Patents by Inventor Joseph W. Grez

Joseph W. Grez 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: 11083281
    Abstract: Various operational mode arrangements of an electric toothbrush (10) include pre-programming a controller portion (16) of the electric toothbrush such that a single brushing event of approximately two minutes comprises automatically at least two different operating modes and specified times for each mode. Another operational mode includes the capability of operating the on/off button (20) of the toothbrush within a specified short time following termination of a normal brushing event to provide the user a specified additional time, e.g. 30 seconds of toothbrush action. A special toothbrush interface arrangement includes a display (80) which encourages children to maintain brushing for the full brushing period. This is accomplished through sequential illustration of the progress of an article from an initial state to a final desired state as the toothbrush is used for increasing portions of a full brushing time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Charles B. Cook, Joseph W. Grez, Wolter F. Benning, Christopher Dabrowski, Rick Peterson, Gregg Heard, Martyn Gray Darnbrough Beedham, Hanne Lindholt Caspersen
  • Publication number: 20200217372
    Abstract: Formula delivery devices include a handle and a consumable assembly. The handle has a handle shell, and the consumable assembly is configured to be removably joined with the handle by insertion into the handle shell. The consumable assembly has a formulation container disposed in an elongate housing and is configured to contain a volume of a formulation. The formulation container is provided with a sealing member configured to enable fluid communication with the formulation container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Richard Taylor, Mark E. Bartlett, Scott P. Mosby, Joseph Michael Recco, Francis George Tatu, Adam Paul Vallee, Carolina Canamaque
  • Patent number: 10598230
    Abstract: A drive shaft coupling is provided, such as a coupling used with a formula delivery appliance. The drive shaft coupling generally includes a drive gear and a driven gear, with one of the drive gear and driven gear having a biasing member to allow axial translation. The drive shaft coupling is generally configured to transfer rotation from the drive gear to the driven gear. In one aspect, the drive shaft coupling is capable of alignment and coupling of the drive gear and driven gear upon the radial sliding of the coupling from a non-engagement position to an engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Richard Taylor, Mark E. Bartlett, Scott P. Mosby, Joseph Michael Recco, Francis George Tatu, Adam Paul Vallee, Carolina Canamaque
  • Patent number: 10518097
    Abstract: A workpiece, such as a treatment workpiece, for use with a non-powered appliance is disclosed. The workpiece includes a rechargeable or non-rechargeable battery integrated into the workpiece housing. The workpiece in some examples can be configured such that the battery is neither removable nor replaceable. The capacity of the battery can either be selected so as to provide at least a single use of the workpiece or to correspond to the recommended replacement period (e.g., 90 days) of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Joseph W. Grez
  • Publication number: 20190098976
    Abstract: A formula delivery appliance generally includes a formula delivery head having features to mix, direct, and distribute formulation through nozzles to a desired location, such as the hair or scalp of a user. In this regard, the formula delivery head may include a plurality of nozzles configured to discharge the formulation at a desired flow rate. In some instances, the flow rate across the plurality of nozzles is controlled such that each nozzle has a flow rate within a specified percentage of the average flow rate across the plurality of nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Carolina Canamaque, Mark E. Bartlett, Scott P. Mosby, Joseph Michael Recco, Francis George Tatu, Adam Paul Vallee, Mara Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20190098974
    Abstract: A formula delivery system can be used in conjunction with hair and scalp treatment appliances to supply a hair treatment formulation to the appliance. In one aspect, the formula delivery system delivers hair coloring formulation to the appliance. Formula delivery systems of the present disclosure generally include at least one fluid container configured to retain a volume of formulation for delivery of the formulation to a hair coloring appliance. In this regard, the formula delivery system may be configured to removably couple to an inlet member of the appliance that allows the appliance to draw the formulation from the fluid container for use within the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Carolina Canamaque, John Streeter, Richard Taylor, Mark E. Bartlett, Scott P. Mosby, Joseph Michael Recco, Francis George Tatu, Adam Paul Vallee
  • Publication number: 20190098975
    Abstract: A formula delivery appliance can be used for treatment of the hair and scalp, such as an appliance used to color hair. The appliance may include a consumable assembly incorporating various components of the hair and scalp treatment appliance, a portion of which may be consumed and then replaced by a user. In this regard, the consumable assembly may include one or more formulation delivery packets, nozzles, manifold chambers, distribution protrusions, and the like. The hair treatment appliance may also include a rotatable coupling having a driven gear and a drive gear, where the driven gear may selectively engage the drive gear. In another aspect, the hair treatment appliance may also include a fluid container to retain a volume of formulation for delivery to the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Carolina Canamaque, John Streeter, Richard Taylor, Mark E. Bartlett, Scott P. Mosby, Joseph Michael Recco, Francis George Tatu, Adam Paul Vallee, Mara Applebaum
