With Support For Porous Or Apertured Encasing Means Patents (Class 239/57)
  • Patent number: 11052168
    Abstract: An air germicidal treatment device and system for removing or eliminating unwanted pathogens or bacteria in an airstream is shown. The device or system has a removable irradiation chamber that divides an interior area of the device into an air pre-chamber area, an air post-chamber area and an irradiation area therebetween. The removable irradiation chamber is generally trapezoidal in shape and has end walls that are inclined with respect to an interior divider wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AEROBIOTIX, INC.
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: 10980908
    Abstract: A pouch filled with a fragrance material has a proximal end of a strap joined thereto. A first fastener is appended on a rear face of the strap, at or near the proximal end. A second fastener is appended on the rear face of the strap at or near the distal end of the strap. Preferably, a third fastener is on or appended to a rear face of the pouch. The second fastener, such as a male snap fastener, is removably joinable to either the first fastener to form a loop in the strap or to the third fastener so that the rear face of the strap faces the rear face of the pouch. The pouch may be suspended from a mounting structure, such as a neck of a rear-view mirror of an automobile, by the strap in either configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brandywine Product Group International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Brandenburg, Kimberly Gobel
  • Patent number: 10940279
    Abstract: An aromatherapy device may define a plurality of wells arranged in an array to be filled with fluid as scented pairs such that two adjacent wells may be positioned beneath nostrils of a user while resting a portion of the device against the upper lip. The wells may be formed in respective cylinders positioned between the portion of the device that is designed to rest against the lip. There may be a plurality of wells that face a first direction and that face an opposite second direction. The wells may be similar shaped and sized so as to receive similarly viscous fluids therein having different scents associate therewith. The viscosity of the fluids should be high enough to resist the pull of gravity and preclude the fluid from flowing out of the well when the device is positioned upside down and some of the wells are, at least temporarily, downwardly facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Jennifer K. Keener
  • Patent number: 10920792
    Abstract: An air circulator includes an airflow guiding housing and a power assembly. The power assembly is disposed in said airflow guiding housing which sequentially has a purifying chamber and a guiding chamber from bottom to top. The power assembly is operated to drive air to flow into the purifying chamber through an air inlet formed on a bottom peripheral side of the airflow guiding housing radially and deliver along an airflow channel inside the airflow guiding housing. The airflow channel further has an airflow turning portion in the purifying chamber to drive the air in the purifying chamber to turn from a radial direction to and an upward direction to flow into the guiding chamber and discharge out through an air outlet formed on top of the airflow guiding channel upwardly, outwardly and helically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Comefresh Electronic Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yongrui Xiao
  • Patent number: 10694736
    Abstract: A pre-baited consumer bait station for rodents which is gnaw resistant and has other design features to make the bait station resistant to rodenticide access by children, dogs, other pets, domestic animals, and nontarget wildlife. An injection molded translucent cover is permanently locked to a base about the cover's edges and center by elastic actuated hooks which engage receptacles on the base. The cover forms a labyrinth joint with a peripheral wall of the base. Double walls on exterior portions of the peripheral wall strengthen the walls where they form part of a closely confining bait receptacle which surrounds a bait block on portions of all sides. Circuitous internal passageways limit access to the bait. An interior wall extends to support the cover center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: OMS Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Walsh, Daniel C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10640050
    Abstract: A holding device for an air freshener includes a hanging member and a base member. The hanging member includes a rack and a belt. The rack includes two separate hooks arranged in parallel with a reinforcing beam in between. The hooks have their front ends extended downward into two columns, and bended perpendicularly forward and joined into a bottom ring. A top ring is perpendicularly welded to the columns above the bottom ring. The belt has a ring and two belt pieces, and each belt piece is extended from the ring and a buckle at an outer end of the belt piece. The base member includes a cup and an L-shaped seat with a planar element and a wall element. The planar element has a central through opening, and the cup is joined to the planar element from below and exposed by the through opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Fu-Zong Shin
  • Patent number: 10517979
