Patents Examined by Jennifer C Chiang
  • Patent number: 10441129
    Abstract: A cleaning device has a cleaning roller that is rotatable about an axis of rotation and serves for treating a surface to be cleaned. The cleaning roller is in the form of a hollow body with an internal liquid chamber, and at least one hollow body opening for releasing liquid from the liquid chamber. In order to develop a cleaning device, in which liquid is only released from the liquid chamber to the surface of the hollow body under certain conditions, a mechanically actuated valve element is assigned to the hollow body opening, wherein the valve element can be displaced into a closing position, in which the hollow body opening is closed, and/or into an opening position, in which the hollow body opening is released, depending on the magnitude of a centrifugal force that acts upon the valve element as a result of a rotation of the cleaning roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Pfeiffer, Niklas Van Teeffelen
  • Patent number: 10426311
    Abstract: A portable liquid dispensing apparatus is described, which comprises a battery, a heating element, a liquid reservoir, a pump, an outlet, and a pipe, extending from the reservoir to the outlet and passing adjacent the heating element. In operation, the pump drives liquid from the reservoir into and through the pipe while the power source causes the heating element to heat the liquid passing through the portion of the pipe adjacent to the heating element to be expelled from the outlet at a temperature greater than the ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Steam E Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Martin Whitbread, Jared Brading
  • Patent number: 10413181
    Abstract: A head health care device and a head care system are provided. The head health care device includes: a body; a plurality of sensing components provided and projected on an outer surface of the body, in which each sensing component is configured to sense head information of a user; and a plurality of health care components provided and projected on the outer surface of the body, in which the health care components are configured to perform health care operations on a head of the user according to a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shengji Yang, Xue Dong, Hailin Xue, Haisheng Wang, Xiaochuan Chen, Yingming Liu, Weijie Zhao, Xiaoliang Ding, Lei Wang, Rui Xu, Changfeng Li, Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10413149
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus, such as a fluid delivery or steam mop, comprises a handle assembly comprising a steam distributor and a foot assembly pivotally attached to the handle assembly and comprising a base housing. The foot assembly can be used in two positions, whereby opposing sides of a cleaning pad on the base housing can selectively engage a surface to be cleaned. The foot assembly is further swivelable relative to the steam distributor, such that fluid can be delivered to the surface to be cleaned in both of the two use positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BISSELL HOMECARE, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10414203
    Abstract: A multi-function writing implement includes a pen shaft, a colored pen assembly, and an erasing pen assembly. The colored pen assembly is arranged at one end of the pen shaft. The colored pen assembly includes a cartridge seat, a nib seat, a plurality of colored cartridges, a plurality of relay cartridges, and a plurality of colored ink cotton tubes. The erasing pen assembly is arranged at the other end of the pen shaft opposite to the colored pen assembly. Only one end of the pen shaft may have at least two colors for providing the user to use different colors and the user is not necessary to use two nibs respectively arranged at two ends of the pen shaft by replacing in turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Chin-Cheng Lin
  • Patent number: 10407270
    Abstract: A press structure for a press type stationery, having mounting board (1), a button (400) and a resilient piece. The mounting board has a recess (11). A position limiting block (12) is provided at the front surface of the mounting board in this recess. A closed loop sliding track is formed between outer walls of the position limiting block and inner walls of the recess. The resilient piece has a spring (2) and a resilient rod (3). The position limiting block has a first inclined surface (122) and a second inclined surface (123). End portions of the first and second inclined surfaces are at one side of the resilient rod; upper ends of the first and second inclined surfaces are at another opposite side of the resilient rod. A contact part (4) positioned within the sliding track is provided at an upper end portion of the resilient rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Hang Wu
  • Patent number: 10398216
    Abstract: A fluid supply apparatus with leakage protection. The apparatus includes a housing defining a storage cavity having a total volume including a fluid portion and a gas portion. The storage cavity extends along a cavity axis from a first end to a second end. A capillary member is fluidly coupled with the fluid. A vent tube having a primary vent passageway and a plurality of vent apertures is located in the storage cavity. The primary vent passageway forms a pathway from the vent apertures to the external atmosphere. Fluid cannot flow through the vent apertures at ambient temperature and pressure equilibrium. The vent apertures may be located and arranged on the vent tube such that irrespective of vertical and angular orientation of the housing relative to a gravitational vector at least one of the vent apertures is in spatial communication with the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Leighton Davies-Smith, Al Sprosta, Shyamala Pillai
  • Patent number: 10400046
