Patents Examined by Weilun Lo
  • Patent number: 10751736
    Abstract: A spherical object cleaning system includes a cleaning apparatus for cleaning a spherical object. This cleaning apparatus includes a first member having a first surface, and a second member having a second surface facing the first surface. The first surface and the second surface are sandwiching surfaces sandwiching the spherical object. The first surface and the second surface are configured to be rotatable relative to each other. This cleaning apparatus further includes an introduction portion configured to introduce the spherical object into a space between the first surface and the second surface, and a discharge portion configured to discharge the spherical object from the space. One of the first surface and the second surface is provided with a spiral groove configured to guide the spherical object from the introduction portion to the discharge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norihide Sato
  • Patent number: 10753689
    Abstract: An annular seal for a conduit pig includes an annular diaphragm and a separate lead support structure. The annular diaphragm is devoid of internal supports and therefore quite flexible. However, the lead support structure supports the annular diaphragm such that a piston effect can be generated through the annular seal. A brush portion for a conduit pig may include forwardly raked bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FIBERBUILT MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: Michael Hooper, Weng Chee Foong, Dan Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10750848
    Abstract: Disclosed is a brush-like device and related manufacturing method. The device includes at least a handle head portion obtained by way of plastic material moulding on a terminal portion of a metal stem on which bristles of the brush are fixed, the terminal portion of the stem being retained in the moulding position by a through seat of a mould which closes on the stem, and wherein, prior to the moulding of the head portion, it is provided to apply a covering sheath of elastically yieldable material on the terminal portion of the stem, the sheath being of elongate tubular shape having a length of at least 2.5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PONZINI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Eligio Ponzini
  • Patent number: 10750921
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an automatic cleaning device and a sweeping assembly thereof. The sweeping assembly includes: a brush holder, a brush body disposed at least partially in the brush holder; and an anti-winding structure. The anti-winding structure is located at a joint of the brush body and the brush holder, where the anti-winding structure is configured to at least partially fill a gap at the joint when the sweeping assembly is in a working state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd., Beijing Rockrobo Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liang Qiao, Xing Li, Yongfeng Xia
  • Patent number: 10739531
    Abstract: To provide a connector cleaning tool capable of precisely removing dust even on an end surface of a connector having irregularities. The connector cleaning tool includes a buffer body, and an adhesive body arranged with the buffer body, in which in a case where the connector cleaning tool is pressed toward a connection end surface of a connector on which a guide pin is protrudingly provided, the guide pin is inserted into the buffer body via the adhesive body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOMOEGAWA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Takanashi, Nobuhiro Hashimoto, Yoshihiro Goto, Masayoshi Suzuki, Makoto Goto
  • Patent number: 10702053
    Abstract: A head (14) for an oral care implement (10) has a mounting surface (20) with a proximal end (41) and a distal end (40), the head (14) comprising at least one tuft of a first type (16) and at least one tuft of a second type (18). The at least one tuft of the first type (16) comprises filaments having a substantially circular cross-sectional area extending in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and an end-rounded free end, and the at least one tuft of the second type (18) comprises flagged filaments having split free ends. The at least one tuft of the first type (16) is arranged at the distal end (40), and the at least one tuft of the second type (18) is arranged at the proximal end (41) of the head (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Armin Tschol, Benedikt Heil, Aycan Senturk Andersson, Stephanie Venzke
  • Patent number: 10702051
    Abstract: A head (14) for an oral care implement (10) has a mounting surface (20) comprising at least one tuft of a first type (16) and at least one tuft of a second type (18), the at least one tuft of the first type (16) and the at least one tuft of the second type (18) each having a cross-sectional area extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis. The cross-sectional area of the tuft of the first type (16) is smaller than the cross-sectional area of the tuft of the second type (18). The at least one tuft of the first type (16) comprises flagged filaments having split free ends, and the at least one tuft of the second type (18) comprises filaments having a substantially circular cross-sectional area extending in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and having an end-rounded free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Armin Tschol, Benedikt Heil, Aycan Senturk Andersson, Stephanie Venzke
  • Patent number: 10702206
