By Alignment Of Apertured Members Patents (Class 239/59)
  • Patent number: 10524311
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a wax warmer includes a body to support a reservoir adapted to receive a wax melt. The wax warmer also includes a heater having a first heating state to heat the wax melt from a first temperature below a melting point of the wax melt to a second temperature above the melting point of the wax melt in a predetermined amount of time. The heater has a second heating state to substantially maintain the wax melt within a temperature range above the melting point of the wax melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Belongia
  • Patent number: 10499635
    Abstract: Device embodiments use a person's exhaled breath to distribute an evaporated, sublimated, or vaporized material. The disclosure provides non-powered devices that use evaporation or sublimation to create the vapor that is distributed and the disclosure provides devices with electric vaporizers which rapidly vaporize liquid scent materials for distribution. The scent can be designed as a masking or cover scent, an aromatic lure scent, a scent elimination material, a pleasant scent for freshening air in a room or automobile, or a repellant scent. The device can be worn as a mask or configured as a game call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Wyndscent, LLC
    Inventor: Robert M Wynalda, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10034953
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a modular air freshener system. The modular air freshener system comprises a plurality of different carriers and at least one scent device. The scent device is separately and removably carriable by each of the plurality of different carriers. At least one of the different carriers is carriable by another one of the plurality of different carriers. The each of the carriers may be passive, active and self-powered, or active and externally-powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ENERGIZER BRANDS II, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Bourne
  • Patent number: 9989552
    Abstract: A portable device for checking wind direction discharges a visible, and optionally scented, vapor stream into the atmosphere in a well-defined reference direction. In some embodiments, the device includes a power source, a vessel having an internal plenum chamber storing a volume of air, a reservoir containing a vaporizable agent, a vaporizing element associated with the vaporizable agent, and a pressure switch. The vessel is deformable to generate an airflow that operates the pressure switch to temporarily connect the power source to the vaporizing element, thereby energizing the vaporizing element to generate vapor. The airflow also carries the vapor into the atmosphere as a visible vapor stream flowing in the reference direction. The reservoir and vaporizing element may be carried in a cartridge removably mounted on the device. Other embodiments operate similarly, but use alternative means for generating gaseous flow to operate the switch and/or carry vapor into the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Arcus Hunting, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel A. Ferrara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9968130
    Abstract: A package that may be employed to store a tobacco-containing material is provided. The package may include a container and a valve assembly. The container may include a body portion and a cover configured to engage the body portion. The body portion may define an internal space therein. The valve assembly may be configured to affect an atmosphere within the internal space of the container. For example, the valve assembly may remain closed except when releasing pressure from the internal space. Thereby, by way of further example, the valve assembly may vent the container so as to avoid damage thereto, while reducing moisture loss from the tobacco-containing material stored in the internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Dennis Lee Potter, Eric Taylor Hunt, Michael Andrew Liberti, Jeremy Barrett Mabe, Pankaj Patel, Bruce Alan Bengtsson
  • Patent number: 9925290
    Abstract: A system for delivering volatile substances comprising a housing inside which a volatile substance is housed; a ventilation surface placed in the housing provided with ventilation windows, and a regulating element that can be placed in at least two different positions: a first position of maximum air circulation, and a second position of minimum air circulation; and where the regulating element is further characterized in that in the first position, the regulating element opens an additional ventilation opening, and in the second position, the regulating element closes the of additional ventilation opening. The system for delivering volatile substances permits easy regulation of the circulation of air for increasing or decreasing a volatile substance, for example a fragrance, by simply rotating the regulating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Zobele Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Fernando Mayor Sans, Elisabeth Martinez de Morentin Pujabet, Joaquim Llorente Alonso
  • Patent number: 9889402
