Detachable Patents (Class 15/145)
  • Patent number: 10398537
    Abstract: There is provided an attachment structure for a personal care appliance, the attachment structure comprising a body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end has a coupling receptacle that is for coupling to a drive shaft of a handle of the personal care appliance; and wherein the coupling receptacle has one or more portions of shear-thickening material on an interior surface thereof. A corresponding personal care appliance and method of securing an attachment structure to a handle of a personal care device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Steven Charles Deane
  • Patent number: 10271638
    Abstract: A spatter control guard for use in connection with a cleaning brush having a cleaning head attached to a distal end of a handle, the spatter control guard comprising a supple planar expanse of material having (i) a central orifice configured and arranged to allow passage of the handle and prohibit passage of the cleaning head, and (ii) an area of about 20 in2 to about 300 in2 excluding the area of the central orifice, whereby the spatter control guard inherently droops under force of gravity at room temperature into a U channel protective cover over the cleaning head of a cleaning brush when positioned atop the cleaning head with the handle of the cleaning brush extending through the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Charles William Goetz, Brandon Daniel Goetz
  • Patent number: 10271706
    Abstract: A mop device that includes a plurality of yarns collected in a bundle, the yearn bundle having a first end and an opposed second end; at least one headband connected to the yarn bundle at a location intermediate between the first end and the second end of the yarn bundle; at least one spacer member connected to the headband in overlying relationship thereto, the spacer member having a first face and an opposed second face, wherein the spacer member is in overlying relationship to the headband of the associated yarn bundle, and wherein the spacer member has at least one aperture extending from the first face to the second face configured to communicate with the associated headband. Also disclosed is the use of the spacer device alone and the mop device in combination with a mop handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Tuway American Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John Feeny
  • Patent number: 10245719
    Abstract: A telescoping utility line pole is disclosed. The pole includes an outer pole section configured to be held in the hand of a user and having an inner bore defined by an inner surface and an inner pole section configured to slide within the bore of the outer pole section. The outer pole section includes a plurality of grooves defined by a plurality of raised sections positioned around a circumference of the inner surface. The inner pole section includes a plurality of lugs positioned on a distal end of the inner pole section. The plurality of lugs and plurality of grooves are keyed to each other. When the plurality of lugs are aligned with the plurality of grooves, the inner pole section is permitted to engage the outer pole section for use by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: UTILITY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Eugene H. Wood, Matthew G. Nolte
  • Patent number: 10159502
    Abstract: An arthroscopic positioning instrument is provided to overcome the problem of inconvenient operation of the modern arthroscopic positioning instrument. The arthroscopic positioning instrument includes a handle, a positioning member and a guiding cylinder is disclosed. The handle includes a finger holding member, a palm holding member and at least one connecting member. The palm holding member is connected to the finger holding member via the at least one connecting member. The finger holding member includes one end provided with an engaging portion and an arched guiding groove. The palm holding member does not intrude into a maximum axial range of the engaging portion. The positioning member includes an arched end and a hook end. The arched end is received in the arched guiding groove. The guiding cylinder is coupled with the engaging portion of the finger holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: E-DA HEALTHCARE GROUP
    Inventors: Chin-Hsien Wu, Ting-Sheng Lin, Jiun-Ru Jiang
  • Patent number: 10136976
    Abstract: A toothbrush vibrator according to one embodiment includes a vibration applicator holding a toothbrush and applying a vibration to the toothbrush, and a grip detachably connected to the vibration applicator and gripped by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: M-SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Saburo Miyamichi
  • Patent number: 10130399
    Abstract: A surgical instrument configured to introduce a spinal fixation rod into a vertebral implant. When the spinal fixation rod is engaged with the surgical instrument and the surgical instrument is put into a retention configuration, the spinal fixation rod cannot be removed from the surgical instrument until the spinal fixation rod is properly oriented with respect to the surgical construct and the surgical instrument is released from the retention configuration. The surgical instrument includes a surgical instrument body, an actuator, an engagement assembly, and a transfer assembly that extends between the actuator and the engagement assembly. The surgical instrument can also be used as part of a method for introducing a spinal fixation rod or part of a kit for introducing a spinal fixation rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph C. Solitario, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10117382
    Abstract: A multi-functional garden implement comprises an underframe, and a power motor is secured to the underframe. The multi-functional garden implement also comprises an adapting tube, inside which a transmitting shaft is rotatably connected. One end of the transmitting shaft connects to a working head. A locking sleeve is secured to the underframe, and the end of the adapting tube movably inserts into the locking sleeve. There is a locking piece designed on the locking sleeve, which allows the locking sleeve to clamp the adapting tube and secure the adapting tube onto the locking sleeve. The present multi-functional garden implement can replace the working head quickly, so that it has functions of cutting, micro tilling, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wenling Jennfeng Industry Inc.
