Bellows Or Bulb Patents (Class 222/633)
  • Patent number: 9498052
    Abstract: A brush, in particular toothbrush, comprises an upper part (1) and a lower part (2) which are interconnected by means of an articulation (3). A storage chamber (6) for a liquid or pasty medium, in particular toothpaste, is provided in the lower part (2) and a brush head (4) is disposed on the upper part (1). A channel (11) extends between the storage chamber (6) and the brush head (4), which channel is continuously always open from the storage chamber (6) to the brush head (4). The upper part (1) and the lower part (2) have flexurally rigid wall sections (16, 17) which are interconnected via the articulation (3). An elastic wall section (13) is disposed between the flexurally rigid wall sections (16, 17), which forms a wall section (13) of the storage chamber (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: René Habinger
  • Patent number: 9393583
    Abstract: A pump dispenser is arranged for dispensing solidous material under a manually-developed pressure, with the dispenser being capable of pumping and mechanically agitating the solidous material in a storage container. The resultant dispensed solidous fluid is provided with more consistent suspended solid concentrations with greater solid particle distribution homogeneity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Zhejiang JM Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xufeng Tu
  • Patent number: 9370632
    Abstract: A method of treatment and a nasal treatment delivery device for mixed carbon dioxide and saline for treating head ailments includes: a) a main housing having a hollow central area containing a dosage that includes a saline fluid and a gas containing carbon dioxide; b) a dosage dispenser head located at the distal end of the main housing, and having at least one flow channel for movement of the dosage from the main housing through the dosage dispenser head and to external of the dosage dispenser head; c) a dosage release control component located between the main housing and the dosage dispenser head to permit flow of the dosage through the dosage dispenser head in response to increased pressure against the dosage; and d) a pressure-changing moveable component located on the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: CLOVER HILL HEALTHCARE, INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 9066636
    Abstract: One embodiment discloses a dispenser having a liquid container for holding a liquid, a liquid pump for moving the liquid from the liquid container to a first outlet, a grit container for holding grit, and an air pump for moving the grit from the container to a second outlet. The dispenser includes an actuator for actuating the liquid pump and the air pump. During operation, the liquid pump dispenses a liquid and the air pump causes air to flow through a first passageway into the grit container causing at least some grit to flow through a second passageway, out of the second outlet and into the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelby J. Buell, Chin P. Richards, Richard E. Corney, Touby Khamphilapanyo
  • Patent number: 8998591
    Abstract: Bellow actuated pump devices for dispensing a product from a container may include a bellow and a base or a bellow, a base, and a valve wherein actuation of the bellow dispenses a product and the de-actuation of the bellow refills the pump for the next actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Calmar Netherlands BV
    Inventor: Eelco Han de Man
  • Patent number: 8991658
    Abstract: A space-saving liquid supply system includes increased cooling efficiency. A first pump chamber P1 is formed by an outside of a bellows 130 in a second vessel 120 and the first pump chamber P1 is provided with a first intake port 121 for taking the liquid in the first vessel 110 into the first pump chamber P1 and a first delivery port 122 for delivering the taken-in liquid L from inside the first pump chamber P1 into a supply passage K1. A second pump chamber P2 is formed by a sealed space in the bellows 130 and the second pump chamber P2 is provided with a second intake port 123 for taking the liquid L in the first vessel 110 into the second pump chamber P2 and a second delivery port 124 for delivering the taken-in liquid from inside the second pump chamber P2 into the supply passage K1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Eagle Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Saito, Shinji Nishida, Koichi Mori
  • Patent number: 8840038
    Abstract: A method of texturing a wall or ceiling with non-acoustical joint compound by providing a collapsible bag having an opening at its top and is adapted to contain non-acoustical joint compound for forming a textured coating on the wall or ceiling and providing a spray nozzle having a low pressure input port, a joint compound suction port attached to the opening at the top of the collapsible bag, and an output port for spraying the non-acoustical joint compound. A low pressure stream of air from an air gun attached to the low pressure input port urges a small quantity of the non-acoustical joint compound to be sprayed out of the spray nozzle when the bottom of the collapsible disposable bag is raised above its top to either allow or force the joint compound to flow into the suction port and into the interior of the spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Robert Lehr
  • Patent number: 8777058
