Manually Reciprocable Sleeve Patents (Class 401/117)
  • Patent number: 9470628
    Abstract: In a method, a response sheet is provided to a user. The response sheet includes a machine-readable form having a number of response areas where the user can provide responses. After being received from the user, the response sheet has ones of the response areas marked by the user with a non-reflective fluid and also has other ones of the response areas being marked by the user with a reflective fluid. The received response sheet includes response areas marked with the non-reflective and the reflective fluid that were not marked in the provided response sheet. Responses provided by the user can be determined using an optical reading apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Amara Rahman Durham
    Inventor: Amara Rahman Durham
  • Patent number: 9463660
    Abstract: A multi-color writing marker may comprise a tubular marker barrel connected to a motor housing. The marker barrel may house a cartridge removably coupled to a drive shaft connected to a motor. The cartridge may include a plurality of reservoirs containing writing liquids of different colors. A marker tip may be mounted on a distal end of the cartridge. The marker tip supports a plurality of marker nibs corresponding to the number of cartridge reservoirs. Each marker nib may be is in fluid communication with a corresponding reservoir. Actuation of the motor spins the cartridge and marker nibs while a user is simultaneous creating a design on the writing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph D Maresh
  • Patent number: 9375069
    Abstract: A package for a consumer care composition including a container having a base, a solid stick of a consumer care composition supported on the base, an annular sleeve surrounding the solid stick, the annular sleeve being coupled to the base by a coupling mechanism, the coupling mechanism being adapted to control longitudinal movement of the annular sleeve relative to the base between extended and refracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: John C. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9296250
    Abstract: A writing instrument including a hollow body extending between a rear end and a front end of the hollow body; a writing member mounted inside the hollow body and provided with a tip at a free end; a protective sleeve movable between a tip protection position and a retracted position for writing; at least one first stop formed on the hollow body; and at least one locking member able to engage said first stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SOCIÉTÉ BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Ludovic Fagu
  • Patent number: 9073380
    Abstract: An amusement writing instrument with a mechanical toy consists of an elongated pen body having a seat mounted on an end, a toy housing said seat and a working piece passing through said seat. The working piece comprises of a rod, pluralities of driving elements driven by the rod and pluralities of resilient devices for providing reciprocal movement. The ornament composes of a frontal and rear casings and a decorating object is further attached to the seat. The working piece is driven as the user propels the cartridge to disengage the frontal casings from the rear casing, creating a slit for allowing the decorating object to be extended and exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Pao-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 9039316
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a body extending between a rear end and a front end of the body which has an opening, the body defining an inner volume; a writing member mounted inside the body and including a tip which protrudes from the front of the body; a protective element including a guide portion sliding along the body and a protective end which extends the guide portion and has an opening to allow the tip to pass through, the protective element being movable between a tip protection position and a retracted position for writing; an elastic return element coupled with the guide portion in order to bias the protective element towards the protection position; and a system for locking the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SOCIETE BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Ludovic Fagu
  • Patent number: 8998524
    Abstract: A liquid-application device that permits a user to selectively apply herbicide to weeds without applying the herbicide to adjacent plants. A reservoir of herbicide is mounted to a container end of an elongated tube and a wick is mounted to an opposite end. The tube has a central passage through which the liquid flows from the container end to the wick end by gravity. A valve mechanism at the wick end controls the flow of liquid out of the central passage. A wick retainer in the valve mechanism holds a wick that receives liquid released through the valve. A shroud covers the wick and the wick protrudes after the shroud is seated on a weed leaf. The shroud can be withdrawn by a mechanical connection, such as a trigger, or by simply forcing the shroud out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Robert A. Shoaf
  • Patent number: 8905666
    Abstract: When the cap is released, the application body that is urged to the applicator front end side slides to the applicator front end side, and in this condition, the click button is actuated in linkage by the inclined part of the click button being pushed by the application body projection so that the click button moves up and juts out from the peripheral side of the front barrel and the valve set opens at approximately the same time. Upon usage, when the jutting click button is pushed and released, the application body is slid in the axial direction by the abutment between the inclined part of the click button and the applicator body projection so as to be able to open and close the valve set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Company, Limited
