Slow Diffusers Patents (Class 239/34)
  • Patent number: 11104104
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container for emanating volatile substances, The container comprises a container body which has at least one opening and is closed by a lid film. The lid film comprises an outer multi-layer film having at least one barrier layer impermeable to the volatile substances, a coextruded inner multi-layer film having at least one layer permeable to the volatile substances. The coextruded inner multi-layer film is bonded on one side to the outer multi-layer film and on another side to the container. The coextruded inner multi-layer film consists of at least a polyethylene layer, a release layer comprising a polymer selected from the group consisting of EVOH and PETg, a peelable interface interposed between the release layer and a layer permeable to the volatile substances, whereby said permeable layer comprises a polymer selected from the group consisting of mVLDLLDPE, ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer, and ethylene n-butyl acrylate copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Amcor Flexibles Italia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Arcaro, Galina Ourieva, Thomas Fessler
  • Patent number: 11013821
    Abstract: A paper air freshener, that may be folded into a multi-layered freshener, and may have other layers of polymer, or the like, applied thereto, with the concept of layering said freshener after being saturated or having absorbed the fragrance material, at the various layer levels, provides for a more gradual and controlled release of the fragrance to the ambient air during usage. The layers of paper may be laminated, or may be folded integrally from a singular paper structure, and secured together by various connectors, in preparation for its usage and application. The other layer of polymer forming a seal layer, and being debossed to form a well, into which fragrance material may be applied, during the assembly of the paper air freshener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Orlandi, Inc
    Inventors: Sven Dobler, Russell Ostroff, Valeriano Marinelli
  • Patent number: 10986829
    Abstract: Provided is an annular sustained release preparation to be used by opening a center portion thereof, the preparation having a strength enough to avoid cleaving at a welded end portion. More specifically, provided is an annular sustained release preparation having at least two polymer tubes having both ends sealed and integrated by pressure-welding or at least one polymer tube and at least one polymer rod having both ends sealed and integrated by pressure-welding; and a sex pheromone liquid contained by at least one of the tubes or the tube; wherein an annular space can be formed by pulling the tubes or the tube and the rod apart from each other at a center portion therebetween, the central portion not having been pressure-welded; and an angle formed between a line connecting respective centers of diameters of the tubes welded to each other or the tube and the rod welded to each other and the pressure application direction is from 0 to 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Saguchi, Takehiko Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10913585
    Abstract: A container assembly configured to maintain a predetermined humidity for storing a product therein. The container assembly includes a container having a body with a body wall and a mouth opening into a storage cavity and a cap having a top wall. The cap is selectively mountable over the mouth of the container to substantially enclose the storage cavity in a mounted configuration. A sidewall extends substantially perpendicularly from one of the body wall and the top wall. The sidewall defines an opening and a compartment and has an opening edge adjacent the opening. A moisture control material is positioned within the compartment. A sealing membrane has a peripheral portion. The peripheral portion is secured to the sidewall proximate the opening edge. The sealing membrane is configured to allow moisture flow therethrough to maintain the predetermined humidity in the storage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignees: DRUG PLASTICS & GLASS COMPANY, INC., BOVEDA, INC.
