Patents Represented by Attorney Peter Giancana
  • Patent number: 8336738
    Abstract: A handheld, reusable product dispenser that heats a portion of flowable product as it is being dispensed from a reservoir. The reusable heating dispenser that is able to heat at least 50 ?L of a flowable product, from an ambient temperature to a product application temperature, immediately prior to dispensing. By heating the product, some characteristic of the product may be enhanced or improved. The reservoir is removable from the reusable housing. Preferably, the heating circuit is battery powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve F. Bouix, Christophe Jacob
  • Patent number: 8327858
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved vibrating mascara applicator. The head is caused to vibrate in a controlled manner through electromechanical urging. The source of the vibration is substantially close to the applicator head. The improved vibrating applicator improves applicator performance, mascara performance, consumer experience and energy efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Charles P. Neuner, George H. Kress
  • Patent number: 8317423
    Abstract: Compositions for use with a mascara applicator with vibrating applicator head. The frequency, amplitude and geometry of the vibrating head are sufficient to significantly alter the rheological properties of thixotropic and anti-thixotropic mascara compositions, including an effect that persists after the vibration has stopped. The mascara may be manipulated for improved results, greater flexibility in formulation, benefits in manufacture, as well as other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Paul H. Marotta, Daniela Bratescu, Tatyana R. Tabakman, Katie Ann Frampton, George J. Stepniewski
  • Patent number: 8308383
    Abstract: A handheld mascara applicator comprising an applicator head, a source of electric current, and a heat generating portion that is effective to heat a quantity of mascara located on the applicator head, from an ambient temperature to a product application temperature, in 25 seconds or less, or that is effective to raise the temperature of the outer surface of the applicator head from an ambient temperature to about 55° C. or more, in 25 seconds or less. Systems for applying various types of mascara compositions are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management, LLC
    Inventors: Herve F. Bouix, Stephen van Beek Faletti, Christophe Jacob, Rodney J. Duffin, Peter Murphy
  • Patent number: 8267605
    Abstract: A handheld electronic personal care device (with or without an applicator head) comprising a fast charging capacitor, and one or more electric load elements. The device may or may not be designed for use with one or more personal care compositions. Examples of load elements include heating and cooling elements, electric motors, sound and light elements, data storage and processing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve F. Bouix, Christophe Jacob
  • Patent number: 8262302
    Abstract: A heating applicator kit for mascara or other products that tend to dry out or be adversely affected when heated. A kit comprises multiple reservoirs of product and at least one heating applicator that alleviates the problems associated with heat exposure in the reservoir and on the applicator head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve F. Bouix, Francis Corbellini, Christophe Jacob
  • Patent number: 8118507
    Abstract: A mascara applicator with vibrating applicator head. The head is caused to vibrate in a controlled manner through electromechanical urging. The frequency, amplitude and geometry of the vibrating head are sufficient to significantly alter the rheological properties of thixotropic and anti-thixotropic mascara compositions, including an effect that persists after the vibration has stopped. The device allows the mascara to be manipulated for improved results, greater flexibility in formulation, benefits in manufacture, as well as other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: ELC Managment, LLC
    Inventors: George H. Kress, Paul H. Marotta, Daniela T. Bratescu
  • Patent number: 8071379
    Abstract: An improved substrate for growing mono-layers of adherent-type cells and methods of growing tissue structures, ex vivo. The improved substrate, which comprises a silicon substrate coated with a photo cleavable polymer, releases adherent cells non-enzymatically. Also disclosed are methods for assembling complex layers of cells of various types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Monica Apostol, Pernodet Nadine, Mriam Rafailovich, Nan-Loh Yang
  • Patent number: 7997820
    Abstract: An immersion-type multi-applicator system, comprising a single container and a single handle. The container has two or more adjacent openings and each opening is capable of receiving its own applicator. Also provided is a selection mechanism that articulates the handle with exactly one applicator. The selection mechanism may be a rotary cam system, a rotary magnetic selector system, a sliding cam system, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve F. Bouix, Jonathan T. Thayer, Christophe Jacob
  • Patent number: 7950863
    Abstract: Product applicators that are separable from a product reservoir and that heat a portion of product. A product applicator fitted with an electronic heating element capable of connecting to a low voltage power source. Most of the electric circuitry is incorporated into a circuit subassembly, for example a flexible substrate with printed-on circuit. The preferred heating element is a flexible heater. Heat emanates from the surface of the separable applicator so that the product that is closest to the applicator surface is heated prior to and/or during application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve Bouix, Christophe Jacob
  • Patent number: 7914220
    Abstract: A vented wiper for a mascara bottle or other packaging and modified filling methods for containers that have vented wipers. During filling of a container, the vented wiper allows air to vent from the container, other than through the interior of the wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Charles P. Neuner, William Bickford
  • Patent number: 7887861
    Abstract: The invention pertains to topical, wax-based compositions comprising one or more flower waxes and candelilla wax, in the ratio of about 20:1 to about 1:20. Such compositions may have improved shear resistance or be substantially plasticizer free. Stick-type and stay-in-place topical preparations are contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Tian Xiang Wang, Paul Marotta, Katie Ann Frampton, Robert Mou