    Abstract: A dehumidifying base material and a device for forming the dehumidifying base material are provided. The dehumidifying base material is formed from a raw base material including a metal layer, an upper adhesive film, a lower adhesive film, an upper absorbent material layer, a lower absorbent material layer, an upper release film, and a lower release film. The raw base material is placed on a material placement part and passes a first release roller, an upper absorbent adhesive part, a second release roller, and a lower absorbent adhesive part sequentially to form the dehumidifying base material. The dehumidifying base material with an absorbent material applied onto two sides thereof is compressed, and is rolled by a base material rolling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ming-Lang Hung, Pen-Chang Tseng, Hsing-Ting Chen, Yu-Hao Kang
  • Patent number: 9610375
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser (100) and its housing and cartridge (600; 700) are disclosed. The housing for the volatile material dispenser (100) comprises a bottom plate (200; 200?), a covering plate (300) and a chamber defined therebetween for receiving a cartridge (600; 700), and the housing further comprises a regulating plate (400) movably mounted to the covering plate (300). The covering plate (300) and the regulating plate (400) each have one bored portion and one non-bore portion. The bored portion (420) and the non-bore portion (410) of the regulating plate (400) each occupy a half of the regulating plate (400). The regulating plate (400) is movable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the covering plate (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Jiajia Li
  • Patent number: 9585982
    Abstract: A system for diffusing one or more volatile compounds included in a volatile compound mass includes a base and a pod tray, carried by the base. At least one pod is carried by the pod tray, the pod having a housing holding a volatile compound mass. The volatile compound mass and the housing are moveable relative to one another. An actuator is carried by the base, the actuator operable to engage the pod and move the housing and the volatile compound mass relative to one another. The pod and the actuator are positionable relative to one another such that the pod and the actuator can be positioned proximate to one another to enable the actuator to engage the pod and move the housing of the pod and the volatile compound mass relative to one another to thereby diffuse the volatile compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Hafer, Keith Cardinal
  • Patent number: 9585981
    Abstract: A scent vaporizing and distribution device uses an electric heating element to rapidly vaporize a liquid scent material. An airflow generator is used to create a distribution airflow that distributes the vapor from the device. The airflow generator can be an electric-powered fan or a manually-powered pump or squeezable bladder. The liquid scent material can include a glycol or a water-glycol mixture. A scent material such as liquid or powdered deer urine or a pleasant scent that can be used as a room or automobile or room freshener is mixed with the liquid. The vapor generator can be removable and replaceable such that different scents can be used with a single airflow generator or an empty generator can be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Robert M. Wynalda, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9352061
    Abstract: A balloon valve assembly for cooperating with a balloon includes a neck fitting to extend beyond a neck of the balloon, a collar portion to accept the balloon and the neck fitting. A change of pressure from the balloon urges the balloon and the collar portion together. The valve assembly is adapted to secure accessories that affect the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Jonathan M. Crowe
  • Patent number: 9248211
    Abstract: The system for delivering volatile substances (1) comprises a container (2) inside of which a volatile substance is housed; a ventilation surface (3) placed in said container (2) provided with ventilation windows; and a fan (4) for creating the ventilation of the fragrance of said volatile substance; and is characterized in that said fan (4) is placed over said ventilation surface (3), suctioning the fragrance of said volatile substance. It permits to optimize the evaporation of the fragrance of the volatile substance, expending the least energy possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: ZOBELE ESPAÑA, S.A.
    Inventors: Fernando Mayor Sans, Elisabeth Martinez de Morentin Pujabet, Joaquim Llorente Alonso
  • Patent number: 9204741
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward J. Kunesh
  • Patent number: 8899493
    Abstract: An air freshener generating apparatus of a vehicle air conditioning system includes a body in which an inlet pipe is communicated with an outlet pipe and on a circumferential surface of which ball plungers are mounted at intervals along circumferential lines on which the inlet pipe and the outlet pipe are located respectively, a cartridge rotatably coupled to the body and having at least one partition wall such that at least one air freshener emitter is filled within spaces defined by the partition wall, the cartridge having through-holes facing the ball plungers, and an actuator configured to rotate the cartridge by a predetermined angle. When the cartridge is rotated by the predetermined angle, air is supplied through the through-hole facing the inlet pipe such that one air freshener is discharged through the through-hole facing the outlet pipe, and the ball plungers are configured to block the rest of the through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Halla Climate Control Corp.