    Abstract: A toothbrush handle for providing oral cavity position detection during operation includes a handle body having a longitudinal axis, a receiver body elastically deformable relative to the longitudinal axis, and a three-axis force sensor that is operatively connected to the base portion and configured to obtain three-axis force data for oral cavity position detection during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Vetter, Alexandre André Halbach
  • Patent number: 10702055
    Abstract: An oral care product array includes a handle component and multiple refill components therefor. The handle component includes a power source. A first refill component includes a first light generating module which emits light in a first spectrum from the first refill component. A second refill component includes a second light generating module which emits light in a second spectrum from the second refill component. Each refill component has a coupled state, when coupled to the handle component, and a decoupled state, when decoupled from the handle component. When the first refill component is in the coupled state, the first light generating module is powered by the power source to emit light in the first spectrum. When the second refill component is in the coupled state, the second light generating module is powered by the power source to emit light in the second spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Wen Jin Xi, Guang Sheng Guo, Bo Zhang, Fan Gang Xie, Jian Rong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10694839
    Abstract: A head for an oral care implement has a mounting surface comprising at least one tuft of a first length and at least one tuft of a second length, the first length being longer than the second length measured from the mounting surface of the head along a longitudinal axis of the tufts. The at least one tuft of the first length comprises filaments having a substantially circular cross-sectional area extending in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and an end-rounded free end, while the at least one tuft of the second length comprises flagged filaments having split free ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Armin Tschol, Benedikt Heil, Aycan Senturk Andersson, Stephanie Venzke
  • Patent number: 10694719
    Abstract: A self-cleaning brush assembly for grooming and cleaning pets has a main body and a pair of contoured handle portions depending therefrom. The main body has a plurality of bristles that extend through a scrub pad and a cleaning element. The scrub pad and the cleaning element both have a plurality of openings that are configured to receive the plurality of bristles. The brush assembly is also self-cleaning and capable of removing pet hair from the bristles. As the brush assembly is lifted off the pet, the resilient cleaning element flexes away from the main body, moving the scrub pad with it over the bristles. The movement of the scrub pad functions to clean the bristles and deposit the entrained pet hair onto the outer surface of the scrub pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Bobby J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10687611
    Abstract: A head (14) for an oral care implement (10) has a mounting surface (20) comprising at least one tuft of a first type (16) and at least one tuft of a second type (18), the at least one tuft of the first type (16) and the at least one tuft of the second type (18) each having a cross-sectional area extending in a plane substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis. The cross-sectional area of the tuft of the first type (16) is smaller than the cross-sectional area of the tuft of the second type. The at least one tuft of the first type (16) comprises filaments having a substantially circular cross-sectional area extending in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and having an end-rounded free end, and the at least one tuft of the second type (18) comprises flagged filaments having split free ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Armin Tschol, Benedikt Heil, Aycan Senturk Andersson, Stephanie Venzke
  • Patent number: 10687609
    Abstract: An oral care implement having an arrangement of different types of cleaning elements. Specifically, in one embodiment the oral care implement includes a head and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements. The tooth cleaning elements include a plurality of inclined bristle tufts that are circumferentially arranged about a reference ring. The inclined bristle tufts extend from the head so as to converge towards a reference axis with increasing distance from the head. The tooth cleaning elements also include an elastomeric member extending from the head within the reference ring. The elastomeric member may be conical in shape and have an inclined outer surface. In some embodiments the elastomeric member may include two components that are separated by a gap, and a central cleaning element may be located within the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Kenneth Waguespack
  • Patent number: 10674808
    Abstract: An oral implement and a method of forming an oral care implement. The oral care implement may include a head having a front surface and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the front surface. In one embodiment, the plurality of tooth cleaning elements may include three different types of tooth cleaning elements, each type of tooth cleaning element being formed of a different material. In one embodiment each of the materials has a different hardness and thus the oral care implement includes three different types of tooth cleaning elements each having a different hardness. In another embodiment, the oral care implement may include bristles and a molded cleaning element that may function as an interdental cleaner. Such a molded cleaning element may include a body and tines extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas Hohlbein, Kenneth Waguespack, Daniel Wainless
