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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BOA TECHNOLOGY INC.STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO24

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Capra, James Steamboat Springs, US 11 87
Hammerslag, Gary R Steamboat Springs, US 29 2702

Cited Art Landscape

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4,870,761 Shoe construction and closure components thereof 50 1988
5,016,327 Footwear lacing system 43 1990
5,158,428 Shoelace securing system 61 1991
5,157,813 Shoelace tensioning device 75 1991
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5,335,401 Shoelace tightening and locking device 38 1993
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5,433,648 Rotatable closure device for brassieres and hats 21 1994
5,535,531 Shoelace rapid tightening apparatus 38 1994
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5,599,000 Article securing device 21 1995
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5,718,021 Shoelace tying device 46 1997
5,819,378 Buckle device with enhanced tension adjustment 39 1997
6,052,921 Shoe having lace tubes 112 1998
2002/0052,568 Joint braces and traction devices incorporating superelastic supports 40 2001
2002/0178,548 Closure 20 2002
6,942,632 Wrist support apparatus for bowling 9 2003
2003/0204,938 Footwear lacing system 62 2003
7,076,843 Shoestring tying apparatus 30 2003
2005/0098,673 Cord taking-up and releasing device 21 2004
7,402,147 Body limb movement limiter 21 2005
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2006/0053,658 Unique systems and methods for fastening footwear 8 2005
7,367,522 String fastening device 32 2005
7,331,126 Automated tightening shoe 29 2005
7,617,573 Shoelace fastening assembly 17 2007
2008/0060,167 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 46 2007
7,789,844 Body limb movement limiter 10 2008
2010/0251,524 String securing device 10 2009
2011/0191,992 STEPLESS FASTENING DEVICE 10 2010
2011/0306,911 ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE JOINT BRACE 8 2010
2011/0004,135 Orthotic brace 5 2010
2011/0098,618 Cable Knee Brace System 13 2011
 
Asterisk.Asterisk, LLC (8)
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6,796,951 Anatomical joint brace with adjustable joint extension limiter 20 2001
6,689,080 Joint brace with limb-conforming arcuately adjustable cuffs 26 2002
6,793,641 Joint brace with rapid-release securement members 33 2002
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NITRO AG (1)
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Lange International S.A. (2)
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BOA TECHNOLOGY INC. (19)
5,934,599 Footwear lacing system 138 1997
6,202,953 Footwear lacing system 111 1999
6,289,558 Footwear lacing system 161 1999
2002/0095,750 Footwear lacing system 92 2001
7,591,050 Footwear lacing system 61 2003
2006/0156,517 Reel based closure system 84 2005
2007/0169,378 Rough and fine adjustment closure system 47 2007
7,950,112 Reel based closure system 25 2007
7,954,204 Reel based closure system 29 2007
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2008/0060,168 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 43 2007
2008/0066,345 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 42 2007
2008/0066,346 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 42 2007
2008/0083,135 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 43 2007
2008/0066,272 Closure System For Braces, Protective Wear And Similar Articles 60 2007
2009/0184,189 CLOSURE SYSTEM 24 2009
2010/0139,057 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 17 2009
2010/0299,959 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 22 2010
2011/0266,384 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 22 2011
 
Enventys, LLC (2)
7,694,354 Adjustable protective apparel 16 2005
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BIO CYBERNETICS INTERNATIONAL (2)
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Rollerblade, Inc. (1)
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PUMA AG RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT, A CORP. OF FED. REP. OF GERMANY (2)
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TECNICA SPA (2)
7,908,769 Footwear with a lace fastening 17 2004
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Nicole Durr GmbH (1)
5,315,741 Snap fastener for securing shoe laces 60 1993
 
Warrior Sports, Inc. (1)
8,056,150 Helmet adjustment system 21 2008
 
PUMA AG RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT (20)
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5,177,882 Shoe with a central fastener 82 1991
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5,181,331 Shoe with flexible upper material provided with a closing device 69 1992
5,325,613 Shoe with a central closure 78 1993
5,319,868 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 51 1993
5,327,662 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 61 1993
5,341,583 Sport or leisure shoe with a central closure 54 1993
5,355,596 Shoe with a central closure 46 1993
5,737,854 Shoe with a central closure 81 1993
5,381,609 Shoe with central closure 46 1993
5,425,185 Shoe with a side mounted central rotary closure 32 1994
5,606,778 Shoe closure 39 1995
5,502,902 Shoe with central rotary closure 54 1995
5,600,874 Central closure for shoes 39 1995
5,638,588 Shoe closure mechanism with a rotating element and eccentric driving element 39 1995
5,669,116 Shoe closure 29 1995
5,651,198 Shoe, especially a sport shoe 32 1996
6,711,787 Turn-lock fastener, especially for shoes 24 2002
6,757,991 Shoe, especially a sports shoe 31 2003
 
