean IR, IG and IB;

c. calculating the color indexes of the used oil and the reference color index as
CI=1*IR+0.5* IB+0.51IB
CIREF=1*IRO+0.5* IBO+0.51IBO
d. obtaining the total degradation value as OD(%)=100?100*LOG10(CIREF/CI).

US Pat. No. 9,681,704

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper including a knitted component
that is formed of unitary knit construction, the knitted component comprising:
a first region forming a collar of the upper, the collar having a first stretch-resistance, the collar defining a tubular
structure with an opening to a void within the upper for receiving a foot, the tubular structure configured to continuously
encircle a wearer;

a second region extending outward from the first region and located at least partially in a throat area of the upper, the
second region having a second stretch-resistance; and

a third region at least partially defining a medial side and a lateral side of the upper, the third region extending at least
partially around the second region including extending at least partially around the throat area and having a third stretch-resistance,

the second region formed of unitary knit construction with third region such that the upper extends continuously from the
medial side, across the second region, to the lateral side;

the first stretch-resistance being less than the second stretch-resistance, and the second stretch-resistance being less than
the third stretch-resistance;

wherein the knitted component further includes a tunnel having a length, and a strand having a first section disposed within
and extending the length of the tunnel, a second section, and a third section disposed within and extending the length of
the tunnel, where the second section extends continuously between the first and third sections, is located outside the tunnel
and exterior of the knitted component, and forms a lace loop that is configured to receive a lace, wherein the strand extends
through the third region, and wherein the strand forms a plurality of lace loops, and a pair of the lace loops positioned
immediately adjacent to each other overlap each other so as to form a common aperture that is configured to receive a single
pass of a lace, and wherein the pair of the lace loops overlap each other in a direction substantially normal to an outer
surface portion of the knitted component that is immediately adjacent to the common aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,370,695

SPORT BALL CASING WITH THERMOPLASTIC REINFORCING MATERIAL

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing a sport ball, the method comprising:
providing a plurality of casing panels, wherein each of the plurality of casing panels has an interior side having a plurality
of edges;

applying a thermoplastic polymer material to each of the plurality of casing panels to form a thermoplastic polymer material
layer disposed on the interior side adjacent to the plurality of edges;

after applying, joining adjacent ones of the plurality of casing panels together at the plurality of edges to form a plurality
of seams and an inverted casing, wherein the inverted casing defines an aperture therethrough between two adjacent ones of
the plurality of casing panels;

turning the inverted casing rightside-out through the aperture;
after turning, inserting an intermediate layer and a bladder into the aperture;
after inserting, inflating the bladder; and
heating the thermoplastic polymer material layer to bond the plurality of casing panels to the intermediate layer at the plurality
of seams and thereby manufacture the sport ball.

US Pat. No. 9,365,387

MOTORIZED TENSIONING SYSTEM WITH SENSORS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:
a tensioning member;
a motorized tensioning device for controlling the tension of the tensioning member;
at least one sensor for receiving information related to the tension of the tensioning member;
a control unit, wherein the control unit can receive information from the at least one sensor;
wherein the control unit operates the motorized tensioning device in a normal operating mode and an active operating mode;
wherein the control unit powers down the motorized tensioning device after a target tension has been achieved in the normal
operating mode;

wherein during the active operating mode, the control unit continuously monitors the tension of the tensioning member after
the target tension has been achieved and adjusts the motorized tensioning device to maintain the target tension; and

wherein the motorized tensioning device increases the tension in the tensioning member if the tension is less than the target
tension and the motorized tensioning device decreases the tension in the tensioning member if the tension is greater than
the target tension.

US Pat. No. 9,358,426

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED PERSONAL TRAINING

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
prompting a first user to perform at least one exercise during a workout session;
monitoring with a monitoring device the first user performing the at least one exercise;
using data captured by the monitoring device during the first user's performance of the at least one exercise to generate
a first virtual avatar having a first contiguous area shaped like a first human subject that includes a plurality of appendage-like
sub-areas representing appendages of the first human subject;

generating a first virtual shadow for the first virtual avatar comprising a second contiguous area shaped like the first human
subject that is larger than the first contiguous area and comprising a plurality of appendage-like sub-areas representing
appendages of the first human subject, wherein the appendage-like sub-areas of the virtual shadow are larger than the appendage-like
sub-areas of the virtual avatar, wherein the first virtual shadow is configured to illustrate a proper form of the athletic
movement, such that if the first user is performing the proper form of the athletic movement, then the first contiguous area
is entirely within the second contiguous area;

