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The Nike, Inc. patent solves the following problem:
Conventional articles of footwear, including athletic shoes, usually include two basic elements, namely an upper member and a sole member or structure. The upper member provides a covering for the foot that securely receives and positions the foot with respect to the sole structure. Moreover, the upper member may have a configuration that protects the foot and provides ventilation, thereby cooling the foot and removing perspiration. The only structure in general and a lower part of the upper member and the general positions between the feet and the ground (as used here, the term land includes anything kind of foot or footwear contact surface, including, but not limited to dirt, grass, sand, bricks, flooring, carpeting, artificial turf, and others). In addition to attenuating ground forces that reaction, the only structure to provide traction and help control foot motion, such as pronation. Therefore, the upper and the sole structure operate working to provide a comfortable structure suited for a variety of ambulatory activities, such as walking and running.
Our analysis of this patent is as follows:
Nike, Inc.’s patent US 7536808 B2 deals with Breathable sole structures and products containing such sole structures.
Only structures for footwear built to provide better air exchange, ventilation and breathability. Only plates used in the sole structure may include a plurality of rib elements extending beyond the sole to define plural slat openings in the sole plate. By providing these slat openings adjacent hole in the midsole, excellent gas flow communication to / from for footwear become. Slat vented sole plates and the only structures that compose the sole plates may contain articles of footwear or other foot-receiving device, and effectual means of athletic footwear and other articles footwear venting and breathability.
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