Special Work Patents (Class 15/160)
  • Patent number: 10858853
    Abstract: Buoyant, autonomous devices for actively scrubbing upstanding walls of swimming pools and spas at and nearby their waterlines are detailed. The devices may be configured to float on and travel along a surface of water of a pool and include at least one brush or scrubber adapted to contact pool walls. An electric motor may cause the scrubber to rotate about a shaft or axle, with frictional contact between the scrubber and the wall dislodging dirt and debris therefrom. In particular, if a scrubber is conically shaped and angled relative to the vertical direction, its rotating blades may lift water from the pool to hydrate dried debris stuck to the wall, thereby facilitating dislodging of the debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Hendrikus Johannes van der Meijden, Michael Edward Moore
  • Patent number: 10849414
    Abstract: A hair brush apparatus comprises a handle, an outer frame extending from the handle, and an inner frame, each with proximal and distal ends. Each of the outer frame and the inner frame includes a plurality of parallel prongs with ends and channels that are disposed in alternating arrangement, whereby the outer and inner frame prongs are interleaved together. A suspension assembly comprises a base suspension member attaching the outer frame proximal end to the inner frame proximal end. At least one prong suspension member attaches at least one inner frame prong end to at least one outer frame channel. The suspension assembly enables relative movement of the inner frame with respect to the outer frame in at least two axes, selected from a longitudinal, lateral and transverse axis. A control member can be used to manipulate the movable inner frame in any direction as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Kevin Vrtaric
  • Patent number: 10799017
    Abstract: A makeup applicator storage system includes a makeup applicator holder that has a first end and a second end. The makeup applicator holder is shaped to hold a makeup applicator at the first end firmly enough that the makeup applicator holder can be used as a handle during makeup application. The makeup applicator holder includes first ferromagnetic material at the second end of the makeup applicator holder. A storage container has a storage lid that includes second ferromagnetic material at an underside of the storage lid. The second ferromagnetic material is oriented at an underside of the storage lid so that the makeup applicator holder can be magnetically attached to the storage lid allowing the makeup applicator, when held by the makeup applicator holder, to be hung from the storage lid when the storage lid is on the storage container and the storage container is oriented so that the storage lid is on a top of the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: James Thao Kieu
  • Patent number: 10799015
    Abstract: A heated shaving brush having a housing with an interior space that houses a shaft that acts as a tube to allow shaving cream or similar lubricating agent to pass through to a bristle assembly that a user applies to their body. The shaft is adjacent to a heating element that is powered by alternating or direct current, thereby heating the shaving cream as it passes through the hollowed shaft. A graduated knob can modulate the speed at which the shaving cream passes through the shaft, thereby increasing or decreasing the temperature of the shaving cream before it is applied to a user's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Francisco Velazquez, Hector Roig
  • Patent number: 10791819
    Abstract: A loose strand retainer including: (a) only one base, the only one base including a top surface configured for receiving and retaining loose strands and a bottom surface; and (b) an attachment means disposed on the bottom surface, the attachment means configured for attaching the loose strand retainer to a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Jeana Caccamise
  • Patent number: 10716437
    Abstract: A skin cleanser includes a surface, such as a silicone surface, with at least one textured portion for transmitting vibrational tapping to the skin. The skin cleanser includes at least one oscillating motor for generating the tapping motion to the skin. The textured portion includes touch-points or a wave that transmit the tapping motion to skin in contact with the textured portions. The touch-points may include thicker and thinner formations of the touch-points to provide firmer or softer vibrations to the skin. The touch-points are within about 0.5 to 2.5 mm in diameter. One configuration includes multiple oscillating motors configured to provide different vibration frequencies at around 50-300 Hertz and operable simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FOREO Inc.