    Inventors: Weijun Li, Genfa Mao, Shijun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10086802
    Abstract: A vehicle snow removal device is disclosed. With the new product being made of rigid material, and having a closed sided, concave shape, the vehicle can be easily cleaned. With the long handle member provided, the user does not get their hands in the snow and can remove snow from entire surface area of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Scott Vaeth
  • Patent number: 10021829
    Abstract: A simple, compact stand is designed to attach to various types of hand implements with an elongated handle, such as a rake, that employs a leg that folds down to support the hand implement in an upright position. The leg folds upright out of the way when the rake is being used. The leg includes a foot with two extending protrusion on either side of the foot, which provide stability on surfaces that are not flat, as well as flat surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Cargazen, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Zenda
  • Patent number: 10010167
    Abstract: A brush cleaning system is provided that comprises a device body having a proximal and a distal end. The proximal end of the device body is configured to engage a first point on a handle of a brush at a first engagement point. The distal end of the device body is configured to engage a second point on the handle of the brush at a second engagement point. A vibration producing motor is configured to transmit vibrations to the first engagement point and to the second engagement point wherein the vibrations are transmitted to the bristles on the brush to loosen and remove particulates therefrom. The vibration producing motor can be contained in the device body or it can be contained in the brush handle or a vibration producing motor can be included in both the device body and in the brush handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Enayatullah Motahedy
  • Patent number: 9980553
    Abstract: A tool assembly includes an elongated handle and a locking system for attaching a tool head to the handle. The tool head can be a floor care tool or other accessory that can be attached to the handle such that the elongated length of the handle can aid in the use of the tool attached. The locking system includes a keyed locking collar for engaging at least a first portion of the tool head, and a locking cap rotatably positioned on the handle for engaging a second portion of the tool head. The handle can be extendable, such as by telescoping, and can also be overmolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Balz, Eric Gingras, Scott Latimer, Jeremy B. Finison, Dan Anderson, Sarah Gilbertson
  • Patent number: 9980555
    Abstract: A push broom has a straight push broom handle with a longitudinal axis and a push broom block having a longitudinal axis. The push broom block has outwardly extending dual brackets and an upstanding handle connecting member for accepting and securing the handle. The handle is configured to be secured such that its longitudinal axis is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the push broom block in the shipping and merchandising mode. The handle is configured to be secured within the handle connecting member such that its longitudinal axis is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the push broom block in the push broom's use mode. An integrally molded, “U” shaped strap is also provided to support and brace the handle in its various modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Zenith Innovation, LLC
    Inventors: Peter S Vosbikian, Robert Petner
  • Patent number: 9966826
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a motor, including an enclosure, a rotor part and a stator part, wherein the stator part includes an upper coil assembly and a lower coil assembly, the rotor part includes an elastic element, the enclosure includes an upper shell and a lower shell, the upper shell is provided with an upper installation groove, the lower shell is provided with a lower installation groove, one end of the elastic element is fixed by the enclosure, and the other end thereof is connected with the rotor part. The stator and the rotor adopt upper and lower structures, thus being simple in structure and convenient to detach and install, the coils are arranged on the stator, the rotor is of a permanent magnet structure capable of providing a larger air-gap magnetic flux density, and the elastic element ensures very smooth reciprocating swing of the rotor part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ningbo Seago Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ning Luo, Yanzhong Cai, Huiming Liu
  • Patent number: 9964377
    Abstract: The present invention is an improvement to a gun barrel cleaning tool which enables a user to attach and remove gun barrel cleaning devices to a gun barrel cleaning rod by inserting a cleaning device into a recess formed in the cleaning rod whereupon a latch located in the recess engages a recess of the cleaning device to secure the cleaning device to the barrel cleaning rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Claire C. Marvin
  • Patent number: 9949520