using second user data corresponding to a second user to generate a second virtual avatar and a second virtual shadow during
the second user's performance of the at least one exercise, the second virtual avatar having a third contiguous area shaped
like a second human subject comprising a plurality of appendage-like sub-areas representing appendages of the second human
subject and the second virtual shadow comprises a fourth contiguous area that is shaped like the second human subject but
larger than the third contiguous area and comprising a plurality of appendage-like sub-areas representing appendages of the
second human subject, wherein the appendage-like sub-areas of the second virtual shadow are larger than the appendage-like
sub-areas of the second virtual avatar, wherein the second virtual shadow is configured to illustrate the proper form of the
athletic movement, such that if the second user is performing the proper form of the athletic movement, then the third contiguous
area is entirely within the fourth contiguous area;

applying a handicap to the first virtual shadow or the second virtual shadow based on a skill level of the first user relative
to a skill level of the second user; wherein the handicap adjusts a size of the first virtual shadow or the second virtual
shadow; and

displaying simultaneously on a display device the first and second virtual avatars and the first and second virtual shadows.

US Pat. No. 9,345,275

LOWER BODY GARMENT WITH ELASTICITY-REDUCING PANEL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A garment, comprising: at least one stretchable fabric element, wherein the garment is a lower body garment configured
for wear by an individual and comprises right and left legs;
a first elasticity-reducing panel comprising a first pattern imprinted onto a first portion of the at least one stretchable
fabric element in a lateral thigh region of the right leg and extending from a right front thigh region to a right rear thigh
region, wherein

the first pattern comprises a plurality of intersecting first pattern lines forming a mesh completely bounded by first pattern
edges and is confined to above-knee portions of the right leg, portions of the first pattern lines in peripheral regions having
thicknesses that are at least twice as great as thicknesses of the portions of the first pattern lines in an interior region,
and

the first pattern is completely surrounded by, and an entire length of an outermost portion of each of the first pattern edges
is directly adjacent to, a second portion of the at least one stretchable fabric element lacking an elasticity reducing panel;
and

a second elasticity-reducing panel comprising a second pattern imprinted onto a third portion of the at least one stretchable
fabric element in a lateral thigh region of the left leg and extending from a left front thigh region to a left rear thigh
region, wherein

the second pattern comprises a plurality of intersecting second pattern lines forming a mesh completely bounded by second
pattern edges and is confined to above-knee portions of the left leg, portions of the second pattern lines in peripheral regions
having thicknesses that are at least twice as great as thicknesses of the portions of the second pattern lines in an interior
region, and

the second pattern is completely surrounded by, and an entire length of an outermost portion of each of the second pattern
edges is directly adjacent to, a fourth portion of the at least one stretchable fabric element lacking an elasticity reducing
panel;

further comprising:
third and fourth elasticity-reducing panels, wherein
the third elasticity-reducing panel comprises a third pattern imprinted onto a knee region of the right leg,
the fourth elasticity-reducing panel comprises a fourth pattern imprinted onto a knee region of the left leg,
the third pattern comprises third pattern lines,
portions of the third pattern lines in an interior region of the third pattern have thicknesses less than thicknesses of portions
of the third pattern lines in peripheral regions of the third pattern,

and the fourth pattern is a mirror image of the third pattern; and
a first lateral outer seam extending along a lateral outer edge of the third elasticity-reducing panel; and
a second lateral outer seam extending along a lateral outer edge of the fourth elasticity-reducing panel.

US Pat. No. 9,339,975

3D PRINTER WITH NATIVE SPHERICAL CONTROL

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A three dimensional printer comprising:
a work surface;
an arcuate track disposed within a track plane that is orthogonal to the work surface, the track having a constant radius
of curvature extending from a point on the work surface;

a motor coupled with the arcuate track and configured to controllably rotate the track plane about an axis extending normal
to the work surface;

a carriage slidably disposed on the track and translatable relative thereto;
a print head supported by the carriage and translatable in a radial direction relative to the track; and
wherein the print head is configured to receive a solid thermoplastic material, melt the thermoplastic material, and deposit
the molten thermoplastic material on a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,296,168

ARTICULATED MOLD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An apparatus for molding articles, the apparatus comprising:
a first mold carrier coupled to a fixed structure and configured to angularly displace relative to the fixed structure from
a first molding position to a first accessing position;

a second mold carrier traveling with the first mold carrier and configured to angularly displace relative to the first mold
carrier from a second molding position to a second accessing position; and

a third mold carrier configured to move from a third molding position in a first direction toward the first mold carrier when
the first mold carrier is in the first molding position, and configured to move in a second direction transverse to the first
direction to a third accessing position, and

wherein the second mold carrier is located between the first mold carrier and the third mold carrier when the first mold carrier
is in the first molding position and when the third mold carrier is in the third molding position.

