Using A Seat Or Lid For A Link Patents (Class 4/246.5)
  • Patent number: 9809967
    Abstract: A toilet having enhanced cleaning features includes a drain surface positioned behind a rear edge of a toilet bowl opening, which is sloped to direct the flow of liquid waste captured therein back into the toilet bowl. The toilet may also include a seat and lid having arms that are pivotably attached to the toilet, which are spaced so that they are laterally positioned to the outside of at least a portion of a deck surface when the seat and lid are resting thereupon. Additionally, the toilet seat and lid may pivot about an axis that is positioned behind the bowl opening and a proximate to a flushwater inlet of the toilet. Thus, such features of the toilet allow the seat and lid to be positioned so that the deck surface, as well as the drain surface, can be readily accessed and cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Mansfield Plumbing Products, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Conrad
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8230529
    Abstract: The toilet seat lifting apparatus lifts a toilet seat with a user's foot. The apparatus is omnidirectional, so it can be easily reversed to operate on either side of a toilet. Almost any toilet is fitted, without modification. The base does not require mounting but instead is rested upon a surface adjacent to a toilet. The semicircular base importantly covers the pivot pedestal and the pivotally attached lever, so that splash is not a concern, yet the removable side cover allows maintenance, such as lubrication. As the hinge rod and seat arm are of relatively small diameter, and as both are adjacent to the back of the seat, less obtrusive appearance is a benefit, as is avoidance of urine stream incursion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Michael D. Reid
  • Patent number: 8082604
    Abstract: A mechanism (100) for lifting and lowering a toilet seat (102) is activated by foot pressure pushing down on a pedal (104). The mechanism includes an off-floor pivot fixed in space for converting the pressure into a torque applied to hinge (113, 114) supporting the seat. The mechanism does not touch the floor. Instead a reaction arm which is one support for the fixed pivot presses against a wall (120) behind the toilet bowl. An element for retarding the speed of the seat as it falls is optionally included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Pedaloo NZ Limited
    Inventor: Matthew James Isaac
  • Patent number: 7913327
    Abstract: An automatically flushing toilet in which an extension arm is attached to a horizontal bar to which the toilet seat is attached. When the toilet seat is raised, one end of the extension arm moves downward, causing a rod on the end of the inner tube of a telescoping member located primarily inside the tank compartment of the toilet to move so that it is positioned atop a pivoting member located inside a cut-out on the same end of the extension arm. When the toilet seat is then closed, the one end of the extension arm moves upward, pushing the pivoting member against the rod and causing the rod to force the inner tube of the telescoping member upward. The inner tube is pivotally connected to a trip lever, which causes the toilet to flush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: Donald Lewis Meike, David Yakos, Stephen Sanford, Bryan Walthall
  • Patent number: 7793363
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to assure that the lid of a toilet is always in the down position when the toilet is flushed. This will prevent the toilet lid being left in an open position. The apparatus comprises a mechanism for connecting the toilet lid to the flushing mechanism of a toilet so that the toilet lid must be in the down position for the toilet to be flushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Donald L. Meike
  • Patent number: 7636956
    Abstract: A toilet bowl has a front end, a rear end and sides. A toilet seat has a bore. The bore extends through the toilet seat from side to side. A base plate on the toilet bowl has a forward, rearward and a central bearing. An input shaft on the rearward bearing has a first gear, a second gear and an intermediate slip clutch. An output shaft on the forward bearing extends through the cylindrical bore. A third gear and a lifting arm are coupled to the toilet seat. An intermediate shaft on the central bearing has a fourth gear in contact with the second and third gears. A motor with a pinion is coupled to the first gear. A switch actuates the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Sheryl Doucet
  • Patent number: 7316037
    Abstract: The seat lifter is for lifting a toilet seat. The seat lifter includes a foot pedal, cables, pulleys, a base, spring hinge, lifting arm, cable blocks, and a counter weight. The hinge holds the base down on to the toilet with its mounting hardware. The whole mechanism is held to the toilet by the toilet seat mounting holes in the toilet bowl. The seat is always in the down position until the foot pedal is depressed. Once the foot pedal is depressed a cable is pulled against the cable block then a small diameter pulley is rotated on a shaft that is pinned to a larger diameter pulley (this pulley assembly is called a reduction spool because it takes a small movement of the foot pedal to make a large enough movement to raise the seat to the proper height). The larger pulley then pulls a longer cable, that pulls a cable block mounted to a lifting arm with a counter weight, which pulls the arm down, that in turn moves a spring hinge attached to the seat. The seat is now in the lifted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventor: Jerry Lee Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 7051383
    Abstract: A powered lift toilet seat including a toilet seat for sitting on, a back support for supporting a back of a person sitting on the toilet seat, and an actuator connected to the toilet seat and the back support by a linkage device for raising and tilting the toilet seat and for moving the back support outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Ohad Paz
  • Patent number: 7039961
    Abstract: A toilet seat lifting apparatus for use in combination with a toilet and toilet seat. The toilet seat lifting apparatus lifts a toilet seat on a toilet when activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Jerry Kirk
  • Patent number: 6851130
    Abstract: A new sanitary toilet seat apparatus for permitting a user to raise and lower a toilet seat without having to touch the toilet seat directly. The inventive device includes a toilet seat member which is pivotally coupled to a toilet bowl apparatus. At least one counterweight member is coupled to or extends outwardly from the back end of the toilet seat. A lid or cover member of for said toilet seat counterbalances the seat and is provided with a handle for ease of operation well away from the normal contamination areas of the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Berring
  • Patent number: 6775858
    Abstract: A height adjustable toilet seat apparatus for disabled users includes a toilet seat having a hinged lid. The apparatus may be fixed to a toilet bowl or to a wheelchair and includes telescopic legs for supporting the toilet seat and lid at different heights. A lid opening mechanism is operated by a foot lever slidably connected to at least one of said legs. A catch is biased to a holding position for holding the lid in a rotated attitude and a foot peddle and handle are provided to release the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Stuart Earl Crispin Miller
  • Patent number: 6233751
    Abstract: A toilet flushing and seat lifting system for lifting a toilet seat and flushing the toilet seat without having to touch the toilet seat or handle. The toilet flushing and seat lifting system includes a lifting means for lifting the seat and lid of a toilet. The lifting means has a foot pedal. The foot pedal is elongate and has a first and second end. The foot pedal is generally positioned adjacent to the bottom side of the toilet. A pivoting means pivots the foot pedal with respect to floor. An elongate member has a first end and a second end. The first end of the elongate member is hingedly coupled to the second end of the foot pedal. A rod has a first end coupled to the second end of the elongate member and a second end extending toward the toilet. A securing means hingedly secures the second end of the rod to a bottom side of the seat. A toilet flushing means for flushing the toilet comprises an elongate flexible member having a first end and a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Patrick J. Ford