Opener Or Closer For A Closet Seat Or Lid Patents (Class 4/246.1)
  • Patent number: 10244904
    Abstract: A control system of an intelligent toilet includes a toilet seat actuation device for operating a toilet seat, a seat cover actuation device for operating a seat cover, and a control circuit which includes a user detector for detection of presence of a user and a micro-controller to actuate the toilet seat actuation device and the seat cover actuation device between a male operation mode and a female operation mode. In the male operation mode, the toilet seat actuation device and the seat cover actuation device are actuated for lifting up the toilet seat and the seat cover. In the female operation mode, the seat cover actuation device is actuated for lifting up the seat cover. The control system is convenient in use and prevents any contamination of the user' hands by touching the intelligent toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN MEGMEET ELECTRICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yingjun Zhao, Yong Liu
  • Patent number: 10172503
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an intelligent closestool including a closestool stand, a closestool seat, a closestool lid, a sensor and a controller. The sensor is configured to sense whether there is an object approaching, or moving away from, the closestool stand, and in the case that there is an object approaching the closestool stand, detect a standing direction of the object relative to the closestool stand. The controller is configured to open/close the closestool lid in the case that the sensor has sensed that the object approaches/moves away from the closestool stand; flip the closestool seat up in the case that the sensor has sensed that the object faces the closestool stand, and flip the closestool seat down in the case that the sensor has sensed that the object turns his or her back to the closestool stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chuang Wei
  • Patent number: 10149582
    Abstract: An automated toilet seat actuator includes a housing, a water-level detection mechanism located exterior of the housing and configured to learn when a real-time water level in the existing toilet tank fluctuates below and above a predetermined minimum threshold water level. An actuation mechanism is in communication with the water-level detection mechanism and the existing toilet seat. A processor is in communication with the actuation mechanism and the water-level detection mechanism. A memory is in communication with the processor and includes software instructions which operably bias the actuation mechanism between a retracted position and an extended position upon learning that the real-time water level has dropped below the predetermined minimum threshold water level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: John Carson Eddings
  • Patent number: 10136773
    Abstract: A toilet device includes a toilet seat device, a radio wave sensor, and a controller. The toilet seat device is provided on a toilet bowl. The controller is configured to operate the toilet seat device based on a signal outputted from the radio wave sensor. The radio wave sensor is being operable for detecting presence of a human body in a first area including front of the toilet seat device, detecting motion of a human body in a second area including the front of the toilet seat device and a region outside the first area, and determining sensing of the human body based on detection result of the motion of the human body and detection result of the presence of the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Tsuiki, Yuta Tanogashira, Masami Tsujita
  • Patent number: 10098513
    Abstract: The toilet seat and lid lifter is a mechanical apparatus that is configured to: 1) lift a toilet seat and a toilet lid; and, 2) flush a toilet. The toilet seat and lid lifter comprises a cover, a lifting mechanism, and a flush mechanism. The lifting mechanism is a pedal operated mechanical apparatus that allows the toilet seat and the toilet lid to be lifted without the use of the hands. The lifting mechanism will lower the toilet seat and the toilet lid to their original positions after use. The flush mechanism is a pedal operated mechanical apparatus that: 1) attaches to the flush handle of the toilet; and, 2) operates the flush handle without the use of the hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Barrion Robinson
  • Patent number: 9955828
    Abstract: Technology associated with automatically raising a toilet seat is described. In an example embodiment, a device for automatically raising a toilet seat includes a fluid-based movement source that generates a force upon actuation and a movement transmission mechanism configured to transfer the force to the toilet seat to raise the toilet seat from a lowered position to a raised position. The fluid-based movement source is fixable to a toilet having a toilet seat and a toilet bowl and the movement transmission mechanism is connected to the fluid-based movement source to receive the force and coupleable to the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Gmat Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Hutchinson, Troy A. Holbrook, Scott A. Holbrook, Christopher J. Knapp
  • Patent number: 9816260
    Abstract: A toilet flushing device including a pivot support member attached to an exterior surface of a bowl of a toilet. A lever arm has a pivot member hingedly attached to the pivot support member. A substantially triangulated handle has a back edge medially attached to a front end of the lever arm. A rubberized stopper member is attached to the exterior surface of the bowl of the toilet. A bottom end of a rod is pivotably attached to a back end of the lever arm, and a top end of the rod is extended upwards along a side of a tank of the toilet. A flush valve actuator has a rack gear disposed on the rod and a pinion gear disposed adjacent to the side of the tank. The pinion gear is connected to a flushing mechanism disposed within the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Terry Kindinger
