Confronting Tool Faces Patents (Class 401/10)
  • Patent number: 9681734
    Abstract: A mascara application system includes an applicator for mascara and a mascara container. The applicator may include two brushes, and have a reverse tweezers arrangement, by which the brushes may be spaced apart from one another when pressure is applied to a handle portion of the applicator, and the brushes may be positioned adjacent to one another when no pressure is applied to the handle portion. An optional applicator container may hold a handle portion of the applicator, while enabling its actuation to operate the applicator. The mascara container, which holds mascara and is configured to receive the brushes, may include a separate portal for each brush, as well as a squeegee or other element for removing excess mascara from each brush. Methods for applying mascara to lashes are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Lisa Hatch
  • Patent number: 9215901
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of an eyelash application system can include: a cartridge having a handle, a seat, and a cartridge mating structure; an eyelash strip attached to the seat of the cartridge; and an applicator having a top arm with a clamping pad, the clamping pad including an applicator mating structure configured to interlock with the cartridge mating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventor: Sandi Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8944709
    Abstract: A fluid application device includes a clamp portion including two clamp arms, at least one of the clamp arms including a sponge, a reservoir to store a fluid, and a trigger to move the clamp arms towards each other when pressed a first distance and to pump fluid from the reservoir to the sponge when pressed a second distance greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Ellsworth, Adam Christian Ellsworth
  • Patent number: 8926204
    Abstract: A liquid sanitizer dispenser system for efficiently dispensing a liquid sanitizer. The liquid sanitizer dispenser system generally includes a first dispenser, and a second dispenser pivotally connected to the first dispenser via a hinge. The first dispenser and the second dispenser include a plurality of first apertures and a plurality of second apertures within the inner surfaces respectively for dispensing the liquid sanitizer stored within the dispensers. The first dispenser and the second dispenser further include a first porous material and a second porous material attached to the inner surface of the dispensers respectively. Liquid flow control mechanisms are utilized to control the flow of liquid sanitizer through the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kathy L. D'Ignazio
  • Patent number: 8864398
    Abstract: Packaging for cosmetic products, such as mascara, are provided, including a container for holding a cosmetic composition and an applicator which is disposed within a cut-out portion of the container. The container includes a number of passages through at least one side such that a portion of the applicator is brought into contact with the passages when seated on the container. The applicator is adapted to seal the container when seated on the container. The applicator is further adapted to be removed from the container and pressed or squeezed onto keratinous fibers (e.g., eyelashes) of a user to apply the cosmetic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Avon Products Inc.
    Inventors: William E. McNamara, Gregory A. Ornoski, David Cerutti
  • Patent number: 8851775
    Abstract: A tweezer-type cosmetic applicator, especially for mascara application, comprises a conventional product container equipped with a rotating wiper system in the neck of the container. The tweezer cosmetic applicator system effects a pincer grip without the application of external pressure, and can be operated while in the container for better evacuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ELC Management LLC
    Inventors: Christophe Jacob, Herve F. Bouix
  • Patent number: 8844090
    Abstract: A tool 54 for introducing a paste 74 into voids 44 in an article 12 includes at least one pad having a working surface shaped similarly to the shape of a target region on the article. In one specific embodiment, the tool 54 has first and second pads 56, 60, joined to each other by, for example, a hinge 66 . The pads and hinge are engageable with the article 12 so that each similarly shaped working surface 58, 62, 68 hugs a corresponding target region on the article to urge the paste into the voids. An associated method of concurrently filling voids in an article includes applying a filler material to the article in the vicinity of the voids and urging the filler material concurrently into the multiple voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian E. D'Amour, Raymond D. Thurston
  • Patent number: 8827582
    Abstract: A lip gloss dispenser/applicator which uses the impression of an individual's lips as the applicator surface. The dispenser container contains a soft, plastic mold of a set of lips, realistic in look and texture, which a user can “kiss” to apply the gloss. The gloss is contained within a reservoir beneath, and sealed around, the artificial and molded lips. The gloss is applied from the reservoir by a turning knob-like mechanism beneath the container, which controls an elevator-type lift inside the container. As the mechanism turns, the lift rises, pressing the reservoir against the bottom of the lips, forcing small amounts of gloss through a hole and onto the front of the lips. Micro-fissures in the lips evenly spread the gloss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lipsinc LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Seymour, Benjamin Martin
  • Patent number: 8770881
    Abstract: Sanitization apparatuses, kits, and methods, such as, for example, for pens, styluses, handles, remote controls, and pagers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Cleanint LLC
    Inventor: Tuan Dam
  • Patent number: 8770207