    Abstract: A fragrance dispenser comprises a ceramic outer shell containing a gel composition. The ceramic can be greenware, and can be impregnated with a fragrance, such as in the form of a volatile oil. The gel composition can contain fragrance or deodourisers that can diffuse out of the gel and infuse the surrounding ceramic, from which it can be released into the air. The ceramic cartridge can have indentations to allow it to be retained in a desired location; these can permit the attachment of a plastic mounting clip having a plurality of flexible arms that slot into the indentations to grip and hold the cartridge in place. This mounting clip could then be used to attach the cartridge to suitable surfaces such as a bathroom wall or the interior of a dispenser housing. Furthermore, the cartridge can have a locating recess on one or more of its sides, to receive a mounting post and thereby position the dispenser accurately and inhibit dislodgement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Vectair Systems Limited
    Inventors: Paul Wonnacott, Matthew Teeling
  • Patent number: 10232683
    Abstract: An air freshener has a carrier with a pair of tabs defining a gap. A center tab extends from the pair of tabs and defines a longitudinal axis. Ai least one scented body is carried by one of the pair of tabs. The pair of tabs and the at least one scented body extend laterally with respect to the longitudinal axis of the center tab in opposite directions. The pair of tabs and the at least one scented body have a lateral width greater than a longitudinal depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Energizer Brands II, LLC
    Inventor: Raul Garcia
  • Patent number: 10119531
    Abstract: An inflator having an enhanced cooling effect on its motor is disclosed, which includes a box composed a cover and a base, and a compressor unit installed in the box. The box is provided with airflow-guiding members cooperated with a cooling fan fitted at a rotating shaft of a motor used in the compressor unit to allow outside air to be quickly drawn into the interior of the box. Thereafter, the airflow can be guided by the airflow-guiding members to enter the interior of the motor to dissipate the heat generated by the rotor assembly in the motor and finally go out of the box. Therefore, heat is not easy to accumulate in the motor, so that maximum power output of the motor can be achieved, and the performance and service life of the motor can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 10098978
    Abstract: Wearable devices for dispensing insect repellents, fragrances, and/or other chemicals along the outside of the clothing of a human are disclosed. They are of the type that are clipped onto a belt or the like, and use a powered fan to dispense active. They are configured with fan rotor arrangements to minimize power use while still achieving acceptable air flow rates. These changes permit use of smaller batteries and more compact arrangements for battery positioning. This in turn permits a much more compact and lightweight construction to achieve the desired results. The devices are also provided with a rotatable clip structure to render use of the device more comfortable when the user is seated and to provide greater control over the direction of the dispensing. Further, they are provided with modified lids to facilitate active refill replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Saleh A. Saleh, David C. Belongia, Nitin Sharma, Paul E. Furner, Kwamena Gyakye degraft-Johnson, Raymund J. Alfaro, Donald J. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10077765
    Abstract: An inflator includes a box and a compressor unit installed in the box. The box is composed of a cover and a base, which are respectively provided with upper and lower airflow-guiding members, which can quickly guide the air current generated by a cooling fan of the compressor unit to enter the motor's housing via two openings of the housing and to flow out of the motor's housing via downstream through holes of the housing, thus dissipating the heat generated by a rotor assembly in the motor, so that heat is not easy to accumulate in the motor, so that maximum power output of the motor can be achieved, and the performance and service life of the motor can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Wen-San Chou
  • Patent number: 10010642
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a base holding a cartridge that includes a volatile material reservoir. The base includes a plurality of ribs that support a peripheral flange of the cartridge. The plurality of ribs support a portion of the peripheral flange having a permeable membrane disposed thereon. A first removable cover is attached to the base and has at least one aperture and a first regulating plate. The first cover may be removed and replaced by at least a second cover that has at least one aperture and a second, different regulating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan R. Westphal
  • Patent number: 9987386
    Abstract: An inside plug (10) includes: an inside plug body (12) held at an opening; a liquid absorbent wick holding section (17); and a ring (18) which (i) is held by the liquid absorbent wick holding section (17), (ii) is located in an inner space of a container body (2) in a state where the inside plug body (12) is held at the opening, and (iii) is brought closer to a flat surface (15) by gravity in a case where a suction-type liquid container (1) has fallen sideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Kaoru Tsurumi, Takahiro Okuie
