Patents Examined by Huyen Le
  • Patent number: 10299640
    Abstract: A sanitary washing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a base plate and a body part. The base plate has a pair of mounting holes that corresponds to a pair of through-holes formed on an upper surface of a toilet bowl and is mounted on the upper surface of the toilet bowl by inserting fastening members mounted on the pair of mounting holes through the pair of through-holes. The body part incorporates a functional component that includes a washing nozzle, and is mounted on the toilet bowl via the base plate. Furthermore, a mounting part for the body part is formed only between the pair of mounting holes on the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Tomomi Rokuta, Akihiro Ashihara, Yukari Kawazu, Tomoaki Suetsugu, Masayuki Mochita
  • Patent number: 10299634
    Abstract: A hair clippings collection system for collecting hair clippings includes a sink that may be manipulated in the convention of plumbed sinks. A shroud is selectively draped over the sink to capture hair clippings from shaving or the like. In this way the shroud inhibits the sink from being contaminated with the hair clippings. A pocket is coupled to the shroud to contain objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Clinton Reyes
  • Patent number: 10300360
    Abstract: A disclosed facility includes a wave generator, a support including an edge zone, a culminating zone, a progression zone sloping upwardly between the edge and culminating zones, a crest between the culminating zone and a depressed zone depressed relative to the crest, water situated over the edge and progression zones, forming part of an aquatic environment including horizontally contiguous upper and deep regions which are respectively higher than and lower than the edge zone, and an inner zone over the edge and progression zones and which is vertically contiguous with the upper region; the facility being configured such that the water at end of travel of the waves gets past the crest and falls into a reception volume delimited by the depressed zone when the generator is in use; and a fluidic communication below the support linking the deep region to an opening that is open to the reception volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Laurent Hequily
  • Patent number: 10292535
    Abstract: A bathtub extension liner includes, but is not limited to a plurality of horizontally inflatable tubes adapted to be positioned around an outer perimeter of a bathtub; a vinyl assembly connected to the plurality of horizontally inflatable tubes, the vinyl assembly adapted to line an interior area of a bathtub; and a drain assembly, said drain assembly centrally positioned within the vinyl assembly adapted to line the interior area of the bathtub near an end of a lengthwise dimension of the vinyl assembly wherein water that is held inside the inflatable bathtub liner is released through the drain assembly and exits through a conventional bathtub drain as provided on the conventional bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Linda Jeanne Clewell
  • Patent number: 10294645
    Abstract: There is provided a sanitary washing device. The sanitary washing device includes a wash water heating part, a jetting nozzle, and a controller. The wash water heating part includes a first heater and a second heater. A resistance value of the second heater is higher than a resistance value of the first heater. The wash water heating part heats wash water supplied from a water supply source by only the first heater and the second heater. The jetting nozzle jets the wash water supplied via the wash water heating part. The controller controls a power supplied to the first heater and the second heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kawada, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takeshi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10294648
    Abstract: A toilet flange for facilitating installation of a toilet onto a drain pipe is provided. The toilet flange is rotationally adjustable while being irreversibly inserted into or onto the drain pipe. The toilet flange includes a flanged pipe cooperative with a circumferential gripping ring. The flanged pipe has an outer surface that includes a circumferential channel. The circumferential gripping ring cooperates with the circumferential channel so as to provide rotational adjustment while the flanged pipe is irreversibly inserted into or onto the drain pipe. The flanged pipe outer surface includes a circumferential groove for accommodating a sealing ring seated in the circumferential groove. The circumferential gripping ring includes a channel guide ring that is seated rotatably within the circumferential channel, and a plurality of gripping projections extending from the channel guide ring. The toilet flange is simpler and faster to install, providing a longer-lasting seal than a traditional toilet flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Darrell Gregory Connell
  • Patent number: 10285903
    Abstract: A foot spa tub includes a tub basin, a first magnetic drive member rotatably coupled to a drive motor, and a first casing supporting the magnetic drive member. The first casing is disposed against an exterior surface of a sidewall of the basin. A second magnetic drive member is rotatably coupled to a blade. The first and second magnetic drive members are magnetically coupled to each other so that the blade is drivingly coupled to the drive motor. A nozzle houses the second magnetic drive member and the blade. The nozzle is detachably securable to an interior surface of the sidewall by a magnetic attraction force between the first and second magnetic drive members. A method of circulating liquid in a foot tub spa is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: EcoTech Marine, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lawyer, Patrick Clasen, Timothy Marks, Quy Ton
