Patents Examined by Shay Balsis
  • Patent number: 7331080
    Abstract: A bathing handle, which detachably fastens a bathing ball with a fastening device thereon to be a bathing brush, comprises a bearing portion having a predetermined length, width and height, a connection portion provided on the bearing portion to fasten the bathing ball on the bearing portion and restrict the bathing ball from moving along a height orientation of the bearing portion, and a positioning portion having an annular flange on the bearing portion and a plurality of protrusions projected from a top of the flange to restrict the bathing ball from moving along a length orientation and a width orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Ching-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 7111350
    Abstract: A multi-part single-use toothbrush system includes an electric toothbrush such as a rotary electric toothbrush, a plurality of disposable toothbrush heads, some with one or more tooth-cleaning/preserving substances sufficient for a single use, and each with a connector for attachment to and detachment from the electric toothbrush, a dispenser for holding and dispensing such disposable toothbrush heads, and a plurality of sealed single use capsules each containing a brush head and one or more tooth-cleaning/preserving substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventors: Clyde Blackman, Ray Colletti
  • Patent number: 7089621
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a head and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements for enhanced cleaning of the teeth. The tooth cleaning elements include cleaning elements that define a loop arrangement for better retention of the dentifrice, a central cleaning element disposed within the loop, two opposing arcuate cleaning elements disposed on opposite sides of the loop, peripheral cleaning element with a stepped and tapered construction, elongate distal cleaning elements, and proximal cleaning elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 7086115
    Abstract: A cordless hand held duster comprising a handle and a small feather duster head attachable thereto. An internal battery and motor provides power to rotate or vibrate the duster head for removing dust and debris. The duster head can attach directly to the tool for dusting tables or other low surfaces, or various extension arms can be used, including a straight arm or variously angled arms. One extension arm, or a combination of extension arms, may be used to accommodate removal of dust, dirt or debris from elevated spaces, recesses or objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventors: Suzzy Rex, Brandi Sislo
  • Patent number: 7086116
    Abstract: A dental cleaning implement such as a toothbrush, having longitudinally disposed first and second parts flexibly joined together. Between the first and second parts is a rotatable member such that when the implement bends the first parts adjacent to the member bear upon the member. The rotatable member has circumferentially disposed relatively softer and harder regions, so that as the member is rotated the parts can be caused to bear compressibly upon selected softer or harder regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Broecker, Matthias Georgi, Berthold Meyer, Wolf-Dieter Müller
  • Patent number: 7077914
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a scraper suitable for use in removing material adhering to flat surfaces, e.g. paint. In the presently preferred embodiment, the scraper comprises a blade body, a scraping surface and a handle. The scraping surface extends longitudinally along a bottom edge of the blade body while the handle is affixed to a top edge of the blade body. The blade body comprises an elongate, flat body constructed of a rigid, yet flexible material, e.g. steel. The blade is characterized by a pair of angular bends dividing the blade into a center portion and two end portions, each portion being in a different plane. The bends are preferably positioned on opposite sides of the handle, more preferably equidistant from each end of the blade body. The end portions are angled to opposite sides of the center portion so that the angles are complementary, resulting in the end portions being generally parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Larry Tennyson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7073225
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a plaque eradicating toothbrush series having a set of toothbrushes 12, 22, 28 with multiple functions and can be provided with interchangeable brush heads or in one piece. Both sides of the toothbrush comprise either brushes 12 or one side brush and the opposing side an inner mouth cleaner or tongue scraper 22, 28. The present invention 10 is comprised of plastic, rubber and synthetic bristles. The device 10 provides effective and efficient brushing, excellent oral hygiene resulting in fewer cavities, healthier gums and fresher breath. Some of the benefits of the present invention 10 are no wasted brush strokes, convenient angled design at 18 of handle 20, simultaneously cleans upper and lower teeth, removes plaque and bacteria and germs from the tongue and mouth walls and helps freshen breath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen C Ford
  • Patent number: 7039980
    Abstract: A push side pool cleaner (1) has a spheroidal overall shape, within this shape two outer segments (9, 10) serve as wheels and a central zone (8) carries a suction passage (33) and a debris collector (32) also located entirely within the overall shape. The wheels are driven directly by water jets (44, 45) without any gears or other transmission. A flow splitter is provided in the cleaner (1) to divide push side water flow between the jets (44, 45) which drive the wheels and jets (43) which provide impulsion to the suction passage (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Johannes Van Der Meyden, Alexis Adrian Felipe Wadman, Michael Edward Moore
  • Patent number: 7039983
    Abstract: A grill brush assembly comprising an elongated handle portion, a head portion integral the head portion and extending from a forward end thereof constructed of rigid material such as but not limited to wood or molded polymeric material. The invention includes a plurality of bristles extending downward from the lower surface of the head portion, and a grill scraper fixedly attached to the forward edge of the head portion by suitable attachment means. The scraper of the present invention has an upper edge for scraping the uppermost surface of a series of grates, and an opposing pair of hook-like extension portions extending from opposite sides of the scraper. Each extension portion forms a pair of scraping faces for simultaneously engaging an uppermost surface of a single grill grate and the lowermost surface of an adjacent single grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Donald S. Outlaw
  • Patent number: 7032269
    Abstract: A substrate processing system is provided. The substrate processing system comprises a brush assembly that includes a core, a transducer, and a brush. The core is configured to include a plurality of orifices extending from a center of the brush core to an outer surface of the brush core. The transducer is configured to be disposed on an outer surface of the core. The transducer is capable of resonating at a high frequency. The brush includes a plurality of openings, and is configured to cover the transducer. When the transducer resonates at the high frequency, high energy acoustic energy is imparted from the transducer to a surface of a substrate to be prepared at a respective location of each opening of the plurality of openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Katrina Mikhaylichenko, Fritz C. Redeker
