Patents by Inventor Walter Pitsch

Walter Pitsch 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: 10767352
    Abstract: Provided are internal waterway assemblies for faucets comprising a valve assembly comprising a valve water way portion, a bridge comprising a passageway therethrough in fluid communication with the valve water way portion and the bridge having a spout receiving portion having a passageway therethrough; and a spout tube configured to be positioned in the spout receiving portion of the bridge. The spout tube is in fluid communication with the passageway of the bridge and configured to deliver water out of the faucet. Internal water way assemblies are configured to couple to any one of a plurality of cover plates for a faucet, the bridge is configured to be assembled to the valve assembly in any one of a plurality of fixed angular orientations to position the spout tube to fit within an interior space of one of the any one of a plurality of cover plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Marin Marinov, Xiao Jing Ye
  • Publication number: 20200240126
    Abstract: A faucet spray head magnetic docking system includes a socket that couples to an end of the spout, and a bonnet that couples to the spray head and that engages with the socket. The socket includes a shell configured to be arranged in the mouth of the spout, and integrated with one or more magnetic elements. The magnetic elements may be inserted into corresponding holes of the socket shell. Alternatively, the magnetic elements may be incorporated directly into the shell. The bonnet includes a threaded portion for coupling to corresponding threads of a connector at the spray head, and includes one or more corresponding magnets configured to magnetically attract to the magnetic elements of the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Verne H. MYERS, Xiaojing YE, Nathan J. WICKER, Walter PITSCH, Philip M. ANTHONY, III, Aaron B. EIGER
  • Patent number: 10682655
    Abstract: A faucet assembly with a multifunction spray head is provided. The spray head is capable of four spray functions, and has an outer shell; a flow body extending within the shell, a first end extending out of the shell for attachment to a faucet and a second end in fluid communication with a spray selector assembly. The flow body defines a flow path from the first end of the flow body to a flow selector assembly. The spray head includes a flow selector assembly comprising: a selector valve housing body having at least four valve recesses therein; at least four flow selector valves seated within the recesses in the selector valve housing body; and a rotating selector valve ring. A sprayer seat has a faceplate and a flow diversion conduit corresponding to each selector valve to provide flow paths from a selector valve to a sprayer outlet or aerator outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Xiao Jing Ye, Zhengzhen Lei
  • Patent number: 10625279
    Abstract: A shower head includes a fluid inlet configured to connect to a fluid source, a spray face having a plurality of fluid outlets, a fluid flow path from the fluid source to the spray face, and a diverter positioned in the fluid flow path which is configured to adjust the flow of fluid through the fluid flow path, the diverter being switchable between different spray configurations associated with different spray modes of the shower head. A user interface for selecting the shower spray mode is positioned on a peripheral portion of the spray face, the user interface including one or more touch-sensitive devices configured to receive one or more touch inputs from a user during operation of the shower head and configured to cause the diverter to switch from one spray configuration to another spray configuration in response to receiving the one or more touch inputs from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques L'Henaff, Walter Pitsch, Verne Myers, Xiaojing Ye, Greg Reinecker, Emilie Williams, Alanna Wing Libbrecht, Brian P. Kalember, Gabriela Ravassa, Ki Bok Song
  • Patent number: 10612220
    Abstract: A faucet spray head magnetic docking system includes a socket that couples to an end of the spout, and a bonnet that couples to the spray head and that engages with the socket. The socket includes a shell configured to be arranged in the mouth of the spout, and integrated with one or more magnetic elements. The magnetic elements may be inserted into corresponding holes of the socket shell. Alternatively, the magnetic elements may be incorporated directly into the shell. The bonnet includes a threaded portion for coupling to corresponding threads of a connector at the spray head, and includes one or more corresponding magnets configured to magnetically attract to the magnetic elements of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: Verne H. Myers, Xiaojing Ye, Nathan J. Wicker, Walter Pitsch, Philip M. Anthony, III, Aaron B. Eiger
  • Patent number: 10450731
    Abstract: Faucet-integrated touch-free soap dispensing systems are provided. A soap dispenser is at least partially integrated with a faucet, and includes a proximity sensor, a dispensing unit, and a soap dispensing outlet. The dispensing unit includes a soap reservoir and a pump mountable below a deck that supports the faucet, and is communicatively coupled to the proximity sensor and fluidly coupled to the soap dispensing outlet via a soap tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: AS America, Inc.
