Patents Examined by Frank A. LaViola
  • Patent number: 5400809
    Abstract: A hair curling appliance that includes a C-shaped metal barrel and a mating comb member movable to a closed position nested partly within the space circumscribed by the barrel so that the outer curved surfaces of the barrel and comb member collectively form a cylindrical mandrel adapted for winding the person's hair into a multiconvolution curl. An electrical heating element is located within the comb member for heating the comb member and the barrel interior surfaces. Pressurized heated air is supplied to the barrel interior surface to exchange heat with the barrel wall, so as to heat the barrel uniformly hot spots or cold spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Charles R. Adams
  • Patent number: 5396913
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator comprising a base support having a substantially nonabsorbent surface, and a coating existing essentially of a composition of lip cosmetic. The composition has an amorphous, noncrystalline structure, and the coating is of a thickness of between 0.5 mils and 5 mils. The applicator permits the cosmetic to be applied with relative ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventor: Gunnar J. Wallschlaeger
  • Patent number: 5396912
    Abstract: A barrette for clipping hair comprises a first and a second arcuate elongate members pivoting on corresponding end portions thereof. The first member has at one end, a pair of laterally formed first hinge rings, the other end a roughly rectangular lock having an off-center receiving space with a pair of superposed catchs therein and three rows of the pyramid shaped projections on the inward periphery extending along longitudinal direction. The second member has at one end a single hinge ring, the other end a rectangular hasp and a two, oppositely formed "S" shapes which are connected at one end to form a closed elongate elastic plate extended downwards from the under side forming a multiple elastic region thereinbetween. This disclosure has been characterized in a stepped locking means and a multiple elastic region that provide selective engagement enabling the barrette serving for different hair bundles in varied styles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventor: Kuo H. Chou
  • Patent number: 5395342
    Abstract: An endoscopic portal includes a valve assembly disposed at an open proximal end of a sleeve or cannula providing access to an internal operative site, the valve assembly having a passage therethrough of variable size to engage surgical instruments passing therethrough in sealing relation to prevent flow or leakage of fluid through the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventor: InBae Yoon
  • Patent number: 5388597
    Abstract: An artificial fingernail remover and brush cleaner comprising an upper housing attached to a lower housing, and a container removably attached to the lower housing. A door is sandwiched between the upper housing and the lower housing, and is free to reciprocate, covering and uncovering access to the inside of the container as it does so. A spring urges the door into the closed position, thereby preventing evaporation of the container contents. The door may be retained in the open position by rotating a door handle rigidly attached to the door. The door perimeter incorporates brush notches whereby a brush may be immobilized to soak in the solvent in the container without deforming its bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventors: Clifford W. Smith, Judy K. Hall
  • Patent number: 5386840
    Abstract: An improved floatable toothpick assembly which includes a pointed lower end to piercingly connect to a piece of garnish, such as an olive or a cherry, and a buoyant float about the toothpick and adjacent the upper end zone of the toothpick so as to float a piece of garnish in a beverage which can be retrieved by grasping the upper end zone of the toothpick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Terry Lane
  • Patent number: 5379783
    Abstract: A garland accessory for permitting a wearer to custom decorate her apparel is provided which includes a framework detachably mounted to a clasp. The framework is a thin flexible sheetlike material presenting a plurality of openings for receiving a fabric garland therein. Multiple frameworks may be used with the same clasp to permit ready substitution of different fabric garlands as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Janelle L. Healzer
    Inventors: Janelle L. Healzer, Gaylen D. Healzer
  • Patent number: 5377701
    Abstract: A sucking massage device for beauty treatment consists of a sucking lip, a negative pressure generator, a driving controller and a case. The sucking lip has a shape of a gyrorotor formed by two thin wall hooks, which are arranged symmetrically with their points facing, gyrating with respect to the central longitudinal axis. The sucking lip can be made of soft material with elasticity, for example, rubber or soft synthetic material with elasticity. The device can give a comfortable feeling and a satisfied effect to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Cunyun Fang
  • Patent number: 5377702
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beauty unit for applying an absorbing action and a pressing action to the skin. The beauty unit comprises an electromagnet excited by a commercial power supply, an air pump having an absorbing opening portion for guiding negative pressure air and a discharge opening portion for guiding a pressing opening portion, operating members associated with the exciting action of the electromagnet to apply amplitude motion to diaphragms of the air pump, a control circuit for controlling the exciting action of the electromagnet, a main body having an inserting opening portion connected to the absorbing opening portion and the discharge opening portion, respectively, and a manipulating member comprised of a flexible introducing tube provided at one end with a rear connector capable of being inserted into the inserting opening portion and at the other end with a skin contact appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Japan Fitness, Kabushiki Kaisha Lucent
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 5377700
    Abstract: An improved eyelash curler comprises upper and lower concave jaws, the sides of each jaw forming an aperture through which the person curling can, by a mirror, observe and accurately apply the device. The jaws are normally kept open by a spring. Two finger tabs on each jaw, located near the concave jaws, allow for two handed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Ilise H. Harris
  • Patent number: 5377699
    Abstract: There is provided a hair abrading apparatus comprising a driveable member having an abrasive surface to reduce the length and diameter of facial and body hair, and a protective screen or cap to position the hair for contact with the abrasive surface and to protect the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Shirley Varnum
  • Patent number: 5373862
    Abstract: The cosmetic case for receiving and holding at least one insert comprising a snap-in locking mechanism between the case housing and each insert, said snap-in locking mechanism comprising at least one recess in the inside of the case housing and projections on the outside of the insert or vice versa; the projections and the recesses can be engaged with one another. Furthermore, the snap-in locking mechanism comprises at least one elastic element to preload the projections into the opposing recesses. The elastic element may be formed by leaf springs. This cosmetic case is simple and inexpensive to produce and allows a film and releasable connection between the case and the insert even after repeated removal of the inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: AG Hevco