    Inventors: Lissa Biesecker Longacre, Frederick N. Biesecker, II, Douglas S. Camomile, Bruce T. Cleevely, Alex M. Warmkessel, Robert Esse, Timothy H. Bohrer, Brian Rice, Kyle A. Moll, Eric Weller
  • Patent number: 10912855
    Abstract: A scent dispenser/absorber includes a pair of cylindrical housing members arranged coaxially about a common longitudinal axis such that the inner housing member is rotatably received in an interior chamber of the outer housing member. Each housing member has a peripheral sidewall provided with a set of radially extending apertures. A scent cartridge is removably disposed within an interior chamber of the inner housing member to absorb undesirable odors, or to emit desirable scents. By manually controlling the relative rotational positions of the housing members, a user can align or misalign the two sets of apertures, thereby enabling or disabling the transfer of scents or odors between the scent cartridge and the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NOVIA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: William Webster, Randy M. Oliver, David Gallant
  • Patent number: 10858623
    Abstract: Compositions and methods are provided for removing viral contaminants from a chemically defined cell culture medium. Compositions provided herein are resistant to or exhibit reduced fouling by one or more components in a chemically defined cell culture medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: EMD Millipore Corporation
    Inventors: Antoni Peters, Philip M. Goddard
  • Patent number: 10807090
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for displacing fluid from a fluid container comprises first and second actuators configured to be movable together until the first actuator compresses a first part of the fluid container and then moveable independently until the second actuator compresses a second part of the fluid container. Fluid containers comprise a first vessel, a second vessel, and a sealing partition preventing fluid flow from the second vessel and further include a piercing point for piercing the sealing partition to permit fluid flow from the second vessel. A fluid container comprises a vessel configured to be collapsed to displace fluid from the vessel, a housing surrounding at least a portion of the vessel, and a floating compression plate movably disposed within the housing and configured to permit an external actuator to press the compression plate into the vessel to collapse the vessel and displace the fluid contents therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Walter Wright, Dominic Aiello
  • Patent number: 10688214
    Abstract: A volatile substance evaporation element including a rod impregnated with volatile substances, the rod being made of sintered wood. The porosity of the rod varies between its core and its surface, the porosity of said rod being lower on its surface than in its core, making it possible to increase the capacity of the core of the evaporation element to act as a receptacle for volatile substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ZOBELE HOLDING SPA
    Inventors: Alessio Dalser, Andrea Pedrotti, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain, Joaquim Llorente Alonso
  • Patent number: 10561755
    Abstract: There is a volatile composition dispenser comprising: a housing comprising a rear frame having a frame opening a push button movably disposed within the frame opening; and a cartridge aligned with the push button, the cartridge comprising a container having an orifice and containing a volatile composition, a rupturable substrate sealably attached to and covering the orifice, and rupture elements adjacent the rupturable substrate; and a resilient member aligned with the push button and the rupture elements wherein upon receiving a pressure on the push button, said resilient member moves the rupture elements into a first position in which the rupture elements engage with the rupturable substrate and wherein upon removing the pressure from the push button, said resilient member exerts a force on the push button and moves the rupture elements into a second position in which the rupture elements are not engaged with the rupturable substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Erik John Hasenoehrl, Rahul Vyas, Stefano Deflorian, Walter Sordo, Stefano Baldessari, Ricard Tomas Vilarrasa
  • Patent number: 10561756
    Abstract: There is a volatile composition dispenser comprising a housing having a rear fram, a rupturable cartridge disposed within the housing and a button for rupturing the cartridge. The volatile composition dispenser further comprises a guiding mechanism for guiding movement of the button from a first position to a second position when the button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stefano Deflorian, Walter Sordo, Stefano Baldessari, Ricard Tomas Vilarrasa
  • Patent number: 10500298
    Abstract: A method of delivering a volatile material to the atmosphere in a continuous manner is disclosed. The method includes providing a delivery engine having a reservoir that includes a volatile material mixture. The volatile material mixture includes about 40% to about 100%, by total weight, of the volatile materials each having a vapor pressure at 25° C. of less than about 0.1 torr. The delivery system also includes a microporous membrane enclosing the reservoir, wherein the microporous membrane comprises an average pore size of about 0.01 to about 0.03 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Rhonda Jean Jackson, Zaiyou Liu, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 10471167
