Flexible Material Patents (Class 4/484)
  • Patent number: 10703247
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for conveniently and efficiently handling trash generated during operation of a motor vehicle. That apparatus includes a housing having a receiver, a trash receptacle held in the receiver and a retention feature carried on the housing. The retention feature is displaceable between a first position and a second position whereby the apparatus may be secured in a pocket of a trim panel of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angela Belen Vazquez Juarez, Sergio Federico Ramirez Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 10589927
    Abstract: A waste disposal device for sealing waste and a cassette for dispensing film are disclosed. The waste disposal device comprises first and second rollers, each comprising first and second end portions and a joining portion therebetween. The end portions of the first and second rollers are arranged to receive and seal first and second film portions therebetween as the first and second rollers rotate. The joining portions of the first and second rollers are arranged to define an aperture for receiving waste in a first rotary configuration of the rollers and to seal the first and second film portions therebetween in a second rotary configuration of the first and second rollers. The cassette comprises first and second portions comprising respective first and second film dispensers. The first portion is mechanically connected to the second portion. The cassette is moveable between a first, compact configuration and a second, extended configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SANGENIC INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Schofield, Douglas Begg, Andrew Mattocks, Matthew James Brady, Benjamin John Strutt, Andrew Julian Stockdale, Nicholas Martin Broadbent, Kenneth Waeber, Benjamin Krupp, Kenneth Hogue, James Yoder, David Tekamp
  • Patent number: 10271696
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for allowing passive urine recovery are disclosed. An exemplary commode liner that allows for passive urine recovery comprises a first layer comprising a first top side configured to receive a bio-waste material, a first bottom side, and a plurality of apertures spanning the first top side and the first bottom side, wherein the plurality of apertures passively promote a unidirectional movement of a liquid portion of the bio-waste material from the first top side to the first bottom side. The liner further comprises a second layer attached to the first layer, wherein the second layer is attached to the first layer such that a space is created between a second top side of the second layer and the first bottom side of the first layer, wherein the space is configured to hold a liquid portion of the bio-waste material received at the first top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jerry D. Thom
  • Patent number: 10206546
    Abstract: A portable toilet includes a base, a top cover hingedly disposed on the base, and an access door. The top cover has an opening that is alignable with a first cutout in a side wall of the base. In a storage position, the access door can be positioned to at least partially occlude the opening and the first cutout simultaneously. Furthermore, the access door may be configured to at least partially occupy a locating slot disposed on the top cover. The portable toilet may further include a support member that is hingedly disposed on the base. The support member may interface with the access door to prevent movement of the access door while in the storage position. When the top cover is in an in-use position, a removable toilet seat may be placed proximal an upper wall of the base and a surface of the top cover simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Ellinghuysen
  • Patent number: 10077139
    Abstract: A collapsible bag or pouch for collecting samples of soil, mud, liquid and gases, having an internal mechanical seal and a heat sealable area near the opening that is protected during sample loading, preferably by a funnel detachable from the pouch. After loading and prior to heat sealing the pouch is secured from the outside by mechanical interlocking seal. The bag also has an air-tight port for sampling the gaseous headspace after the bag is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Coleman
  • Patent number: 10040408
    Abstract: An environmentally-friendly, portable waterless toilet for mobile environments that is provides a single-action pedal mechanism to close the lid, advance a continuous bag with waste, and seal the waste in the bag. The toilet uses a continuous bag supply having a predetermined single dose or portion of at least one chemical automatically deposited therein, the at least one chemical functional to kill pathogens in waste that is deposited through an opening in the seat and a corresponding opening of the continuous bag supply. The waste-filled continuous bag supply is at least temporarily sealed by activation of a mechanical sealing mechanism, and released downwardly into a base section, which is connected to a sitting unit, forming an integral, closed system for waterless sanitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SANITATION CREATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Morris
  • Patent number: 9957105
    Abstract: An improved receptacle liner bag is formed of two layers of thin flexible stretchable plastic sheets which are sealed along the sides and bottom, but are unsealed along the top of the bag. The sheets are die-cut to form a framed opening which defines a band between the sides and the top of the bag. When the bag is placed in the receptacle, the band may be disposed around the outside of the sides of the receptacle and stretched over the base of the receptacle so as to provide a hold-down for the bag in the receptacle. The sheets may be perforated along a line below the framed opening. The line, when opened, forms an auxiliary band which can be stretched over and placed behind a hinge of a lid of the receptacle to secure the back of the liner bag in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: THE SCENSIBLE SOURCE CO., LLC
