Patents by Inventor Joseph A. Depuydt

Joseph A. Depuydt 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: 20150121705
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing razor including a reservoir containing a shave care composition. The shave care composition comprises water; one or more lipophilic skin conditioning agents; one or more thickening agents including electrolyte sensitive polymers; one or more emulsifying agents; and one or more lubricants. The shave care composition is delivered to the skin by the razor to provide skin comfort and moisturization benefits during the shave. The combination of the chemistry in the razor results in step change in skin condition in consumer and technical skin moisturization benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Coffindaffer, Benjamin P. Heath, Kenneth E. Kyte, Katharine A. Bakes, Joseph A. DePuydt
  • Patent number: 8640344
    Abstract: Cutting members for razors are provided that have a blade portion and a base portion, the blade portion having a cutting edge region terminated at a free end thereof and an opposing non-cutting edge region, the blade portion being bent relative to the base portion in a bent portion spaced from the cutting edge region and adjacent to the non-cutting edge region, wherein the bent portion extends about 108 degrees to about 115 degrees from the base portion, the bent portion having a radius of about 0.30 mm to about 0.45 mm, at least part of the cutting member having a hardness of about hardness of about 540 HV to about 750 HV, and a thickness of the bent portion is less than the average thickness of the cutting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: William Masek, Robert Smith, John L. Maziarz, Joseph A. DePuydt, Ming Laura Xu, Craig Stephen Vickery
  • Patent number: 8499462
    Abstract: A cutting member for a shaving razor includes an elongated blade portion that tapers to a cutting edge, an elongated base portion that is integral with the blade portion, and a bent portion, intermediate the blade portion and the base portion. In some implementations, at least part of the cutting member has a thickness of at least about 0.005 inch (0.127 millimeter).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: William Masek, Matthew J. Guay, Michael J. Bond, Joseph A. DePuydt, Ming Laura Xu
  • Patent number: 8347512
    Abstract: Cutting members for razors are provided that have been subjected to a localized heat-treating process, e.g., application of laser energy. In some cases, the cutting members include a bent portion, and the localized heat-treating process is used to enhance ductility and thereby facilitate formation of the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: William Masek, Robert Smith, John L. Maziarz, Joseph A. DePuydt, Ming Laura Xu, Craig Stephen Vickery
  • Patent number: 8220097
    Abstract: A toothbrush head includes a base portion having a first surface and a pivot portion having a first cleaning element holder having a second surface, wherein the second surface is superjacent the first surface. The pivot portion also includes a second cleaning element holder and a third cleaning element holder which extend longitudinally from the first element holder. The head includes a pivot element for pivotally coupling the base portion and the pivot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Joseph A. DePuydt, Bernhard Boland, Michael Stolper, Thomas Fritsch
  • Publication number: 20110283550
    Abstract: Cutting members for razors are provided that have been subjected to a localized heat-treating process, e.g., application of laser energy. In some cases, the cutting members include a bent portion, and the localized heat-treating process is used to enhance ductility and thereby facilitate formation of the bent portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: William Masek, Robert Smith, John L. Maziarz, Joseph A. DePuydt, Ming Laura Xu, Craig Stephen Vickery
  • Patent number: 8011104
    Abstract: Cutting members for razors are provided that have been subjected to a localized heat-treating process, e.g., application of laser energy. In some cases, the cutting members include a bent portion, and the localized heat-treating process is used to enhance ductility and thereby facilitate formation of the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: William Masek, Robert Smith, John L. Maziarz, Joseph A. DePuydt, Ming Laura Xu, Craig Stephen Vickery
  • Publication number: 20110010882
    Abstract: A toothbrush head includes a base portion having a first surface and a pivot portion having a first cleaning element holder having a second surface, wherein the second surface is superjacent the first surface. The pivot portion also includes a second cleaning element holder and a third cleaning element holder which extend longitudinally from the first element holder. The head includes a pivot element for pivotally coupling the base portion and the pivot portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph A. DePuydt, Bernhard Boland, Michael Stolper, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 7832042
    Abstract: An elongated toothbrush head defining a longitudinal axis includes a first brush member having a first brush support surface and a second brush member which is a pivot arm mounted for pivotal movement on the first brush member. The pivot arm has a second brush support surface including a first portion and a second portion which are joined together and include free ends which are spaced apart. The first portion and the second portion of the second brush support surface are capable of pivoting relative to the first brush support surface about an axis which extends transversely to the longitudinal axis of the head and laterally across the pivot arm. One or more teeth cleaning elements project from the first portion and the second portion and are inclined at an angle to the second brush support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. DePuydt, Bernhard Boland, Michael Stolper, Thomas Fritsch
  • Publication number: 20100011588
    Abstract: The invention discloses a novel geometry for a lubricating body, strip or cap, composed of shaving aids, taking into consideration their shape, materials and placement along with their interaction with multiple blades for improved shaving attributes in a wet shaving system. A strip exposure and a strip angle is disclosed where generally a maximum height of the lubricating strip is greater than or equal to the maximum height of the blade plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Xiandong Wang, Neville Sonnenberg, Joseph Depuydt, Michael J. Kwiecien, William Jolley
  • Publication number: 20090241279
