Involving Slow Diffusion Patents (Class 239/6)
  • Patent number: 11872329
    Abstract: A containing apparatus for volatile liquid includes a container for receiving a volatile liquid, a breathable membrane, a rupturable substrate, an upper casing, and a pressing member. An accommodating portion of the container has a receiving opening. The rupturable substrate covers the receiving opening for retaining the volatile liquid therein without leakage in a non-use state. The breathable membrane is disposed above the rupturable substrate. The upper casing is disposed above the breathable membrane and has a through-hole. The pressing member is movably connected to the upper casing and can be pressed toward the breathable membrane and the rupturable substrate. The breathable membrane is arranged between the pressing member and the rupturable substrate. A part of the pressing member can pass through the through-hole and break the rupturable substrate to form a breaking hole, yet the breathable membrane is not broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Aromate Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Han-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 11833276
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a volatile composition dispenser is disclosed. A container is positioned on a pallet, wherein the container has a bottom wall and side walls extending circumferentially around the bottom wall to define a reservoir and wherein the side walls have a circumferential inner edge defining a reservoir opening. The pallet is moved to a filling station in fluid communication with a tank containing a perfume composition. The perfume composition is dispensed into the exposed reservoir. A vapor impermeable substrate is attached to the planar surface of the container containing the dispensed perfume composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kumaresh Govindan Radhakrishnan, Rahul Vyas, Thinh Nguyen Ha, Stefano Deflorian
  • Patent number: 11712493
    Abstract: An apparatus for air freshening in an interior occupancy space. The apparatus has a reservoir containing a volatile composition for air freshening and/or malodor removal and a composite membrane in fluid communication with the volatile composition. The composite membrane has a first side facing the reservoir and a second side opposite the first side. At least one of the first side and the second side has a diffusion regulating coating, the diffusion regulating coating including a hydrophobic/oleophobic material having at least one fluoro-alkyl group. The volatile composition includes at least 20% of perfume raw materials by weight of the composition, the at least 20% of perfume raw materials having an average vapor pressure equal to or greater than 0.01 torr at 25 degrees Celsius. The apparatus has an average vapor release rate from 0.2 mg/hr*cm2 to 5 mg/hr*cm2 at an air flow rate of 5 m/s and a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Bee Ting Low, Qunhui Guo, Luciano M. Parrinello
  • Patent number: 11638771
    Abstract: Apparatus for delivering a volatile material including a reservoir with an opening for containing a volatile material. A first membrane is disposed adjacent the opening of the reservoir, and a second membrane disposed adjacent the opening such that the first membrane is disposed between the second membrane and the reservoir, wherein at least a portion of the second membrane is spaced apart from the first membrane forming a vapor chamber between the first and second membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: The Procter & Gambie Company
    Inventors: Gui Min Shi, Tai-Shung Chung, Bee Ting Low, Calum Macbeath
  • Patent number: 11553730
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a pre-filled container configured to store a pre-defined volume of a vaporizable liquid composition. The present disclosure is also directed to personal vaporizing devices for using such containers. In one embodiment, the pre-filled container is configured to provide a vaporizable liquid composition stored therein to an ultrasonic vaporizing component via capillary action for vaporization thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Lunatech, LLC
    Inventors: John David Cameron, Jonathan Seamus Blackley, Mike Elam, Alex Gilbert, Ravi Sawhney, Josh Williams
  • Patent number: 11052025
    Abstract: Disclosed is a microemulsion of oil-in-water type including, preferably consisting of, by weight relative to the total weight of microemulsion: •70% to 94% of water, •1% to 15% of at least one hydrophobic fragrancing substance, •4% to 20% of at least one preferably volatile solvo-surfactant, and •0.1% to 15%, preferably 1% to 13%, of at least one hydrotropic agent or at least one surfactant selected from anionic surfactants, cationic surfactants, amphoteric surfactants and non-ionic surfactants. The solvo-surfactant is selected from monoalkylated glycerol derivatives of following formula (I): wherein the “alkyl” group is a linear or branched alkyl group including from 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and R and R? are each independently H or a linear or branched alkyl group including from 1 to 5 carbon atoms, with the proviso that R is different from R?, and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Oriana Boucenna Verdier, Christian Mahe, Véronique Rataj-Nardello, Jean-Marie Aubry, Maxime Nollet, Raphaël Lebeuf
  • Patent number: 10846704
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, a computerized system and a computer program product for selective scent dispensing. The computer implemented method comprising: detecting an event, wherein the event is associated with a person entering a predetermined physical area; in response to the detection of the event, determining, by a processor, a scent for the event; and applying, by a dispenser, the scent on the predetermined physical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 10687552