  • Patent number: 10287757
    Abstract: The quick change faucet and sink assembly is a sink. The quick change faucet and sink assembly is configured for use with one or more faucets. The quick change faucet and sink assembly comprises a sink, a mounting plate, first lap joint, and a second lap joint. The first lap joint and the second lap joint attach the mounting plate to the sink. The quick change faucet and sink assembly works as follows: the one or more faucets are installed in the mounting plate and then the mounting plate is attached to the sink. The one or more faucets can then be attached to the appropriate lines to provide water to the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Jihad Saied
  • Patent number: 10280602
    Abstract: A bowl flushing control device of low tank type toilet has a water supply pipe with a working chamber; a waterway switch component used to open and close the waterway of the water supply pipe; a first floater being floatable in the toilet tank, the first floater takes action when the water level in the water tank is lower than the working level; a control rod being movable up and down, the first floater is movably coupled to the control rod; the control rod is movably connected to the waterway switch component to move downwardly and drive the waterway switch component to close the waterway of the water supply pipe when the first floater takes off restriction on the control rod; a activation component used to control the control rod to move upwardly to reset and coupled to the control rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN R&J PRECISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yaping Tang
  • Patent number: 10278545
    Abstract: An automated human washing system includes an enclosure having a base, a midsection, and a top cap. The enclosure has a front door. The system includes liquid dispensing tubes having openings for introducing liquid into the enclosure, and cleaning brushes having lower ends secured to the base. The liquid dispensing tubes are spaced from one another are surround the cleaning brushes. The system has a top cap including first and second top lids. The system has a main water faucet for introducing water into the upper end of the enclosure, a drain for removing liquid from the enclosure, a first engine for pumping liquid through the liquid dispensing tubes into the enclosure, a second engine for moving the elongated cleaning brushes over a top surface of the base, and a control system for operating the human washing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Anas Shakir Arab
  • Patent number: 10273668
    Abstract: An automatic water faucet device 1 for automatically discharging water when an object to be detected is detected has: a sensor 14 that detects the object; a first water discharge part 12 that performs foamy water discharge; a second water discharge part 13 that performs spray water discharge; and a controller 40 that performs control for switching between the foamy water discharge from the first water discharge part 12 and the spray water discharge from the second water discharge part 13, wherein the controller 40 performs the foamy water discharge from the first water discharge part 12 while the sensor 14 detects the object, and when the sensor 14 no longer detects the object, the controller 40 stops this foamy water discharge, and thereafter performs spray water discharge from the second water discharge part 13 for a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Kensuke Murata, Hitoshi Nakao, Naoto Tomiyama, Tatsuya Fukutomi, Masanobu Kanashiro
  • Patent number: 10264933
    Abstract: A toilet convenient to assemble and disassemble includes a toilet body (10) of which the upper end is provided with a supporting seat (30) and a toilet cover plate (20) of which the rear end is provided with a pivot shaft (40), wherein the supporting seat (30) is provided with an embedding hole (31) and the pivot shaft (40) is provided with an inserting column (41), the inserting column (41) being embedded into the embedding hole (31). In this way, whether the inserting column (41) is aligned to the embedding hole (31) or not can be seen clearly during the installation process, thereby the inserting column (41) may be directly aligned and embedded, thus, the operation is very convenient, blind installation is avoided and the installation efficiency is obviously improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: XIAMEN BEEWILL SANITARY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shisong Ren
  • Patent number: 10267027
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide urinal screens for reduced splashing. The urinal screen includes an outer ring and a web portion. The web portion includes a plurality of web strings disposed in a mesh pattern such that a plurality of open areas are defined between the web strings. Portions of the web strings forming a first face of the web portion configured to receive urine in use are substantially rounded in profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D'Amico, Eric Peterson, Todd Lappi, Jacob Edward Malesky