    Abstract: A pouch has an upper spout portion which is heat sealed to the opening of the pouch. The upper spout portion has two curved gripping elements and a receiving assembly that projects inside the pouch. The receiving assembly is configured to connect with a bellows pump that seats into the upper spout portion and can be removed by pinching the two curved gripping elements together. This action in turn allows a user to remove the bellows pump easily as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijkle Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Haefele, Christian Mikula
  • Patent number: 8602259
    Abstract: A flexible pouch and valve assembly is provided for aseptically storing a substance, dispensing multiple portions of the stored substance therefrom, and maintaining substance remaining in the pouch in an aseptic condition sealed with respect to ambient atmosphere. The flexible pouch and valve assembly are receivable within a relatively rigid housing, and are adapted to cooperate with a pump for pumping discrete portions of substance from the pouch and through the one-way valve to dispense the substance therefrom. The assembly comprises a flexible pouch defining therein a variable-volume storage chamber sealed with respect to the ambient atmosphere for aseptically storing therein multiple portions of the substance. A one-way valve of the assembly includes a valve body defining an axially-extending valve seat and at least one flow aperture extending through the valve body and/or the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Benoit Adamo, Nathaniel Houle
  • Patent number: 8596501
    Abstract: A refilling unit for a dispenser containing a liquid or pasty media has a container which can be ventilated. A dosing pump is placed on the neck of the container. A first valve is provided in a transition from the neck to the dosing pump and a second valve on a discharge opening of the dosing pump. The dosing pump contains an elastic part having the first non-return valve. The elastic part encircles a lower peripheral collar of the neck and an annular lip thereof resting on the interior of the neck. The dosing pump further has a second elastic part containing the second non-return valve and encloses a delivery space. The second elastic part extends over the first part and encircles at least one upper peripheral collar of the neck. Recesses in the peripheral collars and at the front of the neck leave an airway into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Patent number: 8490830
    Abstract: An amusement device for collecting and storing a quantity of air/gas from a selected source and expelling the stored air/gas as desired includes a collapsible bladder having an enclosed interior volume. The bladder being biased against collapse such that the bladder is expanded until being squeezed and such that the bladder once again expands when no longer being squeezed. The bladder including first and second openings into the enclosed interior volume. A first one-way valve is disposed across the first opening and configured to permit the flow of air into the enclosed interior volume through the first opening. A second one-way valve is disposed across second opening and configured to permit the flow of air out of the enclosed interior volume through the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Buttercup Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Ross K. Magers
  • Patent number: 8245958
    Abstract: A powder sprayer includes a sprayer body having a nozzle head mounted on the top side of the bottle cap thereof, the nozzle head having a transverse mounting hole disposed in communication with a vertical through hole of the bottle cap and a guide notch located on the periphery at one end of the transverse mounting hole, and a spraying mechanism having a nozzle tube positioned in the transverse mounting hole, the nozzle tube having a guide block protruded from the periphery thereof and fitting the guide notch of the nozzle head, an axial air passage and a transverse suction hole disposed in communication between the air passage and the through hole of the bottle cap for sucking powder from the powder bottle through a dip tube into the air passage upon passing of a flow of forced air through the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Chuan-Wei Ko
  • Patent number: 8240518
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing device for dispensing a cosmetic liquid, the device having an elastic or flexible pump section. A dispensing device is provided having a compact and simple structure that is easy to use and operate such that the dispensing direction is generally different from the direction of actuation. A widening receiving area may be provided for the dispensed liquid that adjoins the outlet such that the liquid can be removed or extracted manually. The receiving area is preferably shell-shaped and open towards the top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing GmbH
    Inventor: Reiker Canfield
  • Patent number: 8172115
    Abstract: A dispenser for hair building solids can be readily operated and aimed with one hand. A bulb that provides air for suspending the solids is located directly on top of a dispenser body. The bulb can be depressed by a single finger when the device is held in one hand. When the compressed air exits the bulb, it follows a direct straight downward pathway to the surface of the hair building solids. Air exiting the bulb passes through an air injecting orifice that is directed towards the surface of a mass of hair building solids suspending the solids within the turbulently pressurized container, which solids are then directed smoothly by the domed undersurface of the dispenser body into the straight bore of a short nozzle. The path followed by the solids is without bends thereby avoiding clogging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Spencer Forrest, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Mulhauser, Kyungmin Andy Lee, Mark Kress