    Abstract: A portable electric powered or pneumatic powered paint system designed to worn in a typical workman's tool belt and thus accompany the painter as he moves from wall to wall and room to room without the restriction of electrical cords plugged into wall outlets or air hoses connected to an air compressor. The electrically powered embodiment of the invention consists of a paint reservoir, an electric paint pump, a power pack of two or more 18 Volt batteries, a paint applicator and associated paint supply tubing for transfer of paint from the reservoir to the paint applicator. The pneumatic embodiment of the invention replaces the electric paint pump and battery power pack with a pressurized air bottle and pressure regulator. Both embodiments of the invention provide the painter with a self-contained powered painting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph J. Matsko
  • Patent number: 10390607
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus with leakage protection. The apparatus includes a housing defining a storage cavity having a total volume including a liquid portion and a gas portion. The storage cavity extends along a cavity axis. A capillary member is fluidly coupled with the liquid to transport the liquid to the external atmosphere. The apparatus includes a plurality of vents that prevent liquid from flowing therethrough while permitting air to pass therethrough. A hub component is mounted within the storage cavity and it includes a plurality of radial vent passageways extending between the storage cavity and a primary vent passageway, which in turn forms a pathway to the external atmosphere. The vents may be located and arranged such that irrespective of inclination and rotational orientation of the housing relative to a gravitational vector at least one of the vents is in spatial communication with the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Leighton Davies-Smith, Al Aquanza Sprosta, Shyamala Pillai
  • Patent number: 10391809
    Abstract: A writing instrument having a writing part, having a writing tip, and having a protective cap which protects, the writing tip and is releasably connectable to the writing part. For the releasable connection between the cap and writing part, the writing part has several connecting structures, each with a connecting region which is curved in an ellipsoidal, ball-shaped manner, such as balls or semi-spheres, and the cap has an internal thread on the inside. The internal thread of the cap and the connecting structure of the writing part are positioned and aligned with each other in such a manner that, in each case with the cap in a state fastened on the writing part, the connecting region of the respective connecting structure engages completely or in part in a or the thread of the internal thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: C. Josef Lamy GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Lambrecht
  • Patent number: 10384228
    Abstract: A liquid applicator for applying a liquid to a surface with an improved liquid delivery process. The liquid applicator includes a container having a container body that includes an opening and a chamber that is configured to receive and hold the liquid; and, a housing assembly removably attached to the container, the housing assembly including a liquid application element and a nozzle that delivers the liquid from the chamber to the application element, wherein the nozzle is configured to deliver the liquid from the chamber to the application element when the housing assembly is positioned in a first position with respect to the container, and wherein the container body comprises an interface, a main body portion, and a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SHUR-LINE
    Inventors: Garry C. Fee, John C. Morphey
  • Patent number: 10376035
    Abstract: A lip balm container is presented as a tubular member having a hollow interior with axial opposite proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal and distal ends. The tubular member has a first chamber in the hollow interior adjacent the proximal end, a dental floss cutting tool adjacent to the distal end, and a second chamber in the hollow interior intermediate the first chamber and the distal end. The first chamber receives lip balm and exposes the lip balm from the proximal end. The second chamber receives a coil of dental floss with a center axis of the coil of dental floss being arranged perpendicular to the lip balm container longitudinal axis. An aperture communicates with the second chamber and allows the lead end of the dental floss to advance from the second chamber to the dental floss cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Amanda J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10376080
    Abstract: A container holds spreadable food and a handheld spreader. A sheath is configured on an inside surface of the container comprising a top sheath opening at a top of the sheath sized to receive the handheld spreader. The top sheath opening is configured with a same size and shape as a cross-section of the handheld spreader to scrape and clean the handheld spreader when the handheld spreader is slid in the sheath. The sheath has sheath opening near a bottom of the sheath configured to permit flow of liquid therethrough when the handheld spreader is slid in the sheath. The handheld spreader can fixedly attach to a central underside of a screw on lid. The handheld spreader can have a handle area on an end and a spreading surface on an opposing end. The sheath can be integrally formed of the same material as the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan P Newland
  • Patent number: 10376040
    Abstract: A fluid supply apparatus with leakage protection. The apparatus includes a housing defining a storage cavity having a total volume including a fluid portion and a gas portion. The storage cavity extends along a cavity axis from a first end to a second end. A capillary member is fluidly coupled with the fluid. A plurality of vent apertures are formed into the housing, each forming a passageway between the storage cavity and an external atmosphere and each configured such that the fluid cannot flow through the vent apertures at ambient temperature and pressure equilibrium between the storage cavity and the external atmosphere. The vent apertures may be located and arranged on the housing such that irrespective of vertical and angular orientation of the housing relative to a gravitational vector at least one of the vent apertures is in spatial communication with the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Leighton Davies-Smith, Al Aquanza Sprosta, Shyamala Pillai