  • Patent number: 10266268
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for disposal of liquid and food into a sink basin. The disclosed system cooperates with and delivers the received waste material to the main waste system on-board the vehicle. This is typically an aircraft waste tank. The system does not require a manual flush, but includes a sensor system that activates drainage of the holding line when the liquid and/or other waste material reaches a certain level therein. The disclosed system combines the functionalities of a common galley sink and a galley waste disposal unit, but occupies only the space envelope of an existing galley sink. The use of an existing galley sink means that no additional space on the countertop is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Razmik B. Boodaghians, Christina Ortolan, Joerg Stachowski, Timothy Morse
  • Patent number: 10234333
    Abstract: A drain covering device is described with built in temperature sensors and lights which signal various measured temperatures which are acceptable, cold, or hot for an intended use. The device is easily separable and can be rinsed and stored using an attached suction cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Bryan Dunn, Mark Hatherill, Kevin Douglas Johnson, Richard Ernest Scott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10231583
    Abstract: A toilet apparatus according to an embodiment includes a toilet seat, a main part, a toilet, a tank, and a radio wave sensor. The toilet seat is pivotally supported by the main part to be openable and closable. The toilet is provided under the main part. The main part is placed on the toilet. The tank is provided inside the toilet. Water for washing the toilet is stored in the tank. The radio wave sensor is disposed higher than the tank. The radio wave sensor detects a human body by radiating a radio wave frontward of the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Yuta Tanogashira, Shoichi Tsuiki, Takeshi Yasugata, Kenichi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10233898
    Abstract: A toilet includes a power generation assembly connected thereto which is activated when flushing the toilet so as to generate electric power. The power generation assembly includes a body with a rotary unit and a power generation unit received therein. The power generation unit includes multiple magnets and coil units which. When flushing, the rotary unit is rotated by water and the magnets are rotated relative to the coil units. The coil units generate electric current to provide the necessary electric power of the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Yi-Wen Tang
  • Patent number: 10219659
    Abstract: An inclining toilet-seat lift is an apparatus that aids and supports a user while transitioning from a standing position to a sitting position, and vice versa, in order to relieve himself or herself. The apparatus includes a U-shaped base, a plurality of supporting legs, a platform, a posterior-bracing plate, an excrement-receiving hole, and a lifting mechanism. The U-shaped base upholds the plurality of supporting legs and the lifting mechanism. The plurality of supporting legs upholds the platform and the posterior-bracing plate. The platform supports and mounts the posterior-bracing plate, which rotates about a first edge of the platform and supports a user as the user sits down and stands up. The excrement-receiving hole allows a toilet or a bucket to collect excrement without the excrement coming into contact with the platform and the posterior-bracing plate. The lifting mechanism lowers and raises the posterior-bracing plate onto and from the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Joe Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10221548
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for disposal of liquid and food into a sink basin. The disclosed system cooperates with and delivers the received waste material to the main waste system on-board the vehicle. This is typically an aircraft waste tank. The system does not require a manual flush, but includes a sensor system that activates drainage of the holding line when the liquid and/or other waste material reaches a certain level therein. The disclosed system combines the functionalities of a common galley sink and a galley waste disposal unit, but occupies only the space envelope of an existing galley sink. The use of an existing galley sink means that no additional space on the countertop is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Joerg Stachowski, Razmik B. Boodaghians, Timothy Morse, Christina Ortolan
  • Patent number: 10208469
    Abstract: Sterilizing device for a toilet that includes an ozone generator and an impelling device fluidically connected to the ozone generator that allows discharging the ozone generated into the flush water of the toilet. A controller controls generating the ozone and discharging the ozone into the flush water. A sensor detects the presence or the actuation of a user, the sensor being communicated with the controller. The controller controls the ozone generator depending on a signal received from the sensor. The sterilizing device also includes an ion plasma generator for discharging ion plasma directly into the air adjacent the toilet. The ion plasma generator being controlled by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AERO ENGINEERING, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Luis Becerril Ruiz, David Hernandez Diaz, David Martos Ferreira