    Inventor: Shigeki Ooba
  • Patent number: 8899856
    Abstract: An applicator (10) for applying a cosmetic product onto a person's skin, the applicator (10) comprising a first handle component (12) and an application arrangement (14) connected to the first handle component (12). The application arrangement (14) comprises at least two application elements (16.1, 16.2) that can be loaded with cosmetic product, each of which can be brought selectively into contact with the person's skin to apply the cosmetic product. In an embodiment, the application arrangement (14) is rotatably fitted to a distal end (18) of the first handle component, (12) thereby allowing a user to select which application element (16.1, 16.2) is to be loaded with cosmetic product for application to the person's skin. In an embodiment, each application element (16.1, 16.2) is rotatably fitted to a support, which in turn is rotatably fitted to the distal end (18) of the first handle component (12), the rotating application element facilitating the loading and application of the cosmetic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Albea Services
    Inventors: Michel Limongi, Gaël Thorez, Benoît Kellal
  • Patent number: 8851774
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a barrel extending in a longitudinal direction; a writing cartridge provided at one front end with a tip and designed to be moved in the barrel in the longitudinal direction between a forward position in which the tip is extended and a retracted position in which the tip is retracted into the barrel; a push member movable in the longitudinal direction and in a radial direction relative to the barrel, connected to the cartridge in order to move the latter, that includes at least one control member extending through an opening in the side of the barrel in order to project radially outwards, and also including at least one locking member designed to cooperate with a complementary locking member of the barrel allowing the push member to be locked in the forward position of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Franck Vadenne
  • Patent number: 8840332
    Abstract: Mascara sample dispenser applicators have a mascara applicator including a rod and a tip for applying the mascara to the eyelashes of the user. A receptacle contains a small amount of mascara and includes both a first opening through which the rod passes and a second opening through which the applicator tip is pushed out by translation of the rod relative to the receptacle, allowing the user to apply mascara. The second opening may be hermetically sealed by a film that cannot be returned to its original position or condition after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Alcan Packaging Beauty Services
    Inventor: Patrick Lhoyer
  • Patent number: 8641308
    Abstract: A ballpoint pen system has a pen housing, a top cap, and a ballpoint ink cartridge located in the pen housing. The top cap is located on a pen housing anterior end. In a first closed position a top cap anterior internal annular ridge and a top cap posterior internal annular ridge engage an anterior annular groove and a median annular groove of the pen housing, respectively. In a second, open position, the top cap anterior internal annular ridge and the top cap posterior internal annular ridge engage the median annular groove and a posterior annular groove of the pen housing, respectively. In a first position, the ballpoint tip is located below a top cap anterior end aperture. In a second position, the ballpoint tip is located above and through the top cap anterior end aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Jerry F. Peyton, Georgia C. Peyton
  • Patent number: 8480323
    Abstract: An expandable writing instrument has a writing end body section and a rear body section mounted to the writing end body section for relative axial and non-rotational movement between an extended position with the rear body section spaced away from the writing end body section, and a retracted position with the rear body section closer to the writing end body section. A spring in the writing end body section biases the cartridge upwardly. A helix cylinder is mounted for rotation and axial movement in the rear body section with a peg of the rear body section sliding in a track of the helix cylinder. The track is a closed loop with left and right hand helixes so that axial movement of the rear body section causes rotation of the helix cylinder continuously in one rotational direction. A shuttle receives a cartridge body and is mounted for axial movement in the helix cylinder. A shuttle cam on the shuttle is mounted for axial non-rotational movement to the writing end body section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: A.T.X. International, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca Gregory, George Reekie, Michael Roberts, Donald Santos, Frank Torngren
  • Patent number: 8444339
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body that extends longitudinally between a top end and a bottom end, an elongate slot disposed in an outer surface of the body and having first and second spaced-apart detents, and a cap disposed coaxially around the body and having a cut therein that defines an elongate arm. The elongate arm has an inwardly-oriented protrusion configured to engage the detents of the slot. The cap is slidable along the body such that the inwardly-oriented protrusion slides along the slot until it detachably engages a detent, thereby retaining the cap in either a closed position that covers the bottom end or an open position in which the bottom end is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Beifa Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Zhao, Weiying Chen
  • Patent number: 8434957
    Abstract: A knock-type writing instrument is provided, which allows an easy refill exchange with a simple operation while inhibiting deformation of slits, breakage of a shaft tube, etc., during the refill exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehei Kageyama