  • Patent number: 10376034
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator having a side control button includes a pencil-like long tube body, one end of which is engaged with a pencil head-like material holder, in which a slotted seat for the accommodation of a lipstick strip is inserted; the inside of the long tube body is configured with a screw rod, one end of which is connected to the slotted seat; one side of the long tube body is configured with a control button, which is pressed down to drive the screw rod to move the slotted seat toward the top edge of the material holder; the screw rod is turned relatively to the long tube body through the material holder, allowing a ratchet surface of the screw rod to be engaged or released, thereby achieving one-handed operation for material discharge or retreat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SHP (HK) TRADING LIMITED
    Inventor: Lin-Lang Chan
  • Patent number: 10363404
    Abstract: An applicator comprising a source of fluid and a frangible applicator tip portion attached to the fluid source. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, the fluid flows from the source to an absorbent member attached to the applicator tip to spread the liquid on a surface. The frangible tip may comprise a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element, and a frangible region therebetween. The tongue element may comprise ribs for reinforcement. The frangible tip further may comprise a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid. The dispensing applicator may be used in various medical applications. A fin member, which may be formed as two securable halves, is configured to be disposed about the applicator to facilitate securing of the applicator within an absorbent member and to minimize risk of loss of tongue element portions due to possible separation proximate the frangible region during a use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BIOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: James Brown
  • Patent number: 10363405
    Abstract: A dispensing applicator may include a container configured to contain a fluid, the container including an inlet end having an opening and an outlet end, the container containing a predetermined volume of fluid; an end cap secured to the inlet end of the container; a gasket placed between the inlet end and the end cap, the gasket being secured to the inlet end and covering the opening; an attachment member received within and secured to the container, the attachment member including a length portion including a frangible section, the frangible section including a tongue element; and a fracture anvil configured to pivotably receive the tongue element, rotationable movement of the fracture anvil relative to the tongue element causing the tongue element to break while remaining attached to the frangible section such that fluid is released from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BIOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 10362853
    Abstract: An applicator and dispensing device adapted to enclose a solid product within a holder which is enclosed by an outer shell. The outer shell can rotate relative to the holder via a hinge and then push a support cup that contains the product along a channel and through an orifice in the holder, thus exposing the product for use. In an embodiment, the holder contains an indentation or hole that locks with a corresponding peg located the outer shell when closed. In an embodiment, the holder and outer shell are prevented from moving longitudinally relative to one another by virtue of configuring the lower position of the guideway such that it beneficially locks with the guide when the device is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CONCEPT WORKSHOP WORLDWIDE, LLC
    Inventor: Stewart Seidler
  • Patent number: 10349722
    Abstract: A rod-shaped cosmetic material feeding container having a movable body housed in a container main body in which the movable body advances by an operation of an operating portion. A rod-shaped cosmetic material is fed by the advance of the movable body to project from an opening of a leading tube. The leading tube has the tip end and a main body, the tip end being made of a soft material, the main body being installed consecutively to the tip end and extending in an axial direction. Further, the main body of the leading tube is made of a hard material and has an elongated tube hole (e.g., having a drop or rhombic shape in cross-section) formed inside. A top end surface on the tip end has a tapered surface tapered to peak at an outside surface of the tip end when viewed from a tip side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOKIWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Risa Yasumi
  • Patent number: 10342315
    Abstract: A lipstick tube that can be worn as an attachment to wearable object, such as a necklace, with the intermediacy of a coupling system wherein the lipstick tube is readily connect and disconnect to and from the necklace, and wherein the resulting arrangement is tailored to athletic and outdoor activities with built-in resistance of the tube toward loss of the lipstick by unintentional pulling, or wherein the arrangement is intended as an ornate display of charm and grace and targeted primarily to female users where elegance and practicality is supported by the coupling system. The choice tubes can be provided with refill capabilities to encourage use of valuable construction materials, to guarantee their value and usefulness over a long lifetime, to enlarge the repertoire of available lipstick colors and chemical compositions for the user, and to encourage eco-friendliness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Hubert Maehr