  • Publication number: 20120080457
    Abstract: A delivery system for delivery of powders to targeted areas. Various embodiments include a powder delivery train that mates with standard-sized powder containers. Another embodiment includes a bellows container that contains the powder and propels the powder through the powder delivery train. Another embodiment integrates the powder delivery train with the sifter cap and enables the powder delivery tube to be stowed within the powder container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Robert A. Lovinger, Bradford G. Bass, Stuart J. Olstad
  • Patent number: 8123063
    Abstract: A cartridge tank for a lubrication agent which includes a container main body 10 in which a lubrication agent is sealed and an installation mouth part 20 which protrudes from the container main body and is provided with an opening 21 into which an oil-supply mouth part 7 of a lubrication pump 1 is inserted, wherein the cartridge tank is provided with a cover plug 40 which covers the opening of said installation mouth part, and the cover plug has a cut groove 41 which is to be cut by the oil-supply mouth part when the installation mouth part is installed in the concave part 4 of the lubrication pump, and the cut groove is provided with a circular circumferential groove 42 having a diameter greater than the diameter of the oil-supply mouth part and a plurality of vertical grooves 43 formed from the center of the circular circumferential groove to the circular circumferential groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lube Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norio Kanda, Keizo Saito
  • Patent number: 8104644
    Abstract: A flexible pouch and valve assembly is provided for aseptically storing a substance, dispensing multiple portions of the stored substance therefrom, and maintaining substance remaining in the pouch in an aseptic condition sealed with respect to ambient atmosphere. The flexible pouch and valve assembly are receivable within a relatively rigid housing, and are adapted to cooperate with a pump for pumping discrete portions of substance from the pouch and through the one-way valve to dispense the substance therefrom. The assembly comprises a flexible pouch defining therein a variable-volume storage chamber sealed with respect to the ambient atmosphere for aseptically storing therein multiple portions of the substance. A one-way valve of the assembly includes a valve body defining an axially-extending valve seat and at least one flow aperture extending through the valve body and/or the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Benoit Adamo, Nathaniel Houle
  • Patent number: 8083103
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser is provided that includes a multiple chamber fluid storage region, each having a dispensing pump of its own such that the dispenser can dispense the fluids from within the multiple fluid storage regions. Further, the multiple fluid storage regions may each contain the same or different liquids. The dispensing pumps include a metering housing, which when depressed, generate a one-way flow from the interior fluid storage region of the container that serves to fill the predetermined volume of the chamber within the metering housing. When the metering housing is depressed a second time a substantially equal volume of each of the fluids is dispensed from the container, while upon release, the metering housings are refilled by drawing fluids from their respective fluid storage regions. The fluids are mixed in the exit port as they are dispensed from the metering pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Robert J. Mileti
  • Patent number: 8056762
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser for dispensing a pharmaceutical product is disclosed. The dispenser has a housing providing a duct. A frangible membrane is provided in the duct. A probe with a piercing tip is mounted in the duct and arranged such that, in use the piercing tip pierces the frangible membrane. An air compression device is provided to compress air for expelling a pharmaceutical product through the probe and a channel is provided to substantially equalise the pressure in the air compression device and the pressure above the frangible membrane. The ability to substantially equalise the pressure in the bellows and the pressure above the frangible membrane on the sheath provides for a mote consistent release of pharmaceutical product when the frangible membrane is pierced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Consort Medical PLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Wright, Richard Iain Harrison, Colin John Dickens
  • Publication number: 20110186651
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser device comprising: a fluid dispenser orifice (31); an air duct (32, 51, 52) for air under pressure, said air duct including an upstream end and a downstream end that opens out in the proximity of the orifice (31); an air expeller (4) that is suitable for being subjected to elastic squeezing and relaxation stages, the air expeller (4) being connected to the air duct (32, 51, 52) so that, during elastic squeezing stages, it delivers a flow of air through the air duct until it reaches the orifice (31); and a fluid channel (25, 33) that is connected to the air duct (32, 51, 52), the fluid in the channel (25, 33) being sucked up by the flow of air under pressure by the Venturi effect; the device being characterized in that the air expeller (4) has only a single opening (43) that is provided with a connection sleeve (5) that includes an incoming-air passage (53) that is provided with an air-inlet valve (56; 56b; 56c; 56d) that is suitable for allowing outside air to enter into the air expeller dur
