Combined Patents (Class 15/105)
  • Patent number: 10772417
    Abstract: An oral cleaning device comprises a body which carries a set of projections. An actuator device is associated with one or more of the projections in the form of an electroactive polymer structure for adjusting a position of the associated one or more projections. This enables dynamic control of the cleaning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Valentina Lavezzo, Milica Kovacevic Milivojevic, Eduard Gerard Marie Pelssers, Daan Anton Van Den Ende, Franciscus Johannes Gerardus Hakkens, Cornelis Petrus Hendriks, Mark Thomas Johnson, Roland Alexander Van De Molengraaf
  • Patent number: 10760288
    Abstract: A hand tool is provided for the application of joint compound on wall board, a planar blade affixed to a handle. The blade has a concave arcuate working edge, wherein the concave arcuate curve extends the entire length of the working edge to each corner of the working edge. The concave arcuate working edge to may be used to apply a self-featured layer joint compound over drywall tape on planar butt joint or an inside corner joint. The blade is laterally flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10750853
    Abstract: A broom with a brush section and a brush cap into which the upper ends of a plurality of bristles are mounted, a plurality of white-light LEDs, a shaft, a rechargeable battery, an on/off switch, and a printed circuit board. The plurality of white-light LEDs are arranged in two rows around a perimeter of a bottom of the brush cap. The bristles are arranged in clusters, and each cluster is inserted into a hole in the bottom of the brush cap. The ten white-light LEDs are mounted into the bottom of the brush cap at preset, individual orientations so that a central axis of a light beam from each LED is oriented in a direction that is parallel to the bristles that are closest to that particular LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Wood
  • Patent number: 10737080
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method provide an effective treatment of skin itch and skin rash, primarily for the scalp. The apparatus may be utilized on the scalp of an individual applied between rows of tightly braided hair. The apparatus may apply a therapeutic treatment such as a moisturizing treatment directly to the scalp while being used to relieve the scalp of the itch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Miisha Patterson
  • Patent number: 10702191
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a body portion of a user treated by the user using a personal hygienic device. The apparatus includes a camera configured to capture the user to obtain a pictorial representation of the user while treating the body portion using the personal hygienic device; an interface configured to receive sensor data from at least one inertial sensor residing in the personal hygienic device; and an analyzer configured to analyze the pictorial representation and the sensor data to determine the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Vetter, Carl St├╝ckrath, Hansjorg Reick, Jens-Uwe Garbas, Jochen Seitz, Andreas Ernst, Marcus Bocksch
  • Patent number: 10702056
    Abstract: A light-emitting oral care implement includes a light delivery unit that includes a passageway through a body of the oral care implement and a tuft comprising a plurality of filaments located in the passageway, each of the filaments having a core component and a sheath component. The core component may have a transmittance that is greater than the transmittance of the sheath component. The core component may include a base portion that protrudes from a lower end of the sheath component, the base portion forming an anchor portion of the tuft that anchors the tuft to the body of the oral care implement. Furthermore, the oral care implement may include a light source that transmits lights through the anchor portion of the tuft and through the core components for transmittance from the filaments at a location above a front surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Wen Jin Xi, Bo Zhang, Guang Sheng Guo
  • Patent number: 10675455
    Abstract: An oral care implement having conductive protrusions. In one embodiment, the oral care implement includes a handle and a head coupled to the handle. Furthermore, the oral care implement includes a power source. A plurality of conductive protrusions may be electrically coupled to the power source. The plurality of conductive protrusions may include a base proximate the head and a distal end spaced from the head. Furthermore, at least one of the conductive protrusions may taper from the base to the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Patrik Johansson, Harsh Mahendra Trivedi, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 10653285
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for removing residue from surfaces to be cleaned includes a detail cleaner that can be mounted to a handle or pole. The detail cleaner includes a pole attachment portion with a head portion having a face set substantially 45 degrees relative to the handle. The face includes a recess that tapers inwardly for the insertion and seating of an interchangeable scraper and a coupling for an interchangeable scrubbing pad with plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Gene David Ruble
  • Patent number: 10655847
