Solid Form Vaporizable Material Patents (Class 239/60)
  • Patent number: 11103609
    Abstract: A controlled release device and method of use, the device comprising a reservoir wherein the reservoir is divided into one or more chambers; a first active material placed in a first chamber of the one or more chambers and at least one second active material placed in at least one other of the one or more chambers wherein the first active material comprises an active ingredient (AI), wherein the AI is one of an insecticide, a spatial repellent, a herbicide or a larvicide; wherein the at least one second active material comprises one or both of a matrix and an altering material; a permeable membrane covering the first chamber; partitions positioned between adjacent chambers of the one or more chambers for dividing the reservoir into chambers such that full or partial removal of one or more of the partitions results in mixing of the first active material and the at least one second active material to form a mixed active material; a cap positioned over the membrane for sealing the reservoir such that removal of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Noel Elman
  • Patent number: 11071802
    Abstract: The device for diffusing volatile substances, comprising a casing (1) wherein at least two respective volatile substance containers (2) are housed, said containers (2) being moveable relative to said casing (1) between at least one first position, where one of the containers (2) is exposed to the environment for diffusing its volatile substances, and a second position, where another container (2) is exposed to the environment, and characterised in that between said casing (1) and the container or containers (2) unexposed to the environment a space (3) is defined, which allows the diffusion of volatile substances from the unexposed container or containers (2) to a lesser extent than the container (2) exposed to the environment. It enables performance to be improved due to the fact that two or more fragrances in two or more containers contribute to the final performance and intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: ZOBELE ESPANA, S.A.
    Inventors: Montserrat Riera Giner, Ruben Garcia Fabregas, Elisabeth Martinez de Morentin Pujabet, Cedric Gobber
  • Patent number: 10562670
    Abstract: A refill for a commercial fragrance dispenser includes a bottle that is capable of irremovably locking into place within a respective fragrance distribution elements, or cage. Such a configuration may prevent inadvertent spilling of fragrance from the bottle. A lock preventer may enable the bottle to be stored within the cage while preventing full insertion of the bottle of the refill into the receptacle of the cage of the refill until assembly of the bottle with the cage and of the cage with the body of a commercial fragrance dispenser are desired. Methods for refilling fragrance dispensers, in which the bottle of a refill is locked within a cage of the refill and coupled to the cage or dispenser, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Rami Sidawi
  • Patent number: 10484305
    Abstract: The disclosed technology herein relates to delivering communications services, and more particularly to portable self-contained rugged systems and methods for providing and supporting communications capabilities in remote areas including but not limited to railway yards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Buckey Mountain, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Dunnell, Steve Hill
  • Patent number: 9863131
    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 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: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: IMPACT PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: John T. Irwin, Stephen A. Dukes, Robert James Hayes, Donald James Staufenberg, Jeffrey C. Gayer
  • Patent number: 9782508
    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: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Ruth Blattner, Charles Allen Hodge, Timothy John Kohnke, Mark Dennis Levitt, Julie E. Marquardt
  • Patent number: 9610374
    Abstract: A multiple purpose container for an air freshener, odor absorber and moisture absorber in a single product includes a tub with a lid that has openings, a basket suspended in the tub that has a vertical partition for holding an air freshener on one side and a moisture absorber on the other side, the basket includes openings on one side of the vertical partition that holds the moisture absorber to allow liquid absorbed to drain from the basket to the space below the basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Beaumont Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry M. Picken, Jr., Jeffrey M. Picken
  • Patent number: 9562721
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus for automatically dispensing air, for example, for hand drying, through either a dedicated air only spout (side mount embodiment) or through a multi-use spout configured for dispensing water, soap and/or air. The air drying module, which is typically positioned below a counter, can be modified according to the system needs to operate with hot and/or cold air and to optionally include a filter and/or fragrance dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xela Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Todd J. Muderlak, Kenneth J. Muderlak
  • Patent number: 9527024
    Abstract: A scent dispersing assembly includes a frame coupled to an air handler. A filter is coupled to the frame to filter particles from air urged by the air handler. A second frame is coupled to the air handler such that the second frame is aligned with the frame. A second filter is coupled to the second frame to filter particles from air urged by the air handler. A pad is positioned between the filter and the second filter. The pad is infused with a scent, releasing the scent into the air urged by the air handler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Dungey
  • Patent number: 9420831
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electronic cigarette, comprising an atomizer and a battery pipe; an end of the atomizer is connected to a sucking mouth component, a battery chamber is mounted in the atomizer, and the battery pipe is fixedly inserted in the battery chamber; the atomizer also includes an atomizing core component detachably configured between the battery pipe and the sucking mouth component. By implementing the electronic cigarette of the invention, it is convenient in carrying, and the atomizing core component is replaceable, and convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9402421
