Brush Patents (Class 15/106)
  • Publication number: 20030088929
    Abstract: A cleaning implement comprises an elongate hollow tube. Bristle wires are bundled together and inserted fully into the tube, leaving a portion of the bristle wire projecting beyond a first end of the tube. The projecting portion of the bristle wire is trimmed to form a wire bristle brush. The first end of the tube is crimped to secure the bristles in place. When the bristles wear out, the end of the brush is uncrimped and a new length of bristle wire is pulled out of the tube. The tube is recrimped and the new bristle wire sheared off to form new bristles. The second, opposite end of the tube can be cut at an angle to form a scraper tool. Alternatively, screw threads can be formed at the second end of the tube to removably receive other types of cleaning or scraping apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph Alfred Beary
  • Publication number: 20030075202
    Abstract: An adjustable brush for cleaning a drive or sprocket chain has a C-shaped toolhead fixed to a handle with an opposing cleaning element. The length of the handle sufficiently keeps users hands away from the chain during cleaning, and provides a means for the opposing cleaning element to clean generally inaccessible areas. The toolhead defines a chain passage recess having a plurality of inner sides. Each inner side has projecting retaining members to define a brush block cavity adapted to removably receive a brush block element such that a cleaning member formed thereon projects into the recess. Likewise, the opposing cleaning element has a pair of retaining members projecting therefrom to define a brush block cavity adapted to removably receive a brush block element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Eric Silvers, Peter Muller
  • Publication number: 20030014826
    Abstract: A toothbrush comprising one u-shaped handle and two head members with several rows of bristles. The head members are able to spread and contract for greater brushing efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventor: William N. Touzani
  • Patent number: 6507970
    Abstract: An electrical connection brush and tester assembly for cleaning electrical contacts to facilitate the flow of electrical current and verify the presence of a voltage at a specified contact. The electrical connection brush and tester assembly includes a handle, a testing rod extending from the handle, a grounding clip, an electrical wire extending between the testing rod and grounding clip, a testing lamp positioned on the handle and illuminated when electric current flows through the testing rod and grounding clip, and a plurality of bristles coupled to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Brian W. Newlun
  • Patent number: 6499174
    Abstract: A cleaning brush suitable for use in connection with automotive cleaning tasks, incorporates back-to-back bristle heads at one end of an elongated handle. One of the bristle heads features a concave, or dished, face; the other bristle head has a planar face. The concave brush head is intended for use on tires, and as such, is fabricated from fewer, coarser bristles than is the planar brush head, which is intended for use on wheels and body parts. For a preferred embodiment of the invention, the handle is about 61 cm (24 inches) in length, and includes an elongated portion of square cross section and a flattened, largely disk-shaped portion in which bristles of both heads are imbedded. Optionally, the handle at the end opposite the disk-shaped portion includes an aperture which may be used to hand the brush on a hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: James L. Henrie
  • Patent number: 6453501
    Abstract: A toothbrush for pets and animals, which easily conforms to compound and complex shapes of an animal's teeth, and which cleans substantially all surfaces of an animal's tooth at the same time, during brushing. The toothbrush is capable of being used with minimum visibility of the animal's teeth, as the animal may not always be cooperative during the teeth brushing process. The toothbrush is durable, long lasting, easy to manufacture, light weight, inexpensive, safe to use, attractive, sturdy, and of simple construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Theresa Della Bella
  • Publication number: 20020124336
    Abstract: A cleaning brush suitable for use in connection with automotive cleaning tasks, incorporates back-to-back bristle heads at one end of an elongated handle. One of the bristle heads features a concave, or dished, face; the other bristle head has a planar face. The concave brush head is intended for use on tires, and as such, is fabricated from fewer, coarser bristles than is the planar brush head, which is intended for use on wheels and body parts. For a preferred embodiment of the invention, the handle is about 61 cm (24 inches) in length, and includes an elongated portion of square cross section and a flattened, largely disk-shaped portion in which bristles of both heads are imbedded. Optionally, the handle at the end opposite the disk-shaped portion includes an aperture which may be used to hand the brush on a hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: James L. Henrie
  • Patent number: 6438784