US Pat. No. 9,283,437

GOLF BALL HAVING PARTIAL CURED UV COATING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A finished golf ball usable in a game of golf, comprising:
a core;
a cover layer substantially surrounding the core, the cover layer including at least one dimple and at least one land area
adjacent to the dimple;

a partially cured coating layer overlapping at least a portion of the cover layer, at least a portion of the coating layer
comprising a partially cured UV curable material;

wherein the UV curable material present in the partially cured coating layer of the finished golf ball is capable of undergoing
further curing when exposed to UV light; and

wherein the coating layer of the finished golf ball comprises a first portion comprising the UV curable material and a second
portion comprising a non-UV curable material, wherein the first portion is associated with the at least one dimple and the
second portion is associated with the at least one land area.

US Pat. No. 9,247,897

MONITORING ACTIVITY OF A USER IN LOCOMOTION ON FOOT

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. A unitary apparatus configured to be worn by a user, comprising:
a unitary body, further comprising:
a processor;
a user interface;
a sensor in operative communication with the processor, and configured to capture motion data of the user indicative of a
heel-strike event and a toe-off event; and

a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that when executed by the processor
perform at least:

receiving the motion data from the sensor;
identifying the heel-strike event and the toe-off event from the motion data;
calculating a foot contact time between the heel-strike event and the toe-off event during a motion of the user;
calculating, from the motion data, an estimated heart rate of the user as a stored fitness index for the user divided by the
foot contact time of the user; and

generating a graphical representation of the estimated heart rate and outputting the graphical representation to the user
interface.

US Pat. No. 9,241,536

UPPERS AND SOLE STRUCTURES FOR ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

23. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper including (a) a mesh layer and (b) a first textile member joined to the mesh layer, wherein the first textile member
includes:

a first textile layer including a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the second surface
includes a first hot melt adhesive layer, and

a second textile layer including a first surface and second surface opposite the first surface, wherein the second surface
of the second textile layer includes a second hot melt adhesive layer, wherein the first hot melt adhesive layer contacts
the second hot melt adhesive layer to thereby join the first textile layer with the second textile layer wherein the first
surface of the second textile layer and the mesh layer are free of adhesive therebetween such that they are in direct contact
with one another; and

a sole structure engaged with the upper.
US Pat. No. 9,243,104

ARTICLE WITH CONTROLLED CUSHIONING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of forming a molded article of a thermoplastic elastomer having areas of different density, comprising
(a) preparing pellets of a thermoplastic elastomer having a first density by infusing the pellets with a supercritical fluid
in a pressurized container, removing the pellets from the container and foaming the pellets by one of (i) heating the pellets
with a fluid or (ii) irradiating the pellets with infrared or microwave radiation to make foamed pellets of a first density;

(b) preparing pellets of the thermoplastic elastomer having a second density by infusing the pellets with a supercritical
fluid in a pressurized container, removing the pellets from the container and foaming the pellets by one of (i) heating the
pellets with a fluid or (ii) irradiating the pellets with infrared or microwave radiation to make foamed pellets of a second
density different from the first density;

(c) placing foamed pellets having the first density in a first area of a mold and placing foamed pellets having the second
density in a second area of the mold and molding the pellets to form the molded article,

further comprising annealing the foamed pellets made in one or both of steps (a) and (b) before molding in step (c).

US Pat. No. 9,238,305

SWITCHABLE PLATE MANUFACTURING VACUUM TOOL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A vacuum tool comprising:
a vacuum distributor, the vacuum distributor comprised of an exterior top surface, an interior top surface, an exterior side
surface, and an interior side surface;

a vacuum distribution cavity, the vacuum distribution cavity formed, at least in part, by the interior top surface and the
interior side surface; and

a switchable plate removably coupled to the vacuum distributor thereby enclosing the vacuum distribution cavity within the
vacuum distributor and the switchable plate, wherein the switchable plate is comprised of a plurality of plate portions, and
wherein each of the plurality of plate portions comprise an interior plate surface, an exterior plate surface adapted to provide
a planar, non-compressible surface for contacting a part to be manipulated by the vacuum tool, and a plurality of apertures
extending through the interior plate surface and the exterior plate surface.