SP DESIGN, LLC (2)
7,806,842 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 17 2007
8,128,587 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 9 2010
 
STILLS, MELVIN L. LEWISVILLE, TX (1)
4,433,679 Knee and elbow brace 83 1982
 
Top Shelf Manufacturing, Inc. (1)
7,819,830 Knee brace with mechanical advantage closure system 14 2006
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (10)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 4 1998
 
Nordica S.p.A. (20)
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4,574,500 Foot retaining device particularly for ski boots 32 1983
4,616,524 Compact size actuating knob for adjusting and closure devices, particularly in ski boots 62 1985
4,620,378 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 49 1985
4,680,878 Ski boot 56 1986
4,719,710 Operating device for foot locking elements, particularly for ski boots 58 1986
4,741,115 Ski boot with an operating assembly for the closing and adjustment devices 58 1986
4,760,653 Device for closing the quarters of ski boots 41 1986
4,719,709 Rear entrance ski boot 53 1987
4,802,291 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 42 1987
4,787,124 Multiple-function actuation device particularly usable in ski boots 45 1987
4,826,098 Brake, particularly for the locking of tensioning elements provided in ski boots 25 1987
4,799,297 Closure and securing device, particularly for ski boots 52 1987
4,796,829 Winder safety device, particularly for ski boots 35 1987
4,884,760 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 48 1987
4,841,649 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 57 1988
4,870,723 Multiple-function operating device particularly for ski boots 29 1988
5,065,480 Fastening and adjusting device, particularly for ski boots 29 1990
5,001,817 Securing and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 35 1990
5,062,225 Ski boot closure device having a lever with a sliding tensioning arrangement 32 1990
 
Scott Orthotics, LLC (1)
6,976,972 Suspension walker 37 2003
 
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD. (1)
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EGOLF, HEINZ (2)
5,425,161 Rotary closure for a sports shoe 27 1993
6,256,798 Helmet with adjustable safety strap 65 1999
 
GOODWELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (2)
2003/0177,662 Laced shoe 21 2003
7,134,224 Laced boot 30 2004
 
Weber Orthopedic Inc. (1)
7,442,177 Hand brace 7 2005
 
James; Laurence H. (1)
5,647,104 Cable fastener 68 1995
 
DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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Therapeutic Enhancements, INC (1)
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Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc. (1)
2003/0171,706 Adjustable size ankle brace 7 2002
 
BONUTTI RESEARCH, INC. (5)
5,167,612 Adjustable orthosis 38 1990
5,213,094 Orthosis with joint distraction 74 1991
5,365,947 Adjustable orthosis 32 1992
5,456,268 Adjustable orthosis 85 1994
5,685,830 Adjustable orthosis having one-piece connector section for flexing 52 1995
 
ATOMIC AUSTRIA GMBH (1)
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Vans, Inc. (1)
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Lace Technologies, INC (1)
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K-SWISS INC. (1)
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DAIWA SEIKO, INC. (1)
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Skis Rossignol S.A. (1)
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WEINMANN GMBH & CO. KG., A GERMAN CORP. (1)
4,748,726 Ski boot fastener 67 1987
 
K-2 Corporation (3)
6,775,928 Lacing system for skates 32 2002
6,877,256 Boot and liner with tightening mechanism 28 2003
6,993,859 Snowboard boot with liner harness 26 2003
 
TGZ ACQUISITION COMPANY, LLC (1)
5,891,061 Brace for applying a dynamic force to a jointed limb 47 1997
 
Weinmann GmbH & Co. KG (4)
4,480,395 Closure for shoes, especially ski boots 24 1982
4,551,932 Ski boot construction 47 1984
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5,042,177 Rotary closure for a sports shoe, especially a ski shoe 83 1990
 
LAFUMA SA (1)
2005/0081,403 Boot with at least two lacing zones 25 2004
 
Q-MOTUS, INC. A CORP. OF COLORADO (1)
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VEY SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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BENETTON SPORTSYSTEM USA, INC. (4)
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6,038,791 Buckling apparatus using elongated skate cuff 29 1997
6,102,412 Skate with a molded boot 39 1998
 
DashAmerica, Inc. (2)
6,922,917 Shoe tightening system 71 2003
2005/0198,866 Shoe tightening system 37 2005
 
GSA, Inc. (1)
* 5,599,288 External ligament system 67 1994
 
FLOWMEDIC LIMITED (1)
8,105,252 Device for providing intermittent compression to a limb 13 2005
 
Nordt Development Co., LLC (6)
7,618,386 Two-component compression collar clamp for arm or leg 16 2005
7,704,219 Wrist support 11 2005
7,878,998 Wrist support 10 2007
7,887,500 Collar support 10 2007
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7,993,296 Collar clamp apparatus 10 2007
 
