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)

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BOA TECHNOLOGY, INC.STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO32

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Capra, James Steamboat Springs, US 13 168
Hammerslag, Gary R Steamboat Springs, US 29 3197

Cited Art Landscape

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4,654,985 Athletic boot 99 1984
4,722,477 Scented hunting strap 59 1986
4,780,969 Article of footwear with improved tension distribution closure system 37 1987
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4,870,761 Shoe construction and closure components thereof 63 1988
5,016,327 Footwear lacing system 52 1990
5,158,428 Shoelace securing system 69 1991
5,157,813 Shoelace tensioning device 100 1991
5,259,094 Shoe lacing apparatus 43 1993
5,357,654 Ratchet diving mask strap 67 1993
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5,335,401 Shoelace tightening and locking device 46 1993
5,430,960 Lightweight athletic shoe with foot and ankle support systems 74 1993
5,433,648 Rotatable closure device for brassieres and hats 35 1994
5,535,531 Shoelace rapid tightening apparatus 50 1994
5,557,864 Footwear fastening system and method of using the same 39 1995
5,599,000 Article securing device 29 1995
5,619,747 Protective brace for figure skaters 17 1995
5,718,021 Shoelace tying device 54 1997
5,819,378 Buckle device with enhanced tension adjustment 57 1997
6,052,921 Shoe having lace tubes 147 1998
2002/0052,568 Joint braces and traction devices incorporating superelastic supports 44 2001
2002/0178,548 Closure 28 2002
6,942,632 Wrist support apparatus for bowling 9 2003
2003/0204,938 Footwear lacing system 76 2003
7,076,843 Shoestring tying apparatus 41 2003
2005/0098,673 Cord taking-up and releasing device 32 2004
7,402,147 Body limb movement limiter 27 2005
2005/0273,025 Braces having an assembly for exerting a manually adjustable force on a limb of a user 24 2005
2006/0053,658 Unique systems and methods for fastening footwear 8 2005
7,367,522 String fastening device 43 2005
7,331,126 Automated tightening shoe 42 2005
7,617,573 Shoelace fastening assembly 26 2007
2008/0060,167 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 63 2007
7,789,844 Body limb movement limiter 11 2008
2010/0251,524 String securing device 21 2009
2011/0191,992 STEPLESS FASTENING DEVICE 18 2010
2011/0306,911 ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE JOINT BRACE 8 2010
2011/0004,135 Orthotic brace 6 2010
2011/0098,618 Cable Knee Brace System 22 2011
 
ASTERISK.ASTERISK, LLC (8)
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6,793,641 Joint brace with rapid-release securement members 34 2002
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Nitro AG (1)
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Lange International S.A. (2)
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P.W. MINOR AND SON, INC. (1)
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Boa Technology, Inc. (19)
5,934,599 Footwear lacing system 158 1997
6,202,953 Footwear lacing system 131 1999
6,289,558 Footwear lacing system 190 1999
2002/0095,750 Footwear lacing system 111 2001
7,591,050 Footwear lacing system 87 2003
2006/0156,517 Reel based closure system 107 2005
2007/0169,378 Rough and fine adjustment closure system 62 2007
7,950,112 Reel based closure system 42 2007
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2008/0060,168 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 57 2007
2008/0066,345 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 56 2007
2008/0066,346 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 57 2007
2008/0083,135 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 58 2007
2008/0066,272 Closure System For Braces, Protective Wear And Similar Articles 83 2007
2009/0184,189 CLOSURE SYSTEM 36 2009
2010/0139,057 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 34 2009
2010/0299,959 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 37 2010
2011/0266,384 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 42 2011
 
ENVENTYS, LLC (2)
7,694,354 Adjustable protective apparel 24 2005
2011/0167,543 ADJUSTABLE PROTECTIVE APPAREL 25 2007
 
BIO CYBERNETICS INTERNATIONAL (2)
5,346,461 Electromechanical back brace apparatus 34 1992
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ROLLERBLADE, INC. (1)
5,596,820 Adjustable shell for sports shoes 35 1995
 
PUMA AG RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT, A CORP. OF FED. REP. OF GERMANY (2)
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CABER ITALIA S.P.A. VIA S. (1)
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TECNICA SPA (2)
7,908,769 Footwear with a lace fastening 26 2004
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Nicole Durr GmbH (1)
5,315,741 Snap fastener for securing shoe laces 76 1993
 
