Closet-bowl Closures Patents (Class 4/253)
  • Patent number: 9995027
    Abstract: A transparent, biodegradable, disposable splash shield sized to fit on a toilet bowl rim to prevent splashing of water from the bowl when a plunger is used to free an obstruction in the toilet. The shield is dome shaped and has an upstanding projection on its top that can be gripped to pull the shield from the plunger handle following use. An annular flange on the bottom end of the shield is adapted to rest on rim of a toilet bowl. Adhesive material on the underside of the flange, or strips of adhesive tape on the marginal edge of the shield, releasably secure the shield in position. The shield is nestable and may be foldable in half. A toilet kit includes the splash shield, gloves, at least one paper towel, and a flattened box, all packaged in an envelope-like bag that can be used to contain and dispose of these items following use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Robert S. Martinisko
  • Patent number: 9095241
    Abstract: An offset bracket device for adjusting the attachment point of a toilet seat to a toilet bowl allows a user to move the pivot point of the toilet seat forwardly away from a toilet water tank in order to prevent the toilet seat from accidentally closing when in an open state. A pair of devices attaches the toilet seat to the toilet; each including bracket having a downwardly extending threaded attachment and an upwardly extending forwardly offset threaded attachment. Each device is installed by orienting the offset threaded attachments with a receiving aperture of the toilet bowl and a receiving aperture of the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: John E. Abbuhl
  • Patent number: 9009875
    Abstract: A lock for lavatory plumbing fixtures includes one or more griping members adapted to receive and attach to an internal rim of the lavatory fixture bowl. At least one of the gripping members can be translationally adapted or slideably engaged. A keyed rotational lock or a padlock can be incorporated for locking the article in place. Alternatively, a screw having a special head can be utilized to prevent unauthorized unlocking of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Fabcon Products, LLC
    Inventors: Bill Smashey, Dan Vincent, Jaime Vincent
  • Patent number: 8914919
    Abstract: A device to prevent the use of newly placed toilets in buildings under construction by securing the toilet seat and toilet lid of a toilet in a fixed position to the toilet bowl. The toilet use prevention system includes a locking mechanism to secure an L-shape lid retainer and a J-shape bowl clamp in a position to prevent a toilet from being opened. Another embodiment prevents use of faucets in sinks and tubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry Schubert, Teresa Schubert
  • Patent number: 8695653
    Abstract: A cover for a toilet is provided. The cover includes a sheet having side-facing portions that extend from a top portion and are configured to extend to a ground surface and a front-facing portion that extends from the top portion and is configured to extend to a ground surface spaced-frontwardly from the toilet. A support is carried on about a proximal end of the front-facing portion for providing support to a technician during servicing of the toilet. The support may be a cushion that is made of any appropriately configured material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey F. Bennett
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8220081
    Abstract: A cover element for preventing the use of certain urinals, such as those which are out of use. The cover element temporarily covers an open area of a urinal bounded by a urinal edge, which area is accessible to a user. The dimension of the cover element is at least such that substantially the entire open area of the urinal can be covered therewith. The cover element has at least two lips which can be moved against a spring force from a first position to a second secured position, such that the lips are positioned in clamping contact against an inner side of the urinal edge. This serves to attach the cover element over the open area of the urinal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Attention Reclame
    Inventor: Levi Vlemmings
  • Patent number: 8176576
    Abstract: A container comprising a body (1), a lid (5) for the body (1), and a locking arrangement for securing the lid (5) to the body (1): the locking arrangement comprising a handle (23) which fits around at least a part of the periphery of the lid (5), and at least one locking device which connects the handle (23) to the lid (5) such that the lid (5) is movable by the handle (23), which is such that the locking device locks when the handle (23) is lowered with respect to the lid (5), and which is such that the lifting of the handle (23) away from the lid (5) causes the locking device (4) to unlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Phoenix Product Development Limited
    Inventors: Garry Moore, Christopher Bryson Garcin
  • Publication number: 20110308000
