Patents by Inventor Thomas Mintel

Thomas Mintel 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: 10898304
    Abstract: An oral care implement body to which a replacement head can be detachably coupled. In one embodiment, the oral care implement body includes a gripping portion having a shoulder, a stem extending from the shoulder along a longitudinal axis, and a boss protruding from an outer surface of the stem. The boss may have a locking rib section having an undercut surface that is axially spaced from the shoulder and a positioning rib section extending from the locking rib section to the shoulder. The undercut surface may circumferentially protrude from a first side surface of the positioning rib section. The locking rib section may extend along a first rib axis and the positioning rib section may extend along a second rib axis, the first rib axis oriented obliquely to the second rib axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshida, Takashi Torihama, Thomas Mintel, Joseph Fattori
  • Patent number: 10660736
    Abstract: An oral care device such as an oral care implement or a toothbrush. The oral care device may include a handle and a head. The head may have a plurality of cleaning elements extending therefrom. The head may comprise a channel and a plurality of electrodes may be located within the channel. The electrodes may be coupled to a power source. The electrodes may be used to generate a chemical agent via the application of an electrical potential across the electrodes when in communication with an electrolyte. The chemical agents may include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, chlorine hypochlorite, ions, peroxides, and/or other chemical agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Douglas Hohlbein, Heng Cai, Sharon Kennedy, Thomas Mintel, Bruce Russell
  • Publication number: 20200148439
    Abstract: An oral care implement that includes a head having a face with a tuft hole therein. A plurality of bristles are disposed within the tuft hole and arranged in a bristle tuft that extends from the face of the head. The bristle tuft includes a first subset of the bristles and a second subset of the bristles. Each of the bristles has a longitudinal axis and a transverse cross-sectional profile having a major axis and a minor axis, the major axes of the bristles being longer than the minor axes of the bristles. The major axes of the bristles of the first subset may be non-parallel to the major axes of the bristles of the second subset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Thomas MINTEL, Douglas HOHLBEIN
  • Patent number: 10588397
    Abstract: A toothbrush comprising a bristle having a cross-sectional profile with a major axis and a minor axis. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head; a handle; and at least one bristle extending from a face of the head, the bristle having a longitudinal axis and a transverse cross-sectional profile having a major axis and a minor axis, the major axis being longer than the minor axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Thomas Mintel, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Publication number: 20190239996
    Abstract: An oral care device such as an oral care implement or a toothbrush. The oral care device may include a handle and a head. The head may have a plurality of cleaning elements extending therefrom. The head may comprise a channel and a plurality of electrodes may be located within the channel. The electrodes may be coupled to a power source. The electrodes may be used to generate a chemical agent via the application of an electrical potential across the electrodes when in communication with an electrolyte. The chemical agents may include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, chlorine hypochlorite, ions, peroxides, and/or other chemical agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo JIMENEZ, Douglas HOHLBEIN, Heng CAI, Sharon KENNEDY, Thomas MINTEL, Bruce RUSSELL
  • Patent number: 10307235
    Abstract: An oral care device such as an oral care implement or a toothbrush. The oral care device may include a handle and a head. The head may have a plurality of cleaning elements extending therefrom. The head may comprise an open space or cavity. A plurality of electrodes may be located within the open space or cavity. The electrodes may be coupled to a voltage source. The electrodes may be used to generate a chemical agent via the application of an electrical potential across the electrodes when in communication with an electrolyte. The chemical agents may include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, chlorine hypochlorite, ions, peroxides, and/or other chemical agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo J. Jimenez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Heng Cai, Sharon Kennedy, Thomas Mintel, Bruce M. Russell
  • Publication number: 20180296309
