Patents Examined by G. E. McNeill
  • Patent number: 4479501
    Abstract: A cassette type hygienic comb and brush comprises a basic body (1) and a cassette bristle holder (2), which is formed with a plurality of thin film layers (26) removably held atop thereon with the bristles (27) extending through the layers and is engaged with the back (10) of the body (1) for cleansing or combing use and may be replaced with a new cassette bristle holder for continuous service after the thin film layers being completely torn off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Inventor: Horng Y. Chern
  • Patent number: 4403625
    Abstract: An inexpensive disposable buccal hygenic device is disclosed. An elongated cylindrical wooden body of a generally circular cross-section is pointed at each of its ends and is of such a size that the body is comparable functionally to a conventional toothpick. The elongated body is divided transversely into two separable members of generally similar length. The first member has a reduced cross-section for a distance immediately adjacent to the transverse division. The second member has an internal cavity therein contiguous with the transverse division. The internal cavity is adapted to fit slidably over the reduced cross-section portion of the first member and is of a depth at least equal to the distance of reduced cross-section on the first member so that a cavity remains when the first member is inserted fully into the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Inventors: James B. Sanders, Don Kobashigawa
  • Patent number: 4403621
    Abstract: A hair-waving implement especially suited for giving a gentle body wave to long hair comprises first means defining an elongate rod member, second means defining a plurality of slender axially extending passageways within the rod member, and third means defining a diverting chamber at an end of the rod member in flow communication with the passageways. The elongate rod member is of generally cylindrical shape for receiving coils of hair. The slender passageways are angularly spaced about the periphery of the rod member and are in flow communication along their length with the exterior of the rod member. The diverting chamber has an inlet for receiving hair treatment solution and is structured so that a quantity of solution forcefully squirted into the chamber will be directed in roughly equal flow to all of the axial passageways and forced to the exterior of the rod member so as to penetrate from the inside out the coils of hair wrapped around the rod member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Inventor: Norman P. Paradise
  • Patent number: 4397326
    Abstract: A rotatable mascara applicator is provided which delivers substantially more mascara to eyelashes than prior art brushes and includes a handle member, a mascara brush and means for rotatably mounting the mascara brush to the handle member so that the brush rotates upon application of mascara to eyelashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1983
    Inventor: Val A. Formica
  • Patent number: 4397327
    Abstract: A toothpick holder for holding a toothpick in any one of several adjusted positions for facilitating access to difficult to reach areas of the mouth, includes a handle with a toothpick retainer projecting perpendicularly therefrom, with aligned openings in the retainer for snugly receiving a toothpick. The retainer is held latched in position relative to the handle by a releasable latch, which can be manipulated to release the retainer either for removal from the handle or adjustment to a different position relative thereto. The openings in the retainer are of different size and are configured to snugly receive at both openings spaced portions of a toothpick. Further, the holder of the invention is specifically designed to properly orient a toothpick having a wedge shaped cross section for optimum cleaning of the space between the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1983
    Inventor: Joseph Hadary
  • Patent number: 4397324
    Abstract: This invention relates to manicuring devices in general and more specifically to a receptacle for nail polish remover, having a brush member disposed within the receptacle in a unique manner, and a novel resilient closure member which prevents evaporation of the contents of the receptacle and provides an abrasive surface for a finger entering the receptacle, and a wiping surface for a finger being withdrawn from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1983
    Inventor: Robert W. Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4393886
    Abstract: Mixtures which contain(a) polymeric ammonium salts which are soluble or give microemulsions in aqueous surfactant systems and which can be obtained by water-in-oil emulsion polymerization or solution polymerization of a quaternary ammonium salt of the acrylic acid series and optionally at least one other acrylic monomer, and which has a molecular weight distribution of 10.sup.4 to 10.sup.9, the molecular weight of at least 5 percent of the polymer being 10.sup.7 to 10.sup.9, and(b) a non-ionic surfactant or a surfactant with one positive and one negative charge within the molecule, can be used as cosmetics, in particular as hair cosmetics, the hair treated according to the invention having an excellent ease of dry combing and, in particular, wet combing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Assignee: Ciba-Geigy Corporation
    Inventors: Dieter Strasilla, Laszlo Moldovanyi, Charles Fearnley, Hubert Meindl
  • Patent number: 4392503
    Abstract: A vanity case is provided in which an unlatch member is housed in a rectangular recess formed in either one of a receptacle member and a cover member and has its one end formed as a free end extending upwardly while the other end retained in the recess. The free end is arranged to lie closely adjacent to a marginal portion of the other member in a closed position of the cover and also arranged to move inwardly to apply such force as to separate the cover from the receptacle, thereby releasing the engagement of the latching members when the unlatch member is pushed inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhisa Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4388936
    Abstract: A durable upright spray container hair applicator-dispenser whose contents are a pressurized preparation applied to hair for treatment thereof. The container has an elogated circular domehead receptacle. The container also has a removable tubular cover which is elongated and has serrations or teeth axially thereon so that the cover can function to hold the hair strands. The elongated cover has a plurality of openings axially disposed and circumferentially spaced from the serrations thereon for applying the sprayed contents of the container-dispenser on hair for a particular treatment. The cover is covered by an elongated parallel band cover which is removable. The inside cover and band form a hair curler. The cover when removed from the circular domehead receptacle can function as a hair-roller on which hair can be rolled and the band slipped on axially over the hair and cover as a clip or clamp. The container is a multiple choice spray dispenser, and can be used without the roller attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Inventor: Shephard D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 4388935