  • Patent number: 9936684
    Abstract: A furniture piece including an insect control barrier comprising a plurality of insecticide strips is provided. The insecticide strips are strategically located on the furniture piece to intersect travel paths from a support surface to prime harborage or feeding locations on the furniture piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Blockhouse Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Perko
  • Patent number: 9726395
    Abstract: The present invention supports an airflow register accessory comprising an accessory having an outer and an inner surface and defining vents, a fastening mechanism located on the inner surface of the accessory, and a scented component located on the inner surface adjacent and accessorizing the vents. In a preferred embodiment, the accessory may be easily attached to and detached from the room-facing surface of an airflow register. Upon air flow from an HVAC system through the airflow register and airflow register accessory, a pleasant scent may be imparted to the room via release of scent from the scented component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Scott David Hammer
  • Patent number: 9675724
    Abstract: A scent dispenser system used for dispensing scent from a liquid. The system includes a dispenser having an open volume. The system includes absorbent beads in the open volume of the dispenser, where the absorbent beads having the capability to absorb a liquid. The system includes aeration windows in the dispenser to receive a liquid and to allow air to pass through the dispenser and about the absorbent beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Lee Winfield Ripka
  • Patent number: 9521836
    Abstract: A scent-releasing apparatus is provided. The scent-releasing apparatus includes a scent-releasing material and a housing having a longitudinal axis and an interior space in which the scent-releasing material is contained. The housing includes a base and a cover coupled to the base so as to receive the base. The cover has an air inlet port and is longitudinally movable on the base between a first position at which the cover forms an air-tight seal of the interior space, and a second position at which the cover permits ambient airflow into the interior space via the air inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Willert Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Bruce Willert, Derek Scranton Winters, Anne Linnea Winn Reilly, Roy Gene Mayo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9308287
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: MAHLE INTERNATONAL GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Wolf, Eric Pitz, Tobias Baumann
  • Patent number: 9289529
    Abstract: Animal scent lure systems and devices are provided in which scent element holder devices are employed to removably secure a scent element to an animal decoy, for example, to attract wild animals such as deer. For example, an animal lure device includes a scent element holder device for removably holding an animal scent element. The scent element holder device includes a first connecting element to connect the scent element holder device to a stationary object, a second connecting element for removably securing a scent element to the scent element holder device; and an extension arm element connecting the first and second connecting elements. The extension arm element is adapted to maintain the second connecting element offset from the stationary object (e.g., animal decoy) to which the first connecting element is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: John T. Buck
  • Patent number: 9272062
    Abstract: A combination air freshener and ornament has an ornament body and a support stand that serves dual purpose as a hanging hook when the ornament is in a hanging configuration and as a support stand when the ornament is in a standing display configuration. The support stand optionally has plugs at each end that removably engage with a receiving hole in the ornament body. The ornament body and/or the support stand are formed of fragranced polymer. One embodiment forms the ornament body in a gingerbread man configuration and the support stand in a candy cane configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Brandywine Product Group International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Heflin, III, Kyle Brandenburg
  • Patent number: 9125396
    Abstract: A scent dispenser system used for dispensing scent from a liquid. The system includes a dispenser having an open volume. The system includes absorbent beads in the open volume of the dispenser, where the absorbent beads having the capability to absorb a liquid. The system includes aeration windows in the dispenser to receive a liquid and to allow air to pass through the dispenser and about the absorbent beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Lee Winfield Ripka
  • Publication number: 20150144711
    Abstract: A fragrance discharge device for discharging at least one fragrance, having a housing through which air can flow, having at least one fragrance cartridge arranged therein, wherein a drawer is provided so it is displaceable in the housing, for accommodating and holding at least one fragrance cartridge, wherein the drawer can be pulled at least partially out of the housing to replace the at least one fragrance cartridge, wherein the fragrance cartridge is connectable to the drawer via a magnetic force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas RAPPEL, Dieter SARTORIUS, Matthias UHLE