    Abstract: An applicator (100) for applying a treatment agent to one's hair includes a container connector (110) for connection with a dispensing container (ST) accommodating therein the treatment agent, an upper guide member (120) formed in a hollow shape so as to extend forward from the container connector (110) and including an outlet formed in a lower face for dispensing the treatment agent, a lower guide member (130) disposed parallel to the upper guide member so as to oppose the outlet, and a parallel supporting body (140) that displaces at least one of the upper guide member (120) and the lower guide member (130) up and downward, while maintaining the guide members parallel to each other. With the applicator (100) an individual user can easily apply the treatment agent uniformly to the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Takagi
  • Patent number: 8689809
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator for highlighting or imparting color to a user's hair includes upper and lower halves attached together by a hinge. Each half includes a rigid outer cap and a flexible connector surrounding and connecting the outer cap to a perimeter of the respective half. The cosmetic applicator further includes an applicator pad arranged in an interior of one of the upper and lower halves and a coloring material arranged in an interior of the other of the upper and lower halves. The flexible connector permits the outer caps of the respective upper and lower halves to be pressed inwardly toward one another so as to bring the applicator pad and the coloring material into engagement with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Edison Nation, LLC
    Inventors: Anna Curry, Juan Carlos Perez, Raeshon Lamont McNeil, Jeff Browning, Alexa Adams, Daniel Lee Bizzell, Daniel Cordero, Todd Stancombe, Robert Roger Hall
  • Patent number: 8540445
    Abstract: This face mask includes a right side sheet and a left side sheet which are mutually enantiomorphic. On a right side sheet and a left side sheet, a thermoplastic adhesive material is applied to the inner sides of ranges which include front edge strip portions which, during use, oppose the median line of the user's face; the right side sheet and the left side sheet are then laid together overlapping their inner sides; and heat is applied to areas of these front edge portions other than portions which, during use, oppose the nostrils and the mouth of the user, so that thereby the right side sheet and the left side sheet are joined together. By then opening out the right side sheet and the left side sheet in the direction to separate them, this face mask is caused to assume a three dimensional shape over its entire surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Nichiei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Susumu Omoto
  • Patent number: 8505554
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an applicator which allows for precise, non-messy and even application of a hair treatment composition to a hair strand. The applicator comprises a plate movably joined by a connection to a well, a hair orientation element on the internal surface of the plate which extends towards the well and a liquid impervious, resilient fluid metering element comprising a lower metering element on the rim of the well and an upper metering element on the internal surface of the plate, wherein each independently comprise an inner and an outer surface, wherein the outer surface of the upper metering element and lower metering element independently have a convex shape. When the applicator is in a closed state, the lower metering element and the upper metering element are substantially juxtaposed to provide the fluid metering element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Paul James Smith
  • Patent number: 8186363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an applicator (1) which allows for precise, non-messy and even application of a hair treatment composition to a hair strand. The applicator (1) comprises a plate (10) movably joined by a connection (30) to a well (20), a first fin (70) and a second fin (71) which project from the internal surface (101) of the plate (10) and point to one another and a fluid metering element comprising a lower metering portion (50) positioned on the internal surface of the wall (202) of the well (20) adjacent the rim (222). When said applicator (1) is in a closed state, the lower metering portion (50) and the first fin (70) are substantially juxtaposed to provide said fluid metering element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Paul James Smith
  • Patent number: 8132286
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a first support, a first cleaning material coupled to a first side of the first support, a second support rotatably coupled to the first support at a first edge of the second support, the second support defining a first opening disposed adjacent to a second edge of the second support opposite the first edge, a second cleaning material coupled to a first side of the second support, and a latch coupled to the first support, the latch to engage the first opening of the second support to maintain the first side of the first support in a substantially fixed relationship with respect to the first side of the second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: David Chiappetta, John Byrne, Agjah Libohova
  • Patent number: 8033286
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is device where one embodiment is for use in chemically treating hair, particularly highlighting or coloring hair. One embodiment of the device may be reusable, recyclable, and transparent. Another embodiment of the device may comprise lightweight panels, at least a portion of which is transparent such that the stylist is able to view the results of the treatment process without opening the device. One embodiment of the device may be quickly and easily applied to and removed from the hair. Another embodiment of the device may be easily produced where all components of the device are integrally manufactured. An embodiment may also be adapted to comprise at least two compartments, such that multiple different chemical products may be simultaneously applied, while still retaining the benefits and advantages of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: JProducts, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wayne Perry
