Brush Patents (Class 206/209)
  • Patent number: 10086989
    Abstract: A packaging unit for hygiene articles, the unit being formed from a sheet of material having an inner surface, said inner surface comprising an edge portion being provided with a resealable adhesive for closure of the packaging unit. The sheet has a longitudinal center line and at least one transversely extending folding axis dividing the sheet into a first region and a second region. A tab is arranged at an edge portion of the first region. The tab extends in a longitudinal direction from said edge portion so that an extension of the tab along or parallel to the center line from a tab base to an outer edge of the tab is 0.5 cm or more. A method of forming the packaging unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Conny Dahlqvist, Ulrika Persson, Sofia Ekstedt
  • Patent number: 9718594
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a handle and a head in a display package is described. The head is attached to a neck which is attached to the handle. An indication element is between the head and the handle and is in electrical communication with a power source. A switch connects the indication element to the power source and has a first position where the indication element is not energized and a second position where the indication element is energized. An adequate force applied to the head and an at least partially translucent package body moves the switch to the second position. The package body has a first face and a second face. The first face and/or the second face have a rugose area configured to facilitate application of a force to the head and/or neck through the package body to place the switch in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Jungnickel, Niclas Altmann, Hansjoerg Reick, John Joseph Mertz, Bertholt Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9630222
    Abstract: An alcohol pad system, alcohol pad, and method for cleaning a medicine vial include a pad member treated with alcohol and a projection member also treated with alcohol, disposed upon the pad member, with the projection member extending upwardly from the pad member, and the pad member and projection member are adapted to clean, or sanitize, the top of a medicine vial which includes a metal portion and a rubber insert portion disposed within the metal portion of the top of the medicine vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: DMJ Products, LLC
    Inventor: Mary Jane Cotton
  • Patent number: 9216145
    Abstract: A semi-permanent concealer composition for use on a target skin area that includes from about 10% to about 80% of a non-aqueous carrier from about 15% to about 35% of a tackifier comprising a tall oil glyceride, and from about 0.1% to about 20%, by weight, of colorant particles. The semi-permanent concealer composition is long lasting and has excellent wear characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Thomas Elliott Rabe, James Herman Dempsey
  • Patent number: 8986236
    Abstract: A disposable sterile breakable vial includes a handle section and a vial section which are completely separable in response to a manually applied separation force. The vial section includes a sterile void dimensioned to contain a unit dose of a sterile therapeutic topical agent. An elongated member comprises a proximal portion supported by the handle section and a distal portion provided with a sterile applicator element, such as a brush. At least the applicator element is completely enclosed within the vial section with the applicator element immersed within the therapeutic topical agent. A hermetic seal between the handle and vial sections maintains sterility of at least the vial section prior to handle and vial section separation. Complete separation of the handle section and the vial section exposes the elongated member and the applicator element for topical application of the therapeutic agent saturating the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Lorens F. Slokovic, Julie L. Gremel
  • Publication number: 20150003756
    Abstract: A paint tray bag is provided. The paint tray bag comprises a bag comprising dimensions for containing a paint tray, and optionally painting tools, therein. The paint tray bag further comprises a sealing apparatus for releasably sealing the bag, the sealing apparatus around at least portion of a perimeter of the bag such that the bag comprises a closed position for containing the paint tray therein when the sealing apparatus is closed and an open position when the sealing apparatus is open, the bag enabled to lay flat in the open position to act as a drop sheet for the paint tray. The paint tray bag further comprises an extended drop sheet which unfolds from the bag to provide an extended area for the drop sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: KOVRD PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Vance MACDONALD, Benjamin LEONARD
  • Patent number: 8893731
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a container system. More particularly the invention relates to the container system for storing at least two products of same or different type/color, and at least one applicator. The container system of the present invention is configured to comprise at least two receptacles for storing the products, and substantially abutting each other and at least one applicator configured to pick up the products stored in the receptacles simultaneously. The invention also relates to the container system for holding consumer products such as cosmetic or care products and is aimed at providing single or multiple makeup effects on the skin, face, lips, eyes and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Zen Design Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Leo Clifford Pires, Roger Hwang, Swati Kharbanda, Iti Seth, Rajesh Deswal