  • Publication number: 20150140054
    Abstract: A scent delivery system in the form of a scent sampling card in which a fragrance/oil of a scented nature is encapsulated in the form of microscopic beads or scent of scented oil encased in a gelatinous or plastic cell wall, the encapsulation protects the microscopic beads and the scent or fragrance from escaping or migrating out of the card until its intended time of use, and holds both ply closed by bonding to both halves. The card comprises a two ply substrate which sandwiches the area of encapsulated fragrance within. The two ply substrate can be formed of paper stock, or paper stock and another substance, such as a laminate. Once the card is opened, the encapsulation is penetrated, and the capsules of fragrance and scent are ruptured or break open exposing and emitting the fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: John DiGREGORIO
  • Patent number: 9015989
    Abstract: An insect toxic bait dispenser has a top with multiple downwardly opening compartments in which toxic bait fluids may be retained by an underlying foil barrier. The top is supported on a base with posts positioned beneath the barrier. Base prongs extend into a top shaft with ledges at different heights, preventing part separation when the barrier is intact above the posts, and, when the top is closed on the base, piercing the foil seal and dispensing liquids into fluid retaining members held in base pockets. To use, a peripheral tear strip is removed from the base, permitting the top to descend on the base causing the posts to puncture the seal, compressing the fluid retaining members against the barrier to receive and dispense toxic bait liquid while retarding the rate of liquid evaporation. The top may be hinged to the base, or urged downwardly by a threaded cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bell Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Zeamer, James R. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8984705
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fragrance dispenser assembly in the inside of an outer shell. The dispenser includes a bracket, a shelf and a fragrance dispensing unit located within an outer shell. The shelf may have a releasable attachment mechanism for the fragrance dispenser unit. The invention also includes the fragrance dispenser unit and a fragrance source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Zenith Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Bosses
  • Publication number: 20150076248
    Abstract: A fragrance accessory kit includes a container defining an open interior and having a lid, and packets that are each formed of a vapor-permeable fabric and are sheet-like in geometry. The vapor-permeable fabric is secured about scented material within each of the packets, which are stacked within the container. A fragrance accessory system includes a fragrance accessory, including a packet formed of a vapor-permeable fabric secured about a portion of scented material. The consumer product can removably receive the fragrance accessory such that the portion of scented material provides a scent for the consumer product. A method of implementing a fragrance accessory includes securing scented material within a packet formed of a vapor-permeable fabric. The method further includes configuring the consumer product to removably receive the packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Rich Brands LLC
    Inventors: Mark Douglas Grodsky, Carrie-Anne Moreau, Alicia Marie Thompson, Stephanie Ann Golden
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8944342
    Abstract: A Two-part, Wall-mountable Electrochemical Dispenser. The dispenser assembly consists of a disposable fluid storage reservoir and a non-disposable dispenser. The dispenser holds an electrochemical gas generator, its associated electronics, and a power source. The generator can be set for fluid delivery rates of between 1 mL/day and 50 mL/day. The system has a battery-determined operational life of about 2 years, assuming rates of up to 2 mL/day and 2 C-size batteries. The fluid storage reservoir is formed by two plastic shells separated by a plastic diaphragm. Gas produced by the generator acts on the diaphragm thereby displacing fluid that is then captured by an evaporation pad from which it can readily emanate into the environment. The reservoir can be removed and discarded after depletion of the liquid, and then replaced by another filled assembly. As needed, the refill holds an anti-theft coded card that prohibits the re-use of the refill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: M&R Consulting Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Henri Maget, James Dikeman, Mark Johansson, Randy Houk
  • Patent number: 8938905
    Abstract: A deer attracting device and/or a kit incorporating the same facilitates luring deer to a specific location. The device includes a base that is supported from below by an underlying ground surface and a lock that holds a visual lure in an upright position, extending away from the base, so that deer can easily see the visual lure. A scent carrier may be applied to the visual lure and is configured to entice deer to apply their own scent(s) to the visual lure by scent marking or licking the lure. This encourages other deer to do the same after being visually drawn close enough to the visual lure to detect the scent. Correspondingly, the deer maintain or replenish the scent of the lure mitigating the need for a human to artificially do the same. The visual lure is maintained in position on the base be a column within which a lower end of the visual lure is received, and a lock that maintains the visual lure within the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Moore Outdoors Productions and Products
