Patents by Inventor Jeffrey Bankers

Jeffrey Bankers 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: 10450538
    Abstract: A unit dose of detergent and methods for producing the same are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, a unit dose comprises a body having a viscosity of from about 200,000 centipoise to about 50,000,000 centipoise at a working temperature of from about 0 to about 50 degrees Celsius, where the body has a bloom value of about 200 grams or more at the working temperature. The body comprises a detergent surfactant at from about 1 to about 40 weight percent based on the total weight of the body, and the body comprises a thickener at from about 10 to about 40 weight percent based on the total weight of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HENKEL IP HOLDING GMBH
    Inventors: Tasha Zander, Morgan Kelley, Jeffrey Bankers, Kelly Adson
  • Publication number: 20170211021
    Abstract: Multi-purpose cleaning compositions, hard surface cleaning products, methods of using a multi-purpose cleaning composition, and methods for manufacturing multi-purpose cleaning compositions are provided. In an embodiment, a multi-purpose cleaning composition includes water, a surfactant, and borax. The borax is suitable as a water softener for use in pretreating fabric before laundering. Further, the borax is suitable as abrasive particles for use in cleaning a hard surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: LELAND M. DANZER, JEFFREY BANKERS, PAMELA LAM
  • Publication number: 20170152466
    Abstract: A unit dose of detergent and methods for producing the same are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, a unit dose comprises a body having a viscosity of from about 200,000 centipoise to about 50,000,000 centipoise at a working temperature of from about 0 to about 50 degrees Celsius, where the body has a bloom value of about 200 grams or more at the working temperature. The body comprises a detergent surfactant at from about 1 to about 40 weight percent based on the total weight of the body, and the body comprises a thickener at from about 10 to about 40 weight percent based on the total weight of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tasha Zander, Morgan Kelley, Jeffrey Bankers, Kelly Adson
  • Patent number: 8987186
    Abstract: Dryer products for imparting desired properties onto fabric during multiple drying cycles in laundry dryers and methods for fabricating dryer products are provided herein. In one embodiment, a dryer product is provided for use during multiple drying cycles in a laundry dryer and includes a solid body comprising a polymeric material. The dryer product further includes an active compound in and/or on the solid body. The dryer product is configured to release the active compound during a selected number of drying cycles at a temperature of from about 40° C. to about 100° C. The solid body is configured to fray after the selected number of drying cycles to indicate end-of-life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Tasha Zander, Jeffrey Bankers
  • Publication number: 20140274860
    Abstract: The present invention is a dry granular laundry detergent comprising builder, alkaline agent, filler, and surfactant, and a synergistic blend of polymeric soil release agents consisting essentially of from about 0.1 wt. % to about 0.5 wt. % nonionic soil release agent and from about 0.1 wt. % to about 1.0 wt. % anionic soil release polymer, wherein the weight ratio of nonionic agent to anionic agent is from about 1:1.5 to about 1:2.0. Using the mixture of nonionic and anionic soil release agents at the critical weight ratio of 1:1.5 to about 1:2.0 gives a synergistic boost in performance of the detergent, allowing about a 20% by weight lower dosing of dry detergent in the wash machine to achieve the same performance as a control composition not having soil release agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bankers
  • Publication number: 20140274869
    Abstract: Dryer products for imparting desired properties onto fabric during multiple drying cycles in laundry dryers and methods for fabricating dryer products are provided herein. In one embodiment, a dryer product is provided for use during multiple drying cycles in a laundry dryer and includes a solid body comprising a polymeric material. The dryer product further includes an active compound in and/or on the solid body. The dryer product is configured to release the active compound during a selected number of drying cycles at a temperature of from about 40° C. to about 100° C. The solid body is configured to fray after the selected number of drying cycles to indicate end-of-life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Tasha Zander, Jeffrey Bankers
  • Patent number: 8133434
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention includes at least one reservoir with a delivery mechanism in communication therewith. The delivery mechanism draws an air treatment material from the reservoir and provides the air treatment material in response to a decreased level of active air treatment material or the detection of a malodor. Additionally, the delivery mechanism includes a control system and a detection system. The control system activates the detection system at a timed interval or in response to a change in one or more ambient conditions (e.g., motion, temperature, light, humidity, etc.). Once activated, the detection system samples the environment for either the level of active air treatment material or the quality of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassirpour, Kevin Hafer
  • Patent number: 8070139
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for dispensing an air treatment and audibly indicating the dispensing and/or a change in the dispensing intensity. An exemplary audible indicator may include a pattern of a plurality of audible indicators having the same or different durations, having the same or different intensities, separated by the same or different intervals, and having the same or different audible impressions. Different audible indicators are associated with different device states, such as not dispensing, dispensing to create ambiance, dispensing in response to a malodor, or dispensing to offset habituation. Different audible indicators may also be associated with different malodors, or different intensities of the same or different malodors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Sanam Nassirpour, Jeffrey Bankers, Jeff Gaunt
  • Patent number: 7793861
    Abstract: A vapor-dispersing device comprising a moveable piston with an evaporative member is described that operates by the repetitive movement of the piston to bring the evaporative member into repeated contact with the exposed end of a liquid transfer means to wick volatile liquid out from a reservoir onto the evaporative member and to expel vapors out through vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Kevin Hafer
  • Patent number: 7793860
    Abstract: A vapor-dispersing device comprising a moveable piston with a porous protuberance is described that operates by the repetitive movement of the piston to intermittently dip the porous member into a volatile liquid and to expel air out through vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Kevin Hafer
  • Publication number: 20100119408