US Pat. No. 9,216,552

DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING IMAGE ON APPAREL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An image displaying device comprising:
a background layer that is substantially opaque; and
a display layer that is semi-transparent, the display layer including an inner surface facing the background layer, the display
layer further including an outer surface facing away from the background layer, the inner surface being substantially smooth,
the outer surface including a plurality of raised areas and a plurality of recessed areas that are arranged in predetermined
positions corresponding to an image, the display layer having a first zone with a first thickness measured between the inner
surface and one of the plurality of raised areas, the display layer also having a second zone with a second thickness measured
between the inner surface and one of the plurality of recessed areas, the display layer also including a coloring agent, the
coloring agent having a higher concentration in the first zone as compared to the second zone, the display layer having increased
light transmissivity through the recessed areas and decreased light transmissivity through the raised areas such that a contrast
of light transmissivity between the raised and recessed areas generates the image.

US Pat. No. 9,119,990

POLYMER COATING TO CROSS-LINK UNDERLYING COVER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for manufacturing a golf bail, the method comprising:
molding a thermoplastic polyurethane material around a golf ball core to form a cover layer substantially surrounding the
core, the thermoplastic polyurethane material having an isocyanate index of less than or equal to about 95;

coating the cover with a polyurethane coating material comprising 20 to 65 weight percent solvent to form a coating layer
substantially surrounding the cover layer, the polyurethane coating material having an isocyanate index of greater than or
equal to about 105;

allowing the polyurethane coating material to remain in an unreacted state on the cover for a period of time from about 5
minutes to about one hour to penetrate into the cover laver; and

curing the coating layer, such that the thermoplastic polyurethane cover layer crosslinks with the polyurethane coating material,
wherein the step of curing the coating layer comprises heating the golf ball and crosslinking the cover layer with the polyurethane
coating material to a depth into the cover layer of at least 5% of the thickness of the cover layer.

US Pat. No. 9,056,238

SHIN GUARD STRAP

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A shin guard construction comprising:
a shin guard having a bottom end and an opposite top end defining a shin guard length, and having opposite right and left
sides extending between the bottom end and the top end, the shin guard having a front surface and a back surface, wherein
the front surface comprises a shin guard fastener portion along the right side or the left side, the shin guard fastener portion
having a shin guard fastener portion length that extends at least a portion of the shin guard length;

a strap of flexible material having a top edge and an opposite bottom edge and having opposite left and right ends extending
between the top edge and the bottom edge, wherein a length of the top edge extending between the left end and the right end
is less than a length of the bottom edge extending between the left end and the right end;

one of the right end or the left end of the strap having a first fastener fastenable to the shin guard fastener portion, the
other of the right end or the left end having a second fastener fastenable to the strap, wherein the right end or left end
having the first fastener forms an acute angle with the bottom edge and an obtuse angle with the top edge; and

the strap, when affixed to the shin guard by both the first fastener and the second fastener, inherently extends in an upward
inclined orientation and maintains the upward inclined orientation, wherein the upward orientation is measured from a horizontal
plane that passes perpendicularly through the front surface and the back surface of the shin guard, wherein the right end
or the left end having the first fastener, when affixed to the shin guard, has an outer edge that is substantially perpendicular
to the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,055,785

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING TENSILE STRANDS AND SECURING STRANDS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear, the method comprising:
laying a plurality of first strands against an exterior surface of an upper of the article of footwear, the plurality of first
strands being positioned substantially parallel to the exterior surface for a distance of at least five centimeters; and

stitching over each first strand of the plurality of first strands with a second strand to secure the second strand to the
exterior surface at a plurality of locations on opposite sides of each first strand of the plurality of first strands;

wherein the step of laying includes orienting the plurality of first strands to extend downward from a lace area of the upper
to an area where a sole structure joins to the upper;

wherein the lace area of the upper includes at least one lace aperture extending through from the exterior surface to an interior
of the upper; and

the step of laying further includes orienting the plurality of first strands to radiate outward from said at least one lace
aperture to the area where the sole structure joins to the upper.