  • Patent number: 7883286
    Abstract: A device for packaging and method for applying a product configured to be applied on fibers. One example of the device includes a base incorporating a recess to accommodate a cup. This example of the device also includes a cup forming a seat for receiving a stick of product and a driving means for moving the cup relative to the base between a stowed position of the cup in the recess and a usage position in which an applicator portion of the stick emerges at least partially from an opening of the recess. The device includes a plurality of separator/comb elements extending around at least a portion of the opening of the recess, the separator/comb elements being configured so as to engage with the fibers to separate/comb them simultaneously to, or after the application of, the product onto the fibers by the applicator portion. A method is of using the device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Laure Thiebaut
  • Patent number: 7806612
    Abstract: The present invention may be used for applying fluids to a convex surface. A handle may be attached to a fluid dispensing assembly that may have a roller applicator assembly attached. The roller applicator assembly may have rollers rotatably disposed on a bracket with two of the rollers positioned at an oblique angle to an intermediate roller. The fluid dispensing assembly may have a body with a first fluid channel in fluid communication with a first fluid container in the handle and a second fluid channel in fluid communication with a second fluid container in the handle, and a piston in each fluid container. The first fluid channel may have an aperture adjacent a first roller and a second aperture adjacent the intermediate roller. The second fluid channel may have an aperture adjacent a second roller and a second aperture adjacent the intermediate roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: William D. Wangler
  • Patent number: 7798735
    Abstract: A hand held fire hose cleaning apparatus includes at least two brushes positioned facing each other in such a manner that a fire hose can be placed between them. Water, or another suitable fluid, is delivered through the brushes onto the site of contact between the brushes and the hose. As the fluid flows, the brushes are moved back and forth, cleaning the hose quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Calvin Barker
  • Patent number: 7350994
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning eyeglasses that includes a housing, a fluid reservoir, and an evacuation apparatus such as a pump for pressurized evacuation of fluid out of the fluid reservoir and an atomizer trigger coupled to the evacuation apparatus. Two arms are attached to the housing at their proximal ends and in their normal orientations extend, preferably at an outward angle, from the housing. In a representative embodiment, each arm has a wiping pad at its distal end and is spring biased into its nominal orientation such that the wiping pads may be compressed toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Philippe Meert
  • Patent number: 7320553
    Abstract: A liquid marker for marking wires and conductors for identification purposes having a nib with a divergent or a somewhat V-shaped opening so as to be able to accommodate a range of different circumferences of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Efrem Nunez
  • Publication number: 20070292192
    Abstract: A hand held fire hose cleaning apparatus includes at least two brushes positioned facing each other in such a manner that a fire hose can be placed between them. Water, or another suitable fluid, is delivered through the brushes onto the site of contact between the brushes and the hose. As the fluid flows, the brushes are moved back and forth, cleaning the hose quickly and efficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Calvin Barker
  • Patent number: 7162766
    Abstract: A golf club head cleaning device for cleaning dirt and grass from the head of a golf club. The golf club head cleaning device includes a container member being designed for receiving a cleaning solution. A lid member is selectively coupled to the container member. The lid member comprises a slot extending through the lid member. The slot is designed for permitting the head of the golf club to be inserted into the container member to allow the cleaning solution to be agitated by a user to remove dirt and grass from the head of the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: John Yakopcic
  • Patent number: 7077592
    Abstract: An applicator for applying a substance to skin may include an applicator element configured to apply at least one line of substance to skin. The applicator element may include a rod or a receptacle, a portion extending from the rod or receptacle, and at least two tips. Each of the tips may have fibers configured to retain the substance. A flexibility of the applicator element may be greater at the tips than at the portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 7025069
    Abstract: A device for applying a hair product to sections of hair includes a first part having an open cavity to contain the hair product. The product is applied to the section of hair by contacting the section of hair with the product inside the cavity and moving the device relative to the section of hair. The device also includes a second part having a retention member that is movable relative to the cavity to selectively open and close the cavity. When closed, the retention member keeps the section of hair in contact with the product inside the cavity as the device moves relative to the section of hair. The retention member preferably includes a porous and/or fibrous element that can absorb or in other words be impregnated with the hair product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Laure Thiebaut