    Inventor: Jeremy Frank Moore
  • Patent number: 8931711
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a volatile material in a continuous manner is disclosed. The apparatus includes a delivery engine having a reservoir for containing a volatile material; a rupturable substrate secured to the reservoir; a rupture element positioned adjacent to the rupturable substrate; and a breathable membrane enclosing the reservoir, rupturable substrate and rupture element. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a housing having a notch for compressing the rupture element and breaching the rupturable substrate as it is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8893985
    Abstract: A pump fragrance device includes a pump spray, an inner housing connected to a spray head, and an outer housing on the inner housing. On the inner housing, a junction piece connected to the spray head has an opening thereon. The inner housing's surface has an assembling piece to fit with the outer housing, which has an assembling structure to fit with the inner housing. The inner and outer housings form a fixing structure. The fixing structure is filled with a volatile carrier agent, at least a part of which is located in the spray path of the pump spray. When used, the pump spray sprays content onto a surface of the volatile carrier agent, thereby reducing the quantity of the volatile aromatic agent used. This prolongs the diffusion time of the volatile aromatic agent, thereby relieving users from the danger of the fragrance device being under high temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Aromate Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Henry Wu
  • Patent number: 8888014
    Abstract: A fragrance delivery system similar in appearance, or used in similar locations as a tassel assembly having a fragrance delivery arrangement is provided. The fragrance delivery system similar in appearance, or used in similar locations as a tassel includes an attachment component for hanging the fragrance delivery system similar in appearance, or used in similar locations a tassel, from a conventional supporting article, a head component having a decorative configuration and a skirt component connected to the head component. The skirt component includes a support member and may or may not include a skirt of various materials including strings, cloth, ribbons, wood, glass, plastic or other decorative elements suspended from the support member. A fragrance delivery arrangement is releasably connected to the head component and may or may not be at least partially concealed by the skirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The A. I. Root Company
    Inventors: Steven Woods, Rebecca Mengay
  • Patent number: 8882998
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of perfumery and more precisely it concerns a device, and the consumer articles associated therewith, for dispensing an active composition into the surrounding space. The device includes an assembly containing a reservoir holding the active liquid to be diffused into the surroundings and a wick-/emitting member structure composed of a wick member and an emitting/diffusion member, the latter having an evaporative surface to be directly exposed to the surrounding space when the device is activated, the assembly being housed in a casing or carried by a supporting frame, the device further including a pivoting member fixed on the casing or on the supporting frame to allow a swinging motion of the assembly and thus forced evaporation of the active volatile whenever desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Firmenich SA
    Inventors: Lyse Tranzeat, Guy Edmund Robinson, Nicholas O'Leary
  • Patent number: 8881941
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an evaporator device for volatile substances provided with a closure system that facilitates the replacement of the refill or container of the volatile substance. The invention provides a safety closure system for the evaporator device, which makes difficult for children to get access to the tablet or container of the volatile substance. A closure member and a container are associated in such a manner that during the opening movement of the closure member, at least part of the container is extracted out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Zobele Holding S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Deflorian, Walter Sordo, Franco Zobele
  • Publication number: 20140230313
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide dispensers and delivery devices that release their contents at sustained rates. An exemplary device may include one or more reservoirs for holding a solid, semisolid, liquid or gaseous substance that may be released outside the device. Exemplary devices enable sustained release of their contents over a predetermined period of time, for example, up to a month or more. Exemplary devices also enable release of the contents according to, for example, predetermined release rates and profiles customized for the use of the device. Each reservoir of the device may include one or more apertures through which the contents may be released outside the reservoir. Each aperture may be covered by one or more porous membranes to allow sustained release of the contents of the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Noel M. Elman