    Inventors: John W. Germanow, Ann D. Germanow
  • Patent number: 9598194
    Abstract: To allow a tubular film having a large opening diameter to be heat-sealed with a short length heater by a function (film width reduction function) that can reduce a size of an opening portion of the tubular film uniformly with a simple structure even when the width reduction operation is performed repeatedly. There is provided a film sealing mechanism provided with an elongated heater and a heater receiver configured to abut against the heater, the heater and heater receiver being disposed opposite, in a direction perpendicular to a position of the feed means, to a tubular film in which content is accommodated and which is fed downward from a film passage port by a feed means such as a feed roller with its both left and right end portions in a width direction supported, so as to be capable of holding outer surfaces of the film therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: NIHON SAFETY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akio Shimanuki, Yoshikazu Onishi
  • Patent number: 9598207
    Abstract: A waste-disposal device for use with a bag unit of the type having an annular component from which a free end of tube extends to form a bag. The waste-disposal device comprises a bin having an open top end for accessing an inner cavity of the bin. A support is in the bin adjacent to the open top end and adapted to support the annular component of the bag unit for waste to be received in the bag of the bag unit extending in the inner cavity of the bin, by passing through a central opening thereof. A closing mechanism comprises a door pivotally connected to the support by at least one pivot and an abutment surface in the bin, a pivot axis of the at least one pivot being located at a same height or higher than a bottommost edge of the annular component of the bag unit when received in the support and when the bin has a bottom thereof on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL REFILLS COMPANY LTD
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 9475610
    Abstract: A waste-disposal device for use with a bag unit of the type having an annular component from which a free end of tube extends to form a bag. The waste-disposal device comprises a bin having an open top end for accessing an inner cavity of the bin. A support is in the bin adjacent to the open top end and adapted to support the annular component of the bag unit for waste to be received in the bag of the bag unit extending in the inner cavity of the bin, by passing through a central opening thereof. A closing mechanism comprises a door pivotally connected to the support by at least one pivot and an abutment surface in the bin, a pivot axis of the at least one pivot being located at a same height or higher than a bottommost edge of the annular component of the bag unit when received in the support and when the bin has a bottom thereof on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL REFILLS COMPANY LTD
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 9357890
    Abstract: An environmentally-friendly portable toilet that is waterless, odorless and cost efficient, that uses a continuous bag supply having a predetermined single dose or portion of at least one chemical automatically deposited therein, the at least one chemical functional to kill pathogens in waste that is deposited through an opening in the seat and a corresponding opening of the continuous bag supply; the waste-filled continuous bag supply is at least temporarily sealed by activation of a mechanical sealing mechanism, and released downwardly into a base section, which is connected to a hard plastic sitting unit, forming an integral, closed system for waterless sanitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Sanitation Creations, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Morris
  • Patent number: 9339426
    Abstract: Portable and disposable apparatus for urinal elimination includes a container with a hydrophilic layer, absorbent fragrance materials, and liquid absorbency materials. The hydrophilic layer, the absorbent fragrance materials, and the liquid absorbency materials absorb all of the urine within the container without any after spillage. Users can use a lid, which is permanently connected with the container from one end, as a privacy shield during urinal elimination process. Once the users are finished with the urinal elimination process, the users can reseal the lid back onto the container so that the container can be disposed at users' convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Kathryn Barr Keating
  • Patent number: 9084703
    Abstract: Presented is a fecal/urine management system that includes a mattress having an aperture (e.g., catchment aperture) disposed through its top surface. The catchment aperture allows positioning a patient's anus over the aperture when the patient is positioned on the mattress. Accordingly, bodily waste may be collected in the aperture and thus separated from the skin of the patient. To prevent soiling the mattress, a catchment insert is positioned within the catchment aperture. The catchment insert, in one embodiment, includes an annular platform that rests on the top surface of the mattress and catchment bag that is adapted to be positioned within the mattress aperture. The catchment bag and annular platform prevent most or all bodily waste from contacting the mattress. Further, the catchment bag is adapted for removal through the top surface of the mattress with little or no movement of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ron G. Fair, David Fair
