Dispensing To Air From Closet Patents (Class 4/228.1)
  • Patent number: 9976292
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for flush activated air freshening. In one embodiment, a method includes sensing the initiation of a flush of a toilet system and discharging aerosol in response to sensing the initiation of the flush. In another embodiment, an air freshener assembly for a toilet system includes a control valve coupled to an aerosol cartridge and a spray control configured to activate the control valve to discharge aerosol from the aerosol cartridge in response to initiation of a flush of the toilet system. In another embodiment, a toilet system includes means for initiating a flush of a toilet, means for sensing initiation of the flush, and means for discharging aerosol in response to sensing the initiation of the flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Danco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Schuster, Douglas C. Saunders, Duston E. A. Stutzman
  • 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
  • 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
    Applicant: IMPACT PRODUCTS, LLC
    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
  • Patent number: 8668115
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing unit includes the steps of applying a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a container and performing a startup procedure in response to applying the power source. The startup procedure also includes the step of performing an activation sequence that discharges a fluid from the container. The method further includes the step of performing an active mode procedure after the startup procedure without providing a lockout period in between. The active mode procedure includes activating a sensor associated with the dispensing unit, performing an activation sequence that discharges the fluid from the container when the sensor detects sensory input, and performing a transition procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene Sipinski
  • Patent number: 8459499
    Abstract: A method of operating a dispensing unit including the steps of applying a power source to a dispensing unit that includes a container and performing a startup procedure in response to applying the power source. The startup procedure includes performing an activation sequence that discharges a fluid from the container. The method further includes the step of performing an active mode procedure after the startup procedure without providing a lockout period in between. The active mode procedure includes activating a motion sensor associated with the dispensing unit, performing an activation sequence that discharges the fluid from the container when the motion sensor detects motion, and performing a transition procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventor: Gene Sipinski
  • Patent number: 8453273
    Abstract: A molded object made out of resin, plastic or other suitable scent absorbing material which is impregnated with an odor absorbing scent. The scent impregnated object which be in any shape such as the shape of an animal, a celestial body (star, moon, etc) or any other shape is retained onto the flexible retaining belt by which a rimmed cage retaining a deodorant block is retained onto the upper exterior rim of a toilet bowl. The rimmed cage retaining the deodorant block extends into the toilet bowl and the present invention odor absorbing object rests just above the rimed cage and provides a continuous source of scent to absorb fowl odors and mask fowl odors from the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Worldwide Integrated Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred I. Morad
  • Patent number: 8307467
    Abstract: Described is a multi-function device for attachment to the tank of a toilet fixture. The multi-function device provides a diffusible air-treatment concentrate for deodorizing or otherwise treating the ambient air surrounding the toilet. At the same time, the multi-function device provides a water-soluble water-treatment concentrate for treating the flush water stored in the toilet tank. The multi-function device has an indicator to advise the consumer when replacement of user serviceable parts, such as the water treatment concentrate and the air treatment concentrate, is needed. The multi-function device has a bellows with a varying cross-sectional area to provide, during a flush cycle, a variable flow of air over the air treatment concentrate and into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Cherie A. Bulala, Grant Templin, Geetha Murthy, Rina Mussallam, Matt Tivnon, Bryan Vollmer
  • Patent number: 8161579
    Abstract: A self contained battery energized apparatus is mounted within the water tank of a conventional flush toilet to eliminate malodorous gases. Air from the toilet bowl is drawn through the stand pipe in the toilet tank into a housing to expose the air to UV radiation to produce ozone molecules that have an oxidizing effect on organic matter and the UV radiation serves as a germicide and a virucide. The ozonated and oxidized gases are exhausted through a carbon filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Zuvo Water, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond P. Denkewicz, Jr., Rolf Engelhard
  • Patent number: 8015629
    Abstract: A device useful for the delivery of a treatment composition, and a fragrancing effect to a sanitary appliance, especially a toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Reckitt Benckiser Inc.
