Pad Type Patents (Class 239/56)
  • Patent number: 10603398
    Abstract: A diffuser includes a base, a fan mounted to the base, a receptacle provided over the fan and mounted to the base, a sleeve mounted on the upper surface of the base and enclosing the fan and receptacle, and a lid mounted over the sleeve. Each of the base and the lid comprises at least one opening formed about a periphery thereof. The receptacle comprises a bottom wall with a plurality of opening formed therethrough and a vertically extending sidewall to retain a fragrant medium therein. The fan forces airflow from an exterior of the diffuser, into the base through the at least one opening, through the plurality of openings formed in the bottom wall of the receptacle, through the receptacle and about any fragrant medium therein, into a volume of space above the receptacle enclosed by the lid, and out through the at least one opening in the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Scentsy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Sullivan, Travis Dean, Joseph B. Mason, Martin Stenger, Mariel Schweitzer, R. Orville Thompson
  • Patent number: 10596292
    Abstract: A compact aromatic diffuser configured to be used in conjunction with a breathing mask, allowing full consumption of the diffused essential oil by the user. The compact aromatic diffuser may also be used as a hand held inhaler for application proximate the user's face or a standalone diffuser for treating the atmosphere in a room or closed compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Son Le
  • Patent number: 10468646
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus includes an energy storage device and an outer case. The outer case includes a side wall portion disposed in an opposedly facing manner with a side surface of the energy storage device and a high rigidity member having higher rigidity than the side wall portion, the high rigidity member being disposed between the side wall portion and the energy storage device and mounted on the side wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Ryutaro Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10433537
    Abstract: A novel animal lure includes an absorbent substrate and animal attractant scent fluid disposed directly on the absorbent substrate and hermetically sealed in a package. In a particular embodiment, the animal lure further includes a non-absorbent extraction feature connected to the absorbent substrate. In a more particular embodiment, the package is formed from opaque, fluid-proof, and flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Marion Henneman
  • Patent number: 10398798
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for devices and methods effective to disperse fragrance from a material. A first portion of a housing of an air freshener device may be detached from a second portion of the housing. A ring-shaped scented material may be installed into an enclosure formed between the first portion of the housing and the second portion of the housing. The first portion of the housing may be fastened to the second portion of the housing. A fan may be powered to cause the fan to rotate around an axis. A fragrance of the scented material may be dispersed with air blown from the fan. The first portion and the second portion of the housing may be centered around the axis when the first portion of the housing is fastened to the second portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Alfred Esses
    Inventor: Alfred Esses
  • Patent number: 10324007
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a passive vapor intrusion measurement device including a barrier layer having first and second major sides; an absorbent stack disposed on a first portion of the surface of the barrier layer first major side, the absorbent stack including a first absorbent layer, an optional second absorbent layer; and spacer layer(s) disposed between the first and second (if present) absorbent layer and the barrier layer; and an adhesive disposed on a second portion of the surface of the barrier layer first major side and transversely surrounding the absorbent stack. The device is applied to a substrate in need of vapor intrusion sampling. A method of vapor intrusion analysis includes individually collecting the first and second (if present) absorbent layers after a test period; analyzing the amount of an analyte the absorbent layer(s); and subtracting the amount of the analyte in the second absorbent layer (if present) from the amount of the analyte in the first absorbent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CH2M HILL, INC.
    Inventors: Ben Thompson, Michael Novak, Michael Niemet
  • Patent number: 10124653
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for systems, devices and methods relating to a mobile device holder and air freshener. The mobile device holder and air freshener may include a body, a top portion, a bottom portion, and a removable cap. The body may be arranged so as to include a first interior that is at least partially hollow. The top portion and the bottom portion may be effective to hold a mobile electronic device. The removable cap may include a first vent effective to allow air to flow into the device. The removable cap may allow scented material to be installed within the mobile device holder and air freshener. The body may be further arranged so as to allow air that has entered the device through the first vent to become scented and flow out of the device through a second vent included in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Alfred Esses
  • Patent number: 10022466
    Abstract: In response to user interaction, a signal is generated from a control element of a sample diffuser assembly. The sample diffuser assembly comprises a sample container, wherein the sample container is configured to receive a sample to be diffused; a motor operative to assist in diffusing the sample at a selectable transformation rate; a light source, wherein the light source comprises an AC lamp; and control circuitry operatively coupled to the motor and the light source. A set of signals is generated, via the control circuitry in response to the signal generated by the control element, wherein the set of signals simultaneously control the light intensity of the AC lamp based on the transformation rate produced by the motor to diffuse the sample in the sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Le Labo Inc.