  • Patent number: 8783451
    Abstract: A disposable sterile breakable vial includes a handle section and a vial section which are completely separable in response to a manually applied separation force. The vial section includes a sterile void dimensioned to contain a unit dose of a sterile therapeutic topical agent. An elongated member comprises a proximal portion supported by the handle section and a distal portion provided with a sterile applicator element, such as a brush. At least the applicator element is completely enclosed within the vial section with the applicator element immersed within the therapeutic topical agent. A hermetic seal between the handle and vial sections maintains sterility of at least the vial section prior to handle and vial section separation. Complete separation of the handle section and the vial section exposes the elongated member and the applicator element for topical application of the therapeutic agent saturating the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Lorens F. Slokovic, Julie L. Gremal
  • Patent number: 8740831
    Abstract: A wiper comprises a rod (20), a wiping body (30) provided at one end of the rod and an outer packing; the rod (20) is of elasticity, the outer packing is a tube-like container (10) having both ends closed permanently and an easy break-off mark (13) provided on the tube wall; the wiper is firm, airtight and capable of being opened easily, and can be used conveniently and rapidly; the rod and the tube-like container are made from thermoplastic materials by technologies such as extruding, injection-molding and the like, both ends of the tube-like container are closed through fusion, mechanical seal and other manners, and the wiper has a simple production technology and is suitable for mass production and wide application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Longood Medicine (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhendong Wu
  • Patent number: 8740457
    Abstract: A paint tray bag is provided. The paint tray bag comprises a bag comprising dimensions for containing a paint tray, and optionally painting tools, therein. The paint tray bag further comprises a sealing apparatus for releasably sealing the bag, the sealing apparatus around at least portion of a perimeter of the bag such that the bag comprises a closed position for containing the paint tray therein when the sealing apparatus is closed and an open position when the sealing apparatus is open, the bag enabled to lay flat in the open position to act as a drop sheet for the paint tray. The paint tray bag further comprises an extended drop sheet which unfolds from the bag to provide an extended area for the drop sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kovrd Products Inc.
    Inventors: Vance MacDonald, Benjamin Leonard
  • Patent number: 8672128
    Abstract: A container for sanitizing an article includes a case defining a central void sized to accommodate at least a portion of the article, a receptacle in fluid communication with the central void, and a granular, antiseptic media disposed within the receptacle. The granular, antiseptic media includes at least one out-gassing, antimicrobial agent such as, thyme oil or thymol. The granular, antiseptic media may further include a granular, fragrance blended with the granular, out-gassing, antimicrobial agent in a select ratio to remediate an antiseptic odor of the out-gassing, antimicrobial agent. The article may be a toothbrush or other type of brush, a mouth guard, a comb, a sponge, or other article which may be stored in a damp or wet condition after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dr. Tung's Products
    Inventor: Colin Davis
  • Publication number: 20130233735
    Abstract: A case that stores one or more paintbrushes in manner to prevent paint in them from drying out, so that there is no need to clean those brushes between uses; moreover the case containing a pump evacuator to remove air from the case when it is closed, thus further retarding the drying of the brushes inside; and finally the case holding paint drying retardant that evanesces into the atmosphere inside the case, further slowing down the drying of the brushes inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: James Steven Hurley, Hirak Mitra, Donald Carson Lewis
  • Patent number: 8342360
    Abstract: A product including a stack of a: plurality of interfolded sheets assembled from a folded sheet material. The stack having a first side, a second side, a plurality of first side folded sheets and a plurality of second side folded sheets. A majority of the first side folded sheets folded into a first fold configuration and a majority of the second side folded sheets folded into a second fold configuration. Within the stack, the first fold configuration is different than the second fold configuration. In one embodiment, the first side folded sheets were V-folded and the second side folded sheets were Z-folded. In another embodiment, the first side folded sheets were V-folded and the second side folded sheets were C-folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Leslie Thomas Long
  • Publication number: 20120312702
