Patents Examined by Mark Spisich
  • Patent number: 11425989
    Abstract: A detangling brush has a top brush head and a bottom brush head connected with a hinge. The top brush head includes a top perimeter frame having a first plurality of inwardly extending fingers which are laterally spaced from each other, and further have a plurality of top bristles which project downwardly from at least some of the first plurality of inwardly extending fingers. At least one ring is mounted on the top brush. The bottom brush head has a bottom perimeter frame which includes a second plurality of inwardly extending fingers which are laterally spaced from each other, and further have a plurality of bottom bristles which project upwardly from at least some of the second plurality of inwardly extending fingers of the bottom brush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Mitch & Herbert, LLC
    Inventor: Tamela Hebert
  • Patent number: 11317705
    Abstract: The double action cleaning tool of the present invention includes a dynamic double action dual brush head and a handle. The dynamic double action dual brush head includes two brush heads rotatably attached to a brush head base, allowing the brush heads to independently rotate about the axis in which it is rotatably attached to the brush head base. A mechanical device capable of storing and releasing energy is connected between the two brush heads, which is rigidly attached to the brush head base. The double action cleaning tool stores energy in the form of potential energy in the mechanical energy storage device of the dynamic double action dual brush head during the sweeping stroke of the double action push broom. At the end of the sweeping stroke, the stored potential energy is converted into kinetic energy and rotates the dual brush, thereby providing an additional sweeping motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Salvador Alvarez
  • Patent number: 11313114
    Abstract: A drain cleaner includes a drum assembly configured to store a cable and an actuator assembly movable relative to the drum assembly between a neutral position, where the cable is free to spin and translate out of the drum assembly, an autofeed position, where the cable is allowed to spin and is automatically driven out of the drum assembly, and an autofeed locked on position, where the actuator assembly is maintained in the autofeed position without continuous input from a user. The actuator assembly includes a handle supported by the drum assembly and an autofeed locking mechanism. The autofeed locking mechanism includes a drive lock and a lock release. The drive lock engages the handle to maintain the actuator assembly in the autofeed locked on position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Samuel J. Krohlow
  • Patent number: 11304586
    Abstract: A cleaning system includes: a bucket; a cleaning device with a mop head, the mop head including a carrier body and cleaning fringes that are fixed to the carrier body, the carrier body being connected to a stick on its side facing away from the cleaning fringes; and a washing-out device arranged in the bucket for washing out the cleaning fringes, the washing-out device including a basket settable into an upward and downward movement by a first actuating device, and a spinning device arranged in the bucket for spin-drying the cleaning fringes, the spinning device including the basket, which is settable into rotational movement by a second actuating device, and a centering pin, which is arranged in the basket and centers the cleaning device. The carrier body is essentially disk-shaped, with a circumferential boundary and with a maximum extension d1 between two circumferential areas opposite to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Uwe Dingert, Carlo Messineo
  • Patent number: 11299898
    Abstract: A pole for a swimming pool comprises a tool for swimming pool maintenance located at one end of the pole and a device for preventing the pole from sliding into the swimming pool. The device comprises a face that surrounds the pole generally perpendicular to the pole and a baffle that extends from the outside edge of the face generally parallel to the pole. The device prevents the pole from sliding into the swimming pole by a user placing the baffle on a surface at the edge of the swimming pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Ethan Evans
  • Patent number: 11299342
    Abstract: A tank, such as a fermentation tank, includes a scraper blade assembly slideably coupled to a bottom surface of the tank. The scraper blade assembly includes a blade arranged to displace solids deposited on the bottom surface of the tank out through an aperture arranged flush with the bottom surface of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Spokane Stainless Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Hayes Owen, Nathan Scott Batson, Thomas Raymond Rodgers
  • Patent number: 11291342
    Abstract: A method for detecting entanglement of an object with a brush of a surface cleaning device includes collecting sensor readings indicative of an operational status of the brush of the surface cleaning device using at least one sensor, detecting entanglement of an object with the brush when a magnitude of the sensor readings exceeds a predetermined threshold for a predetermined amount of time using a motor controller of the brush, notifying a processor of the surface cleaning device of the detected entanglement using the motor controller, and actuating an action in response to the detected entanglement using the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 11284980
    Abstract: A toothbrush including a chassis assembly, an output shaft configured to connect to a brush head and extending at least in part through a portion of the chassis assembly, a power train assembly operably connect to the output shaft, where the power train assembly oscillates the output shaft. The toothbrush also includes a fluid connector operably coupled to the chassis assembly and fluidly coupled to the output shaft via the power train assembly. The fluid connector rotates 360 degrees relative to the chassis assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventor: Robert D. Wagner
  • Patent number: 11274426
    Abstract: A plumbing snake assembly includes a drill has a handle, a motor housing, a chuck is positioned on the motor housing and a drive unit is positioned within the motor housing. The motor housing has a cable aperture extending therethrough. A plurality of flexible shafts is provided and the flexible shafts can be coupled together to form a plumbing snake for pushing through a drain pipe. Each of the flexible shafts is insertable through the cable aperture in the drill such that the drive unit engages and subsequently rotates the flexible shafts when the drive unit is turned on. A cleaning head is removably attachable to a respective one of the flexible shafts thereby facilitating the cleaning head to be positioned on a leading end of the plumbing snake defined by the flexible shafts. In this way the cleaning head engages and removes a blockage in the drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Alcala
  • Patent number: 11248387