    Inventors: Fabrice Penot, Kirk Alexander Middlemass
  • Patent number: 9635887
    Abstract: A handheld vapor dispenser with rapidly interchangeable vapor tubes extending outside of the dispenser housing. A first exemplary embodiment uses a battery and a timing circuit to volatize the vapor-producing material and a positive air pressure source, such as a squeeze bulb, to expel the vapor from the tube. A second exemplary embodiment is rechargeable and has multiple vapor tubes in parallel spaced-apart proximity extending from the housing. A recharging station for multiple vapor dispensers that also provides vapor tube storage and access is disclosed. A third exemplary embodiment couples positive air pressure to the air inlet of an electronic cigarette to expel vapor from the mouthpiece for flavoring drinks. A dispensing tube that sealingly attaches to the mouthpiece is also disclosed. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Johnathan Ivey
  • Patent number: 9592314
    Abstract: A scented and disposable pad having a plurality of layers including a first layer composed of an absorbent material, a second layer that is a gel layer, and a third layer that is a waterproof layer. The gel layer can be embedded with a fragrance in order to provide a pleasing scent to the user. The pad can be placed underneath one's sheet in between the sheet and the mattress of the user. Alternatively, the pad can be placed between a pillow case and a pillow to provide a soothing scent for relaxation and sleep while laying down. At least one layer is embedded with scented micro beads, wherein the scent can include vanilla, lavender, and other scents to promote sleep and relaxation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Renardo Rogers
  • Patent number: 9572348
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods for the control and management of wildlife populations (including domesticated animals) and pests such as rodents, birds including geese, deer and other herbivores such as rabbits, ground hogs, raccoons, moose and elk, tunneling animals such as moles, voles and gophers and insects, carnivores and other organisms such as predators. Specifically provided are FIFRA exemption-based formulations which may be applied to natural or artificial surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: James J. Messina
  • Patent number: 9414603
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods for the control and management of wildlife populations (including domesticated animals) and pests such as rodents, birds including geese, deer and other herbivores such as rabbits, ground hogs, raccoons, moose and elk, tunneling animals such as moles, voles and gophers and insects, carnivores and other organisms such as predators. Specifically provided are FIFRA exemption-based formulations which may be applied to natural or artificial surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: James J. Messina
  • Patent number: 9272064
    Abstract: A perfume dispenser for motor vehicles includes a support bearing a perfume-dispensing body, wherein the support has a generally circular base provided with slits and an articulated dorsal attachment coupled to a supporting structure of a motor vehicle, and a front arm connected to the base and bent in front of this to form an open receptacle. The perfume-dispensing body consists of a flattened cylindrical casing set in a projecting way within the receptacle and connected in a coaxially rotatable way to the base. The casing contains a hydrophilic material soaked with a perfumed fluid and has dorsal slits facing the slits of the base of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Millefiori S.r.l.
    Inventor: Michele Venisti
  • Patent number: 9220664
    Abstract: A patch facilitates transportation, application, and emission of fragrances for perfume wearers. A plurality of structural and adhesive layers provide a manufacturable patch with structural and functional integrity. The material selection, and perfume selection and concentration, provides efficacy of fragrance emission for a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Surgawi Investments Limited
    Inventors: Jaclyn Jhin, Hanafi Tanojo
  • Patent number: 9060506
    Abstract: An interchangeable hunting scent cartridge system featuring a scent cartridge which has a scent body engaged thereon. The scent cartridge is engageable with any of a plurality of mounting components which may be adapted to engage a gun or a tree or other outdoor mounting positions where a scent is desirable. The scent cartridges may also be provided with solid covers allowing for storage when not in use and sale and provision of a plurality of differently scented cartridges each of which is engageable with any of the plurality of mounting components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Greg Broderick
  • Publication number: 20150108239
    Abstract: An air freshener comprises a scent capsule carried by a housing. The scent capsule comprises a reservoir containing a fragrant material, and with an opening to a cavity therein and covered by a permeable membrane through which a fragrance can permeate, and a releasable seal sealed over the opening and the permeable membrane to resist fragrance release until removed. An absorptive pad is disposed behind the releasable seal between the scent capsule and the housing, and is capable of absorbing the fragrant material that permeates through the permeable membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Bourne
  • 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: 8765063
    Abstract: An air freshener cartridge with mounting that includes a housing with a mounting clip configured to releasably engage with an extant air vent cover to removably secure the air freshener cartridge with mounting thereto, the air cartridge with mounting oriented in a position normal the direction of airflow issuing through said vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Mitchell Mazzilli
