Patents Examined by Randall Chin
  • Patent number: 10021960
    Abstract: A paintbrush includes a bristle assembly which has a bristle housing to which a plurality of bristles are connected. The bristle housing has a first connector which is spaced apart from a second connector. A handle includes a holder which has cavity which is shaped and dimensioned to removably receive the bristle housing. The handle also includes spaced apart first and second resilient arms, the first resilient arm has a first arm connector and the second resilient arm has a second arm connector. The bristle housing is positionable in the cavity of the holder so that the first connector engages the first arm connector and the second connector engages the second arm connector thereby locking the bristle housing within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Terry Ray Douglas, Lloyd Emerson Philip
  • Patent number: 10021959
    Abstract: An oral care implement having a multi-component handle is disclosed. In one aspect, the oral care implement comprises: a handle; a head coupled to the handle; at least one tooth cleaning element extending from the head; the handle comprising: a first component constructed of a first hard material; and a second component constructed of a second hard material, the second component comprising a plurality of strips that collectively form a strap network that wraps around the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Kenneth Waguespack, Robert Moskovich, Andreas Wechsler, Joachim Storz, Roger Kirchhofer, Kurt Bieri
  • Patent number: 10016054
    Abstract: The broom and dustpan comprises a broom with a detachable dustpan. The dustpan pivots at the point where the pan couples to the dustpan handle. The dustpan provides a long handle that clips to the broom handle. The combination of a pivoting head and a long handle allows the dustpan to be used by a person standing upright. The dustpan provide a scouring surface around the front outside edge of the pan. The broom provides an auxiliary cover that can be used for storage wipes. The broom provides insertion points for a cloth that may cover the broom bristles to convert the broom into a dust mop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Bharti Parasher
  • Patent number: 10010167
    Abstract: A brush cleaning system is provided that comprises a device body having a proximal and a distal end. The proximal end of the device body is configured to engage a first point on a handle of a brush at a first engagement point. The distal end of the device body is configured to engage a second point on the handle of the brush at a second engagement point. A vibration producing motor is configured to transmit vibrations to the first engagement point and to the second engagement point wherein the vibrations are transmitted to the bristles on the brush to loosen and remove particulates therefrom. The vibration producing motor can be contained in the device body or it can be contained in the brush handle or a vibration producing motor can be included in both the device body and in the brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Enayatullah Motahedy
  • Patent number: 10010904
    Abstract: An exemplary coating applicator is provided for evenly applying a material having an aggregate to a substrate. The exemplary applicator provides for a generally even distribution of the material and the aggregate the coating material to the surface such as a wall or a floor where it is desirable to have a finished, textured surface and a material having an evenly distributed aggregate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Epoxi Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Palushaj
  • Patent number: 10004322
    Abstract: A head for an oral care implement comprises a mounting surface and at least one tuft extending from the mounting surface. The tuft comprises a first group of filaments and at least a second group of filaments. The first group of filaments is surrounded by the second group of filaments. The filaments of the first group have a first length and the filaments of the second group have a second length, the first length being different from the second length. The difference in length between the first length and the second length is about 1.1 mm to about 1.9 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Jungnickel, Marlis Hubner, Kathi Ballmaier, Soeren Wasow, Fiona Harrington
  • Patent number: 10004580
    Abstract: The invention concerns a toothbrush head comprising a brush head housing, and a bristle carrier movable relative to the brush head housing around an axis of pivoting, the bristle carrier containing a plurality of tooth cleaning elements, wherein a first portion of bristles is arranged annularly and disposed in an outward leaning angle compared to the axis of pivoting by means of a wedge ring, and a second portion of bristles is arranged radially inwards of the first portion of bristles. The invention also concerns a method for manufacturing a toothbrush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Reijo Varila
  • Patent number: 9999330
    Abstract: A roller brush assembly comprises a roller and a brush set on the roller. The roller contains an interior cavity constituted by at least two barrel bodies. Each portion of the barrel body edge is serrated shaped, and the adjacent serrated-shaped portions of the barrel both form a blade slot for positioning the serrated-shaped blade, and the blade edge corresponds to the teeth on the serrated shaped edge. A driver unit is installed in the interior cavity to make the blade move along the roller axially to cut the wrapped in the tooth groove automatically when the roller brush is turned on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Jianqiang Fang
  • Patent number: 9994069
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing paint roller covers is disclosed in which the paint roller covers are manufactured from a seamless segment of tubular paint roller cover fabric that is placed onto a cylindrical forming tube having a segment of bonding material temporarily secured on its outer surface under the segment of tubular paint roller cover fabric. The cylindrical forming tube is placed on a heated mandrel to apply heat thereto to cause the bonding material to bond to the interior of the segment of tubular paint roller cover fabric. The cylindrical forming tube is removed from the mandrel and cooled, and the segment of tubular paint roller cover fabric becomes secured to the bonding material to produce a semi-rigid paint roller cover segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Seamless Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel L. Sinykin, Randy Smith, Scot Smith
  • Patent number: 9995377
    Abstract: A device for converting a rotating motion into a reciprocating motion comprises a motor having a rotatable motor shaft carrying cylindrical component, an embedded cam groove of the cylindrical component, a rod component constrained to travel back and forth and forth, and a cam follower carried on the rod component. The cam follower is engaged in the embedded cam groove track of the cylindrical component so that as the rotatable motor shaft rotates, the cam follower transmits the movement dictated by the embedded cam groove track profile thereby causing the rod component to travel back and forth once for each rotation of rotatable motor shaft. There is also disclosed a mascara applicator assembly; a first electric toothbrush assembly; and a second electric toothbrush assembly comprising such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Herman David Palmieri