    Abstract: An oral care implement body to which a replacement head can be detachably coupled. In one embodiment, the oral care implement body includes a gripping portion having a shoulder, a stem extending from the shoulder along a longitudinal axis, and a boss protruding from an outer surface of the stem. The boss may have a locking rib section having an undercut surface that is axially spaced from the shoulder and a positioning rib section extending from the locking rib section to the shoulder. The undercut surface may circumferentially protrude from a first side surface of the positioning rib section. The locking rib section may extend along a first rib axis and the positioning rib section may extend along a second rib axis, the first rib axis oriented obliquely to the second rib axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicants: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki YOSHIDA, Takashi TORIHAMA, Thomas MINTEL, Joseph FATTORI
  • Patent number: 9737134
    Abstract: An oral care implement having a flexible handle. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head; and a handle extending along a longitudinal axis and connected to the head, the handle comprising: a main body integrally formed of a rigid material, the main body comprising a rigid gripping section terminating in a bulbous body, a rigid neck section terminating in a basin, and a flexible strut having a first end connected to the bulbous body and a second end connected to a floor of the basin; a resilient material encasing the flexible strut; and the flexible strut and the resilient material forming a hinge about which the rigid neck section pivots relative to the rigid gripping section upon a force being applied to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, Thomas Mintel, Andreas Wechsler, Douglas Hohlbein, Jan Felix Muller, Alan Sorrentino, Al Sprosta
  • Publication number: 20170079418
    Abstract: A toothbrush comprising a bristle having a cross-sectional profile with a major axis and a minor axis. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head; a handle; and at least one bristle extending from a face of the head, the bristle having a longitudinal axis and a transverse cross-sectional profile having a major axis and a minor axis, the major axis being longer than the minor axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Mintel, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 9538836
    Abstract: A toothbrush comprising a tapered bristle having a cross-sectional profile with a major axis and a minor axis. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head; a handle; and at least one tapered bristle extending from a face of the head, the tapered bristle having a longitudinal axis and a transverse cross-sectional profile having a major axis and a minor axis, the major axis being longer than the minor axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Mintel, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Publication number: 20160354188
    Abstract: An oral care device such as an oral care implement or a toothbrush. The oral care device may include a handle and a head. The head may have a plurality of cleaning elements extending therefrom. The head may comprise an open space or cavity. A plurality of electrodes may be located within the open space or cavity. The electrodes may be coupled to a voltage source. The electrodes may be used to generate a chemical agent via the application of an electrical potential across the electrodes when in communication with an electrolyte. The chemical agents may include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, chlorine hypochlorite, ions, peroxides, and/or other chemical agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Eduardo J. Jimenez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Heng Cai, Sharon Kennedy, Thomas Mintel, Bruce M. Russell
  • Patent number: 9445878
    Abstract: A method of cleaning teeth by providing a device for generating a chemical agent in situ on an as-needed basis via the application of an electrical potential across a pair of conductors in communication with an electrolyte. The chemical agents may include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, peroxide, chlorine and/or hypochlorite. The device may include a voltage source and a first set of electrodes for applying an electrical potential to the electrolyte. The device may also include a second set of electrodes disposed about an anode of the first set of electrodes. The first and second sets of anodes cooperate to produce ions, peroxides, ozone and/or other chemical agents via the application of electrical potential to the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eduardo J. Jimenez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Heng Cai, Sharon Kennedy, Thomas Mintel, Bruce M. Russell
  • Patent number: 9445660
    Abstract: An oral care implement comprising at least one tapered bristle. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a handle; a head having a face; a tuft hole in the face, the tuft hole having a polygonal transverse cross-sectional profile; and a bristle tuft mounted in the first tuft hole and extending from the face of the head, the first bristle tuft comprising a plurality of tapered bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Mintel, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 9364075
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a head and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements for enhanced cleaning of the teeth. The tooth cleaning elements include cleaning elements that define a radial array arrangement for better retention of the dentifrice. A radial array may be strategically disposed in an off-axis arrangement within other cleaning elements on the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Thomas Mintel, Bruce Russell, Kenneth Waguespack, Urs Troxler