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: VALOIS SAS
    Inventor: Alain Behar
  • Patent number: 7861897
    Abstract: An applicator device for a free-flowing substance includes a carrier body provided with an application device at one end and a pin at an opposing end. A transverse channel penetrates the pin, and an axial channel branching off from the transverse channel leads to the application device. A reservoir device having a ring-shaped edge seal sealingly engages the pin, whereby the applicator device is activated by displacing the reservoir device on the pin toward the application device to open a flow connection between the reservoir device and the transverse channel. The reservoir device has a receptacle segment that is elastically deformable at least in portions so that, when the applicator device is activated and a flow connection between the transverse channel and the receptacle segment exists, the free-flowing substance is discharged via the application device by manual compression of the elastically deformable area of the receptacle segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Dentaco Dentalindustrie-und Marketing GmbH
    Inventor: Alberto C. Sogaro
  • Patent number: 7850051
    Abstract: A device including a valve body defining a first passageway, a valve seat, and a flow aperture extending through the valve body and coupled in fluid communication with the first passageway. A valve member formed of an elastic material overlies the valve seat, defining a normally closed, axially-extending valve opening therebetween. The valve member is movable between a normally closed position engaging the valve seat, and an open position with at least a segment of the valve member spaced away from the valve seat to connect the valve opening in fluid communication with the flow aperture. A hermetically sealed variable-volume storage chamber stores therein multiple portions of the fluid and is connectible in fluid communication with the one-way valve assembly. A pump pumps discrete portions of fluid from the chamber, through the flow aperture and through the valve opening to dispense the portions of fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Benoit Adamo
  • Patent number: 7841494
    Abstract: The invention is a pump cap that is designed to seat on top of a receptacle, which in at least one example is filled with powder or hair fibers. The cap is fitted on top with a deformable dome with an empty chamber of air within it. The cap has an air inlet with a check valve that then opens into a wide flared opening into the dome's empty chamber. The air in the dome is pushed past a check valve and down a long passageway into the receptacle to aggressively disturb the powder or hair fibers within the receptacle. The disturbed hair fibers or powder then exits the cap through a third passage with a flared opening that is flush with the bottom of the cap that then exits out the side of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventors: Randall Batinkoff, William Andrew Brandt
  • Patent number: 7810677
    Abstract: A flexible pouch defining a variable volume storage chamber and one-way valve assembly for aseptically storing a substance, dispensing multiple portions of the stored substance therefrom in cooperation with a pump, and maintaining substance remaining in the pouch in an aseptic condition sealed with respect to ambient atmosphere. The one-way valve includes a valve seat and elastic valve cover portion overlying the valve seat forming an interference fit therewith defining a normally-closed seam therebetween. The valve portion is movable radially between (i) a normally closed position with the valve portion engaging the valve seat, and (ii) an open position with at least a segment of the valve portion spaced radially away from the valve seat to allow substance from the storage chamber through the valve opening. The one-way valve maintains substance remaining in the variable-volume storage chamber in an aseptic condition sealed with respect to the ambient atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Benoit Adamo, Nathaniel Houle
  • Publication number: 20100252656
    Abstract: A manual compressed air spraying device comprising a load in which a fixed in air nozzle forming a venture and the output nozzle, a mixing chamber into which directly runs a conduit for channeling product to be sprayed. The output nozzle presents a convergent section and a divergent section downstream of the convergent section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: L V M H Recherche
    Inventors: Jaques Gerbron, Marc Chevalier
  • Patent number: 7793801
    Abstract: A method of pumping liquid from a container to a destination comprises the steps of connecting a foot operable air pump in sealed air-delivery relation to the container; connecting a liquid delivery hose in sealed liquid receiving-relation to the container at the aperture such that the inlet end of the liquid delivery hose is submerged in liquid in the container, the liquid delivery hose having a hand operable valve for controlling the flow of the liquid through the liquid delivery hose; and operating the foot operable air pump by a foot, so as to pump air into the container, and operating the hand operable valve by a hand, so as to cause the liquid to flow from the container, through the liquid delivery hose, and to the destination. A related system, fitting, and adapter are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: David Carl Drummond
