Patents Examined by Laura C Guidotti
  • Patent number: 10603150
    Abstract: An oral care implement including a handle and a replacement head that is detachably coupled to the handle. The handle may include a gripping portion extending from a proximal end to a distal end and a stem extending from the distal end of the gripping portion. The stem may have an inner cavity. A vibratory element including a motor and an eccentric may be partially located in the stem. The eccentric may have a first end that is operably coupled to the motor and a second end opposite the first end, the second end having an aperture therein. A guide pin may be fixed to the stem such that a first portion of the guide pin protrudes into the inner cavity of the stem. The first portion of the guide pin may extend through the aperture in the second end of the eccentric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Takahide Okai, John Gatzemeyer
  • Patent number: 10602895
    Abstract: A brushroll for a surface cleaning apparatus includes a brush dowel defining an axis and having opposing bristle supports and a shroud surface between the opposing bristle supports, and a plurality of bristles protruding from the bristle supports. The shroud surface includes opposing convex curved surfaces extending between the bristle supports which intersect the shroud surface at outside corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kasper, Jr., Todd Richard VanTongeren, Jeffrey A. Scholten, Jake Andrew Mohan
  • Patent number: 10595701
    Abstract: A raising device for a cleaning part in a cleaning tool and a raising method for a cleaning part in a cleaning tool are provided. The raising device is capable of raising the fibers of the cleaning part to a state in which waste can be collected. A raising device for raising the fibers in a fiber layer constituting a cleaning part in a cleaning tool is configured by providing a blowing part which blows compressed air at the fiber layer to raise the fibers of the fiber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Kikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10595699
    Abstract: A scraper includes two shells juxtaposed and soldered together, a blade combined with the two shells, and a connecting member combined with the two shells. Each of the two shells has a receiving space, a plurality of first soldering portions, a first opening, a first slot, a second soldering portion, and a third soldering portion. The blade has an operation portion and a first mounting portion. The first mounting portion extends through the first opening into the receiving space and has a fourth soldering portion combined with the second soldering portions of the two shells by soldering. The connecting member is located in the receiving space and has a second slot aligning with the first slot. The connecting member has two ends each provided with a fifth soldering portion combined with the third soldering portion by soldering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Jason Chang
  • Patent number: 10588398
    Abstract: In some embodiments an oral care implement herein may be embodied as a toothbrush having a head disposed at a distal end of a handle. The head may include a fixed bristle support and at least two movable bristle supports, movable relative to the fixed bristle support and relative to each other. An actuator is disposed to actuate the movable bristle supports between a brushing position in which bristles on the fixed bristle support and the movable bristle supports are substantially parallel and an interdental cleaning position in which the movable bristle supports are moved relative to each other such that the bristles on the movable bristle supports are angled toward each other. In the interdental cleaning position, the bristles may form a point or similar bristle tip, which may be useful for interdental cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Douglas Hohlbein, Kenneth Waguespack, Anthony Baxter
  • Patent number: 10583467
    Abstract: A medicine powder cleaning apparatus includes a pressure sensor, a positive pump, and a control module. The control module includes control unit and power supply unit. The pressure sensor detects a first pressing force to obtain a first detection value. The pressure sensor detects a first pressing force in a first tube to obtain a first detection value. The control unit is configured to obtain the first difference value, and determine whether within a reference range. The power supply unit supplies power to the positive pump when the first difference value is not within the reference range. The positive pump is configured to blow out the medicine powder in the first tube after being supplied with power by the power supply unit. A medicine powder cleaning method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (Shenzhen) CO., LTD., HONG HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 10575703
    Abstract: A versatile cleaning device is provided that can be easily configured for a number of different cleaning tasks and in a number of different positions. The device allows the user to change and/or replace to the cleaning head and/or the cleaning member carried by the head. The device allows the user to change a first angle between the handle and the extension arm via a pivot assembly. Further, the device allows the user to secure the handle to an extension device for greater reach and cleaning range. Accordingly, the cleaning device allows for even increased reach and cleaning range, as well as allowing the device to be folded for easy and compact storage/shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: William Harrington, James M. Buckley, Robert F. Smith