    Inventors: Jae Ho Kim, Yong Jun Jee, Eun Gi Min, Young Ha Jeon, Dong Suk Lee, Ki Hong Kim, Ji Yong Park
  • 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: 8870165
    Abstract: This application is directed to a fragrance dispenser attachably connected to a fan comprising: a housing having openings defined in the housing; a fragrance reservoir included in the housing for receiving a fragrance medium containing a fragrance; a cover operably associated with the opening for restricting airflow into the fragrance reservoir; and, a cover actuator operably connected to the cover having an open position allowing airflow into and out of the fragrance reservoir for dispensing a fragrance and a closed position for restricting airflow into and out of the fragrance reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan A. Scolari
  • Publication number: 20140145005
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a base for receiving a volatile material containing reservoir. A cover is attached to the base having at least one aperture and at least one series of ports. A regulating plate is operatively attached to the cover and has at least one window and at least one series of bores. Manipulation of the regulating plate allows for the registration of the bores and the ports to release a volatile material therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan R. Westphal
  • Publication number: 20140145004
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a base with a plurality of ribs for supporting a peripheral flange of a cartridge having a volatile material containing reservoir. 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: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan R. Westphal
  • Patent number: 8730024
    Abstract: A removable fuel tank indicator having a housing, wherein the housing is removable and universal to all automobiles and wherein the housing attaches to an automobile connection point located within the interior of the automobile; a removable arm temporarily attached to the housing, wherein the removable arm signals which side of the automobile a fuel tank is located; a means for attaching the housing to the automobile connection point wherein the automobile connection point is located within the interior of the automobile and said connection point is capable of attaching to the housing; the fragrance cartridge adapted for insertion into the opening and locking into the cavity of the housing, wherein where the cartridge is properly inserted into the opening and cavity of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Carlos H. Cabezas
  • Patent number: 8709347
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scent dispenser device for positioning adjacent an air filter for infusing the air passing through the air filter with a scent that includes an air filter and a scent dispenser device. The scent dispenser device further includes a base having a bore for allowing air to flow through the base, a valve having at least one air passageway for allowing air to flow through the valve from the base, a scented media disposed within the base, and a cap that is rotationally engaged to the valve and controls the flow of air into base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Protect Plus Air LLC
    Inventors: Robert William Lackey, Roy Nicholson, Jeri Lynn Lemke
  • Patent number: 8647587
    Abstract: A powder dispenser for a waste disposal system includes a mounting portion that is adapted to be secured to a waste disposal unit, and a container defining an interior space in which a powder such as sodium bicarbonate may be stored. The container is releasably mounted to the underside of a hinged lid member of the waste disposal unit. A directional dispensing system is provided for dispensing powder from the container into a targeted portion of the waste disposal system. The directional dispensing system is constructed and arranged to concentrate initial dispersal of the powder to a single side of the container and includes a dispensing orifice. The dispensing orifice is preferably oriented to limit initial dispersal of the powder within a defined angular range with respect to the longitudinal axis of the lid member, and is spaced axially and laterally with respect to the waste disposal unit at distances that facilitate distribution of the powder to desired targeted portions of the waste disposal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Munchkin, Inc
    Inventors: Steven B. Dunn, Mark A. Hatherill, Kevin D. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130056550
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser (100) and its housing and cartridge (600; 700) are disclosed. The housing for the volatile material dispenser (100) comprises a bottom plate (200; 200?), a covering plate (300) and a chamber defined therebetween for receiving a cartridge (600; 700), and the housing further comprises a regulating plate (400) movably mounted to the covering plate (300). The covering plate (300) and the regulating plate (400) each have one bored portion and one non-bore portion. The bored portion (420) and the non-bore portion (410) of the regulating plate (400) each occupy a half of the regulating plate (400). The regulating plate (400) is movable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the covering plate (300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Jiajia Li
  • Patent number: 8251299
    Abstract: An air freshener has a fragrant gel material in a container with a double-wall including an inner wall and an outer wall with an annular gap. A cap was a sleeve extending into the annular gap. An opening is disposed in the sleeve. The cap is movable axially with respect to the container between a raised position in which the opening in the sleeve is exposed at least partially above the double-wall to release fragrance, and a closed position in which the opening in the sleeve is disposed in the annular gap to resist release of fragrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Irvin
  • Publication number: 20120126024
    Abstract: Methods and systems for biological control of pests and pest-borne diseases, such as in agriculture, include vapor delivery systems with (a) a reservoir for holding the volatile compound(s), typically in liquid form, to be released into the atmosphere, (b) a means of supplying the reservoir with volatile compound(s), (c) one or more passive flow control nozzles attached to the reservoir, wherein each nozzle is fitted with a permeable polymeric membrane through which the volatile compound permeates and is emitted from the outer membrane surface into the atmosphere, and wherein the individual nozzles are adapted to deliver a specific predetermined release rate for each intended application, and (d) strategic deployment of nozzles (i.e., number, location, spacing, height, etc.) to achieve performance requirements for intended applications ranging from a single plant to large fields for specific ambient conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Maurice M. BOYD, Ronald D. NEUMAN, Andrew B. SHELTON, Wiley M. CAUTHEN, Ralph H. ZEE