  • Publication number: 20090199860
    Abstract: An improved applicator for hair building cosmetic fibers, powders and particles uses a gentle stream of gas to suspend the fibers and waft them onto the user's scalp. A low pressure, low velocity gas stream directed downwards into a mass of fibers in a closed container suspends them. The suspended fibers exit through a small orifice connected with a passageway ending in a nozzle. The suspended fibers are propelled from the bulb in a directed fashion to settle naturally in a controlled area. If a rubber bulb is used to supply air to suspend the fibers, a user can gently squeeze the bulb to allow controlled puffs of air and fibers to waft onto controlled regions of the scalp. A valve arrangement can be operated to provide an air stream to remove excess deposited fibers from regions of the scalp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Mark Kress, David Earnest
  • Patent number: 7559441
    Abstract: A leakproof perfume spray head structure comprises a spray head, a locking shell, an inner sleeve, a rotation shaft, a water guide pipe, and an outer cover, wherein the spray head has gaps for better communicating the gas with the perfume liquid so as to spray out more uniform perfume mists. When the spray head is opened, but not in use, the spray head can be rotated by a certain angle so as to close the inner spray tunnel of the spray head completely to prevent the perfume liquid from leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Ing Wen Precision Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Wen Yu
  • Publication number: 20090166379
    Abstract: A hand-held dispenser for dispensing a pharmaceutical product is disclosed. The dispenser has a housing providing a duct. A frangible membrane is provided in the duct. A probe with a piercing tip is mounted in the duct and arranged such that, in use the piercing tip pierces the frangible membrane. An air compression device is provided to compress air for expelling a pharmaceutical product through the probe and a channel is provided to substantially equalise the pressure in the air compression device and the pressure above the frangible membrane. The ability to substantially equalise the pressure in the bellows and the pressure above the frangible membrane on the sheath provides for a mote consistent release of pharmaceutical product when the frangible membrane is pierced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Andrew David Wright, Richard Iain Harrison, Colin John Dickens
  • Patent number: 7549861
    Abstract: A combined irrigator-vacuum device includes a pump assembly mountable over a syringe or device body. The device body has a dividing wall which divides the body into a clean chamber and a waste chamber. Openings are formed at the bottom of the body to provide an inlet into said waste chamber and an outlet from said clean chamber. The pump assembly includes a housing and a compressible cover defining a pump chamber. A vacuum valve and an irrigation valve are positioned within the pump chamber above the syringe waste chamber and clean chamber, respectively. The pump is operable such that compression of the cover causes irrigant fluid to be ejected from the clean chamber and release of the cover causes used irrigant to be vacuumed into the waste chamber. The device can be selectively switchable between an irrigation-vacuum mode, an irrigation-only mode and a vacuum-only mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventors: Clifford J. Ruddle, Stephen Barker
  • Patent number: 7546936
    Abstract: A liquid aspiration device comprises an aspiration tube that slideably engages an opening in a cap such that a head on the end of the aspiration tube is moveable with respect to the opening in the cap. A tube cover is positioned between the opening in the cap and the head of the tube. The tube cover is operable to collapse into the cap when the head is moved into the cap. When the head and the tube cover are moved into the cap they are shielded from potential contamination that may occur when the aspiration device is moved from one container to the next. A lock is positioned in the cap. The lock is operable to move between an engaged position where the head may be retained within the cap and a disengaged position where the head is free to pass into or out of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongchang Xin, William Weigong Li
  • Publication number: 20080087692
    Abstract: A leakproof perfume spray head structure comprises a spray head, a locking shell, an inner sleeve, a rotation shaft, a water guide pipe, and an outer cover, wherein the spray head has gaps for better communicating the gas with the perfume liquid so as to spray out more uniform perfume mists. When the spray head is opened, but not in use, the spray head can be rotated by a certain angle so as to close the inner spray tunnel of the spray head completely to prevent the perfume liquid from leakage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Yuan-Wen Yu
  • Patent number: 7350677
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser having a reservoir of fluid product defining a moveable actuating wall, a distribution orifice, and a spring structured to act on the actuating wall to produce a state of maximum volume of the reservoir. The spring co-operates with an arming element structured to cause the spring from an initial state in which the spring does not bias the actuating wall to a state in which the spring biases the actuating wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S