    Inventor: Filip Sedic
  • Patent number: 10631624
    Abstract: A carpet and upholstery cleaning product is configured to store a consumable cleaning solution and dispense the cleaning solution to treat a spot or stain on a surface to be cleaned. The cleaning product can include a bottle defining a reservoir for the cleaning solution, a fluid dispensing outlet provided on an angled neck of the, and a scrubber on the bottle for scrubbing stains on the surface to be cleaned, wherein the scrubber is offset from the fluid outlet such that the cleaning solution is not dispensed through the scrubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz, Victoria J. Royale, Lauren M. Lenkowski, Christopher D. Barr
  • Patent number: 10610006
    Abstract: An angle adjustable paint applicator assembly for painting at different angles includes a head that has an outer end, an inner end and a perimeter wall that is attached to and extends between the outer and inner ends. A plurality of bristles is attached to the head and extends outwardly away from the outer end. A handle is included and has a first end and a second end. A coupler is pivotally couples the first end of the handle to the inner end of the head. The coupler includes a securing member to releasably secure the head a selected angle relative to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Willie Snipes
  • Patent number: 10583813
    Abstract: A wheel rim cleaner for cleaning a rim of tire. The wheel rim cleaner includes a housing having a first side and a second side. The first side includes a first fastener disposed at a center thereof. An elongated arm extends radially from the first fastener, wherein the elongated arm includes a brush member on a distal end thereof. The elongated arm is telescopic such that the arm extends outwardly and retracts inwardly relative to the center of the first side. The second side includes a sidewall extending from a perimeter thereof, wherein the sidewall defines an open end. A bearing is disposed within the open end, wherein the bearing rotates the housing independently from a hub of a wheel rim. A second fastener is affixed to the bearing, wherein the second fastener secures the wheel rim cleaner to the hub of the wheel rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Bruce Jarnagin
  • Patent number: 10577785
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of an external hair strainer. The external hair strainer can have a number of components. For example, the external hair strainer can include a rim positioned on a first plane. The external hair strainer can also include a button positioned on a second plane parallel to the first plane. In some instances, the external hair strainer can include a suction cup protruding from the button in the direction of the rim. Moreover, the external hair strainer can have a plurality of spokes connecting an inner diameter of the rim to an outer diameter of the button, each of the plurality of spokes comprising a bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Danco, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Schuster
  • Patent number: 10531727
    Abstract: There is provided a method of manufacture of a hair brush. The method has the steps, in the sequence of, i) forming a base layer in the form of a mesh by way of a first molding step, the base layer defining an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, made of a first material selected from a group consisting of polypropylene (PP), nylon, polyoxymethylene (POM) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), and including a plurality of recesses with apertures at the upper surface, ii) forming a substrate layer for supporting bristles of the hair brush by a second molding step of overmoulding a finishing layer over the base layer, the finishing layer made of a second material; iii) installing the bristles to the substrate layer at the recesses through the apertures; and iv) assembling the substrate layer installed with the bristles to a casing of the hair brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tung Hing Plastic Manufactory Ltd.
    Inventor: Ka Chuen Sze
  • Patent number: 10519638
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an external hair catcher. The external hair catcher can include a rim positioned on a first plane. In some instances, the external hair catcher can include a button positioned on a second plane parallel to the first plane. In other instances, the external hair catcher can include a suction cup protruding from the button in the direction of the rim. Moreover, the external hair catcher can include a plurality of spokes connecting an inner diameter of the rim to an outer diameter of the button, each of the plurality of spokes comprising a bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Danco, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Schuster
  • Patent number: 10492596
    Abstract: A brush organizer system including a support assembly including a first-elongated-support member, a second-elongated-support member, and a base. The first-elongated-support member and the second-elongated-support member are positioned parallel and adjacent to one another creating a channel for inserting at least one item having a handle. The brush organizer system effectively holds and stores brushes in a neat and sanitary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Audrey Pegues
  • Patent number: 10328909