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for dispensing a volatizable material when needed. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a sensor to detect malodors, where the sensing of a malodor is used to activate fragrance emission when needed, and not, when not needed. In an exemplary embodiment, the sensor is able to distinguish between different malodors in different locations, such that a single system may be used in different locations. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes an indicator configured to indicate to the sensor the type of malodor to detect to activate fragrance emission. In an exemplary embodiment, the indicator is included with the container of volatizable liquid, either mechanically or electrically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Hafer, Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassierpour
  • Publication number: 20100111755
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for detecting a malodor and dispensing an air treatment when needed. In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the system includes a selection mechanism which allows the user to choose how the system dispenses the air treatment, a sensor, a timing control circuit coupled with the sensor, and a delivery system coupled with the timing control circuit. Upon detection of a malodor by the sensor, the sensor communicates with the timing control circuit which, in turn, communicates with the delivery system to dispense the air treatment. In another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, an air-freshening system is shown that combines a continuous dispensing system with a sensing dispensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassirpour, Kevin Hafer
  • Publication number: 20100059601
    Abstract: An electrical vapor-dispersing device is described that vaporizes volatizable material continuously and uninterrupted when first plugged into an AC electrical source, but upon operation of an initiator switch begins cycling fixed “OFF/ON” periods preset at from about 6 to about 18-hours to conserve both energy and volatizable material. In the preferred embodiment, an LED signals when the total elapsed “on-time” reaches a set value and refill of the volatizable material is required. The device is returned to constant operation only by unplugging from the electrical source and plugging back in to the electrical mains, or by electrical power failure/interruption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassirpour, Kevin Hafer
  • Patent number: 7600697
    Abstract: A vapor-emitting device according to various embodiments of the invention includes an end of use indicator to visually warn a user that it is nearing the time and/or has reached the time to replace the vapor-emitting device or refill the device. The vapor-emitting device includes a cover that is displaceable relative to a base. A gel material is contained within the base having disposed therein an end of use indicator. The end of use indicator is configured to visually indicate when the gel material evaporates below a pre-determined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Debbie Butterworth, Geoffrey Faires
  • Publication number: 20090211777
    Abstract: In general, the present disclosure provides a method of designing, and system for implementing, a plug-in-type device capable of coupling to a first plug of an outlet receptacle, and configured to allow utilization of a second plug, or inhibit the use of the second plug of the receptacle. For example, a device in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention comprises a plug portion capable of electrically coupling to one of at least two receptacles of a power outlet, a body portion comprising a vertical and a horizontal dimension, capable of coupling to the plug portion, and having the body portion dimensioned to allow or disallow utilization of a second of the at least two receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassirpour
  • Publication number: 20090185952
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention includes at least one reservoir with a delivery mechanism in communication therewith. The delivery mechanism draws an air treatment material from the reservoir and provides the air treatment material in response to a decreased level of active air treatment material or the detection of a malodor. Additionally, the delivery mechanism includes a control system and a detection system. The control system activates the detection system at a timed interval or in response to a change in one or more ambient conditions (e.g., motion, temperature, light, humidity, etc.). Once activated, the detection system samples the environment for either the level of active air treatment material or the quality of the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassirpour, Kevin Hafer
  • Publication number: 20090185958
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for dispensing an air treatment and audibly indicating the dispensing and/or a change in the dispensing intensity. An exemplary audible indicator may comprise a pattern of a plurality of audible indicators having the same or different durations, having the same or different intensities, separated by the same or different intervals, and having the same or different audible impressions. Different audible indicators are associated with different device states, such as not dispensing, dispensing to create ambiance, dispensing in response to a malodor, or dispensing to offset habituation. Different audible indicators may also be associated with different malodors, or different intensities of the same or different malodors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sanam Nassirpour, Jeffrey Bankers, Jeff Gaunt
  • Patent number: 7542664
    Abstract: The present invention provides vapor dispensing devices having improved refill units, detectors which sense changes in the environments surrounding the device, and optionally, make corresponding changes to the device and/or auxiliary devices, volatizable material delivery systems, volatizable material enhancers, nightlights, and various other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Mengtao Pete He, Carl Triplett, Jeffrey Bankers, Kevin Hafer, Mary J. Conway
  • Publication number: 20090117012
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for detecting a malodor and dispensing an air treatment when needed. In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the system includes a selection mechanism which allows the user to choose how the system dispenses the air treatment, a sensor, a timing control circuit coupled with the sensor, and a delivery system coupled with the timing control circuit. Upon detection of a malodor by the sensor, the sensor communicates with the timing control circuit which, in turn, communicates with the delivery system to dispense the air treatment. In another exemplary embodiment of the present invention, an air-freshening system is shown that combines a continuous dispensing system with a sensing dispensing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: THE DIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Sanam Nassirpour, Kevin Hafer
  • Publication number: 20090072783
    Abstract: An inductively charged vapor-emitting device for dispensing a volatizable material into the surrounding environment is described. The inductively charged vapor-emitting device includes an inductive coil including a magnetic core mounted in a housing and coupled to at least one rechargeable power source mounted within the housing. The inductive coil configured to inductively receive electric power from a remote power source to recharge the at least one rechargeable power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Ryan M. Gaspar, Jeffrey Bankers