  • Patent number: 8740110
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a volatile material in a continuous manner is disclosed. The apparatus includes a delivery engine having a reservoir for containing a volatile material; a rupturable substrate secured to the reservoir; a rupture element positioned adjacent to the rupturable substrate; and a breathable membrane enclosing the reservoir, rupturable substrate and rupture element. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a housing having a notch for compressing the rupture element and breaching the rupturable substrate as it is inserted into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul Gruenbacher, Jason John Olchovy, Scott Kendyl Stanley, James Douglas Still, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8720794
    Abstract: A system used for permeating or emitting a gas or a chemical at a constant, predictable and controllable rate uses an amorphous fluoropolymer material as a gateway. The system may comprise a tube assembly which holds a gas or liquid. The gas or liquid permeates though the fluoropolymer material to be released in precise quantity, resulting in known concentrations of the gas, when mixed with a flowing or carrier gas such as air or nitrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Real Sensors, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramesh Chand
  • Publication number: 20140110497
    Abstract: An air freshener device includes a rigid body or insert having a front face with a protrusion, a rear opposite the front face with a cavity corresponding to the protrusion, and an annular perimeter lip circumscribing the front face. A scent material is interspersed within the body. A flexible cover or shell extends across the rear of the body and covers the cavity, and has an inward facing annular groove surrounding and receiving the annular perimeter lip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Irving, Nate Finlay
  • Patent number: 8702015
    Abstract: A product dispenser (10, 110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610, 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 780, 800, 810, 820, 830, 840, 850, and 860) for attachment to a surface such as an inner surface of a dryer releasably attaches a product (31, 131, 431, 531, 713, 733, 743, 753, 763, 787, 804, 815, 825, 834, 844, 854, 862) to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory G. Griese, John E. Thomas, Jamie W. Lerbs, Steven E. Lentsch, Stephan M. Hubig, Terry J. Klos, Ronald B. Howes, Jr., Eric R. Balz
  • Patent number: 8695891
    Abstract: A fragrance delivery device that includes a hollow vessel containing a first fragrance medium and further comprising a porous exterior surface with a porous wicking extension extending therefrom; and a reservoir containing a second fragrance medium, the second fragrance medium in fluid communication with the wicking extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Takasago International Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Santini, Anthony Budraitis, Charles Steward, John Gick
  • Patent number: 8677679
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to an ampoule for the storage and dispersion of a volatile liquid comprised of (a) an outer shell composed of an impermeable material and defining at least one opening; (b) a porous diffusion member defining an internal reservoir positioned inside said outer shell; (c) a volatile liquid contained within such internal reservoir; and (d) a film member adhered to the outer shell and covering the at least one opening; wherein the film member is disposed such that an air space is present between the porous diffusion member and the film member; and wherein the porous diffusion member is configured such that molecules of the volatile liquid can only enter into the air space via diffusion through the porous diffusion member. Such ampoules are particularly suited for the storage and dispersion of organic chemicals useful as bed bug attractants, such as a C8-C12 alkane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce C. Black, Shreya J. Shah, Linda A. Varanyak, Keith F. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 8673235
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly for supporting a fragrance control unit comprising a canister and a controller or comprising a wafer support plate, fragrance wafers and a fan unit are disclosed. The controller includes a timer, a computer program for the dispersing rate, and a mechanism for activating a spray mechanism of the canister. An embodiment includes a back plate pivotally connected to a front sconce cover and having a tapered structure. Further embodiments include a sconce cover and back plate wherein studs in the sconce cover enter the back plate and the sconce cover is slid upwardly along the back plate and secured in place. Slits in the sconce cover and a top opening allows dispersion of the fragrance. Further embodiments include a sconce cover hinged to the back plate. The sconce cover includes logos and/or decorative designs, e.g. bronco, Southwestern pottery and floral arrangements with slits for dispersing the fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Arizona Air-Scent, Inc.