    Abstract: A snow removal device for an automobile including a rectangular flexible sheet and each of a front seam and a back seam disposed within the rectangular flexible sheet. Each of a front cord and a back cord of a pair of cords is continuously disposed through an entirety of each of the front seam and the back seam, respectively. Each of a plurality of stitchings permanently affixes one of the pair of cords to the rectangular flexible sheet. Each of a right handle and a left handle of a pair of rigid handles is attached to the pair of cords. One of the pair of handles is configured to be held by one of a pair of users in order to allow the pair of users to brush snow off the automobile using the rectangular flexible sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Dudley, Linda Dudley
  • Patent number: 10307032
    Abstract: Cleansing apparatus and systems are provided. One cleansing apparatus includes a perimeter surface defining an enclosed area, a first surface defining a first side and including a first plane coupled to and adjacent the perimeter surface, and a second surface opposite the first surface and defining a second side including a second plane coupled to and adjacent the perimeter surface. The enclosed area includes a spring connected to the perimeter surface, wherein the spring is engageable on one of the first side and the second side and extends beyond the one of the first plane and the second plane when engaged, the spring is defined and resides within the enclosed area when disengaged, and the spring is retractable within the one of the first plane and the second plane when disengaged. A system includes the above spring and an attachment mechanism for attaching the cleansing apparatus to a foreign surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Shawn R. Alstad
  • Patent number: 10238202
    Abstract: A brush for the application of cosmetic products, including a grip body having at least a housing seat made to measure for a plurality of hairs adapted to take, apply and spread cosmetic products on a user, in which the plurality of hairs is divided into: a first group of hairs adjacent to one another and fitted to measure in the housing seat and defining a convex spreading surface which is adapted to spread the cosmetic products on the user; and a second group of hairs adjacent to one another and inserted in the first group of hairs, defining a taking and application surface which is protruding with respect to the spreading surface and has a substantially pointed shape and is suitable for taking the cosmetic products and for their point-like application on the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Pennelli Faro S.r.l.
    Inventor: Gianluca Serposi
  • Patent number: 10232503
    Abstract: A device for treating a target, such as cleaning a window. The device has a handle and head, mounted in pivotal relationship to each other. When the head is placed in sliding, contacting relationship with the target surface the handle can pivot relative to the head for the ergonomic convenience of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Mark John Steinhardt, William Michael Cannon, Kevin Michael Rodgers, Kin Wong Pierce Yau, David Keith Dycher, Gregory Clegg Spooner, Bengt Ivar Anders Ivarsson
  • Patent number: 10232204
    Abstract: An explosion isolation device for collecting dust discharged from a hopper into a dust collection drum that eliminates an airlock requirement to isolate the negative pressured dust collector from receiving air via a bottom aperture in the lower portion of the hopper, thereby preventing an explosion in the dust collector that exceeds the pressure rating of the device and dust collection drum. The explosion isolation device includes a spool member detachably secured to a drum cover having an aperture configured and dimensioned substantially similar to an aperture through the spool member. The drum cover is detachably secured to the dust collection drum via a drum cover clamp, which is secured to the spool member or alternatively to the drum cover such that the clamp is suspended beneath the drum cover when the dust collection drum is full and replaced by an empty drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: David Hakes
  • Patent number: 10219878
    Abstract: A dental tool for resurfacing thread forms of a dental implant is disclosed. The tool includes a main body having a cylindrical member with a slot. A blade having a head is inserted in the slot to orient the head to protrude from the interior surface of the cylindrical member of the main body. The main body may be rotated into traversing a thread form of the implant. A compression sleeve is inserted over the main body. The compression sleeve has an open position and a closed position to hold the blade in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher R. Goodman, Alan Mark Meltzer
  • Patent number: 10098433
    Abstract: An adjustable diameter mechanism includes a plurality of cylinder portions, each of the cylinder portions comprising an arcuate portion of a cylinder and extending along an arc of less than or about 120 degrees of a 360 degree circle and having an inner side and an outer side. The inner side of the cylinder portions are coupled to first ends of a scissors mechanism at a pivot point and a slot of the cylinder portions, the scissors mechanism having a first and a second piece pivotally coupled at a pivot coupling, respective second ends of the scissors mechanism coupled to a respective pair of threaded bolts engaged with a screw having opposing threads meeting at a central point thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Masood Habibi