    Abstract: An aerosol-generating system including a cartridge is provided, the cartridge including a liquid storage portion including a housing configured to hold a liquid aerosol-forming substrate, the housing having an opening; and a heater assembly including at least one heater element fixed to the housing and extending across an opening of the housing, wherein a width of the at least one heater element of the heater assembly is smaller than a width of the opening of the housing. The heater element may be spaced from a periphery of the opening, leading to more efficient heating and aerosol production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Ihar Zinovik, Oleg Mironov, Keethan Dasnavis Fernando
  • Patent number: 10596198
    Abstract: An apparatus for sequestering and releasing compounds into the air is provided. The apparatus includes a card with a first side and a second side, and a plurality of compound-sequestering structures affixed to the first side. Each of the plurality of compound-sequestering structures is configured to release a compound into the air when heated to a first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Vium, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Noble Betts-Lacroix, Daniel Ford, Laura Schaevitz
  • Patent number: 10561127
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a blood feeding system using nonwoven fabric materials are disclosed. In one embodiment, a feeding pouch includes: a first surface comprising an impermeable material; a second surface comprising a nonwoven fabric material, the first surface bonded to the second surface to form a pouch; and blood deposited within the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Charles Behling, Tiantian Zha
  • Patent number: 10532121
    Abstract: The invention refers to a device for evaporating volatile substances comprising: a container of a liquid volatile substance, and a vapour permeable membrane (1) and a thermoplastic porous or fibrous laminate (2) bonded together. Said container is closed at its opening by said vapour permeable membrane (1) and the fibrous laminate (2), wherein the fibrous laminate (2) is welded to the thermoformed part of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Cedric Morhain, Walter Sordo, Stefano Deflorian
  • Patent number: 10495000
    Abstract: The present application provides a gas turbine engine. The gas turbine engine may include a compressor and an inlet air system positioned upstream of the compressor. The inlet air system may include a wetted media pad for evaporative cooling. The wetted media pad may include a contoured configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hua Zhang, Naveen Ghattadhahalli Parmeshwar, Christopher Conrad Frese, Valery Ivanovich Ponyavin, Bradly Aaron Kippel
  • Patent number: 9706755
    Abstract: The primary aspect of the Controlled Odor Mimic Permeation System (COMPS) is that it provides a field deployable instant and reproducible source of known amounts of target odors. This technology consists of a permeable polymer container (chosen to suit target odor and release rate required), stored inside a non-permeable package. The design allows for the pre-equilibration of the target odors such that the outer surface of the inner package can saturate with odor during storage. Removal of the inner item then provides an instant and reproducible source of known target vapor flux. We have successfully demonstrated this technology by placing the target odor chemicals within permeable membranes such as low density polyethylene which are then sealed within a non-permeable membranes such as metallized polyester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Furton, Ross J. Harper
  • Patent number: 9651531
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing an air sampling system with first and second PID sensors to discriminate ammonia measurements. In one embodiment, air samples are taken from a vivarium environment to determine ammonia levels for controlling air flow to the vivarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Aircuity, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric M. Desrochers
  • Patent number: 9402930
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solid pressed air freshener and odor neutralizer composition which can include greater than 10% fragrance. The air freshener comprises a fragrance; preferably the fragrance is impregnated within a water soluble substrate made from a foamed vegetable starch, a surfactant and a solidifier. The solid formulations break down easily in the presence of water and may be sprayed, within the area to be freshened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Ruth Blattner, Charles Allen Hodge, Timothy John Kohnke, Mark Dennis Levitt, Julie E. Marquardt
  • Patent number: 9132204
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods, compositions and articles comprising olfactory-active compositions. An article of the present invention comprises a structural component and an olfactory-active composition. The article may control the release, release rate or absorption of the olfactory-active composition. The article may be of various shapes and sizes. A method of use of an article comprises providing fragrance to an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: EnviroScent, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas McKay, Jeffrey Sherwood, Jeffery S. Hsieh, Pedro Antonio Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9131673
    Abstract: Provided is a sustained release preparation capable of uniformly releasing therefrom a volatile chemical for a long period of time even if the amount of a liquid chemical remaining in a tubular container of the sustained release preparation becomes small. Also provided is a container for sustained release preparation, the container being tubular and comprising two layers of outer and inner layers, the inner layer having a thickness of 0.12 to 1.2 mm and having a foamed structure permitting the soaking-up of a liquid chemical to a height of at least 25 mm by capillarity. Also provided is a container unit for sustained release preparation, the unit comprising two or more of the container combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ryuichi Saguchi, Kinya Ogawa, Takehiko Fukumoto, Tsugio Ogata