  • Patent number: 8096486
    Abstract: An air freshener of the invention includes a rotating box, a fixed base disposed on the rotating box, the rotating box rotating with respect to the fixed base, and a perfume box filled with a perfume, which can rotate with the rotating box. The rotating box has an annular shape in cross section and has an internal space for receiving and embedding the perfume box therein. Air holes are formed in the fixed base for exposing a portion of the perfume box when the rotating box is rotated with respect to the fixed base. The air freshener of the invention is applicable to be used inside a car or a room, and is capable of both refreshing the air and adjusting the release amount of the diffused perfume vapor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Winplus Company Limited
    Inventors: Yuhua Wang, Lun Chai
  • Patent number: 8062598
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a volatile substance diffuser based on permeable membrane with a closure where a solid wall is applied to or separated from the membrane to stop or allow evaporation, respectively. The shape of the membrane is adapted to compensate possible vacuum inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Zobele Holding Spa
    Inventors: Edoardo Bertassi, David Moreno, José Antonio Muñoz, Cedric Morhain
  • 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: 7942388
    Abstract: A scent diffusion device including an air flow generator; an outlet, the generator and outlet defining a path for the flow of air therebetween; a plurality of scent diffusion modules comprising: a slide moveable by sliding inside a housing between at least one diffusion position and a non-fragrant position; at least one first window in the slide intended to receive a source of fragrant molecules; a second window in the slide, wherein, in the diffusion position, the first window faces a window in the housing and in the non-fragrant position, the second window faces the window in the housing, and wherein the modules are positioned such that window axes of the housings of different modules are aligned on the path; and a device permitting the slides to be brought individually onto one of the positions; the flow of air successively traversing the windows of the housings, the first window and the second window of the slides according to positions of the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Conception et Valorisation de Brevets (CVB)
    Inventors: David Suissa, Clément Jeanjean
  • Patent number: 7883677
    Abstract: This deer lure with scent dispenser has an outer casing with an interior plenum, a lower end and an upper end, with air inlet holes adjacent the lower end, a base adapted to fit into the lower end and extend into the plenum, and a scent dispenser assembly with a reservoir adapted to fit into the upper end with its exterior extending into the plenum. The base is adapted to serve as a pedestal for a candle and to hold the candle above the air inlet holes. The base also allows air for the candle to enter the plenum from the air inlet holes and reach a flame of the candle. The reservoir has an interior in communication with air exterior to the casing for holding a volatile scented liquid, and the invention allows hot gases produced by the candle to escape from the plenum into air exterior to the plenum around and/or through the reservoir, volatilizing the scented liquid in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Gary A. Palozzi
  • Patent number: 7883623
    Abstract: A dispenser system that takes high pressure fluid such as a high pressure water source and reduces the volume flow of the high pressure water as it flows into a dispenser with the dispenser having a low pressure outlet, which offers negligible fluid resistance in comparison to the inlet fluid resistance to the dispenser, thereby ensuring that if a dispenser cap is accidentally removed from the dispenser while the unit is in operation the water will not spray out into and onto the user. The dispensing system includes a removable cartridge carrier with adjustable openings and a dispenser housing that one can maintain a uniform flow pattern under different flow rates to provide for a predicable control of a dispersion rate from a dispersant located in the system and a method of predictably changing the dispersion rate of a dispersant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: King Technology
    Inventors: Joseph A. King, Jeffery Johnson, Marlin Frank
  • Patent number: 7845581
    Abstract: An air freshener of the invention includes a slideable box molded from thermoplastics, a holding jacket, a fixing device, and an essence box made of plastics and filled with liquid essence. The air freshener of the invention can be used inside a car or a room, and is capable of adjusting the release rate of the diffused essence gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Winplus Company Limited
    Inventors: Yuhua Wang, Lun Chai
  • Patent number: 7780094
    Abstract: A diffuser for an air freshener product includes a casing having front and rear casing portions fastened together. A neck opening is formed inside said casing into which a neck of an air freshener reservoir is secured. A wick extends from the neck of the air freshener reservoir into the interior of the casing. The casing has openings in the front and back through which air flows. An air flow control element is provided in the casing to permit a user to change the air flow to the wick and thereby vary the air freshener product dispersed into the air. The air flow control element has a knob extending from the casing that is operable by the user. The rear portion of the casing has a fastener to which is attached a clip having two extended flexible arms that engage into a vent grill of an air conditioner system of a vehicle. The clip is securable in the fastener at positions oriented 90 degrees from one another to enable the clip to be fastened to vertically or horizontally oriented air conditioner grill slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Zobele Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Caserta, Ruben Garcia Fabrega, Xavier Alvarez Leal
  • Publication number: 20100019059
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air-freshening dispensing device, including a housing having a pair of mounts for mounting respective containers provided in outer sections of the housing; and a switchable shutter element arranged for selectively shutting access of an airflow to any of the outer sections. According to the invention, the shutter element is provided in a mid section between the outer sections and communicatively coupled to an air inlet. An air outlet provides throughput of the airflow through the mid section and the device further includes a clamp for clamping the unit onto an outlet channel to provide an airflow into the air inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: SARA LEE/DE N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Jan Bulsink, Caspar Barry Bogerd
