Combined Patents (Class 15/105)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: CHILDREN ORAL CARE, LLC
    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
    Assignee: CREATIVE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    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
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSITUTE
    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
  • Patent number: 9722235
    Abstract: Handheld remote control assemblies with battery isolation tabs are disclosed. An assembly includes a body and a battery pocket formed in the body and defined by a sidewall and a lower surface. An electrical connection terminal is disposed on the lower surface, and a battery is disposed within the battery pocket. The body includes a channel formed therein and extending between the battery pocket and an edge of the body. A battery isolation tab includes a head portion disposed between the battery and the electrical connection terminal, a handle portion disposed external to the body, and a neck portion extending between the head portion and the handle portion, the neck portion at least partially received within the channel formed in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Jason Tompkins, Peter Wesley Bristol, Quinton Morris
  • Patent number: 9698850
    Abstract: A protective case with a function of clearing and cleaning a display screen of an electronic device includes a case body, a clear component, and a mounting component. The case body defines a receiving space in which the electronic device is held and an opening at one end of the case body. Two opposite slide grooves are provided in the case body. The clear component on the mounting component can be pushed from an end of the case body along the display screen of the electronic device, to clear and clean it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiang-Tao Yuan
  • Patent number: 9622629
    Abstract: A toilet brush that is self-cleaning and retractable for hygienic storage. The toilet brush includes a handle, a connecting shaft, a tubular enclosure, a removable brush, a plurality of ultraviolet (UV) light sources, and a battery. The handle is terminally connected to the connecting shaft to provide a user with a grasping element. The removable brush is adjacently and concentrically to the connected shaft, opposite the handle. The tubular enclosure houses the removable brush and is positioned concentric with the connecting shaft, adjacent to the removable brush. Additionally, the tubular enclosure is slidably mounted to the connected shat, opposite the handle. The plurality of UV light sources kills or inactivates microorganisms on the removable brush. As such, the plurality of UV light sources is distributed about an inner surface of the tubular enclosure and is powered by the battery. The battery is internally mounted within the connecting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Sean Brittain
  • Patent number: 9616857
    Abstract: An overhead snow moving device for moving snow positioned overhead includes a plurality of rods. Each rod has a first end and a second end, and comprises a plurality of nested sections. Supports are coupled to and extend between the rods proximate to top ends of the nested sections. A strut is coupled to and extends between the rods proximate to the first ends of the rods. First couplers are positioned proximate to the top ends of the nested sections. Second couplers, complimentary to the first couplers, are positioned proximate to bottom ends of the nested sections. Each of a plurality of extenders is angularly coupled to and extends from a respective second end of a rod. A plow is coupled to each of the extenders distally from the second ends of the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Rafael Amado
  • Patent number: 9592537
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a residue removal device for extracting leftover material from a narrow-necked vessel. The residue removal device may include a receptacle adapted for collecting material from sides and bottom of a vessel. The receptacle may include a material collecting channel formed by two side walls connected along a base at an angle, an open top, a distal end, and a proximal end. The residue removal device may further include an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and the distal end of the shaft may be connected to the base of the receptacle and offset in a first direction from the proximal end of the shaft. The open top may also be offset from the base of the receptacle in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Lia's Aesthetic Skin Therapy, LLC
    Inventor: Cecilia Bruney
  • Patent number: 9586561
    Abstract: An automatic automotive detailing tool utilizes a motorized tool and a plurality of interchangeable head attachments. The motorized tool is particularly suited for use with both cars and boats. The tool is adapted to receive and operate a plurality of interchangeable head attachments. The interchangeable head attachments can perform a variety of functions ranging from cleaning to waxing to buffing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Julius K. Nganga
  • Patent number: 9572419
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a pressure sensor. In one embodiment, the invention can comprise a body comprising a handle portion and a head portion having a basin; a cleaning assembly comprising: a head plate; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements, each of the plurality of tooth cleaning elements comprising a cleaning portion extending from a front surface of the head plate and a base portion extending from a rear surface of the head plate; the base portions of the plurality of tooth cleaning elements melted together to form a melt matte adjacent the rear surface of the head plate; the head plate of the cleaning element assembly positioned in the basin and connected to the head portion; a pressure sensor adjacent a rear surface of the melt matte; and an indicator operably coupled to the pressure sensor for generating a user perceptive signal upon the pressure sensor sensing a pressure that exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Lars Ralf Rainer Lieberwirth
