Patents by Inventor Francis Tatu

Francis Tatu 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: 20240166409
    Abstract: A squeezable tube dispenser including a body, a nozzle, and a closure component. The body has an interior cavity for containing a substance. The nozzle is coupled to the body adjacent to an open top end of the body. The closure component includes a cover member that defines a cover cavity and a cap member protruding from an inner surface of the cover member into the cover cavity. The cap member defines a cap cavity. The cap member is detachably coupled to the nozzle via a friction fit with the nozzle nesting within the cap cavity of the cap member. The body and the cover member of the closure component are formed predominantly from a fibrous material and the nozzle and the cap of the closure component are formed from a plastic material. The squeezable tube dispenser has no more than 15% by weight of plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: May 23, 2024
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Francis TATU, Mark BARTLETT
  • Patent number: 11840378
    Abstract: A container (100) is provided that includes a chamber (102), a dispensing passageway and a resilient valve (120). The chamber contains a viscous fluidic material. The valve (120) is configured to transition from a normal state to a dispensing state upon a discharge pressure being applied to the chamber (102) to allow the viscous fluidic material to pass through the orifice (131) of the resilient valve and to be dispensed from the dispensing passageway as a string of the viscous fluidic material. The orifice (131) is open in the normal state. The valve is also configured to return from the dispensing state to the normal state upon cessation of the discharge pressure, whereby the resilient valve (120) assumes a pinching state while returning from the dispensing state to the normal state in which the string of the viscous fluidic material is pinched off by the orifice edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Francis Tatu, Juhi Solanki, Scott Demarest, Mark Bartlett
  • Publication number: 20230264862
    Abstract: A cap (100) for a container (120) is provided. The cap (100) may include a skirt (102) component and a seal component (104). The skirt (102) component is formed of a metal material and includes an annular outer sidewall (103) defining a skirt cavity (123) that extends along a skirt axis and has an open bottom end (107). The seal component (104) is formed of a plastic material and includes an annular seal sidewall (111) having a threaded inner surface (108) configured to mate with a threaded outer surface of a neck of a container body (120). The annular seal sidewall (111) may define a neck cavity (113) having a closed top end (104) and an open bottom end (115) for receiving the neck of the container (124). The seal component (104) may be mounted to the skirt (102) component and/or located within the skirt cavity (123) so that the annular outer sidewall (103) of the skirt component (102) circumscribes the annular seal (111) sidewall of the seal component (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Publication date: August 24, 2023
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kathleen FRISCH, Francis TATU, Hope TOWNSEND, Renee Marie RIETHMILLER, Mark BARTLETT
  • Patent number: 11731810
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a composition comprises a container body extending along a longitudinal axis from a bottom end to a top end, the container body defining an internal cavity for holding the composition. The container body comprises a neck having a container opening open to the internal cavity, a front wall, a rear wall and a pair of side walls extending between the front and rear wall, and a shoulder comprising a pair of first shoulder walls extending between the neck and a respective side wall of the container body, the first shoulder walls extending at a first non-perpendicular angle with respect to the longitudinal axis. The container also comprises a shoulder fitting attached to the neck, the shoulder fitting extending over the first and second shoulders of the container body and including a nozzle extending therethrough, the nozzle open to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Francis Tatu, Brian Balamucki, Mark Bartlett, Daniel Peters, Xi Chen, Shihui Liang
  • Publication number: 20230076166
    Abstract: An oral treatment device that emits light onto surfaces of a user's teeth. In one aspect, the oral treatment device includes an intraoral mouthpiece. The mouthpiece comprises a lamp support structure comprising a lamp support surface and is formed of a first material. A flexible lamp is mounted to the lamp support surface so that a light emitting surface of the flexible lamp assumes a concave curvature, thereby forming a lamp assembly. A guard component is overmolded to the lamp assembly. In one embodiment, the oral treatment device may be a teeth whitening device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Publication date: March 9, 2023
