Patents Examined by Charles E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7926127
    Abstract: The shower curtain rod assembly is adapted to be mounted between opposing surfaces of a shower enclosure. The assembly includes a rod with a two-part arcuate main section extending between first and second spaced, substantially parallel side sections. First and second mounting brackets are provided to engage the side sections and to secure the side sections to the respective shower curtain surfaces. Each of the brackets includes a body defining channel means for removably receiving a side section and a plate for mounting the body to a shower enclosure surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ex-Cell Home Fashions, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Barrese
  • Patent number: 7591027
    Abstract: Toilet flapper valves with multiple volume flush capability which can be quickly and easily installed to replace existing flapper valves in old or new toilets to give such toilets the capability of providing selectable amounts of flushing water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Donald Ernest Scruggs
  • Patent number: 7552485
    Abstract: A toilet seat gripping apparatus includes a panel that has a top side, a bottom side, a forward edge and a rear edge. The rear edge is concavely arcuate between opposite ends of the rear edge. The rear edge is contoured to an outer edge of a toilet seat. A pair of gripping members is provided. Each of the gripping members is coupled to the panel and releasably couples the panel to the toilet seat. The panel extends outwardly from the outer edge of the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Willie E. Harrison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7540040
    Abstract: A toilet seat cover and back support includes a hinge connecting the back support to the rear of the toilet bowl cover and a guide is provided in the cabinet for the seat cover to maintain the back support in an upright position when the seat cover is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Harry A. Roenick
  • Patent number: 7526819
    Abstract: The conservation of water is an issue that preoccupies an increasing number of people. Among all domestic appliances, toilet is an appliance that consumes an appreciable quantity of water. The present invention provides a dual flush system that allows to select the volume of water when using a toilet by choosing between two volumes of water. The dual flush system can be easily installed without tools on a toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Pierre Beaupré
  • Patent number: 7523509
    Abstract: A combined portable toilet seat and carrying bag includes a foldable toilet seat that has first and second coextensively shaped sections pivotally connected to each other. Each section has an arcuate shape provided with offset proximal and distal ends. The sections form a U-shape when adapted to the unfolded position. The sections are hingedly coupled at their proximal ends. A mechanism is included for storing a predetermined quantity of sanitary sheaths in such a manner that the user can quickly extract one of the sheaths and pull the sheath across entire surface areas of the first and second sections when the toilet seat is biased to an unfolded position. The sanitary sheath storing mechanism is permanently secured to one section. A carrying bag has a handle and a zipper attached thereto for securely receiving and transporting the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Robin Willard
  • Patent number: 7509693
    Abstract: The toilet cleaning apparatus provides for hinged fit to an existing toilet with rim. The seat of the apparatus has a top, a bottom, and a cavity therebetween. The motor with pulleys and belt is disposed within the cavity. A movable cleaning pad disposed outside of the cavity between the seat bottom and toilet rim is attached to the motor via the drive attachment. The apparatus provides an electric power source in communication with the motor and the seat lift and lowering pivot drive, and a pair of pedals for controlling the power source whereby the seat is selectively lifted and lowered and the seat bottom and rim are selectively wiped by the cleaning pad, with the seat in the down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventors: Bernard S. Graves, Kimberly Graves
  • Patent number: 7506385
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for a bathing and transfer chair that provides a stand alone wheeled chair that is configurable to engage a stand alone base, adapted to engage a bathing tub and lower the level of the chair thereby submersing the user in the bath water. The seat portion of the device is adaptable to transfer an individual from the wheeled chair portion of the device, positioned outside of the bathing area, to the submersing base which is positioned within the bathing area. The described embodiments can be custom fit to individual's dimensions, or be refit at any time to accommodate growth and/or size changes. Legs, calf support and back angles as well as chair height can be adjusted independently to maximize positioning options to accommodate the support and comfort of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Columbia Medical Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Gary S. Werschmidt
  • Patent number: 7503082
    Abstract: An air massage system for a bathtub comprises a blower, an air distributor and the water jets. The air distributor connects the blower to the jets, and the jets are adapted to deliver air under pressure to the cavity defined by the bathtub. The jets include water check valves to prevent the water in the bathtub from entering the air distributor. The air distributor comprises at least one water relief valve for preventing water from reaching the blower, when inoperative, in the event of failure of any one of the water check valves. The air distributor also comprises a main pipe, a manifold and distribution pipes, with the main pipe connecting the blower to the manifold and the distribution pipes connecting the manifold to the jets. The water relief valve is provided on the manifold, and the water check valves are provided on the manifold and at each jet. A pressure relief valve is provided upstream of the jets for keeping a substantially steady pressure from the air propelled by the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: C. G. Air Systèmes Inc.