  • Patent number: 6942409
    Abstract: A bicycle chain cleaner fitted on a spray can of cleaning and lubricating solution, comprising: a lower half-shell and an upper half-shell, which are provided centrally with a flat and elongated tray, respectively for collection and for covering the region where a sprayed solution is dispensed, the half-shells being provided with an inlet and an outlet for the chain, which are aligned and co-planar; articulation elements, which are interposed between the half-shells; elements for coupling to the top of the spray can one of the half-shells; and a sort of trigger, which is associated with the other one of the half-shells in order to make the edges of the half-shells mate, respective brushes with tufts of radial bristles being fitted in the half-shells so that they can rotate, the tufts being adapted to penetrate, when the chain advances in the half-shells, between links of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Barbieri S.N.C. di Barbieri Nadia & Kalman
    Inventor: Adriano Barbieri
  • Patent number: 6883988
    Abstract: A vertical blind cleaning tool includes an elongate handle having a first end and a second end. A cavity is positioned in the handle. An outlet extends through the first end and into the cavity. A prong attachment is removably attached to the first end and includes a tubular member with a prong portion and a coupling portion. The coupling portion has a free end removably insertable into the first end of the handle. A receiving conduit extends through the prong attachment and may be fluidly coupled to the outlet of the handle. A plurality of openings extends through an inside surface and into the receiving conduit. An adsorptive membrane has a shape and size generally equal to the inside surface. The membrane is frictionally coupled to the prong portion. Fluid may flow from the cavity to the membrane and the membrane moved along either side of a vertical blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventors: Beatrice Brown, Valeria D. Boyd
  • Patent number: 6746165
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying product to at least one section of hair includes an elastically deformable component, a reservoir for the product, and a slot at least partially defined by the elastically deformable component. The slot is bounded by edges and is configured to receive a section of hair between the edges. The slot comprises a first slot portion lying in a first plane and at least one second slot portion lying in a second plane different from the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Vincent de Laforcade
  • Patent number: 6729784
    Abstract: A method for inhibiting the loosening of knotted ties, e.g., shoelaces, by applying to the ties a waxy composition comprising a waxy ingredient effective to inhibit the ties from becoming untied. Applicators suitable for applying compositions to ties are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Ideas To Sales LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. Gioffre
  • Patent number: 6685372
    Abstract: An applicator for applying a grip-enhancing substance onto the grip or handle of an object such as a golf club, tennis racquet, hockey stick, hammer, etc. The grip or handle of the object is inserted into the applicator by way of a selectively closable opening formed in one end thereof. The applicator is then squeezed to transfer a grip-enhancing substance contained within the applicator onto the grip or handle. The grip or handle is then removed from the interior of the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventors: Walter W. Foss, Joseph V. Szczepaniak
  • Patent number: 6626599
    Abstract: An application device for applying a hair product, especially a dye product, to sections of hair. The device comprises a component made of at least one elastically deformable material and a reservoir for containing a product. The component at least partly defines a slot which communicates with the reservoir and is accessible from the outside of the device. The slot is bounded by edges which, at rest, are positioned substantially contiguous to each other so as to create a seal. A section of hair is able to pass through the slot so as to allow the section of hair to be coated with the product in response to movement of the device in a longitudinal direction with respect to the section of hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Vincent De Laforcade
  • Patent number: 6558060
    Abstract: In conjunction with a guidewire, a handheld guidewire lubrication device. The device has a fluid reservoir for storing a lubricating fluid, where the reservoir has an exterior surface with a first and second face portions, and the reservoir is flexible to allow the first and second face portions to be brought into opposition. The first and second face portions have a compressible permeable material positioned on the face portions, and the compressible material is in fluid communication with the interior of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Seshadri Raju
  • Publication number: 20030007825
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying product to at least one section of hair includes an elastically deformable component, a reservoir for the product, and a slot at least partially defined by the elastically deformable component. The slot is bounded by edges and is configured to receive a section of hair between the edges. The slot comprises a first slot portion lying in a first plane and at least one second slot portion lying in a second plane different from the first plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Vincent De Laforcade
  • Patent number: 6430770
