Nike Will Patent 'Back to the Future' Technology

By Libby Jones, Staff Writer

Get ready to jet Back To the Future... yet again!

It’s been twenty-one years since the second movie captured our hearts, and while most of the cool gadgets in the movie seem pretty insignificant to us now, there is one item in particular that has yet to be invented. Remember those self-lacing sneakers? So convenient!

If you don’t remember the shoes, here’s the scene from Back To the Future Part II that had everybody coveting these Nikes:



Nike has just submitted a patent application for the self-lacing shoes that would make life even more efficient in this age of technology. Here’s how the patent application describes them:

The automatic lacing system provides a set of straps that can be automatically opened and closed to switch between a loosened and tightened position.


Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait about 4 more years, if you’re in need of a pair of these Nike sneakers. The company has estimated that the shoes will hit the market in 2015, giving them enough time to develop the product and go through the entire patent application process  which could include checking on Infringement issues with any existing patents that have similar features. In the meantime, we can get back to watching our favorite 80’s movies, drooling over those self-lacing chucks, and dreaming of a future when no one will have to tie their shoes.


October 11, 2010

Category: IP Current Events


10/18/2010 20:36:24

Technically, those aren't laces and I think I've seen a different non-Nike brand elsewhere on the Internet. Can't wait to see them in 2015 though.

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