  • Patent number: 9801507
    Abstract: A unit created to maintain hygiene to lower and lift up the toilet seat without direct physical contact with the seat when being used. It will come in a plain cylindrical tubular vertical form and can be made from plastic, wood, or metal. It can remain right next to the toilet or on top of the tank cover standing on its base and does not need any batteries nor requires plugging for electricity use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Ruben Dario Reyes
  • Patent number: 9795259
    Abstract: An apparatus for raising and lowering a toilet seat that can easily be installed, for example by hand without tools, on a toilet, for example one that only has a seat and not a lid as commonly found in public venues. The apparatus includes a pedal base, a pedal, a seat bracket, and a lifter lever. The pedal is pivotally connected to the pedal base and coupled to the seat bracket so that movement of the pedal induces movement of the seat bracket and the lifter lever. The lifter lever is positioned under a toilet seat so that as the lifter lever is moved, the toilet seat is raised, and as the seat bracket rotates back down by reverse action on the pedal, the toilet seat is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Helfrich
  • Patent number: 9661961
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting apparatus that is operable to assist a user in transitioning a conventional toilet seat intermediate its up and down position. The toilet seat lifting apparatus further includes a container body having a plurality of walls and a top forming an interior volume and further including an opening. A rotating arm member is secured proximate the top and includes a connection assembly secured thereto wherein the connection assembly is external to the container body. A connection assembly is mounted to the rotating arm member and includes a seat-engaging member operable to couple to a toilet seat. A lever arm is secured to the rotating arm member and includes a cable secured thereto. The cable extends from the lever arm over a upper support rod and terminates at a foot receiving member. An adhesive member is further included to secure the container body to a floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: William Dowmont
  • Patent number: 9532686
    Abstract: The toilet system described herein provides a solution for men who fail to close the toilet seat or lid after use. By automatically closing the lid or seat, the toilet system also reduces toilet access to young children and pets. Its dimensions and installation are the same as an industry standard toilet seat but with selectable automatic closure of the seat or lid after use. The power source, electronics and mechanical actuator are all located within the lid. Tilt and position sensors determine the positions of the seat and lid, distance or proximity sensors detect when the toilet is not in use and after a delay the actuator selectively moves the seat or lid to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: James Donald Heiss
  • Patent number: 9339156
    Abstract: A cover installation 120 includes a cover 40 which is connected to the base 60 by a connecting module 80. The connecting module 80 enables the cover 40 to be opened and closed. A driving device 30 drives the connecting module 80 so that the cover is automatically opened and closed. A locking module can allow the cover 40 to be operated manually by disabling the driving device 30. Two connecting components 82 and 84 are connected to the cover 40 and configured to allow the top surface of the cover 40 to face the user when the cover 40 is opened automatically, while allowing the bottom surface of the cover 40 to face the user when the cover 40 is opened manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SHANGHAI KOHLER ELECTRONICS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yihua Wang, Eric M. Plate, Nicholas W. Paterson
  • Patent number: 9255392
    Abstract: When a bowl 20d discharges waste with flush water after temporarily receiving the waste, before the waste is transported from at least the discharge trap conduit 40 by the flush water supplied from a flush water supply hole 30d as flush water supply means, the flush toilet device CSd drives a siphon pump 505d and then drives a return pump 506d before the supply of the flush water has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Tsubasa Miyake, Konosuke Matsushita, Yusuke Nogoshi, Hirotomo Suyama
  • Patent number: 9131812
    Abstract: A method to measure, install and fix a toilet seat provides a contour measurement device, which includes a toilet seat contour line and a mounting base contour line, and depends on a process of shifting the toilet seat contour line on the contour measurement device along a boundary contour of a flush toilet and referring to these two contours as a basis to decide a location of the toilet seat and a fixed location of the mounting base contour line for a mounting base to be installed. Moreover, the mounting base is provided with a reusable adhesive medium which is fixed at a bottom surface and used to repeatedly stick the mounting base on a flush toilet without damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: B-O-LANE COMFORTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shao-Yu Peng
  • Patent number: 9044123