  • 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: 8991647
    Abstract: A station combines a toilet paper dispenser, dispenser for dispensing hand wipes, a dispenser for dispensing surface antibiotic wipes, and a deodorant feature. The station includes a toilet paper dispenser made from a plastic type material and the toilet paper dispenser may be a single or double roll dispenser. The station cover houses a battery-operated fan that pulls air from inside the dispenser. A tray inside the dispenser holds a fragrance cup holding a quantity of deodorant. The base holds one or two rolls of commercial toilet paper, each of which rolls on a hollow plastic axle to hold a bottle containing wipes. A microswitch may be integrated in the cover to disengage the fan when the cover of the unit is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Encore Industrial Supply, LLC
    Inventor: Leigh A. Meyers
  • Patent number: 8986610
    Abstract: A system and method delivers an atomized solution to the interior volume of a building or room utilizing a venturi effect for the atomization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Roei Ben Haim
  • Publication number: 20150076246
    Abstract: Apparatus for dissipating a fragrance or malodor eliminator utilizes an infused disc which a user can place in either a rotating or a fixed position. The two states will dissipate a scent/malodor-eliminator at different rates. The disc is mounted on a shaft that secures the disc in an air stream. The shaft defines several positions at which the disc can be placed, as well as structures to retain the disc at a selected location along the shaft. The shaft is part of a support which includes a mechanism for securing the apparatus within the air stream. Air flow causes the disc to rotate and dissipate at one rate or to pass through a stationary disc at a second, lower rate, as a function of the position of the disc on the shaft. A method of imparting a scent or malodor eliminator to air is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Rotuba Extruders Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bell, Jim Blumenfeld, Robert Coopersmith, James Loof
  • Publication number: 20150060564
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for dispensing scented components include a container with an opening, a closure engageable with the opening, a wick engaged with the closure and extending into the container, and a stop member engaged with the wick, the stop member having a dimension greater than the diameter of the opening for preventing removal of a portion of the wick from the container. In use, the closure can be removed from the opening to extend the wick and expose a first portion of the wick to a location. Contact between the opening and stop member retains a second portion of the wick in the container in contact with a scented component to draw the scented component toward the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Bowles
  • Publication number: 20150064060
    Abstract: The invention provides and improved way to provide air freshener, scent, fragrance or perfume to an automobile in a milder and evenly applied manner. The additive or premixed fluid is combined with windshield washer fluid. Where it may be dispensed or applied on the exterior of the windshield. Where by it is pulled from the outside of the car and vented into the automobile, for use as and interior air freshener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Travis McCaughey, Randy Alan Pennington
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150014429
    Abstract: The present technology is directed to devices and methods for providing scents to a user—in particular, in a portable way that can dispense a plurality of scents to an individual user based on the individual user's personal preferences or needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Woodpecker Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary David Rome
  • Publication number: 20150014428
    Abstract: The present technology is directed to devices and methods for providing scents to a user—in particular, in a portable way that can dispense a plurality of scents to an individual user based on the individual user's personal preferences or needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Woodpecker Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Zachary David Rome
  • Publication number: 20150001308
    Abstract: An emanation system is disclosed that include a substrate, a secondary substrate, and an air treatment material. The secondary substrate is adapted to be wetted with runoff from the air treatment material applied to the substrate. When applied, the air treatment material emanates from the substrate at a first release rate and from the secondary substrate at a second release rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Maude Christian Meier, Fei Gao, Randy C. Yuhas
  • Patent number: 8919662
    Abstract: Scent devices and methods are provided. In one embodiment, the present invention can be a device to scent an environment comprising a scent and a structural component. The scent stick can have a length to average cross-sectional diameter ratio of at least about 4:1 according to some embodiments. The scent stick can be colored to blend into an environmental setting to make the presence of the scent stick unobtrusive. The scent stick may also be attached or hung by the addition of a hanger or hoop. The scent stick may be hung from a tree, automobile mirror or a person as an adornment. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: EnviroScent, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sherwood
  • Publication number: 20140314619
