Closure system for braces, protective wear and similar articles

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8277401
APP PUB NO 20080066272A1
SERIAL NO

11854522

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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 OwnerAddressTotal Patents
BOA TECHNOLOGY INC.STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO34

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Capra, James Steamboat Springs, US 13 211
Hammerslag, Gary R Steamboat Springs, US 30 3517

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
9241539 Shoelace tightening method and apparatus 0 2013
9681705 Failure compensating lace tension devices and methods 0 2014
 
ASTERISK.ASTERISK, LLC (2)
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FOOTMIND, INC. (1)
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ROLAND ITEN MECHANICAL LUXURY SA (1)
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WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION (1)
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BOA TECHNOLOGY INC. (19)
8713820 Guides for lacing systems 19 2011
* 2011/0225,843 GUIDES FOR LACING SYSTEMS 27 2011
8516662 Reel based lacing system 24 2011
9149089 Lace guide 0 2011
9179729 Tightening systems 0 2013
9375053 Tightening mechanisms and applications including the same 2 2013
8984719 Closure system 13 2013
9408437 Reel based lacing system 1 2013
9516923 Coupling members for closure devices and systems 0 2013
9439477 Lace fixation assembly and system 1 2014
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9532626 Methods and devices for retrofitting footwear to include a reel based closure system 0 2014
9629417 Tension limiting mechanisms for closure devices and methods therefor 0 2014
D751281 Footwear tightening reels 2 2014
D767269 Footwear tightening reel 0 2014
D758061 Lace tightening device 1 2014
9125455 Guides for lacing systems 8 2014
9339082 Reel based closure system 0 2014
D776421 In-footwear lace tightening reel 0 2015
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