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United States Patent D450,437
Simpson ,   et al. November 20, 2001

Footwear midsole


The ornamental design for a footwear midsole, as shown and described.
Inventors: Simpson; Lantz (Los Angeles, CA), Crary; Nathan (Los Alamitos, CA), Reichelt; James K. (Granger Township, OH)
Assignee: LL International Shoe Company, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
Appl. No.: D/144,333
Filed: June 27, 2001

Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application NumberFiling DatePatent NumberIssue Date
135944Jan., 2001

Current U.S. Class: D2/967 ; D2/946; D2/977
Current International Class: 0204
Field of Search: D2/896,902,946,947,951,952,953,954,955,956,957,958,964,972,977 36/22R,25R,27-29,3R,32R,37,114,3R,3B,7.8

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Primary Examiner: Murphy; Celia
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.


The present application is related to commonly owned co-pending utility patent aplication Ser. No. 09/766,786 filed Jan. 22, 2001.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a footwear midsole showing our new design, the broken lines showing a shoe upper and outsole being shown as the environment in which the design resides, but form no part of the claim;

FIG. 2 is a left side elevational view thereof;

FIG. 3 is a right side elevational view thereof;

FIG. 4 is a rear elevational view thereof;

FIG. 5 is a top plan view thereof.

FIG. 6 is a bottom plan view thereof, the unclaimed outsole being removed for clarity of illustration; and,

FIG. 7 is a top plan view thereof; the unclaimed shoe upper also being removed for clarity of illustration.

The invention is characterized by a midsole heel portion featuring four shock absorbers, between an upper heel cup and a bottom plate, and a heel stiffener on the medial side of the heel. The broken line illustration is not part of the design sought to be patented.

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