    Abstract: An anti-reverse device includes a handle, a blocking member secured on the handle, a fixing plate mounted on the handle, and an adjusting sleeve movably mounted on the handle and abutting the fixing plate. Thus, the fixing plate is fixed on the flange of the toilet bowl, and the blocking member is fixed on the draining port of the toilet bowl to lock the anti-reverse device onto toilet bowl so that the blocking member can block the draining port of the toilet bowl closely and tightly to prevent the waste water from flowing back from the draining port of the toilet bowl due to an irregular pressure condition such that the waste water is stopped and will not flow outward from the toilet bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Lung-Yuan Tseng
  • Publication number: 20110271434
    Abstract: A lock for lavatory plumbing fixtures includes one or more griping members adapted to receive and attach to an internal rim of the lavatory fixture bowl. At least one of the gripping members can be translationally adapted or slideably engaged. A keyed rotational lock or a padlock can be incorporated for locking the article in place. Alternatively, a screw having a special head can be utilized to prevent unauthorized unlocking of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: FABCON, LLC
    Inventors: Bill Smashey, Dan Vincent, Jaime Vincent
  • Patent number: 8011401
    Abstract: A toilet bowl protecting assembly includes a flexible toilet bowl covering with a top wall having a front edge, a pair of lateral edges and a rear edge. A vertical wall is attached to and extends downwardly from the top wall. The vertical wall is attached to and is coextensive with each of the front and lateral edges. The top wall is positioned on top of a toilet lid and seat of the toilet and the vertical wall extending downwardly over a toilet bowl of the toilet. A flexible tank covering including an upper wall and a perimeter wall is attached to and extending downwardly from the upper wall, the tank covering is positionable on and covering a tank of the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: David K. Utterback
  • Patent number: 7966674
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a toilet seat and lid. The apparatus comprises a clamp and a handle which attaches to a toilet lid. A user may open and close a toilet seat and/or lid by grasping the handle, in lieu of directly touching the toilet seat or lid. In preferred embodiments, the clamp contains a wireless controlled lever and motion detector which senses when a user moves away from the toilet, and automatically closes the toilet seat and or lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Segun Olowofela
  • Publication number: 20100255770
    Abstract: Protective covering for cabinets, appliances, and residential construction components of multi-layer sheeted materials capable of being die-cut into shapes and configurations suitable for protecting kitchen and bath countertops and appliances, home construction components, and desirable multi-layer configurations for various embodiments of the invention. Corrugated materials including paper and plastic are provided in sheets and may be combined with other layers of complementary materials, including plastic sheets, for extending downwardly to protect kitchen and bath cabinets and countertops from paint splashes and for covering air duct openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Michael P. Blake, Raymond A. Blake
  • Patent number: 7703154
    Abstract: An embodiment of the safety lid system includes a container having an interior chamber and a lid moveably connected to the container, an arm having a locking end is functionally connected to the lid, and a holding device having an interior channel adapted for disposing a portion of the locking end is connected to the container. The locking end of the arm is moveable from a locked position wherein the locking end is disposed within the channel of the holding device securing the lid to the container in a position restricting access to the interior chamber and an unlocked position wherein the locking end is removed from the channel. The arm may be biased toward the container wherein when the system is in the locked position the arm must be urged outward from the container to lift the lid from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Bryan Botello
  • Publication number: 20100037377
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover element for temporarily covering an open area of a urinal bounded by a urinal edge, which area is accessible to a user. The dimension of the cover element is at least such that substantially the entire open area of the urinal can be covered therewith. The cover element is provided with means of attachment which can be clamped against the urinal edge for attaching the cover element over the open area of the urinal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Levi Vlemmings
  • Publication number: 20090049591
    Abstract: A protective toilet bowl cover for temporary installation during construction or pending maintenance. The bowl cover element includes a clear viewing window so that toilet operation can be observed with the cover in place. The bowl cover element may be adjustable by breaking off a portion of the cover along a selected score line. Two bowl rim engagement elements are pivotally mounted on the bottom of the bowl cover, and provided with toothed pull elements, so that a rim engagement portion of each engagement element may be rotated into contact with the underneath side of the bowl rim by pulling the pull elements partially through small holes in the cover. The toothed portions of the pull elements engage the holes to hold the pull elements and rim engagement elements in place, and excess exposed length of the toothed pull element may be cut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Abelino Orona, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090019626
