NIKE had three patents in advanced materials during Q1 2024. NIKE Inc’s patents filed in Q1 2024 include innovative articles of footwear with features such as a piezoelectric generator for generating voltage signals and a rotatable conveyor element to draw the foot into the shoe. These technologies enable the footwear to monitor physical status and provide a comfortable and secure fit for the wearer. GlobalData’s report on NIKE gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

NIKE had no grants in advanced materials as a theme in Q1 2024.

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Application: Determining footwear replacement based on piezoelectric output (Patent ID: US20240065368A1)

The patent filed by NIKE Inc. describes an article of footwear that includes a structural material enabling it to be worn on the body, a wireless transmission circuit, a piezoelectric generator positioned to induce a voltage signal output, a voltage sensor, electronic data storage, and a comparator to identify changes in the voltage profile over time. The wireless transmission circuit transmits data indicating the physical status of the footwear based on these changes. The wearable article also includes an energy storage device, a kinetic energy generator, and an electronic data storage to store data, with the wireless transmission circuit transmitting stored data based on energy discharged from the energy storage device.

The wearable article of footwear incorporates a piezoelectric generator that can be positioned within the sole, generating energy output upon manipulation of the structural material. The energy storage device charges based on the energy generated, allowing the wireless transmission circuit to transmit data stored in the electronic data storage. The method outlined in the patent involves outputting energy with the kinetic energy generator, storing data, and transmitting the data using the wireless transmission circuit once the energy storage device reaches a minimum transmission energy level. The method also includes positioning the piezoelectric generator within the sole of the footwear and distributing multiple piezoelectric generators in discrete locations to generate energy output based on movement.

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