    Abstract: A cleaning device. The device includes a hollow shank having a first guide member at a front end and a second guide member joined with and perpendicular to the first guide member. A head is releasably coupled to the front portion of the shank. The head includes a longitudinal bar having an engagement member on the surface at the rear end. The engagement member is guided along the first guide member to move to the end prior to being rotated a predetermined angle about the shank clockwise or counterclockwise so as to urge against either end of the second guide member for securing the shank to the head. A first cleaning member is on one side of the head, and a sleeve put on the joint of the bar of the head and the front portion of the shank. This cleaning device with replaceable head can reduce the manufacturing cost and storing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Chih-Hsin Yu
  • Publication number: 20020095735
    Abstract: A hand tool (5) is provided wherein a pipe engages a female (20) or male brush (30) at one end (10d) of the tool and the other end (10c) has a grippable member (15, 16) that allows a rotation bicycling motion to permit the easy cleaning of the pipe end. Variations include a hinge between such ends to allow cleaning the pipe end at an angle or a ratchet version.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: Victor Yehia
  • Publication number: 20020083540
    Abstract: A surface cleaning device comprising a broom (1) and a brush (2), each having bristles (4, 5) on the side facing the surface to be cleaned (3) wherein the broom (1) and the brush (2) can be affixed one to the other in a fashion which can be detached without damage and wherein the bristles (4, 5) at the broom (1) and the brush (2) form a functional unit (6) when the brush (2) is affixed to the broom (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: Gernot M. Hirse
  • Publication number: 20020083539
    Abstract: A toothbrush for pets and animals, which easily conforms to compound and complex shapes of an animal's teeth, and which cleans substantially all surfaces of an animal's tooth at the same time, during brushing. The toothbrush is capable of being used with minimum visibility of the animal's teeth, as the animal may not always be cooperative during the teeth brushing process. The toothbrush is durable, long lasting, easy to manufacture, light weight, inexpensive, safe to use, attractive, sturdy, and of simple construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: Theresa Della Bella
  • Publication number: 20020073496
    Abstract: An improved toothbrush comprising a thin bristled pick rotatably mounted at the bottom end of the toothbrush handle. A rotating device allows the bristle pick to be extended roughly 85 degrees from the handle shaft so that the user may insert the pick between the teeth with ease for cleaning purposes. When not in use, the pick may be stored within the shaft of the toothbrush by rotating it inward and into a small rectangular cavity in the shaft. The added bristled pick feature allows users to attain enhanced tooth cleaning benefits from one device instead of a plurality of cleaning utensils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventor: Soo An Kim
  • Patent number: 6385808
    Abstract: A bi-positional toothbrush comprising a brush head member (18) rotatably mounted to a handle (14) by a cylindrical pin (22) and coil spring (26) is described. The brush head member includes an array of bristles (42) at a forward end and terminates in an essentially flat angled surface (46) at a rearward end. The angled surface includes an axial bore (58) shaped to permanently constrain the forward end of the pin. The handle is elongated and includes at a forward end an essentially flat surface (70) angled at the same angle to the long axis of the handle as the angled flat surface of the brush head member is to its long axis. The angled flat surface of the handle includes an axial bore orthogonal thereto, sized to receive the pin and terminating in a means to rotatable secure the pin within the axial bore. The angled surfaces of the handle and brush head member includes symmetrical locking features (54, 86).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventors: Todd H. Yamada, Gregg M. Yamada
  • Patent number: 6353960
    Abstract: A convenient helper attachment device adapted for use in combination with cleaning apparatuses/units is for use as a universal back up for the cleaning apparatus. The cleaning apparatus has a near end for being held by a user and a far end for supporting the attachment device. The helper attachment device has a head portion and coupling mechanism including a clamping assembly comprising a pair of clamping members dimensioned for coupling with the cleaning apparatus/unit. Tabs, each provided with an aperture, extend upwardly from the upper end of each clamping member. A fastener extends through the apertures of the tabs for securement of the pair of clamping members to the helper attachment device. The clamping assembly is couplable to the attachment device and the head portion is adapted for coupling to a cleaning apparatus/unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Edward Jannicelli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6349443
