US Patent No: 8,277,401

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Closure system for braces, protective wear and similar articles

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A closure system for braces, protective wear and similar articles is disclosed. The closure system includes a plurality of opposing lace guide members and a tightening mechanism. The closure system further includes a lace extending through the guide members and coupled to the tightening mechanism. In some embodiments, a quick release apparatus is included to facilitate opening of the closure system. The tightening mechanism in some embodiments includes a control for winding the lace into a housing to place tension on the lace thereby tightening the closure system.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
BOA TECHNOLOGY, INC.STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO14

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Capra, James Steamboat Springs, CO 3 31
Hammerslag, Gary R - 36 1811

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NORDICA S.P.A. (20)
4,433,456 Closure device particularly for ski boots 67 1982
4,574,500 Foot retaining device particularly for ski boots 20 1983
4,616,524 Compact size actuating knob for adjusting and closure devices, particularly in ski boots 49 1985
4,620,378 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 31 1985
4,680,878 Ski boot 39 1986
4,719,710 Operating device for foot locking elements, particularly for ski boots 42 1986
4,741,115 Ski boot with an operating assembly for the closing and adjustment devices 38 1986
4,760,653 Device for closing the quarters of ski boots 25 1986
4,719,709 Rear entrance ski boot 37 1987
4,802,291 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 29 1987
4,787,124 Multiple-function actuation device particularly usable in ski boots 32 1987
4,826,098 Brake, particularly for the locking of tensioning elements provided in ski boots 16 1987
4,799,297 Closure and securing device, particularly for ski boots 38 1987
4,796,829 Winder safety device, particularly for ski boots 25 1987
4,884,760 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 37 1987
4,841,649 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 45 1988
4,870,723 Multiple-function operating device particularly for ski boots 20 1988
5,065,480 Fastening and adjusting device, particularly for ski boots 20 1990
5,001,817 Securing and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 26 1990
5,062,225 Ski boot closure device having a lever with a sliding tensioning arrangement 21 1990
 
PUMA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT (20)
5,117,567 Shoe with flexible upper material provided with a closing device 65 1990
5,177,882 Shoe with a central fastener 61 1991
D333552 Shoe closure 18 1991
5,181,331 Shoe with flexible upper material provided with a closing device 52 1992
5,325,613 Shoe with a central closure 58 1993
5,319,868 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 40 1993
5,327,662 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 45 1993
5,341,583 Sport or leisure shoe with a central closure 39 1993
5,355,596 Shoe with a central closure 37 1993
5,737,854 Shoe with a central closure 58 1993
5,381,609 Shoe with central closure 32 1993
5,425,185 Shoe with a side mounted central rotary closure 21 1994
5,606,778 Shoe closure 28 1995
5,502,902 Shoe with central rotary closure 42 1995
5,600,874 Central closure for shoes 28 1995
5,638,588 Shoe closure mechanism with a rotating element and eccentric driving element 24 1995
5,669,116 Shoe closure 17 1995
5,651,198 Shoe, especially a sport shoe 23 1996
6,711,787 Turn-lock fastener, especially for shoes 12 2002
6,757,991 Shoe, especially a sports shoe 20 2003
 
BOA TECHNOLOGY, INC. (19)
5,934,599 Footwear lacing system 98 1997
6,202,953 Footwear lacing system 81 1999
6,289,558 Footwear lacing system 108 1999
2002/0095,750 Footwear lacing system 67 2001
7,591,050 Footwear lacing system 26 2003
2006/0156,517 Reel based closure system 56 2005
2007/0169,378 Rough and fine adjustment closure system 22 2007
2008/0060,168 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 24 2007
2008/0066,345 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 25 2007
2008/0066,346 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 24 2007
2008/0083,135 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 25 2007
7,950,112 Reel based closure system 5 2007
7,954,204 Reel based closure system 6 2007
7,992,261 Reel based closure system 6 2007
2008/0066,272 Closure System For Braces, Protective Wear And Similar Articles 29 2007
2009/0184,189 CLOSURE SYSTEM 11 2009
2010/0139,057 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 6 2009
2010/0299,959 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 11 2010
2011/0266,384 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 4 2011
 