    Abstract: An oxy-acetylene cutting torch tip cleaner includes an elongated body portion with at least one actuator and at least one associated housing bore for storing a cleaning pin. Each cleaning pin is coupled to an actuator movable from a first position with the cleaning pin contained in the housing bore to a second position with the cleaning pin extending from the housing bore, for abrading and cleaning the cutting torch tip. Each actuator, coupled to its cleaning pin with a slider, is biased to the first position and a lock engages each actuator in the second position such that when the lock is disengaged from the actuator at the second position with the cleaning tip extended from the body, the actuator automatically returns to the first position thereby retracting the cleaning pin back into the housing bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: David Hutcheson
  • Patent number: 10639467
    Abstract: An oral care implement having electrodes thereon. In one aspect, the oral care implement may include a handle and a head, the head having an exposed outer surface. A first depression is formed in the exposed outer surface of the head. A first sacrificial electrode is disposed within the first depression and has an exposed surface that is recessed relative to the exposed outer surface of the head. A second electrode is located on the head. Each of the first and second electrodes is operably coupled to a power source to have opposite electrical charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Daniel Wainless, Patrik Johansson, Soniya Khan
  • Patent number: 10610008
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an oral cleansing device with illumination features. In one example, the device includes a housing including an aperture, such as a button aperture, defined therethrough, a diffuser connected to the housing and configured to span over the aperture. The device also includes a blocking member positioned over a portion of the diffuser and connected thereto and a lighting array received within the housing and at least partially aligned with the blocking member such that light emitted from the lighting array is transmitted to an exterior of the housing by traveling around the blocking member and through the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: WATER PIK, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Wagner, Brian J. Woodard
  • Patent number: 10595626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing a user's efficiency while operating an oral hygiene device (10) is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, at least one image is captured using an image capturing component (602), and a region of interest (820) for operating the oral hygiene device is determined based on the at least one captured image. Characteristics corresponding to a motion of the oral hygiene device operated by the user are extracted. An analysis of the extracted characteristics occurs to determine a quality of motion of the oral hygiene device, and feedback is provided to the user to regarding the determined quality of motion of the oral hygiene device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Vincent Jeanne, Toon Hardeman, Arjen Den Hamer, Martin John Edwards, Jan Wojciech Obrebski, Hubert Gerard Jean Joseph Amaury Vroomen, Alex Merck
  • Patent number: 10588400
    Abstract: A system to promote optimum performance of a personal care appliance is provided including: a personal care appliance having an appliance status; and a client device, in communication with the appliance, including circuitry configured to compare the appliance status with the protocol for using the appliance, control display of an indicator based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Scott Straka, Daniel Bayeh, Jeffrey Kissinger
  • Patent number: 10582764
    Abstract: An oral care system may include: an oral care device including: at least one teeth cleaning element; and at least one sensor configured to detect a brushing intensity during a brushing routine of a user and to generate sensor data corresponding to the detected brushing intensity; and a programmable processor configured to: receive the sensor data generated by the at least one sensor; and determine a target brushing time based on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John Gatzemeyer, Andrew Brent Lintott, Ian Joseph Smallman
  • Patent number: 10555600
    Abstract: A dental cleaning appliance includes a handle; an electronic display, and a control circuit for activating the display. The handle includes a body and a transparent panel connected to the body. The panel defines a trough-shaped recess beneath which the display is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan George Marsh, Thomas Douglas Ridley, Sammantha Stephanie Harris, Boris Zukina, Christopher Daniel Currer Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10537215
    Abstract: An ice scraper comprising a handle and a scraper head connected to the handle. The scraper head includes a proximal end, a distal end having a scraping edge, a scraping side, a chipping side, and at least three chipping teeth for chipping ice, hard snow, or frost from a curved surface. The chipping teeth extend outwardly from the chipping side. Each chipping tooth has a contact edge. At least one of the contact edges is offset forward or rearward of contact edges of two of the other chipping teeth so that at least one point of each contact edge can simultaneously contact the curved surface regardless of the scraper's position relative to the curved surface and regardless of a direction of the scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn Curtis Strong, Kyle M. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10526800