    Abstract: A folding hat that eliminates the risk of damaging the cloth by an elastic ring for a long life. The folding hat has the elastic ring sewn in an outer circumferential edge of a brim, and the elastic ring is formed by coupling both ends of a flat wire rod shaped by rolling spring steel round wire. Regarding the elastic ring, both ends of the flat wire rod are preferably coupled by: inserting both ends of the flat wire rod in both sides of a tubular metal stop, respectively; and crushing the metal stop. The metal stop has a pair of facing convex parts on which the tips of both ends of the flat wire rod can respectively abut at an inner center part that may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CHUO BOHSHI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takao Terada
  • Patent number: 9827079
    Abstract: A toothbrush head may include a brush section with bristles thereon, a stem extending from the brush section and a coupling member mountable to inside the stem. The coupling member may have a body that has an opening for receiving a drive shaft of an electric toothbrush handle into the coupling member, and a handle coupling section extending from the body and having a wall and an aperture within the wall for receiving the drive shaft. The wall has at least two longitudinal slits and a resilient wall between the two slits, where the resilient wall may engage with the drive shaft when the drive shaft is inserted into the coupling member. At least a portion of the body of the coupling member and at least a portion of the stem may each have a cone shape that corresponds to each other to achieve a coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Harria Investment Group Inc.
    Inventor: Xinlan Liu
  • Patent number: 9803787
    Abstract: A magnetic connection system with at least three components for connecting host and target systems. A first magnetic connector is attached to the host system, a second magnetic connector is attached to the target system; a third magnetic connector or puck is positioned between the first connector and the second connector. The first, second, and third connectors fit together with their magnets aligned, and the magnetic attraction is stronger between the puck and the target system connector than the puck and the host system connector. The system can transfer fuel, data, or electricity. In one example, the system transfers fuel from a fuel supply vessel to a target vessel with minimal human effort to attach the fuel connector components. The puck can have a conduit for fuel, data, or electricity that is centrally aligned with a receiving conduit in the target system connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Gregory P. Scott, Carl Glen Henshaw
  • Patent number: 9775661
    Abstract: Devices and methods for restructure and stabilization of a fractured or weakened head of a bone are disclosed herein. A device includes a delivery catheter having a proximal end and a distal end, an inner void for passing at least one light sensitive liquid, and an inner lumen; an expandable member releasably engaging the distal end of the delivery catheter; and a light conducting fiber sized to pass through the inner lumen of the delivery catheter and into the expandable member. The expandable member moves from a deflated state to an inflated state when the light sensitive liquid is passed to the expandable member. When the light conducting fiber is in the expandable member, the light conducting fiber is able to disperse the light energy to initiate hardening of the light sensitive liquid within the expandable member to form a photodynamic implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Rabiner, Richard Scott Rader
  • Patent number: 9775693
    Abstract: An oral care implement, such as a toothbrush, which includes a handle and a replacement head utilizing a specially designed structure for coupling the replacement head to the handle of the oral care implement. The replacement head comprises a head and a tubular sleeve comprising a cavity for receiving a handle. A protuberance protrudes radially inward from an inner surface of the tubular sleeve for engaging a boss of a stem on the handle to impede rotation of the tubular sleeve about the stem in a first angular direction. A locking tab protrudes radially inward from the inner surface of the tubular sleeve for engaging an undercut surface of the boss to prevent axial disengagement of the tubular sleeve from the stem. The locking tab is circumferentially spaced from the protuberance so that a first axial channel exists therebetween for receiving a section of the boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph E. Fattori
  • Patent number: 9724180
    Abstract: A toothbrush head may include a brush section with bristles thereon, a stem extending from the brush section and a coupling member mountable to inside the stem. The coupling member may have a body that has an opening for receiving a drive shaft of an electric toothbrush handle into the coupling member, and a handle coupling section extending from the body and having a wall and an aperture within the wall for receiving the drive shaft. The wall has at least two longitudinal slits and a resilient wall between the two slits, where the resilient wall may engage with the drive shaft when the drive shaft is inserted into the coupling member. At least a portion of the body of the coupling member and at least a portion of the stem may each have a cone shape that corresponds to each other to achieve a coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Harria Investment Group Inc.