    Abstract: A flexible bottle for containing a disinfecting liquid that can be used to disinfect a toothbrush. The bottle has a large reservoir for contain the disinfecting liquid and a small, secondary reservoir that is located proximate to the top of the bottle and which can be filled by squeezing the flexible bottle to force a quantity of the disinfecting liquid into the small, secondary reservoir. There is a cap that is designed to accept a toothbrush for entry into the container and which may have a slot formed therein or flexible flaps. The bottle can, therefore, be filled with disinfecting liquid and a toothbrush introduced into the small reservoir for disinfecting the toothbrush. The disinfecting liquid can then be discarded from the small reservoir and the secondary reservoir refilled as needed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Dan Llewllyn
  • Patent number: 8286790
    Abstract: The paint brush cleaning and carrying device provides the advantage of a vented transparent pail with brush viewing from the exterior. The sealable removable lid provides tubular brush handle holders, each handle holder twistable and having varied height multiple pairs of orifices. Removable pins pass through the orifices and through existing holes in existing paint brush handles to dangle the brushes downwardly into selectively disposed brush solvents. The lipped removable lid can be inverted and returned atop the pail for brush drainage without solvent loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Rocky G. McBryar
  • Patent number: 8261907
    Abstract: A kit for storing and applying an adhesive removing device comprising an enclosure which includes a base portion and a removable top layer releasably secured to the base portion; an adhesive removing device including at least one wiping mechanism which includes at least one absorbent portion; and a biocompatible composition including a solvent and a moisturizing agent embedded in the absorbent portion of the wiping mechanism. A method for storing and applying an adhesive removing device comprises a series of steps for using the adhesive removing device to remove an adhesive from a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Danyel J. Tarinelli, Ahmad R. Hadba, Nadya Belcheva
  • Publication number: 20120217177
    Abstract: A disposable sterile breakable vial includes a handle section and a vial section which are completely separable in response to a manually applied separation force. The vial section includes a sterile void dimensioned to contain a unit dose of a sterile therapeutic topical agent. An elongated member comprises a proximal portion supported by the handle section and a distal portion provided with a sterile applicator element, such as a brush. At least the applicator element is completely enclosed within the vial section with the applicator element immersed within the therapeutic topical agent. A hermetic seal between the handle and vial sections maintains sterility of at least the vial section prior to handle and vial section separation. Complete separation of the handle section and the vial section exposes the elongated member and the applicator element for topical application of the therapeutic agent saturating the applicator element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Lorens F. Slokovic, Julie L. Gremal
  • Patent number: 8235618
    Abstract: Device for distributing a low volume or dose of product includes a reservoir defined by a joining area of two groups and that contains a distribution orifice, and an applicator including a grasping organ and a distribution organ composed of a rod, whose end is fitted with a distribution nozzle and whose other end is included in the grasping organ, at least one of the groups being a shell including a cavity having a collar that the joining area in part of and at least one of the groups has a collar including a trough; the distribution orifice communicating with the reservoir by a neck formed by the space between the two groups, the trough forming its wall at least partially; the neck including a breakable structure, breaking an area opening the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Socoplan
    Inventors: Christophe Peck, Guy-Noël Sibileau, Phillippe Moussion
  • Patent number: 8181777
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tearable packaging (1) for receiving at least one substance (6) and an applicator (7, 11), comprising a, for example, film-like carrier (2) in which at least one depression (4a, 4b) open on one side is formed which can be sealed towards the outside with a cover film (3) to form at least one chamber and comprising a channel (5a, 5b) formed between the carrier (2) and the cover film (3) in which the applicator (7, 11) is accommodated at least in sections in such a manner that the applicator (7, 11) is completely enclosed by the carrier (2) and the cover film (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Kettenbach GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Suchan, Alexander Bublewitz
  • Patent number: 7951343
    Abstract: A toothbrush holder includes an outer body with a bottom section coupled thereto. A seal is intercalated therebetween and extends along the circumference of the outer body. An inner body is seated within the outer body and includes a plurality of chambers equidistantly aligned with a center thereof. The inner body has a diameter less than a diameter of the outer body and has a vertically oriented central shaft formed with the chambers. A top plate is attached to the chambers and is provided with a plurality of apertures counter-sunk therein and vertically aligned above the chambers. A dome-shaped lid is connected to an outer perimeter of the outer body, and disposed adjacent to the top plate. The apparatus includes a mechanism for automatically locking the lid to the outer body after the lid is adapted to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Annie Davis