    Abstract: A hand tool is provided for the application of joint compound on wall board, having a planar blade affixed to an ergonomic handle. The blade has a concave arcuate working edge, wherein the concave arcuate curve extends the entire length of the working edge to each corner of the working edge. The concave arcuate working edge may be used to apply a self-feathered layer joint compound over drywall tape on planar butt joint or an inside corner joint. The blade is laterally flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10448776
    Abstract: A cooking system includes a kitchen utensil and a cooking hob, wherein the kitchen utensil is provided with one or more sensors arranged on the kitchen utensil. The sensors include acceleration sensors, gyroscopic sensors, and inclination sensors. The cooking appliance is provided with a control unit configured to receive data from the sensors and to elaborate information on how the kitchen utensil is being used, and to control the cooking appliance accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: James Johncock, Alberto Morandotti, Cristiano Vito Pastore
  • Patent number: 10441393
    Abstract: The toothbrush includes a handle portion which includes a power drive system (14) and further includes a brushhead assembly (20), which includes a brushhead arm having a brush element (21) at a distal end thereof A drive train assembly (12) is responsive to a drive signal from the power assembly for converting the action of the power assembly to a motion of the brushhead assembly. A magnet (30) is secured to the rear of the drive train, with a Hall effect sensor (32) mounted within the magnetic field produced by the magnet as the toothbrush moves in operation. Pressure on the brush element produces a phase shift of the Hall sensor output. A processor (15) determines the value of the phase shift of the Hall sensor signal as pressure is applied to the brush member and produces a signal indicative of the pressure applied by using stored information (71) which relates phase shift to pressure for the particular appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Arnold Miller
  • Patent number: 10441131
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a scrubber/scraper sponge. The sponge is comprised of three layers. A lower sponge layer provides a soft, absorbent washing surface on the bottom surface of the sponge. An upper abrasive layer provides a scrubbing surface on the top surface of the sponge. The front peripheral edge of the sponge provides a scraping edge on a scraping layer, which extends partially from the front edge toward the rear edge of the sponge, between the sponge layer and the abrasive layer. Flexible barbs extend rearward from the rear edge of the scraping layer, such that the barbs become embedded in the sponge layer during the manufacturing process and firmly secure the scraping layer to the sponge layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Giovanni Frontera
  • Patent number: 10426312
    Abstract: An integrated scraper-sponge includes scraper layer is fixed between the first and second sponge and/or abrasive layers. The support structure body includes an area configured and dimensioned to fit between at least a major portion the interface, and/or a plurality of apertures are provided within the area of the support structure body. The scraper layer includes an edge that can be used to remove solidified or other contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sani Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie Kersey, Daniel Biagi
  • Patent number: 10413052
    Abstract: A method (300) for localizing an oral cleaning device within a user's mouth. The method includes the steps of: (i) determining (830), based on sensor information received from a motion identifier (28), a first location of the oral cleaning device within the user's mouth; (ii) measuring (850), using sensor information received from the motion identifier, an amount of time elapsing between a start and a stop of a movement of the oral cleaning device within the user's mouth at the first location; (iii) calculating (850), using Fitt's law and the measured elapsed amount of time, the number of teeth the oral cleaning device was displaced during the elapsed amount of time; and (iv) determining (850), based on the first location and the number of teeth the oral cleaning device was displaced during the elapsed amount of time, which of the user's teeth were included in the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Stephanus Jacob Gerardus Tamminga, Dionisio Massingo Nunes
  • Patent number: 10349733
    Abstract: Tooth brushing monitoring system is disclosed that includes a toothbrush with sensors and a base station. The sensors record data regarding the quality, quantity and location of brushing and the system can analyze the data to provide feedback on the quality of brushing. This feedback provides motivation for users to increase their brushing habits, leading to a decrease in plaque, tooth decay and gingivitis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOLIBREE
    Inventors: Thomas Serval, Loic Cessot, Samuel Landau
  • Patent number: 10292486
    Abstract: A combination of a hairbrush having a brush head with a concave central portion and captive ends, along with a thermal coating that includes a desired amount of at least one of aluminum, silver, and/or diamond dust in the coating, results in a hairbrush that can be raised to approximately 200┬░ F. in a short timeframe. A conventional hairbrush without either the coating or the captive ends was unable to achieve the desired temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: 1682796 ONTARIO INC.