    Abstract: A device having mechanisms for lifting and lowering the cover and the seat of a toilet (WC), including a structure fixed to the rear part of a WC and designed to house a first and second axle arranged co-linearly and fixed on the ends of the cover and the seat, respectively. The first and second axles include on the adjunct ends a first mechanism with a first and second gear designed to engage with a third actuating gear arranged below the aforementioned gears on a fixed axle, the fixed axle being engaged and driven by a toothed element with an ascending course of a first hydraulic piston powered by pressurized water. The device also includes a second mechanism with a hydraulic piston powered by pressurized water for rotating the axles in the opposite direction in order to automatically lower the cover and seat when the WC tank is emptied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Carlo Gomez Espana Collignon
  • Patent number: 9044122
    Abstract: An actuator includes first and second means for shifting, and those means are pistons, located within first and second components respectively, such that when the actuator is fitted over toilet lid each piston extends in substantially opposite directions. The first shifting means is activated upon the sensor detecting a predetermined condition, such as a hand passing over the sensor and shifts the position of the seat from the raised position such that the center of gravity is shifted past vertical, thereby causing the seat to shift to the lowered position. The second shifting means is triggered after a predetermined time, for example one second, to cause the toilet seat lid to be moved from the raised position such that the center of gravity is shifted past vertical, thereby causing the lid to shift to the lowered position to be substantially flush with the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Corbell, Kymmie Corbell
  • Patent number: 9015869
    Abstract: A toilet closure apparatus mounts on a toilet having a base assembly defining a bowl and a bowl ledge, a tank assembly, a toilet lid and a toilet seat. A tank mounting bolt has a tank mounting bolt bore extending axially therethrough. A cable housing is sealedly affixed within the tank mounting bore and disposed to allow a cable to move axially through the tank mounting bore. A hinge assembly includes a frame defining a downwardly extending cable run and an internal cavity including a cylindrical bearing surface having a horizontally extending axis. A hinge member is supported by the bearing surface for rotation about the axis. A hinge pin extends outwardly of the frame, and is fixedly engaged with the toilet seat to effect toilet seat rotation in common with rotation of the hinge member about the axis, the hinge member having at least one camming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff Henderson
  • Patent number: 9003573
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifter for raising a toilet seat when not in use includes a base, a threaded shaft extending downwardly therefrom to secure the base to a mounting surface of a toilet bowl, a cylindrical body supported by the base, a hinge pin extending from an end of the cylindrical body for pivotally supporting the toilet seat, and a torsion spring extending around and supported by the cylindrical body. One end of the torsion spring engages the base, and the other end engages the bottom of the toilet seat to bias the toilet seat upwardly away from the bowl. The base and cylindrical body are preferably integrally formed as a single unit. The base preferably includes an upper plateau for being engaged by one end of the torsion spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Griffin-Erman LLC
    Inventor: Richard L. Erman
  • Publication number: 20150052671
    Abstract: The present invention is an automatic toilet seat closure device and mechanism that is able to automatically close the toilet seat or both the toilet seat and toilet cover in response to flushing the toilet bowl using a handle. In one embodiment, the invention is further capable of restraining the decent of the toilet cover while allowing only the toilet seat to lower. It has a standardized appearance and adequate strength for use with all types of flush type toilet tanks It can be conveniently, efficiently, and inexpensively manufactured, assembled, and mounted with minimal labor and time. It can be installed as an add-on or can be manufactured as part of the toilet bowl system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Milton E. Curtis
  • Patent number: 8910320
    Abstract: The present invention is an automated seat and/or lid assembly for a toilet. The invention includes switch automation, wherein movement of a bowl attachment is initiated via a switch, and manual-urging automation, wherein movement of a bowl attachment is initiated via manual urging by a user. An automated attachment assembly may be configured to provide both switch and manual-urging automation concomitantly based upon predetermined logic. Furthermore, the invention includes a method of identifying manual movement and of assisting the movement of a bowl attachment. The invention further includes an object sensor incorporated within the seat or lid to detect the presence or absence of an object near the bowl attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Stauber, Erich C. Vierkant, III, Brian M. Kaule
  • Patent number: 8819873
    Abstract: An ergonomic toilet seat raising and lowering device provides a hygienic, effective, and efficient system of lifting and closing a toilet seat with a low susceptibility of being contaminated with urine or fecal matter. The invention includes a lever, a rod and a counterweight positioned away from and behind other components of a common toilet. The invention may be used on toilets and seats with a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: John William Embler
  • Patent number: 8739321
