Patents Examined by Kevin Shaver
  • Patent number: 8985886
    Abstract: A hand-held shower head with an integral deployable brush for cleaning one's back and other hard-to-reach body areas is mounted to the shower head handle upon a sliding mechanism. In a lowered position, the brush is out of the way of the water stream enabling operation similar to a conventional hand-held shower. When in a raised position, the water stream flows through openings in the brush body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Rocky A. Derrick
  • Patent number: 7922039
    Abstract: A toy gun is disclosed that may have a pressurized elastomeric supply bladder in fluid communication with an elastomeric pulse bladder via a trigger valve. The pulse bladder may also be in fluid communication with a pulse nozzle via a pulse valve that is operatively connected to the pulse bladder so that the pulse valve moves from a closed position to an open position when the pulse bladder expands. When the supply bladder is filled with pressurized liquid and the trigger valve is opened, pressurized liquid from the supply bladder is forced into the pulse bladder. As the pulse bladder expands, the expansion eventually causes the pulse valve to open and cause a burst of liquid to be discharged from the pulse bladder through the pulse nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Jablonski, Joseph Dobkin, Raymond A. Mead
  • Patent number: 7896199
    Abstract: A portable, liquid-dispensing bag that has a bag within one or more bags. A fitment portal aligns openings in the one or more inner bags and outer the outer bag, which in at least one embodiment accommodates a tap. A variety of arrangements and variations are possible, including having a re-sealable opening in both the inner bag or bags and a re-sealable opening in the outer bag. A gas vent can be added to either the inner or outer bags. It is contemplated that a drinkable liquid is stored in an inner bag, and ice or cold water is stored in the outer bag to keep the drinking fluid cold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Steven Kaczmarek
  • Patent number: 7861893
    Abstract: A number of surgical devices for the mixing and dispensement of a dual component surgical adhesive onto tissue are described. The surgical devices can provide adhesive storage chambers for the adhesive components within the surgical device and can have removable cartridges that draw and mix and apply the adhesive onto tissue. The removable cartridges can be easily replaced when clogged with set adhesive. Alternately, an adhesive dispensing device can comprise an adhesive dispensing gun containing the dual components of the adhesive and a plurality of rotatable orifices that can dispense the adhesive. One orifice can be selected and aligned with the adhesive dispensing gun to mix and apply the adhesive onto tissue. A fresh orifice can be rotated into alignment with the gun should a prior orifice become blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Voegele, Jessica M. Liberatore
  • Patent number: 7857169
    Abstract: A metered dispenser includes a housing including a reciprocal piston drive stem including an inlet opening at a first end thereof, a floating piston at a second end, and a passage between the first and second ends. An inlet valve is provided adjacent the first end for permitting entry of liquid product into the passage. A biased cocking mechanism is reciprocally disposed substantially within the housing. A biased loading mechanism is movable in a second generally opposite direction by the cocking mechanism, and is engageable with the piston drive stem to move the drive stem in the second direction. When the cocking mechanism is moved from an initial rest position toward the second direction, a series of operations allow the loading mechanism to project the drive stem in the first direction to dispense a metered dose of liquid product through a discharge orifice provided adjacent the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Innopak, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Harrold
  • Patent number: 7458487
    Abstract: A plunger for a syringe of a liquid dispenser comprises a tapered front end section 12 having at its rear end 16 an outer diameter slightly smaller than the inner diameter of the syringe, a cylindrical drum section 14 continued to the rear end 16 of the tapered front end section 12, having a maximum outer diameter substantially the same as the inner diameter of the syringe and opening there, and a collar member 24 (30, 32) slidably formed by coupling with an outer circumferential surface in the vicinity of an opening 22 of the drum section 14 and maintaining the close contact with an inner wall surface 26 of the syringe 18, thereby inclination toward the syringe is eliminated and action within the syringe is constantly made smooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Musashi Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazumasa Ikushima
  • Patent number: 7427005