DYNAFIT SKISCHUH GESELLSCHAFDT M.B.H. (1)
4,719,670 Ski boot 56 1986
 
Raichle Sportschuh AG (3)
4,937,953 Ski boot 60 1988
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3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (5)
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2011/0144,554 ANKLE SUPPORT WITH SPLINT AND METHOD OF USING SAME 8 2009
2012/0029,404 ANKLE BRACE 9 2010
2012/0010,547 WRIST BRACE 11 2010
2012/0004,587 BRACES USING LACING SYSTEMS 16 2011
 
OSSUR HF (19)
7,198,610 Knee brace and method for securing the same 73 2005
7,597,675 Knee brace and method for securing the same 72 2005
7,713,225 Knee brace and method for securing the same 34 2005
7,794,418 Knee brace and method for securing the same 31 2005
7,896,827 Knee brace and method for securing the same 32 2005
8,016,781 Knee brace and method for securing the same 29 2008
7,935,068 Orthopedic or prosthetic support device 32 2008
2009/0099,562 Orthotic device and method for securing the same 45 2008
2009/0124,948 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 16 2009
2009/0287,128 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES UTILIZING ROTARY TENSIONING 35 2009
2010/0081,979 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 9 2009
2010/0094,189 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE 6 2009
2010/0174,221 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 9 2010
2010/0217,169 SPACER ELEMENT FOR USE IN AN ORTHOPEDIC OR PROSTHETIC DEVICE 6 2010
2010/0331,750 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE 7 2010
2011/0178,448 ORTHOPEDIC OR PROSTHETIC SUPPORT DEVICE 13 2011
2011/0184,326 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 15 2011
2011/0218,471 SPACER ELEMENT FOR PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC DEVICES 6 2011
2011/0288,461 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE PROVIDING ACCESS TO WOUND SITE 6 2011
 
Salomon S.A. (8)
4,555,830 Adjustment device for a ski boot 34 1984
4,633,599 Ski boot 84 1985
4,660,300 Traction device for ski boot 67 1985
4,790,081 Manipulation lever for closing and latching of a rear-entry ski boot 29 1987
5,345,697 Boot tightened by a flexible link 60 1993
5,537,763 Boot with tightening system with memorization of tension 55 1995
6,128,836 Sport boot 13 1999
6,467,195 High boot with lace-tightening device 45 2000
 
SALOMON S.A.S. (5)
5,477,593 Lace locking device 83 1994
5,566,474 Sport boot having a fixed-lace closure system 89 1994
5,761,777 Guide device for boot lace 32 1995
5,956,823 Guide and blocking assembly for a boot 35 1997
6,802,439 Lace-up tightening device for an article of footwear, and an article of footwear equipped with such device 28 2001
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORPORATION, AS AGENT (1)
6,477,793 Cycling shoe 43 2000
 
The Burton Corporation (7)
5,784,809 Snowboarding boot 34 1996
6,543,159 Snowboard boot and binding strap 26 1996
6,267,390 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 48 1999
* 6,416,074 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 60 1999
7,281,341 Lace system for footwear 46 2003
7,293,373 Lace system for footwear 26 2005
2009/0019,734 LACE SYSTEM FOR FOOTWEAR 5 2008
 
HOCKEY TECH, LLC (1)
6,119,318 Lacing aid 36 1999
* Cited By Examiner

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
9,241,539 Shoelace tightening method and apparatus 0 2013
9,153,215 Mouthpiece ligature for woodwind instruments 0 2014
 
Asterisk.Asterisk, LLC (2)
* 8,882,689 Knee brace 0 2010
* 2012/0157,902 KNEE BRACE 12 2010
 
EXOS LLC (2)
8,951,217 Composite material for custom fitted products 0 2011
9,295,748 Foam core sandwich splint 0 2013
 
FOOTMIND, INC. (1)
* 2014/0276,318 ORTHOTIC DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADDRESSING FOOT DROP 1 2013
 
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force (1)
9,144,168 Appendage-mounted display apparatus 0 2013
 
WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
9,248,040 Motorized tensioning system for medical braces and devices 0 2013
 
BOA TECHNOLOGY INC. (9)
8,713,820 Guides for lacing systems 5 2011
* 2011/0225,843 GUIDES FOR LACING SYSTEMS 10 2011
8,516,662 Reel based lacing system 11 2011
9,149,089 Lace guide 0 2011
9,179,729 Tightening systems 0 2013
8,984,719 Closure system 1 2013
D751281 Footwear tightening reels 0 2014
9,125,455 Guides for lacing systems 0 2014
9,339,082 Reel based closure system 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner

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