Patents Examined by Robert J. Warden, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7086114
    Abstract: A wet floor wiping device includes a mop made of absorbent material and a mop frame exhibiting a center carrier piece (4) attached to a handle (3). Mounted pivotably at each hinge edge (5) at the center carrier piece (4) are two mop carrier wings (6), the inner surfaces of which, carrying the mop, can be pressed one against another by means of a squeeze feature. At least one of the two side edges (8, 9) extending from the hinge edge (5) is angled in relationship to the opposite side edge (9). Each mop carrier wing (6) forms a trapezoid including a right angle, the longer base line of which is the hinge edge (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Firma Carl Freudenberg
    Inventor: Gernot M. Hirse
  • Patent number: 7028364
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cleaning pad which can be used with various cleaning implement. The cleaning pad has an absorbent layer, attachment wings which can be attached to grippers located on the top surface of the mop head of a first cleaning implement and loop fasteners which can be attached to hook fasteners located on the bottom surface of the mop head of a second implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Nicola John Policicchio, Preston James Rhamy
  • Patent number: 6973694
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush with a handle and a brush member having a brush head, individual cylindrical bristle holders with tufts of bristles held rotatably in the brush head. They are set into an oscillatory rotating movement by means of a connecting rod executing a reciprocating sliding movement and simultaneously an oscillatory movement about its longitudinal axis, with transverse grooves, disposed therein. In addition, a bristle holder plate in the brush head is held so as to oscillate about a shaft running in the longitudinal direction of the toothbrush. Thus, during the oscillatory movement of the bristle holders the bristle holder plate swivels back and forth in synchronism with the connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Gimelli Produktions AG
    Inventors: Alfred Schütz, Andrea Ragazzo
  • Patent number: 6968592
    Abstract: A self-running vacuum cleaner comprises a homing mode of following a back of a user with receiving a signal from a light emitting means or a transmitting means of a position indicator means held by the user, an instruction operation mode, in which the user instructs a cleaning area to the self-running vacuum cleaner, and an execution mode for cleaning up the cleaning area instructed. When the self-running vacuum cleaner operates under the homing mode or the instruction mode, a signal from the light-emitting means or the transmitting means is received by a receiver means attached on a periphery portion of a measuring means, which is provided in an upper portion of the vacuum cleaner. Comparing the signals from the two (2) receiver means in strength thereof determines the distance and the direction from the position indicated by the light-emitting means or the transmitting means up to the vacuum cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikuo Takeuchi, Yutaka Arai, Yasuhiro Nemoto, Atsushi Koseki, Taiji Tajima
  • Patent number: 6967002
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a sterile medical solution is disclosed. The method includes providing at least two components, a first component including bicarbonate ions and a second component including glucose or calcium ions, preheating the first component to a first temperature and the second component to a second temperature, heat sterilizing the first and second components separately to a third and fourth temperatures respectively, the third and fourth temperatures being sterilizing temperatures for the first and second components, maintaining the first and second components approximately at their respective third and fourth temperatures, so as to sterilize the first and second components, cooling the first and second components and delivering the first and second components to a mixing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Raymond Anthony Edgson, Michael John Dunkley, Richard J. Hammond, Eric Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 6957467
    Abstract: A toothbrush that provides, besides the conventional bristles for brushing the teeth, other basic periodontal components recommended by dentists for perfect cleaning, massaging and stimulating the gum tissue, all in one single, convenient artifact. The brush component is molded into one end of the handle, in conventional manner, and the opposite end of the handle contains two parallel cylinders for housing the two periodontal tools which are extended and retracted with buttons, one on each side of the handle, through a slit in each cylinder wall, establishing a means for this movement. The buttons engage two sliders, the ends of each hold extension tubes that capture and retain the dental tools and provide replacement capabililty. Each cylinder contains a hinged close-out cover for protection of the periodontal tools from contamination and loss of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventors: Maria R. Cabedo-Deslierres, John M. Deslierres
  • Patent number: 6954960
    Abstract: A self-propelled running apparatus for cleaning a surface immersed in a liquid, includes a tranverse running member having two ends through which it is mounted rotatable on a frame about a tranverse axis of rotation, a device for driving in rotation the member and a frame-mounted guide borne by the frame. The guide is adapted to enable, without dismantling relative to the frame the frame-mounted guide and without dismantling the frame itself, at least the displacement of the running member between a working position and a maintenance position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care Europe
    Inventor: Philippe Pichon
  • Patent number: 6949219
    Abstract: A process is provided for the disinfection of activated carbon. The process comprises contacting contaminated carbon with peroxide-containing materials for a sufficient amount of time using enough peroxide to provide effective disinfection in a process that is relatively non-hazardous, convenient, and carbon-friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Calgon Carbon Corporation
    Inventor: Neal Megonnell
  • Patent number: 6944907
    Abstract: A cleaning system for facilitating cleaning of a desired surface. The cleaning system comprising a base framework supporting a dust pan comprising a ramp area located adjacent a temporary collection receptacle, and the including a pivotal door to facilitate transfer of collected debris. The base framework also supporting a storage bin located adjacent the temporary collection receptacle. An actuation lever is connected to the base framework and operatively coupled to the dust pan to facilitate movement of the dust pan and transfer of any debris, temporarily stored in the temporary collection receptacle, to the storage bin once the pivotal door of the temporary collection receptacle opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: William R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 6928686
    Abstract: A washing apparatus for an endoscope includes a wire brush, a region for housing the wire brush and a driver adapted to advance and retract the wire brush. The wire brush is received in a pipe section of the wire housing region so that the wire brush may be selectively advanced out or retracted in this pipe section which is, in turn, provided along its front end portion and a rear end portion with position sensors to detect a position of a wire component of the wire brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Koken Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Tomooka, Masao Suzuki, Yoshinobu Oyama, Taketo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6925671
