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Racquet handle assembly including a plurality of support members (патент US № 8323130)

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патента US № 8323130

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Класс A63B49/08 ..с особыми конструкциями ручек 


Классы МПК:A63B49/08 ..с особыми конструкциями ручек 
Автор(ы):Levault, Gerald J. (Addison, IL, US)
Rocchi, Ronald R. (Naperville, IL, US)
Severa, William D. (Darien, IL, US)
Kapheim, Robert T. (Elmhurst, IL, US)
Патентообладатель(и):Wilson Sporting Goods Co. (Chicago, IL, US)
Приоритеты:
подача заявки
11.08.2011
публикация патента
04.12.2012

РЕФЕРАТ (Abstract)

A sports racquet including a handle assembly coupled to, and longitudinally extending from, a head portion. The handle assembly includes an elongate tubular shaft, a pallet positioned over the shaft, and a plurality of support members. The pallet defines a plurality of longitudinally extending planar regions and a plurality of longitudinally extending recesses. The recesses are respectively positioned between two of the plurality of planar regions. The support members are positioned within the respective recesses. Each of the support members has an outer surface that forms an elongated corner. The handle assembly has an outer surface that includes a plurality of longitudinally extending flats and a generally polygonal-shaped transverse cross-sectional area. Each of the plurality of planar regions forms at least part of a separate one of the plurality of flats.

ФОРМУЛА ИЗОБРЕТЕНИЯ (CLAIMS)

What is claimed is:

1. A sports racquet comprising: a head portion; and a handle assembly coupled to and longitudinally extending from the head portion, the handle assembly including an elongate tubular shaft, a pallet positioned over the shaft, the pallet defining a plurality of longitudinally extending planar regions and a plurality of longitudinally extending recesses, the recesses respectively positioned between two of the plurality of planar regions, and a plurality of support members positioned within the respective recesses, each of the support members having an outer surface that forms an elongated corner, the handle assembly having an outer surface that includes a plurality of longitudinally extending flats and a generally polygonal-shaped transverse cross-sectional area, each of the plurality of planar regions forming at least part of a separate one of the plurality of flats.

2. The racquet of claim 1, wherein the polygonal-shaped transverse cross-sectional area is selected from the group consisting of square, rectangular, hexagonal, octagonal, decagonal, and other polygonal multi-sided shapes.

3. The racquet of claim 1, wherein the plurality of support members is at least 4 support members.

4. The racquet of claim 1, wherein the plurality of support members is at least 6 support members.

5. The racquet of claim 1, wherein each of the support members includes first and second elongate planar outer surfaces, and wherein the first and second planar outer surfaces are angled with respect to each other.

6. The racquet of claim 5, wherein the first and second planar outer surface regions come together to form the elongate corner of the support member.

7. The racquet of claim 5, wherein each of the first and second planar outer surfaces has a width at least 2 mm.

8. The racquet of claim 5, wherein the support members positioned within the recesses substantially fill the recesses such that the first and second outer surfaces of the respective support member are generally coplanar with the respective flats.

9. The racquet of claim 5, wherein the support members positioned within the recesses partially fill the recesses such that at least a portion of the first and second outer surfaces of the support members remains recessed with respect to the planes defined by the respective flats.

10. The racquet of claim 1, wherein the support members positioned within the recesses substantially fill the recesses and at least a portion of the support member outwardly projects from the recess.

11. The racquet of claim 1, wherein the pallet is formed of at least a first material, wherein the pallet has a first hardness value on a Shore hardness scale, wherein the support members are formed of at least a second material, and wherein the second material has a second hardness on a Shore hardness scale.

12. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the second hardness value is greater than the first hardness value indicating that the second material is harder than the first material.

13. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the first hardness value is greater than the second hardness value indicating that the first material is harder than the second material.

14. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the first material and the second material are different materials.

15. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the first hardness value is within the range of 20 on the Shore A hardness scale to a 50 on the Shore D hardness scale.

16. The racquet of claim 15, wherein the first hardness value is within the range of 35 to 45 on the Shore A hardness scale.

17. The racquet of claim 15, wherein the first hardness value is within the range of 65 to 85 on the Shore A hardness scale.

18. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the second hardness value is within the range of 20 on a Shore A hardness scale to 100 on the Shore D hardness scale.

19. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the first material is selected from the group consisting of a polyurethane foam, other cellular foams, wood, a composite material, a metal, a rubber, neoprene, silicon, a thermoplastic material, a thermoset material and combinations thereof.

20. The racquet of claim 11, wherein the second material is selected from the group consisting of a fiber composite material, a polyurethane, a cellular foam material, wood, a composite material, a metal, a rubber, neoprene, silicon, a thermoplastic material, a thermoset material and combinations thereof.

21. The racquet of claim 1, further comprising a grip positioned over the pallet and the support members.

22. The racquet of claim 21, wherein the grip is formed of a material that is transparent, semi-transparent, translucent or semi-translucent.

23. The racquet of claim 1, wherein at least one of the support members includes graphical and/or alpha-numeric indicia.

24. The racquet of claim 1, wherein the plurality of support members are removably coupled to the pallet.

25. The racquet of claim 1, further comprising a butt cap positioned over a proximal end of the handle portion.

26. A handle assembly for a sports racquet having a head portion, the handle assembly comprising: an elongate tubular shaft, a pallet positioned over the shaft, the pallet defining a plurality of longitudinally extending planar regions and a plurality of longitudinally extending recesses, the recesses respectively positioned between two of the plurality of planar regions, and a plurality of support members positioned within the respective recesses, each of the support members having an outer surface that forms an elongated corner, the handle assembly having an outer surface that includes a plurality of longitudinally extending flats and a generally polygonal-shaped transverse cross-sectional area, wherein each of the plurality of planar regions forms at least part of a separate one of the plurality of flats, the handle assembly being coupled to and longitudinally extending from the head portion.


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