  • Patent number: 9566952
    Abstract: A device or tool for removing snow and other debris from vehicles, and other surfaces including a handle having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, a scraper portion coupled to the first end, and a head coupled to the second end. One or more light emitting elements are incorporated into the head to provide for ease of use in low light situations. The head may be a laterally extended foam head that is non-abrasive, freeze resistant, and durable. The handle may include a telescopic extension to allow a reach of a user to be increased or decreased allowing the user to clear away snow and other debris from various sizes of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SNOW JOE, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph S Cohen
  • Patent number: 9565927
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a pressure sensor. In one embodiment, the invention can be a toothbrush comprising: a handle; a head; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements mounted to and extending from a front surface of the head; a printed circuit board located within the head, the printed circuit board having a front surface and a rear surface; a pressure sensor operably coupled to a front surface of the printed circuit board, wherein pressure applied to the plurality of tooth cleaning elements is transmitted to the pressure sensor; and a light source attached to a rear surface of the printed circuit board, wherein the light source is illuminated upon the pressure sensor being subjected to a pressure that exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Lars Ralf Rainer Lieberwirth
  • Patent number: 9554685
    Abstract: A mop air dryer combination comprising: a mop head; an air dryer, wherein the air dryer is positioned above the mop head; an adjustable clip extending from the air dryer; and a handle inserted into the adjustable clip extending from the air dryer. In one particular embodiment, the handle further includes an audio player or a radio integrated into the handle. Alternatively in another exemplary embodiment, the air dryer may be used in conjunction with a broom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Gwendolyn Gadsden
  • Patent number: 9521900
    Abstract: A car snow brush includes an elongated handle with a gripping area, and bristles protruding from the elongated handle. The bristles are in the form of elongated and flat strips, which are manufactured of a plastic material, and are arranged in at least two rows such that inner larger side surfaces of the strips in one row face inner larger side surfaces of the strips in another row. The rows are separated from each other by a gap which is larger than the thickness of the strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Fiskars Garden Oy Ab
    Inventors: Kari Kunnas, Petteri Masalin, Teemu Sandelin, Mika Sokka
  • Patent number: 9498312
    Abstract: An oral health care implement and system are provided for use during oral health care activities. The oral health care implement has a proximity sensor, most often in the embodiment of a capacitive sensor. The proximity sensor provides usage time and instance measurements in a plurality of proposed formats. The oral health care system has an oral health care implement, a first data transfer medium, and any combination of: a second data transfer medium, a network storage device, and a third data transfer medium. The system provides means for collecting usage measurements and transmitting data into a readable, usable form for the user via an oral health care implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BEAM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Dykes, Alex X. Frommeyer, Alexander D. Curry
  • Patent number: 9498825
    Abstract: A pipe de-burring assembly includes a mount that may be coupled to a power tool such that the power tool rotates the mount when the power tool is turned on. A de-burring member is movably coupled to the mount. The de-burring member may remove burrs from either of an inside surface or an outside surface of a pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: David Robeson, Bryston Robeson
  • Patent number: 9498053
    Abstract: An interactive toothbrush is provided. The toothbrush may include memory including a set of instructions and at least one processor. The set of instructions, with the at least one processor, may be configured to cause the toothbrush to display a list of option to a user via a display panel when a switch to power on the apparatus is pressed. The set of instructions, with the at least one processor, may further be configured to cause the toothbrush to perform an action when a selection from the list of options is received from a user via the display panel. In some embodiments, the set of instructions, with the at least one processor, may further be configured to cause the toothbrush to detect the brushing habits of the user and transmit the brushing habits to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Anish Patel
  • Patent number: 9487188
    Abstract: A tool for removing ice and residual moisture from a surface has a lower frame element having a forward facing edge with multiple teeth arrayed along a curvature, the attachment including a substantially straight scraper bar disposed laterally across the rear edge of the lower frame element, the teeth and the scraper bar defining a first plane, a handle guard including a handle grip joined to the lower frame element at a juncture above the first plane, the handle grip and the juncture defining a second plane placing the handle grip above the scraper bar, and a flexible squeegee panel mounted to the handle guard along a front peripheral edge, the panel disposed above the multi-tooth array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: One Pass Water Blade LLC