  • Patent number: 9078760
    Abstract: A cover for concealing and supporting a urinary incontinence bag to be worn by an individual in conjunction with a catheter and attached tubing. The cover provides a comfortable sleeve for containing the urinary bag and one or more straps for securing the bag to the leg of an individual. Additional features include a covered sleeve window for monitoring the urine bag contents and a collar for increased wearing comfort and support of the tubing. An outflow valve cover is also disclosed for concealing and protecting the outflow valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: MARY L. MARSHALL ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Mary L. Marshall
  • Patent number: 8955173
    Abstract: A portable multifunctional commode chair includes: a chair including a foldable chair back, foldable chair legs and a cushion, wherein a seat hole is provided at a center of the cushion; a concave slot is provided along an edge of said seat hole; a plastic bag is provided in the seat hole and fixed in the concave slot; an anal plug for being inserted into an anus; an adjustable dripping stand hinged on the chair and comprising a dripping bag connected to the anal plug; a closing covering comprising an upper supporting ring and a lower supporting ring, wherein connecting elements are provided at a center of the upper supporting ring; an opaque textile or a plastic cloth is surrounding between the upper supporting ring and the lower supporting ring and a door for opening and closing is provided on the opaque textile or the plastic cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Sau Chun Cheung
  • Publication number: 20140208499
    Abstract: A waste receiving apparatus such as a toilet has a body having an interior and an upper waste receiving opening. A bagging material storage area holds the bag supply of continuous bag material to receive waste introduced through the waste receiving opening. A motor is provided for rotating accumulated waste relative to the bag supply. A fan is provided for pressurizing and/or depressurizing an interior of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: DRY FLUSH LLC
    Inventors: Rod Livingston, Robert Roczynski
  • Patent number: 8769732
    Abstract: A disposable sanitary waste receptacle includes a water impermeable bag member manufactured from a first predetermined material and having a first predetermined shape and a first predetermined size. Such bag member has an opening at one end thereof and is removably disposable within a waste receiving portion of at least one of a potty chair, a toilet trainer, a bedpan, a commode, and a combination thereof such that such opening is held open for bodily waste to be deposited into such bag member. A securing mechanism is disposed around a perimeter of such opening for securing such bag member to such at least one of such potty chair, such toilet trainer, such bedpan, such commode, and such combination thereof. A disposable sanitary waste receptacle kit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Donna K. Mrugala
  • Patent number: 8769734
    Abstract: A remote-controlled vehicle for collecting and transporting bio-waste that is capable of compacting bio-waste, dumping the waste in a variety of ways, and that has a rechargeable battery, among other functions, is disclosed. A system for collecting the bio-waste material also is provided. The system includes a plurality of collection receptacles associated with a structure, each of the plurality of collection receptacles receiving the bio-waste material without the use of water as a carrier. A transport network extends from each of the plurality of collection receptacles to at least one storage receptacle located at the structure. A plurality of vehicles, or carts, is disposed within the transport network and collect the bio-waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent Paul Schaaf
  • Patent number: 8640274
    Abstract: A toilet device includes a seat (2) with a pair of side walls (14 & 16) pivotally connected thereto. The side walls are capable of three configurations with respect to the seat portion (2). In a first folded configuration they extend towards one another for compact storage of the device. In a second configuration they extend downwardly in right angles to the seat for use as a chamber pot when supplied with a suitable liner. In a third configuration the side walls extend outwardly away from one another so that the device can be placed on a conventional toilet seat and adapt that seat to the user of the device. Locking and locating means are provided for locking and/or locating the device in the three configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Oakstrong International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher Lovatt
  • Patent number: 8615824
    Abstract: A stool collector adapted for being positioned in a use position in which it is secured to a standard water closet or toilet to collect a stool sample delivered by a user, said stool collector comprising a rear piece adapted for being secured between rear halves of a toilet bowl and a tip-up toilet seat, respectively, of said toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: GP Medical Devices ApS
    Inventors: Morten Høstrup Sønderholm, Henning Hedegaard, Christian Emil Erfurt-Hansen, Søren Peter Søgaard, Lars Erik Lund
  • Patent number: 8607371
    Abstract: The invention relates to an emergency toilet. The toilet includes a bag with an opening. The bag has an external sleeve that is impermeable to liquid and a liquid-absorbent material in its interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Lutz Ziegler, Rainer Christoph Synder
  • Publication number: 20130232680