  • Patent number: 10028625
    Abstract: A towel bar/hanging apparatus includes a sleeve extending through a horizontal surface of a sink rim and/or countertop is located adjacent a sink. An elongate arm is slidingly received through the sleeve. The arm is slidable through the sleeve to an extended position over the sink and to a retracted position below the horizontal surface. In its extended position, towels can be draped over the arm for drying and water dripping therefrom falls into the sink. In its extended position, the arm is prevented from unintentionally falling into its retracted position. The arm can comprise a pair of elongate links hingedly secured together, whereby one link is pivotable relative to the other for extending over the sink. The sleeve is preferably secured to a base flange secured atop the horizontal surface. The base flange can include a sprayer head hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Marion J Tarlton
  • Patent number: 9986817
    Abstract: A precision paint brush formed from an arcuate ferrule attached to a handle and carrying a number of filaments oriented into a complementary arch shape for accurate and efficient administration of liquids such as paint is provided. By creating an apex within the application surface as formed by the arched filaments, the brush produces a more focused application surface area, particularly useful in situations such as painting a wall in close proximity to the ceiling, as pressure by the user into the substrate compels the filaments to spread out without exceeding the defined apex area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen D. Wesley
  • Patent number: 9950352
    Abstract: A faucet cleaner. The faucet cleaner includes a supply bottle having a base, a sidewall extending from the base, and a neck. The neck includes a top end having a rim forming an opening into the supply bottle. A delivery cup is secured to the neck of the supply bottle. The delivery cup includes a base and a sidewall extending from the base. A channel runs from inside the supply bottle through the opening formed by the rim of the neck, through the base of the pump mechanism and into delivery cup so that the top end is disposed in the delivery cup. A plurality of bristles are secured to the base of the delivery cup and disposed within the delivery cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Bryan Jay Ahlquist
  • Patent number: 9907440
    Abstract: A back scrubbing assembly includes a reservoir that may be filled with a liquid soap. The reservoir may be coupled to a wall in a shower. A plurality of couplers is provided and each of the couplers is coupled to the reservoir. Each of the couplers may engage the wall in the shower. A plurality of cleaning members is provided. A selected one of the cleaning members is removably coupled to the reservoir. Thus, the selected cleaning member may scrub a back of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Judie McClean
  • Patent number: 9894984
    Abstract: A dual-purpose hair styling and retention device including a curved handle having a top surface couplable to a user's head and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, the top surface and the bottom surface forming a hand gripping surface. The dual-purpose hair styling and retention device also includes a base pivotally coupled to the handle, the base having an upper surface and a bottom surface opposite the upper surface, the upper surface including a plurality of bristles coupled thereto. The dual-purpose hair styling and retention device further includes an extended configuration in which the handle extends from the base to expose the hand gripping surface and a hair-retention configuration in which the base is selectively coupled to the bottom surface of the handle to at least partially obstruct the hand gripping surface and expose the plurality of bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Crownstyler, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Accetura, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9743747
    Abstract: A surface cleaning implement for use with an elongated handle is provided. The implement includes a largely rectangular and asymmetric body region with rounded outer edges, largely planar upper and lower surfaces, and upstanding contact material coextensively disposed thereon. The body region is a largely flattened structure having a first and second leading edge corner, the corners comprising where the leading edge of the body region transitions to the side edges. The first corner comprises a large, sweeping radius for cleaning curving and open surfaces. The second corner comprises a sharp corner having a small radius, chamfered, protuberant, or largely square corner wherein overly elongated and stiffened contact material extends therefrom for contacting surfaces within corners or within confined areas. The head region includes a back end having a handle receiving sheath and suitable support therefor, wherein an elongated handle is attached thereto for use away from the user's person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Amparo Del Carmen Perez
  • Patent number: 9718446