    Inventor: Donald Varner
  • Patent number: 9420876
    Abstract: A scraper broom integrates an elongated handle with a fixed scraper element attached thereto and a displaceable broom head. The displaceable broom is movable between a first position and a second position for conversion of the device from a broom to a scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: SANI PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Biagi
  • Patent number: 9392921
    Abstract: There is provided a cleaner including an agitator, and a mounting portion on which the agitator is rotatably mounted. The agitator includes a brush assembly having brushes, a frame that includes a first opening into which the brush assembly is inserted, an installation space for receiving therein the brush assembly, and a second opening through which the brushes protrude, and first and second side caps that are connected to the frame and support the brush assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ohhyun Baek, Mingyu Kang
  • Patent number: 9383142
    Abstract: The evaporative cooler and pad operates on the principle of cooling the air by evaporation of water passing through one or more evaporator pads in the cooler. The evaporation of water cools the air as it is drawn through the cooler by an internal fan. The pads of the evaporative cooler and pad are formed of luffa sponge fibers. The cooler may include a device for dispensing antimicrobial and/or antifungal agents into the water reservoir of the cooler. Alternatively, the pads may be pretreated with antimicrobial and/or antifungal agents. A cooling fan is provided in the interior of the cooler to blow cooled, humidified air over the surface of the water in the reservoir before the water is passed through the evaporator pads, thereby increasing the cooling efficiency of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: UMM AL-QURA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Turki Mohammed Abdulkarim Habeebullah
  • Patent number: 9364074
    Abstract: An arcuate head broom apparatus for sweeping debris across a surface while collecting debris being moved in a trapping area. The arcuate head broom apparatus comprises a broomstick, defined as a conventional elongated broom handle having a distal end, connected at the distal end to a broom head assembly. The broom head assembly defines an arcuate assembly base and a plurality of bristles extending downward therefrom. The arcuate assembly base has an inward curved section with squared ends. Because of the curved orientation of the arcuate assembly base, the bristles are collectively oriented in an arcuate shape that creates an inner trapping area. In addition, the squared ends provide a flat end surface that allows the arcuate head broom apparatus to be used in corners and against straight walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: John Krasovic
  • Patent number: 9326593
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a housing having a handle and a toothbrush head, a pump having a pump chamber and a pump impeller or pump gear arranged in the pump chamber, and a motor driving the impeller or pump gear. An input port and an output port are connected to the chamber, the impeller causing a flow of a working fluid through the output port when the impeller is driven by the motor and the working fluid is supplied through the input port. The pump chamber has a circumferential wall defining a transverse cross section, the output port being connected to the pump chamber through the circumferential wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Scott Amron
  • Patent number: 9297170
    Abstract: Tool for finishing a plastic filler includes an elongate member having a first end and an opposing second end; on the first end of the member is an absorbent/adsorbent structural component; and on the second end of the member is a spatula blade. The elongate member may have a stabilizing contrivance for the absorbent/adsorbent structural component and/or spatula blade. The spatula blade may have a laterally extending rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Michael A. Jones
  • Patent number: 9289055
    Abstract: A force-sensitive toothbrush incorporates a bistable mechanism into the toothbrush handle. The mechanism can alert a user to excessive brushing force by changing shape in response to brushing forces exceeding a predetermined threshold. The mechanism can also automatically return to its original state when the brushing forces are lowered back down below the predetermined level. In one aspect, the mechanism may include a force-sensitive region having a principal beam and a secondary notched hinge buckling support beam located within the handle between the bristles and the gripping portion of the toothbrush. In another aspect, the force-sensitive region includes a principal beam and a secondary un-notched buckling support beam. In another aspect, the force-sensitive region includes a principal beam and a secondary support beam with a toothed clutch. These mechanisms can advantageously be molded into an integral toothbrush body using an injection molding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Slocum
  • Patent number: 9259302
    Abstract: The toothbrush includes a sensor system for determining pressure on the teeth by a direct force measurement such as displacement, and a system for determining pressure on the teeth by a dynamic load measurement system, such as phase shift. These different pressure results are combined with peak-to-peak bristle motion values of Hall effect output values and compared to a table to obtain a more accurate value of bristle pressure against the teeth and to raise, lower or maintain the trigger threshold of excessive pressure accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Kevin Arnold Miller