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott DEMAREST, Francis TATU, Mark BARTLETT, Stacey LAVENDER, Patrik JOHANSSON, Scott MOSBY, Mark LOWENTHAL
  • Publication number: 20230029125
    Abstract: A container (100) is provided that includes a chamber (102), a dispensing passageway and a resilient valve (120). The chamber contains a viscous fluidic material. The valve (120) is configured to transition from a normal state to a dispensing state upon a discharge pressure being applied to the chamber (102) to allow the viscous fluidic material to pass through the orifice (131) of the resilient valve and to be dispensed from the dispensing passageway as a string of the viscous fluidic material. The orifice (131) is open in the normal state. The valve is also configured to return from the dispensing state to the normal state upon cessation of the discharge pressure, whereby the resilient valve (120) assumes a pinching state while returning from the dispensing state to the normal state in which the string of the viscous fluidic material is pinched off by the orifice edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Francis TATU, Juhi SOLANKI, Scott DEMAREST, Mark BARTLETT
  • Patent number: 11517762
    Abstract: An oral treatment device that emits light onto surfaces of a user's teeth. In one aspect, the oral treatment device includes an intraoral mouthpiece. The mouthpiece comprises a lamp support structure comprising a lamp support surface and is formed of a first material. A flexible lamp is mounted to the lamp support surface so that a light emitting surface of the flexible lamp assumes a concave curvature, thereby forming a lamp assembly. A guard component is overmolded to the lamp assembly. In one embodiment, the oral treatment device may be a teeth whitening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett, Stacey Lavender, Patrik Johansson, Scott Mosby, Mark Lowenthal
  • Publication number: 20220371814
    Abstract: A container having a pressurized chamber containing a fluidic material and a dispensing assembly coupled thereto. The dispensing assembly includes a dispensing passageway for discharging the fluidic material from the container. A dispensing valve, a tilt valve, and a pump assembly are all operably coupled to the dispensing passageway. The tilt valve is alterable between a closed state in which the pressurized chamber is scaled and an open state in which the dispensing passageway is fluidly coupled to the pressurized chamber. The pump assembly is alterable between a first state in which a variable volume of the dispensing passageway in at a first volume and a second state in which the variable volume is at a second volume that is less than the first volume. Thus, the pump assembly creates a negative pressure behind the dispensing valve to prevent excess fluidic material from being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Francis TATU, Daniel PETERS, Mark BARTLETT
  • Publication number: 20220281645
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a composition comprises a container body extending along a longitudinal axis from a bottom end to a top end, the container body defining an internal cavity for holding the composition. The container body comprises a neck having a container opening open to the internal cavity, a front wall, a rear wall and a pair of side walls extending between the front and rear wall, and a shoulder comprising a pair of first shoulder walls extending between the neck and a respective side wall of the container body, the first shoulder walls extending at a first non-perpendicular angle with respect to the longitudinal axis. The container also comprises a shoulder fitting attached to the neck, the shoulder fitting extending over the first and second shoulders of the container body and including a nozzle extending therethrough, the nozzle open to the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Francis TATU, Brian BALAMUCKI, Mark BARTLETT, Daniel PETERS, Xi CHEN, Shihui LIANG
  • Patent number: 10954038
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a container (1), comprising: providing a body (100) defining a chamber for storing a product and defining an opening through which the product is dispensable from the chamber; selecting a first structure (200) from a plurality of structures, each of the plurality of structures having a feature for forming part of an exterior surface of the container (1) when the respective structure is affixed to the body (100), the feature of the first structure (200) differing from the feature of another structure of the plurality of structures; and affixing to the body (100) the first structure (200) with the feature of the first structure forming part of the exterior surface of the container (1). Also disclosed are a container and a bundle or package of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Kenneth Reed, III, Brian Worthington, Francis Tatu, Willie Werner
  • Patent number: 10918882