  • Publication number: 20190101170
    Abstract: A drive shaft coupling is provided, such as a coupling used with a formula delivery appliance. The drive shaft coupling generally includes a drive gear and a driven gear, with one of the drive gear and driven gear having a biasing member to allow axial translation. The drive shaft coupling is generally configured to transfer rotation from the drive gear to the driven gear. In one aspect, the drive shaft coupling is capable of alignment and coupling of the drive gear and driven gear upon the radial sliding of the coupling from a non-engagement position to an engagement position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Richard Taylor, Mark E. Bartlett, Scott P. Mosby, Joseph Michael Recco, Francis George Tatu, Adam Paul Vallee
  • Patent number: 10194935
    Abstract: Treatment protocols for preparing a subject's skin to receive skin formulations having one or more active materials are provided. The devices and/or methods for carrying out the treatment protocols aim to increase the skin's ability for skin formulations to penetrate or infuse into the SC layers thereof. The treatment protocol includes the application of shearing forces in order to part, tear, or form fissures only in the Stratum Corneum (SC) of the subject's skin without inducing trauma in viable skin layers below the SC. After application of shearing forces to the skin, a skin formulation can be applied to the sheared areas of skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Joseph W. Grez
  • Patent number: 10076646
    Abstract: An applicator includes a roller, a treatment composition component, a cutaneous measurement component, and a controller. The roller contacts a portion of skin at a contact location and subsequently a target location. The treatment composition component selectively deposits a composition on a roller surface at a deposition location that is on the roller surface a circumferential distance away from the contact location. The cutaneous measurement component generates one or more parameters associated with the target location on the portion of skin. The target location is a target distance from the contact location that is equal to or greater than the circumferential distance. The controller controls the treatment composition component to selectively deposit the treatment composition on the roller surface in response to the one or more parameters associated with the target location on the portion of skin generated by the cutaneous measurement component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Vincenzo Casasanta, III, Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 10071233
    Abstract: An applicator for treating skin conditions includes at least one treatment composition component and a discontinuity identification component. The at least one treatment composition component is configured to selectively deposit a treatment composition at a deposit location on the portion of skin. The discontinuity identification component is operably coupled to an electromagnetic energy detector. The discontinuity identification component includes circuitry configured to monitor a level of the one or more parameters as the applicator traverses the portion of skin and to control the at least one treatment composition component to selectively deposit the treatment composition to the deposit location on the portion of skin based on one or more inputs indicative of a decrease in reflection of an electromagnetic energy interrogation stimulus from the portion of skin at the deposit location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Vincenzo Casasanta, III, Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 10004885
    Abstract: An applicator includes a discontinuity identification component and at least one treatment composition component. The discontinuity identification component is operably coupled to an electromagnetic energy interrogation component and the discontinuity identification component is configured to determine a treatment status based on an interrogation response to an electromagnetic energy stimulus indicative of an absorption difference of greater than a target amount. The at least one treatment composition component is operably coupled to the discontinuity component and the at least one treatment composition component is configured to selectively deposit a treatment composition on the portion of skin responsive to one or more inputs from the discontinuity component indicative of a target treatment status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Vincenzo Casasanta, III, Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Publication number: 20180064238
    Abstract: Various operational mode arrangements of an electric toothbrush (10) include pre-programming a controller portion (16) of the electric toothbrush such that a single brushing event of approximately two minutes comprises automatically at least two different operating modes and specified times for each mode. Another operational mode includes the capability of operating the on/off button (20) of the toothbrush within a specified short time following termination of a normal brushing event to provide the user a specified additional time, e.g. 30 seconds of toothbrush action. A special toothbrush interface arrangement includes a display (80) which encourages children to maintain brushing for the full brushing period. This is accomplished through sequential illustration of the progress of an article from an initial state to a final desired state as the toothbrush is used for increasing portions of a full brushing time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: CHARLES B. COOK, JOSEPH W. GREZ, WOLTER F. BENNING, CHRISTOPHER DABROWSKI, RICK PETERSON, GREGG HEARD, MARTYN GRAY DARNBROUGH BEEDHAM, HANNE LINDHOLT CASPERSEN
  • Patent number: 9801691