    Abstract: The invention relates to packaged deodorizing products, and in particular, packaged deodorizing products that find use in toileting. In some aspects, the packaged deodorizing product includes a solid substrate such as rice paper, gelatin sheets, or any other suitable substrate, that disintegrates when exposed to water such as in a toilet bowl, where the solid substrate has been pre-infused with a scenting agent, for example, an essential oil. The deodorizing product is removed from the packaging and placed directly into a toilet bowl prior to toileting, thereby expediting the action of the scenting agent. After toileting, the scenting agent is substantially removed when the toilet is flushed. The invention can also be used as a deodorizing product without deployment in liquid water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: LiveL VI LLC
    Inventors: Lisa S. Rabin, Evan S. Edelist
  • Patent number: 10413630
    Abstract: A wall socket mounted solid fragrance aroma diffuser includes a bottom housing, an electrical plug assembly mounted in the bottom housing at one side, an air bearing seat mounted in the bottom housing, an air delivery device mounted inside the bottom housing and electrically coupled to the electrical plug assembly and adapted for creating a flow of air through the air bearing seat, and breathable fragrance capsules respectively filled with a solid fragrance material and placed in the air bearing seat in a stack. Each breathable fragrance capsule has vent holes on the opposing top and bottom sides for aroma diffusion so that the breathable fragrance capsule can be placed in the air bearing seat on either of the top and bottom sides, facilitating installation and replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN YIH TEH ELECTRIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10413629
    Abstract: An electrical wall socket mounted aromatic gas emitting device includes an air bearing seat, a fragrance bottle mounted in the air bearing seat and having a volatile carrier partially inserted into the bottle mouth thereof to absorb the fluid fragrance for dissipation into outside open space, a gas delivery device for continuously delivering air to the air bearing seat so that the air bearing seat can guide the flow of air to flow along the surface of the volatile carrier for agitate the fluid fragrance to emit fragrance smell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN YIH TEH ELECTRIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming Jen Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10383967
    Abstract: Emission of a scented substance, which is mixed with a tracer substance, is controlled based on an amount of the tracer substance sensed during the emission of the scented substance. The scented substance can be mixed with the tracer substance in a known defined ratio. When the mixture of the scented substance and tracer substance is being emitted by a device, a substance sensor component can sense the amount of the tracer substance being emitted. An emission management component can control the emission of the mixture of substances based on the amount of the tracer substance detected to facilitate controlling the amount of the scented substance being emitted. The emission management component also can control emission of the scented substance in a defined area based on the tracer substance and environmental conditions in the defined area. The tracer substance can be safe, colorless, and/or odorless with respect to people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventor: Peter G. Hartwell
  • Patent number: 10345016
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus for treating air discharged to a passenger suite of an aircraft includes an enclosure that houses components for treating air passing through the enclosure and a detachable cover connected to the enclosure that provides access to the components. Air treatment components associated with air treatment flow paths within the enclosure include a blower with a fan that draws air through an air intake on the enclosure. An air duct is affixed to a discharge of the blower and directs the air discharged from the blower through an air treatment flow path that includes a scented cartridge with a scented medium that is absorbed into the air passing through the air duct. An air exhaust port is attached at a discharge end of the air duct that discharges the air conditioned by the scented cartridge through an air exhaust vent on the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Xavier L. Garing, Alexander Nicholas Pozzi
  • Patent number: 10316270
    Abstract: A device has a canister with a bulk wick occupying at least most of the canister, and a lid affixed to the canister and in contact with the bulk wick. The lid defines an opening exposing a portion of the bulk wick for lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Lamplight Farms Incorporated
    Inventors: Adam S. Kimmel, Ron White, Richard Catalano
  • Patent number: 10302332
    Abstract: A solar collector includes a box shaped collection space bounded by a rectangular bottom (10), a frame (12), and an outer rectangular glass pane (14). The box shaped collection space includes therein an inner rectangular glass pane (16) that is disposed in a first direction from the bottom and is separated from the outer rectangular glass pane by spacers (18). An absorber sheet (20) and at least one fluid conducting riser (22) are positioned intermediate of the bottom and the inner rectangular glass pane. At least two ventilation caps (30) extend in overlying relation of respective corners of the solar collector. Inner sides (32I) of the ventilation caps include a pattern (34P, 34Z) of air ventilation passages that provide at least one ventilation channel that extends from outside the collector space to between the inner and outer rectangular glass panes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GREENone TEC SOLARINDUSTRIE GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Poscharnig, Gunter Koschier, Martin Schoffmann