  • Patent number: 7927430
    Abstract: What is provided is a protective environment for paint paraphernalia and wet paint being used in a painting process. Examples of paint paraphernalia includes paint brushes, paint rollers, paint trays, and paint cans. The protective environment in one form is a flexible polyvinyl chloride of at least ½ mil in thickness. The flexible polyvinyl chloride is arranged two provided a three sided connecting edge with the fourth side left unconnected for an opening into the interior portion of the protective environment. The protective environment is placed over the paint paraphernalia and marked with various paint paraphernalia characteristics to aide in the temporary storage and reuse of the paint paraphernalia during a painting job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: PacTech Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Hart, Dianna Kilponen
  • Patent number: 7828142
    Abstract: A unit dose package for applying a material with an applicator having a separate material and applicator portion. In one embodiment, a material well is squeezed to dispense the material onto an applicator through a releasable portion between the material well and the edge of the tray. In another embodiment, a plurality of material wells is used to mix different materials to be dispensed with an applicator. In another embodiment a portion of the cover is removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Discko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7748524
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a paint brush and preventing a discharge of harmful and flammable vapors. In a first embodiment, a housing has vertical front, side and rear walls that have upper edge portions in a common horizontal plane for providing a seat for a seal. The common upper of the housing are sealed by a soft resilient cellular seal and a cover that engages the housing. The cover and resilient cellular seal have aligned apertures for receiving in a pass through sealing relationship a handle of a paint brush. In a second embodiment, a cylindrical housing has an open top portion which is sealed by threadably engaging a cover with a resilient cellular seal therebetween. The cover and resilient cellular seal cover have aligned apertures for receiving in a pass through sealing relationship a handle of a paint brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Edward Ruzumna
  • Publication number: 20100140117
    Abstract: A toilet brush caddy is provided, includes a unitary one-piece housing, and is capable of supporting a toilet brush. The housing includes a brush receptacle and the toilet brush includes a handle and a cleaning head having a plurality of bristles. The caddy is capable of supporting the toilet brush such that the toilet brush is supported at an angle relative to the vertical, only contacts a front side of the brush receptacle, and the bristles do not contact any other portion of the brush receptacle when the brush is supported by the caddy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: QUICKIE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Brian Gold, Matthew David Marhefka
  • Patent number: 7641409
    Abstract: A single-use cosmetic package has a pouch with a front wall and a back wall. A wand is stored in the pouch. Upper and lower seals hermetically seal the perimeter of the pouch. A middle seal divides the pouch into a product reservoir in a lower half of the pouch and a dry chamber in the upper half. The wand projects from a handle end in the dry chamber through the middle seal to an applicator end in the product reservoir. A dog-bone shaped sealing structure on the wand forms a hermetic seal with the middle seal. The dry chamber is opened by pulling opposite tabs to peel the front wall from the back wall. When the wand is pulled from the pouch, a flange on the wand expands the middle seal to form a wiper opening in the product reservoir. The wiper opening is sized to wipe the applicator end of the wand, or an applicator attached to the end of the wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Michele C. Wilde, Charles P. Neuner, George H. Kress
  • Publication number: 20090321284
    Abstract: A toothbrush holding device that holds a toothbrush so that its bristles are covered by a toothbrush cleaning fluid. The toothbrush cleaning fluid is contained in a cup. A lid having a toothbrush grasping device covers the opening of the cup. The toothbrush grasping device holds the toothbrush in a position such that the bristles of the toothbrush are below the surface of the toothbrush cleaning fluid. Also the toothbrush is held so that the bottom of the toothbrush is suspended above the bottom of the cup. In a preferred embodiment the cup includes a weighted bottom plate for improved stability and a contoured wall section for improved gripping. In a preferred embodiment the toothbrush grasping device is preferably a flexible membrane with triangular sections that also function to agitate and scrub the toothbrush bristles for improved cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Dennis Beach Miller
  • Patent number: 7611011
    Abstract: Clean room cleaning articles such as PVA sponge brushes and pre-saturated wipers are packaged in a sealed container with a de-ionized water containing around 0.05 to 1% hydrogen peroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois ToolWorks, Inc.
