Patents Examined by Weilun Lo
  • Patent number: 11103056
    Abstract: An oral care implement that includes a handle and a head, the head having a front surface. A tuft extends from the front surface of the head along an axis and has a plurality of filaments formed of an elastomeric material. A sleeve circumferentially surrounds a first portion of the tuft while a second portion of the tuft protrudes beyond a distal end of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas Joseph Hohlbein, Chi Shing Wong
  • Patent number: 11103059
    Abstract: A toothbrush can include a handle and a head. At least one bristle can be attached to the head. The toothbrush can also have an illumination member, an illumination circuit and an activation device. A pliant base on the handle can be used to activate the activation device to initiate the illumination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventor: Puneet Nanda
  • Patent number: 11096547
    Abstract: A water discharge control structure of a washing bucket capable of separating clean water from dirty water for washing a cleaning tool includes: a washing bucket body and a water storage tank, wherein the washing bucket body is internally provided with a lifting frame fitted with the cleaning tool, and the lifting frame is driven by the cleaning tool to be lifted and lowered relative to the washing bucket body; the water storage tank is connected to the washing bucket body and has a water outlet directing to the cleaning tool, a discharge of water of the water outlet is controlled by a plug, and when the lifting frame is in a high position, the lifting frame drives the plug to block the water outlet; and when the lifting frame is in a low position, the lifting frame drives the plug in a linked manner to open the water outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Chenhui Zhu, Juhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11089860
    Abstract: A tool for cleaning a structure is provided. The tool includes an extension pole having a length, the extension pole including three or more cylindrical segments having different respective diameters, the segments being arranged in a telescoping configuration to permit the length of the extension pole to be adjusted to a desired length; locking nuts structured to releasably lock adjacent ones of the segments to one another; a grip provided on a most proximal one of the segments; and an attachment member provided on a most distal one of the segments, the attachment member being structured to removably attach at least one cleaning accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: David Henry Paratore
  • Patent number: 11071612
    Abstract: This document discloses a coupling member for mounting a toothbrush head to an electric toothbrush. The coupling member includes a base having a first end with an opening for receiving a drive shaft of an electric toothbrush. The coupling member also includes a coupling section that extends from a second end of the base. The coupling section comprises a cylindrical sidewall that surrounds a cavity for receiving the drive shaft, and a set of teeth that extend into the cavity from the cylindrical sidewall along a longitudinal axis of the coupling section. This document also discloses a brush head incorporating such a coupling member, and an electric toothbrush to which such a brush head is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: JS Holding Inc.
    Inventor: Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 11026554
    Abstract: A leg-driven cleaning system embodying cleaning footwear device fluidly connected to cleaning solution is provided. The cleaning footwear includes cleaning bristles along an underside thereof, as well as a nozzle adjacent to the underside for selectively applying the cleaning solution while a wearer of the cleaning footwear device utilizes their leg strength to wipe their feet to scrub their carpet clean. The leg-driven cleaning system does not take up much room, is easy to store, is very cost effective, and anyone from the ages seven to ninety can operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Douglas Elwood Peters, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11014120
    Abstract: A paint roller pressure adjusting device to connect to a pole at a first end and a paint roller at a second end, the paint roller pressure adjusting device including a pressure adjusting portion, including a base disposed at a first end of the pressure adjusting portion, a top portion disposed at a second end of the pressure adjusting portion, the top portion having a threaded paint roller connecting portion disposed at a top surface of the top portion to connect to the paint roller, and a spring disposed between the base and the top portion, and a regulating portion, including a main body to be inserted into through the base and the spring of the pressure adjusting portion, and a threaded portion to correspond to the spring such that the main body screws into the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: David Pisco
  • Patent number: 11006742
    Abstract: An oral cleaning system (100, 200) configured to provide optimal oral cleaning using an oral cleaning device (10), the system capable of receiving, extracting, and assessing data from one or more sensors (28) of the oral cleaning device to determine whether optimal cleaning has been achieved during a primary oral cleaning session, and if not, generating a customized secondary cleaning routine configured to achieve optimized cleaning session. The customized secondary cleaning routine is offered to the user, and the system guides the user through the customized secondary cleaning routine to achieve optimal cleaning performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Vincent Jeanne, Aleksandro Grabulov, Sarah Michaux
  • Patent number: 10986915
    Abstract: A paint brush accessory for a paint brush having a handle with an axis, a ferrule mounted to the handle, bristles extending from a heel of the ferrule, the bristles comprise a belly and a toe that is distal to the belly. The accessory can include a sleeve configured to be slidably mounted to the paint brush in an axial direction about the ferrule. The sleeve can include a continuous body that is hollow in the axial direction. The hollow can be configured to receive and conform to a shape of the ferrule, frictionally engage the ferrule, and be slidably repositionable on the ferrule along the axial direction. A distal end of the hollow can be configured to engage the belly of the bristles to conform an outer shape of the belly of the bristles to a desired uniform pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Gregory J. Meyer, Matthew Hutcherson
  • Patent number: 10974284
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cleaning system and a cleaning apparatus. The cleaning system includes a cleaning apparatus and a robot. The robot includes at least one robot arm. The cleaning apparatus includes at least one adaptor mechanism and a cleaning mechanism. The adaptor mechanism connects the cleaning mechanism to the robot arm. By controlling robot arms of the robot, the cleaning mechanism of the cleaning apparatus performs cleaning operations for platforms. The cleaning system achieves continuous and efficient cleaning effects, and operates object cleaning in diverse manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jie Shi
