Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm David M. Weirich
  • Patent number: 8332982
    Abstract: A toothbrush has a head extending from a neck which extends from a handle, and the head has a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending therefrom. A first group of tooth cleaning elements is located towards a free end of the head, and a second group of tooth cleaning elements is located towards the outside of the head. A third group of tooth cleaning elements, which alternate with the second group of tufts, are oriented at an acute angle to a top surface of the head in a direction that is across the width of the head. A fourth group of tooth cleaning elements is located toward the inside of the head, and each is made of a thermoplastic elastomer and each is in the shape of a curved wall. A fifth group of tooth cleaning elements is located towards the inside of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Phillip M Braun, Joseph Syndosis, Ronald R Duff, Jr., Richard H. Cohen, Thomas Craig Masterman
  • Patent number: 8161792
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assessing the abrasiveness of a brush is provided. The method includes providing a destructible article, providing a brush, such as for example a toothbrush, brushing the destructible article with the toothbrush, examining the destructible article after brushing with the toothbrush and determining the abrasive quality of the toothbrush as a function of the appearance of the destructible article. The apparatus for determining the abrasiveness of a toothbrush includes a holder for retaining a toothbrush having a head and a neck, a support for holding a destructible article, a mechanism for moving the head of the toothbrush against the destructible article in a brushing fashion, and a biasing member for applying a selected brushing force between the head of the toothbrush and the destructible article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Carolin Schlueter, Joachim Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8052664
    Abstract: A packaged absorbent article having a body surface and a garment surface; and a wrapper sheet for wrapping the absorbent article so that at least a portion of the garment surface of the absorbent article can be seen through the wrapper sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Shimizu, Akane Matsuo, Sachiko Ninomiya, Tsunetoshi Miura
  • Patent number: 7838723
    Abstract: The invention relates to absorbent structures for use in absorbent articles. The structures include a first region for distribution of fluid and a second region for storage of fluid. The first region contains materials, with a relatively high capillary desorption pressure, while the second region contains materials exhibiting a sufficiently high capillary absorption pressure efficiently drain the first region. Exemplary materials have a CSDH 50 of more than 40 cm, and a second region containing a material which satisfies at least one of following requirements: (a) an absorption capacity of at least 15 g/g at 35 cm (b) an absorption capacity of at least 15 g/g at 0 cm and an absorption efficiency of at least 55% at 40 cm; and (c) a Capillary Sorption Absorption height at 50% of its capacity at 0 cm absorption height (CSAH 50) of at least 35 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mattias Schmidt, Gianfranco Palumbo
  • Patent number: 7731331
    Abstract: A device for printing a web moving in a direction (YB), wherein ink jets print on the web a printing width across its direction (YB) of advancement while traversing a printing station. The printing station includes one or more printer heads that produce ink jets over a footprint width which is narrower than the intended printing width over the web. One or more shaping elements bestow on the web traversing the printing station a V-shape so that the web is at least locally oriented oblique to the linear array of nozzles that project the ink. The ink from the printer head(s) is thus printed over the intended printing width of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Andreas Karrer, Luca Minutillo, Piero Sabbi, Osvaldo Mancini, Simon Holt
  • Patent number: D600797
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Naomi Ruth Nelson, Christopher Duane Heckman
  • Patent number: D601696
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Naomi Ruth Nelson, Christopher Duane Heckman
  • Patent number: D606652
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Lisa June Hood, Federica Denti, Christine Dodge, Signe Christina Larson
  • Patent number: D613856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Peter Charles Mason, Jr.
  • Patent number: D614293
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Naomi Ruth Nelson, Christopher Duane Heckman
  • Patent number: D614764
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Naomi Ruth Nelson, Christopher Duane Heckman
  • Patent number: D615647
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Peter Charles Mason, Jr.
  • Patent number: D616541
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Peter Charles Mason, Jr.
  • Patent number: D616982
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Peter Charles Mason, Jr.
  • Patent number: D630316
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Lisa June Hood, Naomi Ruth Nelson
  • Patent number: D663123
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventor: Tilmann Winkler
  • Patent number: D666005
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventor: Tilmann Winkler
  • Patent number: D673615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mindy Sue Barry, Sara Mundy Keating, Michael Cohen-Dumani, Jessica Lynn Berry
  • Patent number: D673616
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mindy Sue Barry, Sara Mundy Keating, Michael Cohen-Dumani, Jessica Lynn Berry
  • Patent number: D673776
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Kathi Ballmaier, Gerhard Schäfer, Sören Wasow, Tilmann Winkler