    Abstract: An emanator device for emanating an air treatment agent into the surrounding air comprises a housing (102) which contains a solid or liquid source of the air treatment agent, wherein the housing comprises a blister or capsule containing an air treatment agent (108) and a plurality of openings which are sufficiently small that they can be closed by a film or plug of water. For example the openings may be provided by a gauze or mesh (114). The openings do not inhibit the emanation of air treatment agent released from the blister, but when the emanator device is subject to wet conditions, as may happen in a dishwashing machine, the openings are blocked by a film or plug of water. The air treatment agent does not therefore enter the water, where it may have caused adverse effects, or simply have been wasted. Under dry conditions, however, emanation occurs normally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Mauro Davanzo
  • Publication number: 20140312135
    Abstract: In an aspect, an eating utensil includes a controllable odorant emitter for delivering an odorant to a person who is eating or drinking from the eating utensil. The odorant may be delivered orthonasally or retronasally. The odorant may be used to stimulate or suppress appetite. In an aspect, a controllable odorant emitter is provided in an attachment that may be removably secured to an eating utensil. Related methods and systems for delivering odorant in connection with use of an eating utensil are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K.Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Dennis J. Rivet, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140252110
    Abstract: A disposable single-use animal attractant dispensing device has a pouch formed by front and back panels joined along peripheral edges, which includes a pouch section for retaining an animal attractant and a single-use absorbent lure for absorbing the attractant. A first opening formed by un-joined portions of the panels is sealed together along with a portion of the lure to form a sealing section, forming a substantially impervious seal. A notch is provided to assist the user in rupturing the seal to separate the pouch and sealing sections and to expose the lure. A securement is provided for securing the pouch to a user, and may include a pouch connection member and a user connection member. An aperture disposed in the sealing section of the pouch receives a portion of the securement. A pocket on an outer surface of the pouch holds a portion of the securement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Barry Arlen Smith
  • Publication number: 20140239079
    Abstract: This concerns a hangable air freshener that houses aroma-emanating material, such as a plurality of scented beads. The hangable air freshener has a top wall bearing a hook for suspended placement. When at the opened condition, access is provided to a seal which when compromised or removed allows for passage of fragrance from the scented material, through aroma-permeable area, and out of the air freshener and into the surroundings. The hangable air freshener is manufactured in multiple parts, including an upper part with the hook and a lower part within which components for forming the scented beads are positioned, the parts are sealed together with a seam, and expanding volume beads fill the lower part and move into the upper part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas H. Wolf
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140209698
    Abstract: A method for delivering a volatile fluid in a continuous manner, over a period of time and without leakage, to the atmosphere is disclosed. The method includes activating a device by breaching a semi-rigid sheet to release volatile fluid to the atmosphere. The device includes a flexible sheet and a semi-rigid sheet that are sealed along their edges to form a closed pocket or reservoir for containing a volatile fluid. The semi-rigid sheet is sealed on a first side to a flexible sheet and sealed on a second side to a vapor permeable membrane. The semi-rigid sheet contains a volatile fluid in the reservoir during storage, preventing contact of the volatile fluid with the vapor permeable membrane before the device is activated. The semi-rigid sheet has a differential score to guide the bounds of an opening that is formed upon activation. Once activated, the vapor permeable membrane provides continuous emission of a volatile fluid from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason John OLCHOVY, Stefano Deflorian, Livio Sordo Sicheri, Walter Sordo, Ian Roderick Jaye
  • Publication number: 20140193764
    Abstract: The invention provides aromatherapy devices that may be used to break a capsule containing a desired aromatic liquid, and then control the release of the aroma as the volatile aromatic liquid evaporates. The devices may be used, for example, in aromatherapy, including to control nausea or to mask unpleasant scents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Institute for Cancer Research d/b/a The Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Inventor: Mark-Alan Pizzini
  • Publication number: 20140193295
    Abstract: A multi-layer article is provided containing a sorbent layer having a first side and a second side; a vapor permeable or microporous layer adjacent to at least a portion of at least one of the first side and second side of the sorbent layer; optionally, a second vapor permeable or microporous layer on a side of the vapor permeable or microporous layer not adjacent to the sorbent layer; optionally, a vapor impermeable layer adjacent to a portion of the sorbent layer not adjacent to the vapor permeable or microporous layer; and an active composition having at least one volatile component; wherein the sorbent layer contains the active composition, and each layer is capable of being formed into a required shape or structure; and a method for its use in treating the atmosphere of an environment such as a compartment or localized space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: JULIUS SAMANN LTD.