    Inventors: James McHale, Marin Marinov, Walter Pitsch, Xiao Jing Ye
  • Patent number: 10260642
    Abstract: Valve cartridges for a faucet are described herein. The valve cartridge has a body with a longitudinal passage, and a side opening. The cartridge has a spindle with a lower end portion in rotatable relationship with the body's interior surface, and an upper outwardly extending end portion. Included is a movable disk with a surface that contacts and interacts with the lower end portion of the spindle, an arcuate side wall portion and an inwardly extending side wall portion with a fluid receiving area that allows for fluid flow out of the body side opening. A stationary disk with a through opening allows passage of fluid from a body inlet through the side opening when the opening in the disk is aligned with the fluid receiving area. A sealing ring, which mates with the body, is provided to stabilize the stationary and movable disks within the body passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Guang Yi Xian
  • Publication number: 20190071849
    Abstract: A faucet spray head magnetic docking system includes a socket that couples to an end of the spout, and a bonnet that couples to the spray head and that engages with the socket. The socket includes a shell configured to be arranged in the mouth of the spout, and integrated with one or more magnetic elements. The magnetic elements may be inserted into corresponding holes of the socket shell. Alternatively, the magnetic elements may be incorporated directly into the shell. The bonnet includes a threaded portion for coupling to corresponding threads of a connector at the spray head, and includes one or more corresponding magnets configured to magnetically attract to the magnetic elements of the socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Verne H. MYERS, Xiaojing YE, Nathan J. WICKER, Walter PITSCH, Philip M. ANTHONY, III, Aaron B. EIGER
  • Publication number: 20190024354
    Abstract: Novel plumbing products, including faucets, are fabricated, e.g., using metallic 3-dimensional or other 3-D printing techniques, to have complex geometries, such as multiple channels that may diverge and re-converge near the spout. The geometries of the various channels can resemble interwoven net-like patterns that define various shapes between the channels. The plumbing fixtures may be formed from one or more of stainless steels, INCONEL, brass, bronze, polycarbonate, PVC, acrylics, rigid polyolefins, PET, carbon fiber, AES, or other plumbing fitting suitable corrosion resistant materials. In some embodiments, the handles of an exemplary faucet can include the same or a similar multiple channel configuration as the spout, providing an advantageously, aesthetically pleasing faucet system. In exemplary embodiments, faucet spouts and their handles are formed so as to couple to standard faucet underbodies, standard valve platforms, or standard threaded hose/waterway connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: James MCHALE, Joseph IENTILE, Walter PITSCH, Jean-Jacques L'HENAFF
  • Patent number: 10184231
    Abstract: A hose retraction system for a pull-out or pull-down faucet includes a support bracket configured to couple to a shank, a cylindrical housing mountable to the support bracket, and at least one constant force coil spring disposable in the cylindrical housing and configured to at least partially couple to a hose disposed in a faucet spout. The coil spring provides a recoil force sufficient to retract the hose when the hose is extended from the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Hsiao Chang Li
  • Patent number: 10132064
    Abstract: A faucet spray head magnetic docking system includes a socket that couples to an end of the spout, and a bonnet that couples to the spray head and that engages with the socket. The socket includes a shell configured to be arranged in the mouth of the spout, and integrated with one or more magnetic elements. The magnetic elements may be inserted into corresponding holes of the socket shell. Alternatively, the magnetic elements may be incorporated directly into the shell. The bonnet includes a threaded portion for coupling to corresponding threads of a connector at the spray head, and includes one or more corresponding magnets configured to magnetically attract to the magnetic elements of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Verne H. Myers, Xiaojing Ye, Nathan J. Wicker, Walter Pitsch, Philip M. Anthony, III, Aaron B. Eiger
  • Patent number: 10106962
    Abstract: Novel plumbing products, including faucets, are fabricated, e.g., using metallic 3-dimensional or other 3-D printing techniques, to have complex geometries, such as multiple channels that may diverge and re-converge near the spout. The geometries of the various channels can resemble interwoven net-like patterns that define various shapes between the channels. The plumbing fixtures may be formed from one or more of stainless steels, INCONEL, brass, bronze, polycarbonate, PVC, acrylics, rigid polyolefins, PET, carbon fiber, AES, or other plumbing fitting suitable corrosion resistant materials. In some embodiments, the handles of an exemplary faucet can include the same or a similar multiple channel configuration as the spout, providing an advantageously, aesthetically pleasing faucet system. In exemplary embodiments, faucet spouts and their handles are formed so as to couple to standard faucet underbodies, standard valve platforms, or standard threaded hose/waterway connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: James McHale, Joseph Ientile, Walter Pitsch, Jean-Jacques L'Henaff
  • Patent number: 10081932
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling fluid flow between a fluid source and an outlet includes an electrically operable valve interposed between the fluid source and the outlet, the valve being actuatable between an open position and and a closed position; and an activator device comprising (i) a user-activatable sensor configured to detect a stimulus when the stimulus enters a detection zone, (ii) a transmitter configured to transmit a signal upon activation of the sensor by a user to a controller for actuating the valve, and (iii) an orientation detector configured to detect among at least two orientations of the activator device. When the activator device is in a first orientation, a zone of detection of the sensor may extend no farther than a predetermined distance from the sensor, and when the activator is in a second orientation, the zone of detection may extend farther than the predetermined distance from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Seggio, Walter Pitsch
  • Publication number: 20180245320