    Inventors: Michael Victor Vecchiola, Patricia M. Coyne
  • Patent number: 10271934
    Abstract: A toothbrush provides a head with bristles, a neck and a handle. An eccentrically rotational weight is engaged for rotation with a motor. The motor and weight are disposed within the handle. The handle, neck and head each have a different intensity of vibration. The toothbrush houses an electrical circuit, which includes a processor and at least two LEDs (light emitting diodes) at least one of which illuminates the neck and optionally also the head and the ends of the bristles attached to the head. At least two of the LEDs in the circuit are capable of emitting different colored light with respect to each other. The at least two LEDs are switched on for a predetermined time in a predetermined sequence under the control of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhart P. Huy, Vivek M. Patel, Christopher B. King, Abdul Rahman Kadir, William James Babbs
  • Patent number: 10265874
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a vehicular emergency device wherein the driver or passenger's are unable to escape from the vehicle due to damage from the accident. The device consists of a hand-held tool that is equipped with a removable clip, an economic handgrip, a seat belt cutter, a tungsten carbide coated steel probe that is used to shatter automotive glass with a single stroke. The device disclosed herein is made of high density molded plastic that will withstand pressures likely to be encountered in an emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jesse P Morgan
  • Patent number: 10251473
    Abstract: A toothbrush including a handle extending in a longitudinal direction and including an upper portion and a base. The upper portion includes an insert portion. The base is made of a flexible material and overlaps the insert portion and includes an interior cavity. A light is configured to emit light visible from outside the handle. An activation device is positioned in the interior cavity and is configured to be pressed in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction to activate the light upon a user pressing the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Children Oral Care, LLC
    Inventors: Huy Kha Nguyen, Geoff Carroll, Aaron Onglingswan
  • Patent number: 10242566
    Abstract: A personal hygiene system includes a personal hygiene device having a receiver unit, a control unit, and a functional unit; and a separate control device having a transmitter unit. The control unit drives the functional unit in at least one of a first functional mode and a second functional mode different from the first functional mode. The control unit inhibits provision of the second functional mode while the control unit is in a default state. The transmitter unit sends at least a first signal to the receiver unit of the personal hygiene device when the separate control device is switched from a default control mode to a first control mode. The control unit can be switched from the default state into a first state when the first signal is received by the receiver unit, in which first state the control unit permits provision of the second functional mode at least during a first allowance period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthias Schiebahn, Leo Faranda, Ingo Vetter
  • Patent number: 10226118
    Abstract: An oral care implement having a multi-component handle is disclosed. In one aspect, the oral care implement comprises: a handle comprising a first component constructed of a first material and a second component constructed of a second material; the first component comprising: first, second and third depressions formed into an outer surface of the first component; and a first through-hole extending from a floor of the second depression to a floor of the third depression, the first through-hole extending through sidewalls of the first depression; and the second component comprising: a first portion disposed within the first depression, a second portion disposed within the second depression, and a third portion disposed within the first depression; and the first, second and third portions connected together to form an integral mass of the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Robert Moskovich, Kenneth Waguespack, Roger Kirchhofer, Kurt Bieri, Joachim Storz, Andreas Wechsler
  • Patent number: 10172552
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method for the at least partial determination of a movement pattern of a dental treatment means, in particular tooth cleaning, resulting during a dental treatment and comprises at least the steps: Moving the dental treatment means at least in a x-/y-plane for the treatment of surface parts of the teeth, wherein by means of an optical detection device data are recorded with respect to at least one motion parameter, in particular the movement direction or ?rotation, the acceleration, the path and/or the velocity, of the dental treatment means with respect to a reference system moving with the head of the treated person and providing the recorded data to a processor device for the determination of the movement pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Benjamin Ohmer
  • Patent number: 10159395
    Abstract: A lightweight, pliable, and disposable cleaning apparatus is disclosed that is in the shape of a ball to assist with cleaning any type of dust, dirt, or debris from a floor or carpeted area. In particular, the cleaning apparatus can include a core region and several bristles secured to the core region, wherein the bristles form a round configuration for the cleaning apparatus. In addition, the bristles can include an electrostatic charge and additional adhesive properties to help with collecting and adhering to any type of debris, among other advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Osman Yusuf
  • Patent number: 10130976
    Abstract: A wiping system comprises a support table, a conveying unit configured to convey a wiping belt onto the support table, a carrier holding device configured to hold a carrier on which a plurality of fiber optic ferrules are mounted, a carrier pressing device configured to press the carrier on the support table with a plurality of front end faces of the fiber optic ferrules in direct contact with the wiping belt, and a first base on which the support table is mounted. The carrier holding device and the carrier pressing device are slidably mounted on the first base. The carrier pressed on the support table is movable back and forth relative to the support table in a first horizontal direction while the front end faces of the fiber optic ferrules remain in direct contact with the wiping belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Corporation, Innogetic Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liming Xin, Lvhai Hu, Yun Liu, Dandan Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Lei Zhou, Kok Wai Wong