    Inventor: John Skoufis
  • Publication number: 20090205980
    Abstract: What is provided is a protective environment for paint paraphernalia and wet paint being used in a painting process. Examples of paint paraphernalia includes paint brushes, paint rollers, paint trays, and paint cans. The protective environment in one form is a flexible polyvinyl chloride of at least ½ mil in thickness. The flexible polyvinyl chloride is arranged two provided a three sided connecting edge with the fourth side left unconnected for an opening into the interior portion of the protective environment. The protective environment is placed over the paint paraphernalia and marked with various paint paraphernalia characteristics to aide in the temporary storage and reuse of the paint paraphernalia during a painting job.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: PacTech Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Hart, Dianna Kilponen
  • Patent number: 7537111
    Abstract: What is provided is a protective environment for paint paraphernalia and wet paint being used in a painting process. Examples of paint paraphernalia includes paint brushes, paint rollers, paint trays, and paint cans. The protective environment in one form is a flexible polyvinyl chloride of at least ½ mil in thickness. The flexible polyvinyl chloride is arranged two provided a three sided connecting edge with the fourth side left unconnected for an opening into the interior portion of the protective environment. The protective environment is placed over the paint paraphernalia and marked with various paint paraphernalia characteristics to aide in the temporary storage and reuse of the paint paraphernalia during a painting job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: PacTech Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory R. Hart, Dianna Kilponen, John T. Eymann
  • Publication number: 20090095644
    Abstract: A storage and carrying system in which paint brushes that are wet from recent cleaning are held in such a manner as to facilitate drying, and can be stored and moved from place to place while so disposed. The brushes are placed in holsters which are inserted into openings in the top panel of a case. The holsters have drain holes which allow liquid held in the bristle portions of the brushes to drip into the interior of the case. A drawer having a reservoir is positioned in the interior of the case beneath the holsters to collect the liquid dripping from the holsters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Jeremy Brinsmead
  • Patent number: 7516704
    Abstract: A portable paint station that includes a work table and a pair of legs that are positionable in a retracted position and an extended position. In one form, the paint station provides a work surface that may be selectively positioned at two distinct heights. In another form, the paint station provides a work surface with a roller tray recess that may be selectively covered to resist the formation of a skin on paint that is located in the recess. In a further form, the paint station provides a work table with a pair of legs. At least one set of the legs has a handle aperture that may be employed to hand carry the paint station on its side. In yet another form, the paint station includes a roller tray assembly that facilitates the short-term storage of a paint roller that is loaded with paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Snider, Robert H. Gifford, Thomas J. Wheeler, Alfred H. Judge, Christopher J. Murray, Mark Lawrence, Marcus W. Bosch, Jason Busschaert, Robert David Watters, Aldo Faustino Balatti, Michael Georges Sirois, Cliff Dean Read, Steven Canova
  • Patent number: 7434681
    Abstract: A wetting vessel (6) designed to contain an element made of absorbent material (8) saturated in its lower part with wetting liquid and including elements (80) for decanting pigments if any contained in the wetting liquid. In accordance with one possible embodiment, the decantation elements are studs (80) whereon is set the absorbent material and the vessel (6) has a lid (7) defining an open wetting compartment for the absorbent wetting material (8) and a drying compartment including a drying absorbent material (9) set on a base forming a sieve. The paint can include a series of paint blocks (4) arranged so as to provide projecting each side by side a paint surface constituting a common dipping surface for a paint brush (4d) of the type having a foam dipping spatula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: BHM Diffusion
    Inventor: Hamza Benderdouch
  • Patent number: 7383948
    Abstract: A paint brush cleaning accessory that includes a supporting mechanism for supporting the bristle portion of a paint brush entirely below the surface of a volume of a cleaning solvent within a cleaning solvent container while ensuring the tip ends of the bristle portion of the bristle portion are suspended above the bottom surface of the cleaning solvent container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Janice Richardson
  • Patent number: 7374040
    Abstract: The present invention is a packaging article that includes a first chamber defined by a sealed connection between a first film and a second film, a second chamber defined by a sealed connection between a third film and a fourth film, where the third film at least partially abuts the second film, and a third chamber defined by a sealed connection between the first film and the fourth film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignees: 3M Innovative Properties Company, 3M ESPE AG
    Inventors: Robert Lee, Brian A. Shukla, Robert W. Petrich, Arno Hohmann, Marc Peuker, John W. Dubbe
  • Publication number: 20080029520
    Abstract: This invention relates to a paint roller tray with a hinged lid that, when closed, forms a seal in order to protect the contents of the tray. The interior of the tray includes a handle rest for supporting the handle of a paint roller when the tray is stored or otherwise not in active use. The handle rest maintains the roller handle above the level of the paint while both the roller on the drain field and paint in the reservoir remain sealed from the exterior of the tray. Further, the invention includes grooves on the lid and corresponding protrusions and tabs on the bottom that facilitate stacking of multiple paint trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Billy Ray Hucks