  • Patent number: 9168117
    Abstract: A replacement head for an oral care implement, such as a powered toothbrush, wherein the replacement head utilizes a specially designed structure for coupling the replacement head to an oral care implement body. In one embodiment, the invention can be a replacement head comprising: a head having a plurality of tooth cleaning elements mounted thereto; a tubular sleeve comprising a cavity for receiving a stem of the body, a proximal edge defining an opening into the cavity, and a distal end to which the head is coupled, the tubular sleeve comprising a locking tab for engaging an undercut surface of a locking section of a boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignees: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshida, Takashi Torihama, Thomas Mintel, Joseph Fattori
  • Publication number: 20150033485
    Abstract: An oral care implement having a flexible handle. In one embodiment, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a head; and a handle extending along a longitudinal axis and connected to the head, the handle comprising: a main body integrally formed of a rigid material, the main body comprising a rigid gripping section terminating in a bulbous body, a rigid neck section terminating in a basin, and a flexible strut having a first end connected to the bulbous body and a second end connected to a floor of the basin; a resilient material encasing the flexible strut; and the flexible strut and the resilient material forming a hinge about which the rigid neck section pivots relative to the rigid gripping section upon a force being applied to the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, Thomas Mintel, Andreas Wechsler, Douglas Hohlbein, Jan Felix Muller, Alan Sorrentino, Al Sprosta
  • Publication number: 20150020325
    Abstract: A replacement head for an oral care implement, such as a powered toothbrush, wherein the replacement head utilizes a specially designed structure for coupling the replacement head to an oral care implement body. In one embodiment, the invention can be a replacement head comprising: a head having a plurality of tooth cleaning elements mounted thereto; a tubular sleeve comprising a cavity for receiving a stem of the body, a proximal edge defining an opening into the cavity, and a distal end to which the head is coupled, the tubular sleeve comprising a locking tab for engaging an undercut surface of a locking section of a boss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd., Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshida, Takashi Torihama, Thomas Mintel, Joseph Fattori
  • Patent number: 8918940
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a connection component configured to connect the apparatus to any one of a plurality of different apparatuses. A toothbrush may include at least one measurement component configured to measure a parameter of use of an oral care region, and a processor configured to change output of a first audio signal of a plurality of audio signals to a second audio signal of the plurality of audio signals based on the measured parameter. Another toothbrush may include a processor configured to receive first data from an external source component and output second data corresponding to the received first data to at least one output device in response, and the at least output device configured to output the second data from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez, Robert Moskovich, Kenneth Waguespack, James Kemp, Douglas Hohlbein, Mary Horchos, Thomas Mintel
  • Patent number: 8800093
    Abstract: An oral care implement having a handle and a head having a flexible support from which cleaning elements extend. In one aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a handle; a head attached to the handle; a flexible support attached to the head and having a face; a plurality of cleaning elements attached to the flexible support and projecting outwardly from the face, the cleaning elements including bristles and wall-like elements and being movable in the outward direction from the head; wherein the cleaning elements comprise a row of first cleaning elements substantially aligned along a longitudinal axis of the head and traversing a central region of the flexible support; and wherein some of the wall-like cleaning elements laterally radiate from the central region of the flexible support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Robert Moskovich, John J. Gatzemeyer, Bruce Russell, Peter Andersen, Luca Casini, John Hancock, Douglas Hohlbein, Eduardo Jimenez, Thomas Kuechler, Tanja Langgner, Joachim Storz, Thomas Mintel, Michael Rooney, Alan Sorrentino
  • Publication number: 20140201933
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a head and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements for enhanced cleaning of the teeth. The tooth cleaning elements include cleaning elements that define a radial array arrangement for better retention of the dentifrice. A radial array may be strategically disposed in an off-axis arrangement within other cleaning elements on the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Thomas Mintel, Bruce Russell, Kenneth Waguespack, Urs Troxler