    Abstract: An automatic toilet seat or lid moving apparatus includes a common toilet seat or lid having a torsion spring or other counterbalance means to counterbalance the weight of a toilet seat or lid, and a motor for raising and/or lowering the toilet seat or lid when desired. A control is utilized for signaling the motor to raise and/or lower the toilet seat or lid. Methods of using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Steelhead Inventions, LLC
    Inventor: William G. Trout
  • Patent number: 8689367
    Abstract: An adjustable toilet seat handle including a clamping assembly, a spring member, and a knob is provided. The clamping assembly having a first clamp and a second clamp is removably connected to an undersurface of a toilet seat. A spring member connects the first clamp to the second clamp for defining a receptacle that compression fits the undersurface of the toilet seat. The spring member is operably connected to a lower surface of the clamping assembly and extends a distance between the first clamp and the second clamp to allow the undersurface of the toilet seat to be compression fitted in the receptacle. The knob is rigidly attached to and extends outwardly from the first clamp and can be gripped by a user to allow the user to raise or lower the toilet seat without direct contact with the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Thai Quoc Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140082831
    Abstract: A suction cup assembly enables user to lift and lock toilet seat with a single hand in a single continuous action without making a hand contact with the toilet seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ue-Ming Yang
  • Patent number: 8671469
    Abstract: A toilet seat system for lowering the toilet seat featuring a housing; a rotation lever pivotally attached in the inner cavity of the housing; a lift arm attached to the rotation lever and extending outwardly from the housing, the lift arm is for securing to a bottom surface of a toilet seat; mounting brackets for mounting the housing to a toilet seat; a motor operatively connected to the rotation lever, the motor is adapted to pivot the rotation lever and lift arm together upwardly and downwardly between at least a horizontal position and a vertical position; a microprocessor and a sensor activated when the toilet seat is lifted, the microprocessor is receives an input signal from the sensor when the sensor is activated whereupon the microprocessor generates an output command to the motor to move the rotation lever and lift arm to the horizontal position after a time delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert LaMura
  • Publication number: 20140059753
    Abstract: Technology associated with automatically raising a toilet seat is described. In an example embodiment, a device for automatically raising a toilet seat includes a fluid-based movement source that generates a force upon actuation and a movement transmission mechanism configured to transfer the force to the toilet seat to raise the toilet seat from a lowered position to a raised position. The fluid-based movement source is fixable to a toilet having a toilet seat and a toilet bowl and the movement transmission mechanism is connected to the fluid-based movement source to receive the force and coupleable to the toilet seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: PRIMORIS VENTURES GROUP, LC
    Inventors: Steven R. Hutchinson, Troy A. Holbrook, Scott A. Holbrook, Christopher J. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20140047629
    Abstract: The present invention is an automated seat and/or lid assembly for a toilet. The invention includes switch automation, wherein movement of a bowl attachment is initiated via a switch, and manual-urging automation, wherein movement of a bowl attachment is initiated via manual urging by a user. An automated attachment assembly may be configured to provide both switch and manual-urging automation concomitantly based upon predetermined logic. Furthermore, the invention includes a method of identifying manual movement and of assisting the movement of a bowl attachment. The invention further includes an object sensor incorporated within the seat or lid to detect the presence or absence of an object near the bowl attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Stauber, Erich C. Vierkant, III, Brian M. Kaule
  • Patent number: 8640268
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an automatic toilet seat, including a base body, a toilet lid, a seat, a controller, a first lid lifter, a second lid lifter, a first sensor, a second sensor and a power supply. The controller comprises a micro processor. When the first sensor detects a human body, the micro processor activates the second sensor and drives the toilet lid pivot to a lifting position. When the first sensor detects the human body again, the seat pivots to the lifting position. When the human body is away from the second sensor, the micro processor would drive the toilet lid and the seat pivot to a closing position and deactivate the second sensor. Thus, the automatic toilet seat of the present invention provides a two-stage mechanism of an auto-lifting toilet lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Shek
  • Patent number: 8631520
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for a toilet having a bowl and a seat includes a hinge post configured to mount to the bowl. The hinge post includes a splined inner surface defining a bore. The hinge assembly also includes a pintle extending through the bore and configured to engage the seat to pivotally couple the seat to the hinge post. The pintle includes a splined portion that engages the splined inner surface of the hinge post to prevent rotation of the pintle relative to the hinge post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bemis Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Brian A. Henne