  • Publication number: 20090302128
    Abstract: The present invention refers to adjustable volatile substance diffuser devices, more specifically to diffusers incorporating a container with a semipermeable membrane (3, 23, 43, 63). Said membrane (3, 23, 43, 63) permits the issue of vapours but prevents the escape of liquids, with the result that an extremely clean device is achieved as the spillage of liquid is prevented in the case of inappropriate handling. The device (1, 21, 41, 61) is furthermore of very simple construction, as it is made up of two parts, a container (2, 22, 42, 62) which houses the volatile substance and a housing (4, 24, 44, 64), which supports said container (2, 22, 42, 62). The container (2, 22, 42, 62) has the membrane (3, 23, 43, 63) adhered to it. The container (2, 22, 42, 62) and the housing (4, 24, 44, 64) are coupled directly to each other and they are moved by means of guiding or articulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: ZOBELE HOLDING SPA
    Inventor: Franco Zobele
  • Patent number: 7540432
    Abstract: A passive dispensing device for a liquid active material includes an upper housing portion for receiving a container for holding and dispensing a liquid active material, wherein the upper housing portion includes an interior cavity and wherein the container includes a wick extending from inside the container to an area outside the container. The device further includes a lower housing portion that extends downwardly from the upper housing portion, wherein the lower housing portion defines a recess between the upper and lower housing portions and includes first and second legs that extend downwardly from the upper housing portion and outwardly from the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Amelia H. Majerowski, Martin S. Payne
  • 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: 7484716
    Abstract: A cartridge for releasing scents through a digital trigger mechanism. Also disclosed is a portable, wearable, lightweight necklace or “collar,” capable of holding 1 to 12 cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: University of Southern California
    Inventors: Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Donat-Pierre Luigi, Corinna Lathan, Matthew Pettersen, Jack Maxwell Vice
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7311883
    Abstract: The system is based on a change in the intensity of evaporation caused by a chimney effect, modifying the flow of air that circulates through the environment apparatus in the surrounding area of the wick. It consists of using a casing (1) with slots (6) for the passage of air in its upper part. This is done in such a manner that said casing (1) can be used in isolation, thus attaining an apparatus that does not regulate the evaporation intensity, but that has a complementary part (7) joined to the upper part of said casing (1). This assembly, enabling free turning, has complementary slots (9), that determine a greater or lesser flow of air and the consequent regulation of the intensity of the evaporation, depending on the greater or lesser degree of opposition they have to the slots (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: DBK Espana, S. A.
    Inventor: Jordi Basagañas Millan
  • Publication number: 20070290064
    Abstract: A passive dispensing device for a liquid active material includes an upper housing portion for receiving a container for holding and dispensing a liquid active material, wherein the upper housing portion includes an interior cavity and wherein the container includes a wick extending from inside the container to an area outside the container. The device further includes a lower housing portion that extends downwardly from the upper housing portion, wherein the lower housing portion defines a recess between the upper and lower housing portions and includes first and second legs that extend downwardly from the upper housing portion and outwardly from the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Amelia H. Majerowski, Martin S. Payne
  • Patent number: 7284711
    Abstract: There is an air freshener unit and a combined container and air freshener unit. The air freshener unit is mounted onto the upper portion of the container and is comprised of a first section and a second section. In one embodiment the first section is a holder for a fragrance material and the second section is a cover for the first section. The second section in a first position covers and substantially seals the first section and in a second position allows air to pass through a space between the first section and the second section and deliver the fragrance material to the atmosphere exterior to the air freshener unit. In a second embodiment both the first section and the second section contain fragrance material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Reed, John C. Crawford, Barbara Thomas
  • Patent number: 7140553
    Abstract: A device for diffusing volatile substances, particularly deodorants for vehicle interiors. The device comprises a container designed to contain a liquid volatile substance to be diffused, a wick disposed partially in the container and a lid applied to the container around one end of the wick. The lid comprises a cap provided with slots and mounted revolving with respect to the axis of the wick. Between the cap and the wick there is interposed an intermediate element integral with the lid. The intermediate element has a U-bolt structure and is provided with slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Zobele Holding SpA
    Inventor: Franco Zobele
  • Patent number: 7070172
    Abstract: The present invention is related to devices for evaporating volatile substances in a closed environment, without the use of electric power, heating elements or absorption wicks, for the purpose of simplifying and maximally reducing the cost of the device, but at the same time maintaining its efficacy and also allowing the user to be able to adjust at will the degree of evaporation of said product. For that purpose, the evaporator device uses a vapor permeable membrane as the element responsible for causing the evaporation of the product to be evaporated. The device is especially intended to be used with the cooperation of an air current with a suitable temperature enhancing the evaporation and diffusion of the volatile substance, such as the ventilation air outlet of a vehicle, for example. The volatile substance consists in an air-freshening product, insecticide or the like. The invention is also related to a method for the evaporation of volatile substances through a membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: DBK España, S.A.
