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“Knitted Tensile Structures” in Patent Application Approval Process (USPTO 20190223541): Nike Inc.

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08/14/2019 | 05:04pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Sports Research Daily -- A patent application by the inventors Aceves Tinajero, Juan L. (Beaverton, OR); Small, Jessica (Portland, OR), filed on January 18, 2019, was made available online on July 25, 2019, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by NewsRx correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Nike Inc. (Beaverton, Oregon, United States).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The present embodiments relate generally to knit components and methods of manufacturing knit components, for example, knit components for use in apparel and footwear applications.”

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, NewsRx journalists also obtained the inventors’ summary information for this patent application: “A knit component may include a knit-in tensile area, which may include an opening at least partially bounded by a first intersecting portion and a second intersecting portion. A course of tensile material that is integrally knitted with the first intersecting portion via a knit stitch may include a float having a float length extending from the first intersecting portion, across the opening, to the second intersecting portion. The float length may be at least three needles long. The course of tensile material may have a diameter of at least 0.8 mm and a tensile strength of at least 25 kg-f, and may be integrally knitted with the second intersecting portion via a second knit stitch. The knit component may further include a second course of tensile material that is integrally knitted with the first intersecting portion, and the second course of tensile material may include a second float extending from the first intersecting portion, across the opening, to the second intersecting portion. A course of tensile material may include a second float having a second float length. The opening may have a shape consisting of a triangle, a square, a rectangle, a pentagon, an ellipse, or a circle. The first intersecting portion may conceal the knit stitch of the course of tensile material from a viewing angle facing a first surface of the first intersecting portion.

“In another aspect, an upper may include a first knit-in tensile area that includes a course of tensile material extending across a plurality of openings, each opening being at least partially bounded by a plurality of intersecting portions and a plurality of arterial portions. The course of tensile material may be integrally knit with each intersecting portion of the plurality via one or more knit stitches and may include a plurality of floats (each having a float length) that each extend across one opening of the plurality of openings. The course of tensile material may have a medial-lateral orientation, and may extend from a lateral edge region to a medial edge region. The course of the tensile material may extend in a weft direction of the knit-in tensile area. The upper may also include a second knit-in tensile area comprising a second plurality of openings and a second course of tensile material, and the second knit-in tensile area may be located in a different region of the upper from the first knit-in tensile area. The first knit-in tensile area may be located in a midfoot region and the second knit-in tensile area may be located in a rearfoot region. The second course of tensile material may have a different orientation than the course of tensile material. Each of the plurality of openings may have a first shape and a first size, and each of the second plurality of openings may have a second shape and a second size.

“In another aspect, a knitting method may include knitting a first course of a multi-bed knit structure on a first needle bed and a second needle bed, transferring a first plurality of stitches of the first course of the multi-bed knit structure to different needles to widen an opening, knitting a course of tensile material, including at least one stitch that interloops with the multi-bed knit structure and a float that spans the opening, knitting a second course of the multi-bed knit structure on the first and second needle beds, and transferring a second plurality of stitches of the second course of the multi-bed knit structure to different needles to narrow the opening. The float may have a float length of at least three needles, and the multi-bed knit structure may have a tubular knit structure.

“Other systems, methods, features and advantages of the present disclosure will be, or will become, apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features and advantages be within the scope of the present disclosure, and be encompassed by the following claims.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“1. A knit component, comprising: a knit-in tensile area, comprising: an opening at least partially bounded by a first intersecting portion and a second intersecting portion; and a course of tensile material that is integrally knitted with the first intersecting portion via a knit stitch, the course of tensile material comprising a float having a float length and extending from the first intersecting portion, across the opening, to the second intersecting portion.

“2. The knit component of claim 1, wherein the course of tensile material has a diameter of at least 0.8 mm and a tensile strength of at least 25 kg-f.

“3. The knit component of claim 1, wherein the course of tensile material is integrally knitted with the second intersecting portion via a second knit stitch.

“4. The knit component of claim 1, further comprising a second course of tensile material integrally knitted with the first intersecting portion and comprising a second float extending from the first intersecting portion, across the opening, to the second intersecting portion.

“5. The knit component of claim 1, wherein the course of tensile material comprises a second float having a second float length.

“6. The knit component of claim 1, wherein the float length is at least three needles long.

“7. The knit component of claim 1, wherein the opening has a shape consisting of a triangle, a square, a rectangle, a pentagon, an ellipse, or a circle.

“8. The knit component of claim 1, wherein the first intersecting portion conceals the knit stitch of the course of tensile material from a viewing angle facing a first surface of the first intersecting portion.

“9. An upper, comprising: a first knit-in tensile area, comprising: a course of tensile material extending across a plurality of openings, each opening being at least partially bounded by a plurality of intersecting portions and a plurality of arterial portions; the course of tensile material being integrally knit with each intersecting portion of the plurality via one or more knit stitches and comprising a plurality of floats that each extend across one opening of the plurality of openings; and wherein each float has a float length.

“10. The upper of claim 9, wherein the course of tensile material has a medial-lateral orientation.

“11. The upper of claim 9, wherein the course of tensile material extends from a lateral edge region to a medial edge region.

“12. The upper of claim 9, wherein the course of the tensile material extends in a weft direction of the knit-in tensile area.

“13. The upper of claim 9, further comprising a second knit-in tensile area comprising a second plurality of openings and a second course of tensile material, wherein the second knit-in tensile area is located in a different region of the upper from the first knit-in tensile area.

“14. The upper of claim 13, wherein the first knit-in tensile area is located in a midfoot region and the second knit-in tensile area is located in a rearfoot region.

“15. The upper of claim 13, wherein the second course of tensile material has a different orientation than the course of tensile material.

“16. The upper of claim 13, wherein each of the plurality of openings has a first shape, wherein each of the second plurality of openings has a second shape.

“17. The upper of claim 13, wherein each of the plurality of openings has a first size, wherein each of the second plurality of openings has a second size.

“18. A knitting method, comprising: knitting a first course of a multi-bed knit structure on a first needle bed and a second needle bed; transferring a first plurality of stitches of the first course of the multi-bed knit structure to different needles to widen an opening; knitting a course of tensile material, including at least one stitch that interloops with the multi-bed knit structure and a float that spans the opening; knitting a second course of the multi-bed knit structure on the first and second needle beds; and transferring a second plurality of stitches of the second course of the multi-bed knit structure to different needles to narrow the opening.

“19. The knitting method of claim 18, wherein the float has a float length of at least three needles.

“20. The knitting method of claim 18, wherein the multi-bed knit structure has a tubular knit structure.”

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Aceves Tinajero, Juan L.; Small, Jessica. Knitted Tensile Structures. Filed January 18, 2019 and posted July 25, 2019. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220190223541%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20190223541&RS=DN/20190223541

(Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world.)

Copyright © 2019 NewsRx LLC, Sports Research Daily, source Health Newsletters

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