    Abstract: A fecal bag that prevents a content of the fecal bag from being visually recognized by the other persons to relieve discomfort of a wearer and can easily observe the content of the bag. A fecal bag includes a bag main body and a covering part that is arranged on a front surface of the bag main body and invisibly covers an inside of the bag main body. The covering part has a flap-like opening part that partially releases a covered state to make it possible to visually recognize the inside of the bag main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Kazuo TACHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 8528127
    Abstract: A portable toilet and method of using which is foldable or not foldable and which is easily mounted, used, and dismounted by a handicapped and/or bedridden person. The handicapped and/or bedridden person can be transported while disposed on the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Harry E. Gabaldon
  • Publication number: 20130212796
    Abstract: An environmentally-friendly portable toilet that is waterless, odorless and cost efficient, that uses specially-lined bags that kill pathogens and are sealed and released into a base section, which is connected to a hard plastic sitting unit, forming an integral, closed system for waterless sanitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: SANITATION CREATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Morris
  • Patent number: 8510877
    Abstract: A toilet device including a box assembled from a flat pre-cut cardboard blank and a urine and feces collection bag includes (i) a box furnishing by way of folding and consolidation, an opening (2) in its panel (1) serving as a seat, a least two double sidewalls produced by a consolidation of angularly spaced panels (12/10a and 12a/10) and a double wall on the level of the bottom produced by the consolidation of the panels (20, 20a) and (ii) a collection bag impervious to gases and liquids, in particular made of plastic, whose upper peripheral part entirely covers the panel (1) which serves as a seat and whose bottom which contains a gelling agent, dips into the said opening (2), the said bag being fixed during use to the said box by the V slots (70, 71) and half-V slots (70a, 71a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Cleanis Company
    Inventor: Laurent Helewa
  • Publication number: 20130125301
    Abstract: A toilet, wherein: the toilet has an aperture (110), which, in use, would be located in an upper part of the toilet; the toilet comprising or adapted to receive a dispensing means arranged beneath the aperture for dispensing a tube (12) of collection bag material in a downward direction; wherein the toilet is adapted such that, in operation, while the tube is moved downward, the toilet creates a divide in the tube by pressing the sides of the tube together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher David Natt, Christopher James Holden, Virginia Summerfield Gardiner, Darren Mark Brown, Iain James Purves
  • Publication number: 20130086737
    Abstract: Ultra-light weight, compact, self-contained, easily stored and transported, disposable alternative to portable toilets and potties (“the Device”) comprised of impermeable bag fused or adhered to annular (round, oval or rectangle) frame in such manner that bottom portion of bag extends downward through frame forming collection pouch with top portion of bag extending upward through frame but gathered below outer edge of frame and held in place by lip at frame's outer edge. Frame holds bag open for collection of body waste. Frame is gripped at edges to hold the Device against the buttocks (similar to positioning of toilet seat) while spreading feet and squatting to push or release body waste into bag. Top portion of bag is then pulled up from securing frame lip where a sufficient amount of upper part of bag is twisted and then knotted sealing in body waste and its odor ready for disposal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Helen Bizar
  • Patent number: 8408160
    Abstract: A secure pet waste containment system utilizing an automated gear, roller and spool assembly to secure pet waste on all sides and store them for future disposal. A housing includes an aperture in its top side into which a pet, typically feline, would deposit waste. The aperture and space thereunder is lined with bagging that has its source from a bag cartridge disposed around the circumference of the aperture. When waste has been deposited, the lining secures the waste on all sides by traversing a series of rollers until the lining is wound within a circular spool. As this is occurring, the bag cartridge automatically releases more bagging into the aperture and space thereunder for subsequent deposit of pet waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Mitchell Pozin Consulting, LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell E. Pozin
  • Patent number: 8336129
    Abstract: An assembly and method for processing human waste includes providing a supporting base having an opening within which a waste reservoir is affixed. The assembly may be installed on or below a rim of a toilet bowl. Solidification and pathogen killing materials are provided. The materials are deposited in the reservoir either prior to or upon accumulation of waste in the reservoir. The reservoir with the solidified waste is then sealed and transported to a collection facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: James T. Mullowney
  • Patent number: 8276219
    Abstract: A potty seat, liner system is provided wherein the seat liner (9) is supported in a receptacle (7) by resting in the contours of a pee deflector (79) and an indentation (81). The receptacle (7) rests inside a seat (5), which is supported by a base (3). Furthermore, the liner (9) can be removed and folded onto itself to enclose waste therein. When not used with the base (3), the seat (5) is provided with an adjustment mechanism to facilitate securing the seat (5) to any desired adult sized toilet seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Optilife Products Inc.
