Patents Examined by Randall Chin
  • Patent number: 10299653
    Abstract: A disk with an engagement system for a surface cleaning machine includes a disk having an upper surface, a lower surface, a perimetric edge, and a retaining cavity defined in the disk; an engaging member having a base and a perimetric wall, which is configured to be nested in the retaining cavity of the disk and to entrain an inner wall of the retaining cavity; a first metallic member housed within the disk; and a second metallic member housed within the engaging member. The first and the second metallic members are magnetically attracted to one another with a force that is larger than the gravity force of the disk and smaller than a predetermined detaching force of the disk from the engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: John LaBarbera, Vincent LaBarbera
  • Patent number: 10292553
    Abstract: A mopping extension attachable to a robotic vacuum. The mopping extension comprising, at minimum, a frame, a cloth, and a mechanism to secure the frame to the body of the robotic vacuum. The mopping extension may be installed in a dedicated compartment within the robotic vacuum body such that the cloth is dragged along the work surface as the robotic vacuum travels through the work area. In some embodiments, the mopping extension further comprises a means to automatically dampen the cloth to further improve cleaning efficiency. In some embodiments, the mopping extension further comprises means to move the mopping extension back and forth during operation to further improve cleaning efficiency. In some embodiments, the mopping extension further comprises a means to disengage and engage the mopping extension as the robotic vacuum is working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Bobsweep Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Soroush Mehrnia, Renee Bautista
  • Patent number: 10278486
    Abstract: A fingernail brush that includes bristles that are angularly adjustable by a user of the brush. In one embodiment, the fingernail brush includes a housing and a bristle assembly having a bristle support and at least one row of bristles. The bristle assembly is rotatably coupled to the housing so that a user can rotate the bristles to a desired relative bristle angle. In some embodiments, the bristles are present in a bristle channel formed as a recess in a face of the housing. The angular adjustability of the bristles allows a user to set the bristles to a relative bristle angle appropriate for the way the user intends to orient their fingertips relative to the fingernail brush. In some embodiments, a fingernail brush of the present disclosure may include one or more vibration generators that cause bristles to vibrate at a sonic frequency, an ultrasonic frequency, or both, to enhance cleaning efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Andrea Forrest
  • Patent number: 10271706
    Abstract: A mop device that includes a plurality of yarns collected in a bundle, the yearn bundle having a first end and an opposed second end; at least one headband connected to the yarn bundle at a location intermediate between the first end and the second end of the yarn bundle; at least one spacer member connected to the headband in overlying relationship thereto, the spacer member having a first face and an opposed second face, wherein the spacer member is in overlying relationship to the headband of the associated yarn bundle, and wherein the spacer member has at least one aperture extending from the first face to the second face configured to communicate with the associated headband. Also disclosed is the use of the spacer device alone and the mop device in combination with a mop handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Tuway American Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John Feeny
  • Patent number: 10266157
    Abstract: A wash apparatus for a vehicle wash installation is provided, which includes a shaft drivable in rotation about a rotation axis and wash elements operatively connected thereto. In order to be able to adapt to the contour of a vehicle, the wash apparatus can be divided axially in two or more wash apparatus segments and that the at least one wash apparatus segment includes a wash element holding body having wash elements held thereto, said wash element holding body defining a wash apparatus segment axis which is different from the rotation axis, and a gear device which couples the shaft to the wash element holding body in order to rotate same about the wash apparatus segment axis, wherein the wash element holding body is configured for pivotal movement relative to the shaft via the gear device. Furthermore, a vehicle wash installation including a wash apparatus is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bernd Haberl
  • Patent number: 10264941
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an apparatus for preparing a surface that includes an elongated handle and a head portion removably securable to the elongated handle via a pivot joint, the head portion being adapted to receive a surface preparation material and being capable of pivotal movement relative to the elongated handle. The apparatus is configured to allow the elongated handle to remain substantially perpendicular to the head portion without any external support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel P. Koval, Richard J. Stephens, Tom W. Jarvis, Marc Miraldi Besa
  • Patent number: 10258205