    Abstract: A closure for dispensing product from a container having a film seal across the mouth of the container finish includes a base having a deck that is adapted to overlie the film seal on the container finish and a dispensing opening in the deck. A lid is secured by a hinge to an edge of the base for overlying the deck. A spud is aligned with the dispensing opening and secured to the cover by one or more frangible elements. The spud is adapted, after rupture of the frangible elements, to move into the dispensing opening in the deck either directly or through an intervening spout, to pierce the film seal, and thereafter to function as a plug seal when the lid is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois Closure Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Lohrman
  • Patent number: 7404526
    Abstract: An injection nozzle for an internal combustion engine, the injection nozzle including an outer valve needle which is engageable with an outer valve seating so as to control injection through a first nozzle outlet, an inner valve needle which is movable within the outer valve needle and engageable with an inner valve seating so as to control injection through a second nozzle outlet, and a coupling arrangement for coupling movement of the outer valve needle to the inner valve needle in circumstances in which the outer valve needle is moved away from the outer valve seating beyond a predetermined amount, thereby to permit fuel injection through both the first and second nozzle outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Cooke, Andrew J. Limmer, Louise A. Connelly
  • Patent number: 7387218
    Abstract: The invention includes a method of using a cap containing an internal thread form matching an external thread form on a flexible throat for a collapsible tube enclosing at least one contained product. Twisting the cap engages the internal thread form and the external thread form. These collectively urge the cap and the flexible throat to seal the contained product into the collapsible tube. Deforming the flexible throat through squeezing the collapsible tube dispenses essentially all the product. The collapsible tube may preferably include an external thread form on a flexible throat coupled to a flexible shoulder. The external thread form mates to a cap with an internal thread form urging the flexible throat to seal against the cap when the cap is twisted onto the flexible throat. The flexible throat and flexible shoulder flatten to dispense essentially all of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventors: Susan Pottish, Howard Mullin, Scott Anderson, Morris Pottish
  • Patent number: 7377406
    Abstract: A portable grease gun with a dual pressure output capability which can be selectively changed by the user with little effort. The larger diameter plunger is slidable within a plunger retainer. The larger diameter plunger has a bore through them in which a smaller diameter plunger is slidable. The smaller diameter plunger moves when an actuating lever is operated to compress grease in the grease gun. The larger diameter plunger may be adjusted to remain static during operation of the actuating lever or it may be adjusted to move during all or part of the compression stroke of the actuating lever. A high pressure can be generated by movement of the smaller diameter plunger alone, or a high flow volume can be generated by movement of the smaller and larger diameter plungers in unison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Weems Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Don R. Linkletter, R. Mark Weems
  • Patent number: 7377405
    Abstract: Liquid soap dispensers including a vacuum relief valve which comprises an enclosed chamber having an air inlet open to the atmosphere and a liquid inlet in communication with liquid in the reservoir and in which the liquid inlet opens to the chamber at a height below a height at which the air inlet opens to the chamber. The vacuum relief valve permits relief of vacuum from the reservoir without moving parts or valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Inc.
    Inventor: Heiner Ophardt
  • Patent number: 7371342
    Abstract: Method intended to unblock enriched air blow or reaction gases nozzles in reactors or fusion converters for mining industry pyrometallurgy CHARACTERIZED by the injection of discrete air impacts with time intervals regulated to high pressure and rate through the enriched air blow or reaction gases nozzles; thus, the air impacts penetrate into the melting bath of such reactors or converters, producing the breaking of blocking accretions that dug the flow of such a enriched air or gas through the nozzle and forming, because the cooling provoked by the penetration of them, a directed accretion with material of the melting bath which is solidified by the cooling effect, allowing that the production of directed accretion be a natural lengthening of the tube of nozzle from the inner wall of these reactors or converters, and by this way to allow that the O2-enriched air blowing through the nozzle enters deeper in the melting bath, to a distance where breaking waves of this flow are generated far of the wall that has
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignees: Corporation Nacional Del Cobre De Chile, Instituto De Innovacion En Mineria Y Metalurgia S.A.