  • Patent number: 8436838
    Abstract: A touch pen includes a bush, a sliding rod, and a pen body. The sleeve has a pen head secured at an end and defines a receiving hole. The sliding rod is fixed in the receiving hole and defines a guiding slit. The pen body has an extending end defining an accommodating hole. The extending end is receivable in the receiving hole and the sliding rod is receivable in the accommodating hole. A holding pin is secured in the accommodating hole and passes through the guiding slit, the pen body slides relative to the pen head, the holding pin slides along the guiding slit and can be hold at the two ends of the guiding slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Shi-Xu Liang
  • Patent number: 8405643
    Abstract: A stylus comprises a housing, a stylus body, a latching element and a shell. The housing has a receptacle defined therethrough. The stylus body is accommodated in the receptacle and located at one end of the housing. The stylus body has two opposite arms located at one end thereof, each arm has a protrusion protruding therefrom. The latching element is mounted in the receptacle and is located at another end of the housing opposite to the stylus body. The latching element has two opposite latching cantilever and each cantilever having a rib protruding therefrom. The shell is slidably accommodated in the receptacle and has two opposite latching slots defined therein. The latching slots latch with the protrusions to hold the stylus in a retracted state, and the latching slots latch with the ribs to hold the stylus in an extended state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Shi-Xu Liang
  • Patent number: 8303204
    Abstract: A cosmetic applicator for a cosmetic agent includes a capless housing; a seal for sealing the housing from an exterior; a seal opener for opening the seal to prevent damage to the cosmetic agent; and a control for manipulating the seal opener to open the seal and advancing the cosmetic agent is advanced from a stored position to an advanced position beyond the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Avon Products, Inc
    Inventor: John S. Kurek
  • Patent number: 8292529
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser includes an applicator attached to a base, as well as a case that is at least partially filled with a fluid. The base and case are telescopically mounted together and can be relatively reciprocated to retract and extend the applicator relative to the case. A piston is mounted in the case for outwardly urging the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Lucas Packaging Group, Inc
    Inventor: Frank Francavilla
  • Patent number: 8277139
    Abstract: A hand-held cosmetic powder applicator brush apparatus for applying cosmetic powders such as facial powders and other powders to a user. The brush apparatus comprises a housing having a chamber for holding a powder to be dispensed and a valve mechanism for selectively opening and closing the chamber to a brush mounted on the housing so that powder in the housing may be dispensed to the bristles of the brush. The valve is operable by rotating an upper housing section such as a sleeve on the housing in a first direction to cause such opening. When the brush is not used, the upper housing section is rotated in the opposite direction to cause the valve mechanism to close. There is also a shield which extends around a portion of the brush to engage and protect the bristles when an outer cap is placed over the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: David M. Deans and Jerilyne T. Deans Co-Trustees for the David and Jerilyne Deans Family Trust
    Inventors: David M. Deans, Jacky L. Gunter, Jacquelyn I. Medina
  • Patent number: 8231297
    Abstract: A cosmetic dispenser with a bottle and an applicator wand retained for slidable extension and retraction relative to the bottle. The applicator wand can be slid from a retracted position wherein a cosmetic applicator is retained within the bottle and an extended position wherein the cosmetic applicator projects through an aperture at a distal end of the bottle. A lateral dividing structure, which can be formed by an adapter insert and a rear seal, slidably receives the applicator wand and divides the inner volume of the bottle into a distal inner volume and a proximal inner volume. A laterally disposed distal wiping wiper with a plurality of radial slits can wipe a distal end of the cosmetic applicator, and a side wiping wiper with an inner throat can wipe a peripheral portion of the cosmetic applicator. A cap with a plug can matingly engage the side wiping wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Raymond P. Legassie, Thomas F. Holloway, Frederick J. Dobbins, Stephen G. Dudienski
  • Publication number: 20120163896
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body that extends longitudinally between a top end and a bottom end, an elongate slot disposed in an outer surface of the body and having first and second spaced-apart detents, and a cap disposed coaxially around the body and having a cut therein that defines an elongate arm. The elongate arm has an inwardly-oriented protrusion configured to engage the detents of the slot. The cap is slidable along the body such that the inwardly-oriented protrusion slides along the slot until it detachably engages a detent, thereby retaining the cap in either a closed position that covers the bottom end or an open position in which the bottom end is exposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: BEIFA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Feng Zhao, Weiying Chen
  • Patent number: 8182165