    Abstract: A cleaning device is provided that has a handle configured to provide flexion in a first orientation but to provide rigidity in a second orientation. In this manner, the user can use the handle in the first orientation to allow the cleaning device to flex into hard to reach places and can use the same handle in the second orientation to apply differing levels of cleaning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Robert F. Smith
  • Patent number: 10251524
    Abstract: Embodiments include a cleaning head assembly for a floor surface maintenance machine. The cleaning head assembly can include a hub (or cleaning head housing) and a pad or a brush driver, wherein the driver attaches to and aligns axially with the hub (or cleaning head housing) in a touch-free manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventors: Leo Jason Baker, Jeremy Clinton Stoddard, Steven James Leibrandt, Justin Michael Clark, Nathan Scott Meyer
  • Patent number: 10251470
    Abstract: A head for an oral care implement has an outer rim and an inner portion. The head comprises at least one tuft of filaments of a first type and at least one tuft of filaments of a second type. The at least one tuft of the first type is arranged at the inner portion of the head and comprises a plurality of filaments, each filament having a longitudinal axis and a substantially circular cross-sectional area extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The at least one tuft of the second type is arranged at the outer rim of the head and comprises a plurality of filaments, each filament having a longitudinal axis and a substantially cross-shaped cross-sectional area extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the cross-shaped cross-sectional area having four projections and four channels, the projections and channels being arranged in an alternating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jens Alinski, Sven Alexander Franke, Karen Lynn Claire-Zimmet, Uwe Jungnickel
  • Patent number: 10245720
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for providing a removable vibrating rubberized handle for a toiletry appliance. The device includes a vibrating motor insert and a rubberized handle. The rubberized handle includes at least one receiving cavity configured to receive at least one of a handle of the appliance and the vibrating motor insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Chris Ptak, Vic Ptak
  • Patent number: 10244858
    Abstract: A personal hygiene device includes a vibrator housed in a handle. A shaft is coupled to the vibrator and extends from the vibrator to a brush head. The shaft is electrically conducting and includes one or more proximal electrical contacts in electrical contact with an electrical source and one or more distal electrical contacts in electrical contact with one or more electrical elements located in the brush head. The shaft is configured to transfer vibrational energy created by the vibrator to the brush head to vibrate the brush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BZL Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: BenZion Levi, Sefi Shachrur
  • Patent number: 10246895
    Abstract: A robotic swimming pool tile cleaner having a bottom section, an upper section, a fore side, an opposite aft side, a port side and an opposite starboard side, the bottom section having a propeller housing adapted to house a plurality of thrusters being configured to provide forward thrust to the robotic tile cleaner, assist in turning the robotic tile cleaner in a corner of a swimming pool by providing a turning thrust to move the fore side of the robotic tile cleaner away from a swimming pool wall facing the fore side, and to provide side thrust to push the robotic tile cleaner against a swimming pool tile wall facing the port side, and a plurality of cleaning brushes mounted vertically on the port side of the upper section and being configured to touch the swimming pool tile wall and to move during operation of the robotic tile cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Rosser Rejniak, John Alan Rejniak
  • Patent number: 10244917
    Abstract: The dustpan cover is a cleaning device. The dustpan cover is configured for use in collecting debris from a horizontal surface. The dustpan cover comprises a dustpan, a lid, and a fastener. The fastener attaches the lid to the dustpan. The lid is a barrier that controls access to the dustpan. The dustpan is a traditional cleaning tool used to collect debris from a horizontal surface such as a floor. The lid rotates relative to the dustpan such that the dustpan opens and closes for the collection and disposal of debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Mikal Williams
  • Patent number: 10238202
    Abstract: A brush for the application of cosmetic products, including a grip body having at least a housing seat made to measure for a plurality of hairs adapted to take, apply and spread cosmetic products on a user, in which the plurality of hairs is divided into: a first group of hairs adjacent to one another and fitted to measure in the housing seat and defining a convex spreading surface which is adapted to spread the cosmetic products on the user; and a second group of hairs adjacent to one another and inserted in the first group of hairs, defining a taking and application surface which is protruding with respect to the spreading surface and has a substantially pointed shape and is suitable for taking the cosmetic products and for their point-like application on the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Pennelli Faro S.r.l.