  • Patent number: 10287021
    Abstract: A fragrance dispensing system for an aircraft that includes a fuselage defining a cabin interior and an environmental control system (ECS). The ECS includes a source of air that moves air between the source of air and the cabin interior along an airflow path, a mixer unit in airflow communication with the source of air and positioned downstream from the source of air in the airflow path, at least a first air duct positioned in the airflow path between the mixer unit and the cabin interior, and a fragrance dispensing unit positioned between the air source and the cabin interior along the airflow path. The fragrance dispensing unit is configured to dispense at least a first fragrance into the airflow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Fantuzzi, Ricardo Padilla, Jr., Romain Ducos, Ritu Raj Kamal, Salar Atabaki
  • Patent number: 9993574
    Abstract: A method of delivering a volatile material to the atmosphere in a continuous manner is disclosed. The method includes providing a delivery engine having a reservoir that includes a volatile material mixture. The volatile material mixture includes about 40% to about 100%, by total weight, of the volatile materials each having a vapor pressure at 25° C. of less than about 0.1 torr. The delivery system also includes a microporous membrane enclosing the reservoir, wherein the microporous membrane comprises an average pore size of about 0.01 to about 0.03 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Rhonda Jean Jackson, Zaiyou Liu, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 9956810
    Abstract: A scented writing instrument may include a moveable barrel and a writing implement coupled to the moveable barrel. The writing implement may be adapted to emit a selective scent. The writing instrument may also include an outer casing and a top casing coupled to the moveable barrel. The outer casing may have an interior cavity configured to coupleably receive the writing implement and the moveable barrel. The top casing may be configured to extend the writing implement in an axial direction between a retracted position and an extended position. Related methods of manufacturing the scented writing instrument are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher W. E. Cote
  • Patent number: 9901655
    Abstract: An aromatherapy ring made of soft, flexible silicon or like material. The ring includes a split ring body with an open trough therearound for receiving aroma liquid. The split ring body is adapted for wrapping around a shower filter or a shower head. The ring body includes first and second ends with magnets or like attaching means for engaging each other and holding the ring in a horizontal position on the shower filter or shower head. When warm or hot water passes through the shower filter or shower head, the aroma liquid is heated, thus providing a fragrance for aromatherapy, when taking a shower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Sheri Ann Archer, Virgil Lee Archer
  • Patent number: 9889220
    Abstract: An air freshener enhancer includes a base having a support for holding a fragrance composition, first inlet openings for receiving ambient air, first outlet openings positioned adjacent the fragrance composition, and main airflow channels for supplying air from the first inlet openings to the first outlet openings; a fan for blowing the air from the first inlet openings, through the main airflow channels and out through the first outlet openings; and the base further includes second inlet openings in a side wall for receiving ambient air, second outlet openings positioned above the fragrance support, and auxiliary airflow channels positioned between the main airflow channels and extending between the second inlet openings and second outlet openings such that air forced through the main airflow channels results in suction of air through the auxiliary airflow channels and out the second outlet openings into contact with the fragrance composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hometek International Ltd.
    Inventors: Po Chun Yip, Kwok Kuen Tong
  • Patent number: 9770524
    Abstract: A method of attaching a refill to a volatile material dispenser includes the step of providing a volatile material dispenser that includes a housing, a first implement that attaches a refill containing a volatile material to the housing, and a second implement that attaches the refill to the housing, wherein the first and second implements include different features. The method further includes the step of attaching the refill in a first orientation to the volatile material dispenser, wherein in the first orientation, the first implement retains the refill. Still further, the method includes the step of attaching the refill in a second orientation different than the first orientation to the volatile material dispenser, wherein in the second orientation, the second implement retains the refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Belongia
  • Patent number: 9767715
    Abstract: A removable fragrance sampler is disclosed in which the sampler comprises a bottom ply having an upper surface and a lower surface with the lower surface having a layer of re-positionable pressure sensitive adhesive and a top ply having a sample material therein, the top ply being attached to the upper surface of the bottom ply, and the bottom ply being larger than the top ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Orlandi, Inc.