  • Patent number: 8551409
    Abstract: A blower type chemical diffusing apparatus is small in thickness, simple in structure, and reduced in cost. The apparatus allows the chemical and a battery to be exchanged readily and facilitates electrically connecting the battery to the motor in the blower. The apparatus casing includes a first and a second side casing counterpart hinged together to allow opening and closing. The apparatus further includes a blower with a motor and fan mounted in the first casing body. A chemical cartridge is disposed between the blower and the second casing body, and contains a chemical impregnated body which includes a carrier in the form of a sheet impregnated with the chemical. The first casing body has a battery accommodating recess in which dry cells are removably accepted to drive the motor and thereby to rotate the fan. Air is thus forced to flow through the chemical cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fumakilla Limited
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamamoto, Shinya Kawamura, Satoshi Yamasaki, Yasuharu Takei
  • Patent number: 8449828
    Abstract: A chemical cartridge for a blower-type chemical diffusing apparatus includes a chemical-impregnated body including an air-permeable and liquid-absorptive sheet impregnated with a chemical, and a retainer receptacle for containing the chemical-impregnated body. The retainer receptacle includes a liquid pool recess formed at a central area thereof such that liquid chemical stored in the liquid pool recess is permeable towards a peripheral area of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Fumakilla Limited
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamamoto, Shinya Kawamura, Satoshi Yamasaki, Yasuharu Takei, Takao Jo
  • Publication number: 20130112769
    Abstract: Scent releasing articles and methods for producing the same are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes absorbing a first amount of fragrant oil with a polymer material and positioning the polymer material between opposing layers of mesh material each defining a plurality of interstitial openings to form a composite structure. The composite structure is then heated and pressed to fill at least a portion of the interstitial openings of the opposing layers of mesh material with a portion of the polymer material. In one form, the method further includes contacting the composite structure with a second amount of fragrant oil. In another embodiment, the polymer material is positioned between a mesh material defining a plurality of interstitial openings and an oil impermeable barrier material, which can optionally also include a mesh layer. Other embodiments include unique methods, systems, kits, assemblies, equipment, and/or apparatus which involve scent releasing articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Michelle Subrin
  • Patent number: 8349251
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions that improve the scent perception for a user. Improved scent perception is achieved by presenting alternating scents and by varying levels of output of scents, as well as by minimizing device clogging, thereby improving evaporation profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ricky Ah-Man Woo, Mario Alonso, John Philip Hecht, Steven Reece, Frank Andrej Kvietok, Eileen Marie St. Pierre, Zaiyou Liu, Christine Marie Readnour, Carl Eric Kaiser, Susan Eleanor Baillely, Sion Agami
  • Patent number: 8328114
    Abstract: A scent container for the dispersing of animal scent comprising: a top portion; a bottom portion, where said bottom portion and the top portion are flexibly connected; an absorbent sponge contained in both the top portion and the bottom portion, where the absorbent sponge includes an animal scent; and a clamping portion, where the container attaches to the clamping portion. The clamping portion may include a handle and gripping teeth. The top portion and bottom portion may be interchangeable between a closed position and an open position. The container enables the disbursement of the animal scent when in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Pacer Hatridge, Brenda Hatridge
  • Patent number: 8191796
    Abstract: The invention proposes a fragrance dispenser, comprising a first and a second carrier, each carrier comprising one or more fragrance substances, wherein the fragrance substances comprise one or more fragrance substances a) with a vapor pressure of at least 0.1 mmHg at 25° C. (“HVA”) and one or more fragrance substances b) with a vapor pressure of less than 0.1 mmHg at 25° C. (“LVA”), and wherein the fragrance substances are distributed to the first and second carrier such that at least 80 wt.-% of all HVA fragrance substances are carried by the first carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Symrise AG
    Inventors: Matthias Lammert, Alma Ortiz Vela, Angelica Leal Mendieta, Maria De la Luz Hernandez Sanchez, Ruben Israel Chavez Rico, Carlos Eloy Embarcadero Dominguez
  • Patent number: 8119064
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions that improve the scent perception for a user. Improved scent perception is achieved by presenting alternating scents and by varying levels of output of scents, as well as by minimizing device clogging, thereby improving evaporation profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ricky Ah-Man Woo, Mario Alonso, John Philip Hecht, Steven Reece, Frank Andrej Kvietok, Eileen Marie St. Pierre, Zaiyou Liu, Christine Marie Readnour, Carl Eric Kaiser, Susan Eleanor Baillely, Sion Agami
  • Patent number: 8048379
