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, CO26

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Capra, James Steamboat Springs, US 12 105
Hammerslag, Gary R Steamboat Springs, US 29 2834

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4,870,761 Shoe construction and closure components thereof 54 1988
5,016,327 Footwear lacing system 45 1990
5,158,428 Shoelace securing system 63 1991
5,157,813 Shoelace tensioning device 83 1991
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5,335,401 Shoelace tightening and locking device 40 1993
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5,535,531 Shoelace rapid tightening apparatus 41 1994
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5,599,000 Article securing device 23 1995
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5,718,021 Shoelace tying device 48 1997
5,819,378 Buckle device with enhanced tension adjustment 43 1997
6,052,921 Shoe having lace tubes 120 1998
2002/0052,568 Joint braces and traction devices incorporating superelastic supports 41 2001
2002/0178,548 Closure 22 2002
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2003/0204,938 Footwear lacing system 64 2003
7,076,843 Shoestring tying apparatus 33 2003
2005/0098,673 Cord taking-up and releasing device 24 2004
7,402,147 Body limb movement limiter 23 2005
2005/0273,025 Braces having an assembly for exerting a manually adjustable force on a limb of a user 20 2005
2006/0053,658 Unique systems and methods for fastening footwear 8 2005
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7,331,126 Automated tightening shoe 33 2005
7,617,573 Shoelace fastening assembly 20 2007
2008/0060,167 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 49 2007
7,789,844 Body limb movement limiter 10 2008
2010/0251,524 String securing device 13 2009
2011/0191,992 STEPLESS FASTENING DEVICE 12 2010
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2011/0004,135 Orthotic brace 6 2010
2011/0098,618 Cable Knee Brace System 17 2011
 
ASTERISK.ASTERISK, LLC (8)
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6,793,641 Joint brace with rapid-release securement members 33 2002
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NITRO AG (1)
6,945,543 Snow-board binding 28 2000
 
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 144 1997
6,202,953 Footwear lacing system 116 1999
6,289,558 Footwear lacing system 171 1999
2002/0095,750 Footwear lacing system 97 2001
7,591,050 Footwear lacing system 70 2003
2006/0156,517 Reel based closure system 89 2005
2007/0169,378 Rough and fine adjustment closure system 50 2007
7,950,112 Reel based closure system 31 2007
7,954,204 Reel based closure system 36 2007
7,992,261 Reel based closure system 27 2007
2008/0060,168 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 45 2007
2008/0066,345 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 44 2007
2008/0066,346 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 45 2007
2008/0083,135 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 46 2007
2008/0066,272 Closure System For Braces, Protective Wear And Similar Articles 66 2007
2009/0184,189 CLOSURE SYSTEM 27 2009
2010/0139,057 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 22 2009
2010/0299,959 REEL BASED CLOSURE SYSTEM 27 2010
2011/0266,384 REEL BASED LACING SYSTEM 29 2011
 
ENVENTYS, LLC (2)
7,694,354 Adjustable protective apparel 18 2005
2011/0167,543 ADJUSTABLE PROTECTIVE APPAREL 19 2007
 
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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CABER ITALIA S.P.A. VIA S. (1)
4,619,057 Tightening and adjusting device particularly for ski boots 42 1985
 
TECNICA SPA (2)
7,908,769 Footwear with a lace fastening 19 2004
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Nicole Durr GmbH (1)
5,315,741 Snap fastener for securing shoe laces 63 1993
 