    Abstract: The invention is related to an electronic cigarette, including an atomizing device with a tobacco-liquid cup, and a battery electrically connected with the atomizing device, herein, the tobacco-liquid cup forms a recessed cavity, the battery is received in the cavity. The battery of the present invention is set in the atomizing device, so that the whole length of the electronic cigarette is effectively reduced, and it is more convenient to take the electronic cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9394418
    Abstract: The sol-gel templating with the infusion of gas bubbles provides a process for synthesizing polymeric or gel materials while being templated with slow bubbling of various gases into the reacting media upon the polymerization or gelation stage. The process uses a source of gas, which is delivered at a desired rate and pressure via at least one inert tube directly into the reacting solution while the gel is being formed by sol-gel process. The tube(s) have a diameter selected to produce bubbles that result in the desired pore size and the number and placement of the tubes is selected to produce the desired pore structure and surface area in the gel template. The gel may be any gel capable of being formed by sol-gel process. The gas may be selected from carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen, helium, argon, oxygen, hydrogen, propane, ethane, propylene, ethylene, air, and n-butane and other inert gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Qatar University
    Inventors: Ahmed Awadallah-F, Shaheen A. Al-Muhtaseb
  • Publication number: 20150108241
    Abstract: A bead packet apparatus includes a plurality of beads that have been infused with fragrance. The bead packet further includes a fabric casing enclosing the plurality of beads. The plurality of beads may include ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) beads. The plurality of beads may be configured to release the fragrance over a period of time in the absence of heat above room temperature. The fragrance may be released in response to receiving an air flow between the plurality of beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Chase, David Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 8998103
    Abstract: A fragrance-dispensing system comprises a wick and diffuser, wherein the diffuser surface in contact with surrounding air is larger than the wick surface in contact with the air, a container for receiving the wick, and a fragrance preparation in the container, wherein the fragrance is transported by the wick to the diffuser by capillary action. At least sections of the diffuser include a color-changing agent that interacts with at least one substance present in the fragrance such that a color change is produced on and/or in the diffuser section when the substance comes into contact with the color changing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Frank Meier, Matthias Sunder, Matthew Freeborn
  • Publication number: 20150090806
    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: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Amanda Ruth Blattner, Charles Allen Hodge, Timothy John Kohnke, Mark Dennis Levitt, Julie E. Marquardt
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8931713
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing fragrance from a refill component that is installed and removed along a vertical axis through an opening at the bottom of the housing of the apparatus includes securing structure for releasably securing the refill component to the housing when the refill component is in the housing interior in operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Dispensing Dynamics International
    Inventors: Ken Muderlak, Todd Muderlak
  • Patent number: 8916140
    Abstract: A polymeric composition comprising a copolymer of ethylene with at least another monomer comprising at least a heteroatom, a tackifier, less than 10% of a compatible plasticizer or blend of plasticizers and a volatile material. The compositions are able to deliver effectively the volatile material incorporated for a long time and also have good adhesion properties on most substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Calum MacBeath, Italo Corzani, Lamia Delphine Mimassi
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140178213
    Abstract: A fragrance capsule and a diffusing device therefor, the capsule including substrate elements into which a fragrance is adsorbed, a frame, a first grille and a second grille which are fixed in the frame facing one another, each grille having a plurality of bars, where the bars of one and the same grille being spaced apart and the grilles being spaced apart, so that the capsule allows a single layer of substrate elements to be held in the frame and between the grilles and allows air to circulate through the frame around the substrate elements and the bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: PRESENSIA
    Inventor: David Suissa
  • Publication number: 20140113538
    Abstract: An air freshener includes a dual axis vent stick with a pair of transverse slots bifurcating the vent stick to form four fingers oriented substantially parallel to one another, and also bifurcating at least one scented body carried by the vent stick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Irvin, 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
  • Publication number: 20140076991
    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 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
  • 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: 20130327845
    Abstract: An air freshener removably engages with a structure, such as the supporting post of a rear view mirror of a motor vehicle. The air freshener has a rigidifying core defining a central axis, and an outer portion or sleeve contacting the core that is formed from one or more fragrance loaded polymers. Together, the core and outer portion are shaped to surround a first axis perpendicular to the central axis. The ends of the air freshener are juxtaposed generally opposite one another in closed configuration, and the arm portions of the air freshener flex in directions substantially parallel to the first axis to separate the ends to open the air freshener. A breakable strap and/or connectors may be provided to join the ends together. Alternatively, one end of the air freshener may be inserted within a cavity formed in the opposite end of the air freshener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Brandywine Product Group International Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Lesniak, Kyle Brandenburg, John R. Hickman
  • Patent number: 8512726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to aryl glycolipid gels as control release devices and uses thereof in agriculture. In an exemplary embodiment, mannitol dioctanoate (M8) is used to prepare controlled release devices for pheromones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Gregory M. Glenn, George John