  • Patent number: 7028361
    Abstract: A cleaning assembly for a pipe. The assembly comprises a sleeve, at least one magnet, and at least one moveable hollow member. The sleeve is moveably disposed on the outer wall of the pipe. The at least one magnet is disposed on the inner surface of the sleeve. The at least one moveable hollow member conforms to the profile of the pipe's interior and is disposed in the interior of the pipe and is metal. When an external force acts on the sleeve along the longitudinal axis of the pipe, the at least one moveable hollow member moves with the sleeve by means of magnetic attraction to clean condensed powder from the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Fu-Hsiung Tsai
  • Patent number: 6976285
    Abstract: The invention relates to a four-hinged wiper arm for a windshield wiper system, especially for an automobile wherein a connecting rod is pivotally connected to a driving arm in a first bearing point and to a control arm in a second bearing point. A hinged part is coupled to the connecting rod. A wiper blade that can be placed on the hinged part or on a wiper rod connected to the hinged part can be pressed against the windshield to be wiped by a spring element that is mounted on the four-hinged wiper arm. In order to ensure good wiping quality and low-noise operation over a long service period, the invention provides that the connecting rod or the driving arm or the control arm is fitted with an antifriction bearing at least one of the two locating points of the four hinged wiper arm. According to advantageous embodiments of the invention, the four-hinged wiper arm is fitted with an antifriction bearing on both bearing points, whereby the antifriction bearing is preferably a deep groove ball bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Valeo Auto-Electric Wischer und Motoren GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Scholl, Herbert Bienert
  • Patent number: 6971136
    Abstract: A swimming pool cleaner discharges water jets under the cleaner body, directed toward its center from its sides, to agitate and lift debris toward one or more vacuum intake openings, to greatly enhance the cleaning ability of the cleaner. The suspended dirt and debris become semi-buoyant under the force of the jetted water which is preferably moving in the same direction as the cleaner, so that the relative speed between the cleaner and the suspended dirt and debris is reduced, thereby enabling the cleaner to move at a relatively faster rate and still clean with equivalent or even greater efficiency than a pool cleaner that is not equipped with directional cleaning water jets. In addition, displaced front and back orientations of the intake ports allow for longer time for any dirt and debris to be picked up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Aqua Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tibor Horvath, Giora Erlich
  • Patent number: 6957471
    Abstract: A wind driven cleaning ring apparatus for removing dirt on electrical insulators used in electric systems. The cleaning ring apparatus includes spaced apart bowl members supported on a cylindrical ring member by being sleeved over the ring member or formed integral therewith. The bowl members may be hemispherical or conical in shape and may be held spaced apart on the ring member by spherical or cylindrical beads. The bowl members may include a peripheral scraper edge. Spaced apart circular brushes and/or scraper members may be mounted on the ring member between respective ones of the bowl members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventor: Shuhai Zhao
  • 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: 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: 6889400
    Abstract: The cleaning member for a medical tube is shaped like a spherical body having a porous fibrous structure formed of a large number of superfine fibers aggregated and intertwined three-dimensionally. The spherical body moves along a lumen surface of the medical tube together with a cleaning liquid, with the cleaning member wiping and cleaning the lumen surface of the medical tube. The porous member for cleaning the treatment appliance insertion lumen of the endoscope is formed approximately spherically by molding a large number of superfine fibers. The porous member can be swelled with an aqueous cleaning liquid. When the porous member swells, the outer diameter of the porous member becomes larger than the inner diameter of a treatment appliance insertion lumen of an endoscope to be cleaned. Further because the porous member deforms, the porous member can be inserted into the treatment appliance insertion lumen of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: One Step Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Kawazoe, Koji Yoneyama, Hiroaki Kamiya
  • Patent number: 6859968
    Abstract: The power toothbrush, which has a rotating brushhead movement, includes a housing with a motor mounted therein having an armature which in operation rotates through an arc of predetermined magnitude. The toothbrush also includes a brushhead mounted on a shaft which is connected to an output mass. A spring assembly couples the armature to the output mass, the spring assembly including two spring portions with a node point therebetween, wherein when the armature rotates, the brushhead moves in an opposite direction. The frequency of the movement of the armature is set equal to the resonant frequency of the spring coupling system and the output assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Miller, John W. Pace, Aafke G. Koster
  • Patent number: 6848142
    Abstract: A manipulator assembly for attachment to a bucket of a construction vehicle is disclosed. The manipulator assembly includes a universal attachment apparatus for attaching a utility tool to the bucket. The universal attachment apparatus includes a housing adapted to support the utility tool, at least one mounting bracket connected to the housing, and at least one mounting arm having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the mounting bracket. The mounting arms further include feet positioned adjacent the quick-release connector for allowing the utility tool to pivot relative to the bucket. A quick-release connector is mounted to the second end of the mounting arm for selectively securing the housing to the bucket. A biasing device is disposed on the quick-release connector for continuously urging the quick-release connector into engagement with the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Trynex, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Truan, James Truan, Panl Mandrick
  • Patent number: 6845541
    Abstract: A shoe last and a device for detachably mounting the last on a vertical surface that firmly supports the last permitting a user to conveniently polish a shoe mounted on the last. A knob is mounted on the heel section of the last that provides a grip when it is desired to withdraw the last from a shoe. A hinge bar is provided that has one end hinged to a base surface and another end with an aperture into which the knob may be inserted and clamped when it is desired to secure the shoe on the last in a position convenient for polishing. The inclination of the hinge bar may be clamped at an angle selected by the user. When it is desired to store the last (with shoe mounted on the last) the last is attached to any one of numerous locations on a rack by inserting the knob into an aperture ate the selected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: David Lai