    Inventor: Longin Blachut
  • Patent number: 5372151
    Abstract: A method of producing a decorative generally cylindrical band is provided. This method generally involves arranging a plurality of elongated pliable members such that they equiangularly extend in a radially outward direction from a common center. A first member is then folded over any adjacent members such that the direction in which the first member extends is shifted by approximately .THETA.+.THETA./2.degree., where .THETA. is the angle defined between any two adjacent pliable members. The next member is then folded over any adjacent members such that it extends in a direction which is shifted approximately .THETA.+.THETA./2.degree.. This braiding process continues until each of the pliable members except the last has been folded. The last pliable member is then folded over any adjacent members and under the first member such that the last member also extends in a direction which is shifted approximately .THETA.+.THETA./2.degree.. These steps are continued until a desired length of band is attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Chu C. Kuo
  • Patent number: 5372150
    Abstract: A method which can be done in a procedure of separating a small area of nail bed flesh from the nail plate's underside, where the nail plate and nail bed join, at the forefront, to an extent back toward the base of the fingernail. A visible convex line (10), across the top of the nail plate, visible due to the translucency of the nail plate, where the nail plate and nail bed join, indicates the precise location of the forefront of the nail bed, thus of the nail bed flesh. A second and identical line, simulated convex line (12), just below and adjacent to line (10), on the nail plate (20), indicates the extent to which the nail bed flesh is separated. An intermediate area (18), formed in a concavo-convex shape, between the two identical convex lines, is the area of separation of nail plate and nail bed flesh; extending the full width of the nail bed, and from approximately 0.5 or 0.7 mm, up to approximately 2.0 mm longitudinally of the nail bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Sarah E. Hughes
  • Patent number: 5372152
    Abstract: A bendable hair curling and waving roller has a length of bendable wire which is surrounded by a cylindrical foam cushion intermediate its ends and the wire and cushion are enclosed in an outer jacket of non-absorbent, machine washable material, such as satin, silk, or a satin-like synthetic fiber material. The wire is bendable yet has sufficient stiffness to enable it to retain its bent shape. The foam cushion gives the roller softness, enabling the wearer to lay her head against another surface with comfort. Hair is wrapped around the central portion of the roller and the outer ends of the roller are folded back onto itself to retain the wrapped hair in this position. The hair is held on the non-absorbent surface of the outer jacket by the inward folded ends until the hair has been set to the desired wave or curl and the non-absorbent outer jacket prevents depletion of hair's natural oils and moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Geraldine C. Dutch
  • Patent number: 5370140
    Abstract: A side guard protection device and method for treating ingrown nails includes a plastic, flattened U-shaped channel member received down the side edge of the nail. One arm of the guard extends under the ingrown edge of the nail and the other arm of the guard lies across the upper surface of the nail, with the two arms joined at a curved section which fits snugly around the edge of the nail. The side guard is applied to one or both edges of an ingrown nail with the use of an adhesive and catalyst for instantly bonding the guard to the nail, and the adhesive is used to provide a smooth level surface over the top of the nail. The side guard directs the nail to grow straight, and the guard advances with and may be trimmed with the nail as it grows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventor: John Meyerovich
  • Patent number: 5368052
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hairpiece comprising a molded, flexible, plastic foundation member covered by a sheet of net material having spaced-apart cross-elements. The foundation member has a large central opening therein traversed by said net material. A group of hairs is provided having double knots tied around cross-elements of the net material traversing said central opening so as to be freely movable back and forth. Other groups of hairs are secured to the foundation member for providing a natural looking part, and for covering edges of the hairpiece foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Hairline Creations, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul V. Finamore
  • Patent number: 5365952
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a haircutting device or aid which has a pair of movable members which can be slid through the hair and moved to lift a section of hair for cutting. The device comprises a handle which is held in the hand of the user, a lower comb section and an upper comb section. The upper comb section has connected therewith a lever which allows the upper comb section to be raised with respect to the lower comb section to lift the length of hair. Preferably the lower comb section includes a smooth "comb" base member which can slide along the scalp, and the upper comb section terminates in a comb having a plurality of teeth which likewise move through the hair of the scalp and lift the length of hair to be cut. Scissors are used in a conventional manner along the upper comb member to cut the hair extending beyond the lifted length. The lower comb section is adjustable with respect to the handle which, in turn, enables adjustment of the length of hair to be lifted for cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Edward J. Noble
    Inventors: Edward J. Noble, Timothy Payne, Rex O. Bare
  • Patent number: 5365953
    Abstract: A permanent hair setting apparatus is disclosed wherein infrared radiation is used to heat the hair in conjunction with a permanent setting composition to a temperature of 100.degree. C. Heating of the hair occurs by winding the hair on infrared generating formers. The apparatus allows for the attainment of permanent setting with a heating time of only 5-60 seconds. Relatively dilute solutions of permanent setting composition are required, which dispenses with the need to neutralize the hair after setting. The use of the apparatus thereby permits permanent setting of the hair to be completed within about 30 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Fibrous Keratin Pty Limited
    Inventor: Max Feughelman
  • Patent number: 5365956
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a spool of floss stored within the handle and a floss holding frame for holding a portion of the floss in a taut condition for use thereof. The toothbrush includes a handle which terminates in a floss holding frame across which floss from the spool may be extended and held tight. The floss spool and the floss holding frame are longitudinally arranged such that a protective cover may be placed thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventor: Gregorio G. Guadiana