  • Patent number: 10575704
    Abstract: A wringer, for example for mops, includes one or more positioning elements to position a mop at least in one dimension in the wringer, for example to a desired depth in the wringer, to wring the mop. The positioning elements far other than a bottom surface of the wringer. A wringer is also disclosed in which a wringing surface is moved toward another wringing or a base surface in a drawing or pulling motion. A wringer is also disclosed where the wringing operation can be activated by a pivoting or other mechanism that can be operated from at least two positions, a plurality of spaced apart locations, from handles, or by way of structures positioned outside of a wringing envelope defined by wringing plates or other components contacting a mop element. The structures can be used to operate the wringer even if a handle of a mop element extends outward of the wringing envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: MICRONOVA MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Phillip LeCompte, Kristin Stewart
  • Patent number: 10555658
    Abstract: A mop comprising a mop handle with a grip end and a mopping end and includes spline ribs that surround a surface of the mop handle. The mop includes a ratchet sleeve surrounding the mop handle and is rotatable in first and second directions. The ratchet sleeve includes a flexible collar with an inward-facing integral pawl on an interior portion of the flexible collar. The mop includes a mop head at the mopping end of the mop handle. The mop head has a first end connected to the mopping end and a second end connected to the ratchet sleeve. The flexible collar is flexible between a locked position where the pawl engages with the spline ribs preventing rotation of the ratchet sleeve in the first rotational direction, and an unlocked position where the pawl disengages the spline ribs allowing rotation of the ratchet sleeve in first and second rotational directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Freudenberg Household Products LP
    Inventors: Doug Metzel, Conrad Alfaro
  • Patent number: 10548393
    Abstract: A toothbrush (100) having a combination of tapered and non-tapered cleaning elements (50) for enhanced cleaning effects and having a plurality of tapered bristle tufts of differing tuft configurations including, a first tapered bristle tuft (500) having a dome-shaped bristle tip profile (520) toward one end (210) of the head (200), a second tapered bristle tuft (602) having an arcuate-shaped bristle configuration (622) toward an opposite end (222) of the head (200), and a plurality of laterally-extending third tapered bristle tufts (600) arranged in an alternating fashion with non-tapered bristle tufts (630) and disposed between the first and second tapered bristle tufts (500, 602).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Wen Jin Xi, Guang Sheng Guo, Xiang Ji Ding
  • Patent number: 10537222
    Abstract: A cleaning sheet includes an aperture and a housing space. The housing space further includes a first space region, and a second space region which is shorter than the first space region. The first space region is disposed closer to the aperture than the second space region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: UNICHARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Midori Teshima, Tomokazu Suda, Akane Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10532607
    Abstract: An apparatus for wetting a roller (e.g. with paint) includes a liquid containment area having a first side wall, a second side wall, a first end wall and a second end wall, and a sloping bottom section connected to form a rectangular container capable of holding a liquid. The sloping bottom section slopes such that a first end of the rectangular container is deeper than a distal opposing end such that the liquid tends to drain and pool in the first end. A lip extends inwardly continuously around the top edges of the side walls. The lip reduces spilling of paint, adds stiffness to the tray, and provides a base for the attachment of a roller cleaning mesh. In some embodiments, a roller cleaning mesh is mounted to the lip above the first end for rolling a roller over to remove debris from the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PaintBTR, LLC
    Inventor: Martin Wager
  • Patent number: 10524890
    Abstract: The power toothbrush includes a handle portion which includes a power drive assembly and a brushhead assembly (32) which includes a brushhead arm (36) and a brush element (38) at a distal end thereof. A V-spring assembly (14) converts the action of the power drive assembly to drive the brushhead assembly in a back-and-forth action. A mounting member (55) at the rear end of the V-spring assembly provides a base for a magnet (56). The V-spring assembly and the brushhead assembly comprises a unit which moves about a pivot point at the forward end of the V-spring assembly, so that the back end of the V-spring assembly is displaced in accordance with pressure applied to the brush member. A Hall effect sensor (58) is mounted within the changing magnetic field produced by the magnet as the rear end of the V-spring assembly is displaced due to pressure on the brushhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Kevin Arnold Miller
  • Patent number: 10517389
