Patents Examined by David Redding
  • Patent number: 10898046
    Abstract: An agitator and a robot cleaner including an agitator. The agitator includes a body configured to be rotated, a plurality of couplers formed at the body and arranged to be spaced apart from each other by a predetermined distance, and a first member and a second member coupled to any one of the couplers and configured to contact a surface to be cleaned during rotation of the body. The first member and the second member extend different lengths from the body in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Inbo Shim, Yonggil Shin
  • Patent number: 10893786
    Abstract: A portable extractor includes a supply tank, a recovery tank, a pump in fluid communication with the supply tank, a suction source in fluid communication with the recovery tank, a base configured to support the suction source and the pump, and a main housing mounted on the base and housing the suction source and the pump. The main housing is configured to removably support the recovery tank and the supply tank. The recovery tank is arranged at a front side of the portable extractor and the supply tank is arranged at a lateral side of the portable extractor between the front side and the rear side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Juan Aviles Quintero, Israel Del Toro, Mohammed Irfan, Donovan Bode, Douglas M. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 10888205
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus includes a rotatably mounted brush associated with a dirty air inlet. A plurality of bristles extend outwardly from a radial outer surface of the rotatably mounted brush. A leading hair blocking member is provided adjacent a forward rotational side of the bristles, and a trailing hair blocking member is provided adjacent a rearward rotational side of the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Dave Petersen
  • Patent number: 10882457
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner configured to be mounted in a vehicle. The vacuum cleaner includes a vacuum module configured to draw a vacuum, and a collector module configured to collect debris, the collector module having an accessible portion and a liner. A duct operatively couples the vacuum module to the collector module. In addition, a release member is disposed on the top portion of the collector module and is moveable between a resting position and a release position. A locking bar is in contact with the release member and has a portion adapted to engage the liner of the collector module when the release member is in a resting position. Upon actuating the release member towards the release position, the release member moves the portion of the locking bar out of engagement with the liner and the collector module is disengaged from the vacuum module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Z. Yurko, Neil N. Norell
  • Patent number: 10881258
    Abstract: A surface-cleaning machine is provided, including an appliance body on which a suction apparatus device is arranged, a cleaning head on which at least one cleaning roller is arranged and on which there is positioned at least one suction mouth, which is fluidically connected to the suction apparatus device and is associated with the at least one cleaning roller, and a drive device for driving the at least one cleaning roller in rotation, wherein a drive axis of a drive motor of the drive device and an axis of rotation of the at least one cleaning roller are oriented transversely and in particular perpendicularly with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Fabian Moser, Manuel Schulze, Christoph Rufenach, Johanna Buchmann, Andreas Mueller, Mathias Frisch, Alexander Braendle
  • Patent number: 10874272
    Abstract: A detachable 90 degree pivoting elbow forming an air channel that connects to a cleaning element permitting a swivel connection in orthogonal directions to provide a connection to the free end of an elongate wand of a vacuum cleaning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond P. Storti, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10874273
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner of the present invention comprises: a cleaner body having a suction motor for generating suctioning force, and running in operating mode and charging mode; a suctioning part communicating with the cleaner body, for suctioning air and dust; a battery assembly capable of supplying power to the suction motor and having a plurality of battery packs; a controller for controlling the operation of the suction motor; a current regulating unit for regulating the current applied to the suction motor in a state in which the plurality of battery packs are serially connected; a first switching mechanism for serially connecting the plurality of battery packs; and a second switching mechanism for parallelly connecting the plurality of battery packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seonghoon Han, Kuyoung Son, Chungill Lee
  • Patent number: 10869586
    Abstract: An improved wet/dry vacuum device is provided. The device comprises features for enhancing the portability, mobility and usefulness of existing wet/dry vacuums and canister vacuum devices. Features of devices of the present disclosure include, but are not limited to, hose storage features, accessory storage features, and power cord management features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Adam Bearup, Manuel Schulze, Sheri Huther, Jonathan Guilford
  • Patent number: 10863878
    Abstract: The improved vacuum cleaner is a recirculating type vacuum cleaner with a suction mechanism, air retrieving passageway, and dirt collecting member, that has an detachable nozzle formed as an elongated hollow hose that is attached between the exhaust port on the surface of the vacuum body and an inlet on the vacuum head. The nozzle is adapted to push air downward onto the surface to be vacuumed to dislodge dirt and particles in the surface where the air and dirt into air retrieving opening on the vacuum head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Luke R. Royce
  • Patent number: 10858792
    Abstract: A system for using a fluid to clean markings on a hard surface includes a cleaning hood operably mounted on wheels for movement across the hard surface with the cleaning hood positioned immediately above the hard surface, a set of a plurality of cleaning arms of a selected length, the cleaning arms mounted for rotation under the cleaning hood and defining a cleaning area swept by the cleaning arms, a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle mounted on one of the plurality of cleaning arms, a cleaning fluid connection carried by the hood, the cleaning fluid connection configured to fluidly connect the nozzles and cleaning arms to a cleaning fluid supply, a vacuum connection carried by the hood, the vacuum connection configured to apply vacuum from a vacuum pump to remove contaminated cleaning fluid from the hard surface to a waste fluid storage tank, and a second set of a plurality of cleaning arms of a second selected length, wherein the plurality of cleaning arms of a selected length may be replaced by the second s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Annihilator Cleaning Equipment, LLC
    Inventor: Erick McCallum
  • Patent number: 10856709