    Inventor: Miguel Castellote
  • Patent number: 7503081
    Abstract: A toilet having improved flush capabilities, an electrical system for foul air evacuation including bacterial filtration, a storage compartment, a night light, improved waste disposal, and optional accessories for converting the toilet into a medical work-station for ease of use by patients and/or the handicapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Robert D. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 7500276
    Abstract: A spa cover lifter for use with a spa cover. According to various embodiments, the spa cover comprises a first section and a second section pivotably connected to the first section at a hinge interface. The spa cover lifter comprises a drive system, a first cable connected to the drive system, and a post assembly. The post assembly is extendable from a retracted position to an extended position. Also, the first cable is routed by the post assembly. In various embodiments, the spa cover lifter is configured to connect to the spa cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Nerok LLC
    Inventor: George Koren
  • Patent number: 7500277
    Abstract: A toilet (10) having an automatic flush assembly (50) includes a toilet bowl (14), a water holding tank (12) for supplying water to the toilet bowl (14), and a flush valve (22). The holding tank (12) supplies water to the toilet bowl (14) and defines a handle opening (34) for an actuating handle (36) of the toilet (10). The flush valve (22) provides fluid communication between the toilet bowl (14) and the holding tank (12). The automatic flush assembly (50) is mounted in the handle opening (34) and includes a sensor section (54), a control section (56), and an actuating mechanism (58). The sensor section (56) detects the presence of a person in front of the toilet bowl (14). The control section (56) receives a detection signal from the sensor section (54) and initiates a flush signal to the actuating mechanism (58), which actuates the flush valve (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: I-CON Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn D Bush
  • Patent number: 7500275
    Abstract: Provided is a power saving device using a toilet seat cover of a bidet. The device includes: a toilet seat cover sensor for detecting whether the toilet seat cover is opened or closed and outputting an electrical signal corresponding the detected result; and a control means for controlling the toilet seat and the warm water to be at low temperatures on the basis of the detected result of the toilet seat cover sensor when a power saving mode is OFF and the bidet is not used. Therefore, it is possible to remarkably reduce power consumption of the bidet during a standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Novita Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bong-Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 7496974
    Abstract: A height adjusting water saving urinal adapted to be connected to a flush toilet system, includes a bowl, a top opening, a bottom opening, a bottom drain opening, an extendable urinal, a connecting device and a seat that is provided on the top opening so that a female user can sit on the seat. The bowl has a basin, a top portion, and a bottom portion. The top opening is provided at the top portion of the bowl. The bottom drain opening is provided at the bottom portion of the bowl. The extendable urinal drain pipe extends from the bottom drain opening. The connecting device, provided at an end of the extendable urinal drain pipe, is for connecting the urinal to the flush toilet system. The extendable urinal drain pipe shares the main drain pipe of the flush toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Tae Cho Kang
  • Patent number: 7493664
    Abstract: A combination toilet and bidet unit. The unit has a toilet base which is surrounded in front by a skirt portion of the base. A toilet bowl is supported by the base as are water control valves. A bidet water line leads from the valves, passes through the bowl and terminates in a nozzle within the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Paul Riccobon
  • Patent number: 7493665
    Abstract: A water jet assembly for in-ground pools or spas that includes a first chamber with a water inlet and a second chamber with an air inlet and a plurality of water outlets. Water and air flow from the respective inlets to the water outlet such that a water-jet effect is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Jack Williams
  • Patent number: 7490375
    Abstract: A garbage disposer replacement unit for straining food waste comprises a drainage means fitted to one or more sink for transporting food wastes to a sewer system and a main interceptor connected in series with the drainage means. The main interceptor is fluidly connected in series to the sink drain outlet through an adapter funnel and includes a convex reservoir and a number of legs for supporting the main interceptor above a floor. Two opposite side outlets are positioned at the lowermost level of the convex reservoir. A tray is slidingly suspended within the main interceptor above the reservoir, wherein the tray has fine bottom perforations for retaining small particles of food waste. A draining basket is removably positioned under the side outlets for catching escaped wastes bypassing the main interceptor. The interceptor has a top opening over which the adaptor funnel is placed concentrically to redefine the top opening to fit with the existing sink drainage means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Ricky Wangchi Luk
  • Patent number: 7480946
    Abstract: A hot tub cover assembly includes a hot tub that includes a bottom wall and a peripheral wall. The peripheral wall includes a first side wall, a second side wall, a third side wall and a fourth side wall wherein the first and second side walls are positioned opposite of each other. The peripheral wall has an upper edge defining an opening into the hot tub. A panel has a size and shape substantially equal to the upper edge of the peripheral wall. A lifting assembly is attached to and extends between the peripheral wall and the canopy. The lifting assembly is configured to selectively lift the canopy into an open position lifted above and spaced from the hot tub or lower the canopy into a closed position abutting the upper edge and covering the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: David E. Brown
  • Patent number: 7475438
    Abstract: A portable bidet includes a cylindrical member for storing washing liquid, and an airbag section connected to the cylindrical member for supplying air upon squeezing to cause injection of washing liquid. The cylindrical member is formed of hard resin and has an arcuate tip end portion and at least one ejection port. An extruding member is disposed in the cylindrical member. The ejection port is closed by a releasable film member after the washing liquid is stored. The airbag section is formed of flexible or soft resin having a sealable air inlet, and when not in use, can be collapsed and packed alongside the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: WBE Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoe Masuda
  • Patent number: 7475437
    Abstract: A device is depicted to raise and lower a toilet seat, the device having a rotation axis located under the toilet seat and which is attached or comes into contact with it; a lever attached to the rotation axis and which is moved by a user in order to convey its motion towards the rotation axis which, by being attached to the seat or coming in contact to it, raises or lowers the seat as desired; the rotation axis is housed in the conduits of already existing hinges that are formed by the toilet cover, seat, and hinge supports, or the rotation axis is housed along a housing provided in a base plate that is attached to the hinge supports existing in any toilet seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: David Herrera-Gurrola