    Inventors: Albert Michael FISCHER, Matthew Thomas Kuhn, Robert Richard Ziek, JR., Robert St Clair Donovan
  • Publication number: 20140191056
    Abstract: A method of delivering a volatile material to the atmosphere in a continuous manner is disclosed. The method includes providing a delivery engine having a reservoir that includes a volatile material mixture. The volatile material mixture includes about 40% to about 100%, by total weight, of the volatile materials each having a vapor pressure at 25° C. of less than about 0.1 ton. The delivery system also includes a microporous membrane enclosing the reservoir, wherein the microporous membrane comprises an average pore size of about 0.01 to about 0.03 microns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Dana Paul GRUENBACHER, Jason John OLCHOVY, Scott Kendyl STANLEY, James Douglas STILL, Rhonda Jean JACKSON, Zaiyou LIU, Walter SORDO, Stefano DEFLORIAN, Cedric MORHAIN
  • Publication number: 20140183274
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for activating a volatile dispensing device. The apparatus includes a puncturing mechanism formed between a first portion and a second portion of an activation arm and the puncturing mechanism being shaped to move laterally to puncture a volatile container as a compressive load is applied to the activation arm through the first and second portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Hafer, James Clark, Matthew Freeborn
  • Publication number: 20140183273
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for activating a volatile reservoir using a lateral force. The apparatus includes a container assembly that includes a volatile reservoir sealed to prevent an escape of a volatile where a seal of the volatile reservoir is at least in part formed with an internal barrier. The container assembly has an opening shaped to receive a puncturing end of a wicking assembly. The internal barrier is positioned to break under a lateral force resulting from insertion of the puncturing end of the wicking assembly into the container assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Hafer, James Clark, Matthew Freeborn
  • Publication number: 20140166771
    Abstract: A non-automated dispenser adapted to passively emanate a volatile material at room temperatures via a membrane, in particularly concerned with the emanation of a volatile material such as a fragrance/air freshener, an insecticide, a disinfectant, a bactericide, a fungicide and/or a medicament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Andrea Duddington, Benjamin David Hindle
  • Publication number: 20140158788
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for controlling a release of airborne chemicals. The apparatus includes a wall thickness between an inside surface and an outside surface, and the inside surface is shaped to connect to a chemical source covering that releases an airborne chemical from a chemical source. The wall thickness also has multiple openings connecting the inside surface to the outside surface, and the openings occupy fifteen percent to forty five percent of the outside surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: The Dial Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler R. Mikkelsen, Kevin Hafer, James Clark
  • Patent number: 8746587
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing, a retention mechanism coupled to the housing, and a compatible volatile material refill that includes a first set of dimensions and a wick extending therefrom. An adapter is removeably attached to a portion of the compatible volatile material refill. The retention mechanism non-removeably retains the adapter to the housing when the compatible volatile material refill and adapter combination are inserted therein. Further, when the compatible volatile material refill is removed from the adapter, the adapter prevents incompatible volatile material refills having a second set of dimensions different from the first set of dimensions from being attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc
    Inventors: Bridget Soldan, Jason Gebhardt
  • Publication number: 20140124590
    Abstract: A method of providing in an atmosphere both a continual supply of volatile liquid and the possibility for a time of an enhanced supply, comprising providing the liquid (3) in a reservoir (1) with an opening, which opening is covered by a membrane (4) of thickness of from 0.05-0.4 mm so as to define within the reservoir and internal evaporation space (6), the continual supply being provided by liquid evaporating within the internal evaporation space and passing through the membrane, and the enhanced supply being provided by evaporation from liquid absorbed in the membrane which has been brought into contact with the liquid and then separated therefrom. The method is easily carried out with a simple, cheap device. A suitable choice of membrane also gives an end-of-life indication by changing color as liquid absorbed therein is disseminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Givaudan SA