    Abstract: A toilet bowl locking device (1) having a cover (7), a slot (4) located in the cover (7), an anchor (2) having an opening (24) located on the cover top surface (18), a pivotal bar (8) having flanges (14) secured to the cover bottom surface (19), a pivot point (5) about which the pivotal bar (8) pivots, and a handle (3) having at least one opening (24). The handle (3) is secured to the pivotal bar (8) and extends through the slot (4) to permit a user to pivot the pivotal bar (8) when the handle (3) is pivoted within the slot (4). The flanges (14) are spaced a predetermined distance from the cover bottom surface (19) so as to be located beneath the toilet bowl rim (12) when the toilet bowl locking device (1) is secured within a toilet bowl (10). A lock (11) may be used to lock the handle (3) to the anchor (2) and thereby prevent pivoting of the pivotal bar (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventor: Michael P. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20080178375
    Abstract: A container comprising a body (1), a lid (5) for the body (1), and a locking arrangement for securing the lid (5) to the body (1): the locking arrangement comprising a handle (23) which fits around at least a part of the periphery of the lid (5), and at least one locking device which connects the handle (23) to the lid (5) such that the lid (5) is movable by the handle (23), which is such that the locking device locks when the handle (23) is lowered with respect to the lid (5), and which is such that the lifting of the handle (23) away from the lid (5) causes the locking device (4) to unlock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: PHOENIX PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Garry Moore, Christopher Bryson Garcin
  • Publication number: 20040006816
    Abstract: Apparatus for sealing an aperture against ingress of floodwater is disclosed. The apparatus comprising a cover portion for covering and forming a seal around an aperture, and location means for engaging with a component associated with the aperture to retain the cover portion in place. For example, the locating means may include a securing element that engages with the fixed component, and screw threaded components to draw the cover portion into place. Embodiments of the invention may be applied to seal an aperture such as an airbrick, a wastewater outlet, an overflow, etc. Further apparatus comprises a sealing portion and a securing portion whereby the apparatus can be disposed for use in a toilet bowl such that the sealing portion is retained in position by the securing portion to substantially seal an outlet of the toilet bowl. Once the risk of flooding has passed, the apparatus can be removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Alexander Jones, Peter Anthony Jones
  • Publication number: 20030024038
    Abstract: A commode bowl guard for covering a bowl portion of a commode is provided. The commode bowl guard is provided with a cover plate having an upper surface adapted to cover a section of the bowl portion of the commode when the commode bowl guard is in an installed position on the commode. The commode bowl guard is further provided with a means for retaining the cover plate disposed over the bowl portion of the commode such that the cover plate covers at least the section of the bowl portion of the commode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Lynette E. Cross, Edward C. Cross
  • Patent number: 6314589
    Abstract: A toilet lid lock for maintaining a toilet lid in a closed position. The toilet lid lock is comprised of an upper portion including a horizontally extending arm and a vertically extending stem and a base including a flange portion with slots and a sleeve. The stem of the upper portion is inserted into the sleeve of the base. The height of the arm is adjusted by a set screw positioned in the sleeve. The arm is positioned across a toilet lid and prevents the toilet lid from being lifted. The arm is unlocked when a user presses a release button and rotates the arm so that it is parallel to the tank ofthe toilet. The toilet lid is then free to be lifted to an upright position. Once the toilet lid is lowered, the toilet lid lock automatically resets by rotating the arm back to its original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Kidco, Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Schilt
  • Patent number: 6226805
    Abstract: A manufactured article comprising a upper lid attachment piece (50), protruding member (12), housing unit (22), forward assist springs (40), slide-bolt (18) and handle (20) which is disposed on a toilet bowl, toilet lid and hinge connection points utilizing existing holes and fasteners whereby the user pulls a handle to the rear then lifts the toilet lid to gain access and closes the lid to automatically engage the system, thereby denying access of small children into the toilet bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Timothy Joseph Watkins
  • Patent number: 6173454
