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U.S. Patent No. 8,371,043

U.S. Patent No. 8,371,043

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c12)
United States Patent
Rusnak
(54)
SHOES
(75) Inventor:
Joel Rusnak,
Newburyport, MA (US)(73) Assignee:
Polliwalks, Inc.,
Sudbury, MA (US)(
*)
Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term
of
thispatent
is
extended
or
adjusted under 35U.S.C. 154(b) by 908 days.This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.(21) Appl. No.:
12/184,417
(22) Filed:
Aug.1,
2008
(65)
Prior Publication Data
US 2009/0031587
Al
Feb.5,2009
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 61/075,778, filed
on
Jun.26, 2008, provisional application No. 60/953,246,filed on Aug.
1,
2007.(51)
Int. Cl.
A43B
23100
(2006.01)(52)
U.S. Cl.
..................................
36/11.5;
36/136; 36/4(58)
Field
of
Classification Search
....................
36/112,(56)36/136,
4,
11.5; 12/142
S,
142 RS; D2/897-899,D2/948-952See application file for complete search history.
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(10)
Patent No.:
US 8,371,043 B2
*Feb.12,2013
45)
Date
of
Patent:
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Primary
Examiner-
Marie Patterson(74)
Attorney, Agent,
or
Firm
-Antoinette
G.
Giugliano;AGG Intellectual Property Law(57)
ABSTRACT
The present invention relates to a molded shoe featuring a 3dimensional figure (e.g., an animal
or
character). The shoehas a sole having a bottom surface that comprises a series
of
projections and recesses that form a print for an animal
or
character, to thereby obtain an imprinting surface; and anupper, attached to the sole, having an outer surface that comprises a series
of
projections and recesses that form a threedimensional figure (e.g., an animal figure
or
a character figure). The sole and upper are substantially formed frommolded plastic; the projections and recesses
of
the animalimprinting surface allow one wearing the shoe to makeimprints
on
a soft surface, and the three dimensional figure onthe outer surface
of
the upper relates to the print
of
theimprinting surface. The methods
of
the present inventionfurther include making imprints with the bottom surface
of
the shoe.
15 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets
 
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examiner
 
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Patent
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