Football and Patents
Football is probably the most popular sport in the United States. Not only that, the Super Bowl is probably the most anticipated American sports event. In this week’s blog post, we will be looking at some of the patents that relate to football. From helmets to balls, we’re going to cover it all (okay, not all of it but some of it).
One patent to cover the ball that is actually used in football is U.S. patent no. 2,182,053 (“‘053 patent”), which is titled play or game ball. One unique feature of the football is its shape. The shape of the ball gives it a different type of aerodynamics from other types of sports ball. The football’s unique shape is disclosed and described in the 053 patent. Moreover, the ball’s stitching is another aspect that is disclosed and described in the ‘053 patent.
To read more about the ‘053 patent, click here.
The Football Helmet
Another recognizable element of football is the football helmet. The football helmet has undergone several changes over the years. One of the predecessors to the modern football helmet is disclosed in U.S. patent no. 1,698,769 (“‘769 patent”). One of the embodiments disclosed in the ‘769 patent consists of a helmet made of leather. This allows protection for the head, but not so much for the face. However, this helmet may have served as the basis for many of the more modern helmets used today. So nonetheless, the helmet disclosed by the ‘769 patent can be considered extremely important for football.
To read more about the ‘769 patent, click here.
Another crucial element for the sport of football would be football pads. The pads provides protection and helps the user sustain less injury after high impact. An early version of football pads were disclosed in U.S. patent no. 1,094,865 (“‘865 patent”). The materials used to make an earlier version of football pads may have been slightly from what is used to make modern football pads. More specifically, the football pads disclosed in the ‘865 patent states that “foundation of the [football pads] is a close fitting sleeved jacket… [t]his is made of essentially non stretching material such as thick khaki or canvas.”
To read more about the ‘865 patent, click here.
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