    Abstract: A cleaning device has a handle. The handle has a wall with a distal end with a recess extending axially into the handle, and an elongated nipple brush secured in the recess, such that the distal end of the brush extends axially beyond the distal end of the handle. The nipple brush can be housed in a core having a main body with a sponge secured thereto and an extension with opposed depressible tabs that can be inserted into the recess of the handle. Each tab has one or more protuberances that are biased to seat in opposed apertures in the wall of the handle. The core has an axial channel. When the extension of the core is inserted in the recess and attached to the handle, there is provided a cleaning device with a sponge at one end of the handle and a nipple brush housed in the channel of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Steven Randolph, Francis X Manganiello
  • Patent number: 6345405
    Abstract: The two-in-one toothbrush provides for dual sets of brushing bristles facing in opposing directions to allow the toothbrush to clean both the upper and lower teeth simultaneously. Another form of the toothbrush design allows for the movement of at least one set of brushing bristles between extended and retracted positions, for use and hygienic storage of the brushing bristles. In another form, the toothbrush design allows for the independent movement of dual sets of brushing bristles between extended and retracted positions, for use and hygienic storage of the brushing bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Inventor: Rickie Brackin
  • Publication number: 20020002984
    Abstract: A surgical scrub brush for improved hand cleaning prior to and during surgery includes a unitary device with a generally flat base. The base has bristles affixed thereto to at least one portion of the periphery thereof. The periphery is shaped for optimal accessibility to the interdigital hand area. Preferably the brush also includes an absorbent sponge portion adapted to hold a cleansing fluid, such as a soap solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Publication date: January 10, 2002
    Inventor: Randall A. Loy
  • Publication number: 20010054211
    Abstract: A toothbrush that provides, besides the conventional bristles for brushing the teeth, other basic periodontal components recommended by dentists for perfect cleaning, massaging and stimulating of the gum tissue, all in one single, convenient artifact. The brush component is molded into one end of the handle, and the opposite end of the handle contains tubular recesses for holding two other dental tools. The invention includes four embodiments for holding, storing and ready retrieval of those tools. Two embodiments utilize a sliding button that extends the components out of internal recess chambers in the body of the toothbrush handle, the first one extends the components out of each end of the toothbrush handle, and the second one extends the tools out of the opposite end of the toothbrush, from the brush end. A third embodiment rotates the tools out of a covered recess chamber in the toothbrush handle and the fourth embodiment utilizes a knurled sleeve to extend the components out of the toothbrush handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: Maria R. Cabedo-Deslierres, John M. Deslierres
  • Patent number: 6311357
    Abstract: A shoe shine kit including a case with a cavity therein. A buffer pad is affixed to the case with a layer of napped material attached thereto. The case contains three containers with lids all integrally formed with the case. Polish is contained within the containers. Applicators are retained through interference fit in seats defined within the cavity of the case. The applicators each include a handle and an applicator pad having material to which shoe polish adheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Richard C. Horian
  • Patent number: 6308364
    Abstract: A denture toothbrush including a head with a rounded section extending from its distal end back toward the neck position and a flat section on one side of the head extending from a point spaced back from the distal end to the neck portion. A first set of bristles extend radially out from the rounded section and a second set of bristles extend out perpendicular to the flat section. The first set of rounded bristles resemble a bottle brush and make contact with the curved gum areas on the inside of the dentures. The second set of straight bristles are adapted to clean the teeth and area on the outside of the denture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Pamela M. Arone
  • Patent number: 6308365
    Abstract: A toothbrush for false teeth includes first and second sets of bristles respectively implanted in a bottom face and a top face of a brush head, and a handle integrally formed with the brush head, the handle having a first and second recesses defined in a first side and a third recess defined in a second side face opposite the first side. The recesses arranged such that the brush can be gripped using just the index and middle fingers, and the thumb, in either of two positions, one of which is especially suitable for cleaning surfaces of the teeth, and the other of which is especially suitable for cleaning metal parts and gaps in the false teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Shuang-Ho-E Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Ho Huang
  • Patent number: 6298514
    Abstract: This Cleaning Tool for Electronic and Computer Equipment relates to a stick-like device with hook and loop fastener means on one or more of said device's two terminal ends. The Cleaning Tool may be used for removing grease, grime, lint, dust, dirt and the like from electronic and computer equipment. The Cleaning Tool has particular utility as a cleaner of electromechanical mouse devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventors: Matthew H. Lazich, Rodolfo Gastelum, Sean Lee