    Abstract: A safety device for restricting access into the open interior portion of a toilet bowl is disclosed. The safety device may be used with any conventional toilet unit having a hinged toilet seat and lid combination. The safety device comprises a pair of compression springs and a safety lid having a first end configured to overlay the open interior portion of the toilet bowl and a second end configured to overlay the distal connecting portion of the toilet bowl. The second end of the safety lid is further configured to include a pair of slots that are positioned for engagement with the mounting screws of the hinge mechanism of the toilet seat and lid combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Dennis Alvarez
  • Patent number: 6108827
    Abstract: A toilet bowl cover for covering a toilet bowl to prevent use of the toilet. The toilet bowl cover includes a top panel with a lower wall downwardly extending along a front edge of the top panel. A spaced apart pair of securing arms are extended from a pair of rear edges of the lower wall. Each of the securing arms has a hole therethrough adjacent a free end of the respective securing arm. An elongate rod is extended through the holes of the securing arms such that the rod extends between the securing arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Octavio Espadas
  • Patent number: 5706528
    Abstract: A system for containing the splashing produced when using a toilet plunger to unclog a flush toilet is comprised of a substantially flat stiff splash plate that covers the upper opening of a toilet bowl when the plate is rested on the toilet bowl rim. The plate is visually transparent and has a central aperture for a plunger handle to freely pass through. A gasket is interposed between the plate and the toilet bowl rim and is formed of an absorbent paper material that may be disposed of by flushing it down the toilet drain after use. A method of using the splash plate and the gasket utilizes the transparency of the splash plate and the disposability of the gasket. The splash plate may optionally have stiffness enhancing features including a contoured portion and a perimeter flange. A kit of equipment has a splash plate, a gasket and a reclosable envelope for holding the splash plate and gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: William A. Broback
  • Patent number: 5682776
    Abstract: An adjustable toilet-lid closing and lock-down device, with optional use key lock-down, for use on many different types, and styles of toilets, that is sturdily attached, keeping toilet-lid lock-down in it's normal position, requiring adult supervision to use, thus providing safety and general hygiene for infants, young children and household pets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Gene Doyle Burt
  • Patent number: 5669081
    Abstract: A lock for use with an associated toilet having a rim portion and a generally outwardly oriented, depending surface, and having a seat cover thereon includes a releasably engageable receiving member and locking member. The receiving member has a housing and a pivotably connected mounting member. The mounting member is mountable to the rim portion of the bowl on the depending surface thereof. The housing includes at least one lock receiving element therein. The releasably engageable locking member has an elongated cover retaining element and at least one biased locking element. The locking element includes a releasing member thereon for releasing the locking member from the lock receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: BRK Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig S. Scherer, David C. Brown, Michael C. Thuma
  • Patent number: 5655233
    Abstract: A decorative cover for a toilet comprises a fabric shaped by a plurality of ribs, the ribs pivotally mounted to the rear of the toilet seat. The ribs are of sequentially reduced configurations allowing for a fully nested relationship therebetween. The ribs are movable to a first nested relationship adjacent the water reservoir which collapses the cover and allows access to the toilet bowl. Upon movement of the nested ribs away from their nested relationship, the cover is extended between the water reservoir and towards the toilet rim. A fixed spacer cover encloses the space between the water reservoir and one end of the collapsible cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventor: Gary R. Lackey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5581824
    Abstract: A toilet bowl safety cover including a rigid housing member having a housing cavity having a first portion contoured to receive therein in a close fitting relationship the top portion of the toilet bowl and a toilet bowl base receiving portion contoured to receive therein in close fitting relationship the base of the toilet bowl assembly; and a top seating surface sized to cover the entire opening of the toilet bowl defined by the toilet bowl rim, the seating surface being supported by the rigid housing member with sufficient strength to support a person seated thereon; and a strapping mechanism having first and second strap sections connectable with a coupling mechanism, at least one of the first and second strap sections being configured with a length adjustment mechanism. In use the toilet bowl and toilet base are positioned respectively within the bowl receiving portion and the base receiving portion of the housing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Oliver K. Crook, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5560049
