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NIKE has been granted a patent for a cooling headgear that uses absorbent material to retain cold water. The headgear holds the cold water to the user’s head, providing a cooling effect. The headgear is constructed with panels made of different materials, including a liquid absorbent material layer and a moisture wicking interior material layer. The headgear also features ear panels with openings. GlobalData’s report on NIKE gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on NIKE, AI-assisted fitness tracking was a key innovation area identified from patents. NIKE's grant share as of September 2023 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Cooling headgear with absorbent material for user's head

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: NIKE Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11771160B2) describes a cooling assembly designed to provide comfort and cooling to the head area of a user. The assembly consists of one or more panels affixed together, with at least a portion of the panels constructed using a specific material composition. This material includes an exterior layer, an interior layer made of moisture-wicking material, and a liquid absorbent layer made of a cross-linked terpolymer. The cooling assembly also features left and right ear panels with multiple openings for ventilation.

Additionally, the patent describes the inclusion of a vent panel along the longitudinal mid-line of the cooling assembly, extending from the front to the back. This vent panel contains multiple apertures to enhance airflow and cooling. A neck panel is also mentioned, extending from the back of the cooling assembly.

The patent further explains that the exterior and interior material layers of the panels are bonded together at various locations using an ester polyurethane adhesive film. This bonding ensures the structural integrity of the cooling assembly.

The patent also introduces an eye opening structure that can be attached to the superior portion of the cooling assembly. This structure consists of a rigid member that forms the upper boundary of the eye opening. In some embodiments, the eye opening structure is composed of two separate elements. The eye opening structure extends down and connects to the left and right ear panels, terminating at the front of these panels.

In an alternative embodiment, the cooling assembly includes an eye opening structure that is removably attached to the superior portion of the assembly using magnets. This structure also features a rigid member defining the superior boundary of the eye opening.

Overall, this granted patent presents a cooling assembly with specific material composition, ventilation features, and optional eye opening structures. The assembly aims to provide cooling and comfort to the head area of a user, potentially finding applications in various industries such as sports, outdoor activities, and medical settings.

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