    Inventors: Per Dobler, Valeriano Marinelli, Sven Dobler
  • Patent number: 9707309
    Abstract: The dispenser can be used with air fresheners including a container (1) holding a perfuming liquid (2) and closed by means of a wooden cap (3), with the particularity that the said wooden cap (3) is provided with a central axial duct (4) of small diameter, communicating with a second transverse duct (5) provided in an upper semi-cylindrical extension (6) and passing through this transverse duct (5), the diffusing string or wick (7) being retained therein and impregnated in perfuming liquid (2) when the container (1) with the cap (3) coupled to the neck (1?) is turned upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: L & D S.A.U.
    Inventor: David Fernandez Torres
  • Patent number: 9700519
    Abstract: Microencapsulation of bioactive and chemical cargo in a stable, cross-linked polymer matrix is presented that results in small particle sizes and is easily scaled-up for industrial applications. A formulation of a salt of an acid soluble multivalent ion, an acid neutralized with a volatile base and one or more monomers that cross-link in the presence of multivalent ions is atomized into droplets. Cross-linking is achieved upon atomization where the volatile base is vaporized resulting in a reduction of the pH of the formulation and the temporal release of multivalent ions from the salt that cross-link the monomers forming a capsule. The incorporation of additional polymers or hydrophobic compounds in the formulation allows control of hydration properties of the particles to control the release of the encapsulated compounds. The operational parameters can also be controlled to affect capsule properties such as particle-size and particle-size distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Tina Jeoh Zicari, Herbert B. Scher, Monica C. Santa-Maria, Scott Strobel
  • Patent number: 9695544
    Abstract: A laundry dryer is provided with a modular air recirculation subassembly fitted beneath a rotatable drum of the dryer. The subassembly has an air recirculation passage provided between an air supply passage and an air exhaust passage of the dryer. The air recirculation subassembly further has a flow directing flap at the juncture of the air inlet passage and the air recirculation passage to direct the recirculation air flow toward a heater and away from an inlet end of the air supply passage. The air recirculation subassembly may include a filter positioned across the air recirculation passage upstream of the heater, which filter is removable through the air exhaust passage. The subassembly may further include a heat exchanger to transfer heat from the warmer air exiting the exhaust passage to the cooler air entering the air supply passage, and a recirculation air flow regulating flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation, N.V.
    Inventors: Francesco Cavarretta, Massimiliano Vignocchi, Maurizio Ugel, Alberto Bison
  • Patent number: 9694098
    Abstract: A remotely deployable vapor delivery device is described that is conveniently and effectively deployed in a hard-to-reach location. The device is approximately spherical in shape, and includes an integrated reservoir containing the desired vapor producing substance, an evaporative surface and means for continuous flow of the vapor producing substance from the integrated reservoir to the evaporative surface which provides an approximately constant vapor delivery rate. The advantages of the embodiments include a device that can be conveniently tossed or rolled, is compact in size, provides a maximal amount of stored vapor producing substance, has an efficient usage rate of the stored vapor producing substance and provides a long operating lifetime. Other advantages of the embodiments described include hands-free activation, self-righting after deployment, tamper resistance, non-energized operation, a modest number of low cost parts that are readily manufactured and assembled, and easy retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SimpleTek LLC
    Inventors: Gary M. Atkinson, Glenn Willoughby
  • Patent number: 9675723
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for delivering volatile substances, comprising: (i) a vapor permeable outer enclosure, said outer enclosure preferably being formed by a first laminate comprising a mesh material layer and a vapor permeable material layer laminated onto the mesh material layer; and (ii) a vapor impermeable inner enclosure placed inside the outer enclosure and defining an interior space for accommodating the volatile substances, said inner enclosure being formed by a second laminate comprising a metal foil layer and a rupturable material layer laminated onto the metal foil layer, wherein at least one die cut line to define a preformed hole is formed through the rupturable material layer. The invention also provides a method for delivering volatile substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: HYDROEMISSION CORPORATION, PTE LTD
    Inventor: Yi Xin Chew
  • Patent number: 9642928