    Inventor: David Dubiel
  • Patent number: 8266739
    Abstract: A remote-controlled vehicle for collecting and transporting bio-waste that is capable of compacting bio-waste, dumping the waste in a variety of ways, and that has a rechargeable battery, among other functions, is disclosed. A system for collecting the bio-waste material also is provided. The system includes a plurality of collection receptacles associated with a structure, each of the plurality of collection receptacles receiving the bio-waste material without the use of water as a carrier. A transport network extends from each of the plurality of collection receptacles to at least one storage receptacle located at the structure. A plurality of vehicles, or carts, is disposed within the transport network and collect the bio-waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent Paul Schaaf
  • Publication number: 20120222208
    Abstract: The present invention is a urine bag comprising a bag portion and a collar comprised of a single piece of plastic and having a top edge, a medial edge, two distal edges, and an inside face. A tab extends outward from each of the distal edges. The collar further comprises a lip that extends at least partially around the top edge two sets of ridges on the inside face of the collar. The ridges are positioned such that they form a closure mechanism when the collar is folded along the medial edge. The plastic collar extends into the bag portion approximately one-fifth of the length of the bag portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Phillips Environmental Products, Inc. d/b/a Cleanwaste
    Inventors: Timothy Lorin Jacobson, Marci Yamasaki, Michael Wayne Hetherington
  • Patent number: 8209793
    Abstract: A disposable portable toilet that is efficiently fabricated from foldable stock, such as corrugated cardboard, with minimal waste and adapted with a fluid absorbing inner liner is disclosed. Foldable stock material is formed as a blank sheet having a plurality of fold lines defining multiple panels disposed in side-by-side relation, and a joining tab. Each panel includes a fold-in tab that functions to provide a rim. The blank sheet provides a structure that may be configured to form a support structure that is selectively configurable from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. An absorbent liner is insertedly received within the support structure. Padding sections are disposed on the liner in proximity to overlay the top rim of the support structure when the liner is received therein thereby providing the device with a padded upper rim. A drawstring functions as a closure member to close the liner after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: William Carter, Elizabeth Carter
  • Patent number: 8201284
    Abstract: A collapsible portable toilet having an expanded and a compressed state. The toilet has a seat and a base. The seat is connected to a top of a collapsible assembly and the base is connected to the bottom of the collapsible assembly. The toilet has a cover that is cylindrical and surrounds the collapsible assembly. The cover contains a coil that is resilient to the expended position. The cover has a plurality of fasteners for holding the toilet in a compressed state. In the expanded state a plurality of segments extend toward the ground or supporting surface. The stop arm is insertable into the collapsible assembly to secure the toilet in an expanded state. The toilet utilizes a disposable inner bag for use in the interior of the toilet. The toilet is fittable within a carrying bag when in a compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel G. Pokorski
  • Patent number: 8166581
    Abstract: A toilet device includes a seat (2) with a pair of side walls (14 & 16) pivotally connected thereto. The side walls are capable of three configurations with respect to the seat portion (2). In a first folded configuration they extend towards one another for compact storage of the device. In a second configuration they extend downwardly in right angles to the seat for use as a chamber pot when supplied with a suitable liner. In a third configuration the side walls extend outwardly away from one another so that the device can be placed on a conventional toilet seat and adapt that seat to the user of the device. Locking and locating means are provided for locking and/or locating the device in the three configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher Lovatt
  • Patent number: 8136175
    Abstract: A device for the collection of feces samples for laboratory diagnostic tests includes an upper layer and a lower layer, both with a semicircular or rectangular front end, and a rectilinear extension that extends toward the rear end. The upper layer has a round opening close to the front end. The lower layer has a plurality of small holes concentric to the round opening in the upper layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ana Carolina Yoshimatsu Fagundes
  • Publication number: 20120054953
    Abstract: A disposable portable toilet that is efficiently fabricated from foldable stock, such as corrugated cardboard, with minimal waste and adapted with a fluid absorbing inner liner is disclosed. Foldable stock material is formed as a blank sheet having a plurality of fold lines defining multiple panels disposed in side-by-side relation, and a joining tab. Each panel includes a fold-in tab that functions to provide a rim. The blank sheet provides a structure that may be configured to form a support structure that is selectively configurable from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. An absorbent liner is insertedly received within the support structure. Padding sections are disposed on the liner in proximity to overlay the top rim of the support structure when the liner is received therein thereby providing the device with a padded upper rim. A drawstring functions as a closure member to close the liner after use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: William Carter, Elizabeth Carter