    Abstract: An air freshener includes a housing having at least a first compartment and a second compartment, each of the first and second compartments having vents. The air freshener includes a first fan unit disposed within the first compartment and a second fan unit disposed within the second compartment. The air freshener also includes a first fragrance emitting substance disposed within the first compartment proximate the first fan unit and a second fragrance emitting substance disposed within the second compartment proximate the second fan unit. A programmable processor is operatively connected to a power source and the first and second fan units and configured to drive at least one of the first and second fan units so as to promote discharge of one of the first and second fragrance emitting substances from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hyso Technology LLC
    Inventor: Simon Sassoon
  • Patent number: 8020785
    Abstract: An aromatic deodorant includes a first cover, a second cover and a scent device. An interior of the first cover is extended outward with a fixing element, an interior of the second cover is extended outward with a fixing seat to pivot the fixing element, the scent device is transfixed at the fixing element and is fixed by the fixing seat, and a scent dissipated by the scent device is released outside by convection through air vents on the first cover. When stopping dissipating the scent, a user only needs to rotate the first cover and the second cover through pivoting of the fixing element and the fixing seat, and uses the isolation plate on the second cover to block the air vents. Thus, the deodorant can be put in any space where a bad smell needs to be removed and not only saves space but is used very conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: KYVAS International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: I-Te Chao
  • Patent number: 7993590
    Abstract: A sports team display system combined with vehicle air freshener that aids in a vehicle driver's ability to prominently display his or her support for an athletic team or organization while at the same time provides a pleasant smell to emit throughout the interior of the vehicle. The system is designed so that it will remain in a stationary position while continuing to prominently display itself while emitting the pleasant smell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Roderick Slater
  • Patent number: 7917018
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are wearable devices for dispensing insect repellents, fragrances, and/or other chemicals along the outside of the clothing of a human, to avoid the need to apply such chemicals directly to clothing or to human's skin. The devices have an on/off switch that automatically controls a shutter which enables and restricts air flow, while also controlling fan operation and covering of a use-up cue. The device also is designed to prevent fan operation when an impregnated slab is not present. Also disclosed are preferred refills for use with such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Schumacher, Raymund J. Alfaro, Dirk K. Nickel, Tyler D. Duston, Michael T. Hudak, Sean P. Kingston, Anne T. Maghasi, Kwamena Gyakye deGraft-Johnson
  • Patent number: 7815878
    Abstract: An air freshener device includes an open-cell, polyurethane foam body having a scent material interspersed in the foam body that is capable of diffusing out of the foam, and a flexible cover surrounding and conforming to the foam body having at least one hole in the cover to facilitate the release of scent. The foam body can be flexible and compressible, and also resilient and returnable to its original configuration. The flexible cover can have a fabric shell that is soothing to the touch, and may also have a non-porous inner liner to contain the scent material and prevent it from migrating out of the foam body. In addition, the air freshener can have a freestanding, self-supported, three-dimensional shape, and can be fashioned into the shape of a common sports ball, such as a baseball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan J. Wheatley
  • Patent number: 7793860
    Abstract: A vapor-dispersing device comprising a moveable piston with a porous protuberance is described that operates by the repetitive movement of the piston to intermittently dip the porous member into a volatile liquid and to expel air out through vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Kevin Hafer
  • Patent number: 7793861
    Abstract: A vapor-dispersing device comprising a moveable piston with an evaporative member is described that operates by the repetitive movement of the piston to bring the evaporative member into repeated contact with the exposed end of a liquid transfer means to wick volatile liquid out from a reservoir onto the evaporative member and to expel vapors out through vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bankers, Kevin Hafer
  • Patent number: 7785699
    Abstract: A protective covering constructed from an electrostatically charged sheet having a top and bottom surface and an absorbent layer. The absorbent layer has top and bottom surfaces, the bottom surface of the absorbent layer being bonded to the top surface of the electrostatically charged sheet. The absorbent layer is divided into a plurality of cells for containing liquid spilled on the absorbent layer. The absorbent layer can be constructed from paper, open cell foam, fibrous mat, or any other absorbent material. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the cells are constructed by providing hydrophobic barriers in the absorbent layer. The barriers can be constructed from paraffin, plastic, or any other material that can penetrate the absorbent layer. In one embodiment of the present invention, a hydrophobic layer is bonded to the top surface of the absorbent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Calvin B. Ward
  • Publication number: 20100176213