WARRIOR SPORTS, INC. (1)
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PUMA AG RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT (20)
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5,177,882 Shoe with a central fastener 97 1991
D333552 Shoe closure 35 1991
5,181,331 Shoe with flexible upper material provided with a closing device 90 1992
5,325,613 Shoe with a central closure 91 1993
5,319,868 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 59 1993
5,327,662 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 74 1993
5,341,583 Sport or leisure shoe with a central closure 65 1993
5,355,596 Shoe with a central closure 54 1993
5,737,854 Shoe with a central closure 101 1993
5,381,609 Shoe with central closure 60 1993
5,425,185 Shoe with a side mounted central rotary closure 43 1994
5,606,778 Shoe closure 48 1995
5,502,902 Shoe with central rotary closure 67 1995
5,600,874 Central closure for shoes 48 1995
5,638,588 Shoe closure mechanism with a rotating element and eccentric driving element 58 1995
5,669,116 Shoe closure 43 1995
5,651,198 Shoe, especially a sport shoe 40 1996
6,711,787 Turn-lock fastener, especially for shoes 37 2002
6,757,991 Shoe, especially a sports shoe 40 2003
 
SP Design, LLC (2)
7,806,842 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 25 2007
8,128,587 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 11 2010
 
STILLS, MELVIN L. LEWISVILLE, TX (1)
4,433,679 Knee and elbow brace 89 1982
 
Top Shelf Manufacturing, Inc. (1)
7,819,830 Knee brace with mechanical advantage closure system 17 2006
 
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (10)
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
2003/0137,680 IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM 5 1998
 
Nordica S.p.A. (20)
4,433,456 Closure device particularly for ski boots 98 1982
4,574,500 Foot retaining device particularly for ski boots 45 1983
4,616,524 Compact size actuating knob for adjusting and closure devices, particularly in ski boots 75 1985
4,620,378 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 62 1985
4,680,878 Ski boot 75 1986
4,719,710 Operating device for foot locking elements, particularly for ski boots 72 1986
4,741,115 Ski boot with an operating assembly for the closing and adjustment devices 74 1986
4,760,653 Device for closing the quarters of ski boots 54 1986
4,719,709 Rear entrance ski boot 67 1987
4,802,291 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 56 1987
4,787,124 Multiple-function actuation device particularly usable in ski boots 55 1987
4,826,098 Brake, particularly for the locking of tensioning elements provided in ski boots 33 1987
4,799,297 Closure and securing device, particularly for ski boots 65 1987
4,796,829 Winder safety device, particularly for ski boots 43 1987
4,884,760 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 57 1987
4,841,649 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 68 1988
4,870,723 Multiple-function operating device particularly for ski boots 37 1988
5,065,480 Fastening and adjusting device, particularly for ski boots 37 1990
5,001,817 Securing and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 43 1990
5,062,225 Ski boot closure device having a lever with a sliding tensioning arrangement 40 1990
 
Scott Orthotics, LLC (1)
6,976,972 Suspension walker 53 2003
 
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD. (1)
6,708,376 Length adjustment mechanism for a strap 50 2002
 
EGOLF, HEINZ (2)
5,425,161 Rotary closure for a sports shoe 36 1993
6,256,798 Helmet with adjustable safety strap 77 1999
 
GOODWELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (2)
2003/0177,662 Laced shoe 29 2003
7,134,224 Laced boot 45 2004
 
Weber Orthopedic Inc. (1)
7,442,177 Hand brace 8 2005
 
James; Laurence H. (1)
5,647,104 Cable fastener 81 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 8 2002
 
BONUTTI RESEARCH, INC. (5)
5,167,612 Adjustable orthosis 43 1990
5,213,094 Orthosis with joint distraction 81 1991
5,365,947 Adjustable orthosis 40 1992
5,456,268 Adjustable orthosis 90 1994
5,685,830 Adjustable orthosis having one-piece connector section for flexing 66 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 81 1987
 
K-2 CORPORATION (3)
6,775,928 Lacing system for skates 40 2002
6,877,256 Boot and liner with tightening mechanism 36 2003
6,993,859 Snowboard boot with liner harness 34 2003
 
TGZ ACQUISITION COMPANY, LLC (1)
5,891,061 Brace for applying a dynamic force to a jointed limb 61 1997
 
Weinmann GmbH & Co. KG (4)
4,480,395 Closure for shoes, especially ski boots 32 1982
4,551,932 Ski boot construction 55 1984
5,152,038 Rotary closure for a sports shoe 72 1990
5,042,177 Rotary closure for a sports shoe, especially a ski shoe 93 1990
 
LAFUMA SA (1)
2005/0081,403 Boot with at least two lacing zones 34 2004
 
Q-MOTUS, INC., A CO CORP. (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 34 1997
6,102,412 Skate with a molded boot 49 1998
 
DASHAMERICA, INC. (2)
6,922,917 Shoe tightening system 101 2003
2005/0198,866 Shoe tightening system 45 2005
 
GSA, Inc. (1)
* 5,599,288 External ligament system 90 1994
 
FLOWMEDIC LIMITED (1)
8,105,252 Device for providing intermittent compression to a limb 16 2005
 
Nordt Development Co., LLC (6)
7,618,386 Two-component compression collar clamp for arm or leg 21 2005
7,704,219 Wrist support 16 2005
7,878,998 Wrist support 15 2007
7,887,500 Collar support 15 2007
7,922,680 Method of making wrist support for joint positioning 15 2007
7,993,296 Collar clamp apparatus 15 2007
 