  • Patent number: 8122527
    Abstract: A waste collection device suspended below a shower chair for collecting human defecation and other bodily waste before such waste contacts a shower room floor. Due to its function, the mat further provides greater confidence and less anxiety in physically challenged and infirm individuals. The present invention is suspended by a plurality of adjustable support straps which may attach to support structures of any conventional shower chair. Support straps may include upper straps and lower straps that may be used either separately or in combination. A disposable flat collecting material may be held in place atop the upper surface of the mat by holding straps attached along opposing edges of the mat. The present invention serves to eliminate the spread of infection by preventing the shower room floor from becoming contaminated with feces and/or other bodily waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Alice Ruttler
  • Patent number: 8104108
    Abstract: A toilet that does not require water for use, which may be used in the home or which may be portable for use at locations outside the home, having a disposable, biodegradable bag for catching and storing human waste for disposal, and a method for disposing of said biodegradable bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Franklin Irizarry-Lugo
  • Publication number: 20110296603
    Abstract: A drawstring potty chair liner includes a composite sheet of material having an absorbent layer and a liquid barrier, and a drawstring extending around a periphery of the sheet and accessible at opposite sides thereof. The sheet is placed into the bowl of a potty chair with the water resistant side facing the bowl. After the potty chair is used, the drawstrings are drawn up to enclose waste within the sheet with the water resistant side out. The sheet can then be discarded or transported over a toilet, opened and emptied, or otherwise discarded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: SCOTLAND ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Linda Scotland
  • Patent number: 7996930
    Abstract: A disposable portable toilet that is efficiently fabricated from foldable stock, such as corrugated cardboard, with minimal waste and adapted with a fluid absorbing inner liner is disclosed. Foldable stock material is formed as a blank sheet having a plurality of fold lines defining multiple panels disposed in side-by-side relation, and a joining tab. Each panel includes a fold-in tab that functions to provide a rim. The blank sheet provides a structure that may be configured to form a support structure that is selectively configurable from a collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration. An absorbent liner is insertedly received within the support structure. Padding sections are disposed on the liner in proximity to overlay the top rim of the support structure when the liner is received therein thereby providing the device with a padded upper rim. A drawstring functions as a closure member to close the liner after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: William Carter, Elizabeth Carter
  • Patent number: 7975326
    Abstract: A disposable liner for a child's potty chair includes a generally flexible sheet material, a pouch portion formed near the center of the sheet material to extend downwardly into the opening of the potty chair, an absorbent material disposed in the pouch, a plurality of outwardly extending portions extending laterally from the sheet material, and an adhesive material disposed on an underside surface of the outwardly extending portions to adhere the disposable liner to the seat portion of the potty chair. A pull string may be disposed around the pouch, such that the pull string may be pulled after the disposable liner is used to close the pouch portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Barbara Wilson
  • Patent number: 7935210
    Abstract: A waterless-toilet liner has a seat panel adapted to lie atop a waterless-toilet seat and formed with a central hole of a size and shape generally corresponding to a size and shape of the hole of the seat, and a bag having an upper rim secured to the seat panel around the hole therein. This liner is made by first advancing a foil tube to a first work station and forming a cross-seam and cut in the foil tube-to cut therefrom a bag having an open end. Then the open end of the bag is fitted between a pair of foil sheet. An opening is cut through the foil sheets and open end of the bag and the edges of the bag at the opening and there adjacent are bonded to the foil sheets. Then the foil sheets are cut through or perforated downstream of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Lemo Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Schega, Armin Meyer
  • Patent number: 7849527