    Abstract: The ability to pig a pipeline is considered necessary and vital to most pipeline operations. The present invention provides a pig inserting apparatus and method designed to satisfy the need to Insert pigs for large diameter gasoline pipelines that are made of concrete and weigh in excess of 400 pounds. In the past, the industry has used ineffectively manpower or motorized vehicles to insert the pigs. This pig launcher uses a means for propelling the pig that includes: a spool rotatably mounted. The pair of cables is connected to the spool and engage the ends of the cantilevered arms for propelling the pig a pair of cantilevered arms, and a pair of cables of sufficient strength to firmly fasten onto the end of a pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC
    Inventor: Kevin J. Mouton
  • Patent number: 6923936
    Abstract: A sterile device immersed in a sterile buffer and a method for providing same. The sterile device may be a medical device such as a biosensor having a biomolecule as a sensing element such as, for example, a glucose oxidase enzyme. The buffer may be a bicarbonate solution. Both the device and the buffer may be packaged and stored over long term while maintaining sterilization. The sterilization method may comprise a combination of gaseous, liquid and light sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Swanson, Jennifer M. Reynolds, Rajiv Shah
  • Patent number: 6918153
    Abstract: An oral care system (1) comprising a sonic power toothbrush (2) which comprises a body (3), a brush member (4) mounted on the body (3), a brush head (5) which is supported by the brush member (4) at its end remote from the body (3) so as to be able to vibrate relative to the body (3) and which is provided with bristles (6) and an additive outlet (7), an additive container (8) connected to said additive outlet (7), driving means (9) for generating sonic frequency vibrations, and transmission means (29) for transmitting said sonic frequency vibrations to the brush head (5), wherein the toothbrush (2) comprises at least one further additive container (18). Instead of the user having to apply a first and a second additive manually to the brush head (5), these additives are already incorporated into the sonic-power toothbrush (2), which benefits the user-friendliness of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Paul Gruber
  • Patent number: 6911177
    Abstract: An ultraviolet area sterilizer (UVAS) is mobile or stationary. The UVAS is positioned in a room, such an operating room or intensive care unit. Motion detectors sense movement, to assure that personnel have evacuated the space to be sterilized. Subsequently, UV-C generators, such mercury bulbs, generate UV-C from multiple locations within the room or other enclosed space. Multiple UV-C sensors scan the room, and determine the area reflecting the lowest level of UV-C back to the sensors. The device calculates the time required to obtain a bactericidal dose of UV-C reflected back to the sensors. Once an effective bactericidal dose has been reflected to all the sensors, the unit notifies the operator and shuts down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Deal
  • Patent number: 6910243
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for securing a wiper arm, which is driven via a lever mechanism (10) that has a drive lever, connected in a manner fixed against relative rotation to the drive shaft (12), and a steering lever (22, 24, 26) connected to an axle (16, 18, 20), which are pivotably connected to a wiper lever (112). It is proposed that the steering lever (22, 24, 26) is braced in the mounting direction (28) on a bearing shoulder (30, 32, 34) on the axle (16, 18, 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Zimmer
  • Patent number: 6910240
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for cleaning a substrate edge includes a substrate supporting device for substantially supporting a substrate in a selected plane. The substrate has a circular shape, a circumferential edge, a front side and a back side. The edge has a bevel shaped cross-section. The substrate edge cleaning apparatus also includes a first edge cleaning roller that has an open curved scrubbing surface in contact with at least part of a first portion the edge of the substrate. An interaction of the first edge cleaning roller with the part of the first portion can also be adjusted dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Boyd, Fred C. Redecker, James P. Garcia
  • Patent number: 6907640
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing paint comprises a container arranged to contain paint, the container has an open top end of the container providing access to the paint by a user, an enclosed bottom end on the container and a front inner side of the container. The front inner side has a plurality of raised protrusions for rolling off excess paint of a paint roller. A mounting arrangement is located at the top end on a back side of the container for supporting the container in a raised position on a vertical structure. A supporting arrangement is located at the bottom end for supporting the container such that the container remains in a generally vertical position. The mounting arrangement is arranged such that the raised protrusions on the front inner side of the container face towards the user on the vertical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald Rougeau
  • Patent number: 6908597
    Abstract: An air sanitizing device for vehicles includes a casing attached to an air vent of the vehicle and having a passage defined therethrough. An ultraviolet LCD is located in the passage and powered by a power supply device connected to the casing. The power supply device can be powered by batteries, AC or DC electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventors: Chug-Ming Chen, Chen-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 6907637
    Abstract: An edge wheel assembly for use in a semiconductor wafer fabrication brush box is provided. The edge wheel assembly is configured to support and to rotate a semiconductor wafer in a vertical orientation and includes an edge wheel assembly block having at least two pairs of edge wheel shaft bores. Edge wheels are attached to shafts extending through the edge wheel shaft bores, and a drive motor drives the shafts to rotate the edge wheels. The drive motor is coupled to the edge wheel assembly block with a plate which is designed to enable insertion of the edge wheel assembly into either one of a first side and a second side of the brush box. Component parts are designed to be configurable to a plurality of orientations and implementations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J. Peña
  • Patent number: 6907639
    Abstract: An improved paint roller for easy removal from a paint roller frame having a paint roller tube, an end cap and a removal interface attached to the end cap. The end cap attaches to, attached within, or is part of the distal end of the paint roller tube. The removal interface is configured to aid in removal of the paint roller from a paint roller frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Frank's Creative Idea's, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Chelednik, Frank Chelednik, Virginia Chelednik