    Inventors: Ruben Garcia Fabrega, Andrea Caserta, David Moreno Perez
  • Patent number: 7045000
    Abstract: An air cleaner with aroma generation is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Kil Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 6877674
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fitting for a motor vehicle, in particular a dashboard. The permitting the circulation of at least one stream of air, along a given path, behind at least one thickness of material defining a face of the fitting. The fitting further includes means for diffusing an active compound into the at least one stream of air. The diffusing means are capable of being introduced, wholly or in part, through at least one orifice, or passing through the thicknesses of material. The loading orifices being orientated transversely to the path of the stream. The diffusing means are held in the area of the thickness or thicknesses of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alain Choquet
  • Publication number: 20040050950
    Abstract: Provided is a scent dispenser having two tubular, slidably engageable members. Openings in the inner tubular member allow scent to be released into the surrounding environment when the tubular members are in an extended position. An absorbent material may be contained within the dispenser to carry a preferred scent. Cooperating, nestable retaining detents, or, alternatively, a selectively removably positionable elastomeric O-ring, allow the outer tubular member of the dispenser to be held in any of a plurality of extended positions. A cord may be attached to the top of the outer tubular member to allow the user to hang the dispenser in a desired location. The scent dispenser may be provided in a bright color to allow the dispenser further to function as a highly visible marker for measuring the effective range of a hunter's weapons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: William Brown
  • Patent number: 6655604
    Abstract: A deer scent emitter including a housing, a scent container in the housing, at least one first opening in the housing, at least one second opening in the scent container, a timer in the housing, and a linkage coupling the timer to the scent container for periodically effecting communication between the first and second openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Paul L. Tuttobene, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030098363
    Abstract: A scent dispensing device includes a first sleeve having open and closed ends and defining linearly spaced apart apertures. A second sleeve is slidably received in the first sleeve and defines a slot therealong. The second sleeve includes a handle at one end for rotation of the second sleeve and a plugged end through which a scent soaked absorbent material may be inserted. The second sleeve is rotatable within the first sleeve between one configuration in which the slot and apertures are not aligned and another configuration in which the slot and apertures are aligned whereby to dispense the scent. A hook member is threadably coupled to the second sleeve handle such that the device may be hung from a tree branch. A pair of At opposed arrow tips also enable the device to be inserted into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventor: Dana S. Stanley
  • Publication number: 20030075613
    Abstract: Provided is a scent dispenser having two tubular, slidably engageable members. Openings in the inner tubular member allow scent to be released into the surrounding environment when the tubular members are in an extended position. An absorbent material may be contained within the dispenser to carry a preferred scent. Cooperating, nestable detent retaining means in each tubular member allow the dispenser to be held in any of a plurality of extended positions. A cord may be attached to the top of the outer tubular member to allow the user to hang the dispenser in a desired location. The scent dispenser may be provided in a bright color to allow the dispenser further to function as a highly visible marker for measuring the effective range of a hunter's weapons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: William Brown
  • Publication number: 20030066901
    Abstract: A deer scent emitter including a housing, a scent container in the housing, at least one first opening in the housing, at least one second opening in the scent container, a timer in the housing, and a linkage coupling the timer to the scent container for periodically effecting communication between the first and second openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Paul L. Tuttobene