  • Publication number: 20140000018
    Abstract: The invention provides a Toilet Seat Lifting Aid, comprising handle that is easily mounted to the underside of a toilet seat positioned so the proximal end of the handle projects outwards from a side of the toilet seat, wherein the distal end of the handle is comprised of a flattened mounting base plate configured specifically to rest flush against the underside of the toilet seat, further comprising a hinge bridging the handle and the base plate, enabling the user to fold the extended portion of the handle downwards parallel with the side of the toilet when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Tyrone J. Chandler, Juanita P. Chandler
  • Patent number: 8613115
    Abstract: A monitoring device and method are provided for monitoring a vacuum toilet, as well as a personal transport vehicle, in particular an aircraft, which uses a monitoring device for vacuum toilets. The monitoring device has a position detector for detecting the position of a toilet lid, a mechanical latching device and a flushing control unit. The latching device is designed to latch the toilet lid in an open position based on the weight of a person acting on a toilet seat. The flushing control unit is further designed to control the flushing operation based on the toilet lid position, and to block the flushing operation upon detection of the toilet lid in the open position. This makes it possible to improve both the comfort and hygienic conditions for the toilet user while using the vacuum toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Seibt, Matthias Mueller
  • Publication number: 20130318695
    Abstract: A closing mechanism for a toilet is provided that includes a frame attached to the toilet, and a closing member carried by the frame and attached to a pivoting member of the toilet. A sensor may be carried by the frame and is capable of sensing when a user of the toilet leaves a field of view of the sensor. The sensor sends a signal when the user of the toilet leaves the field of view of the sensor that causes the closing member to rotate the pivoting member from an open position to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: George A. De Vito, JR.
  • Patent number: 8584266
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting device maintains a toilet seat in a partially elevated position when at rest. The device includes a lifting spring attached to a toilet rim. The lifting spring includes a compressible air bellow which provides resistance for maintaining a front end of the toilet at a prescribed angle when in the resting state. The spring is compressible such that a user may depress the toilet seat to a flat position when seated. The seat is not attached to the spring such that the seat can be lifted to an upright position in a traditional manner. The spring is attached to the toilet rim underneath the toilet seat, adjacent to a hinge by an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Melvin R. Beavers
  • Patent number: 8584267
    Abstract: A manual toilet seat lifter apparatus is provided for lifting and lowering a toilet seat and toilet seat cover. A riser rod is pivotally connected to a hinge pin supported on the toilet seat. A handle is connected to a top end of the riser rod, and a counterweight is connected to a bottom end of the riser rod. An engagement member on the riser rod proximal to the counterweight is adapted to engage a hook provided on the toilet seat cover so that the toilet seat and cover both may be lowered simultaneously upon manipulation of the handle on the riser arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: James W. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8566970
    Abstract: Improvements to a hydraulic drive device for raising and lowering the lid and seat of toilettes, characterized by a left and right modules comprising a casing with a central transverse shaft whose ends protrude, each said casing is divided into three recesses; the left shaft end is attached to the lid and the right shaft end to the seat, the opposite end of each shaft being fixed to a drive plate of three flaps, one of each flap housed in each recess of the casing, with each recess also housing a cylindrical diaphragm, which when filled with water press simultaneously against the flaps to cause a partial rotation of the shafts, to raise or lower the lid and seat together or separately by rotary displacement; said diaphragms are fed through a check valve that allows the passage of feed water to fill the diaphragms and to discharge the water from the diaphragms through a duct into the toilet tank when the toilet flush button is actuated; the left and right floor actuation valves are connected to a general water
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Carlo Gomez Espana Collignon
  • Patent number: 8555427
    Abstract: The present invention is an automated seat and/or lid assembly for a toilet. The invention includes switch automation, wherein movement of a bowl attachment is initiated via a switch, and manual-urging automation, wherein movement of a bowl attachment is initiated via manual urging by a user. An automated attachment assembly may be configured to provide both switch and manual-urging automation concomitantly based upon predetermined logic. Furthermore, the invention includes a method of identifying manual movement and of assisting the movement of a bowl attachment. The invention further includes an object sensor incorporated within the seat or lid to detect the presence or absence of an object near the bowl attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Joseph L. Stauber, Erich C. Vierkant, Brian M. Kaule