    Abstract: An air-freshening body is held within a transparent air-permeable enclosure, and can be customized through the application of a user-customized cover. The enclosure included a tab and a pocket; the pocket houses the air-freshening body and is accessible through a slit. Eyelets are traverse through the enclosure, allowing for string to be looped through the formed holes in order to hang the enclosure from an object or support. The eyelets are arranged to allow the enclosure to be held in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal position. To help secure the air-freshening body within the pocket, a user-actuated seal is provided. The user-actuated seal closes the slit to hold the air-freshening body in place. A desired image can be printed onto an adhesive-backed sheet. The adhesive-backed sheet can then be applies to the air-freshening body in order to serve as the user-customizable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Nelson Rapoza
  • Patent number: 9492739
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a virtual world processing apparatus. The virtual world processing apparatus includes a gas sensor unit and an engine. The gas sensor unit obtains scent information in the real world. The engine receives information about the capabilities of the gas sensor unit from the gas sensor unit, and transmits the scent information obtained by the sensor unit to a virtual world or the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Joo, Hae-Ryong Lee, Hyung-Gi Byun, Jeong-Do Kim
  • Patent number: 9474821
    Abstract: An air freshener removably engages with a structure, such as the supporting post of a rear view mirror of a motor vehicle. The air freshener has a rigidifying core defining a central axis, and an outer portion or sleeve contacting the core that is formed from one or more fragrance loaded polymers. Together, the core and outer portion are shaped to surround a first axis perpendicular to the central axis. The ends of the air freshener are juxtaposed generally opposite one another in closed configuration, and the arm portions of the air freshener flex in directions substantially parallel to the first axis to separate the ends to open the air freshener. A breakable strap and/or connectors may be provided to join the ends together. Alternatively, one end of the air freshener may be inserted within a cavity formed in the opposite end of the air freshener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: BRANDYWINE PRODUCT GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Frank M. Lesniak, Kyle Brandenburg, John R. Hickman
  • Patent number: 9474819
    Abstract: A method of alternatingly emitting two or more volatile materials comprises the steps of activating a first heater and emitting a first volatile material for a first period of time by emitting the first volatile material at a first primary evaporation rate and emitting the first volatile material at a first secondary evaporation rate after evaporation of the first volatile material at the first primary evaporation rate. The method further includes the steps of deactivating the first heater, activating a second heater, and emitting a second volatile material for a second period of time by emitting the second volatile material at a second primary evaporation rate and emitting the second volatile material at a second secondary evaporation rate after evaporation of the second volatile material at the second primary evaporation rate. The first and second secondary evaporation rates are less than the first and second primary evaporation rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew N. Niemiec, Kenneth W. Michaels, Gopal P. Ananth, Michael J. McGlade
  • Patent number: 9468697
    Abstract: A method of delivering a volatile material to the atmosphere in a continuous manner is disclosed. The method includes providing a delivery engine having a reservoir that includes a volatile material mixture. The volatile material mixture includes about 40% to about 100%, by total weight, of the volatile materials each having a vapor pressure at 25° C. of less than about 0.1 torr. The delivery system also includes a microporous membrane enclosing the reservoir, wherein the microporous membrane comprises an average pore size of about 0.01 to about 0.03 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Rhonda Jean Jackson, Zaiyou Liu, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 9446161
    Abstract: A fragrance composition comprising a low vapor pressure VOC and at least one low vapor pressure VOC potentiator compound, which reduces, or altogether completely obviates the use of HVPVOC solvents in fragrance compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: TAKASAGO INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles C. Steward, Lambert Dekker, Henry Van Den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 9259498