    Inventor: Xinlan Liu
  • Patent number: 9713412
    Abstract: A mesh back mop head includes a cleaning surface and a backing member. The cleaning surface is secured to the backing member along a plurality lines to define channels in the cleaning surface. The backing member is formed from an open mesh material that substantially allows the free flow of liquid therethrough. The backing member includes at least one receiver operably mounted to the backing member for receiving a mop head frame. A cleaning system and a method of cleaning using the mesh back mop head are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CREATIVE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: David A. Maurer
  • Patent number: 9700191
    Abstract: A floor treating apparatus comprises a chassis, a cleaning head assembly and a wheel lift assembly. The chassis has a wheel assembly and a handle assembly. The cleaning head assembly comprises a motor mounting plate that is suspended from the chassis at pivot points. The wheel lift assembly comprises a cam mounted between the chassis and the motor mounting plate, and a lever for rotating the cam to tilt the motor mounting plate on the pivot points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NILFISK, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Legatt, William Randall Stuchlik, Robert D. Abrams
  • Patent number: 9701004
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool includes a jaw head, a first handle removably coupled to the jaw head and a second handle coupled to the jaw head. The first handle includes a body and a hand tool pivotably coupled to the body. The hand tool is moveable between a closed position in which the hand tool is disposed within the body and an open position in which the hand tool extends out of the body. The first handle can be removed from the jaw head to be utilized separately from the jaw head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Hal Hardinge, John Nason, Darrin Seeds
  • Patent number: 9655482
    Abstract: A cleaning scrubber for cleaning household surfaces is described. The cleaning scrubber includes an elongated handle having a gripping portion at the proximal end and a means for removably attaching a cleaning disk at the distal end. The cleaning disk comprises a foam or sponge cleaning pad and means for attachment to the handle. The handle may include means for releasing the cleaning disk from the end of the handle without the need for the user to manually handle the cleaning disk. A caddy for storage of the cleaning scrubber and spare cleaning disks is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Butler Home Products LLC
    Inventors: Robert Michelson, Michael Silverman, Robert Cavalcanti
  • Patent number: 9643311
    Abstract: An extension handle for bull floats and other tools is presented with an octagonal shaped handle. A connector end is provided to allow for additional lengths of extension to be added to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Marshalltown Company
    Inventor: Charles Henry Cowie
  • Patent number: 9622631
    Abstract: A surface cleaner including a housing and a blade assembly with a blade element. The blade assembly is movable between a lowered position and a raised position relative to the housing. A spring is coupled between the housing and the blade assembly, and the spring applies a force on the blade assembly to move the blade assembly toward the lowered position. The blade element is allowed to move toward the raised position, against the force, such that the force maintains the blade element in contact with a surface to be cleaned. In addition, when in the raised position, the blade element is held against the force and inhibited from moving toward the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventor: Mark E. Cipolla
  • Patent number: 9624680
    Abstract: There is provided a portable apparatus (10) for supporting and carrying a brick structure (22). The portable apparatus (10) includes a base (12) that is configured to carry, in use, the brick structure (22). The portable apparatus (10) also includes a position assembly (14) that has one or more position members (16). The or each position member (16) is configured to define, in use, a first layout for a plurality of bricks of the brick structure (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9567551
    Abstract: The invention includes a solid rinse aid that is particularly designed for pressed or extrusion solid formation and which is effective for spotless surfaces after rinsing, especially rinsing metals without corrosion. According to the invention, a solid acid is combined with a short-chain alkylbenzene and alkyl naphthalene sulfonate. The short-chain alkylbenzene and alkyl naphthalene sulfonate act as a solidification agent as well as a hydrotrope, and total dissolved solid (TDS) active and are combined with at least one nonionic low foaming surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Sun, Derrick Anderson, Kelsey West, Janel Marie Kieffer, Victor Fuk-Pong Man, Melissa Hunter