    Abstract: A wheel brush assembly for use of the wheelchair that includes: a housing; a spring within the housing, where the spring extends from a first end of the housing; a brush that abuts one side of the spring at a first end of the brush; a plurality of bristles on a second end of the brush that extends out of an opening of the housing; and a magnet that enables the attachment of the housing onto a wheel brake. The plurality of bristles come in contact with a wheel of the wheelchair during operation, wherein the spring urges the plurality of bristles into contact with the wheel. Preferably, the plurality of bristles disengages with the wheel upon application of the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Billy Tolbert
  • Patent number: 9675167
    Abstract: An applicator, such as a brush or other device, for applying products to a surface, such as the skin of a person. The applicator includes a handle and a bristle tuft connected to the handle. The bristle tuft may include a plurality of contoured bristles that define multiple surfaces for applying products. For example, the bristle tuft may include a first angled surface extending upwards from a first side of the bristle tuft, a second angled surface extending upwards from a second side of the bristle tuft, and a ridge defined at an intersection of the first angled surface and the second angled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sigma Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Simone Rodrigues Oliveira Xavier, Rene Xavier Filho
  • Patent number: 9527559
    Abstract: A boat brush tool for cleaning a boat pontoon, the boat brush tool having a generally J-shaped tubular support member with an upper section for manipulating the tool and a lower section carrying a plurality of brush bristles and having a curved shape corresponding to the outer surface of the pontoon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Ford
  • Patent number: 9474352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mascara brush for applying a mascara liquid to eyelashes and a manufacturing method thereof, including a first step to fix to a core member many first brush bristles and many second brush bristles having softening point temperatures lower than those of the first brush bristles in a state where the first brush bristles and the second brush bristles are mixed with each other and extend radially, where while bending at least a partial area in a direction encircling the core member of the first brush bristles and the second brush bristles at intermediate positions in extending from the core member, subjecting the first brush bristles and the second brush bristles to an atmosphere of a temperature lower than the softening point temperatures of the first brush bristles and higher than the softening point temperatures of the second brush bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SHINOHARA Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Hangai, Yasushi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9474667
    Abstract: The disclosed Wheelchair Contamination Shield is a fender for a wheelchair that covers a large portion of the tire, protects the user's fingers from contact with tire. Further, the Wheelchair Contamination Shield prevents fingers from being caught in gap between hand rim and wheel, where contact with the rotating standoffs can be harmful. The mounting system of the Wheelchair Contamination Shield optionally includes removable foam blocks and arcuate mounting slots. The combination of these elements simplifies the process of mounting the device on the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Jason Gruber
  • Patent number: 9364136
    Abstract: A pole cleaning apparatus comprises an elongate handle portion engaged with a cleaning head. In certain embodiments, the cleaning head has a width shaped as a partial-tubular member and an opening extending along the longitudinal axis through which a pole is passed to engage the cleaning head with the pole to be cleaned. The cleaning head may include an inner arcuate surface configured to at least partially surround the pole. The apparatus also includes a mounting assembly designed to pivotably engage the cleaning head to the handle portion such that the handle portion is pivotable with respect to the cleaning head in at least one plane containing the longitudinal axis. Optionally, the apparatus may include a cleaning pad selectively engageable with the cleaning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Cherie Devir
  • Patent number: 9358959
    Abstract: A bicycle wheel cleaning system is used to clear dirt and debris from one or more of the wheels of a bicycle. The system includes at least one wheel cleaning assembly which is attached to a bicycle. The at least one wheel assembly is used to easily clean the wheel of a bicycle and includes a brush, a pushrod, a housing sleeve, and a spring-loaded control mechanism. The brush may be pressed against the wheel of the bicycle to clear debris. The push rod is used to move the brush towards or away from the wheel depending on if the wheel needs to be cleaned. The spring-loaded control mechanism interacts with the pushrod to either push the brush towards or away from the wheel. The housing sleeve is used to protect the spring-loaded control mechanism and to limit how far the pushrod may be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Craig Majka
  • Patent number: 9326643
