Patents Examined by Lorna M. Douyon
  • Patent number: 10717953
    Abstract: A single dose pack and methods for producing and using the same are provided. In one embodiment, a single dose pack includes a container, wherein the container comprises a water-soluble film, and a wash composition encapsulated within the container. The wash composition includes a detergent surfactant, water present in an amount of from about 8 to about 40 weight percent, based on the total weight of the wash composition, and a polyethylene glycol (PEG) blend. The PEG blend includes at least one relatively higher molecular weight (MW) PEG having an average MW of about 1500 Daltons or greater in combination with at least one relatively lower MW PEG having an average MW of about 400 Daltons or less and/or at least one mid-MW PEG having an average MW of between about 400 and about 1500 Daltons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Piorkowski, Casey Elphege Camire, David S. Stott, II
  • Patent number: 10703912
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laundry detergent composition comprising a particle comprising hueing agent and clay. The particle can be incorporated into laundry detergent products, such as a laundry detergent powder. The particle exhibits an excellent storage stability profile with very little bleeding of the hueing dye from the particle, exhibits excellent fabric deposition of the hueing dye during a laundering process without causing any spot staining of the fabric, and does not impact the visual appearance of a laundry detergent powder when incorporated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Gregory E. Fernandes, Dominick J. Valenti, Patrick C. Stenger, Gregory S. Miracle, Andrew P. Moon, Michael McDonnell
  • Patent number: 10696926
    Abstract: Stable unit dose compositions with high water content are provided. Such unit dose compositions include an aqueous composition having a water activity of from about 0.60 to about 0.95 and a water-soluble container formed from a water-soluble or water-dispersible film material. In one embodiment, the aqueous composition includes water in an amount of 20% to 70% by weight, a structured surfactant system which is in the form of a lamellar structure, and a salt which promotes the formation of the lamellar structure. The surfactant system may include: (1) a linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) and/or an alcohol ethoxylsulfate (AES), (2) a non-ionic surfactant, and (3) a fatty acid. The unit dose compositions can prevent the enclosed liquid detergent composition with a high level of water content from dissolving or pre-maturely dispersing the water-soluble container due to the lamellar structure of the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Casey Elphege Camire, Patrick Shane Akeem Harewood, Cynthia L. Moser, Daniel Thomas Piorkowski, David S. Stott, II
  • Patent number: 10696934
    Abstract: A water-soluble film contains a polyvinyl alcohol resin (A), and has a complete dissolution time (T) and a curl area percentage (S), wherein a product (T×S) of the complete dissolution time (T) and the curl area percentage (S) satisfies the following expression (1): 1000?(Complete dissolution time (T))×(Curl area percentage (S))?7000??(1) The water-soluble film satisfies contradictory property requirements, i.e., satisfactory solubility and curl suppressing property, for example, even if being formed by using an acid-modified PVA resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Ookubo, Katsuhiko Katsuma, Takahiro Hiura
  • Patent number: 10689604
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of manufacturing an automatic dishwashing detergent product, said product being provided as a discrete dosage unit and comprising a continuous, non-aqueous gel phase, comprising manufacturing said gel phase by a method comprising free radical polymerisation of monomer(s) in a non-aqueous reaction mixture to form a polymeric builder; wherein said reaction mixture comprises: at least one non-ionic surfactant which is an optionally end-capped alcohol alkoxylate; and one or more monomers comprising acrylic acid and optionally one or more further ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated acids, wherein no more than 0.1 wt % of the total amount of the monomer(s) are crosslinking monomer(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser Finish B.V.
    Inventors: Pavlinka Roy, Claudia Schmaelzle, Caroline Rigobert, Heike Weber, Helmut Witteler, Yannick Fuchs, Roland Bohn
  • Patent number: 10676703
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for preparing a spray-dried laundry detergent particle, wherein the process includes the step of contacting zeolite to monomeric organic carboxylic acid in an aqueous mixture, wherein the aqueous mixture has a pH of 4.2 or less, wherein the aqueous mixture includes detersive surfactant, wherein the aqueous mixture is substantially free of silicate salt, and wherein the aqueous mixture is substantially free of carbonate salt, wherein the zeolite reacts with the monomeric organic carboxylic acid to form silica, wherein the aqueous mixture is spray-dried to form a spray-dried laundry detergent particle, wherein the particle includes: detersive surfactant; monomeric organic carboxylic acid; and silica, wherein the particle is substantially free of silicate salt, and wherein the particle is substantially free of carbonate salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hossam Hassan Tantawy, Jose Rodel Mabilangan Caragay, Eric San Jose Robles
  • Patent number: 10633617
    Abstract: Detergent compositions comprising a water-soluble film and a shading dye. At least about 10% of the shading dye is incorporated into the water-soluble film. Methods of making such detergent compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory Scot Miracle, Eva Jean Tulchinsky, Daniel Dale Ditullio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10626352
    Abstract: A detergent or cleaning agent, in particular a cleaning agent for hard surfaces, having at least two phases which are different from each other. The detergent or cleaning agent includes at least one first phase and at least one second phase that is different, with the at least one first phase being solid and the at least one second phase having at least one polymer and at least one polyvalent alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Oliver Kurth, Inga Kerstin Vockenroth, David Matulla, Volker Blank
  • Patent number: 10619042