    Abstract: A portable golf club cleaning device including a plastic bottle designed to contain a cleaning fluid, a threaded cover for the bottle having an opening and a removable snap on lid. Brushes attached to the cover extend partially into the fluid and surround the inside of the enclosure so that a golf club placed into the hole will be scrubbed by the brushes and washed by the cleaning fluid. The brushes are limited in deflection due to the insertion of the golf club between the brushes, by mounting opposite facing pairs of continuous scrubbing of the golf club. The snap on lid will allow portability without spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Greg T. Glass
  • Publication number: 20020012562
    Abstract: The present application relates to an application device for applying a hair product, especially a dye product, to sections of hair. The device comprises a component made of at least one elastically deformable material and a reservoir for containing a product. The component at least partly defines a slot which communicates with the reservoir and is accessible from the outside of the device. The slot is bounded by edges which, at rest, are positioned substantially contiguous to each other so as to create a seal. A section of hair is able to pass through the slot so as to allow the section of hair to be coated with the product in response to movement of the device in a longitudinal direction with respect to the section of hair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Vincent De Laforcade
  • Patent number: 6321937
    Abstract: An aerosol dispensing system includes an aerosol can and a wiper dispenser removably attached to the can. A cup containing absorbent material, such as a roll of toweletes, is snap fit to the bottom of the can. The cup may be removed to dispense wipers and replaced on the can for storage. The wiper dispenser may be refilled with a replacement roll of towelettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Chase Products Company
    Inventors: Ronald F. DeSimone, Richard Messina, Charles L. Williams
  • Patent number: 6167584
    Abstract: A cleaning tool (1) intended primarily for cleaning ends of ribbon fibers (17) is designed as a pair of tweezers. At the free ends of the tweezer legs (3) opposite plush pads (13) and opposite cotton or paper pads (15) are provided. The plush pads (13) can be dipped in alcohol before cleaning the ribbon fiber. Then the alcohol is sucked into and held by the plush cloth, whereas the part of the tool, which comprises the wiping/drying pads (15), remains dry. An end of the ribbon fiber (17) is then moved over the pads first contacting the liquid-containing plush pads (13) and thereafter contacting the adjacent dry pads (15). Using the tool the operations of washing and wiping fibers to make them dry can be executed in a single step and in a secure way, so that no particles and solvent residues remain on the end of the ribbon fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
    Inventor: Hamid Nassiri
  • Patent number: 6131230
    Abstract: A device for easily and quickly cleaning safety razors is provided with a housing having a top portion with an elongated slot having a brush adjacent thereto and a hollow bottom portion having a fluid reservoir formed therein. A cleaning wall may be formed in the fluid reservoir over which the brush may be passed for cleaning thereof, by actuation of an external handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Gregorio S. Manabat
  • Patent number: 6086275
    Abstract: A clinical scrub brush device having an elongate tubular having an inner peripheral wall surface and having a finger opening at one end which may be flared. Internal bristles project radially from the inner peripheral wall surface for scrubbing of a finger or other object inserted into the internal chamber. A perforate structural member is located at an end of the elongate tubular body and has at least one puncture element. A scrub solution chamber having a quantity of liquid scrub solution is supported at one end of the elongate tubular body and has a movable wall to permit manual pressurization of the scrub solution and has a membrane wall preventing movement of the scrub solution into the internal chamber. The membrane is punctured when forced against the puncture element by scrub solution pressure for releasing scrub solution into the internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignees: Allen Paige King, Burton G. Manne, Don Smith
    Inventor: Allen Paige King
  • Patent number: 6036386
    Abstract: The invention is in a portable golf ball washer arranged to be maintained to a golfer's person, or to their golf bag or cart, and is useful for washing the surface of a golf ball during a round of golf The washer includes a pair of sections, that are preferably each a half sphere having a center open area therein to receive a half spherical washer pad fitted therein that itself includes a center half spherical opening formed to fit to the golf ball surface. The half spherical sections are connected to turn, one with the other, whereby the washer pads move back and forth over the surface of a contained golf ball, remove dirt and scruff marks therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Gayle McDonald
  • Patent number: 6029675
    Abstract: In a brush, in particular for coloring eyelashes or hair, comprising a stem and a number of bristles standing out essentially radially therefrom, the stem being formed by a first leg of a tweezers- or scissors-like arrangement, and a second leg of this arrangement having, at its free end, an abutment for the bristles of the first leg such that in operation, the free outer ends of the two legs enclose between them the eyelashes or hair to be treated. At least one of the two legs (4, 5) being designed as a hollow tube connected with a supply container and having outlets leading to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: georg karl geka-brush gmbh
    Inventor: Norbert Dumler
  • Patent number: 5988910
    Abstract: This invention discloses an eyeglass cleaning apparatus including a handle, and a pair of lens engaging rollers mounted on the handle, each of the rollers comprising a soft material arranged such that the edges thereof engage the surface of a lens sought to be cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Shimon Yahav
