Patents by Inventor Evan A. Benstead

Evan A. Benstead 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).

  • Publication number: 20210404156
    Abstract: A faucet includes a faucet body and a faucet spray head being movable from a retracted position adjacent the faucet body, and an extended position away from the faucet body. In the retracted position, the faucet spray head has at least one aligned position with the faucet body. The faucet includes an alignment coupling. The alignment coupling includes first and second alignment elements connected to the faucet body and the faucet spray head, respectively, to align the spray head with the faucet body. The faucet includes a retention coupling that is configured to retain the faucet body and the faucet spray head immediately adjacent one another. The retention coupling includes first and second retention elements connected to the faucet body and the faucet spray head, respectively. The retention coupling is separate from the alignment coupling, and at least one of the first or second retention elements is a magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Adam William Tracy, Oscar Romero, Evan Benstead, Jan Van Leyen
  • Patent number: 11176932
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. In some embodiments, the faucet may include a faucet body and be voice controlled. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Chasen Scott Beck, Matthew Lovett, Stephen Blizzard, Evan Benstead, Elena Gorkovenko
  • Publication number: 20210343281
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. In some embodiments, the faucet may include a faucet body and be voice controlled. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Chasen Beck, Evan Benstead, Stephen Blizzard, Elena Gorkovenko, Matthew Lovett, Adam Tracy
  • Publication number: 20210335358
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. In some embodiments, the faucet may include a faucet body and be voice controlled. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Chasen Scott BECK, Matthew LOVETT, Stephen BLIZZARD, Evan BENSTEAD, Elena GORKOVENKO
  • Patent number: 11053670
    Abstract: A faucet includes a faucet body and a faucet spray head being movable from a retracted position adjacent the faucet body, and an extended position away from the faucet body. In the retracted position, the faucet spray head has at least one aligned position with the faucet body. The faucet includes an alignment coupling. The alignment coupling includes first and second alignment elements connected to the faucet body and the faucet spray head, respectively, to align the spray head with the faucet body. The faucet includes a retention coupling that is configured to retain the faucet body and the faucet spray head immediately adjacent one another. The retention coupling includes first and second retention elements connected to the faucet body and the faucet spray head, respectively. The retention coupling is separate from the alignment coupling, and at least one of the first or second retention elements is a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam William Tracy, Oscar Romero, Evan Benstead, Jan Van Leyen
  • Publication number: 20210087800
    Abstract: A faucet includes a faucet body and a spout attached to the faucet body and extending from the faucet body along an axis. The spout has an interior defining a fluid path. A cartridge seat is positioned within the faucet body and contacts a valve cartridge positioned offset from the axis. The valve cartridge is fluidically connected to the cartridge seat. A flexible tube fluidically connects between a fluid outlet of the cartridge seat and the spout, and is positioned entirely within a cavity formed by the faucet body and the spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventor: Evan Benstead
  • Patent number: 10937421
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. In some embodiments, the faucet may include a faucet body and be voice controlled. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Chasen Beck, Evan Benstead, Stephen Blizzard, Elena Gorkovenko, Matthew Lovett, Adam Tracy
  • Publication number: 20200263399
    Abstract: A shower column assembly includes a shower column, and first and second shower column mounts. A showerhead is fluidically connected at a first end of the shower column, and a hand shower is fluidically connected to the shower column via a hose connection at a second end of the shower column opposite the first end. A diverter is positioned within the shower column at the supply location, and a flow selection valve is positioned offset from the diverter along a fluid path defined, at least in part, by the shower column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Erik Sierks, Evan Benstead
  • Publication number: 20200157787
    Abstract: A method and apparatus used to secure a faucet to a countertop includes a brace with legs joined together at a nut, thereby allowing the legs to pivot about a horizontal axis of the nut. The nut is joined to a threaded rod that extends from a base of a faucet. The legs of the brace pivot such that the legs are both parallel to the threaded rod with one part of the brace above the horizontal axis of the nut and one part of the brace below the horizontal axis of the nut. The threaded rod and brace may then be inserted into a countertop mounting hole. The threaded rod is rotated from above the countertop, thereby drawing the brace towards the countertop and securing the faucet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Evan Benstead
  • Publication number: 20200141097
    Abstract: A faucet includes a faucet body and a faucet spray head being movable from a retracted position adjacent the faucet body, and an extended position away from the faucet body. In the retracted position, the faucet spray head has at least one aligned position with the faucet body. The faucet includes an alignment coupling. The alignment coupling includes first and second alignment elements connected to the faucet body and the faucet spray head, respectively, to align the spray head with the faucet body. The faucet includes a retention coupling that is configured to retain the faucet body and the faucet spray head immediately adjacent one another. The retention coupling includes first and second retention elements connected to the faucet body and the faucet spray head, respectively. The retention coupling is separate from the alignment coupling, and at least one of the first or second retention elements is a magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Adam William Tracy, Oscar Romero, Evan Benstead, Jan Van Leyen
  • Publication number: 20200063408