    Abstract: Pouches that include a water-soluble film and a composition at least partially enclosed by the water-soluble film in at least one compartment, where the water-soluble film includes a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) resin blend. Methods of making and using such pouches and films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Regine Labeque, Florence Catherine Courchay, Steven George Friedrich, Shinsuke Nii, David M Lee, Marc Rene Bert Renmans
  • Patent number: 10611555
    Abstract: A method of making a web of multi-dose cleaning products may include forming first and second pluralities of internal holders in a first film, forming a first plurality of external holders in a carrier sheet corresponding with the first plurality of internal holders, and forming a second plurality of external holders in the carrier sheet corresponding with the second plurality of internal holders. The method may also include filling each of the first plurality of internal holders with a first cleaning composition, and filling each of the second plurality of internal holders with a second cleaning composition. Furthermore, the method may include sealing a second film to the first film to define first and second pluralities of pouches, folding the carrier sheet so that each of the first plurality of pouches overlaps a corresponding one of the second plurality of pouches, and sealing together overlapping portions of the carrier sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MONOSOL, LLC
    Inventor: David Brian Edwards
  • Patent number: 10611988
    Abstract: Methods relating to making product compositions that include encapsulates and borate compounds, where the encapsulates include polyvinyl alcohol polymer. Compositions made from such methods. Encapsulate slurries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Xinbei Song, Corey James Kenneally, Eugene Steven Sadlowski, Jeffrey John Scheibel, Johan Smets, Pascale Claire Annick Vansteenwinckel
  • Patent number: 10590249
    Abstract: Provided is a water soluble film, and detergent packets comprising the film as an encasing material. The film contains a (meth)acrylic polymer that is a blend of a hard polymer and a soft polymer, and a plasticizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Company
    Inventors: Afua Sarpong Karikari, Michael Mitchell, Fanwen Zeng
  • Patent number: 10577565
    Abstract: A solid block or unit dosed detergent composition as described which can be utilized in a variety of applications for cleaning surfaces and objects, removing suspending soils, and rinsing easily. The detergent composition, when exposed to an aqueous solution such as water, dissolves quickly and completely to create the use solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bartelme, Julie Marquardt, Steve E. Lentsch, Victor F. Man, Brian Leafblad
  • Patent number: 10544382
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to powdered automatic dishwashing detergents. More particularly, this disclosure relates to powdered automatic dishwashing detergent packets with superior environmental and human safety as well as superior cleaning efficacy and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Melaleuca, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Smith, Merrill Judy
  • Patent number: 10538720
    Abstract: A composition including a plurality of particles. The particles include from about 40% to about 99% by weight of said particles of a carrier and from about 0.0001% to about 5% by weight of an enzyme. Each of the particles has a mass between about 1 mg to about 5000 mg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Montserrat Guadalupe Vasquez Valdivieso, Neil Joseph Lant
  • Patent number: 10526570
    Abstract: Pouches, for example pouches that contain one or more active agents, such as a fabric care active agent or dishwashing active agent and/or detergent compositions, and more particularly pouches employing a water-soluble fibrous wall material, pouches employing a fibrous wall material that ruptures during use, and methods for making same, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Andreas Josef Dreher, Mark Robert Sivik, Gregory Charles Gordon, Hailing Bao, Paul Dennis Trokhan, Paul Thomas Weisman
  • Patent number: 10519407
    Abstract: Provided herein are detergent formulations which can effectively suppress efflorescence in unit dose detergent packs. In accordance with one embodiment, the detergent formulations comprise an alkyl ethoxysulfate component having an alkyl chain length of about 12-18 carbon atoms and about 2-9 moles of ethylene oxide and a cation, an alcohol ethoxylate component having an alkyl chain length of about 12-18 carbon atoms and about 5-9 moles of ethylene oxide, high fructose corn syrup, and a liquid carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Piorkowski
  • Patent number: 10457894
    Abstract: The application describes a water-soluble packaging having at least two chambers and containing a first liquid detergent or cleaning agent with a low content of water, a second liquid detergent or cleaning agent with a low content of water and a water-soluble wrapping, the first liquid detergent or cleaning agent with a low content of water containing an optical brightener and the second liquid detergent or cleaning agent with a low content of water containing a color transfer inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Frank Meier, Sabine Schuemann, Thorsten Ott, Luca Bellomi, Matthias Sunder
  • Patent number: 10450538
    Abstract: A unit dose of detergent and methods for producing the same are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, a unit dose comprises a body having a viscosity of from about 200,000 centipoise to about 50,000,000 centipoise at a working temperature of from about 0 to about 50 degrees Celsius, where the body has a bloom value of about 200 grams or more at the working temperature. The body comprises a detergent surfactant at from about 1 to about 40 weight percent based on the total weight of the body, and the body comprises a thickener at from about 10 to about 40 weight percent based on the total weight of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HENKEL IP HOLDING GMBH
    Inventors: Tasha Zander, Morgan Kelley, Jeffrey Bankers, Kelly Adson
  • Patent number: 10435649
    Abstract: The cleaning performance of washing and cleaning agents, in particular with respect to bleachable stains, was to be intensified without resulting in damage, in the context of use, to the textile treated therewith. This was achieved substantially by employing a bleaching-active species generated electrolytically from an organic mediator compound using a redox reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Mareile Job, Peter Schmiedel, Erik Brueckner, Guido Grundmeier, Markus Voigt