    Abstract: Provided are internal waterway assemblies for faucets comprising a valve assembly comprising a valve water way portion, a bridge comprising a passageway therethrough in fluid communication with the valve water way portion and the bridge having a spout receiving portion having a passageway therethrough; and a spout tube configured to be positioned in the spout receiving portion of the bridge. The spout tube is in fluid communication with the passageway of the bridge and configured to deliver water out of the faucet. Internal water way assemblies are configured to couple to any one of a plurality of cover plates for a faucet, the bridge is configured to be assembled to the valve assembly in any one of a plurality of fixed angular orientations to position the spout tube to fit within an interior space of one of the any one of a plurality of cover plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Walter PITSCH, Marin MARINOV, Xiao Jing YE
  • Publication number: 20180193852
    Abstract: A shower head includes a fluid inlet configured to connect to a fluid source, a spray face having a plurality of fluid outlets, a fluid flow path from the fluid source to the spray face, and a diverter positioned in the fluid flow path which is configured to adjust the flow of fluid through the fluid flow path, the diverter being switchable between different spray configurations associated with different spray modes of the shower head. A user interface for selecting the shower spray mode is positioned on a peripheral portion of the spray face, the user interface including one or more touch-sensitive devices configured to receive one or more touch inputs from a user during operation of the shower head and configured to cause the diverter to switch from one spray configuration to another spray configuration in response to receiving the one or more touch inputs from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AS IP HOLDCO, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques L'HENAFF, Walter PITSCH, Verne MYERS, Xiaojing YE, Greg REINECKER, Emilie WILLIAMS, Alanna LIBBRECHTA, Brian P. KALEMBER, Gabriela RAVASSA, Kibok SONG
  • Publication number: 20180193851
    Abstract: Described are embodiments of a shower assembly that includes modular components that can be removably attached and may be replaced or interchanged with corresponding components having different form factor or design. In some embodiments, the shower assembly includes a diverter unit fluidly coupled to a fluid source and the diverter unit is configured to selectively direct flow of fluid from the fluid source to one or both of a shower head and a hand shower. The shower head includes a first plurality of nozzles configured to dispense fluid and the shower head is configured to be removably fluidly coupled to the diverter unit. The hand shower includes a second plurality of nozzles configured to dispense fluid and fluidly coupled by a hose to the diverter unit and the hand shower is configured to be removably attachable to the diverter unit by a connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques L'HENAFF, Walter PITSCH, Verne MYERS, Xiaojing YE, Greg REINECKER, Brian KALEMBER, Gabriela RAVASSA, Emilie WILLIAMS, Alanna Wing LIBBRECHT
  • Patent number: 9957698
    Abstract: A faucet assembly is disclosed which is of a modular type for use in varying faucet designs and incorporating polymeric or partially polymeric parts in the internal water way assembly therein. The faucet assembly includes a cover plate and an internal water way assembly as well as at least one faucet handle. The internal water way assembly includes a valve assembly having a shank and a valve water way portion positioned on an upper portion of the shank. The valve water way portion defines a valve seat therein, and has a transversely extending outlet passageway. A valve cartridge for controlling flow through the assembly is seated in the valve seat, and, a bridge, which may be a single component or multi-part bridge has a passageway therethrough to receive water from the valve water way portion and a spout receiving portion. A spout tube is configured to be positioned in or on the spout receiving portion of the bridge. The internal water way assembly is attached to the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Pitsch, Marin Marinov, Xiao Jing Ye
  • Publication number: 20180058049
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling fluid flow between a fluid source and an outlet includes an electrically operable valve interposed between the fluid source and the outlet, the valve being actuatable between an open position and and a closed position; and an activator device comprising (i) a user-activatable sensor configured to detect a stimulus when the stimulus enters a detection zone, (ii) a transmitter configured to transmit a signal upon activation of the sensor by a user to a controller for actuating the valve, and (iii) an orientation detector configured to detect among at least two orientations of the activator device. When the activator device is in a first orientation, a zone of detection of the sensor may extend no farther than a predetermined distance from the sensor, and when the activator is in a second orientation, the zone of detection may extend farther than the predetermined distance from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Frank SEGGIO, Walter PITSCH
  • Patent number: 9840832
    Abstract: The invention includes an assembly for remotely controlling fluid flow between a fluid source, such as a water source, and an outlet that includes at least one electrically operable valve, such as an electromagnetically-actuatable valve, to be interposed between the fluid source and the outlet, the valve being actuatable between an open position, in which the source and the outlet are fluidly connected, and a closed position in which the source and the outlet are not fluidly connected; at least one actuator, such as a solenoid actuator, operably connected to the at least one valve for actuating the valve between the open and closed positions; a controller comprising a receiver for receiving a wireless signal, wherein the controller is operably connected to the actuator and capable of actuating the actuator upon receipt of a wireless signal by the receiver; and an activator device comprising (i) a user-activatable sensor for detecting a stimulus when the stimulus enters a detection zone and (ii) a transmitter
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AS IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Seggio, Walter Pitsch
  • Patent number: D876585
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: AS AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Hsiao Chang Li, Walter Pitsch