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides an air treatment device. The air treatment device comprises an air purifying unit configured to purify air; a scent dispenser configured to dispense scent; an air detector, configured to detect the purified air and provide an output signal; and a processor configured to receive the output signal from the air detector and control the operation speed of the air purifying unit and the dispensing flow of scent dispensed by the scent dispenser, based on the output signal, wherein the dispensing flow of scent dispensed by the scent dispenser is decreased with the increase of the operating speed of the air purifying unit. Another embodiment of the invention provides a method of controlling a scent dispenser and an air purifying unit of an air treatment device, wherein the air treatment device further includes an air detector and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Fangzhong Shen
  • Patent number: 9247843
    Abstract: Method of making and using a non-toxic food grade plastic humidifier and a kit of components. The method includes the steps of: introducing distilled water into an all natural membrane device; placing a dried product in an external sealable container; mounting the humidifier in the container; maintaining the humidifier inside the container until the product is moist enough for the liking of the user; removing the humidifier from the container; air drying the humidifier; and repeating the above steps as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Arkady Kipnis
  • Patent number: 9188351
    Abstract: A humidifier having two non-toxic food grade plastic half members. One half member is solid, and the other half member has a screen to release moisture contained inside. A cotton membrane member is sandwiched between the half members and has distilled water introduced into it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Arkady Kipnis
  • Patent number: 9107969
    Abstract: An air freshener removably engages with a structure, such as the supporting post of a rear view mirror of a motor vehicle. The air freshener has a rigidifying core defining a central axis, and an outer portion or sleeve contacting the core that is formed from one or more fragrance loaded polymers. Together, the core and outer portion are shaped to surround a first axis perpendicular to the central axis. The ends of the air freshener are juxtaposed generally opposite one another in closed configuration, and the arm portions of the air freshener flex in directions substantially parallel to the first axis to separate the ends to open the air freshener. A breakable strap and/or connectors may be provided to join the ends together. Alternatively, one end of the air freshener may be inserted within a cavity formed in the opposite end of the air freshener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Brandywine Product Group International Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Lesniak, Kyle Brandenburg, John R. Hickman
  • Publication number: 20150137395
    Abstract: A fragrancing system for a motor vehicle, having a housing, in which a replaceable fragrance storage container is inserted, which has an opening for dispensing a fragrance which is covered by a closure mechanism which frees the opening for dispensing of the fragrance when actuated by an actuator. In a fragrancing system which is of simple construction and nevertheless operates reliably, the housing is provided with a cover, which for introduction of the fragrance storage container is mounted so as to be pivotable about an axis of rotation into a housing interior, wherein when the fragrance storage container is introduced it is locked by the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Walter WOLF, Eric PITZ, Tobias BAUMANN
  • Publication number: 20150130088
    Abstract: A volatile substance delivery system includes a volatile substance container to contain a volatile substance, a volatile substance delivery structure, and a volatile substance drop delivery system to deliver a drop of the volatile substance to the volatile substance delivery structure for delivery to an ambient environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MICROLIN, LLC
    Inventors: Ashok V. Joshi, David J. Erekson, Jessica Elwell, Jeremy Heiser
  • Publication number: 20150130089
    Abstract: A dispensing system includes a refill having a reservoir for containing a volatile material. A permeable membrane is disposed over the reservoir and allows the volatile material to be released therethrough. The dispensing system also includes a housing adapted to retain the refill and a manual drive mechanism, which is in communication with the refill. Actuation of the manual drive mechanism causes the refill to rotate more than 180° about a longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan R. Westphal, Jerome A. Matter, Deliang Shi, Jonathan N. Mandell
  • Publication number: 20150102123
    Abstract: A retained cap aromatherapy container has a cap, a base and an essential oil reservoir. The base has an inner sleeve with an opening in it that fits into the cap. When the container is closed, the opening is covered and aromatherapy vapors are contained. When the container is opened, the cap moves up the sleeve and the opening is revealed. This allows vapors to escape, but the cap is retained on the sleeve. A peg on the sleeve may engage an angled groove in the cap so that the container is opened by twisting the cap. Outer caps and outer bases may snap over inner caps and inner bases to provide a vapor seal as well as provide an aesthetically pleasing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Roy L. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9004377