  • Patent number: 10959595
    Abstract: A debris collection device for sweeping up residual grain in a bin includes a plate, a plurality of bristles, and a stick. The plate is elongated rectangularly shaped and comprises a first section, which is planar, and second section, which is curved. The bristles are coupled to and extend from a lower face of the plate. The stick is coupled to and extends from an upper face of the plate. The stick is configured to be grasped in hands of a user, positioning the user to urge the bristles that are positioned on the first section across a first surface with the bristles positioned on the second section configured to contact a second surface that is positioned substantially perpendicular to the first surface to collect debris that is positioned on the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: John Diedrichs
  • Patent number: 10952587
    Abstract: A dusting device is provided that has at least one cleaning member with a microfiber bundle secured to a spine by a seam. The spine provides a resilient flexibility to the cleaning member such that the spine flexes as pressure is applied, but at least partially returns to an original shape upon removal of the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony Sgroi, Jr., Dane Unger, David Quinlan, Jennifer Carter, Lindita Ajro, Paul Adams, Scott E. Machado, Bruce Popek, Craig Bures, Douglas F. Melville, James Dahl, Richard Andrus
  • Patent number: 10925386
    Abstract: A device for processing a surface of a work piece. A motor is configured to produce a rotary force. A driving pulley is operatively coupled to the motor such that the rotary force produced by the motor causes rotation of the driving pulley. A belt is operatively coupled to the driving pulley such that rotation of the driving pulley causes rotation of the belt. A second pulley is also operatively coupled to the belt such that rotation of the belt causes rotation of the second pulley. Bristles are coupled to the belt and extend away from the belt. The rotary force produced by the motor causes the plurality of bristles to move relative to the motor. The surface of the work piece is processed when the bristles contacts the surface while the bristles are moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Marquette University
    Inventor: Robert J. Stango
  • Patent number: 10905295
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner is provided with a chassis and a suction nozzle coupled with the chassis for both vertical and horizontal movement relative to the chassis. The nozzle can be configured to automatically move vertically upon encountering a predetermined amount of resistance to forward or rearward movement of nozzle over a surface to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventor: Gary A. Kasper
  • Patent number: 10881260
    Abstract: A cleaning head assembly for a surface maintenance machine comprising a cleaning tool having a tool adapter, a driver adapted to provide a generally rotational motion to the cleaning tool to clean the floor surface, the driver being releasably connected to the tool adapter of the cleaning tool by a hub, and an aligning receptacle coupled to the tool adapter of the cleaning tool and positioned between the hub and the tool adapter, the aligning receptacle having an receptacle opening for receiving the hub, wherein the aligning receptacle is adapted to guide and matingly seat the hub into the receptacle opening and thereby engage the cleaning tool to the driver such that the cleaning tool and the driver are rotationally aligned and a rotational motion of the driver is transferred to the cleaning tool by the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventors: Warren L. Larson, Kevin R. Williams, Adam J. C. Runnoe, Ronald W. Lehman
  • Patent number: 10881263
    Abstract: A cleaning pad including at least one strip of relatively lower absorbency material and at least one strip of relatively higher absorbency material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: BonaKemi USA, Incorporated
    Inventor: Todd Weyhmiller
  • Patent number: 10813524
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with a cleaning fabric is provided. The device includes a plate, a connection member, a plurality of fingers, a wiper assembly, and a grip. The plate has a first side and a second side. The connection member retains the cleaning fabric to the plate. The fingers depend from the first side and provide a gap between the first side and the cleaning fabric during use. The wiper assembly has at least one elongated wiper blade that divides the fingers into a front section and a rear section. The grip depends from the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: William Harrington, John A. Triunfo, Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 10808369
    Abstract: A device for collecting debris from a ground surface, comprising a flexible generally planar member with an opening therethrough such that when the device is laid on and moved forwardly over the ground surface debris on the ground surface passes upwardly through the opening onto a collection surface of the device, the device having an inclined surface extending upwardly and rearwardly from a transverse edge which forms a rear edge of the opening, wherein the device further includes at least one longitudinal retaining barrier extending at least partly across the collection surface such that at least part of the debris on the collection surface is retained from transverse movement along the collection surface by the longitudinal retaining barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AERO-TECH PTY LTD.
    Inventor: Warwick Tozer
  • Patent number: 10807211
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention is a rotationally drivable rotary tool device and in particular a rotary brush tool. The invention is equipped, in its basic construction, with a tool holder (1, 2) having at least one drive-side clamping element (1) and a tool-side clamping element (2). The two clamping elements (1, 2) are connected releasably together and receive a rotary tool (5, 6). Furthermore, the two clamping elements (1, 2) ensure that the rotary tool (5, 6) is held. According to the invention, the tool-side clamping element (2) and the rotary tool (5, 6) define a structural unit (2, 5, 6). To this end, the clamping element (2) in question is configured as a holding cage (2) that encloses the rotary tool (5, 6) radially and axially at least in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Alexander Montabaur
  • Patent number: 10806245
    Abstract: A brush is disclosed having an integral hanger. The brush has a handle including a gripping portion and a neck portion, a ferrule, bristles coupled to the neck portion via the ferrule, and a channel within the handle which passes completely through the handle. A hanger assembly is provided which is hingedly mounted at a first end thereof within the channel and which includes one or more arm elements adapted to rotate between a position completely within the channel to positions on either a first side of the handle outside of the channel and/or a second side of the handle outside of the channel, the one or more arm elements are adapted to securely hold the brush on a lip of a container when the one or more arm elements are rotated to the first position and/or to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Sganga