  • Patent number: 6289547
    Abstract: The present invention is a surgical scrub device that includes a semi-rigid body, at least one row of bristles projecting from the body, and a sponge attached to the body. The design and dimensions of the scrub device are such that the user can wash the palms and the backs of the hand, and under the fingernails and between the fingers, without the need to exchange a sponge for a brush. Optionally, the scrub device can further a cleansing agent impregnated within the sponge, or housed in a reservoir within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventors: Vinod Narula, Dipak Narula
  • Patent number: 6220950
    Abstract: A tool for distributing electrically conductive particles, and optionally abrasive particles, on the surface of a male, electrical jack connector and a tool for distributing electrically conductive particles, and optionally abrasive particles, on the surface of a female, electrical jack connector which tools can be interfitted so that each acts as a removable cover for the other. The tools can simultaneously clean while distributing particles. A method for using each of the tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Charles Novitsky
  • Patent number: 6216307
    Abstract: A hand held mop, broom or scrubber device in which the cleaning head has two cleaning elements. In one embodiment, a self-wringing mop having an elongated handle with a rigid base frame assembly is attached to the bottom end. The base frame has opposite planar surfaces with a sponge element on one of the surfaces and a scrubbing element on the opposite surface. The base frame is pivotally connected to the bottom of the elongated handle such that it pivots between two positions; a first position with the sponge oriented on the floor and a second position in which the scrubbing element is positioned on the floor. An actuator mounted on the lower half of the handle has a roller mechanism and a spaced force opposing member mounted on an end thereof. When the sponge element is saturated, the user slides the actuator towards the bottom of the elongated handle. This causes the base frame assembly to pivot to an intermediary sponge wringing position and the sponge element is drawn past the roller mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: CMA Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Bryan Kaleta, Mark Kaleta
  • Patent number: 6202247
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a baby bottle and an artificial nipple includes a handle, a bottle brush head and a nipple brush head. The bottle brush head made of materials creating a multi-action cleansing ability is attached to the handle at a flexible neck for ease of cleaning the interior of a bottle. The bottle brush head may be replaced when worn. The nipple brush head, made of a spongy material, is attached such that it may be moved into a chamber within the handle when not in use, protecting it from contact with foreign surface. The nipple brush head may also be replaced when worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: The First Years Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Lorenz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6202248
    Abstract: A toothbrush that allows a better, less painfull cleaning. By combining a multi texture bristle brush with an adjustable brush, it makes a toothbrush that's just right for cleaning the surface of the teeth and reaching the uneven areas which require cleaning also. The gums and gumlines can also get the required cleaning they need without hurting them or wearing them down faster, it produces desire results with the ability of making the task easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Everardo D Faires
  • Patent number: 6187104
    Abstract: A cleaning implement includes a mount and a wiping element connected to the mount. The implement can be mounted on a fixed surface in an establishment where smokers engage in smoking, and used to wipe ashtrays used by the smokers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Karyne Bozarjian
  • Patent number: 6185778
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a computer mouse having a cavity for housing a sphere and a plurality of internal components is disclosed. The apparatus includes a body having a first end and a second end, the body having a handle portion disposed proximate the first end and a cleaning portion disposed proximate the second end, the cleaning portion having a width dimension which is slightly larger than the diameter of the computer mouse sphere and having a surface which includes a number of resilient, deformable hooks. The cleaning portion is inserted into the cavity of the computer mouse and rotated, thereby causing the number of hooks to remove debris from the internal components of the computer mouse. The apparatus further includes a retaining ring removal device which facilitates the removal of a retaining ring of the computer mouse, the retaining ring removal device being disposed at the first end of the body, and an interior cavity which facilitates the storage of accessories within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Brian Ornstedt
  • Patent number: 6170111