  • Patent number: 9404267
    Abstract: An interchangeable gutter cleaning appliance includes an extension assembly having a first fitting at a distal end, a holder having a second fitting at its proximal end and a gutter tool interface at its distal end, and an interchangeable gutter tool. The second fitting is coupled to the first fitting of the extension assembly. The interchangeable gutter tool is installed on the gutter tool interface by inserting the gutter tool interface into a mounting assembly in the interchangeable gutter tool, and the interchangeable gutter tool is removed from the gutter tool interface by removing the mounting assembly from the gutter tool interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Timothy S. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9382814
    Abstract: A device for connecting a thrust reverser front frame to a fan casing includes a crenulated flange secured to the front frame, an annular component to accept this flange secured to the fan casing, and a crenulated annulus of a shape that complements the flange and pivot-mounted on the annular component. The crenulated flange, the annular component and the crenulated annulus are designed in such a way that a rotation of the annulus with respect to the annular component has the effect of locking this flange against this annular component through the collaboration between the respective crenulations of the flange and of the annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AIRCELLE
    Inventors: Serge Bunel, Vincent Peyron, Hazem Kioua, Jerome Lescure
  • Patent number: 9265335
    Abstract: A formable handle toothbrush has a handle portion that allows a user to heat and form the handle to the shape of their hand to provide for more secure grip of the toothbrush. In one embodiment, a hand formable toothbrush has a toothbrush head attached to a shank that can be inserted into a socket within the toothbrush handle. This configuration allows for the use of replacement toothbrush heads. This makes manufacturing of higher cost handles more economical, as the formable handle portions would not be thrown out when the toothbrush head needs replacement. To customize the formable handle portion, a user may simply place the toothbrush, or handle portion of the toothbrush, in boiling water for a period of time and then remove the toothbrush handle, allow it to cool to a safe temperature and then grasp the handle to form it into the shape of their hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Radius Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Foley, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 9238247
    Abstract: A paint roller assembly facilitates the process of cleaning excess paint from a paint roller cover. The assembly includes a handle having a first end and a second end. A roller frame is coupled to and extends from the first end of the handle. A cage is coupled to a distal end of the roller frame with respect to the handle. The cage is cylindrical and configured for receiving a paint roller cover thereon such that the paint roller cover extends around the cage. The cage extends transversely relative to the handle. A blade is coupled to and extends from the roller frame. The blade has a first surface and a second surface each being planar. The blade is configured for removing paint from the paint roller cover when the paint roller cover is removed from the cage and rubbed against the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Julian Giraldo
  • Patent number: 9115739
    Abstract: An adapter for releasably gripping the end of a long-handled tool handle. The adapter including a plurality of grippers threadably mounted around a tubular body. An engagement plug having both male and female threaded ends is removable secured to the end of the tubular body for engaging a tool's work head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Simpson
  • Publication number: 20150143651
    Abstract: A formable handle toothbrush has a handle portion that allows a user to heat and form the handle to the shape of their hand to provide for more secure grip of the toothbrush. In one embodiment, a hand formable toothbrush has a toothbrush head attached to a shank that can be inserted into a socket within the toothbrush handle. This configuration allows for the use of replacement toothbrush heads. This makes manufacturing of higher cost handles more economical, as the formable handle portions would not be thrown out when the toothbrush head needs replacement. To customize the formable handle portion, a user may simply place the toothbrush, or handle portion of the toothbrush, in boiling water for a period of time and then remove the toothbrush handle, allow it to cool to a safe temperature and then grasp the handle to form it into the shape of their hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Foley, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 9021649