    Inventors: Philippe Blondeau, Alice Bresson Boil
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140103133
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing web material from a roll contained within the dispenser includes an air freshener for providing a pleasing fragrance to the area surrounding the dispenser. The dispenser may include a housing to which the air freshener may be attached. The housing may include a pivoting cover, and the air freshener may be coupled to the pivoting cover to selectively cover one of the rolls of web material housed within the dispenser. The air freshener may alternatively be supported within a mandrel configured to support one of the rolls of web material within the dispenser. A fan may be provided and configured to push the fragrance into the surrounding environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Todd Muderlak, Deborah Ponath
  • Publication number: 20140076983
    Abstract: Fragrance control is provided by articles of manufacture including various fragrancing objects, methods of using such objects, and systems that employ one or more such objects. The fragrancing object can be easy to manufacture, long lasting, provide fragrance that is consistently released over time, provide an indication to the user that the object needs to be replaced, and can hold a desired ratio of fragrance. The fragrancing object can include a first material comprising a polyether block amide, a second material comprising a polyolefin elastomer (POE), and a fragrance component such as a fragrance oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: John T. Irwin, Stephen A. Dukes, Robert James Hayes, Donald James Staufenberg, Jeffrey C. Gayer
  • Publication number: 20140076984
    Abstract: Fragrance control is provided by articles of manufacture including various solid state fragrancing objects, methods of using such objects, and systems that employ one or more such objects. The solid state fragrancing object can be used to inconspicuously provide fragrance to a user in an environment by disposing the solid state fragrancing object in the environment and configuring the solid state fragrancing object as at least a portion of a fixture within the environment. The fragrancing object can be easy to manufacture, long lasting, provide fragrance that is consistently released over time, provide an indication to the user that the object needs to be replaced, and can hold a desired ratio of fragrance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: John T. Irwin, Stephen A. Dukes, Robert James Hayes, Donald James Staufenberg, Jeffrey C. Gayer
  • Publication number: 20140061328
    Abstract: An air freshener or container has a convertible and interchangeable lid/base that can form both a lid covering a jar and a base supporting a jar. In addition, the container or jar can contain water beads and a scented material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Bryce Haymond
  • Patent number: 8662409
    Abstract: A dispensing device includes a container having a wall that defines an opening into an interior, a first layer of carrier disposed in the interior distal from the opening, and a second layer of carrier disposed between the first layer and the opening, wherein the first layer of carrier isolates the second layer of carrier from the opening. The first layer of carrier has a first characteristic of an active ingredient, and the second layer of carrier has a second characteristic of active ingredient, wherein the first characteristic is different from the second characteristic. A barrier is disposed between the first layer and the second layer to retard or prevent diffusion of the active ingredient of the second layer into the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Maciej K. Tasz, Amelia H. Majerowski, Christopher S. Hoppe
  • Publication number: 20140048614
    Abstract: A membrane device is intended for the release of volatile compositions. The membrane device includes one or more membrane layers which are permeable to the volatile composition and which are positioned within a vapor impermeable package such as package formed by an upper and lower vapor impermeable panel. The upper vapor impermeable panel includes a window that allows access to the membrane layer for activation of the membrane device. The membrane device can also include decorative portions for aesthetic appeal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas F. Santini, Anthony R. Budraitis