    Abstract: A toilet apparatus is adapted to put the excrement produced each time by the user of the toilet into a bag to form a package of waste, treating the excrement into a state of combustible substance before putting it into a bag. The toilet apparatus is equipped with a long, flexible and folded continuous cylindrical member set in position below a toilet seat as packaging member that is adapted to receive the excrement produced by the user each time and become sealed and transferred downward in the toilet bowl, a processing material for absorbing liquid and semi-solidifying the excrement being arranged at a side of the toilet apparatus, a quantity of the processing material being fed into the packaging member for receiving the excrement each time of production of excrement so as to absorb liquid from the excrement, the packaging member being subsequently sealed at an opening thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Nihon Safety Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinobu Mochizuki, Koutarou Nishida
  • Publication number: 20100275363
    Abstract: A toilet that does not require water but suctioned air for use. Which may preferably be operated by two 12 VDC batteries which may be used at home or which may be used at campers, parks, rental facilities, civilian or military vehicles on land, sea or air, etc. Having an air suction device and biodegradable bags for catching such human waste and a method for disposing of said bags. Such toilet has an air suction device that can be attached or detached from body of toilet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Franklin IRIZARRY-LUGO
  • Patent number: 7770242
    Abstract: A collapsible potty comprises a one piece, rigid seat with a central hole through it. A pair of opposed tracks on the seat lower surface extend from front to rear. Left and right support panels are pivotally attached, by means of support hinge knuckles, to seat hinge knuckles on the seat left and right ends, respectively. Hinge pins engage hinge holes in the knuckles. The support panels are able to pivot from a folded position adjacent the seat lower surface, to an open position extending downward. A flexible, sealable waste bag hangs beneath the seat to receive waste. A tray has a plurality of hooks, arrayed around a central hole, that engage holes in the waste bag. The tray slides into the seat tracks to position the tray central hole directly beneath the seat central hole. A zip-lock closure seals the waste bag. A resilient locking arm on the seat hinge knuckle expands into a notch in the support hinge knuckle when the support panel is rotated into the open position, to hold the support panel open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy L. Sell
  • Publication number: 20100180370
    Abstract: A toilet device including a box assembled from a flat pre-cut cardboard blank and a urine and faeces collection bag includes (i) a box furnishing by way of folding and consolidation, an opening (2) in its panel (1) serving as a seat, a least two double sidewalls produced by a consolidation of angularly spaced panels (12/10a and 12a/10) and a double wall on the level of the bottom produced by the consolidation of the panels (20, 20a) and (ii) a collection bag impervious to gases and liquids, in particular made of plastic, whose upper peripheral part entirely covers the panel (1) which serves as a seat and whose bottom which contains a gelling agent, dips into the said opening (2), the said bag being fixed during use to the said box by the V slots (70, 71) and half-V slots (70a, 71a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: CLEANIS COMPANY
    Inventor: Laurent Helewa
  • Publication number: 20100175179
    Abstract: Disposable receptacles having an interior surface and an outer surface, said receptacle consisting of with an outer layer of water-impermeable material and having an inner lay primarily composed of absorbent material, said receptacle having a opening on one side, said opening having a sealable closure have use for toilet training toddlers and infants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Robyn Gray Hills
  • Publication number: 20100175178
    Abstract: A disposable sanitary waste receptacle includes a water impermeable bag member manufactured from a first predetermined material and having a first predetermined shape and a first predetermined size. Such bag member has an opening at one end thereof and is removably disposable within a waste receiving portion of at least one of a potty chair, a toilet trainer, a bedpan, a commode, and a combination thereof such that such opening is held open for bodily waste to be deposited into such bag member. A securing mechanism is disposed around a perimeter of such opening for securing such bag member to such at least one of such potty chair, such toilet trainer, such bedpan, such commode, and such combination thereof. A disposable sanitary waste receptacle kit is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: DONNA K. MRUGALA
  • Publication number: 20100050334
    Abstract: A single-use toilet intended to be used for relieving one-self. The invention is characterised in that the single-use toilet is in the form of a bag (1) of a size sufficient to be used for relieving oneself, in that the bag (1) can be sealed after use, in that the bag (1) is made from an essentially gas-tight material that is impermeable to fluid, in that the bag (1) contains urea (8) in an amount sufficient to inactivate intestinal pathogenic micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc., in that the bag (1) is made from a material (5, 6, 7) that is biodegradable, and in that the biodegradable material (5, 6, 7) is impermeable for fluid during the period that is required to inactivate micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc., in the excrement by means of the said urea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: PEEPOOPLE AB
    Inventor: Anders Wilhelmson