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing a function element carrier with function elements, for example, individual tufts made up of bristles and/or massage elements, interproximal cleaning elements, or other elements designed to be fastened to a toothbrush and also perform special functions. The function elements are equipped at their ends intended for anchoring in a toothbrush with an anchor, retainer or axle element. The method includes: (a) inserting several function elements in corresponding recesses of an injection mold, said injection mold being connected via grid or bar shaped channels formed in a die to recesses in the areas of the anchoring ends of the function elements; (b) filling the grid or bar shaped channels with liquefied plastic material and injecting said material at the anchoring ends of the function elements or embedding them therein; and (c) allowing the plastic material to cool and removing a function element carrier made up of a grid or bar shaped plastic frame and the function elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Stein, Mark McConnell, Joseph DePuydt, Michael Vankov, Ahmet Cem Firatli
  • Publication number: 20090106923
    Abstract: A head for a toothbrush including a neck and, first and second sets of one or more bristles each. The first and second sets are indirectly supported by the neck and movable relative to each other such that at least one component of this relative movement causes the bristle(s) of the first set to be raised and/or lowered relative to the bristle(s) in the second set. The first and second sets of bristles both are movable relative to the neck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph A. DePuydt, Bernhard Boland, Michael Stolper, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 7448107
    Abstract: A head for a toothbrush including a neck and, first and second sets of one or more bristles each. The first and second sets are indirectly supported by the neck and movable relative to each other such that at least one component of this relative movement causes the bristle(s) of the first set to be raised and/or lowered relative to the bristle(s) in the second set. The first and second sets of bristles both are movable relative to the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. DePuydt, Bernhard Boland, Michael Stolper, Thomas Fritsch
  • Patent number: 7448135
    Abstract: Multi-blade razors are provided, having blades with differing properties. In one aspect, a razor is provided that includes a safety razor blade unit comprising a guard, a cap, and first, second and third blades with parallel sharpened edges located between the guard and cap with the first blade closest to the cap, the third blade furthest from the cap, and the second blade disposed between the first and third blades, the blades having first, second and third tip radii, respectively, at least two of the three blades having different tip radii, and at least two of the blades having different coefficients of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Andrew Zhuk, Weili Yu, Hoang Mai Trankiem, Neville Sonnenberg, Kevin L. Powell, Yiqian Eric Liu, Robert L. Lescanec, Steve S. Hahn, Joseph A. DePuydt, Alan Crook, Cinzia Simonis Cloke
  • Publication number: 20070234577
    Abstract: Cutting members for razors are provided that have been subjected to a localized heat-treating process, e.g., application of laser energy. In some cases, the cutting members include a bent portion, and the localized heat-treating process is used to enhance ductility and thereby facilitate formation of the bent portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventors: William Masek, Robert Smith, John L. Maziarz, Joseph A. Depuydt, Ming Laura Xu, Craig Stephen Vickery
  • Publication number: 20070234576
    Abstract: A cutting member for a shaving razor includes an elongated blade portion that tapers to a cutting edge, an elongated base portion that is integral with the blade portion, and a bent portion, intermediate the blade portion and the base portion. In some implementations, at least part of the cutting member has a thickness of at least about 0.005 inch (0.127 millimeter).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventors: William Masek, Matthew J. Guay, Michael J. Bond, Joseph A. DePuydt, Ming Laura Xu
  • Publication number: 20070227010
    Abstract: Multi-blade razors are provided, having blades with differing properties. In one aspect, a razor is provided that includes a safety razor blade unit comprising a guard, a cap, and first, second and third blades with parallel sharpened edges located between the guard and cap with the first blade closest to the cap, the third blade furthest from the cap, and the second blade disposed between the first and third blades, the blades having first, second and third tip radii, respectively, at least two of the three blades having different tip radii, and at least two of the blades having different coefficients of friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Zhuk, Weili Yu, Hoang Trankiem, Neville Sonnenberg, Kevin Powell, Yiqian Liu, Robert Lescanec, Steve Hahn, Joseph DePuydt, Alan Crook, Cinzia Cloke
  • Publication number: 20070227009
    Abstract: Razors are described herein. In some instances the razors include a safety razor blade unit comprising a guard, a cap, and at least two blades with parallel sharpened edges located between the guard and cap. A first blade defines a blade edge nearer the guard and a second blade defines a blade edge nearer the cap. The first blade has a cutter force greater than the cutter force of the second blade. In some instances the razors provide a comfortable shave having improved closeness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Zhuk, Weili Yu, Hoang Mai Trankiem, Neville Sonnenberg, Kevin L. Powell, Yiqian Eric Liu, Robert L. Lescanec, Steve S. Hahn, Joseph A. DePuydt, Cinzia Simonis Cloke
  • Publication number: 20070227008
    Abstract: Multi-blade razors are provided. The razors include blades having different tip radii and thus different relative sharpness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Zhuk, Weili Yu, Hoang Trankiem, Neville Sonnenberg, Kevin Powell, Yiqian Liu, Robert Lescanec, Steve Hahn, Joseph DePuydt, Alan Crook, Cinzia Cloke
  • Publication number: 20070131060
    Abstract: Methods of and systems for automated color control are provided. These methods and systems are suitable for use in various oxidation processes for the coloration of heat treated steel, for example razor blade steel. A feedback loop (closed loop control) is established, including the steps of measuring color, comparing the measured color to a target color and quantifying the difference there-between, and, if the difference exceeds a predetermined threshold, adjusting a color adjustment parameter, e.g., the airflow to the oxidation zone, so that the measured and target colors are equivalent or within a predetermined variance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Inventors: Adam Kelsey, Kenneth Skrobis, Alfred Porcaro, Joseph DePuydt