  • Patent number: 7849863
    Abstract: A versatile, convenient-to-use, unitary, cosmetic compact of increased stability, having a base, a hinged cover capable of rotating with respect to the base and an article carrier that is capable of translation and rotation with respect to the base, via a selective rotation mechanism. The combination of a decoupled motion of the article carrier with respect to the base and the fact that the cover and article carrier move independently, creates a versatile, tri-fold compact that may be held in the hand similar to a bi-fold compact or placed on a surface in various useful configurations, including lying flat, extended base and stable A-frame configurations. The compact has an elegant, playful feel, while being versatile, stable, simple and inexpensive to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventor: Francis Corbellini
  • Patent number: 7845873
    Abstract: A mascara applicator with vibrating applicator head. The head is caused to vibrate in a controlled manner through electro-mechanical urging. The frequency, amplitude and geometry of the vibrating head are sufficient to significantly alter the rheological properties of thixotropic and anti-thixotropic mascara compositions, including an effect that persists after the vibration has stopped. The present invention allows the mascara to be manipulated for improved results, greater flexibility in formulation, benefits in manufacture, as well as other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventor: George Kress
  • Patent number: 7780037
    Abstract: The present invention is a convenient-to-use cosmetic compact of increased stability, comprising a base, a cosmetic article carrier disposed within the base and a cap. With respect to the base, the cap is sometimes capable of translational movement and sometimes capable of rotational movement, but the cap can only perform one type of motion at a time. The type of movement that the cap may execute, depends on the relative orientation of the cap and base. There is one exception to this rule. There is exactly one orientation of the cap with respect to the base from which the user may execute either translation or rotation, but not both simultaneously. Translation of the cap with respect to the base causes translation of the cosmetic article carrier, either toward the bottom or toward the top of the base. In contrast, rotation of the cap with respect to the base does not affect the position of the cosmetic article carrier. Preferably, the cap is capable of rotating at least 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Francis Corbellini, Herve Bouix
  • Patent number: 7753609
    Abstract: Product applicators that are separable from a product reservoir and that heat a portion of product and a product applicator fitted with an electronic heating element capable of connecting to a low voltage power source. Most of the electric circuitry is incorporated into a circuit subassembly, for example a flexible substrate with printed-on circuit. The preferred heating element is a flexible heater. Heat emanates from the surface of the separable applicator so that the product that is closest to the applicator surface is heated prior to and/or during application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve Bouix, Christophe Jacob
  • Patent number: 7622132
    Abstract: The present invention relates to encapsulated cosmetic compositions that are topically applied. The compositions contain at least one frangible capsule that has a seamless shell of a thermo-softening material. The shell is solid at about room temperature and melts upon application to the skin. The shell holds a core cosmetic that is added to a clear gel base. Thus, the color of the capsule is visible and multiple colored capsules can be added to the base for a custom colored composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: ELC Management, LLC
    Inventors: Wilson An-Tuen Lee, Leigh Andersen Silveira
  • Patent number: 7588775
    Abstract: Compositions of the present invention comprise from about 40-99% of an aqueous suspension of silicone elastomer powder in a cosmetically acceptable vehicle. The compositions are useful as skin exfoliants when mechanical agitation is supplied, for example by rubbing with a hand. After exfoliation, little or no film or residue remains on the skin and washing the treated area is optional. The cosmetically acceptable vehicle may comprise a wide range of beneficial ingredients, cosmetic or dermatological actives and additives. The present invention also encompasses a method of exfoliating skin in need of such treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: E-L Management Corp.
    Inventors: Fatemeh Mohammadi, Akshay Talati, Anna Czarnota
  • Patent number: 7575764
    Abstract: Disclosed are topical compositions comprising extracts of Hypsizygus ulmarius in amounts that are effective to influence LTB4-mediated chemotaxis and/or IL-1? mediated adhesion of polymorphonuclear leukocytes. The hypsizygus ulmarius extract may be used alone or in combination with secondary anti-inflammatory and skin active agents, such as other mushroom and/or natural extracts. The secondary anti-inflammatory agents may or may not function by antagonizing LTB4-mediated chemotaxis and IL-1? mediated adhesion. The extract may be incorporated into a cosmetically acceptable vehicle. The present invention includes methods of treating skin inflammation by applying to inflamed skin, anti-inflammatory effective amounts of Hypsizygus ulmarius extract in a defined treatment regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Chia Chen, Andrew Weil, Paul Stamets
  • Patent number: 7448814
    Abstract: An improved heated, integral applicator for flowable cosmetic and dermatologic products comprising flexible printed circuits and, optionally, flexible heater technology. The present invention is safer to use and has more reliable electronics than the prior art; is more convenient to use and carry; is capable of precise dosing; is simpler and cheaper to manufacture and assemble; offers special applicator tips for precise application of treatment and makeup products. The present invention is useful for applying cosmetic and dermatologic treatment products of all types, including products to treat skin, hair and nails. Suitable skin treatment products include those effective at deeper layers of the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Herve Bouix, Christophe Jacob