Warrior Sports, Inc. (1)
8,056,150 Helmet adjustment system 23 2008
 
PUMA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT RUDOLF DASSLER SPORT (20)
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5,177,882 Shoe with a central fastener 87 1991
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5,181,331 Shoe with flexible upper material provided with a closing device 76 1992
5,325,613 Shoe with a central closure 80 1993
5,319,868 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 53 1993
5,327,662 Shoe, especially an athletic, leisure or rehabilitation shoe having a central closure 65 1993
5,341,583 Sport or leisure shoe with a central closure 57 1993
5,355,596 Shoe with a central closure 48 1993
5,737,854 Shoe with a central closure 90 1993
5,381,609 Shoe with central closure 50 1993
5,425,185 Shoe with a side mounted central rotary closure 36 1994
5,606,778 Shoe closure 42 1995
5,502,902 Shoe with central rotary closure 58 1995
5,600,874 Central closure for shoes 42 1995
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5,669,116 Shoe closure 33 1995
5,651,198 Shoe, especially a sport shoe 34 1996
6,711,787 Turn-lock fastener, especially for shoes 28 2002
6,757,991 Shoe, especially a sports shoe 34 2003
 
SP DESIGN, LLC (2)
7,806,842 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 20 2007
8,128,587 Cable-based orthopedic bracing system 10 2010
 
STILLS, MELVIN L. LEWISVILLE, TX (1)
4,433,679 Knee and elbow brace 87 1982
 
Top Shelf Manufacturing, Inc. (1)
7,819,830 Knee brace with mechanical advantage closure system 15 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)
4,433,456 Closure device particularly for ski boots 88 1982
4,574,500 Foot retaining device particularly for ski boots 36 1983
4,616,524 Compact size actuating knob for adjusting and closure devices, particularly in ski boots 66 1985
4,620,378 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 51 1985
4,680,878 Ski boot 61 1986
4,719,710 Operating device for foot locking elements, particularly for ski boots 61 1986
4,741,115 Ski boot with an operating assembly for the closing and adjustment devices 62 1986
4,760,653 Device for closing the quarters of ski boots 43 1986
4,719,709 Rear entrance ski boot 58 1987
4,802,291 Ski boot incorporating a foot securing device 46 1987
4,787,124 Multiple-function actuation device particularly usable in ski boots 48 1987
4,826,098 Brake, particularly for the locking of tensioning elements provided in ski boots 27 1987
4,799,297 Closure and securing device, particularly for ski boots 56 1987
4,796,829 Winder safety device, particularly for ski boots 37 1987
4,884,760 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 51 1987
4,841,649 Locking and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 61 1988
4,870,723 Multiple-function operating device particularly for ski boots 31 1988
5,065,480 Fastening and adjusting device, particularly for ski boots 31 1990
5,001,817 Securing and adjustment device particularly for ski boots 37 1990
5,062,225 Ski boot closure device having a lever with a sliding tensioning arrangement 34 1990
 
Scott Orthotics, LLC (1)
6,976,972 Suspension walker 40 2003
 
NORTH SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD. (1)
6,708,376 Length adjustment mechanism for a strap 44 2002
 
EGOLF, HEINZ (2)
5,425,161 Rotary closure for a sports shoe 30 1993
6,256,798 Helmet with adjustable safety strap 68 1999
 
Goodwell International Ltd. (2)
2003/0177,662 Laced shoe 23 2003
7,134,224 Laced boot 34 2004
 
Weber Orthopedic Inc. (1)
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James; Laurence H. (1)
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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)
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5,213,094 Orthosis with joint distraction 76 1991
5,365,947 Adjustable orthosis 34 1992
5,456,268 Adjustable orthosis 86 1994
5,685,830 Adjustable orthosis having one-piece connector section for flexing 56 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 70 1987
 
K-2 CORPORATION (3)
6,775,928 Lacing system for skates 34 2002
6,877,256 Boot and liner with tightening mechanism 30 2003
6,993,859 Snowboard boot with liner harness 28 2003
 
TGZ ACQUISITION COMPANY, LLC (1)
5,891,061 Brace for applying a dynamic force to a jointed limb 53 1997
 
Weinmann GmbH & Co. KG (4)
4,480,395 Closure for shoes, especially ski boots 26 1982
4,551,932 Ski boot construction 49 1984
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5,042,177 Rotary closure for a sports shoe, especially a ski shoe 86 1990
 