    Abstract: A hingeless compact is disclosed for holding cosmetic articles. The compact includes a plate member and cover member having complimentary configurations such that in the closed condition of the compact a smooth surfaced enclosure is defined. The cover and plate members are provided with cooperating structures including opposed interlocking detents for maintaining the compact in a closed condition. Preferably, an additional stop rib is provided to prevent the inadvertent removal of the cover member from the plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Inventor: Andrew N. Napolitane
  • Patent number: 4387729
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a new concept in hair drying. To achieve this concept requires the use of modified rollers and a drying unit which is also modified to represent an improvement over conventional drying methods. Plastic tubing from the drying unit is inserted and enclosed inside perforated rollers which have been used to roll wet strands of hair. When the unit is in operation, hot air can only escape through the perforation of the roller which is covered with wet hair. Since the air stream is directed away from the scalp, there is less chance of burning the scalp. The heat also penetrates a larger volume of hair which decreases drying time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Inventor: Lawrence H. Abdalla
  • Patent number: 4387730
    Abstract: In a vanity case, such as a compact case, comprising a receptacle member and a hinged cover member arranged to be latched with each other by snap action, a recess is formed in one of the members in which a slider element having an enlarged outer end is provided in such a manner that when the slider element is pushed inwardly, the enlarged outer end exerts such a force as to separate the one member from the other member by releasing the latching therebetween. The slider element is urged forwardly by a spring member provided in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Shioi
  • Patent number: 4384589
    Abstract: Device for applying liquid materials to the skin, said device having a poromeric plastic applicator surface with improved delivery characteristics, and a liquid absorbent cap means fitting over said applicator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: American Cyanamid Company
    Inventor: Edward Morris
  • Patent number: 4383539
    Abstract: A cosmetic preparation comprises a cosmetic powder implanted into a film of fixative on an area of the body by applying the fixative to the area, allowing the fixative to partially dry to form a film, applying the cosmetic powder to the partially dried fixative, and allowing the fixative to completely dry. As a result of this method of applying the cosmetic powder, the powder is maintained in position by the fixative and some particles project outwardly from the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1983
    Inventors: Alan L. Collins, Joseph A. Vota
  • Patent number: 4382448
    Abstract: An electrical ignition device for a gas-powered catalytic curling iron. A self-contained electrical ignition device, including a battery, is provided in the top of the curling iron. When a spring loaded button member is depressed, electrical contact is made between the battery and an incandescent filament, such as a platinum wire. The filament is proximate a catalytic heating means. When the filament is activated, oxidation of the vaporized fuel/air mixture, in the presence of the catalyst, is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Curt Tittert
  • Patent number: 4382447
    Abstract: A hair roller adapted to be heated by being positioned on a hot post of a hair setting unit, consists of a plastic, cylindrical and hollow outer body, provided with outstanding teeth on its outside surface. It is closed at its upper end and open at its lower end, its hollow portion being cylindrical in its upper part, extending to about two thirds of its length, and the remaining lower third is tapered towards the lower opening. A tubular insert, made of a resilient aluminum alloy, extends the length of the hollow portion. It is longitudinally slit over its entire length, and the two edges of the slit extend to both sides of an inwardly projecting longitudinal ridge provided in the cylindrical part of the hollow portion. The insert is provided with an outwardly projecting lug on one edge of the slit, which engages with a perforation or a recess in the outer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Inventor: Dov Z. Glucksman
  • Patent number: 4381791
    Abstract: An improved permanent wave, mandrel device for hair, in which a small diameter rod forms a mandrel for rolling a tight curl of hair, the hair curl being pressed against the rods by an elastic cord stretched from one end of the rod to the other, and in which the improvement embodies the addition of a sponge member, preferably in the form of a cylinder surrounding the elastic cord and a portion of which is positioned between the cord and the curled hair to distribute the applied pressure more widely and prevents breakage of hair strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Inventor: Jean Van Sickle
  • Patent number: 4381790
    Abstract: A roller clip having three prongs is disclosed. It comprises a u-shaped member as a first leg terminating in a first longitudinal member and a second leg terminating in a second longitudinal member. The first and second longitudinal members are parallel and the first and second legs are interconnected by an interconnecting portion. A third longitudinal member projects from the interconnecting portion and is substantially parallel to the first and second longitudinal members. The third longitudinal member terminates in an upturned end. A handle also projects from the interconnecting portion and is generally located in the plane of the u-shaped member. Preferably, the handle and the third longitudinal member are integral and form an obtuse angle therebetween. The first and second longitudinal members may be flat and a notch for latching is provided between the first leg and the first longitudinal member and between the second leg and the second longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Assignee: Clairol Incorporated
    Inventors: William E. Springer, Stewart K. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 4378025
    Abstract: The cosmetic products of the invention are characterized by the fact that they are in the form of deep-frozen blocks or cakes, directly applicable to the skin and each allowing multiple applications, the vasoconstrictive action of the cold being added to the action properly speaking of the cosmetic substances, thus ensuring rapid penetration thereof into the epiderm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1983
    Assignee: Etablissement Troco
    Inventor: Bontemps R. Gaston
  • Patent number: 4377174
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying a permanent wave, wherein the hair is wound on curlers, a first permanent wave applying solution is applied to the hair, a permanent wave applying hood is put on the head of the person, at least one of the steam blowing and heating devices installed in the permanent wave applying hood is actuated to cause the first solution to sufficiently wet and permeate the hair, and a second permanent wave applying solution is spread over the hair by a second solution spraying device installed in the permanent wave applying hood while at least one of the steam blowing and heating devices is actuated to cause the second solution to sufficiently permeate the hair of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Assignee: SMK Industries
    Inventors: Takashi Muraji, Hiroshi Kitamura