  • Patent number: 10098448
    Abstract: The toothbrush timer is a timing device that is configured for use with a toothbrush. The toothbrush is further defined with a bristle end and a grip end. The toothbrush timer removably attaches to the grip end of the toothbrush. The timing device is a countdown timer that times the duration of brushing activities. The toothbrush timer comprises a toothbrush, a sheath, and a timing circuit. The timing circuit is contained within the sheath. The sheath attaches to the toothbrush. To use the toothbrush timer, the timing circuit is initiated and the toothbrush is used normally until the timing circuit has completed its countown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy Beach
  • Patent number: 10099657
    Abstract: A wiper blade includes blade rubber, a holder body, and a clip. The clip is pivotally connected to the holder body. The clip has an elastic piece and an engagement protrusion. The engagement protrusion engages with an engagement hole provided in a wiper arm. The elastic piece section has a long piece section, a turned-back section, a first bending axis, and a second bending axis. The long piece section extends through a position to a side of the engagement protrusion. The turned-back section extends so as to change the direction of the long piece section in order to connect the front end of the long piece section to the engagement protrusion. The first bending axis and the second bending axis extend so that the engagement protrusion is located between the first bending axis and the second bending axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Wiper Blades Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isao Ohta, Takao Yoshimoto, Masahiro Ohta
  • Patent number: 10085549
    Abstract: A toothbrush can include a handle and a head. At least one bristle can be attached to the head. The toothbrush can also have an illumination member, an illumination circuit and an activation device. A pliant base on the handle can be used to activate the activation device to initiate the illumination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Fresh, LLC
    Inventor: Puneet Nanda
  • Patent number: 10004324
    Abstract: A toothbrush with a handle having a base and a head and defining a cavity positioned between the base and the head. The toothbrush also includes a plurality of bristles attached to the head of the handle, a green light configured to flash for a first period of time, a yellow light configured to flash for a second period of time, and a red light configured to flash for a third period of time. The toothbrush also includes a switch coupled to the handle for activating the green light, and a circuit for automatically activating the yellow light after expiration of the first period of time and for automatically activating the red light after expiration of the second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Puneet Nanda
  • Patent number: 9993909
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a grinding tool which has a binding agent based on aromatic molecules includes cutting an abrasive material parent web with a laser device to form at least one inner contour of the grinding tool, and punching out an outer contour of the grinding tool from the abrasive material parent web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Fritsch, Josef Breitenmoser, Bruno Germann
  • Patent number: 9957725
    Abstract: A multipurpose cleaning trowel is provided. The cleaning trowel includes a base having a first side, a second side, a flexible section, a blade section, and a mounting section positioned between the flexible section and the blade section. The cleaning trowel further includes a handling device removably secured to the first side of the base at the mounting section and a cleaning pad receiving region. A cleaning pad is removably secured to the base. The handling device is interchangeable between a fixed handle and a swivel base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: David A. Maurer
  • Patent number: 9938678
    Abstract: A plow blade wear member having a slower wear rate than known blade wear members, and having a reduced tendency to partially break off, fracture, chip, or become otherwise damaged when the blade wear member engages a discontinuity in a travel surface. In various embodiments of the present disclosure, the blade wear member is formed or cut from a used airplane tire. In various embodiments of the present disclosure, the blade wear member is formed or cut from a used fiber reinforced airplane tire having a relatively large outer circumference to provide the desired radius of curvature, the desired thickness, and the desired strength for the blade wear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Lakin General Corporation
    Inventors: Lewis G. Lakin, Kenneth A. Lakin
  • Patent number: 9931520
    Abstract: Disinfection using light therapy is described herein where a support platform which is configured to support a region of a patient's body may integrate or incorporate one or more light elements positioned within, upon, or in proximity to the support platform for exposing the patient's body to the light therapy. Additionally, light sources and/or heating elements may also be incorporated with mattresses and/or covers for disinfection prior to patient use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: PRS Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Bhat, George Y. Choi, Luiz B. Da Silva
  • Patent number: 9931638
    Abstract: A garbage disposal cleaning system includes a garbage disposal that may be fluidly coupled to a drain on a sink. A scrubbing unit is removably positioned within the garbage disposal. The scrubbing unit frictionally engages the garbage disposal. The scrubbing unit contains and releases a detergent. The scrubbing unit cleans the garbage disposal when the garbage disposal is turned on. Thus, the scrubbing unit may reduce an odor relating to bacterial decay in the garbage disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Latonya Stewart
  • Patent number: 9919404