    Abstract: A process for creating multiple tufts for a tufted article comprises directing the initial filament bundle into a first channel, causing the bundle to move through the first channel while splitting the bundle into a plurality of tufts according to a predetermined pattern, and directing the plurality of tufts into the plurality of second channels such that each of the plurality of tufts has its own second channel. An apparatus comprises a first plate having a first channel for receiving a filament bundle, a splitting element for separating the bundle into the plurality of individual tufts, a second plate having a plurality of second channels for receiving the plurality of tufts, and a driving means for moving the filaments in the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Andreas Birk
  • Patent number: 10518352
    Abstract: A device for cleaning welds. The device comprises a bristles pad, the bristles pad being electrically conductive to deliver electrical current to a weld to be cleaned when the bristles pad is in physical contact with the weld. The device further includes a bristles pad support, the bristles pad support including an elongated body receiving the bristles pad and extending along the bristles pad, the elongated body including a first section and a second section attached to each other, the first section being separable from the second section to reduce a length of the bristles pad support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: WALTER SURFACES TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Michele Lapelosa
  • Patent number: 10517459
    Abstract: A barbeque grill scraper that uses a scraping edge with a tooth formed of a wearable material to remove char and debris from the grill grates. The tooth fits between adjoining grill grates to guide the scraping edge and create a plurality of indents in the scraping edge that match the top profile of the grill grates. The grates are thus thoroughly cleaned without the health risks associated with wire brush cleaners. Another embodiment further utilizes a protruding cleaning tool to access and clean the lower sides and bottom of the grill grates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CHARBOSS LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Rosenberger
  • Patent number: 10512323
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a handle and a head mounted to the handle. In one aspect, the head may extend from a proximal end to a distal end along a longitudinal axis, the head having a base portion formed of a rigid plastic material and a flexible portion formed of an elastomeric material, a first longitudinal section of the flexible portion spaced apart from the base portion by a gap. The flexible portion of the head may have an upper surface and an opposing lower surface such that within the first longitudinal section of the flexible portion the upper surface and the lower surface are substantially planar and parallel to one another. Furthermore, tooth cleaning elements may be secured to the flexible portion of the head by in-molded technology to extend from the upper surface of the flexible portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, Joachim Storz, Tanja Langgner, Thomas Kuchler
  • Patent number: 10508395
    Abstract: Pavement sweeping apparatuses may include a directionally mobile apparatus frame. At least one pickup unit may be carried by the apparatus frame. At least one actuatable first side edge broom may be carried by the apparatus frame generally on the first side and forward of the at least one pickup unit. At least one actuatable first side curb broom may be carried by the apparatus frame generally on the first side and forward of the at least one pickup unit. At least one actuatable second side edge broom may be carried by the apparatus frame generally on a second side and forward of the at least one pickup unit. At least one actuatable second side curb broom may be carried by the apparatus frame generally on the second side and forward of the at least one pickup unit. Pavement sweeping methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: David S. Madden
  • Patent number: 10506906
    Abstract: A disposable cleaning pad having a grout cleaning brush includes a bristle attachment for use with a disposable pad. The bristle attachment is molded into a rectangular base piece forming a stand-alone removable brush that can be removably attached to a disposable pad. A top rectangular piece of similar dimensions to the base is connected to the end portion of the base by way of a hinge. The ends opposite the hinge have mating clasps that allow for the brush assembly to be securely yet removably fastened to an existing cleaning pad which is then mounted in the normal manner to the cleaning system. The brush assembly enjoys a longer life than that expected from a disposable cleaning pad thus the brush assembly may be reused many times before it needs to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Leonard Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 10492656
    Abstract: A cleaning pad for absorbing liquids from a hard, target surface. The cleaning pad has a hydrophobic floor sheet, and a core joined to the floor sheet. The core has absorbent gelling material therein with a gradient distribution, so that the pad has a particular minimum absorbency as used with water or with common amine oxide cleaning solution. A hydrophilic smoothing strip is joined to the outwardly facing surface of said floor sheet. The cleaning pad provides both good absorbency and a coefficient of friction falling within a specified range judged advantageous for cleaning. The absorbency and coefficient of friction work well with both water and an amine oxide cleaning solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: David John Hoying, Fernando Ray Tollens, Brian Lee Keith, Jessica Lea Ellis