    Inventor: Gianluca Serposi
  • Patent number: 10232503
    Abstract: A device for treating a target, such as cleaning a window. The device has a handle and head, mounted in pivotal relationship to each other. When the head is placed in sliding, contacting relationship with the target surface the handle can pivot relative to the head for the ergonomic convenience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark John Steinhardt, William Michael Cannon, Kevin Michael Rodgers, Kin Wong Pierce Yau, David Keith Dycher, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarsson
  • Patent number: 10220420
    Abstract: A central assembly for a bin sweep apparatus having at least two sweep elements movable substantially independently of each other about the central assembly may comprise a center post and a pair of sweep interface assemblies on the center post. Each sweep interface assembly may be associated with one of the sweep elements of the bin sweep apparatus. In some embodiments, each sweep interface assembly may be configured to sense a position of one of the sweep elements. In some embodiments, each sweep interface assembly may be configured to provide power to one of the sweep elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sioux Steel Company
    Inventor: William A. Witt
  • Patent number: 10213011
    Abstract: An oral care implement that includes a handle and a head. The head may include a support structure and a monolithic cleaning unit coupled thereto. The monolithic cleaning unit may include a base portion coupled to the support structure and a plurality of bristles extending therefrom. At least one, or each, of the plurality of bristles may comprise a body having an outer surface and a rib extending from the outer surface. The rib may be longitudinally elongated in some embodiments and it may be helical in other embodiments. Furthermore, there may be more than one rib extending from the outer surface of the body. The monolithic cleaning unit may be formed of an elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Robert Moskovich
  • Patent number: 10214932
    Abstract: Robotic apparatus cleans swimming pools and has road and pulley wheels with belts thereon, on opposite sides and drive motors that rotate a wheel on each side to move the frame along a pool surface. Pairs of outside wheels have friction surfaces to engage pool surfaces to also moving the frame. Forward and rearward brush assemblies are driven to brush the pool surface. Oppositely facing and angled duck bill valves allow water into free volumes in the frame and are covered by a filter bag for filtering out debris under the action of a dual pump assembly that pumps water out through a pair of outlet opening in a top of the frame. A computer processor controls the drive motors and pump assembly to move the frame along programmed paths and rechargeable batteries power the drive motors, pump assembly and computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Guy Erlich, John Many, Jon Elmaleh, James Kosmyna, Curtis Elliott, Thomas Lorys, Daniel Camisi
  • Patent number: 10194780
    Abstract: A waste-receiving device is for use with a sweeping device. The waste-receiving device includes a body, and the body includes a chamber configured to receive waste therein. An opening is coupled to the chamber, and the opening permits the sweeping device to enter into the chamber. A panel is disposed within the chamber, and the panel includes a plurality of apertures. The panel is configured to engage the sweeping device and the plurality of apertures are configured to receive a cleaning component carried by the sweeping device to facilitate separating waste from the cleaning component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Elvis Henao, Viviana Henao
  • Patent number: 10196786
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect, a lawn sweeper for being towed by a lawn tractor including a body, a rotatable brush mounted to the body, and a motor for rotating the brush independently of the rotation of at least one wheel of the lawn sweeper. The lawn sweeper further includes a remote control for being operated by a user of the lawn tractor to control the motor. In another aspect, a lawn sweeper having a pair of wheels rotatable about a wheel axis, a body shiftable between raised and lowered positions relative to the wheels, and brush mounted to the body and rotatable about a brush axis. The brush axis is substantially vertically aligned with the wheel axis when the body is in the raised position and the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Rodney M. Kramer