Patents by Inventor Dana Paul Gruenbacher

Dana Paul Gruenbacher has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10322202
    Abstract: A microfluidic cartridge is provided. The microfluidic cartridge has a reservoir configured to contain a fluid composition. The microfluidic cartridge has a first face and a second face joined with the first face along a first edge. The second face comprises a second face outermost point in an X-direction. The microfluidic cartridge has a third face opposing the first face in a Z-axis and joined with the second face along a second edge. The microfluidic cartridge includes an electrical circuit having a first end portion disposed on the first face and a second end portion disposed on the second face. The microfluidic cartridge has a microfluidic die in electrical communication with the electrical circuit and in fluid communication with the reservoir. The microfluidic die is disposed on a region of the second face that is positioned inward from the second face outermost point in the X-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, William Michael Cannon, James Daniel Anderson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10307783
    Abstract: A microfluidic cartridge is provided. The microfluidic cartridge is configured to be releasably connectable with a microfluidic delivery device. The microfluidic cartridge has a reservoir configured to contain a fluid composition. The microfluidic cartridge has a first face with a first opening and a second opening. The microfluidic cartridge also includes a second face joined with the first face, a third face joined with the second face and opposing the first face, and a fourth face joined with the third face and the first face and opposing the second face. The fourth face has a connector. The microfluidic cartridge has an electrical circuit with a first end portion disposed on the first face and a second end portion disposed on the second face. The microfluidic cartridge also includes a microfluidic die disposed on the second face. The microfluidic die is in electrical communication with the electrical circuit and in fluid communication with the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, William Michael Cannon, James Daniel Anderson, Jr., Richard Lee Warner
  • Patent number: 10300420
    Abstract: A method of filtering air using a composite filter substrate having a mixture of fiber shapes and sizes layer is disclosed. The method provides improved particle cleaning efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Pamela Marie Morison, Rajeev Chhabra, Dana Paul Gruenbacher, David Wesley Monebrake, Susan L Wilking
  • Patent number: 10258915
    Abstract: A collapsible device for filtering air comprising a base, a fan functionally attached to the base, an air filter releasably attached to the base, and a substantially air impermeable outer sleeve is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Steven James Schroeck, Jessica Elizabeth Leon, Paolo Dal Bo, Uwe Schober
  • Patent number: 10232297
    Abstract: A device for filtering air comprising a base, a fan functionally attached to the base, an air filter releasably attached to the base, and a substantially air impermeable outer sleeve is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Steven James Schroeck, Jessica Elizabeth Leon, Paolo Dal Bo, Uwe Schober
  • Publication number: 20190070329
    Abstract: A volatile composition dispenser and a method of dispensing a volatile composition is provided. The volatile composition dispenser includes a reservoir for containing a volatile composition and a transport member having a first end portion and an opposing second end portion, and an evaporative surface. The first end portion of the transport member is in fluid communication with the reservoir and the second end portion of the transport member is in fluid communication with the evaporative surface. The volatile composition dispenser also includes an air pump in gaseous communication with the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Stephan Gary BUSH, William Paul MAHONEY, III, Ronald David TURNER, Chung Wai Smiley CHIU
  • Publication number: 20190030201
    Abstract: A volatile composition dispenser comprises a volatile composition container comprising at least one volatile composition therein. A rupture element is positioned proximate to the volatile composition container. The volatile composition container comprises a cam comprising a camming surface. The camming surface is configured to move at least a portion of the rupture element toward the volatile composition container to puncture the volatile composition container and release at least a portion of the volatile composition from the volatile composition container such that the portion of the volatile composition evaporates and exits the volatile composition dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Brian Gabriel COMSTOCK, James Douglas STILL, Rainer Bernhard TEUFEL, Richard Lee LANE, Walter SORDO, Danilo ROSSI
  • Patent number: 10156036
    Abstract: A device and method for applying a material to a surface of a fabric. The device has a sensor and a microfluidic die. The device further includes a reservoir for containing a material to be deposited, and a CPU. The method includes providing information from the sensor about the surface to the CPU, which uses the information to identify where the material is to be deposited and/or how much to deposit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stephan Gary Bush, Ted De Castro, Gayle Marie Frankenbach, Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Kenneth Lee Morand, Thomas Elliot Rabe, Faiz Feisal Sherman, Todd Michael Wernicke
  • Patent number: 10149917
    Abstract: A cartridge having a microfluidic die and a fluid composition in fluid communication with the microfluidic die is provided. The fluid composition includes from about 50% to about 100%, by weight of the fluid composition, of a perfume mixture, wherein the perfume mixture has a mol-weighted average C log P of less than or equal to about 2.9; a polyol; and from about 0.25 wt. % to about 9.5 wt. %, by weight of the fluid composition, of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kim Lynn Webb, Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Steven Anthony Horenziak, William Paul Mahoney
  • Patent number: 10143766
    Abstract: A volatile composition dispenser comprises a volatile composition container comprising at least one volatile composition therein. A rupture element is positioned proximate to the volatile composition container. The volatile composition container comprises a cam comprising a camming surface. The camming surface is configured to move at least a portion of the rupture element toward the volatile composition container to puncture the volatile composition container and release at least a portion of the volatile composition from the volatile composition container such that the portion of the volatile composition evaporates and exits the volatile composition dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Bryan Gabriel Comstock, James Douglas Still, Rainer Bernhard Teufel, Richard Lee Lane, Walter Sordo, Danilo Rossi
  • Publication number: 20180290156