  • Publication number: 20130263368
    Abstract: An adjustable toilet seat handle including a clamping assembly, a spring member, and a knob is provided. The clamping assembly having a first clamp and a second clamp is removably connected to an undersurface of a toilet seat. A spring member connects the first clamp to the second clamp for defining a receptacle that compression fits the undersurface of the toilet seat. The spring member is operably connected to a lower surface of the clamping assembly and extends a distance between the first clamp and the second clamp to allow the undersurface of the toilet seat to be compression fitted in the receptacle. The knob is rigidly attached to and extends outwardly from the first clamp and can be gripped by a user to allow the user to raise or lower the toilet seat without direct contact with the toilet seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Thai Quoc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8539617
    Abstract: The invention provides a mechanism to lift a toilet seat. A depressable foot pedal connects to a rod which rod is connected to the lid of the toilet seat. When the pedal is depressed, the rod lifts and thus lifts the lid of the toilet seat. A second depressable foot pedal connects to a second rod which is connected to the toilet seat. When the second pedal is depressed the rod lifts and thus lifts the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Wenceslao Murillo
  • Publication number: 20130219602
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifter is mounted together with a toilet seat on a toilet bowl. The design of the lifter enables the lifting and lowering of a toilet cover and/or toilet seat by means of a lifter controlling device or in the traditional manner. During the lifting of the toilet seat, the gear of the device assists the lifting of its components while, in the case of lowering them, the gear prevents their inert from falling. The design of the lifter enables the positioning of the toilet seat in a lifted position, preventing their resting against the wall or toilet cistern. In case of improper use, consisting in the lifting of the toilet seat components by means of a controlling device and simultaneously lowering them in the traditional manner (or inversely), the disconnection of the gear will result, precluding its damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ZBIGNIEW KORZELSKI - DELKI, POLPOINT
    Inventor: Zbigniew Korzelski
  • Patent number: 8495768
    Abstract: A mechanism (100) composed of three primary assembled components, a housing assembly (10), a cable assembly (50), and a lift arm assembly (70) that work in unison to lift a toilet seat (102) via the application of pressure to a foot pedal (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: James Leon Owen, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130174336
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifter for raising a toilet seat when not in use includes a base, a threaded shaft extending downwardly therefrom to secure the base to a mounting surface of a toilet bowl, a cylindrical body supported by the base, a hinge pin extending from an end of the cylindrical body for pivotally supporting the toilet seat, and a torsion spring extending around and supported by the cylindrical body. One end of the torsion spring engages the base, and the other end engages the bottom of the toilet seat to bias the toilet seat upwardly away from the bowl. The base and cylindrical body are preferably integrally formed as a single unit. The base preferably includes an upper plateau for being engaged by one end of the torsion spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: GRIFFIN-ERMAN LLC
    Inventor: Richard L. Erman
  • Patent number: 8479323
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism for toilet seats is provided which includes an easy accessible pull handle, connected to a mechanism associated with the seat that holds the seat in a vertical rest position. The handle is the only part that needs to be maneuvered by the toilet user when the user desires that the seat be in horizontal position. After using the seat in such horizontal position, the provided mechanism automatically moves the seat back up into the vertical rest position. This mechanism eliminates handling of potentially unsanitary toilet seats with hands. Thus, the handle is the only part which the person using the toilet is touching. Since the handle is positioned away from the seat and outside of the area where typically splashing occurs, an utmost sanitary and hygienic state is accomplished by the current invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan Blum
  • Patent number: 8402571
    Abstract: A handle mechanism for lifting a toilet seat and its cover. The handle mechanism is affixed to the toilet seat cover, and selectively engages the toilet seat to lift the cover and the seat individually or together. Because the handle mechanism is affixed to the front of the cover, when the toilet is being used, with the seat up or down, the handle mechanism is well away from the toilet, such that the handle mechanism remains clean and sanitary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick Pagett
  • Publication number: 20130036540
    Abstract: The present invention related to a device designed for the manual lifting and lowering of a toilet seat and/or lid without having to make contact of said toilet seat and/or lid with human hands. The device is designed to quickly and effortlessly accomplish these tasks. The device comprises an upper bill or jaw and a lower plate. The upper jaw has a unique shape of a duckbill that provides gripping tension on the top of the toilet seat and/or lid. The lower plate or spatula is slightly beveled on its three sides and is 0.125 inch in thickness to enable slipping under toilet seats which have minimal clearance between the toilet bowl rim. The device further includes an ergonomic handle grip, which is crucial to comfortable and safe usage of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Curtis M. Alexenko