    Inventors: Frédéric Duquet, Hervé Pennaneac'h
  • Patent number: 7322491
    Abstract: An apparatus has a valve body defining a first passageway, a valve seat, and a flow aperture extending through the valve body and coupled in fluid communication with the first passageway. A valve cover of the apparatus is formed of an elastic material and includes a cover base mounted on the valve body and fixedly secured against movement relative thereto, and a valve portion overlying the valve seat. The valve portion defines a predetermined radial thickness and forms an interference fit with the valve seat. The valve portion and the valve seat define a normally closed, axially-extending valve opening therebetween. The valve portion is movable between a normally closed position with the valve portion engaging the valve seat, and an open position with at least a segment of the valve portion spaced away from the valve seat to connect the valve opening in fluid communication with the flow aperture to thereby allow the passage of fluid from the flow aperture through the valve opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Benoit Adamo, Nathaniel Houle
  • Patent number: 7299951
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a foot activated dispenser and more particularly to a foot activated dispenser for dispensing a liquid product such as a skin care product (i.e. hand soap, hand sanitizer, surgical scrub, lotion, etc.). More specifically, the foot activated dispenser includes a bladder connected to tubing that is connected to a piston pump. The piston pump is located within a shroud that is removably attached to a wall bracket. The wall bracket includes a bottle retainer for holding a bottle having a pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Darren M. Jahnke, Wesley M. Nelson, Joshua J. Lanz, Warren D. Pannkuk
  • Patent number: 7278553
    Abstract: An apparatus has a valve body defining a first passageway, a valve seat, and a flow aperture extending through the valve body and coupled in fluid communication with the first passageway. An elastic valve cover includes a valve portion overlying the valve seat, forming an interference fit with the valve seat, and defining an axially-extending valve opening therebetween. The valve portion is movable between a normally closed position with the valve portion engaging the valve seat, and an open position with at least a segment of the valve portion spaced away from the valve seat to allow the passage of fluid from the flow aperture through the valve opening. A hermetically sealed variable-volume storage chamber is connectible in fluid communication with the one-way valve assembly. A pump is coupled between the variable-volume storage chamber and the one-way valve assembly to dispense discrete portions of fluid through the valve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Julian V. Chan, Benoit Adamo, Nathaniel Houle
  • Patent number: 7219816
    Abstract: A pre-filled disposable pipette (10) consisting of a hollow bulb (12) dimensioned to enclose a medicinal product. From a lower end (16) of the bulb (12) is attached sequentially a medicinal transfer tube (24) and a medication fill tube (32), from where the medicinal product is applied. Between a lower end (28) of the tube (24) and an upper end (34) of the tube (32) is formed a break-away notch (40). When the tube (24) or the tube (32) is rotated, the notch (40) is twisted and breaks-off, thus allowing the medicinal product to flow from the bulb (12) and be released from the tube (24). The pipette (10) includes a primary grasping tab (46) attached to an upper end (14) of the bulb (12); a secondary grasping tab (54) attached to each side of the tube (24); and a support tab (70) attached to each side of the tube (32). The invention also discloses several methods for sealing the lower tip (36) of the medication fill tube (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Zhishi Xia, Jack Yongfeng Zhang, Mary Zi-Ping Luo
  • Patent number: 7140522
    Abstract: An improved applicator for hair building cosmetic fibers, powders and particles uses a gentle stream of gas to suspend the fibers and waft them onto the user's scalp. A low pressure, low velocity gas stream directed downwards into a mass of fibers in a closed container suspends them. The suspended fibers exit through a small orifice connected with a passageway ending in a nozzle. The suspended fibers are propelled from the nozzle in a directed fashion to settle naturally in a controlled area. If a rubber bulb is used to supply air to suspend the fibers, a user can gently squeeze the bulb to allow controlled puffs of air and fibers to waft onto controlled regions of the scalp. A valve arrangement can be operated to provide an air stream to remove excess deposited fibers from regions of the scalp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Spencer Forrest, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Kress
  • Patent number: 7131558
    Abstract: An improved pressurizing sprayer removably attaches to the threaded neck of a container and includes a main body having a handle portion and a head portion. The handle includes a top portion with an exposed trigger and an inside portion in which a hand operated squeeze bulb pump is fitted. The head portion houses a pinch valve which is interconnected in-between a spray nozzle and a fluid conduit. Manually squeezing the pump delivers air into the container. Manually pressing the trigger continuously or intermittently opens the pinch valve allowing the fluid to flow through the conduit and out of the spray nozzle in the form of a pre selected spray pattern. Relatively few pump strokes are required to pressurize the sprayer. The tasks of aiming, spraying, and pressurizing can be completed simultaneously and with the use of only one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Mario Felix de la Guardia