    Abstract: A teeth-cleaning device (1) has a handle (2) which on one end, preferably on two opposite ends, has an interdental treatment element, for example in the form of a fine brush (3) or hard brush (4) and possibly even in the shape of a tooth pick. The treatment element is positioned perpendicular to, and projects from the longitudinal axis of the handle (2), and is removably and replaceably attached by means of a locking element (5) which can be detachably fixed in a locking position. To this end, the treatment element or a holding device forming part thereof, such as a retaining wire (4a), is inserted in the operating position into a hole (6) extending perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the handle (2). When the locking element (5) clears this hole (6), the treatment element can be removed and a different one inserted. In the locking position, in contrast, the locking element (5) covers the hole (6) and thus prevents the removal of the treatment element inserted into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Rueb Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Fritz Alfons Rueb, Fritz Walter Rueb
  • Patent number: 6112357
    Abstract: An extendible golf brush comprising a tether housing, a flexible bent arm for fastening the tether housing to an external article, a tether extendibly contained within the tether housing, a brush member, and a mechanism for removably fastening a second end of the tether to the brush member. A second end of the flexible bent arm may comprise a first hook for engaging a second hook that is fixed to the tether housing. The mechanism for removably fastening the second end of the tether to the brush member may comprise a fastening mouth with a base member and first and second fastening jaws hingedly connected to the base member for capturing the brush member. Distal ends of the first and second fastening jaws can be selectively fastened together by a male member in combination with a female member. The brush member may be fastened directly to the fastening mouth or it may be coupled thereto by a ring. Both plastic and bronze bristles may project from the brush member to provide varied brushing characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Richard Halloran
  • Patent number: 6108852
    Abstract: A comprehensive oral hygiene device preferably having a multi-headed oral care brush disposed at one end of an elongated handle and a manufacturing process therefor. The oral care brush of the present invention has at least one head and preferably two heads which are disposed in angular, generally opposing coactive relationship to each other. Each of the opposing heads is integrally formed on an independently manufactured flexible arm and each arm is subsequently attached to the elongated handle. The attachment of the arms to the handle involves a secondary process called overmolding. Overmolding in this case involves the placement of the arms in a secondary mold in operative position against the end of the handle. Then, a soft, preferably rubber-like material is injected into the secondary mold and surrounds elongated portions of the arms and the handle. When cured and removed from the secondary mold, the rubber-like material secures the arms in operative position against the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Remedent USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Louis Vrignaud
  • Patent number: 6049934
    Abstract: A tubular applicator handle having an applicator integrally formed on either end. The applicable integrally formed on either end may be a brush, foam pad, fuzzy ball or other similar or equivalent applicator, for applying a liquid, paste or powder. The applicator handle may or may not have a scribe or score line intermediate either end. The applicator handle may be broken along the score or scribe line forming two separate independent applicators. This greatly reduces waste and provides increased convenience to the user who can either use the double ended applicator or, if desired, two separate single ended applicators. A bendable portion is provided adjacent each applicator so that the angle of the applicator may be changed as desired. The present invention has particular adaptability in the dental field for applying dental materials, but may be valuable in other fields, such as electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Discko
  • Patent number: 6015293
    Abstract: A disposable oral cleaning apparatus for cleaning and removing particles and bacteria from the upper surface of the tongue and between the teeth, including an elongated handle, a head component and a flexible connector connecting the elongated handle and the head component. The head component has a pre-cleaning portion, a cleaning portion and an absorbent portion to provide an initial cleaning of the coating of the tongue, a secondary deep cleansing of the pores of the tongue, and a final absorption and removal of all debris. The oral cleaning apparatus is adapted to promote proper cleansing of the tongue and teeth so as to eliminate oral bacteria and bad breath, to reduce tooth decay, gum disease and plaque buildup, and promote proper oral hygiene with no deleterious changes to the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: AMTEC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald J. Rimkus
  • Patent number: 5970559