  • Patent number: 7320398
    Abstract: A device can be especially designed for storing and dispensing dental materials. The device comprises a container comprising a first and a second film which form at least one first chamber for receiving a first substance and a recess that is separated from the chamber and serves to remove the first substance. The separation area between the recess and the first chamber is provided with a passage area that can be opened in a selective manner. The first chamber contains at least one additional container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Espe AG
    Inventors: Mathias Bertl, Marc Peuker, Gabriele Hager
  • Publication number: 20070238838
    Abstract: A liquid polishing composition of the invention suitable for polishing an automobile and the like comprises about 0.01 to about 3 percent by weight of at least one silicone-based wax, about 0.20 to about 10 percent by weight of poly(alpha olefin) compounds including about 0.1 to about 5 percent by weight of at least one hyperbranched poly(alpha olefin), about 6 to about 60 percent by weight of at least one polydimethylsiloxane silicone fluid, about 1 to about 20 percent by weight of at least one volatile cyclic silicone, about 0.25 to about 3 percent by weight of at least one amino-functional silicone, about 0.01 to about 5 percent by weight of at least one UV absorber, and a petroleum-based carrier therefor. The liquid polishing composition can be packaged together with a microfiber polishing cloth in the form of a polishing kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventors: Michael A. Schultz, Frederic W. Joseph, Michael A. Deddo
  • Publication number: 20070181448
    Abstract: A container for sanitizing an article includes a case defining a central void sized to accommodate at least a portion of the article, a receptacle in fluid communication with the central void, and a granular, antiseptic media disposed within the receptacle. The granular, antiseptic media includes at least one out-gassing, antimicrobial agent such as, thyme oil or thymol. The granular, antiseptic media may further include a granular, fragrance blended with the granular, out-gassing, antimicrobial agent in a select ratio to remediate an antiseptic odor of the out-gassing, antimicrobial agent. The article may be a toothbrush or other type of brush, a mouth guard, a comb, a sponge, or other article which may be stored in a damp or wet condition after use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventor: Colin Davis
  • Patent number: 7243789
    Abstract: A unit dose package for applying a material with an applicator having a separate material and applicator portion. In one embodiment, a plurality of material wells is used to mix different materials to be dispensed with an applicator. In an embodiment the plurality of material wells are concentric. In another embodiment a portion of the cover is removable. In another embodiment, a material well is squeezed to dispense the material onto an applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Discko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7086528
    Abstract: A device for storing and applying material, especially dental material, comprises a first zone comprising a first and a second film that define at least one first chamber that receives a first substance, and a pouch separated from the chamber for withdrawing the first substance. The separation between the pouch and the first chamber is provided with a through opening that can be selectively opened. The device further comprises a second zone with a second chamber that is not linked with the first section by way of a through opening that can be selectively opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: 3M ESPE AG
    Inventors: Gioacchino Raia, Reinhold Nowak, Marc Peuker
  • Patent number: 7037882
    Abstract: The invention is a cleaning material for cleaning printing machines. The cleaning material is comprised of a fabric that has been impregnated with a cleaning composition having branched chain monobasic and/or dibasic esters that contain 2-ethyl hexanoate. The cleaning composition can also include additional low volatility solvents and surfactants. A particularly useful cleaning composition is comprised of isobutyl stearate in combination with branched chain monobasic and/or dibasic esters that contain 2-ethyl hexanoate. The cleaning material can be wound onto a roll that can be adaptable to fit commercially available printing machine cleaning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: BBA Nonwovens Simpsonville, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon A. Howey, Emil Delgado
  • Patent number: 6959808
    Abstract: A dose package for applying a material with an applicator having a separate material and applicator portion. In one embodiment, a portion of a cover is removable, exposing the material and applicator. In another embodiment, a plurality of material wells are used to mix different materials to be dispensed with an applicator. In another embodiment, a material well is squeezed to dispense the material onto an applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Discko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6957958
    Abstract: An applicator having an applicator end portion and a material end portion. The material end portion forms a container holding a material to be applied with the applicator end portion. Upon separating the material end portion from the handle portion of the applicator, a container is formed which is used to dip the applicator end portion of the applicator into. The present invention is particularly applicable to the dispensing of medicaments, and in particular, dental materials. A single dose of material is integrally formed within the applicator and sealed until ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Centrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Rowe, William B. Dragan