  • Patent number: 7080760
    Abstract: A leakproof perfume spray head comprises a spray head, a locking shell, an inner sleeve, a rotation shaft, and an outer cover, wherein the locking shell is locked to a perfume bottle and a sleeving section on a lower end of the inner sleeve is inserted into the locking shell. An orientation ring is jammed in the shallow trench that forms on the top of the inner sleeve, wherein the center of the shallow trench communicates with a first through hole. A threaded section is formed on the inner surface of the first through hole. The rotation shaft includes a second through hole and protrudent circular teeth. The protrudent threads are engaged with the threaded section, wherein a gap is formed between the inner sleeve and the first through hole. The protrudent threads of the rotation shaft are locked to the threaded section of the inner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Ing Wen Precision Ent. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Wen Yu
  • Patent number: 7080761
    Abstract: A spray head structure capable of preventing backflow of perfume liquid comprises a spray head, a locking base, a kit, a bottle, and a compressible ball. A rolling ball is held inside a gas-supplying tube of the spray head. A cross-shaped trench is formed on one end of a gas-guiding device, and several liquid-guiding grooves are formed on the other end of the gas-guiding device. The cross-shaped trench supplies the gas with a flow channel, and it also prevents the rolling ball from blocking the channel. If the compressed compressible ball is released, the rolling ball will be attracted backward by suction force such that the rolling ball blocks the flow channel and prevents the perfume liquid from flowing into the inside of the compressible ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Ing Wen Precision Ent. Co., LTD
    Inventor: Yuan-Wen Yu
  • Patent number: 7051901
    Abstract: A device inhibits oxidation of wine remaining in a bottle. A stopper and an inflatable bladder replace the cork. In a first embodiment, a wine duct formed in the stopper is open when the stopper is in an extended position and is closed when the stopper is retracted. Air displaces but does not contact the wine by filling the bladder through an air duct formed in the stopper. After decanting, air that seeps into the wine chamber is removed by forcing air into the bladder, using an external hand pump inserted into the air duct. When sufficient air is pumped into the bladder to raise the wine level to contact the stopper, the stopper is placed into its retracted position. In an additional embodiment, a valve controls opening and closing of the wine duct and the stopper has no extended and retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Paul R. Hickert
  • Patent number: 7028869
    Abstract: A device for packaging at least one product may include at least one compartment for containing at least one product, at least one passage, and at least one component. The at least one component may be at least partially elastically compressible and disposed in the at least one passage. The device may further include a pressurization portion configured to generate, in response to a manual activation, a fluid pressurization applied to the at least one component. The device may be configured so that the fluid pressurization is applied to the at least one component in at least two opposing directions so as to cause a reduction in volume of the at least one component and at least partial opening of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Vincent De Laforcade
  • Patent number: 7025233
    Abstract: A liquid discharge pump possesses a resinous bellows material 6, a resinous inflow valve mechanism 4, a resinous outflow valve mechanism 5, a first pressing portion 11 which moves a valve portion in the outflow valve mechanism 5 to open the inflow valve mechanism when a nozzle head 2 is pressed, and a second pressing portion 12 which presses the bellows material 6 from a stretched position to a folded-up position when the nozzle head 2 is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Masatoshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 7007831
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising: a fluid reservoir (12) defining at least one actuating wall (21) suitable for being displaced; a dispensing orifice (41); and spring means (7) suitable for loading the actuating wall into a state in which the volume of the reservoir is at its maximum; said fluid dispenser being characterized in that the spring means (7) co-operate with cocking means (11) suitable for bringing the spring means to a state loading the actuating wall from an initial state in which the spring means do not load the actuating wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Valois SAS
    Inventors: Hervé Pennaneac'h, Christophe Pierre
  • Patent number: 6997355
    Abstract: A fluid product dispenser having a reservoir of fluid product defining a moveable actuating wall, a distribution orifice, and a spring structured to act on the actuating wall to produce a state of maximum volume of the reservoir. The spring co-operates with an arming element structured to cause the spring from an initial state in which the spring does not bias the actuating wall to a state in which the spring biases the actuating wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Volois S.A.S.