  • Patent number: 8480960
    Abstract: An air freshener has a head with a face. A clip is coupled to the head opposite the face and extends from the head perpendicularly, and includes a pair of vent rods. A pair of bodies is each coupled to a different one of the vent rods. A scent material is interspersed within the bodies, and is capable of diffusing out of the bodies to surrounding air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: American Covers, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Wheatley, Christopher D. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130126634
    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: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Amanda Ruth Blattner, Charles Allen Hodge, Timothy John Kohnke, Mark Dennis Levitt, Julie Ellen Marquardt
  • Patent number: 8434694
    Abstract: A room deodorizer that utilizes an airflow created by a ventilation device within an enclosed room to disperse a deodorizing agent. The room deodorizer is mounted near the bottom edge of a door and includes a deodorizing strip that extends below the bottom edge of the door to the floor. The deodorizing strip obstructs an airflow passageway created between the bottom edge of the door and the floor. The deodorizing strip is impregnated with a deodorizing agent such that when a ventilation device within the room is activated, the created airflow passes through the deodorizing strip to release the deodorizing agent into the enclosed room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Michael J. Saari
  • Publication number: 20130056551
    Abstract: Gelatin capsules encapsulating an aroma material including at least one aroma compound may be applied to product packaging, such as food packaging etc., with a secondary protective coating, e.g., at the interface of a container and its closure device. The gelatin capsules can be ruptured or broken when the container is opened, thereby releasing the aroma compound and causing a favorable aroma for the consumer. The secondary protective coating can reduce or prevent degradation of the gelatin capsules during product packaging, transport, and storage, thereby enhancing their performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Naijie Zhang, Peter S. Given, JR.
  • Patent number: 8367011
    Abstract: A blower type chemical diffusing apparatus is small in thickness, simple in structure, and reduced in cost. The apparatus allows the chemical and a battery to be exchanged readily and facilitates electrically connecting the battery to the motor in the blower. The apparatus casing includes a first and a second side casing counterpart hinged together to allow opening and closing. The apparatus further includes a blower with a motor and fan mounted in the first casing body. A chemical cartridge is disposed between the blower and the second casing body, and contains a chemical impregnated body which includes a carrier in the form of a sheet impregnated with the chemical. The first casing body has a battery accommodating recess in which dry cells are removably accepted to drive the motor and thereby to rotate the fan. Air is thus forced to flow through the chemical cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fumakilla Limited
    Inventor: Kazunori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8302819
    Abstract: An assembly includes a fluid dispenser, an engagement feature on a portion of the fluid dispenser and a fragrance element with one or more surfaces that define an opening through the fragrance element, wherein the portion of the fluid dispenser with the engagement feature can extend through the opening in the fragrance element to engage a mounting base on an opposite side of the fragrance element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Robertet, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen V. Dente, Christopher Habeck
  • Patent number: 8293170
    Abstract: The present scent distributor is a cartridge for attaching to a permeable substrate such as an air filter or humidifier pad. The cartridge housing is configured to hold the scenting media, said housing including a body and a cover; a plurality of openings in said housing to allow air to flow through at least a portion of said housing for interaction with the scenting media; a restrictor that slidingly engages with said housing to selectively restrict the flow of air through said housing; and an attachment device on said housing to attach said housing to a porous substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: RPS Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel E. Schuld
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8177916
    Abstract: A malodour-counteracting device adapted to be used in an automatic dishwasher having at least one washing cycle and a final drying cycle, the device having the form of two connected containers, adapted to rest on a horizontal surface within the dishwasher to provide an upper container (2) and a lower container (1), the lower container having the form of an open dish and the upper container, within which is a gradually-releasable evaporable malodour counteractant (6), fitting within the lower container and providing at least one port (3) permitting the passage of malodour counteractant out of the upper container, the lower container being adapted, during the washing cycle, to contain sufficient water to submerge the port, and during the drying cycle to allow the port to be open. The device is easy and cheap to manufacture, and is effective for a prolonged period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Givaudan S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Blondeau
  • Patent number: 8146836
    Abstract: A device for carrying and dispensing scent with a scent retaining block, a block retaining housing, a living hinge member, a housing cover plate, a latch member, right and left housing strap apertures, an adjustable length strap attached by male and female strap retaining members. The housing is rectangular and has one fully open portion. The housing cover plate is attached to the housing by the living hinge member. The housing has a plurality of apertures allowing air to freely pass into and out of the housing. The adjustable strap is attached to the left strap aperture. The non adjustable strap is attached to the right strap aperture or vice versa. The adjustable strap is removably attached to the non adjustable strap by the male and the female strap retaining members. The scent block is constructed from an absorbent material capable of retaining a liquid scent without leaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Hogan
  • Patent number: 8109409