    Abstract: Described is a robot (1) for cleaning swimming pools comprising a main body (2), a plurality of rotors (3), a control unit and means for cleaning the swimming pool. The main body (2) has at least one sealed containment space (4). The plurality of rotors (3) is configured for generating a hydrodynamic thrust designed for moving the robot inside an entire space of the swimming pool. The control unit inserted in the containment space (4) and is configured for modifying at least one respective operating parameter of each rotor (3) in such a way as to direct the hydrodynamic thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Fabrizio Bernini
  • Patent number: 11248386
    Abstract: A pool cleaning system is provided. The system includes a pool pole. The system also includes an angled attachment device configured to connect to an end of the pool pole. The system additionally includes specialty tools structured to connect to an end of the angled attachment device. The angled attachment device is structured to connect to pool poles and to specialty devices in such a way to provide a plurality of angles to allow cleaning of pool surfaces and pool surface areas in an effective, efficient, and ergonomically friendly fashion for pool cleaning personnel. The pool cleaning system is arranged to change the angles at which the surfaces are being cleaned without having to change out components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Chris Lopez, Alvis Afanador
  • Patent number: 11234554
    Abstract: A tool for removing particle residue from a cylindrical container includes a handle, configured to be grasped in the hand of a user to position the tool and to rotate the tool around an axis of rotation aligned substantially parallel to the handle, and at least one blade section extending from the handle at an angle to the axis of rotation. A user manipulates the handle in use to cause the tool to rotate about the axis of rotation so that the leading edge of the blade section moves into and through compacted particle residue within the cylindrical container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph James Partridge
  • Patent number: 11234575
    Abstract: A mop base assembly includes a mop base and a sorbent pad. The mop base has a center portion with arms extending outward therefrom in which each of the arms have a hook member. The sorbent pad has attachment sections formed therein. Each of the attachment sections are receivable within a respective hook member of the mop base in order to attach the sorbent pad to the mop base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew N. Enger, Ryan J. Maloney
  • Patent number: 11224327
    Abstract: A sponge fixing mechanism for sponge mop includes a first fastener and a second fastener. The first fastener has a chute and a mating surface in the chute. The chute has an outlet and an inlet respectively located at two opposite ends of the first fastener. The second fastener has a mating surface and is installed in the chute and detachably fastened to the first fastener with the mating surface thereof in sliding contact with the mating surface of the first fastener. One of the first fastener and the second fastener has a latching recess recessed from the mating surface thereof. The first fastener and the second fastener are fastened together by elastically engaging the latching protrusion into the latching recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventor: Chao-Wei Cheng
  • Patent number: 11219300
    Abstract: A multi-surface cleaning brush may include: a head portion, an optional handle, and an optional tail portion. The head portion may include a head and a hemi-spheroid region formed by a first plurality of bristles coupled to the head in which the first plurality of bristles may terminate distally from the head to form a substantially hemi-spheroid shape. The head portion and tail portion may be coupled to opposing ends of the handle. Preferably, the first plurality of bristles may comprise microfiber. Preferably, the brush may also include a radial region formed by a second plurality of bristles which may terminate distally from the head to form a substantially cylindrical shape, and the radial region may be positioned between the hemi-spheroid region and the optional handle. An optional handle may be configured as an ergonomically shaped hand grip so that the user's hand may grip the brush via the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Willard Gowen
  • Patent number: 11213119
    Abstract: A cleaning tool utilizes an electrical motor in communication with a power supply secured to a lengthwise adjustable arm secured in turn to a collapsible and foldable cleaning head. The cleaning head comprises a plurality of brush heads perpendicularly secured in a radial array beneath a brush head support plate of the cleaning head. The cleaning tool is particularly suited to clean a cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Nasir Mohammed
  • Patent number: 11206918
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a novel, twisted-in-wire type interproximal brush equipped with yarn strands. According to some embodiments, the yarn strands may be formed of nylon filament having compression memory characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Parallel Capture Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Brett W. Thornton
  • Patent number: 11197598
    Abstract: A handle-storable sponge mop with scrubber for use at a handle end of a broom handle. The sponge mop includes a sponge body, a scrubber pad, and a sponge head. The sponge body includes a working channel extending longitudinally through the sponge body, and a storage channel extending across through the sponge body, each channel configured to receive the handle end of a broom handle. The sponge mop also includes a scrubber pad shaped to match both the cross-sectional shape of the sponge body and the sponge head. The scrubber pad is attached to the sponge body, and the sponge head is attached to the scrubber pad. The handle-storage sponge mop can be used to convert a broom to a mop. The edge of the scrubber pad can be used as needed. The sponge mop stores conveniently along a broom handle so that it's always readily available for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Tracy E. Miller
  • Patent number: 11191624
    Abstract: A mouthpiece for a dental cleaning device comprises a supporting structure configured to encompass a plurality of teeth of a dental arch. The supporting structure has an inner surface facing a tooth surface. At least one brushing chamber is provided at the inner surface side. The brushing chamber comprises a flexible wall part being deformable by pressurizing or depressurizing the brushing chamber. Bristles extend externally from the flexible wall part. In a method of brushing teeth, a plurality of teeth is encompassed by the mouthpiece, and the at least one brushing chamber is alternatingly pressurized and depressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Joppe Gideon Van Dijk
  • Patent number: 11191401
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus having a cleaning head and a handle. The cleaning head having a paddle with a planar central portion, a plurality of corners, and a peripheral edge. The handle affixed to the cleaning head via hinged connection. The plurality of corners are at a downward angle relative to the central portion. Additionally, the cleaning head includes a compressive material substrate and a cleaning element, the compressive material substrate located between the paddle and the cleaning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Kenneth Post