    Abstract: A microfluidic delivery device and method of dispensing a fluid composition therefrom is provided. The microfluidic delivery device includes a housing electrically connectable with a power source; a cartridge releasably connectable with the housing; and a fan connected with the housing. The cartridge has a reservoir for containing a fluid composition and microfluidic die in fluid communication with the reservoir. The die is configured such that substantially all of the fluid composition exits the microfluidic die in a horizontal direction or downward direction relative to horizontal. The fan is configured to generate air flow that converges with and redirects the fluid composition dispensed from the microfluidic die in an upward direction relative to horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Stephan Gary BUSH, Hua HU, William Paul MAHONEY, III, Steven Robert KOMPLIN, Jason Todd VANDERPOOL
  • Publication number: 20180290157
    Abstract: A cartridge that is releasably connectable with a housing of a microfluidic delivery device is provided. The cartridge has a reservoir for containing a fluid composition and a microfluidic die in fluid communication with the reservoir. The microfluidic die is configured to dispense substantially all of the fluid composition in a horizontal direction or downward direction relative to horizontal. The cartridge also includes an air flow channel disposed below the reservoir. The air flow channel extends from a fan to an air outlet. The air flow channel comprises a first region disposed adjacent to a fan, a second region disposed adjacent to the air outlet, and a third region joining the first and second regions. At least the second region is angled upward to the air outlet, relative to horizontal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Stephan Gary BUSH, Hua HU
  • Publication number: 20180289850
    Abstract: A volatile composition dispenser is configured to be used in a vehicle. The volatile composition dispenser comprises a housing and a fan positioned at least partially within the housing. The fan is configured to intermittently activate to move a volume of air. The volatile composition dispenser further comprises a controller in electrical communication with the fan and positioned within the housing, and a replaceable unit configured to be attached to the housing and positioned at least partially within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Mark William BAIZE, Stephan Gary BUSH, Frank Peter KRESSMANN, Uwe SCHOBER
  • Publication number: 20180290158
    Abstract: A cartridge configured to be releasably connectable with a housing is provided. The cartridge has a reservoir for containing a fluid composition. The reservoir includes a top surface, a bottom surface vertically opposing the top surface, and a sidewall that joins the top and bottom surfaces. The reservoir also includes a sponge disposed within the reservoir and a microfluidic die disposed adjacent to the sidewall. The fluid composition is gravity fed from the reservoir to the microfluidic die. The microfluidic die is configured to dispense the fluid composition in an upward dispensing direction in opposition to the force of gravity. The microfluidic die may be disposed at an acute angle from the interior of the cartridge and relative to the bottom surface of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, William Paul MAHONEY, III
  • Publication number: 20180290159
    Abstract: A microfluidic delivery device is provided. The microfluidic delivery device includes a housing electrically connectable with a power source. A cartridge is releasably connectable with the housing. The cartridge has a reservoir for containing a fluid composition and microfluidic die in fluid communication with the reservoir. The microfluidic die is configured to dispense substantially all of the fluid composition in an upward direction relative to horizontal. The microfluidic delivery device also includes a fan that is connected with the housing. The fan is configured to generate air flow that converges with and redirects the fluid composition dispensed from the microfluidic die in a first direction to a second direction that is different from the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Hua HU, Abbey A. LOPEZ, Todd Michael WERNICKE, William Paul MAHONEY, III
  • Patent number: 10076585
    Abstract: Microfluidic delivery systems and methods for dispensing a fluid composition into the air comprising microfluidic die and at least one heating element that is configured to receive an electrical signal comprising a certain on-time and wave form to deliver a fluid composition into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Stephan Gary Bush, Teck Khim Neo, David S. Hunt, Joseph Edward Scheffelin, Steven L Webb, Domenico Giusti, Simon Dodd, Faiz Feisal Sherman
  • Publication number: 20180256767
    Abstract: A method of delivering a volatile material to the atmosphere in a continuous manner is disclosed. The method includes providing a delivery engine having a reservoir that includes a volatile material mixture. The volatile material mixture includes about 40% to about 100%, by total weight, of the volatile materials each having a vapor pressure at 25° C. of less than about 0.1 torr. The delivery system also includes a microporous membrane enclosing the reservoir, wherein the microporous membrane comprises an average pore size of about 0.01 to about 0.03 microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Jason John OLCHOVY, Scott Kendyl STANLEY, James Douglas STILL, Rhonda Jean JACKSON, Zaiyou LIU, Walter SORDO, Stefano DEFLORIAN, Cedric MORHAIN
  • Patent number: 10066114
    Abstract: Ink jet delivery systems comprising a fluid composition comprising a perfume mixture having a boiling point of less than 250° C. and an ink jet to deliver the fluid composition into the air, whereby scent longevity, perfume character, room fill, and/or functional benefits (e.g. odor elimination) are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rhonda Jean Jackson, Ronald David Turner, Dana Paul Gruenbacher, George Kavin Morgan, III, Steven Louis Diersing
  • Patent number: 10040090
    Abstract: A microfluidic fluid delivery device and method. The device includes a reservoir and a transport member. The device includes a microfluidic delivery member including a microfluidic die configured to release a fluid composition from the device. The microfluidic delivery member includes an adapter configured to receive an end portion of the transport member, wherein a capillary passage is formed between the adapter and the transport member. The capillary passage has a largest effective pore size that is smaller than the average effective pore size of the transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, David S Hunt, Joseph Edward Scheffelin, Timothy James Hoekstra, Simon Dodd, Roberto Brioschi
  • Publication number: 20180185537
    Abstract: A device comprises a delivery engine comprising a volatile composition and a microporous membrane, and an evaporation assistance element. In some embodiments the device includes a fan is configured to move a volume of air over the microporous membrane to facilitate evaporation of the volatile composition into the atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Ronald David TURNER, Erik John HASENOEHRL, Jeannine Rebecca BAHM, Dana Paul GRUENBACHER