OSSUR HF (19)
7,198,610 Knee brace and method for securing the same 31 2005
7,597,675 Knee brace and method for securing the same 39 2005
7,713,225 Knee brace and method for securing the same 12 2005
7,794,418 Knee brace and method for securing the same 11 2005
7,896,827 Knee brace and method for securing the same 13 2005
8,016,781 Knee brace and method for securing the same 10 2008
7,935,068 Orthopedic or prosthetic support device 13 2008
2009/0099,562 Orthotic device and method for securing the same 31 2008
2009/0124,948 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 4 2009
2009/0287,128 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES UTILIZING ROTARY TENSIONING 10 2009
2010/0081,979 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 3 2009
2010/0094,189 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE 3 2009
2010/0174,221 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 3 2010
2010/0217,169 SPACER ELEMENT FOR USE IN AN ORTHOPEDIC OR PROSTHETIC DEVICE 3 2010
2010/0331,750 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE 3 2010
2011/0178,448 ORTHOPEDIC OR PROSTHETIC SUPPORT DEVICE 5 2011
2011/0184,326 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 3 2011
2011/0218,471 SPACER ELEMENT FOR PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC DEVICES 3 2011
2011/0288,461 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE PROVIDING ACCESS TO WOUND SITE 3 2011
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (10)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 1 1998
 
ASTERISK.ASTERISK, LLC (8)
6,464,657 Anatomical joint brace field of the invention 12 2000
6,796,951 Anatomical joint brace with adjustable joint extension limiter 15 2001
6,689,080 Joint brace with limb-conforming arcuately adjustable cuffs 14 2002
6,793,641 Joint brace with rapid-release securement members 23 2002
6,962,571 Joint brace with multi-planar pivoting assembly and infinitely adjustable limb extension regulator 10 2002
7,182,740 One piece brace liner having multiple adjustment zones 4 2006
2007/0276,306 One piece brace liner having multiple adjustment zones 3 2006
7,947,005 One piece brace liner having multiple adjustment zones 3 2010
 
SALOMON S.A. (8)
4,555,830 Adjustment device for a ski boot 21 1984
4,633,599 Ski boot 65 1985
4,660,300 Traction device for ski boot 48 1985
4,790,081 Manipulation lever for closing and latching of a rear-entry ski boot 20 1987
5,345,697 Boot tightened by a flexible link 51 1993
5,537,763 Boot with tightening system with memorization of tension 41 1995
6,128,836 Sport boot 8 1999
6,467,195 High boot with lace-tightening device 31 2000
 
The Burton Corporation (7)
5,784,809 Snowboarding boot 25 1996
6,543,159 Snowboard boot and binding strap 17 1996
6,267,390 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 29 1999
6,416,074 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 36 1999
7,281,341 Lace system for footwear 24 2003
7,293,373 Lace system for footwear 16 2005
2009/0019,734 LACE SYSTEM FOR FOOTWEAR 3 2008
 
NORDT DEVELOPMENT CO., LLC (6)
7,618,386 Two-component compression collar clamp for arm or leg 8 2005
7,704,219 Wrist support 5 2005
7,878,998 Wrist support 4 2007
7,887,500 Collar support 4 2007
7,922,680 Method of making wrist support for joint positioning 4 2007
7,993,296 Collar clamp apparatus 4 2007
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (5)
7,314,458 Adjustable splint 4 2006
2011/0144,554 ANKLE SUPPORT WITH SPLINT AND METHOD OF USING SAME 3 2009
2012/0029,404 ANKLE BRACE 3 2010
2012/0010,547 WRIST BRACE 3 2010
2012/0004,587 BRACES USING LACING SYSTEMS 5 2011
 
BONUTTI RESEARCH, INC. (5)
5,167,612 Adjustable orthosis 29 1990
5,213,094 Orthosis with joint distraction 56 1991
5,365,947 Adjustable orthosis 20 1992
5,456,268 Adjustable orthosis 61 1994
5,685,830 Adjustable orthosis having one-piece connector section for flexing 33 1995
 
SALOMON S.A.S. (5)
5,477,593 Lace locking device 61 1994
5,566,474 Sport boot having a fixed-lace closure system 73 1994
5,761,777 Guide device for boot lace 23 1995
5,956,823 Guide and blocking assembly for a boot 26 1997
6,802,439 Lace-up tightening device for an article of footwear, and an article of footwear equipped with such device 19 2001
 
BENETTON SPORTSYSTEM USA, INC. (4)
6,070,886 Frame for an in-line skate 23 1997
6,070,887 Eccentric spacer for an in-line skate 32 1997
6,038,791 Buckling apparatus using elongated skate cuff 24 1997
6,102,412 Skate with a molded boot 27 1998
 
Weinmann GmbH & Co. KG (4)
4,480,395 Closure for shoes, especially ski boots 15 1982
4,551,932 Ski boot construction 35 1984
5,152,038 Rotary closure for a sports shoe 41 1990
5,042,177 Rotary closure for a sports shoe, especially a ski shoe 68 1990
 