    Abstract: A wall-mountable apparatus enables a user to scrub the user's back hands-free. The apparatus includes two primary features, namely, a slider plate and a back-engaging assembly. The slider plate includes laterally opposed plate-to-assembly engaging structures. The back-engaging assembly includes a plate-engaging interface structure, a bezel structure and a liquid material delivery assembly. The plate-engaging interface structure includes laterally-opposed plate-engaging structures. The laterally-opposed plate-engaging structures cooperate with the plate-to-assembly engaging structures for attaching the back-engaging assembly to the slider plate. The bezel structure includes a hemi-ovoidal outer surface, and an assembly-receiving inner surface. The liquid delivery apparatus is received adjacent the assembly-receiving surface and includes a liquid receptacle and liquid delivery elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventors: Tao Xu, Xiaojun Zhang, Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 9265339
    Abstract: A brush and cleaning tool for removing hair accumulating in and between the bristles of the brush in a way that is non-strenuous for the user and non-damaging to the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jasper White
  • Patent number: 9226808
    Abstract: An attachment section suitable for connection to a handle section of an oral hygiene device is disclosed. The attachment section includes an attachment housing having a first coupling structure suitable for establishing a connection with a second coupling structure of the handle section; at least a functional element mounted at the attachment housing for driven movement; a motion transmitter extending in a cavity formed inside of the attachment housing, the motion transmitter being functionally connected on one end with the functional element; and a first magnetic coupling element arranged at another end of the motion transmitter, the first magnetic coupling element including at least a permanent magnet or a magnetizable element suitable for establishing a magnetic connection with a second magnetic coupling element provided in the handle section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: BRAUN GMBH
    Inventors: Joern Utsch, Norbert Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9186707
    Abstract: The microbial scrub brush in one embodiment employs an insert that is impregnated with an anti-bacterial disinfectant and that is housed within a housing of alcohol-compatible material and sealed over by a removable lid. The insert is maintained in sterile condition until ready for use. After removal of the lid, the insert is moved over the end of a female luer or other portion of a medical device and rotated in order to clean the exterior surface as well as the interior luminal surface of the device. In one embodiment, the insert includes a base from which extends an outer wall that defines a chamber. A plurality of complaint fingers extend from the base into the chamber. A plurality of wipers extend radially inward from the outer wall into the chamber to enable the cleansing of both the exterior surface and an interior surface of the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Vaillancourt, Marshall Kerr
  • Patent number: 9165540
    Abstract: Device for removing moisture from a woodwind instrument are disclosed. The woodwind cleaner is comprised of a semi-rigid inner wire, encased in absorbent material, then enclosed in a soft, absorbent outer covering. When not in use, the device can be coiled or wrapped around itself for easy storage, then easily returns to full length for use. The device can be used to clean the moisture from an instrument without disassembling it. The device is intended to be stored outside the case and to be easily portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Jodi R. Bortz
  • Patent number: 9080375
    Abstract: A storm water entry prevention apparatus for a sliding door system includes a base, a shield, a wedge, and an adapter. The base connects with the bottom side of the existing door frame from the outside while the shield connects to the base from the top end. The shield is angularly positioned with the existing sliding door so that the water can be easily flow away from the base. When the sliding door is opened or closed, the wedge gently pushes the shield away from the sliding door system. In order to accommodate the screen door, the adapter is connected with the base and the existing door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Fleeting
  • Publication number: 20150143652
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator has a base, a brush retained by the base and a cap positioned on the base in a closed configuration of the applicator to fully enclose the brush within the applicator. An antimicrobial device is retained within the cap and is configured for direct contact with the bristles of the brush in the closed configuration of the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Olivia Anna Walker
  • Publication number: 20150135456
    Abstract: The household or body care brush has a handle and a bristle arrangement supported thereby. The bristle support and the bristles formed integrally therewith are produced in an injection moulding process. A plurality of injected bristles are arranged in each case such that they stand closely adjacent to one another in a bristle bundle. The bristle bundles on the other hand are arranged with a space between the bundles. The invention further relates to an injection mould that is particularly suited to producing household brushes or body care brushes comprising bristle bundles, the longitudinal directions of which run at an angle to one another or are out of square with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Roger Kirchhofer, Pierre Kirchhofer, Michael Schär
  • Publication number: 20150135455