  • Publication number: 20130036541
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a sensor-activated toilet seat, including a base body, a toilet lid, a seat, a controller, a first lid lifter, a second lid lifter, a first sensor, a second sensor and an electricity device. The controller comprises a micro processor. When the first sensor detects a human body, the micro processor starts up the second sensor and makes the toilet lid pivot to a lifting position. When the first sensor detects the human body again, the seat pivots to the lifting position. And when the human body is away from the second sensor, the micro processor would make the toilet lid and the seat pivot to a closing position with closing the second sensor. Thus, the sensor-activated toilet seat of the present invention provides a two-stage method of an auto-lifting toilet lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Michael SHEK
  • Patent number: 8359677
    Abstract: An assembly for pivotally lowering a raised toilet seat including a chamber having an interior foam compression wall; a compression plate received within the chamber, the compression plate being movable between a foam compressing position and an expanded foam position; a piece of viscoelastic polyurethane foam received within the chamber, the piece of viscoelastic polyurethane foam being positioned between the compression plate and the foam compression wall; and a linking hinge axle assembly interconnecting the toilet seat and the compression plate, the hinge axle assembly being adapted for positioning the compression plate at the foam compressing position while the toilet's seat is pivotally raised, and for delayed lowering of the seat upon foam expansion impelled movement of the compression plate to its expanded foam position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Craig C. Mock
  • Publication number: 20130014320
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting device can be disposed on at least one side of the bottom of a toilet seat and extend outward beyond the perimeter of the toilet seat. Typically, the toilet seat lifting device is disposed on both sides of the toilet seat. The toilet seat lifting device can be disposed in various shapes and sizes. Typically, the toilet seat lifting device can be formed in a letter C shape or in a number 3 shape. The toilet seat lifting device can be designed to be attached to a conventional toilet seat or the toilet seat lifting device can be formed integrally with a toilet seat and provided as a replacement assembly for a conventional toilet seat. The toilet seat lifter provides a clean and sanitary means for lifting and lowering the toilet seat without direct contact therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Adeyemo Adedayo Sodipo
  • Patent number: 8347423
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting and lowering a toilet seat assembly includes a motion sensor, a motor assembly, a first gear located on a shaft of the motor, a second gear interfaced with the first gear, a drive shaft interfaced with the second gear. A lever is coupled to the drive shaft for lifting the toilet seat. The apparatus may include a bearing housing that includes a movable lead screw with a detent. A first end of a first spiral spring is connected to a slot of the drive shaft within the bearing housing. The first spiral spring is wrapped around the drive shaft. A second end of the first spiral spring is located in a path of the detent. The hubs of the second gear and the drive shaft may be connected together using a crank shaft. A microcontroller may control the motor assembly and be programmable using the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Baumoel
  • Patent number: 8336126
    Abstract: An apparatus mounted to a toilet is configured to lift and lower a seat assembly of the toilet. The apparatus includes a motion sensor that outputs a detection signal in response to motion, a motor driving unit, a motor, a first gear, a second gear interfaced with the first gear, an output shaft connected to a clutch coupled to a lever exiting the apparatus, a wire rope wrapped around hubs of the second gear and the output shaft, and a micro-controller. The motor driving unit is configured to drive a shaft of the motor in a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction based on receipt of a direction signal. The microcontroller is configured to send the direction signal to the motor driving unit based on the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Baumoel
  • Patent number: 8286273
    Abstract: The toilet foot flushing apparatus quickly converts a hand-flushed toilet to a foot-flushed toilet, without the need of tools. The included lever of the apparatus replaces the existing toilet lever, by hand. The pedal is about 1 foot in length, thereby providing sufficient leverage to the lever via the cable. The lever is attached to flush mechanism on the exterior of an existing toilet reservoir. The spring-loaded pedal returns to a position slightly above the base when released, thereby releasing lever pressure. The geared pedal to base action provides sturdy long-lived flush function. The apparatus does not require any form of floor invasion, as the base need not be mounted to the floor. The cable retainer provides length adjustment for the cable so that a plurality of toilet reservoirs and flush mechanisms can be successfully converted to foot flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Cory M. Toomer