    Abstract: A toilet seat safety device for preventing the lid of a toilet from being lifted. The toilet seat safety includes a cover panel for covering a portion of the toilet lid, a base panel for wrapping around and covering the front portion of the base of the toilet bowl, and a pair of elongated flaps extending transversely from the base panel for wrapping around the rear portion of the toilet bowl and fastening together for securely fastening the toilet seat safety device to the toilet. The toilet seat safety device is formed from cloth material and is therefore washable and easy to attach and remove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventors: Glorious Robinson, Ella M. Damron
  • Patent number: 5347663
    Abstract: A toilet lid lock comprising a restraining arm removably coupled to a threaded rotatable lock rod mechanism. This mechanism has a first and second end. A repositioning handle and a lock bolt are located at the first end of the mechanism. A threaded portion of the second end of the mechanism receives a compression spring and an adjustable end cap. Two similarly shaped stanchions are further included in the Lid Lock, a first and second respectively, have one aperture each which passes through the stanchion for receiving the threaded rotatable lock rod mechanism. An additional aperture passes through the first stanchion for receiving the threaded rotatable lock rod mechanism lock bolt. The lock bolt is essentially a metal pin which is inserted or withdrawn from the aperture when the repositioning handle is rotated 90 degrees. Integral perpendicular flanges form the bases of the first and second stanchions with each flange having a plurality of screw holes passing through the flange for receiving mounting bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Richard W. Yost
  • Patent number: 5267357
    Abstract: A lid and seat locking apparatus for a toilet includes a mounting assembly, an elongated rod, and an actuating assembly. The mounting assembly is attachable to the flush tank at a location spaced above the bowl. The rod couples the seat and lid to the mounting assembly to undergo pivotal movement about a pivot axis between a lowered position in which the seat and lid cover a top opening of the bowl and a raised position in which the seat and lid uncover the bowl top opening. Hinge brackets on the seat and lid are pivotally attachable to the rod. The rod and actuating assembly are mounted to the mounting assembly for sliding movement relative thereto between locking and unlocking positions along the pivotal axis of the seat and lid. The rod has a pair of radial pins mounted thereon adjacent to selected ones of the seat and lid hinge brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Bruce A. Ades
  • Patent number: 5171690
    Abstract: The invention relates to a composting device for toilet and foodstuff waste to be used in connection with a toilet. In the device according to the invention, the upper portion of a rotating compost container 6 provided with a filtering floor 9 is divided into four sections to keep apart compost materials of different degree of compositing. The compost container is positioned partialy within the toilet room so that the toilet seat 5 is positioned immediately or substantially immediately above the cover of the composting device. In this way, the natural aeration will not cause the smell of the compost material to enter the toilet room when the cover of the toilet is opened. In the composite container, the waste is aerated both from above and from below. The circulation of air is arranged to take place naturally so that it flows all the time upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Matti J. Ylosjoki
  • Patent number: 5003641
    Abstract: A gravity reset mechanism having a pivotable locking arm extending over a toilet lid and is affixed to a housing containing interlocking parts which permit locking and unlocking of the device. The locking arm prevents the toilet lid from being raised until a latch release lever and locking bar are repositioned thereby allowing the lid to be raised until it comes to rest against a water holding tank. As the lid is raised it lifts the unlocked locking arm to a position between it and the water holding tank. The locking arm is counter balanced so that when the toilet lid is lowered, the locking arm "free falls" with it until it reaches a 90.degree. angle with the housing at which point gravity influences the locking bar to slide into a locking cam slot thereby relocking the device. The latch release is counter balanced and reset by gravity at the same moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Inventor: Willis M. Selman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4995120
    Abstract: A toilet seat closing device incorporating a reversible DC electric motor connected through a three position reversible ratchet clutch mechanism to the toilet seat. A control circuit incorporating a timer is set when the toilet seat is raised and is adapted to energize the electric motor at the expiration of a predetermined time interval for moving the toilet seat from the raised position to a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Benny L. Tager
  • Patent number: 4930166
    Abstract: A flexible securing harness, secures a toilet seat lid against raising by infants and children while permitting ready access by adults. The harness, composed of flexible strapping encircles the toilet bowl in a front girth strap and a rear girth strap, secured together by their bottom portions. The rear girth strap either continuously encloses a rear portion of the toilet bowl behind the seat or hooks to the toilet bowl lid hinge point. Two angled bridle assemblies extend from spaced upper points, one from each girth strap. The bridle assemblies are interconnected by an easily removable snap fitting to form a cross-hitch securing the toilet lid. The device is flexible, easily cleaned, and readily released and refastened for toilet use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Jan Salloum