    Abstract: An alignment coupling for a faucet includes a first alignment element positionable within a faucet body. The first alignment element has a first alignment feature. The first alignment feature includes one of a projection and a tapered groove. The alignment coupling includes a second alignment element that is movable with respect to the first alignment element. The second alignment element has a second alignment feature. The second alignment feature includes the other of the projection and tapered groove. The tapered groove includes walls that extend toward each other, and wherein the walls guide the projection to a narrowest portion of the tapered groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Adam William Tracy, Oscar Romero, Evan Benstead, Jan Van Leyen
  • Publication number: 20180291600
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. In some embodiments, the faucet may include a faucet body and be voice controlled. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Chasen Beck, Evan Benstead, Stephen Blizzard, Elena Gorkovenko, Matthew Lovett, Adam Tracy
  • Publication number: 20180216324
    Abstract: A faucet is provided that electronically controls the flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a faucet body and a faucet handle. In some embodiments, the faucet may include a faucet body and be voice controlled. The faucet illustratively includes an inertial motion unit sensor mounted in the faucet handle to sense spatial orientation of the faucet handle. The faucet illustratively includes an electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed. The faucet illustratively includes a controller configured to receive signals from the inertial motion unit sensor and control the electronic flow control system to adjust flow volume and temperature of water being dispensed based upon the position of the faucet handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: CHASEN SCOTT BECK, MATTHEW LOVETT, STEPHEN BLIZZARD, EVAN BENSTEAD, ELENA GORKORVENKO
  • Patent number: 7699241
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout having a first mounting device and a spray head having a second mounting device. A docking collar is provided for releasably mounting the spray head to the spout. The docking collar is connected to one of the first mounting device and the second mounting device. The docking collar includes a spring ring for releasably engaging a groove formed at an other of the first mounting device and the second mounting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Evan A. Benstead
  • Patent number: 7494074
    Abstract: A sprayhead especially suited for coupling to an extension hose for use in a pull-out kitchen faucet, the sprayhead including a selector subassembly for choosing between both spray and aerate modes, and a volume control built in to the sprayhead. The selector subassembly is engaged to a detent finger-button mounted on the housing that selectively diverts water flowing through an aerated flow path to an alternate spray flow path, thereby allowing manual selection between spray mode and aerate mode. The volume control is a slide switch on the housing and coupled to a rotary valve assembly for allowing the user to adjust the flow volume when in spray mode without affecting water volume in the aerate mode. When in aerate mode water is expelled from the sprayhead through an aerator output, and when in spray mode water is expelled through a series of nozzles oriented radially around the aerator output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Evan Benstead
  • Publication number: 20090020171
    Abstract: A cartridge valve includes a housing body having a base wall and a cylindrical side wall extending from the base wall. An upper ceramic disk and a lower ceramic disk are disposed in the housing body. The lower ceramic disk, the base wall and at least a portion of the cylindrical side wall define a chamber, wherein water is allowed to fill the entire chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventor: Evan Benstead
  • Publication number: 20080099091
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a faucet housing including at least one rotational limit feature positioned with respect to an axis. A spout assembly includes a spout, the spout having attached thereto a stop member positioned to engage the rotational limit feature when the spout is rotated about the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Evan A. Benstead
  • Publication number: 20070252022
    Abstract: A sprayhead especially suited for coupling to an extension hose for use in a pull-out kitchen faucet, the sprayhead including a selector subassembly for choosing between both spray and aerate modes, and a volume control built in to the sprayhead. The selector subassembly is engaged to a detent finger-button mounted on the housing that selectively diverts water flowing through an aerated flow path to an alternate spray flow path, thereby allowing manual selection between spray mode and aerate mode. The volume control is a slide switch on the housing and coupled to a rotary valve assembly for allowing the user to adjust the flow volume when in spray mode without affecting water volume in the aerate mode. When in aerate mode water is expelled from the sprayhead through an aerator output, and when in spray mode water is expelled through a series of nozzles oriented radially around the aerator output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventor: Evan Benstead
  • Publication number: 20070144583
    Abstract: A faucet assembly includes a valve subassembly having a valve mechanism and an actuator having an axis. An underbody includes a valve end body for receiving the valve subassembly for connection thereto. A deck plate is configured for coupling to the underbody. A handle adapter is coupled to said faucet assembly to be non-rotatable with respect to the deck plate. A handle subassembly has a hub and a valve operator. The valve operator is rotatably coupled to the hub. The valve operator is connected to the actuator of the valve subassembly to operate the valve subassembly when the valve operator is rotated about the axis to move in relation to the deck plate. The hub is attached to the deck plate via the handle adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Inventors: Hanna Farag, Scott Baker, Evan Benstead
  • Publication number: 20070040380
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout having a first mounting device and a spray head having a second mounting device. A docking collar is provided for releasably mounting the spray head to the spout. The docking collar is connected to one of the first mounting device and the second mounting device. The docking collar includes a spring ring for releasably engaging a groove formed at an other of the first mounting device and the second mounting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventor: Evan Benstead