    Abstract: A cleaning assembly including a disposable cleaning implement having a cleaning element mounted to a fitment having an elongated post. The cleaning assembly includes an elongated maneuvering wand having a handle portion and a distal implement attachment end thereof. A gripping mechanism is coupled to the wand attachment end, and is configured to releasably grip the fitment post to mount the cleaning implement. The gripping mechanism and the maneuvering wand cooperate to substantially limited pivotal movement of a longitudinal axis of the fitment post, relative a longitudinal axis of the gripping mechanism to not more than about 0 degrees to about 25 degrees when the fitment post is subjected to forces radial to the longitudinal axis of the fitment post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Minkler, Russell E. Bell
  • Publication number: 20150096138
    Abstract: An apparatus configured as a scrub brush having an ergonomic handle. The body of the handle is designed to move an upper elongate portion of the scrub brush to a vertical position in a ‘rocking’ motion. To move the head of the scrub brush above the body, the ‘rocker brush’ includes a stabilizing weight positioned within a cavity formed in a rounded bottom of the handle. The weight in the rounded bottom causes the scrub brush to ‘flip’ upwards in a rocking motion when a user sets the scrub brush on a flat surface, such as a kitchen or bathroom countertop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Habib Rostami
  • Publication number: 20150089756
    Abstract: The Paint Torpedo is a small foam mini football shaped device, made of closed cell urethane, with an opening through the center, top to bottom, in which the handle of a paintbrush is inserted. The Paint Torpedo rests on the base or neck of the brush. To paint, one grasps the Paint Torpedo instead of the handle of the brush. With the football shape of the Paint Torpedo one is able to enjoy a firmer grip of the brush by a relaxed grasp on the flexible Paint Torpedo. The brush is held at a more natural angle and by grasping the soft device instead of the hard handle of the brush there is less stress, tension and strain on hand and wrist muscles. The results include cutting much straighter lines and a professional looking job, even by a novice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: NIcholas John Verzino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8973201
    Abstract: A broom assembly is provided. The broom assembly includes a broom head which comprises an elongated back plate and a plurality of bristles extending from the back plate. The broom assembly also includes an elongated mounting plate which is attached to the back plate and extends over a longitudinal end of the back plate. A handle receiving bracket is attached to the mounting plate, projecting the same direction from the mounting plate as the broom head. The handle receiving bracket comprises at least two receiving cavities for attaching a handle. The broom assembly further comprises an elongated handle for insertion in the handle receiving bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph M. De Vito, David Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 8875337
    Abstract: A long-handled personal holder device for personal cleaning, hygiene, and daily living, and is made of resilient material with extendable finger-like grips. The grips are configured to surely grip a tool, but also to release (e.g., so that a user does not have to soil their hands). The curved handle allows proper reach, and is designed for easy break-down, rinsing and cleaning, and for placement in a compact carry bag. The grips can grip a larger personal hygiene flushable wipe, a smaller flushable pad, a sponge for shower use, and/or a an ointment pad; and are also able to hold more rigidly-handled personal tools, such as a toothbrush, shaver, makeup applicator, pencil, pen, brush, and similar items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Deborah Tacoma
  • Publication number: 20140304929
    Abstract: Oral utensils having at least one central protrusion are disclosed. The oral utensils are configured for modification of a gag reflex in a user of the oral utensil. The oral utensils may comprise a handle portion comprising at least one central protrusion and a first head portion comprising a dental tool, wherein the handle portion may be removably connected to the head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Heather Rechtin, Christopher Hawker, Jessica Moreland, Christopher Trunek
  • Publication number: 20140283319