  • Patent number: 10674809
    Abstract: A multi-lobated brush and sleeve assembly provides a brush having multiple types and sizes of hollow bristles, including a tetraocular filament, a round filament with tipped ends, and a quad filament. The brush as a handle that supports a plurality of independent mobile bristles. The bristles are arranged in a tapered, negative slope configuration having an edge tip defined by an apex. The edge tip surface section of bristles on the left side of the brush are stiffer, enabling cutting capacity and increased paint pickup. A reservoir in the handle contains paint, and feeds the paint through the hollow bristles to the distal free ends for smooth application of paint. A sleeve body may be used separately, or in combination with the brush. The sleeve body encircles the bristles, bunching the bristles together and forming a tapered, tear drop shape at the distal free end of the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Stinger Brush Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Evan Peace
  • Patent number: 10669732
    Abstract: A pool cleaner includes a pool cleaner body and at least two wheels mounted to the pool cleaner body so as to be rotatable about a common wheel axis. An access cover selectively closing an access opening defined in the body. A handle closure is mounted to the body so as to be rotatable about the common wheel axis independently of the at least two wheels. The handle closure is rotatable relative to the body so as to be movable between a closed position, in which the handle closure secures the access cover over the access opening, and an open position. An inner cover can selectively cover a turbine and gears of the pool cleaner within the body, and is held in place via engagement with the access over. Wheel well sidewalls can be substantially solid to help further enclose an inner volume of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NC BRANDS L.P.
    Inventors: Robin O. Ellis, Paul Lambourn, Michael R. Tregoning
  • Patent number: 10668513
    Abstract: A pig receptacle is provided. The pig receptacle provides a first circular member and a second circular member attached to at least one elongated rod. The first circular member and the second circular member are sized so that they can receive a pig therethrough. A mesh cage is wrapped around the first circular member and the second circular member so that debris can be gathered during the pigging process. The mesh cage defines apertures that are sized so that large pieces of debris are held in an interior cavity formed by the mesh cage, while small pieces of debris can pass through. In this way, debris is transported through the pipeline and is not lost due to abnormalities in the flow rate through the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Kyle Hill
  • Patent number: 10662598
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drying device, which comprises: (a) one or more fabric panels of sufficient dimension to be dragged across a surface, optionally an outdoor surface; and (b) a handle attached to the one or more fabric panels, In some embodiments, the drying device comprises: (a) two or more fabric panels of sufficient dimension to be dragged across a surface, optionally an outdoor surface; (b) a handle attached to the two or more fabric panels; and (c) a scraper attached to the handle, wherein the scraper is adapted to engage a surface to be dried when the drying device is in use. Methods and systems for a drying a surface are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Scott M. Donner
  • Patent number: 10653233
    Abstract: A hairbrush for use by a hairstylist to brush and style a person's hair. The hairbrush has a brush head, with a cylindrically-shaped elongated head body, and an elongated handle that is attached to the head body so as to extend rearwardly therefrom. The head body has a plurality of bristles extending outward along its length and circumference. The handle has a first handle assembly and a spaced apart, parallel second handle assembly. Each handle assembly has an elongated rod member and an elongated sleeve disposed about its associated rod member. A first connector attaches the rod members to a base of the head body. A second connector joins the two handle assemblies together to stiffen the handle. In use, the hairstylist uses the palm area of the hand to rotate the two handle assemblies, which rotates the brush head, to reduce strain on the hairstylist's thumb, fingers and wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Cristi Casey
  • Patent number: 10653294
    Abstract: In described embodiments, a door mat assembly includes a base frame having a top surface. A first mat insert is removably attached to the base frame. The first mat insert has a first inner surface and a first outer surface. A second mat insert is removably attached to the base frame and hingedly connected to the first mat insert. The second mat insert has a second inner surface and a second outer surface. A first frame pivot assembly is rotatably inserted in the base frame and is adapted to allow the first mat insert and the second mat insert to rotate about the first frame pivot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Oommen Chundamannil Mathew