    Abstract: A cleaning system includes a robotic cleaner and an evacuation station. The robotic cleaner can dock with the evacuation station to have debris evacuated by the evacuation station. The robotic cleaner includes a bin to store debris, and the bin includes a port door through which the debris can be evacuated into the evacuation station. The evacuation station includes a vacuum motor to evacuate the bin of the robotic cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Tucker Kuhe, Jennifer Smith, Sam Duffley
  • Patent number: 10849472
    Abstract: A caddy is provided for mounting a vacuum cleaner for transport and use. The caddy comprises a lower support assembly mounted on a plurality of wheels, a vertical support assembly comprising at least two members vertically extending from the lower support assembly, and an intermediate support mounted on the vertical mounting assembly a vertical distance up from the lower support assembly. The lower support assembly includes centrally-located mounting guides for receiving and holding the vacuum cleaner. The intermediate support comprises a generally circular-shaped member having an opening for facilitating the insertion and removal of the vacuum cleaner from the caddy. A lead is attached to the lower support assembly and may be connected to an intermediate location on a hose of the vacuum cleaner for redistributing a pulling force applied to the hose between the top of the vacuum cleaner and the lower support assembly of the caddy during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Dale Clegg, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10835092
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner attachment is disclosed having a concave vacuum head with a swivel joint that permits swiveling of the vacuum head only within the plane of the vacuum head. The concave vacuum head can have a curvature that is similar to the curvature of a cylindrical surface to be vacuumed. Thus, while a user manipulates the conduit providing the air suction to the vacuum head, the concave surface can be supported and swiveled around the circumference of the cylindrical surface to be vacuumed, while the vacuum head is also moved along the length of the cylindrical surface. Throughout this movement of the concave vacuum head, the concave opening of the concave vacuum head can stay in closer proximity and conformity to the cylindrical surface than is possible using a fixed vacuum head with a flat opening, thereby making cleaning of the cylindrical surface more effective and efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Patricia Ann O'Neill
  • Patent number: 10827899
    Abstract: A multimedia intelligent cleaning system and a control method thereof may include a self-propelled cleaning robot for cleaning a working surface and a safety guard device for connection with the self-propelled cleaning robot. The self-propelled cleaning robot and the safety guard device are detachably connected with each other through a securing assembly. The securing assembly has a first state in which the safety guard device is connected with the self-propelled cleaning robot and a second state in which the safety guard device is separated from the self-propelled cleaning robot. The multimedia intelligent cleaning system further comprises a detection assembly for detecting whether the securing assembly is in the first state or the second state, and a control unit for controlling whether the self-propelled cleaning robot enters a safe activation state depending on a detection signal from the detection assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Jianfeng Hu
  • Patent number: 10827894
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus, such as a carpet extractor, includes a base and a fluid recovery system for drawing dirty cleaning fluid from a surface to be cleaned. The fluid recovery system includes a suction nozzle in fluid communication with a recovery chamber. The suction nozzle is mounted to the base for vertical movement with respect to the base and is biased into contact with the surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Minh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10820764
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a foot assembly having a suction inlet thereon, a suction source in fluid communication with the suction inlet to produce a working airflow there through, and a dirt container in fluid communication with the suction inlet and suction source. The foot assembly further comprises a body defined by a central portion and a pair of extension arms, a rotatable agitator on each extension arm, and a drive assembly configured to counter-rotate the agitators. The counter-rotating agitators are operable to cooperate with the suction source to direct dust and debris towards the suction inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Alan J. Krebs
  • Patent number: 10820766
    Abstract: An assembly that includes a particle collecting container and a cyclone pre-separator placed on the particle collecting container, where the particle collecting container has a rectangular container bottom and four container peripheral walls which extend upwards from the container bottom and define a horizontal outer contour of the particle collecting container, and where the cyclone pre-separator has a particle outlet which is designed to dispense particles which have been separated in the cyclone pre-separator into the particle collecting container. The horizontal outer contour defined by the container peripheral walls tapers towards the container bottom and the particle collecting container can be stacked into an identical particle collecting container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FESTOOL GMBH
    Inventor: Gerhard Grebing
  • Patent number: 10806315
    Abstract: A filtered vacuum cleaner system includes a vacuum cleaner, a vacuum filter device, including a collection box with a collection cavity, a lid, a filter air intake, a filter air exhaust, inlet and outlet pipes, a handle, and a filter unit; a vacuum connection hose, and a filter hose, and optionally a vacuum handle unit, such that the vacuum filter device attaches to an air intake of the vacuum cleaner, such that the vacuum filter device filters debris from air prior to the air entering the vacuum cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Jay D. Geyer
  • Patent number: 10806313
    Abstract: The invention relates to a compact suction station, the structure of which allows it to be arranged in small compartments, such as the skirting board area of kitchen units, said station being protected by a dismountable outer casing in which, in the front part of the assembly, there is an extractable part corresponding to the container drawer, and in which, in the rear part, there is a suction intake for the dirty air from the pipes and the plurality of inlets, and the clean air extraction outlet, the interior of the station consisting of two compartments that communicate with each other, one of them being used for the insertion of the extractable drawer with the container bag and the other to house the motor, the extraction channel and various electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Alejandro Garcia Vila
  • Patent number: 10799081
    Abstract: A brushroll dowel for a vacuum cleaner has a bristle stiffener protruding from a brush dowel. A plurality of stiffened bristles protrude from the brush dowel adjacent to the bristle stiffener, and a plurality of unstiffened bristles also protrude from the brush dowel and are non-adjacent to the bristle stiffener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kasper, Michael D. Graham