    Abstract: A method of cleaning a computer mouse of the type having a ball that spins within a chamber in contact with two horizontal rollers in mutually perpendicular planes. The method includes removing the ball from the chamber, inserting the cylindrical end of a cleaning tool having a pile material thereon axially into the chamber, and moving the end of the tool axially to turn the rollers, and rotating the end the tool about its axis to rub the rollers. The tool of the present invention, which is adapted for use with the method of this invention, includes a cylindrical end having a diameter adapted to be inserted inside the chamber, and a pile covering on the cylindrical end projecting sufficiently from the surface of the end to frictionally engage the rollers so that axial movement of the tool end causes the rollers to turn and rotation of the tool end rubs the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Christy
  • Patent number: 5940923
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved device for cleaning dental implant posts comprising a handle specifically adapted for ease of use by a person of limited or impaired dexterity or muscle control or a care giver and a series of brush and pick attachments specifically adapted for cleaning dental implant posts. This handle configuration eliminates the need for a pencil-like grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Colleen K. Gunning
  • Patent number: 5934762
    Abstract: A comprehensive oral hygiene device preferably having a multi-headed oral care brush disposed at one end of an elongated handle and a manufacturing process therefor. The oral care brush of the present invention has at lease one head and preferably two heads which are disposed in angular, generally opposing coactive relationship to each other. Each of the opposing heads is integrally formed on an independently manufactured flexible arm and each arm is subsequently attached to the elongated handle. The attachment of the arms to the handle involves a secondary process called overmolding. Overmolding in this case involves the placement of the arms in a secondary mold in operative position against the end of the handle. Then, a soft, preferably rubber-like material is injected into the secondary mold and surrounds elongated portions of the arms and the handle. When cured and removed from the secondary mold, the rubber-like material secures the arms in operative position against the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Remedent USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Louis Vrignaud
  • Patent number: 5920941
    Abstract: A denture brush utilizing a base having a support and a handle connected to the support. The support is provided with a first surface and an opposite second surface. A first group of bristles is fixed relative to the first surface and extend generally orthogonally outwardly from the first surface. A second group of bristles is fixed relative to the second surface and extends outwardly in a direction opposite to the first group of bristles. A gripping surface is also located on the handle adjacent the second set of bristles on the second surface of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Charlotte Copeland
    Inventor: Charles Iannotta
  • Patent number: 5906022
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus with a cleaning mechanism comprises a controller accommodated in a housing and a cleaning device assembled to the housing. The user holds the apparatus and makes a selection so as to remotely control the electric appliance. The cleaning device outwardly extends from the housing. The user rubs the surface of the electric appliance with the cleaning device pressed against the electric appliance, thereby cleaning the surface of the electric appliance. The cleaning device includes a cleaning element and an extend-retract mechanism. The cleaning element may be a brush, a sheet of cloth, or belt of cloth. The extend-retract mechanism causes the cleaning element to move to an operative position where the cleaning element is extended for cleaning the electric appliance and to a non-operative position where the cleaning element is retracted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Ohkawa, Akio Kirimura, Mitsue Takamori
  • Patent number: 5881421
    Abstract: A denture cleaning brush is comprised of an elongated handle having a flared end. The flared end has a bristle receiving front face which is disposed substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of the handle. A plurality of bristles are secured in the front face with the bristles oriented in a matrix which co-extends with the longitudinal axis. The matrix extends from the flared end and along the longitudinal axis of the handle in a plane disposed at an angle between 0.degree. to 20.degree.. The handle is shaped for engagement between the finger tips of a user person, similarly to that of a writing instrument, whereby to provide unobstructive visual access to the bristle matrix when cleaning any facet of a denture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Jean Claude Ducharme
  • Patent number: 5870796
    Abstract: A buffer brush for stenciling with which the user's hand will not get tired even if it taps the handle for a long time to stencil ink, and the close contact of the ink absorbing part and the stencil will be good. The buffer brush comprises an ink absorbing part (2) on a handle (1) which is made of buffer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Tsukineko, Inc.