    Abstract: In one example according to the teachings of the present invention, a hair brush has a brush head with a working surface, a plurality of monofilament bristles protruding from the working surface of the brush head, and a microfiber material exposed on a portion of the working surface of the brush head. In one example, the hair brush can also have a plurality of bristle tufts protruding from the working surface of the brush head. In one example, the hair brush can also have a bristle carrier connected to the brush head. The plurality of monofilament bristles can be attached to the bristle carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jacqueline Urda Reusche, Dametria D'Ann Mustin, Denise Lyn Silbert, Taft Vincent Jones, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150136175
    Abstract: A hair brush cover for use in covering the bristles of a hair brush having bristles and a handle, the hair brush cover having a net component with a closed end and an open end. An elastic band is adapted around the open end. The open end of the net component is sized and configured to fit over the bristles of the hair brush while the elastic band retains the hair brush cover on the handle thereof. The hair brush cover thereby provides users with a quick and convenient manner in which to remove unwanted hair from within the bristles of a hair brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Albert Bateh
  • Publication number: 20150128366
    Abstract: In a hairbrush including a brush body having bristles twisted and fixed to a twisted wire and a porous cylindrical body having holes at a uniform interval and coupled to the brush body such that the bristles of the brush body are elastically exposed to the outside of the porous cylindrical body by a predetermined length, the porous cylindrical body is formed by curving a mesh plate in the shape of a roll and fixing the both side ends of the mesh plate to each other, and the bristles of the brush body are elastically exposed through the mesh holes of the porous cylindrical body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Chang Ku Kim
  • Publication number: 20150121636
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is cleaning structure attachable to a submersible pool cleaning vehicle (PCV). In one exemplary embodiment the PCV has an endless loop track and a chassis therefore. The cleaning structure attaches to the chassis and acts as a cap covering the drive wheels and track. The cleaning structure includes a base and bristles extending outwardly therefrom. The bristles define fingers. In one embodiment, the fingers are of a uniform length. In another embodiment, the fingers are of a graduated length. Others embodiments include the fingers being distributed on the base in a random pattern. In one embodiment, the cleaning structure defines a single insert. In another, the cleaning structure includes multiple inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Wing-kin HUI, Wing-tak Hui
  • Patent number: 9021650
    Abstract: A lint and fuzz ball removing device is disclosed comprising at least one blade attached to an easily grasped and maneuvered body allowing for the quick removal and or detangling of lint, hair and pill balls. The blade surface is entirely covered with particle removing hooks or finger-like projections, including a plurality of flat surfaces, and edges of the blade, allowing for the quick and easy removal of lint, hair, fuzz and pill balls of any shape and size, across broad surfaces or hard to reach areas of clothing and fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Chester S. Lew
  • Patent number: 9015892
    Abstract: The bodily scrubbing assembly includes a housing that may be mounted within a shower. A plurality of suction cups is coupled to the housing. The suction cups are configured to engage the shower. The housing is retained in the shower. A plurality of bristles is coupled to the housing. The plurality of bristles may scrub a user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Mare Figel
  • Publication number: 20150107041
    Abstract: An elongated hollow handle member adapted to allow water to pass therethrough; a core member movably attached to a distal end of the hollow handle member, the core member including a nozzle portion having one end pivotably attached to the distal end of the hollow handle member and including a single hole at an opposite end from the one end and adapted to allow the water to be ejected therefrom. A looped wire member attached to an outer surface of the nozzle portion, and a plurality of bristles attached upon a substantial portion of the looped wire member, such that when water is ejected from the nozzle portion it passes into and through the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Luc Pellerin
  • Publication number: 20150096136
    Abstract: A device comprises a top portion defining a space adapted to accommodate a finger of a user, and a bottom portion configured to securely fasten to the top portion and sandwich a towel therebetween, the bottom portion including a bottom surface having a plurality of bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew B. McKee
  • Patent number: 8997298
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of using and making apparatuses that may clean concave and convex surfaces are discussed. The apparatus may be capable of substantially contacting and cleaning concave, convex, planar, and non-planar surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Harry Krasnick