    Inventor: Sam Habbel
  • Patent number: 8666234
    Abstract: An aroma dispensing device includes a flexible film having opposite first and second sides, with the first side having a releasable agent to removably adhere the film to a surface. An aroma source is mounted to the second side of the film for dispensing a fragrance to an area adjacent the surface. The film adheres by static cling or an adhesive which does not leave a residue on the surface when the film is removed. The device may include an activator for actuating dispensement of the fragrance from the aroma source, as well as a power source for actuating a fan and providing power to the activator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Daryl A. Michael, Jennifer L. Michael
  • Publication number: 20140048618
    Abstract: A dispensing system for dispensing a volatile material includes a first wall portion with an opening disposed therein, and a second wall portion hingedly connected to a first end of the first wall portion about a first fold line. The second wall portion further includes an aperture disposed therein. A third wall portion is hingedly connected to a second end of the first wall portion about a second fold line. The third wall portion includes a tab. The first, second, and third wall portions fold about the first and second fold lines to form a substantially planar structure in a first state. The tab on the third wall portion is adapted to be retained within the aperture of the second wall portion in a second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Edward J. Kunesh
  • Publication number: 20140027530
    Abstract: A dispensing device for release of an air treatment material includes a semi-permeable substrate having a mesh size between about 15 strands per cm to about 79 strands per cm and a support component for supporting the semi-permeable substrate. The dispensing device releases the air treatment material at a rate of at least about 0.05 mg/hr at about 25° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Hai Yan Cao, Amos Chen, Shumao Han, Joanna Jia, Salvador S. Munoz, Deliang Shi
  • Publication number: 20140004783
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an air freshener system. The system includes a housing providing an air flow path. The system is in communication with a plurality of scented objects. A selector is configured to move the scented objects from a stowed position into the air flow path. In one example, a control is operable to instruct the selector to move a particular one of the scented objects into the air flow path to provide air within the air flow path with a desired scent. In another example, the selector is manually operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Maurice Chandler, Gernard Mincey
  • Publication number: 20130341424
    Abstract: An air freshener clip removably engages with a louver or slat of a vent, such as an automotive heating and air conditioner vent. The clip may have a curved body that tapers from a clip bend at its proximal end to a tip at its distal end. When the clip is engaged over the louver or slat, the distal end of the curved body extends into the vent opening. The air freshener clip has an outer portion formed from one or more fragrance loaded polymers, and releases fragrance into an air stream that contacts the outer portion on the curved body and is directed out of the vent. An accessory may be removably attached or link to the clip to decorate or adorn the clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Hayloft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Brandenburg, Frank M. Lesniak
  • Patent number: 8567693
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser for a volatile substance (4), which contains a reservoir (1) and two control elements. The first control element (6) exerts a control function that is dependent on the substance characteristics of the volatile substance (4) and the material characteristics of the constituents of said first control element (6). However, the second control element (7) exerts a control function that is independent of the substance characteristics of the volatile substance (4) and the material characteristics of the constituents of said first control element (6). The first control element (6) is located between the reservoir (1) and the second control element (7) and is permeable to at least one volatile substance (4). The second control element (7) consists of a material that is impermeable to the volatile substance and contains defined material cavities (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme AG
    Inventors: Michael Roreger, Malgorzata Kloczko, Michael Feldhege
  • Patent number: 8544766
    Abstract: An ambient environment modification mechanism such as a scent dispenser (which could also act as a filter) which may comprise a piston and a piston cylinder, receiving the piston, and forming a piston cylinder chamber volume when the piston is moved from an inserted position in the piston cylinder to a withdrawn position in the piston cylinder. The piston may have a hollow interior receiving an ambient air modification material holder, such as a cartridge, containing ambient air modification material. The hollow interior may be in fluid communication with the piston cylinder chamber volume at a first end of the hollow interior. A ventilation opening may be in fluid communication with the hollow interior at a second end of the hollow interior. A piston cylinder chamber volume forming mechanism, such as spring may move the piston relative to the piston cylinder from the inserted position to the withdrawn position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Novia Products LLC
    Inventors: William Webster, David Gallant
  • Patent number: 8523020
    Abstract: The dispensing device provides dispensable material in a closable container in concert with a corresponding accessory so that the container and the accessory can be commonly stored when not in use, and further provides a ventilated storage volume within the device that can facilitate drying and aerating the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Digital Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Tony J Abfall, Kara Lineal, Paul Holbrook