LAFUMA SA (1)
2005/0081,403 Boot with at least two lacing zones 27 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 30 1997
6,102,412 Skate with a molded boot 42 1998
 
DASHAMERICA, INC. (2)
6,922,917 Shoe tightening system 77 2003
2005/0198,866 Shoe tightening system 39 2005
 
GSA, Inc. (1)
* 5,599,288 External ligament system 75 1994
 
FLOWMEDIC LIMITED (1)
8,105,252 Device for providing intermittent compression to a limb 14 2005
 
Nordt Development Co., LLC (6)
7,618,386 Two-component compression collar clamp for arm or leg 18 2005
7,704,219 Wrist support 13 2005
7,878,998 Wrist support 12 2007
7,887,500 Collar support 12 2007
7,922,680 Method of making wrist support for joint positioning 12 2007
7,993,296 Collar clamp apparatus 12 2007
 
DYNAFIT SKISCHUH GESELLSCHAFDT M.B.H. (1)
4,719,670 Ski boot 60 1986
 
Raichle Sportschuh AG (3)
4,937,953 Ski boot 63 1988
5,065,481 Clamping device for a ski boot 44 1990
5,249,377 Ski boot having tensioning means in the forefoot region 58 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 11 2010
2012/0010,547 WRIST BRACE 17 2010
2012/0004,587 BRACES USING LACING SYSTEMS 21 2011
 
OSSUR HF (19)
7,198,610 Knee brace and method for securing the same 80 2005
7,597,675 Knee brace and method for securing the same 78 2005
7,713,225 Knee brace and method for securing the same 36 2005
7,794,418 Knee brace and method for securing the same 32 2005
7,896,827 Knee brace and method for securing the same 33 2005
8,016,781 Knee brace and method for securing the same 30 2008
7,935,068 Orthopedic or prosthetic support device 34 2008
2009/0099,562 Orthotic device and method for securing the same 51 2008
2009/0124,948 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 19 2009
2009/0287,128 ORTHOPEDIC DEVICES UTILIZING ROTARY TENSIONING 39 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 15 2011
2011/0184,326 KNEE BRACE AND METHOD FOR SECURING THE SAME 17 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 39 1984
4,633,599 Ski boot 88 1985
4,660,300 Traction device for ski boot 70 1985
4,790,081 Manipulation lever for closing and latching of a rear-entry ski boot 32 1987
5,345,697 Boot tightened by a flexible link 62 1993
5,537,763 Boot with tightening system with memorization of tension 57 1995
6,128,836 Sport boot 14 1999
6,467,195 High boot with lace-tightening device 47 2000
 
SALOMON S.A.S. (5)
5,477,593 Lace locking device 85 1994
5,566,474 Sport boot having a fixed-lace closure system 91 1994
5,761,777 Guide device for boot lace 34 1995
5,956,823 Guide and blocking assembly for a boot 37 1997
6,802,439 Lace-up tightening device for an article of footwear, and an article of footwear equipped with such device 30 2001
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC CAPITAL CORPORATION (1)
6,477,793 Cycling shoe 45 2000
 
The Burton Corporation (7)
5,784,809 Snowboarding boot 36 1996
6,543,159 Snowboard boot and binding strap 29 1996
6,267,390 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 52 1999
* 6,416,074 Strap for a snowboard boot, binding or interface 67 1999
7,281,341 Lace system for footwear 50 2003
7,293,373 Lace system for footwear 28 2005
2009/0019,734 LACE SYSTEM FOR FOOTWEAR 6 2008
 
HOCKEY TECH, LLC (1)
6,119,318 Lacing aid 37 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 15 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. (11)
8,713,820 Guides for lacing systems 8 2011
* 2011/0225,843 GUIDES FOR LACING SYSTEMS 14 2011
8,516,662 Reel based lacing system 13 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 3 2013
D751281 Footwear tightening reels 0 2014
D758061 Lace tightening device 0 2014
9,125,455 Guides for lacing systems 1 2014
9,339,082 Reel based closure system 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner

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