K-2 CORPORATION (3)
6,775,928 Lacing system for skates 22 2002
6,877,256 Boot and liner with tightening mechanism 15 2003
6,993,859 Snowboard boot with liner harness 12 2003
 
Raichle Sportschuh AG (3)
4,937,953 Ski boot 48 1988
5,065,481 Clamping device for a ski boot 26 1990
5,249,377 Ski boot having tensioning means in the forefoot region 38 1993
 
BIO CYBERNETICS INTERNATIONAL (2)
5,346,461 Electromechanical back brace apparatus 16 1992
5,437,617 Electromechanical back brace apparatus 37 1994
 
CONGRESS FINANCIAL CORPORATION (CENTRAL) (2)
4,631,840 Closure means attachment for footwear 14 1985
5,640,785 Resilient loops and mating hooks for securing footwear to a foot 33 1994
 
DASHAMERICA, INC. D/B/A PEARL IZUMI USA, INC. (2)
6,922,917 Shoe tightening system 25 2003
2005/0198,866 Shoe tightening system 19 2005
 
EGOLF, HEINZ (2)
5,425,161 Rotary closure for a sports shoe 16 1993
6,256,798 Helmet with adjustable safety strap 48 1999
 
ENVENTYS, LLC (2)
7,694,354 Adjustable protective apparel 6 2005
2011/0167,543 ADJUSTABLE PROTECTIVE APPAREL 5 2007
 
GOODWELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (2)
2003/0177,662 Laced shoe 12 2003
7,134,224 Laced boot 14 2004
 
Lange International S.A. (2)
4,660,302 Ski boot 14 1986
4,961,544 Cable tensioner with a winding drum for a ski boot 45 1989
 
PUMA AG RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT, A CORP. OF FED. REP. OF GERMANY (2)
5,463,822 Shoe with a central rotary closure and self-aligning coupling elements 44 1994
5,511,325 Shoe with a heel-mounted central rotary closure 42 1994
 
SP DESIGN, LLC (2)
7,806,842 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 4 2007
8,128,587 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 4 2010
 
TECNICA SPA (2)
2006/0185,193 Footwear with a lace fastening 11 2004
7,908,769 Footwear with a lace fastening 6 2004
 
ATOMIC AUSTRIA GMBH (1)
5,718,065 Ski boot 11 1996
 
Bellacure, Inc. (1)
7,662,122 Orthotic or prosthetic devices with adjustable force dosimeter and sensor 5 2005
 
CABER ITALIA S.P.A. VIA S. (1)
4,619,057 Tightening and adjusting device particularly for ski boots 26 1985
 
Daiwa Seiko, Inc. (1)
4,811,503 Ski boot 42 1987
 
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
5,736,696 Combined automotive light switch 31 1996
 
Dolomite S.p.A. (1)
4,227,322 Sport footwear of injected plastics material 28 1978
 
DYNAFIT SKISCHUH GESELLSCHAFDT M.B.H. (1)
4,719,670 Ski boot 43 1986
 
E. A. Mion Ing. & Arch. Kairos S.N.C., Di M. Bonetti, G. Manente (1)
4,631,839 Closure device, particularly for rear opening ski boots 24 1985
 
FLOWMEDIC LIMITED (1)
8,105,252 Device for providing intermittent compression to a limb 5 2005
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORPORATION (1)
6,477,793 Cycling shoe 24 2000
 
GSA, Inc. (1)
5,599,288 External ligament system 43 1994
 
HOCKEY TECH, LLC (1)
6,119,318 Lacing aid 29 1999
 
IMA Integrated Microsystems Austria GmbH (1)
2011/0301,521 Support shell assembly for supporting and splinting legs 3 2010
 
James; Laurence H. (1)
5,647,104 Cable fastener 52 1995
 
K-SWISS INC. (1)
5,184,378 Lacing system for shoes 59 1991
 
Lace Technologies, INC (1)
6,148,489 Positive lace zone isolation lock system and method 24 1999
 
LAFUMA S.A. (1)
2005/0081,403 Boot with at least two lacing zones 15 2004
 
MENG HANN PLASTIC CO., LTD. (1)
7,584,528 Shoelace reel operated easily and conveniently 8 2007
 
MUELLER SPORTS MEDICINE, INC. (1)
2003/0171,706 Adjustable size ankle brace 4 2002
 