    Abstract: An action ornament composes of a decoration housing formed by a front and back cases, a main body which engages with said housing, a linkage unit which is partially provided inside the main body and a protracting element hidden and incorporated in the housing and jointed with the linkage unit. A seat is provided on the top of the main body for engaging the case. A hollow tube for attaching a rod object is provided to the bottom of said seat. To actuate the mechanism, a pin is pulled down, driving the linkage unit and causing the housing to open slightly and exposing the protracting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Pao-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 8128302
    Abstract: A writing instrument comprises a substantially tubular body extending between a top and a writing end, and an elongate slot disposed in an outer surface of the body and having a detents defined at each end of the slot, and a tubular open-ended cap disposed coaxially around the body and having a cut defining an elongate arm connected to the cap at one end and having an inwardly-oriented protrusion at another end and sized to engage the detents of the slot. The cap is slidable along the body such that the inwardly-oriented protrusion slides along the slot until it engages a detent at an end of the slot thereby arresting the cap either in a closed position, in which the cap covers the writing end, or in an open position in which the writing end is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Beifa Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Zhao, Weiying Chen
  • Patent number: 8079767
    Abstract: A fixed-nib writing instrument having a shaft extending along a longitudinal axis (A) and at the front of which a protective sleeve is mounted such that it can move coaxially with respect to the shaft, the sleeve moving between a protecting position in which it covers the writing nib and a retracted position in which it enables writing, the sleeve having a wall section which includes at least one helical guide path in engagement with at least one peg connected to the shaft in order that a rotation of the sleeve causes the latter to slide translationally between the protecting position and the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Socite BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Arnaud Bez
  • Patent number: 8033746
    Abstract: An electrically driven powder cosmetics application device is controlled by high speed operation of a motor together with an eccentric weight block to induce vibration for facilitating uniform dispensing of powder cosmetics. The device includes a plastic container having an end forming a powder dispensing port containing therein a filter. Provided outside the dispensing port is a hollow collar fit over a dispensing device including a brush and a brush hair confiner tube with a powder outlet passage arranged therein. An opposite end of the container has a bottom receiving therein a vibration device including a rotation motor and an eccentric weight and a battery set for supplying electrical power and controlled by a switch to turn on/off vibration operation. With the vibration device turned on, the container is provided with assistance for dispensing cosmetics thereby ensuring uniform and smooth dispensing of the powder cosmetics contained in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Yi-Li Tsai
  • Patent number: 8011845
    Abstract: A marking instrument including a body portion having an internal cavity disposed therein with a rotation means disposed within the interior cavity of the body portion. The marking instrument also includes a marking platform having at least one marking element disposed thereon and a cap element having an opening that corresponds to a geometric shape of a mark to be produced or the geometric shape of an answer space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Edward Ho
  • Publication number: 20110129285
    Abstract: A retractable pen includes an outer tube whose inner surface on a front end is arranged with a plurality of axial guiding rails circularly, an inner tube whose inner surface on a rear end is disposed with a plurality of stoppers is arranged circularly, a first sleeve mounted in the outer tube and having a plurality of ratchet teeth arranged circularly on a front end thereof as well as an axial guiding rail between two adjacent ratchet teeth sliding in the axial guiding rail of the outer tube, and an elastic member elastically supported between the front end of the inner tube and the axial guiding rail of the ring tube. In use, the rear end of the inner tube is pressed so as to change the length of the retractable pen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Yu-Yin LIU
  • Patent number: 7775737
    Abstract: A hand-held cosmetic powder applicator brush apparatus for applying cosmetic powders such as facial powders and other powders to a user. The brush apparatus comprises a housing having a chamber for holding a powder to be dispensed and a valve mechanism for selectively opening and closing the chamber to a brush mounted on the housing so that powder in the housing may be dispensed to the bristles of the brush. The valve is operable by rotating an upper housing section such as a sleeve on the housing in a first direction to cause such opening. When the brush is not used, the upper housing section is rotated in the opposite direction to cause the valve mechanism to close. There is also a shield which extends around a portion of the brush to engage and protect the bristles when an outer cap is placed over the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventors: David M. Deans, Jacky L. Gunter, Jacquelyn I. Medina
  • Publication number: 20100129131
    Abstract: A retractable pen includes an improved triggering device (i.e., an actuating means), which is easy for manufacturing and user-friendly. The retractable pen has a pen-body having two pen-tubes, a pen-cartridge within the pen-body, and an actuating means. The actuating means not only triggers the movement of pen-cartridge (slidable protrusion/retraction of the pen-cartridge) but also, at the meantime, triggers length-change of pen-body (slidable movement between the two pen-tubes).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: SPARK GOLD CO.