  • Patent number: 5908253
    Abstract: A hand-held tool and method for cleaning the surfaces of tubing and fittings then applying flux to the cleaned surfaces. The hand-held tool includes an elongated casing which has a longitudinal axis, first and second ends, and a chamber between the first and second ends of the casing. A removable cartridge which contains a flux and has an orifice for discharge of the flux from the cartridge is disposed within the chamber. A cleaning brush is affixed to the first end of the casing. The tool also includes dispensing means for dispensing the flux from the cartridge and transmitting means in communication with the orifice of the cartridge for transmitting the dispensed flux from the cartridge to a flux applicator. The flux applicator is connected to the transmitting means adjacent the second end of the casing. Holding the tool in one hand, the operator cleans the surfaces of the tubing or fittings with the cleaning brush affixed to the first end of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph F. Sutter
  • Patent number: 5853257
    Abstract: A wiper blade conditioning system including a hand-held member comprised of an exterior portion and a cylindrical shaped interior portion. The interior portion has a hollow interior adapted to hold cleaning fluid therein. The interior portion is adapted for spraying the cleaning fluid. A plurality of cleaning elements are disposed within the exterior portion of the handheld member. The cleaning elements are adapted for cleaning windshields and conditioning wiper blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Gary Dubroy
  • Patent number: 5755524
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cleaning device for spectacle glasses comprising a container for a cleaning liquid, a pair of wiper arms disposed thereon, whereby a wiper arm is swingably mounted each on two opposing sides of the container, further comprising an exchangeable cleaning element disposed on the free end of each wiper arm, and a wick system to supply the cleaning liquid from the container to the cleaning elements opposing the former in inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Friedrich Horst Papenmeier
  • Patent number: 5743667
    Abstract: An improved fluid applicator apparatus for coating the ends of pipes, studs, bolts, dowels, drill steel and other cylindrical stock having different diameters; wherein, the apparatus comprises two nested apertured cup members captively engaged between a retaining ring member and a viscous fluid filled receptacle member; wherein the retaining ring member is releasably attached to the collar member; wherein the apertures of the cup members are angularly opposed, and, wherein the cup members may be readily rotated with respect to one another in order to adjust the degree of registry of the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventors: Michael E. Osborne, John R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5707163
    Abstract: A stain removal device and process sets forth a device and method which facilitates the removal of stains by employing a number of mutually beneficial structures and processes. A limited area of material is exposed to both the soap or other removal solution by encasing the limited area of material onto a washboard top surrounded by an "o" ring forming the lower portion of a sealing cap. The upper portion of the sealing cap has downward projections which both accommodate and grasp the surrounding material, but which also engage the lower portion of the sealing cap. The upper portion accommodates a downwardly directed and rotatable brush which is brought to bear on the stained area of material when the upper portion is engaged onto the lower portion of the sealing cap. The brush is rotatable to scrub the stained area of material, and has a central bore in fluid communication with the brush bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Jack Gregory
  • Patent number: 5706839
    Abstract: An applicator of liquid products, such as dyes, to hair in exact quantities and locations. The applicator is composed of a traditional alligator-style hair clip with two mutually opposed members connected by a spring mechanism. Mounted on one end of the upper member of the alligator-style clip is a membrane designed to hold the liquids for hair treatment. When filled with the liquids, the membrane is pressured, thereby forcing the liquid out of the membrane through holes located in the membrane, which then transports the liquid to the surrounding hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Josie Ann Patti
  • Patent number: 5704088
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an inexpensive apparatus and a method of use thereof which provides for more safe cleaning of soiled, sharp health care instruments. The instrument to be cleaned is inserted into a flexible, sealed chamber containing a means for controllably brushing and cleaning the instrument. The user compresses the apparatus with one hand while manipulating the instrument with the other hand to clean the instrument. The user is provided more protection than conventional methods and devices against being injured by the instrument and both the user and the environment are provided more protection against being contaminated by debris carried on the instrument during cleaning of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Peter M. Cerroni
  • Patent number: 5697719
    Abstract: A section of sponge-like cleaning material partially enclosed within a rigid casing to form a cleaning surface that is contoured to simultaneously contact the edge and sides of a windshield wiper blade; being movable back and forth along the length of a wiper blade by a hollow handle that can be used to store cleansing fluid directly or in a squeeze-type dropper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventor: Stephen S. Nicholson