  • Patent number: 4910810
    Abstract: A toilet seat assembly comprising a toilet seat and a seat lid (16) hingedly mounted on a toilet bowl so that the lid may be raised independently of the seat. A counterweight (17) or the like biases the seat to the raised position but is inoperative to raise the seat when the lid (16) is in its lowered position. When weight on the seat is removed, a suction cup (21) on the underside of the seat holds the seat in engagement with toilet bowl, but an air bleed to the suction cup releases the seat after a delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Davis Solomon
  • Patent number: 4894870
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for a hinged cover such as a toilet cover comprising a base which is mounted on the bowl of the toilet, a latch bar which is pivotally mounted on the base and movable between a horizontal position which interferringly overlies as the toilet cover and a raised position which permits raising of the cover, and locking means which must be released to allow the latch bar to be moved to its raised or entry-authorized position. In one embodiment of the invention, the base is mounted on the ceramic structure of the toilet between the cover and the wafer closet, and the locking means comprises an element which depends pivotally from the latch bar and has dog-leg portions with feet which swing under a portion of the base to prevent the latch bar from being raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Inventors: Dennis J. Buckshaw, James A. Clark
  • Patent number: 4839928
    Abstract: A first embodiment of a toilet seat lowering device is provided for coupling to the toilet handle of a toilet system to lower a vertically positioned toilet seat. The device consists of a tubular member which is positioned over the handle of the toilet system and a spaced wedge member for sliding between the toilet lid and seat. The sleeve and wedge member are connected together by a wire member. Upon operation of the toilet handle, the wedge slides between the toilet lid and toilet seat to lower the latter to the toilet commode. In a second embodiment of the invention, the toilet lowering device consists of a pair of holding members for holding the toilet lid and a wedge for causing a vertically positioned toilet seat to be lowered when the toilet handle is operated. A plastic connector connects the toilet handle to the toilet lowering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventor: Timothy C. Probasco
  • Patent number: 4833737
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for securing adjacent articulated members such as a toilet seat and lid mounted on a bowl. Included is a plate for mounting the apparatus to the bowl and a locking arm movable with respect to said plate to a position where the leg of the locking arm overlies the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Sanitoy, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Boucher, Randy L. Abrams
  • Patent number: 4763362
    Abstract: A Velcro latching device for a torroidal toilet seat and a toilet seat cover. In a first embodiment an elongated attaching strap has one end adhesively secured to an upper surface to a toilet seat cover and a Velcro attaching device at its free end. A Velcro patch member is adhesively secured to the lower surface of the toilet seat cover to receive the Velcro attaching device on its exposed surface. The elongated attaching strap is sufficiently long to be looped over the toilet seat so as to engage the Velcro patch member and thereby secure the toilet seat to the cover member when each are in a raised position. In the second embodiment, the elongated strap is adhesively secured to the under surface of the toilet seat cover and the Velcro patch member is adhesively secured to the upper surface of the toilet seat cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Inventor: Lee B. Eure
  • Patent number: 4763363
    Abstract: An improved toilet locking apparatus of the type comprising a strap element having a clip attached at each end thereof for securing a toilet lid and seat in a closed position on a toilet bowl is provided. An improved first clip device is secured to a front or side portion of the internal spillway of a toilet bowl rim. A second improved clip device having a shape substantially similar to the first clip device but having a reduced dimension may removably engage a back or side portion of a toilet lid thereby allowing one to easily and efficiently lock or unlock the toilet lid by simply moving the second clip device outwardly. A notch is provided in a bottom portion of the first clip device so that water released from the toilet spillway rim may freely pass therethrough and to receive the small ceramic ball provided under the spillway rim of certain toilet bowls. Slots are provided in top portions of each clip device so that an elastic strap may be permanently attached therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Inventor: Albert A. Lallemand
  • Patent number: 4736472