    Inventor: Rira Yasoshima
  • Patent number: 5851116
    Abstract: The invention is directed in part to an interproximal brush apparatus containing:a stem portion having a first end and a second end and a longitudinal axis, at least one of said first and said second ends being adapted for receiving an interproximal cleansing portion having an hourglass shape extending 360.degree. along said longitudinal axis of said stem portion. Methods of cleansing interproximal spaces are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: Brian S. Margolis
  • Patent number: 5842247
    Abstract: A combination toothbrush and tongue brush including a main body portion. A toothbrush portion extends linearly from a first end of the main body portion. The toothbrush portion has a plurality of long bristles extending orthogonally therefrom. A tongue brush portion extends from a second end of the main body portion. The tongue brush portion has a plurality of short bristles extending outwardly therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Angela T. Decesare
  • Patent number: 5837063
    Abstract: A method of providing a track-cleaning wand for use in a document handling machine having a track along which documents are transported past sensors separated by a distance d and recessed away from the side walls of the track, this wand including a rigid handle with, at one end, a rigid elongate spacer bar carrying a pair of like brushes spaced apart by the sensor separation-distance and having bristles long enough to reach the face of a sensor, when the spacer bar is swept along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Unisys Corp
    Inventor: Philip D. Klug
  • Patent number: 5819355
    Abstract: A club head brush having a first bristle holder and a second bristle holder at one end of the body thereof, the first bristle holder and the second bristle holder holding bundles of bristles of different softness for cleaning golf club heads, and a pick coupled to a sliding switch at an opposite end of the body and used for removing dirt from scoring lines and grooves on golf club heads, the pick being moved in and out of a through hole at the rear end of the club head brush when the sliding switch is moved along a longitudinal sliding slot on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: David Wu
  • Patent number: 5815873
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a unique golf accessory, which in its most basic form comprises three fundamental parts; (a) a golf club/cleat brush; (b) a recoilable wire or tape and housing therefor; and (c) means for attaching the brush to the recoilable wire or tape. In preferred embodiments, the recoilable tape or wire includes measurement indications thereon, i.e., the tape or wire is marked in feet and inches (or meters and millimeters) to allow golfers to accurately determine putting distances. In addition, the housing for the recoilable tape or wire preferably includes a member suitable for attachment to a golf bag or the clothing of the golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Edward H. Jones
  • Patent number: 5765249
    Abstract: A pet toothbrush having a pair of like toothbrushes carried by a flexible tubular holder. The bristle ends of the toothbrushes are simultaneously movable against the front and back sides of a pet's teeth as the holder flexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert R. Axelrod
  • Patent number: 5758381
    Abstract: A new Foot Scrubbing Apparatus for cleaning and scrubbing feet and hands. The inventive device includes a base member having an upper contoured surface, a plurality of bristles secured to the upper surface, a between digit scrubbing member removably secured to the upper surface, and suction cups on the bottom of the base member for securing the base member to a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Manuel Rocha
  • Patent number: 5758380
    Abstract: An oral hygiene device having, in one embodiment, a unique, unrestricted, self-adjusting two-headed gum-specific brush on one end of a handle; and in another embodiment, a two-headed gumbrush on one end of an elongated handle and a toothbrush on the opposite end of the handle. A tongue scraper may also be included on the toothbrush end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Devmark Ltd.
    Inventor: Jean Louis Vrignaud
  • Patent number: 5709490
    Abstract: A foot brush for cleaning or scrubbing a user's feet has a body with a front portion and a rear portion. A soap locating region is disposed in the front portion, and at least one tuft of bristles is embedded within and projects from the front portion in the vicinity of the soap locating region. The tuft of bristles may partially surround the soap locating region in a substantially U-shaped formation. The soap locating region may be in the form of a cavity formed within the front portion which is adapted to receive and retain a bar of soap. A rear portion of the body is designed for anchoring by one of the user's feet while the other foot is scrubbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Innovative Products NZ Limited
    Inventor: Robert J. Dyas