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a deodorizer that comprises a package comprised of a porous compostable material and a crushable compostable material within the package that releases a deodorant when crushed. The application further describes a deodorizer assembly comprising an attachment assembly for removably attaching a deodorizer to the interior of a garbage container. The application also discloses a deodorizer assembly comprising a garbage can liner and a crushable compostable material that releases a deodorant when crushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Carolyn MacMurray
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110204158
    Abstract: A room deodorizer that utilizes an airflow created by a ventilation device within an enclosed room to disperse a deodorizing agent. The room deodorizer is mounted near the bottom edge of a door and includes a deodorizing strip that extends below the bottom edge of the door to the floor. The deodorizing strip obstructs an airflow passageway created between the bottom edge of the door and the floor. The deodorizing strip is impregnated with a deodorizing agent such that when a ventilation device within the room is activated, the created airflow passes through the deodorizing strip to release the deodorizing agent into the enclosed room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Saari
  • Patent number: 7980486
    Abstract: Disclosed are dispensers for volatile materials. There is a container in the form of a well having an internal cavity, a volatile chemical positioned in the cavity, and a multi-layer covering enclosing the cavity. The covering has a lower section that is gas permeable, and an upper section removably bound to the lower section that is not. Embodiments include when (a) the lower section has a top layer that is a blend of high density polyethylene and low density polyethylene; the upper section has a bottom layer that has a mixture of polypropylene and a propylene/ethylene copolymer; and/or the lower section has an upper layer that has low density polyethylene but the lower section does not contain ultra low density polyethylene. These features help prevent premature leakage at the bond between the upper section and lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Trent, Anne T. Maghasi
  • Publication number: 20110168803
    Abstract: The invention relates to perfume diffusing devices, particularly, to a microcrystalline wax housing perfume diffusing device, comprising a light-transmitting microcrystalline wax housing and electronic component. The housing has a first cavity zone inside which perfumed volatile material, being perfume-volatilizable, is placed. The electronic component is inside the housing; and includes a LED light, battery compartment, and power switch. The perfumed volatile material in the first cavity zone can volatilize perfume, and the light from the LED of the electronic component can penetrate the housing and shine out, so the device functions as ornamentation and illumination, which richens the function of the device and widens its applications. The housing is formed of microcrystalline wax and can emit perfume itself, hence the invention has a relatively long performance life because when the perfumed volatile material is used up or unable to emit perfume, the microcrystalline wax can still emit perfume itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Huang Liwei
  • Patent number: 7926735
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispersing a fragrance compound. The apparatus includes a fragrance compound impregnated porous carrier with a film wrapped there about to form an envelope hermetically sealed along at least a first seam in the film. The film is perforated with at least a first slit to define a vent opening removable portion retained to the envelope with at least a first tab of film bridging the first slit. A film vent closure is adhesively applied to the envelope about the vent opening removable portion, thereby forming a substantially complete hermetic seal of the interior of the envelope about the porous carrier. Upon removal, the film vent closure adhesively pulls the vent opening removable portion from the envelope, and the first tab of film is torn, so as to form a vent opening in the envelope, and thereby enabling the fragrance compound to disperse through the vent opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: David D. Mobley
  • Patent number: 7887697
    Abstract: An aromatic drain device comprising a perforate retaining device defining a volume for retaining an aromatic media therein, the retaining device releasably secured to a removable drain cover and positioned to extend below the drain cover into the cavity defined by the floor drain wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas W. Worth
  • Publication number: 20110031330
    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: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    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: 7874501
    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: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    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: 20100308131
    Abstract: A device for carrying and dispensing scent with a scent retaining block, a block retaining housing, a living hinge member, a housing cover plate, a latch member, right and left housing strap apertures, an adjustable length strap attached by male and female strap retaining members. The housing is rectangular and has one fully open portion. The housing cover plate is attached to the housing by the living hinge member. The housing has a plurality of apertures allowing air to freely pass into and out of the housing. The adjustable strap is attached to the left strap aperture. The non adjustable strap is attached to the right strap aperture or vice versa. The adjustable strap is removably attached to the non adjustable strap by the male and the female strap retaining members. The scent block is constructed from an absorbent material capable of retaining a liquid scent without leaking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Hogan
  • Publication number: 20100270393
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are wearable devices for dispensing insect repellents, fragrances, and/or other chemicals along the outside of the clothing of a human, to avoid the need to apply such chemicals directly to clothing or to human's skin. The devices have an on/off switch that automatically controls a shutter which enables and restricts air flow, while also controlling fan operation and covering of a use-up cue. The device also is designed to prevent fan operation when an impregnated slab is not present. Also disclosed are preferred refills for use with such devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Donald J. Schumacher, Raymund J. Alfaro, Dirk K. Nickel, Tyler D. Duston, Michael T. Hudak, Sean P. Kingston, Anne T. Maghasi, Kwamena Gyakye deGraft-Johnson