DYNAFIT SKISCHUH GESELLSCHAFDT M.B.H. (1)
4,719,670 Ski boot 69 1986
 
Raichle Sportschuh AG (3)
4,937,953 Ski boot 71 1988
5,065,481 Clamping device for a ski boot 55 1990
5,249,377 Ski boot having tensioning means in the forefoot region 69 1993
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (5)
7,314,458 Adjustable splint 7 2006
2011/0144,554 ANKLE SUPPORT WITH SPLINT AND METHOD OF USING SAME 8 2009
2012/0029,404 ANKLE BRACE 15 2010
2012/0010,547 WRIST BRACE 22 2010
2012/0004,587 BRACES USING LACING SYSTEMS 32 2011
 
OSSUR HF (19)
7,198,610 Knee brace and method for securing the same 93 2005
7,597,675 Knee brace and method for securing the same 87 2005
7,713,225 Knee brace and method for securing the same 38 2005
7,794,418 Knee brace and method for securing the same 34 2005
7,896,827 Knee brace and method for securing the same 35 2005
8,016,781 Knee brace and method for securing the same 31 2008
7,935,068 Orthopedic or prosthetic support device 35 2008
2009/0099,562 Orthotic device and method for securing the same 54 2008
2009/0124,948 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 23 2009
2009/0287,128 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES UTILIZING ROTARY TENSIONING 48 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 8 2010
2011/0178,448 ORTHOPEDIC OR PROSTHETIC SUPPORT DEVICE 18 2011
2011/0184,326 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 20 2011
2011/0218,471 SPACER ELEMENT FOR PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC DEVICES 6 2011
2011/0288,461 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICE PROVIDING ACCESS TO WOUND SITE 7 2011
 
SALOMON S.A. (8)
4,555,830 Adjustment device for a ski boot 48 1984
4,633,599 Ski boot 101 1985
4,660,300 Traction device for ski boot 81 1985
4,790,081 Manipulation lever for closing and latching of a rear-entry ski boot 38 1987
5,345,697 Boot tightened by a flexible link 69 1993
5,537,763 Boot with tightening system with memorization of tension 68 1995
6,128,836 Sport boot 18 1999
6,467,195 High boot with lace-tightening device 53 2000
 
SALOMON S.A.S. (5)
5,477,593 Lace locking device 96 1994
5,566,474 Sport boot having a fixed-lace closure system 98 1994
5,761,777 Guide device for boot lace 40 1995
5,956,823 Guide and blocking assembly for a boot 43 1997
6,802,439 Lace-up tightening device for an article of footwear, and an article of footwear equipped with such device 36 2001
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORPORATION (1)
6,477,793 Cycling shoe 52 2000
 
The Burton Corporation (7)
5,784,809 Snowboarding boot 42 1996
6,543,159 Snowboard boot and binding strap 36 1996
6,267,390 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 61 1999
* 6,416,074 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 79 1999
7,281,341 Lace system for footwear 66 2003
7,293,373 Lace system for footwear 34 2005
2009/0019,734 LACE SYSTEM FOR FOOTWEAR 10 2008
 
HOCKEY TECH, LLC (1)
6,119,318 Lacing aid 41 1999
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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 22 2010
 
EXOS LLC (3)
8,951,217 Composite material for custom fitted products 0 2011
9,408,738 Orthopedic brace for animals 0 2013
9,295,748 Foam core sandwich splint 0 2013
 
FOOTMIND, INC. (1)
* 2014/0276,318 ORTHOTIC DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADDRESSING FOOT DROP 2 2013
 
ROLAND ITEN MECHANICAL LUXURY SA (1)
* 2015/0223,570 CALIBRATION SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING STRAPS, SUCH AS WATCH STRAPS OR SUCH AS BELTS WITH LOCKING MECHANISM 0 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. (17)
8,713,820 Guides for lacing systems 14 2011
* 2011/0225,843 GUIDES FOR LACING SYSTEMS 21 2011
8,516,662 Reel based lacing system 18 2011
9,149,089 Lace guide 0 2011
9,179,729 Tightening systems 0 2013
9,375,053 Tightening mechanisms and applications including the same 0 2013
8,984,719 Closure system 10 2013
9,408,437 Reel based lacing system 0 2013
9,516,923 Coupling members for closure devices and systems 0 2013
9,439,477 Lace fixation assembly and system 0 2014
9,532,626 Methods and devices for retrofitting footwear to include a reel based closure system 0 2014
D751281 Footwear tightening reels 0 2014
D767269 Footwear tightening reel 0 2014
D758061 Lace tightening device 0 2014
9,125,455 Guides for lacing systems 5 2014
9,339,082 Reel based closure system 0 2014
D776421 In-footwear lace tightening reel 0 2015
* Cited By Examiner

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