    Abstract: A skin care apparatus suitable for use in proximity to a subject's eyes. The apparatus includes a treatment device and a stimulus device. Upon activation by a user, such as the subject or a technician, a stimulus delivered by the stimulus device causes the subject's eyelid to close prior to the administration of a skin care treatment by the treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Patent number: 9648945
    Abstract: Various operational mode arrangements of an electric toothbrush (10) include pre-programming a controller portion (16) of the electric toothbrush such that a single brushing event of approximately two minutes comprises automatically at least two different operating modes and specified times for each mode. Another operational mode includes the capability of operating the on/off button (20) of the toothbrush within a specified short time following termination of a normal brushing event to provide the user a specified additional time, e.g. 30 seconds of toothbrush action. A special toothbrush interface arrangement includes a display (80) which encourages children to maintain brushing for the full brushing period. This is accomplished through sequential illustration of the progress of an article from an initial state to a final desired state as the toothbrush is used for increasing portions of a full brushing time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Charles B. Cook, Joseph W. Grez, Wolter F. Benning, Christopher Dabrowski, Rick Peterson, Gregg Heard, Martyn Gray Darnbrough Beedham, Hanne Lindholt Caspersen
  • Publication number: 20170119488
    Abstract: A skin care apparatus suitable for use in proximity to a subject's eyes. The apparatus includes a treatment device and a stimulus device. Upon activation by a user, such as the subject or a technician, a stimulus delivered by the stimulus device causes the subject's eyelid to close prior to the administration of a skin care treatment by the treatment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Publication number: 20160339220
    Abstract: An applicator includes a discontinuity identification component and at least one treatment composition component. The discontinuity identification component is operably coupled to an electromagnetic energy interrogation component and the discontinuity identification component is configured to determine a treatment status based on an interrogation response to an electromagnetic energy stimulus indicative of an absorption difference of greater than a target amount. The at least one treatment composition component is operably coupled to the discontinuity component and the at least one treatment composition component is configured to selectively deposit a treatment composition on the portion of skin responsive to one or more inputs from the discontinuity component indicative of a target treatment status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Vincenzo Casasanta, III, Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Publication number: 20160339218
    Abstract: An applicator includes a roller, a treatment composition component, a cutaneous measurement component, and a controller. The roller contacts a portion of skin at a contact location and subsequently a target location. The treatment composition component selectively deposits a composition on a roller surface at a deposition location that is on the roller surface a circumferential distance away from the contact location. The cutaneous measurement component generates one or more parameters associated with the target location on the portion of skin. The target location is a target distance from the contact location that is equal to or greater than the circumferential distance. The controller controls the treatment composition component to selectively deposit the treatment composition on the roller surface in response to the one or more parameters associated with the target location on the portion of skin generated by the cutaneous measurement component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Vincenzo Casasanta, III, Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Publication number: 20160339219
    Abstract: An applicator for treating skin conditions includes at least one treatment composition component and a reflection edge component. The at least one treatment composition component is configured to selectively deposit a treatment composition at a deposit location on the portion of skin. The reflection edge component is operably coupled to an electromagnetic energy detector. The reflection edge component includes circuitry configured to monitor a level of the one or more parameters as the applicator traverses the portion of skin and to control the at least one treatment composition component to selectively deposit the treatment composition to the deposit location on the portion of skin based on one or more inputs indicative of a decrease in reflection of an electromagnetic energy interrogation stimulus from the portion of skin at the deposit location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Vincenzo Casasanta, III, Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller
  • Publication number: 20160184162
    Abstract: An applicator for use in treating a portion of skin includes an applicator tip that has an end configured to contact the portion of skin, a sonic source mechanically coupled to the applicator tip, a heat source thermally coupled to an end of the applicator tip, and a controller. The applicator tip includes a thermally-conductive material. During operation of the applicator, the controller controls operation of the sonic source to impart mechanical movements to the applicator tip at a sonic frequency and controls operation of the heat source to transfer heat to the end of the applicator tip via the thermally-conductive material of the applicator tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Zane Bowman Allen Miller, Vincenzo Casasanta, III, James Christopher McInnes