    Inventors: Luis Cerda, Alex M Moyano, Domingo Montoya, José Parraguez, Ricardo Amigo, Justo Luna
  • Patent number: 7370815
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cone nozzle with a nozzle body having a swirl chamber (18), an inlet hole (22) arranged in a side wall of the swirl chamber (18) and an outlet hole (20) arranged in a first end wall of the swirl chamber (18). In accordance with the invention a rotation-symmetrical projection (30) or a rotation-symmetrical recess is arranged on a second end wall of the swirl chamber opposite the first end wall and at least two blind holes (32) are arranged in the first end wall adjacent to the outlet hole (20). Use for secondary cooling of continuous billet casting plant, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Lechler GmbH
    Inventors: Albert Fecht, Lars Vater, Juergen Frick
  • Patent number: 7367518
    Abstract: A nozzle orifice of a nozzle (1) includes a tapered segment (16) extending from an elliptical discharge orifice (15) and having a taper angle ? of 30 to 80°, and a large-diameter segment (18) continuing with the tapered segment. The ratio of the inner diameter of large-diameter segment (18) relative to the minor diameter of the discharge orifice (15) is not less than 3 and less than 7. Also, the discharge how from the nozzle spreads in a single direction (width direction) within a plane perpendicular to the central axis of the nozzle and the erosion thickness angle is 1.5 to 3° in the direction (thickness direction), perpendicular to the width direction. Such a descaling nozzle enables that scale is removed efficiently at low pressure and/or low flow rate while restraining the cooling of a steel plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignees: Kyoritsu Gokin Co., Ltd., JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Tanigaki, Takashi Nishiyama, Kenta Karube, Kazunari Andachi
  • Patent number: 7367474
    Abstract: A glue gun includes a shell, a burner, a mixture chamber, a barrel and a dispenser. The burner is disposed in the shell and formed with a combustion chamber and a thermal chamber. The mixture chamber is connected to the combustion chamber. The barrel is inserted through the thermal chamber. The dispenser is connected to the barrel. Gas is mixed with air in the mixture chamber. The mixture is sent into the combustion chamber from the mixture chamber. Heat is generated as the mixture is ignited and combusted in the combustion chamber. The thermal chamber transfers the heat to the barrel from the combustion chamber. The barrel heats and melts a glue stick inserted therein. The dispenser dispenses the molten glue from the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Arlo Lin
  • Patent number: 7367477
    Abstract: A dispenser with an activation lever which extends laterally to one side of the dispenser and is particularly adapted for engagement by an elbow of one arm of a user and particularly adapted for dispensing fluid as onto the hand of a second arm of the user thereby avoiding the need for the activation lever to be engaged by a hand of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Hygiene-Technik Inc.
    Inventors: Heiner Ophardt, Henry Bruckner
  • Patent number: 7364098
    Abstract: A device for dispensing coating material includes a handle and a barrel coupled to the handle and extending therefrom toward a forward end from which coating material is dispensed. A first component is provided on the dispensing device. Multiple second components each include a portion which is complementary to the first component. At least one of the multiple second components comprises a tool for use in conjunction with the operation of the dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Alexander, Michael C. Rodgers
  • Patent number: 7364097
    Abstract: A water-saving type shower head operable to reduce flow volume while maintaining a high discharge pressure. A diameter-reduced water passage 19 of a flow control member 20 disposed in a head portion 22 of a shower head body 12 has a first and a second water passage portions 40 and 41 provided on an entry side and an exit side thereof, respectively. The first water passage portion 40 has a small diameter, and the second water passage portion 41 has an inside diameter which is 1.5 to 3 times that of the first water passage portion 40. On an upstream side of the first water passage portion 40, a tapered diameter-reduced portion 43 reduced in diameter in a flow direction is formed, and on a downstream side of the second water passage portion 41, a diameter-increased portion 45 increased in diameter in the flow direction is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Yoji Okuma
  • Patent number: 7363987
    Abstract: In the system or method for sprinklering a building, the building has a water delivery pipe for delivery of water to at least two different floors of the building. On at least two floors, a respective sprinkler pipe with a plurality of sprinklers is installed. Also a respective pump is installed whose outlet is connected to the respective sprinkler pipe, and whose inlet is connected to the water delivery pipe. A respective sensor for the respective pump automatically activates the pump when at least one of the sprinklers is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: William Grant
  • Patent number: 7360724
    Abstract: A nozzle is provided for use in a dynamic electrostatic air filter, in which the nozzle includes an internal electrode that charges a semiconductive liquid, and includes an external electrode that assists in breaking the liquid into droplets in a predetermined direction. Banks of multiple nozzles are also disclosed, which are separated by a charged “separation electrode” to prevent interference with spray patterns between adjacent banks. An electrostatic fountain is also disclosed which discharges a fragrance, or an inhalable medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Alan David Willey, Vladimir Gartstein, Chinto Benjamin Gaw, John Rolland Shaw, William Richard Mueller, Krista Beth Comstock