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for a hinged cover such as a toilet cover comprising a base which is mounted on the bowl of the toilet, a latch bar which is pivotally mounted on the base and movable between a horizontal position which interferringly overlies as the toilet cover and a raised position which permits raising of the cover, and locking means which must be released to allow the latch bar to be moved to its raised or entry-authorized position. In one embodiment of the invention, the base is mounted on the ceramic structure of the toilet between the cover and the water closet, and the locking means comprises an element which depends pivotally from the latch bar and has dog-leg portions with feet which swing under a portion of the base to prevent the latch bar from being raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Inventors: Dennis J. Buckshaw, James A. Clark
  • Patent number: 4724551
    Abstract: A toilet seat lid lock to reliably and releasably secure a toilet lid in a closed position above a toilet seat to deny access to the toilet bowl. The lid lock comprises a hinge arm connected to the toilet lid, a locking base connected to the hinge arm, and a locking handle pivotally connected to the locking base. The locking handle is rotatable around the locking base between open and locked positions. In the locked position, the locking handle is aligned with the locking base so as to form a stop against the toilet bowl and thereby block the rotation of the lid off the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Inventor: Robert J. Gardner
  • Patent number: 4658447
    Abstract: A locking shaft extends through passages in a mounting bracket, a seat bracket and a seat cover bracket to prevent small children from raising the seat and seat cover. The locking shaft and a plunger are mounted to an end cap with the plunger being slidable within an axial passage in a rod upon which the brackets are mounted. A spring connected to the plunger inside the axial passage biases the locking shaft toward a locked position. In order to unlock the seat and seat cover, a person must pull the locking shaft out of the passages in the seat bracket and the seat cover bracket and raise the eat and seat cover, or just the seat cover if so desired, after placing the locking shaft in the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Inventor: Mark A. Smith
  • Patent number: 4651358
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking the lid of a toilet includes a strut which is pivotted to the flush tank of the toilet and a coupling which is fixed to the lid. The coupling has a convoluted slot therein through which a portion of the strut is received. In order to unlock the lid one must simultaneously pivot both the lid and strut which requires manual dexterity not yet acquired by most toddlers and young children but possessed by adults and older children, thus protecting toddlers and young children from the dangers of flush toilets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Inventor: Emanuel L. Logan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4649576
    Abstract: A foot actuated toilet seat lifter is disclosed in which a base member of substantially triangular cross-section is placed on the floor with the apex down. Foot pressure on one surface of the base pivots the base about the apex, causing a shaft to press upward on a bracket attached to the toilet seat, thus lifting the seat. A variety of base shapes are disclosed, together with a bellows for damping seat lowering, and optional means for securing the base to the floor or carpet. All parts are removable to aid in cleaning, and may be installed or removed without tools. The base member may optionally have a continuously curving lower surface, or may be formed of angled material to achieve the same effect as a triangular member. The resulting devices have the advantage of employing very few parts when compared to some prior art lifters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: David A. Lillie
  • Patent number: 4638515
    Abstract: An apparatus for releasably maintaining a toilet seat in a generally vertical position comprises a mounting member adapted to be secured to the toilet tank in a position to engage a toilet seat and maintain the same when moved to a general vertical orientation. According to one embodiment, a hook is forced upwardly due to movement of the toilet seat to the vertical position, and is positioned outwardly at the tank to allow the seat and toilet cover to move past the hook which then maintains these in the vertical position. Manual movement of the toilet seat past the hook will cause the hook to move upwardly to thereby allow the toilet seat to move therepast. As the hook starts to maintain the toilet seat, the toilet cover is also maintained by the hook as it cannot move past the toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Inventors: Anthony Caputo, Gary P. Culter
  • Patent number: 4628546
    Abstract: A locking device for preventing unauthorized raising of a hinged toilet lid and the like by an infant comprises a blocking cylinder which is releasably secured to the toilet bowl between the lid hinge and the toilet tank. The diameter of the cylinder is such that it blocks substantial raising of the lid from the closed horizontal position. Quick-release attachment clips allow ready removal of the device by an adult when the toilet is to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Inventor: Lexie A. Kauffman
  • Patent number: D336330
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventors: Ronald K. Harshman, Joan D. Harshman