  • Patent number: 6786329
    Abstract: A packaging container comprises a container body an upper part opening of which performs as an exit, a seal lid sealing the exit of the container body, and an outer lid openably and closably covering the container body. A commercial label is adhered to an outer surface of the outer lid. The outer lid is attached to the container body openably and closably through the label. The packaging container can store unused pieces of sterilized cotton with a tight seal after a user peels the seal lid, and allows the user to easily and conveniently take out the pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Meisei Sansho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunji Onishi
  • Patent number: 6779657
    Abstract: A single-use applicator assembly for dispensing and applying a polymerizable monomeric adhesive material includes: a base portion having at least one sealed compartment; a polymerizable monomeric adhesive material contained in the compartment; an applicator at least partially disposed in the compartment such that a tip of the applicator is proximate the adhesive material. The at least one sealed compartment may comprise first and second sealed compartments that are separated with the polymerizable monomeric adhesive material contained in the first compartment and the applicator at least partially disposed in the second compartment. Alternatively, the first and second compartments may be open to each other. In such case, the applicator assembly may further comprise a plunger that defines the second compartment and that is movable into the first compartment to displace the adhesive material into the second compartment. A kit can include multiple applicator assemblies that are separate or frangibly connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Closure Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence H. Mainwaring, Upvan Narang
  • Publication number: 20040108236
    Abstract: A storage container for a paintbrush is disclosed; which provides a means to safely store a clean paintbrush protecting the bristles from being distorted or damaged. The paintbrush storage container also is an excellent method of short-term storage of a paintbrush still wet with latex types of paint. Since the container can be sealed almost air tight, the painter can place the wet brush in the container, seal it, and leave the brush unattended without the paint drying on the bristles for a short period of time. The storage container is molded of a flexible plastic, such that it is inexpensive to the consumer and may be disposed of after use. The storage container comes in three sizes to accommodate the widths of most brushes used in the market place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventors: Gary W. Reed, David Woods
  • Patent number: 6728990
    Abstract: A mop receptacle for use with dish mops and floor mops which allows the user to strain the excess cleaning solution from the mop head without contacting the mop head or actuating any levers or other mechanicals. The receptacle is substantially cylindrical in shape with a tapered wall section which compresses the mop head as it passes through straining any excess cleaning solution from the mop head. The smooth inside walls leading to the tapered wall section can also be used to drain cleaning solution from the mop head by pressing the head against the walls via the mop handle forcing the mop head to compress further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Alma M. Jones
  • Patent number: 6723360
    Abstract: A multiple food product container for dispensing one food product from at or near one region of the container, and dispensing another food product at or near the other region of the container. A preferred embodiment comprises an upper food compartment, a lower food compartment, wherein a top of the lower food compartment is coupled to a bottom of the upper food compartment, a resealable opening disposed at a top of the first food compartment, a resealable second opening disposed proximate a bottom of the second food compartment, a first food disposed in the upper food compartment, and a second food disposed in the lower food compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Lendy Dunaway
  • Publication number: 20040060829
    Abstract: A personal product retainer system for efficiently retaining several personal hygiene products in a convenient location. The personal product retainer system includes a main body, a main cavity within the main body for receiving a liquid container and a support tray removably attached to the main body for supporting a bar soap. A cover member having a plurality of upper apertures may be positioned within the upper portion of the main cavity for receiving elongate objects such as toothbrushes. The main cavity preferably includes an inner lip for supporting shorter and wider liquid containers in an elevated position with respect to a floor of the main cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Bernard R. Oldenkamp
  • Patent number: 6695164
    Abstract: A storage system for paint roller sleeves defining a core cavity. The storage system comprises a bucket member, a lid member, and a roller projection. The bucket member defines a bucket chamber and an upper edge, and paint is arranged within the bucket chamber. The lid member defines an edge wall adapted to engage the upper edge of the bucket member. The roller projection extends into the bucket chamber to support the paint roller sleeve within the bucket chamber. The roller projection defines at least one roller surface sized and dimensioned to engage the core cavity of the paint roller sleeve. The lid member seals the bucket chamber and thereby inhibits drying of the paint stored within the bucket chamber, including any paint on the roller sleeve suspended therein by the roller projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Steven A. Chayer