    Inventors: Lamson Nguyen, Jeanne Marie Weller
  • Patent number: 7832025
    Abstract: A dispenser for releasing a treatment composition into the bowl of a toilet, and a fragrance into the surrounding room, comprises a solid block of a treatment composition in a housing. A block of gel material impregnated with the fragrance fills an opening in a front wall of the housing and is exposed to the housing interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Jeyes Group Limited
    Inventors: Peter Virica, Neil Papworth, Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 7793362
    Abstract: A toilet seat lift system for a toilet having a toilet bowl is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the toilet seat lift system includes a seat connecting shaft adapted for attachment to the toilet bowl, a toilet seat carried by the seat connecting shaft, a cover connecting rod extending through the seat connecting shaft, a toilet cover carried by the cover connecting rod, a seat handle carried by the seat connecting shaft and a cover handle carried by the cover connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventors: Owen Stoby, Audrey Stoby
  • Patent number: 7721358
    Abstract: Described is a single function or multi-function device for attachment to the tank of a toilet fixture. The device provides a diffusible air-treatment concentrate for deodorizing or otherwise treating the ambient air surrounding the toilet. At the same time, the multi-function device provides a water-soluble water-treatment concentrate for treating the flush water stored in the toilet tank. The device can have an air moving part with a delay value to increase fragrance delivery. The device can have an air treatment part with a reservoir having fragrance containing particles. The reservoir can have an attachment means so that it can be replaced when the fragrance is used up. The device can deliver a burst of fragranced air during a toilet flush cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Esther Park, James P. Siacunco, Grant Templin, Cherie A. Bulala, Russell E. Bell
  • Patent number: 7676856
    Abstract: A device for controlling odor from a toilet bowl has a housing primarily formed by a top member, a bottom member and a canister holding section for attaching to the bottom member. The canister holding section holds a canister having a nozzle for providing an odor treating spray from the canister. The housing also has two plates depending downwardly from the bottom member and which form an inverted U-shape for mounting the device on a rim of the toilet bowl. Between the top member and bottom member is a biasing device such as springs for biasing a seat of the toilet bowl in an upward direction when the seat is empty, and for allowing the seat to move in a downward direction in response to someone sitting on the seat. The downward motion of the seat moves the top member down, thereby actuating a nozzle on the canister, spraying a metered amount a substantially fixed predetermined amount, of spray into the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Richard D. Graham, II
  • Publication number: 20090064401
    Abstract: Described is a single function or multi-function device for attachment to the tank of a toilet fixture. The device provides a diffusible air-treatment concentrate for deodorizing or otherwise treating the ambient air surrounding the toilet. At the same time, the multi-function device provides a water-soluble water-treatment concentrate for treating the flush water stored in the toilet tank. The device can have an air moving part with a delay value to increase fragrance delivery. The device can have an air treatment part with a reservoir having fragrance containing particles. The reservoir can have an attachment means so that it can be replaced when the fragrance is used up. The device can deliver a burst of fragranced air during a toilet flush cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Esther Park, James P. Siacunco, Grant Templin, Cherie A. Bulala, Russell E. Bell
  • Publication number: 20090049588
    Abstract: Described is a multi-function device for attachment to the tank of a toilet fixture. The multi-function device provides a diffusible air-treatment concentrate for deodorizing or otherwise treating the ambient air surrounding the toilet. At the same time, the multi-function device provides a water-soluble water-treatment concentrate for treating the flush water stored in the toilet tank. The multi-function device has an indicator to advise the consumer when replacement of user serviceable parts, such as the water treatment concentrate and the air treatment concentrate, is needed. The multi-function device has a bellows with a varying cross-sectional area to provide, during a flush cycle, a variable flow of air over the air treatment concentrate and into the air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Cherie A. Bulala, Grant Templain, Geetha Murthy, Rina Mussallam, Matt Tivnon, Bryan Vollmer
  • Publication number: 20080086801