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes an upper housing with an opening extending therethrough and a lower housing with an opening extending therethrough, wherein the upper housing is secured to the lower housing to define a cavity therebetween. Electrical circuitry is disposed within the cavity, wherein the electrical circuitry includes a heater and a USB interface that extends from the upper and lower housings. Further, a volatile material cartridge is disposed within the cavity. The dispenser is adapted to dispense volatile material from the volatile material cartridge through the openings in the upper and lower housings in a passive mode and an active mode, wherein the USB interface is coupled to a power source to energize the heater in the active mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: David C. Belongia, James R. Crapser, Thomas A. Helf, Scott D. Walter
  • Publication number: 20100108778
    Abstract: A device for containing and releasing a volatile substance having a lower vapor barrier layer; a fluid reservoir melt bonded to the lower vapor barrier layer and a volatile substance absorbed in the fluid reservoir; and an upper vapor barrier layer peelably sealed to the lower vapor barrier layer to form a fluid tight cavity containing the fluid reservoir. The volatile substance can be a fragrance. The fluid reservoir includes a composite material formed from a fibrous component and a heat sealable thermoplastic component. Methods of making the device are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Steven J. Greenland
  • Publication number: 20100065654
    Abstract: An air freshener has at least one vent rod configured to engage an air vent. A scent material is associated with the at least one vent rod. A head is coupled to the at least one vent rod. The head has a domed face opposite the vent rod. Indicia is associated with the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20100032494
    Abstract: A portable scent dispensing device includes a base having a warming element for heating scented matter situated thereon, the warming element being configured for electrical communication with a power source. The dispensing device includes a first switch for actuating the warming element with the power source. A hood is directly above the base and includes a fan configured for electrical communication with the power source, the hood being separated from the base to allow the scented matter to be positioned upon the warming element. A first wall extends upwardly from the base and a second wall extends downwardly from the hood. At least one fastener maintains the hood at respective heights directly above the base by maintaining the second wall at respective positions relative to the first wall, wherein the first wall and the second wall collectively surround at least about halfway around the scented matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Lisa J. Ousley
  • Patent number: 7651077
    Abstract: A canister assembly includes a canister body, an inner wick positioned within the canister body and configured to define an air passage, and an outer wick. At least a portion of the outer wick is positioned between the inner wick and the canister body. The inner wick and the outer wick are oriented to enable a transfer of fragrance material to the inner wick from the outer wick. The fragrance material includes fragrance molecules, and the inner wick is configured to enable a transfer of some of the fragrance molecules into air within the air passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: ScentAir Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Rosener, Robert D. Blaylock, David L. Van Epps
  • Patent number: 7581717
    Abstract: A fan blade scent dispersing system includes a ceiling fan that includes a plurality of fan blades. Each of the fan blades has a blade portion and an arm portion. Each of the blade portions has an upper surface and a lower surface. A housing has a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends between the top and bottom walls. Each of the top, bottom and peripheral walls has an outer surface and an inner surface with respect to an interior of the housing. The housing has a plurality of slots therein extending into the outer surface and through the inner surface. A scent impregnated panel is positioned within the housing. The panel is configured for releasing scent impregnated therein. A coupling member is attached to the housing and releasably secures the housing to one of the arm portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Clifford K. Thurlkill
  • Patent number: 7549598
    Abstract: A method of controlling the spread of volatile substances is provided. The method comprises the steps of: a) impregnating a fragrance component comprising at least one PRM onto a plurality of surfaces of a sorbent to form a volatile substance-controlling composition; and b) disposing the volatile substance-controlling composition into an article wherein the fragrance component is released from the sorbent primarily in the presence of one or more volatile substances when the volatile substances are adsorbed by the sorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bruce Ernest Tepper, Ravindra Ranatunga, Victor Nicholas Vega, Ramon Andres Urteaga
  • Publication number: 20090072045
    Abstract: An air freshener device includes a scent material interspersed within a polymer body or a polymer gel, and capable of dispersing out of the polymer gel. The polymer body and a polymer gel can be flexible and compressible, and also resilient and returnable to its original configuration. The air freshener can have at least one vent rod configured to engage an air vent, a head pivotally coupled to the at least one vent rod and a polymer body associated with the head and at least one vent rod and containing scent material. The air freshener also may be combined with a packaging system to present the air freshener for purchase, and have a pivotal head pivoted to display the head in the packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7484675