    Inventors: Frédéric Duquet, Hervé Pennaneac'h
  • Patent number: 6971559
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing a fluid, said dispenser comprising: a reservoir (3) containing said fluid and provided with at least one actuating wall (10) on which pressure is exerted to reduce the volume of the reservoir, said reservoir being provided with resilient means (4) suitable for increasing the volume of the reservoir; a dispensing orifice (50) via which the fluid is dispensed as a mixture with a gas, so as to generate a two-phase spray; and a removable closure element (12) for closing the dispensing orifice (50), thereby isolating the reservoir from the outside; said dispenser being characterized in that the resilient means are stressed so that the reservoir defines a minimum volume so long as the closure element (12) closes off the dispensing orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Valois S.A.
    Inventors: Firmin Garcia, Aline Abergel
  • Patent number: 6938798
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a substance in fluid or powder form, the device having a dispensing outlet (10), an air blaster (20) for generating a blast of air when the device is actuated, and at least one reservoir (30) containing a single dose of substance. The reservoir (30) an air inlet (31) connected to the air blaster (20), and a substance outlet (32) connected to the dispensing orifice (10), the air inlet (31) being provided with a substance retaining member (40) for retaining the substance in the reservoir (30) until it is dispensed, and the substance outlet (32) being closed off by a closure element (50). The dispenser device is configured such that the closure element (50) is a spherical element, such as a ball, force fitted into the substance outlet (32) of the reservoir (30). The device further has a mechanical opening system (60, 70, 80) co-operating with the closure element (50) for ejecting it mechanically from its closure position when the device is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: TEBRO S.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Stradella
  • Patent number: 6860436
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser comprising: two sheets (1, 1?), at least one of which is deformable, the two sheets forming a fluid reservoir (15) between them, said at least one deformable sheet defining a deformable actuating wall so as to reduce the volume of the reservoir, the reservoir (15) advantageously being provided with resilient means (4) urging the reservoir towards its maximum volume; and a dispensing piece (2) fixed in leaktight manner between the two sheets (1, 1?) and defining a dispensing orifice (24) via which the fluid from the reservoir is dispensed; said fluid dispensing being characterized in that the reservoir (15) is defined by an inner first sealing line (12) and the outer peripheral edges of the sheets are sealed together along an outer second sealing line (10) which surrounds the inner first sealing line, the two sealing lines (10, 12) defining between them at least one non-sealed-together zone (11) in which the sheets are not sealed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Valois S.A.S.
    Inventors: Firmin Garcia, Aline Abergel
  • Patent number: 6860404
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a fluid product includes a reservoir configured to contain a fluid product and air, a spray orifice associated with the reservoir, and a dip tube. The reservoir may include at least one deformable zone having a predetermined threshold resistance to deformation. The deformable zone may be configured to deform in response to pressure exerted on the deformable zone so as to cause the product to be sprayed out from the orifice. When pressure exerted on the deformable zone is less than a threshold pressure Ps sufficient to overcome the predetermined threshold resistance to deformation of the deformable zone, the internal volume of the reservoir is not substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Florent Duqueroie