    Abstract: A dispenser for releasing a treatment composition into the bowl of a toilet, and a fragrance into the surrounding room, comprises a solid block of a treatment composition in a housing. A bl>Ak of gel material impregnated with the fragrance fills an opening in a front wall of the housing and is exposed to the housing interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Peter Virica, Neil Papworth, Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 6785911
    Abstract: An automatic dispersing device for dispersing an aerosol from a container having a spring-loaded or pressure biased valve top. The device includes a housing for receiving an aerosol container in an upright position having an opening allowing dispersion of the vapor or aerosol therethrough. An actuation assembly for actuating the valve comprises a rotatable shaft positioned to be proximate the top of the valve, an actuation arm mounted on the rotatable shaft which rotates with respect to the longitudinal axis of the housing, and an eccentric cylindrical cam mounted on the rotational shaft positioned to engage with the valve of the aerosol container. The cam biases the actuation arm outward from the longitudinal axis of the housing at an acute angle in an unactuated state, whereby downward rotation of the actuation arm causes the cam to depress the valve to release a vapor. The spring-loaded valve then returns the actuation arm to its unactuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Marvin J. Percher
  • Publication number: 20040128751
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a convenient way of automatically dispensing deodorant spray out of a widely used air freshener spray can at every use of the toilet, thereby eliminating the need for looking for a air freshener. Moreover, this invention is a very hygienic way of using toilet and keep it automatically odor and germs free, for other to use. This simple automatic adjustable dispenser is mounted on the side of a flush tank and securely locked by means of a hand turning screw head. The placement is such that the variable actuator lever automatically depressed at every flush of the toilet. Any size of deodorant spray can is placed and adjusted once for it complete use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: Atual Haq
  • Patent number: 6694534
    Abstract: A ventilation system (10) for a conventional flush toilet (100) generally comprises a battery (20); an air sweetener (30) in a water tank (140) for deodorizing or scenting air (90D); an air flow device (40) positioned within a tank (140) including a duct (50) with a fan (60) therein, and an electrical circuit (70) powering a fan (60) when a circuit (70) is activated. The duct (50) receives a bowl filling hose (166) and attaches to a top end (172) of a bowl fill pipe (170) so as to receive air from a bowl (120). A float switch (80) may deactivate a fan circuit (70) after flushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Earlyn W. Stone
  • Patent number: 6654971
    Abstract: An air freshening device a toilet, comprising a source of air freshening medium; and an actuating element operatable by a seat of a toilet so that when a user stands up from the seat said actuating element causes discharge of the air freshening medium from said source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Eric Middleton
  • Patent number: 6330723
    Abstract: A compressible, air freshening toilet seat adapted for being secured to a toilet bowl includes a cushioning top layer, a rigid bottom layer, an inner periphery, an outer periphery, a compressible chamber, and a plurality of receptacle structures. The top layer is formed of a resilient, cushioning material. The bottom layer has sufficient rigidity for supporting a body weight of a user, and is fixedly attached to the top layer about the peripheries. The chamber is enclosed and defined by the top layer, the bottom layer, and the peripheries. Each of the receptacle structures has an open first end with a retaining lip, and is defined at a predetermined location within the top layer or the bottom layer. Each of the receptacle structures is dimensioned and configured for receiving and removably containing an air freshening element and for permitting a sufficient amount of air freshening agent from the air freshening element to be directed into the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Inventor: Peter D. Orgias
  • Patent number: 6282732
    Abstract: The toilet flushing handle accessory of the present invention includes a decorative figure attached to an existing toilet flushing handle to customize and decorate a toilet. The toilet flushing handle accessory can include an electronic sound module to provide for recording and playback of audio messages, and a pressurized scented spray canister for providing a scented spray upon each activation of the toilet flushing handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventors: Patricia A. Krvavica, Michaelle A. Krvavica, Mark-Robert Bluemel