08448474 is referenced by 23 patents and cites 91 patents.

Articles of footwear may have an upper that includes a knit element and a tongue. The knit element defines a portion of an exterior surface and an opposite interior surface of the upper, with the interior surface defining a void for receiving a foot. The tongue is formed of unitary knit construction with the knit element and extends through a throat area of the upper. Methods of manufacturing a knitted component for an article of footwear may include knitting a tongue. The tongue is held on needles of a knitting machine. A first portion of a knit element is formed with the knitting machine while the tongue is held on the needles. The tongue is then joined to the first portion of the knit element. Additionally, a second portion of the knit element is formed with the knitting machine.

Title
Article of footwear incorporating a knitted component with a tongue
Application Number
13/400511
Publication Number
8448474 (B1)
Application Date
February 20, 2012
Publication Date
May 28, 2013
Inventor
Daniel A Podhajny
Beaverton
OR, US
Daren P Tatler
Hillsboro
OR, US
Agent
Plumsea Law Group
Assignee
NIKE
OR, US
IPC
D04B 7/04
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