    Abstract: An improved toothbrush device includes a handle grip having a slot with a handle configured to fit within the slot opening to hold a toothbrush in place. The device of the present invention is larger than conventional devices and, thus, minimizes the need to bring the hand into a tighter grip in order to hold the toothbrush while in use. The device of the present invention is provided as a two-piece kit, such that the first and second pieces fit together when in use or in storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Truocchio
  • Patent number: 8839480
    Abstract: Disclosed is a brush holder having a hollow, box-like upper structure with interior contours conformable to the shape of the ferrule and heel of a paintbrush. The lower structure of the brush holder comprises a hollow, primarily longitudinal staff, said staff affixed at its top end to the brush holder. The lower, open end of the staff comprises a circular opening with interior female threads. By use of an extension pole having compatible male threads at one end, a workman, after insertion of a paintbrush into said brush holder, may engage the threads of the brush holder with the threads of the extension pole until a firm and secure attachment is achieved. In this manner, there is provided a greater range of brush contact for applying paint to an otherwise hard-to-reach surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Raimundo Augusto Thomas
  • Patent number: 8746767
    Abstract: An industrial long handled tool component system is provided having interchangeable tool heads, connectors, handles and grips. The novel connector system provides a polygonal locking bar concentric with a round outer reinforcing collar both engaged by a material connector insert and separated by plastic isolations seals. The novel connector promotes connection integrity and prevents joint movement. An alternate embodiment provides a connector system without the collar to save weight and manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Mag-Lok Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Mouch, Charles Fallen, G. Ray Miller
  • Patent number: 8745837
    Abstract: A locking system for connecting a handle and an implement is provided. The locking system includes a handle having a first thread and a first locking member and an implement having a second thread and a second locking member. The first and second threads are threadably engaged so that the first and second locking members selectively lock the handle to the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Unger Marketing International, LLC
    Inventors: Bernard Leon Bensussan, Ronald Michael Callanan
  • Publication number: 20140150190
    Abstract: A refill head, and oral care implement incorporating the same, wherein the refill head comprises a tubular sleeve having a cavity for slidably receiving a stem of a handle of the oral care implement. An aperture in the tubular sleeve defines a latch having a locking lug that operably mates with a locking lug of the stem to axially retain the refill head to the handle. A resilient material seals the aperture to provide increased rigidity to the latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph E. Fattori
  • Publication number: 20140143964
    Abstract: A refill head, and oral care implement incorporating the same, wherein the refill head can be uncoupled from a stem of a handle by compressing a portion of a tubular sleeve of the refill head radially inward, therby retracting a locking lug of the refill head radially outward
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: Joseph E. Fattori
  • Publication number: 20140143963
    Abstract: A toothbrush handle, and toothbrush incorporating the same, wherein the handle comprises a stem to be slidably inserted into a refill head. An aperture in the stem defines a latch having a locking lug that operably mates with a locking lug of the refill head to axially retain the refill head to the handle. A resilient material seals the aperture to provide increased rigidity to the latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph E. Fattori
  • Publication number: 20140130827
    Abstract: A resilient cleaning pad with a support body a portion of which is mechanically secured in a slit-like cavity of the cleaning pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Perry S. Dotterman, John J. Dyer, Arthur V. Lang, Robert J. Maki, Milind B. Sabade, DanLi Wang
  • Publication number: 20140075693
    Abstract: A sleeve for partially covering a paint brush, the sleeve comprising a first substantially flat face and a second substantially flat face joined to each other by side faces, a first opening for receiving a ferrule of a paint brush and a second opening for receiving a shank portion of the paint brush, and at least one guide chosen from the group consisting of a thumb guide, an index finger guide, and a middle finger guide. A brush comprising at least one guide chosen from the group consisting of a thumb guide, an index finger guide, and a middle finger guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: EASY PRO PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Maslow, Paul Henrich