  • Patent number: 9994066
    Abstract: Provided are an erasing implement and a writing implement equipped with the erasing implement, the erasing implement being capable of erasing writing regardless of the type of ink or lead of the writing implement, even writing with thermochromic ink or writing with pencil lead. The erasing implement is equipped with a first erasing member for erasing writing with thermochromic ink and a second erasing member for erasing writing of types other than thermochromic ink, and is configured by covering the outer surface of the second erasing member with the first erasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Company, Limited
    Inventors: Sakae Hayao, Hiroshi Ohtsuka, Tsuyoshi Nishida
  • Patent number: 9980554
    Abstract: A locking structure for a replaceable toothbrush includes a locking plate and a brush head. An end portion of the locking plate includes elastic locking hooks, and the elastic locking hooks are arranged on the supporting platform. The brush head is replaceably installed on the supporting platform, and the brush head includes a brush head base and brush bristles. The brush head base includes a substrate and a surrounding plate extended from an edge of the substrate toward one side thereof, and the surrounding plate includes a locking slot for the elastic locking hook to lock thereon. The brush bristles are disposed on the substrate and extended away from the surrounding plate. Accordingly, the release of the locking and retrieval for disengagement of the brush head base are facilitated and the brush head base is firmly installed on the supporting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Shih-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 9974424
    Abstract: A laminate cleaning implement with a facing sheet, a substrate, and optionally a backing sheet. The facing sheet, the substrate, and the optional backing sheet are mechanically intermeshed. The mechanically intermeshing can provide one or more discrete tufts protruding outwardly from the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Donald Carroll Roe, Jill Marlene Orr, John Joseph Curro
  • Patent number: 9976316
    Abstract: A tool for cleaning debris from swimming pools includes a frame, a corresponding net, and retaining means for retaining the net on the frame. The preferred retaining means is an elongated strip of resilient, flexible material, having a generally U-shaped cross-section. The web portion of the cross-section includes an exterior surface smoothly shaped between its two edges to urge debris from the pool into the net. The leg portions of the cross-section include gripping portions to assist in engaging and/or disengaging the retaining means from the frame, to permit the net to be assembled, changed or replaced. Preferably, the retaining means is formed from at least two different materials. The preferred frame of the tool is fabricated from aluminum and includes an elongated, curved frame portion with its ends permanently assembled into the end of a tubular attachment member, to permit attachment of the tool to a handle, pole or similar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: RESH, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Resh
  • Patent number: 9974417
    Abstract: A device for aiding in bathing having a first sponge cleaning material and a second bristle cleaning material. The first sponge cleaning material is disposed on an exterior side of a first arm, and the second bristle cleaning material is disposed on an exterior side of a second arm. The first arm and second arm are connected to a handle at a common point, forming a Y shape. The first arm and second arm have flexural strengths less than that of the handle, providing a flexible structure that conforms to a user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Rodney Harris
  • Patent number: 9976686
    Abstract: A pigging system has an apparatus for launching one or more pigs into a process flow. The apparatus has a housing with a chamber, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet receives the one or more pigs into the chamber and is sealable. The outlet is in sealed communication with the process flow and passes the one or more pigs out of the chamber to the process flow. A portion of the chamber is in communication with the process flow. A guide disposed in the chamber guides the one or more pigs in the chamber, and an actuator mechanically feeds the one or more pigs guided by the guide to the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: WeldFit Corporation
    Inventors: Russ C. Sander, David D. Wint, Todd K. Sale, Roxy R. Riggs, Douglas A. Sahm, Greg J. Drzewiecki
  • Patent number: 9968183
    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: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Andrea Forrest
  • Patent number: 9961988
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hair brush having a dual shaped head for effectively managing baby and mature hair for the purpose of grooming and styling hair. The hair brush includes a dual shaped head having a first section with a first shape and a second section with a second shape. The first section with the first shape includes a cluster of bristles of a first type and the second section with the second shape includes a cluster of bristles of a second type. The cluster of bristles of the first type positioned adjacent to the cluster of bristles of the second type. The dual shaped head further includes a rotatable base that allows the sections to be positioned according to grooming and styling needs. The hair brush further includes a handle with a hollow cavity for storing hair products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Felisa Wedlock
  • Patent number: 9956063
    Abstract: An electric motorized toothbrush with a pair of bristle units spaced apart from each other by a gap and a third bristle unit bordering the gap by being closer to each of the bristle units of the pair than the bristle units of the pair are to each other. A motorized gear transmission, via associated spindles, rotates the pair of bristle units in opposite directions and either rotates or reciprocates the third bristle unit. The bristle units of the pair include a respective cylinder and bristles that extend radially outward from the respective cylinder and the bristles may be of varying lengths. The bristles rotate in a direction away from the gum line while the teeth are inserted into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: David Hauser
  • Patent number: 9949600
    Abstract: The mini-blind cleaner is an open framework from which a mini-blind to be cleaned may be suspended. Suspending the mini-blind from the mini-bland cleaner allows both sides of the mini-blind to be accessed and allows operation of the mini-blind mechanisms that raise and lower the blind and tilt the slats of the mini-blind. The mini-blind cleaner comprises telescopic upright sides that may be reduced in length. The upright sides are also hinged to the top frame so that the mini-blind cleaner may be folded flat for storage or transportation. Movable blind brackets on the top frame lock into position at spacings corresponding to standard blind lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Margaret Dalrymple