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing of hand lotion and air freshener in a combined unit for home and office. Air freshener may be passively dispersed at a controlled rate from the apparatus, or may be actively dispersed when a user pumps the apparatus to receive a measured quantity of hand lotion. Dispersion may be implemented using a mechanical fan or compression of a sponge, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Fresh Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas S. Brown
  • Patent number: 7407114
    Abstract: An air freshening apparatus comprises a plant pot-shaped main body, an end cap body and a scent-emitting composition. The plant pot-shaped main body has a cavity therein defining an open end portion of the plant pot-shaped main body and a closed end portion of the plant pot-shaped main body. The scented air passage extends through the closed end portion of the plant pot-shaped main body. The end cap body is rotatably mounted on an exterior portion of the plant pot-shaped main body. The end cap body has a scented air passage extending therethrough and the end cap body is movable between a position where the scented air passages are at least partially aligned and a position where the scented air passages are fully misaligned. The scent-emitting composition is disposed within the cavity of the plant pot-shaped main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Erica Lee Carter
  • Publication number: 20080105760
    Abstract: A deformable aromatic device mountable by suction on a mounting surface including a body including a flexible base formed from a first material. The flexible base has an outer surface, an inner surface including a concave portion, and a periphery around the body. The body further includes a message formed on the body. The device further includes a second material selected to emit a desired aroma. The body is deformable from an undeformed shape to an actuated shape to mount the body on the mounting surface by positioning the inner surface adjacent the mounting surface when the body is undeformed thereby forming a cavity between the concave portion and the mounting surface and deforming the body to its actuated shape thereby sealing the body against the mounting surface and forcing fluid out of the cavity to create suction between the body and the mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventors: Douglas M. Sheffield, Tamara K. Sheffield
  • Patent number: 7293719
    Abstract: An air freshener device includes a scent material interspersed within a polymer body or a polymer gel, and capable of dispersing out of the polymer gel. The polymer body and a polymer gel can be flexible and compressible, and also resilient and returnable to its original configuration. In addition, the polymer body and the polymer gel can have a freestanding, self-supported, three-dimensional shape. The air freshener can be light transmissive in at least a translucent manner, and can have indicia visible therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7273184
    Abstract: A disposable air treatment device that can be hung on the rim of a garbage bin which comprises a hanger component adapted to secure the air treatment device to a garbage bin, and a volatile material dispenser adapted to dispense a volatile material to the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Colin Brown, Kishen Gohil, Guy Edward Naish
  • Patent number: 7169318
    Abstract: Solid composition has an organic spill absorbing material in which is absorbed certain of a liquid organic compound or composition. The organic spill absorbing material can be water insoluble, particulate polymer particles that imbibe liquid organic materials. A halogenated organic can provide the liquid organic compound or composition. The halogenated organic can be a halogenated hydrocarbon. A fire can be fought by transmitting the solid composition containing a suitable flame retardant to the base of the fire under conditions such that the absorbed liquid in liquid or vapor form is released; and a living target can be stupefied by transmitting the solid composition containing a suitable stupefying agent under conditions such that vapors of the stupefying agent are released and stupefy the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Richard H. Hall
  • Patent number: 7159792
    Abstract: A method for providing a desired fragrance includes securing a tacky attachment surface of a pad of an air freshener to a surface by mechanical or specific adhesion. The air freshener includes a scent material carried by and dispersable through a coherent, flexible and resilient polymer carrier material. The pad is selectively removed from the surface. The pad can be selectively re-secured at a different position on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7137570
    Abstract: An air freshener device includes a scent material interspersed within a polymer body or a polymer gel, and capable of dispersing out of the polymer gel. The polymer body and a polymer gel can be flexible and compressible, and also resilient and returnable to its original configuration. In addition, the polymer body and the polymer gel can have a freestanding, self-supported, three-dimensional shape. The air freshener can include a tacky or clingy attachment surface to contact and cling to a support surface by mechanical or specific adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7048203
    Abstract: The first object of the present invention is to provide a diffuser for volatile material such as a volatile aromatic or chemical agent, capable of promptly diffusing the volatile constituent of the liquid into a surrounding air in a simple operation. The second object of the present invention is to enable a long-term storage. The third object is to provide a compact diffuser enabling a user to enjoy different aroma according to a time and a place. The diffuser has a flexible casing having an inner space and a vent hole formed therein and a breakable glass capsule enclosing a volatile material, and a liquid-absorbent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Lumica Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Harada, Masahiko Fujita