US Pat. No. 10,032,444

RESONATOR ABSORBER WITH ADJUSTABLE ACOUSTIC CHARACTERISTICS

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FAK...

1. A resonator absorber with adjustable acoustic characteristic comprising:a plane bottom surrounded by sidewalls forming a cuboid with an open upper face filled with cuboids of different geometry fixed to the bottom;
two perforated plates entirely covered with absorptive layers on their side facing said bottom, where said perforated plates are fixed to the guides formed in opposite sidewalls allowing the movement of said perforated plates in their respective planes parallel to the bottom, where said planes are at different heights from the bottom to allow an upper perforated plate of the two perforated plates to slide over a lower perforated plate of the two perforated plates, partially overlapping one another; and
where the combined area of two perforated plates is capable to entirely cover the cuboid open upper face;
wherein
each perforated plate has rows of bores forming a planar binary amplitude diffusor; where said rows belonging to the different perforated plates are arranged in the manner where perforated plates overlap, the bores belonging to the different perforated plates do not coincide in any position in order to prevent sound propagation through the overlapped region that serves as a reflective part of said resonator absorber;
each perforated plate has mounted a corresponding wing that extends towards the bottom being in contact with the corresponding cuboids situated at the bottom; each wing sliding over the corresponding cuboids defines the volumes of the adjustable cavities, where a first portion of the cavities are open and serve as sound reflective surfaces, and where a second portion of the cavities covered by the corresponding perforated plates serve as absorptive and diffusive parts of said resonator absorber;
a perforated plate end and a corresponding stopper form another adjustable cavity always covered by a first one of the perforated plates, where a volume of said cavity is defined by the position of the second one of the perforated plates and serve as absorptive and diffusive parts of said resonator absorber;
where said resonator absorber has an additional cavity of constant volume, situated between the cuboids, which acoustic characteristics are changed by the overlapping of the said perforated plates above the said cavity, where the additional cavity serves as absorptive, diffusive and reflective parts of said resonator absorber; andwhere independent movement of each perforated plate in their respective planes change the acoustic properties of said resonator absorber.

US Pat. No. 9,682,522

LOW DENSITY FOAMED ARTICLE MADE BY BEAD FOAM COMPRESSION MOLDING METHOD

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article prepared by a method comprising:
placing a desired amount of thermoplastic polyurethane foam beads in a compression mold in the shape of an article, wherein
the thermoplastic polyurethane foam beads have a density of from about 0.01 to about 0.3 g/cm3;

closing the mold;
bringing the mold to a peak temperature of from about 130° C. to about 180° C. over a period of from about 300 to about 1500
seconds;

cooling the mold to a temperature of from about 5° C. to about 80° C. over a period of from about 300 to about 1500 seconds
within about 30 seconds after the peak temperature is reached; and

removing the article.

US Pat. No. 9,440,122

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEAD STRUCTURES HAVING CONTOURED BACKSTOP

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club head, comprising:
a golf club head body having a ball striking face and defining an interior portion, the ball striking face having a length;
and

an inner wall arranged within the interior portion of the golf club head and positioned behind a central region of the ball
striking face to form a gap between at least some portions of the ball striking face free of connection to a sidewall on a
heel side and a toe side and the inner wall, the inner wall having a central region, a first side region extending from the
central region toward a toe of the golf club head body and a second side region extending from the central region toward a
heel of the golf club head body, the inner wall having a length, the inner wall has a crown end engaged with an inner surface
of a crown, a sole end engaged with an inner surface of a sole, the central region disposed between the crown end and the
sole end;

wherein the gap formed between the inner wall and the ball striking face is greater in the central region than in the first
side region and the second side region and is in a range from 0.1 inches to 0.75 inches,

wherein the inner wall is positioned and configured to act as a backstop for the ball striking face of the golf club head
under some conditions as the ball striking face flexes when the golf club head strikes a golf ball;

wherein the length of the inner wall is 40% to 80% of the length of the ball striking face, and
wherein the central region tapers such that each of the crown end and the sole end have a length that is greater than a length
of the central region.