    Abstract: A scent producing vase assembly holds artificial flowers and produces a scent to fully simulate the presence of real flowers in the vase. The assembly includes a vase having a bottom wall and a perimeter wall coupled to and extending upwardly from a perimeter edge of the bottom wall. An upper edge of the perimeter wall defines an opening into an interior space of the vase. A housing is coupled to and extends through the bottom wall of the vase. A scent producing element is positioned in the housing. A channel has a lower end and an upper end. The lower end is in environmental communication with the scent producing element in the housing. An opening extends through the upper end of the channel wherein the scent producing element delivers a scent to ambient air around the upper end of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Earl C. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 8998103
    Abstract: A fragrance-dispensing system comprises a wick and diffuser, wherein the diffuser surface in contact with surrounding air is larger than the wick surface in contact with the air, a container for receiving the wick, and a fragrance preparation in the container, wherein the fragrance is transported by the wick to the diffuser by capillary action. At least sections of the diffuser include a color-changing agent that interacts with at least one substance present in the fragrance such that a color change is produced on and/or in the diffuser section when the substance comes into contact with the color changing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Frank Meier, Matthias Sunder, Matthew Freeborn
  • Patent number: 8985479
    Abstract: A framed freshener provides a thermal formed cavity, or thermoplastic shell, carrying scented gel that fits into a picture frame. The present invention locates a fragrant gel in a thermal formed cavity or thermoplastic shell or container which is then placed within a suitably designed picture frame. Coupling a fragrance with a photo in a frame, the present invention seeks to foster memories in those who view the frame. Additionally, the shell carrying gel makes the frame a decorative air freshening device. The picture frame and the opening for the fragrance container can be die cut to any shape. An alternate embodiment has the shell supported in a wire frame upon a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Oplandi, Inc.
    Inventors: Sven Dobler, Aaron R. Bauhs, Ahmed R. Alai-Tafti, Jonathan Millen
  • Patent number: 8986610
    Abstract: A system and method delivers an atomized solution to the interior volume of a building or room utilizing a venturi effect for the atomization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Roei Ben Haim
  • Publication number: 20150076246
    Abstract: Apparatus for dissipating a fragrance or malodor eliminator utilizes an infused disc which a user can place in either a rotating or a fixed position. The two states will dissipate a scent/malodor-eliminator at different rates. The disc is mounted on a shaft that secures the disc in an air stream. The shaft defines several positions at which the disc can be placed, as well as structures to retain the disc at a selected location along the shaft. The shaft is part of a support which includes a mechanism for securing the apparatus within the air stream. Air flow causes the disc to rotate and dissipate at one rate or to pass through a stationary disc at a second, lower rate, as a function of the position of the disc on the shaft. A method of imparting a scent or malodor eliminator to air is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Rotuba Extruders Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bell, Jim Blumenfeld, Robert Coopersmith, James Loof
  • Patent number: 8978999
    Abstract: A container for air freshening materials or other volatiles includes a receptacle or base and a cover that may be rotated from a closed position to multiple open positions while still engaged to the base to create vent passageway(s) between the cover and the base. A containment section of the base houses an air freshening material, such as a fragrance gel or potpourri, or a volatile, such as an insect repellant. The base further defines an alignment section adapted to rotationally and axially position the cover, an integrated sealing element, and an optional vent section. The alignment section includes a ramp and upper and lower locating elements coupled to the ramp. The alignment section engages at least one guide or a guide nub that extends from a depending arm of the cover. The guide or guide nub travels along the ramp from a first locating element when the cover is in a fully closed position to a second locating element when the cover is in a fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hayloft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Lesniak, Kyle Brandenburg, John R. Hickman