Patents Examined by Lorna M. Douyon
  • Patent number: 11028347
    Abstract: Stable unit dose detergent pacs are provided which are less prone to leakage or breakage and more aesthetically pleasing during handling. The unit dose pacs include a water-soluble container formed from a water-soluble or water-dispersible film and a wash composition encapsulated in the container. According to one embodiment, the wash composition includes an anionic surfactant present at from about 2% to about 35%, a non-ionic surfactant present at from about 2% to about 30%, and a solvent system present at from about 37.5% to about 80%, characterized in that the solvent system is composed of water and a single non-aqueous solvent only, or composed of water, a single non-aqueous solvent, and a residual solvent (less than 5%) only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Piorkowski, Casey Elphege Camire
  • Patent number: 11021835
    Abstract: Portable stain removal kit (1) for locally removing a stained area on a fabric comprising a container (4) for containing a stain removing material (5) in a solid form, the container (4) being intended to be in direct contact with the stained area when the portable stain removal kit (1) is in use, whereby said portable stain removal kit (1) also comprises a base holder (3) for holding the container (4), and a cover (2) cooperating with the base holder (3) for enclosing the container (4) when the portable stain removal kit (1) is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Lihong Zhao, Yile Liao, Yong Jiang
  • Patent number: 11015153
    Abstract: A water-soluble unitary laundry detergent article that contains two or more surfactant-containing non-fibrous sheets with a fabric hueing agent located between such non-fibrous sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hongsing Tan, Mark Robert Sivik, Frank William Denome, Na Hou, Min Mao
  • Patent number: 11001792
    Abstract: An improved cleaning composition in block form is described. The composition addresses the consumer issues of having a clear product that remains clear through the life of the product and also has favorable handling properties such as a high melting point and increased hardness. The improvements are the result of three essential ingredients of particular block copolymer nonionic surfactants, alkanecarboxylic salts, and particular solvents at restricted proportions in the overall composition that are molded into a cleaning composition in block form that exhibits a high melting point, hardness and high optical transmittance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Joachim Leipold, Antje Schirmer, Frank Brunecker
  • Patent number: 11001793
    Abstract: A single dose pack and methods for producing and using the same are provided. In one embodiment, a multi-chamber single dose pack includes a container composed of a water-soluble film. Further, the container includes two or more separate chambers. The multi-chamber single dose pack further includes a buffering agent encapsulated within at least a first chamber of the two or more separate chambers and a wash composition encapsulated within at least a second chamber of the two or more separate chambers. The wash composition includes a detergent surfactant, water present in an amount of up to about 80 weight percent, based on the total weight of the wash composition, a water activity-reducing salt, carbohydrate, or non-aqueous solvent, and an organic or inorganic acid-based preservative. The wash composition has a water activity of about 0.1 to about 0.9. Further, the wash composition has a pH of about 3.5 to about 5.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Piorkowski
  • Patent number: 11001784
    Abstract: Detergent compositions effective for controlling hard water scale accumulation are disclosed. Detergent compositions employing phosphinosuccinic acid and mono-, bis- and oligomeric phosphinosuccinic acid (PSO) derivatives with alkali metal carbonate and/or alkali metal hydroxide to reduce hard water scale accumulation on treated surfaces at alkaline conditions between about pH of 9 and 12.5. Methods employing the detergent compositions and preventing hard water scale accumulation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Carter M. Silvernail, Erik C. Olson
  • Patent number: 10988717
    Abstract: A laundry stain and soil pretreatment sheet including a water soluble or water dispersible carrier layer, preferably polyvinyl alcohol, a removable separator layer, and a layer of cleaning agent composition therebetween. The separator layer is removed, the composition layer is adhered to a stain on clothing, and the clothing is laundered. The carrier layer dissolves or disperses during the laundering. The separator layer can be water soluble or water dispersible. Depressions can be provided in the carrier layer to hold the layer of cleaning agent composition. Without the separator layer, a sheet of the carrier layer can be folded over to hold the cleaning agent composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DIRTY LAUNDRY, LLC
    Inventors: Jamie B. Peltz, Robert F. Golownia
  • Patent number: 10982175
    Abstract: A free standing film is provided including: a partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl acetate; a poly(ethylene oxide); a polyalkylene glycol; a plasticizer; optionally, a poly(isobutylene-co-maleic anhydride) copolymer; and optionally an additive. Unit dose packages including the free standing film are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: Dow Global Technologies LLC, Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Afua Sarpong Karikari, Xin Jin, Joseph Kao, An Kaga, Gyongyi Gulyas, Michael C. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10952431
    Abstract: A releasable encapsulation composition is described. The composition comprises a plurality of capsules, each capsule comprising an amphiphilic material encapsulating a substance, such as an active ingredient. The substance is releasable from encapsulation by a change in the amphiphilic material triggered by a change in the environment around the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Ramanathan S. Lalgudi, Robert J. Cain
  • Patent number: 10920177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions of benefit agent containing delivery particles and slurries comprising benefit agent containing delivery particles, compositions comprising the particles, and processes for making and using the aforementioned particles and compositions. Such slurries and benefit agent containing delivery particles are stable and when employed in compositions, for example, cleaning or fabric care compositions, the particles in such slurries increase the efficiency of benefit agent delivery, thereby allowing reduced amounts of benefit agents to be employed. In addition to allowing the amount of benefit agent to be reduced, such particles allow a broad range of benefit agents to be employed. The compositions can comprise particles, cakes, powders, particulates, aggregates, aggregate clusters and slurries comprising the benefit agent containing delivery particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Johan Smets, Corey James Kenneally, Ariel Lebron, Pascale Claire Annick Vansteenwinckel, Robert Stanley Bobnock, Peggy Dorothy Sands, Todd Arlin Schwantes, Chad Alexander Hladilek