US Pat. No. 9,380,831

ARTICLE OF APPAREL WITH ZONAL FORCE ATTENUATION PROPERTIES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of apparel comprising a foot-supporting area for extending adjacent to a plantar surface of a foot, the foot-supporting
area having:
a forefoot region having a first zone positioned on a medial side of the foot-supporting area, a first portion of the first
zone extending along the medial side of the foot-supporting area, and a second portion of the first zone extending into a
center of the foot-supporting area and terminating in the center of the foot supporting area, the first zone having a first
thickness, each of a lateral edge and a rear edge of the first zone abutting edges of a zone having a thickness different
than the first thickness, and an entire continuous outer periphery of the first zone having an L shaped configuration;

an arch region having (a) a second zone positioned on a lateral side of the foot-supporting area, the second zone having a
second thickness that is less than the first thickness and (b) a third zone positioned on the medial side of the foot-supporting
area, the third zone having a third thickness that is less than the second thickness; and

a heel region having a fourth zone positioned on at least the lateral side of the foot-supporting area, the fourth zone having
the first thickness.

US Pat. No. 9,289,683

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A computerized method comprising:
receiving, from a sensor system, sensor data relating to an athletic performance of a first user;
identifying, by a processor, a first time period to perform a first threshold level of physical activity necessary to obtain
a first virtual reward in a virtual world, wherein the virtual world comprises a first virtual region associated with a first
avatar representing and controllable by the first user and a second virtual region associated with a second avatar representing
and controllable by a second user, wherein the first threshold level is determined in accordance with characteristics of a
virtual item in the first virtual region of the virtual world and the first virtual reward is associated with the virtual
item, and wherein the first virtual region is a distinct and separate environment from the second virtual region;

determining, by the processor, that the sensor data indicates the first user has performed the first threshold level of physical
activity during the first time period, and in response, providing the first virtual reward to the first user, wherein the
first virtual reward is configured to result in at least one of:

providing a first function for the virtual item within the first virtual region; and
acquiring a new virtual asset for the virtual item; and
determining, by the processor, that the sensor data indicates the first user has failed to meet a second threshold level of
physical activity during second time period, and in response altering an appearance of the first virtual region.

US Pat. No. 9,265,302

TETHERED FLUID-FILLED CHAMBERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, at least one of the upper and the sole
structure incorporating a chamber comprising:
an outer barrier formed from a polymer material that defines an interior cavity, the barrier having (a) a first portion that
forms a first surface of the chamber and (b) a second portion that forms an opposite second surface of the chamber; and

a tether element located within the interior cavity and including a first sheet and a second sheet, the first sheet being
secured to the first portion of the barrier and including a first tab portion having an integral, one-piece construction with
the first sheet, the second sheet being secured to the second portion of the barrier and including a second tab portion having
an integral, one-piece construction with the second sheet, the first tab portion extending away from the first sheet toward
the second sheet and the second tab portion extending away from the second sheet toward the first sheet, the first tab portion
and the second tab portion being joined together between the first sheet and the second sheet and placed under tension to
restrict a shape of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,095,188

ADJUSTABLE HEEL SUPPORT MEMBER FOR ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A heel support member for an article of footwear, comprising:
a base portion;
a first side portion extending from the base portion;
a second side portion extending from the base portion, the second side portion being disposed opposite of the first side portion;
a rearward portion extending from the base portion;
the first side portion being spaced apart from the rearward portion and the second side portion being spaced apart from the
rearward portion;

a fastening member extending from the first side portion to the second side portion,
wherein the fastening member engages the rearward portion and provides tension between the first side portion, the rearward
portion and the second side portion;

wherein the first side portion includes a fastener receiving portion;
wherein the fastener receiving portion includes an engaging portion that is spaced apart from an outer surface of the first
side portion, and wherein the fastener receiving portion includes a connecting portion that connects the engaging portion
to the outer surface of the first side portion;

wherein the connecting portion is disposed closer to the rearward portion of the heel support member than the engaging portion
so that the fastener receiving portion is a hook for engaging the fastening member;

the engaging portion includes an engaging surface oriented away from the rearward portion, wherein the engaging portion includes
a recess disposed between a portion of the engaging surface having a free end and the outer surface of the first side portion;

wherein a portion of the fastening member is releasably held at least partially in the recess when the fastening member is
fastened to the first side portion; and

wherein the fastening member is a continuous loop of elastic.

US Pat. No. 9,078,488

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A LENTICULAR KNIT STRUCTURE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear including an upper and a sole structure attached to the upper, the upper incorporating a knitted
component formed of unitary knit construction, the knitted component comprising:
at least one lenticular knit structure including a first portion and a second portion disposed on opposite sides of the lenticular
knit structure; and

a base portion disposed adjacent to the at least one lenticular knit structure;
wherein the at least one lenticular knit structure extends away from the base portion on an exterior surface of the upper;
and

wherein the first portion of the at least one lenticular knit structure is associated with a first visual effect when the
upper is viewed from a first viewing angle and the second portion of the at least one lenticular knit structure is associated
with a second visual effect when the upper is viewed from a second viewing angle that is different than the first viewing
angle.