    Abstract: An oral treatment device that emits light onto surfaces of a user's teeth. In one aspect, the oral treatment device includes an intraoral mouthpiece. The mouthpiece comprises: a first light emitting surface configured to emit light onto a user's maxillary teeth, the first light emitting surface having a concave curvature; a second light emitting surface configured to emit light onto a user's mandibular teeth, the second light emitting surface having a concave curvature; the first and second light emitting surface located on opposite sides of a horizontal reference plane; the first light emitting surface inclined so that a first acute angle is formed between with the first light emitting surface and the horizontal reference plane; and the second light emitting surface inclined so that a second acute angle is formed between with the second light emitting surface and the horizontal reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett, Evaristo Delgado, Kathryn Neal, Patrik Johansson, Mark Lowenthal
  • Patent number: 10870014
    Abstract: An oral treatment device that includes a mouthpiece and an electromagnetic radiation source. In one aspect, the oral treatment device includes a mouthpiece comprising a curved wall having a concave inner surface and a bite platform extending from the concave inner surface of the curved wall to a distal end, the distal end of the bite platform extending continuously in a non-interrupted manner from a first end of the bite platform to a second end of the bite platform; an electromagnetic radiation source configured to emit electromagnetic radiation from the curved wall; and wherein the bite platform comprises a collapsible region such that the mouthpiece is alterable between: (1) a biased state in which the curved wall has a first curvature; and (2) a flexed state in which the curved wall has a second curvature that is different than the first curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett
  • Patent number: 10737285
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a fluid, such as a hand soap or the like. The system includes a dispenser and/or a refill cartridge. The dispenser includes a dispenser body having a refill cavity, a dispenser lid configured to be coupled to the dispenser body, and a pump sub-system mounted to the dispenser lid. The pump sub-system includes a first dip tube, a dispensing orifice, and a pump. The refill cartridge includes a cartridge body having a fluid cavity, a store of a fluid in the fluid cavity, and a second dip tube extending into the store of the fluid. The refill cartridge is configured for slidable insertion into and removal from the refill cavity of the dispenser body. The dispenser lid may be coupled to the dispenser body thereby mating the first and second dip tubes to enable dispensing of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Peter Fallat, II, Francis Tatu, Brian Balamucki
  • Patent number: 10675646
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a fluid, such as a hand soap or the like. The system includes a dispenser and/or a refill cartridge. The dispenser includes a dispenser body having a refill cavity, a dispenser lid configured to be coupled to the dispenser body, and a pump sub-system mounted to the dispenser lid. The pump sub-system includes a first dip tube, a dispensing orifice, and a pump. The refill cartridge includes a cartridge body having a fluid cavity, a store of a fluid in the fluid cavity, and a second dip tube extending into the store of the fluid. The refill cartridge is configured for slidable insertion into and removal from the refill cavity of the dispenser body. The dispenser lid may be coupled to the dispenser body thereby mating the first and second dip tubes to enable dispensing of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Peter Fallat, II, Francis Tatu, Brian Balamucki
  • Patent number: 10660421
    Abstract: A consumer product includes a housing defining an internal volume. An engaging mechanism is coupled to or integral with the housing. A cartridge is configured to be inserted into the internal volume through a first end of the housing, and the engaging mechanism is configured to engage a second engaging mechanism on the cartridge. An elevation mechanism is positioned at least partially within the internal volume. An actuating device is coupled to the housing proximate to a second end of the housing. The elevation mechanism is configured to move in response to actuation of the actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John Crawford, Kiat-Cheong Toh, Juhi Solanki, Francis Tatu
  • Patent number: D908890
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Brian Bloch, Thuan Chong Tan, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett
  • Patent number: D912825
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Brian Bloch, Thuan Chong Tan, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett
  • Patent number: D935029
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Brian Bloch, Thuan Chong Tan, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett
  • Patent number: D940328
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Brian Bloch, Thuan Chong Tan, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett
  • Patent number: D1001290
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Scott Demarest, Brian Bloch, Thuan Chong Tan, Francis Tatu, Mark Bartlett