  • Patent number: 10914027
    Abstract: A combined unit (2) for containing detergent or other chemical compounds, mainly for washing or dishwashing machines, the combined unit comprises at least one pocket (4) configured to contain at least one compound intended for at least one phase of a washing program. The combined unit comprises two sides, an inlet side (6) and an outlet side (8), and the sides of the unit (2) are intended for inlet and outlet liquid, respectively, into and out from the combined unit. The inlet side and said outlet side are constituted by liquid permeable filter members. In one embodiment the inlet side filter member is denser than the outlet side filter member, and that the inlet side filter member is capable of filtering out micro fibres in the inlet liquid. Also provided is a machine adapted to use the combined unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: CleanGuard AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Magnusson
  • Patent number: 10907117
    Abstract: A water-soluble unit dose article comprising a first water-soluble film and a second water-soluble film sealed together along a seal area, and optionally comprising a composition contained within the unit dose article, wherein the first water-soluble film and the second water-soluble film are chemically different to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: MONOSOL, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Frank Souter, Robby Renilde Francois Keuleers, Regine Labeque, Florence Catherine Courchay, Marc Rene Bert Renmans
  • Patent number: 10894875
    Abstract: Films including an aversive UV-protective agent, e.g., a quinoliziumolate, exhibiting improved thermostable UV protection and an acceptable bittering value at the same time which further minimizes processing complexity. Unit dose articles that include such films. Related processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Sammy Kibet Sambu
  • Patent number: 10889783
    Abstract: Solid detergent compositions for dishwashing or warewashing compositions and applications of use are disclosed. In particular, solid caustic-based compositions that do not require a traditional dispenser for controlled rate of release over multiple cycles are disclosed. Compositions, methods of employ and cleaning using the same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Max Gelderman, John Mansergh, Monique Roerdink Lander, Caitlyn Peltier
  • Patent number: 10870820
    Abstract: The present invention provides a water-soluble package comprising a water-soluble substrate and a powder coating on an exterior surface of the water-soluble substrate, wherein the water-soluble substrate encloses a composition and the powder coating includes a powdered bittering agent, a method of making such water-soluble packages and their use, in particular for washing dishes or laundering textiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Conopeo, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniƫl Albert van Doorn, Matthew Rhys Thomas
  • Patent number: 10858613
    Abstract: A highly alkaline detergent is described which includes the use of a carboxylic acid terpolymer in combination with an alkali metal hydroxide. The detergent maintains cleaning functions and also prevents hard water scaling at application temperatures, for example at temperatures of between about 145-180 degrees Fahrenheit and, for example, at a pH of 9.5 to about 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignees: ECOLAB USA INC., BASF SE
    Inventors: Carter M. Silvernail, Erik C. Olson, Kerrie E. Walters, Juergen Detering, Arend Jouke Kingma, James S. Dailey
  • Patent number: 10858619
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to water-soluble unit dose articles made from a combination of water-soluble films and containing household care compositions that are at least partially enclosed by the water-soluble films in at least one compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Amanee Daarina Salaam, Norman Scott Broyles, Emily Charlotte Boswell, Pier-Lorenzo Caruso, Michaela Monika Czupik
  • Patent number: 10851271
    Abstract: A flow medium for assisting a resin to be transferred into a mold accommodating a layered structure of reinforced material is provided. The flow medium is configured such that when the resin is cured the flow medium becomes incorporated within a final composite component comprising the reinforced material embedded within the transferred and cured resin. A semifinished product comprising such a flow medium is provided and a method for producing a composite component by utilizing such a semifinished product is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
    Inventors: Peter Kybelund, Simon Kwiatkowski Pedersen, Anders Haslund Thomsen
  • Patent number: 10844337
    Abstract: A wipe article includes a substrate, a cationic coating disposed on a surface of the substrate, distributed throughout the substrate, or both. The cationic coating contains a guanidinyl-containing polymer that is crosslinked and bound to the substrate. The substrate includes sponge, nonwoven fabric, or woven fabric. The wipes are useful for removing microorganisms from a microorganism-contaminated surface and also for reducing re-contamination of the cleaned surface or transfer to another surface of the removed microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Swanson, Jerald K. Rasmussen, George W. Griesgraber, Andrew W. Vail, Andrew S. Waller
  • Patent number: 10828856
    Abstract: A press device for manufacturing compacted tablets from at least one mixture in powder form, including at least one compaction assembly including a lower punch and an upper punch each having an active compaction surface and placed on either side of a die. The lower punch has a longitudinal recess open on the side of the die, inside of which is mounted a central rod which is translatably mobile relative to the lower punch. The central rod is coupled to the lower punch by a resilient link provided so as to hold, in an inoperative position, the central rod in a maximum deployed position in which the central rod protrudes relative to the active surface of the lower punch. The invention also relates to a specific compaction method and to a multi-layer compacted tablet with a recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: EUROTAB
    Inventors: Jacques Brosse, Valerie Venet, Jean-Louis Espeit, David Malartre