Nicole Durr GmbH (1)
5,315,741 Snap fastener for securing shoe laces 30 1993
 
NIKE BAUER HOCKEY INC. NOVA SCOTIA (1)
6,568,103 Speed lacing device 24 2001
 
NITRO AG (1)
6,945,543 Snow-board binding 17 2000
 
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD. (1)
6,708,376 Length adjustment mechanism for a strap 26 2002
 
P.W. MINOR AND SON, INC. (1)
4,463,761 Orthopedic shoe 18 1982
 
Q-MOTUS, INC. A CORP. OF COLORADO (1)
5,178,137 Segmented dynamic splint 18 1990
 
ROLLERBLADE, INC. (1)
5,596,820 Adjustable shell for sports shoes 16 1995
 
Scott Orthotic Labs, Inc. (1)
6,976,972 Suspension walker 19 2003
 
SKIS ROSSIGNOL S.A. (1)
5,732,483 Shoe for the practice of snowboarding 31 1996
 
STILLS, MELVIN L. LEWISVILLE, TX (1)
4,433,679 Knee and elbow brace 65 1982
 
TGZ ACQUISITION COMPANY, LLC (1)
5,891,061 Brace for applying a dynamic force to a jointed limb 35 1997
 
Therapeutic Enhancements, INC (1)
6,685,662 Weight bearing shoulder device 6 2002
 
Top Shelf Manufacturing, Inc. (1)
7,819,830 Knee brace with mechanical advantage closure system 6 2006
 
VANS, INC. (1)
7,082,701 Footwear variable tension lacing systems 11 2004
 
VEY SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
5,755,044 Shoe lacing system 43 1996
 
WARRIOR SPORTS, INC. (1)
8,056,150 Helmet adjustment system 10 2008
 
Weber Orthopedic Inc. (1)
7,442,177 Hand brace 5 2005
 
WEINMANN GMBH & CO. KG., A GERMAN CORP. (1)
4,748,726 Ski boot fastener 44 1987
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (43)
4,261,081 Shoe lace tightener 33 1979
4,267,622 Hose clip apparatus 11 1979
4,408,403 Sports shoe or boot 84 1981
4,654,985 Athletic boot 67 1984
4,722,477 Scented hunting strap 38 1986
4,780,969 Article of footwear with improved tension distribution closure system 20 1987
4,856,207 Shoe and gaiter 51 1988
4,870,761 Shoe construction and closure components thereof 36 1988
5,016,327 Footwear lacing system 32 1990
5,158,428 Shoelace securing system 50 1991
5,157,813 Shoelace tensioning device 54 1991
5,259,094 Shoe lacing apparatus 26 1993
5,357,654 Ratchet diving mask strap 40 1993
5,395,304 Active pivot joint device 31 1993
5,335,401 Shoelace tightening and locking device 25 1993
5,430,960 Lightweight athletic shoe with foot and ankle support systems 45 1993
5,433,648 Rotatable closure device for brassieres and hats 9 1994
5,535,531 Shoelace rapid tightening apparatus 29 1994
5,557,864 Footwear fastening system and method of using the same 19 1995
5,599,000 Article securing device 12 1995
5,619,747 Protective brace for figure skaters 15 1995
5,718,021 Shoelace tying device 30 1997
5,819,378 Buckle device with enhanced tension adjustment 20 1997
6,052,921 Shoe having lace tubes 62 1998
2002/0052,568 Joint braces and traction devices incorporating superelastic supports 28 2001
2002/0178,548 Closure 11 2002
6,942,632 Wrist support apparatus for bowling 5 2003
2003/0204,938 Footwear lacing system 47 2003
7,076,843 Shoestring tying apparatus 18 2003
2005/0098,673 Cord taking-up and releasing device 11 2004
7,402,147 Body limb movement limiter 10 2005
2005/0273,025 Braces having an assembly for exerting a manually adjustable force on a limb of a user 6 2005
2006/0053,658 Unique systems and methods for fastening footwear 6 2005
7,367,522 String fastening device 18 2005
7,331,126 Automated tightening shoe 14 2005
7,617,573 Shoelace fastening assembly 7 2007
2008/0060,167 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 23 2007
7,789,844 Body limb movement limiter 3 2008
2010/0251,524 String securing device 4 2009
2011/0191,992 STEPLESS FASTENING DEVICE 5 2010
2011/0306,911 ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE JOINT BRACE 3 2010
2011/0004,135 Orthotic brace 3 2010
2011/0098,618 Cable Knee Brace System 3 2011

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BOA TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
8,516,662 Reel based lacing system 0 2011

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