US Pat. No. 9,072,947

RELEASABLE CONNECTIONS FOR GOLF CLUB HEADS AND SHAFTS

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club, comprising:
a golf club shaft;
a golf club head having an interior chamber;
a shaft retainer configured to be slidably engaged with the golf club shaft;
a hosel insert configured to releasably receive and secure the shaft retainer, the hosel insert located at least partially
within the interior chamber and having an outer perimeter and an inner perimeter, wherein the outer perimeter is configured
to be engaged with the interior chamber; and

a shaft adapter having an upper end and a lower end, wherein the upper end is attached to the golf club shaft and the lower
end has a spherical member that engages the inner perimeter of the hosel insert, wherein the shaft adapter is configured to
be inserted into the hosel insert at a plurality of different configurations, wherein a first configuration provides different
club characteristics than a second configuration, wherein in the first configuration the spherical member is in a different
rotational position within the hosel insert than in the second configuration, and further wherein the shaft adapter comprises
an axial direction change region configured to offset an axis of the shaft with respect to a hosel axis of the golf club head,
wherein the axial direction change region is an area on the shaft adapter where the upper end extends coaxially toward a first
axial direction away from the axial direction change region, and further wherein the lower end extends coaxially toward a
second axial direction different than the first axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,067,105

GOLF BALL HAVING A COVER LAYER WITH TWO DIFFERENT HARDNESS VALUES

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf ball comprising:
a core;
a cover layer encompassing the core, the cover layer comprising a first hemispherical cover layer portion consisting of a
first material having a first hardness and a second hemispherical cover layer portion consisting of a second material having
a second hardness; and

wherein the first hardness is different than the second hardness.

US Pat. No. 9,446,603

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING AND PRINTING A GRAPHIC ON AN ARTICLE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of printing onto an article, the method comprising:
calibrating a see-through display device to a printing system;
placing an article on a platform so that the article is positioned between the platform and the display device;
displaying a graphic on the display device;
aligning the graphic so that the graphic corresponds to a desired location on the article; and
printing the graphic onto the article in the desired location,
wherein the step of aligning the graphic includes displaying the graphic on the see-through display device so that the graphic
is superimposed on the article.

US Pat. No. 9,144,263

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH INTERCONNECTED TENSILE STRANDS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear configured for wearing on a foot of a wearer, the article of footwear configured to support a closure
element that selectively secures the article of footwear to the foot, the article of footwear comprising:
an upper configured to receive the foot and configured to support the closure element, the upper including a heel region,
a medial side, and a lateral side;

a sole structure that is fixed to the upper;
a longitudinal strand that extends along one of the medial side and the lateral side;
an underfoot strand that is coupled to the longitudinal strand and that extends across the sole structure to extend between
the lateral side and the medial side of the upper; and

a closure strand having a first end fixed relative to the one of the medial side and the lateral side, a second end fixed
relative to the one of the medial side and the lateral side, and a middle portion that extends continuously between the first
end and the second end, the middle portion being coupled to and zigzagging between the longitudinal strand and the closure
element such that tensioning of the closure element tensions the longitudinal strand, the underfoot strand, and the closure
strand to selectively secure the article of footwear to the foot.

US Pat. No. 9,452,319

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A TEAM SPORTS ENVIRONMENT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that when executed by a processor
cause a computer device to perform at least:
receive information from at least a first set of transceivers and a second set of transceivers of a plurality of body-worn
transceivers that are respectively configured to be attached to a plurality of players and communicate with a radio tag of
a ball;

based, at least in part, on the received information from the first set of transceivers, identifying players associated with
the first set of transceivers as being within a first proximity threshold to the ball;

based, at least in part, on the first set of transceivers being within the first proximity threshold, identifying the corresponding
plurality of players as being on a first team;

after identifying players associated with the first set of transceivers as being on the first team, identifying players associated
with the second set of transceivers as being within the first proximity threshold to the ball; and

based, at least in part, on the second set of transceivers being with the first proximity threshold, identifying the corresponding
plurality of players as being on a second team.