    Abstract: A method for machining a material, in particular steel, is provided. The material is milled at such a high cutting speed that residual tensile stresses close the surface that exceed a specified value can occur and the residual tensile stresses can be lowered below the specified value by subsequent brushing. A device for performing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter David, Wolfram Knoche
  • Patent number: 9920877
    Abstract: Apparatuses for magnetically suspending an object within a space are provided with associated methods and systems. One example apparatus includes a carrier including a chamber and a focusing member coupled to the carrier. The apparatus may further include a magnet disposed in contact with the focusing member such that an attraction surface of the magnet is exposed by the chamber to permit direct contact between the magnet and the item. The focusing member may be formed to focus a magnetic field of the magnet towards the attraction surface. Additional example apparatuses, as well as systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Conti-Bros, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Vincent Conti
  • Patent number: 9913520
    Abstract: The comb includes a shaft with teeth extending therefrom, preferably including fine teeth and coarse teeth. A light is coupled to the comb. The light is preferably in the form of an LED and carried on a light module which is removably attachable to the shaft of the comb. This light module includes a circuit therein, a source of electric power typically in the form of a battery and a switch. The switch can be manipulated to cause power from the battery to pass through the circuit to the LED (or other light) to cause light to shine from the comb. The light module is removably attachable to facilitate cleaning of other portions of the comb, such as by submersion in a cleaning liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Chuka A. Torres
  • Patent number: 9917076
    Abstract: An LED package having a plurality of light emitting regions includes a plurality of LED chips. The LED package further includes a plurality of electrode portions on which each of the plurality of LED chips is mounted, and a package mold portion having a plurality of openings formed on one surface thereof so as to each emit light by the plurality of LED chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ALLIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Uk An, Noh Joon Park
  • Patent number: 9848968
    Abstract: An oral hygiene implement is described herein. The oral hygiene implement has a handle; a head, and a neck disposed between the handle and the head. The head has a plurality of contact elements. An indication element is positioned between the neck and handle of the oral hygiene element. A transmission element is positioned between the indication element and a light emitting source. The light emitting source provides electromagnetic energy to the transmission element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Jungnickel, Niclas Altmann
  • Patent number: 9849371
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a scratching device and in particular to a scratching device having an integrated light. The scratching device is a tool having a first end and a second end. A stylus and a retractable writing element can be at the first end of the tool. A scraper is at the second end of the tool. The scraper has first and second sides that can converge to form an edge. The scraper has an interior that encases a light. The light is diffused through the scraper, wherein the edge is illuminated. The first side of the scraper can be concave, and the second side can be convex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HT Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Lee Grahl
  • Patent number: 9837244
    Abstract: A sample holding device for studying light-driven reactions and a sample analysis method using the same are disclosed. The sample holding device comprises a main body, a supporting structure and a light source assembly. The main body has a channel which has a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, and a focusing lens which is located on the second end. The supporting structure is located on one end of the main body for sample supporting. The light source assembly is detachably disposed on the other end opposite to the end which is disposed with the supporting structure. The light source assembly emits a light beam into the first end of the channel. The light beam then irradiates the sample which locates on the supporting structure after passing through the focusing lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Ming-Wei Lai, Shen-Chuan Lo
  • Patent number: 9770636
    Abstract: A rear wheel interlock folding mechanism of a golf bag cart is revealed. An upper frame is fixed on an upper-frame connecting rod connected to a lower frame. A rear-wheel connecting rod is fixed on the lower frame and behind the upper-frame connecting rod. A rear-wheel set is set on each end of the rear-wheel connecting rod. The rear-wheel set includes a fixing base fixed on the rear-wheel connecting rod, a bending base pivotally connected to the fixing base, a rear wheel pivotally disposed on the outer end of the bending base, a rotating seat fixed on the upper-frame connecting rod and a link between the bending base and the rotating seat. Thereby the bending base is also moved to drive the rear wheel moving close to the lower frame when the upper frame is folded toward the lower frame. Thus the golf bag cart is folded conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sports World Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fang-Li Wu
  • Patent number: 9750586
    Abstract: An attachable apparatus for tracking posture or movement includes a housing having an accommodation space; a sensor in the accommodating space to sense a moving object's posture or movement; a sensing circuitry in the accommodating space to process sensing signals; and a fastening member for detaching the housing from the moving object. Wherein the fastening member includes an object insertion groove that guides the sensor to be matched with the moving object according to a predetermined direction, a fastening member comprised of elastic material allowing detachment from variety of different size moving objects, and a housing coupling member to combine moveable object with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: XiuSolution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Sang Hwang, Tae-Ho Yoon