    Inventor: Yu-Yin Liu
  • Patent number: 7677824
    Abstract: Disclosed is a slide pen. The slide pen includes (a) a pen core having a nib, (b) a tubular pen core slider having an open lower end, a pen core coupler, and guide ridges formed at an upper portion thereof, so as to allow the nib of the pen core to protrude through the lower end thereof and to allow the pen core to be held and coupled therein, and (c) a body casing having a tubular upper portion formed with a guide slot so as to allow the guide ridges of the pen core slider to vertically move and be fixed, a tubular intermediate portion being partially open such that the pen core slider is held inside so as to allow the outer circumference of the pen core slider to be exposed outside, and a conical lower portion having an open lower end so as to allow the nib of the pen core to be moved in and out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Morris Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun-son Yoon
  • Patent number: 7473046
    Abstract: A cleaning utensil for cleaning a container comprises a first cleaning unit and a second cleaning unit is axially movable relative to the mounting for the first unit. The second unit is for location axially within an axial aperture of the first unit. Each cleaning unit includes a brush with relatively outwardly extending bristles. The first cleaning unit includes a sponge which is relatively outwardly extending. There is a closable cavity in the handle for containing cleaning fluid, and the cavity is connected with the first cleaning unit or second cleaning unit. Cleaning fluid can be expelled from the container through one of the units to facilitate the cleaning of the bottle. The first cleaning unit effectively cleans a portion of an inside of a baby bottle, and the second cleaning unit effectively cleans a second portion of an inside of the baby bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Kraus, Randal Ouye
  • Patent number: 7470075
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multipurpose case used as a case of cosmetic tools or stationery materials which allows withdrawal of cosmetic tools or stationery materials as required by a user. The multipurpose case has a simple structure and a core accommodated in the multipurpose case may be withdrawn at once. The multipurpose case includes a core fixing section, to which first and second tubes are coupled from upper and lower portions thereof. A third tube is arranged between the first and second tubes and the core fixing section is coupled to a lower end of the third tube. When the third tube is moved up, the core fixing section is simultaneously moved up, so that the core provided at an upper end of the core fixing section is easily withdrawn to an exterior. The multipurpose case having the simple structure reduces the manufacturing cost and improves the convenience of use by allowing for easy withdrawal of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Joung chul Kim
  • Patent number: 7452150
    Abstract: Items such as writing implements comprise a housing which moves from a first configuration wherein a writing portion is at least partially disposed within a housing to a second configuration wherein more of the writing portion is disposed outside of the housing. In one version, upon the selective actuation of a release, at least two housing portions initially move away from each other while the writing portion moves from the first configuration toward the second configuration, the housing portions then move back toward each other, all in a damped motion. In the second configuration, at least a portion of the writing portion is further away from the hinge-type connection than in the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: C.C. & L Company Limited
    Inventor: Sik Leung Chan
  • Patent number: 7431528
    Abstract: A telescopic handwriting pen for PDA or cellular phone. In one embodiment, the pen comprises tubelike inner, intermediate, and outer sections and first and second coupling assemblies fitted in front ends of the inner and intermediate sections. Either coupling assembly includes annular grooves with O-rings put thereon, an annular recess between the grooves filled with lubricating oil, and a rear extension secured to the inner or intermediate section. A writing head is fitted in a front end of the outer section and comprises a channel in fluid communication with the external and inside of the second coupling assembly. Stop mechanisms are provided in rear ends of the outer and intermediate sections for preventing an inside section from disengaging another section while sliding therein. The pen can carry out a smooth sliding and has a balanced weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Ya-Chiao Liu
  • Patent number: 7431438
    Abstract: An ink cartridge which is detachably mountable to a liquid ejection type recording device including a liquid ejecting head for ejecting liquid onto a recording material while scanning the recording material in a direction crossing with a feeding direction of the recording material, and a recovery unit for sucking the liquid through a nozzle of the liquid ejecting head. The ink cartridge includes a receiving portion for receiving the liquid discharged from the liquid ejecting head by the recovery unit; a liquid containing portion for accommodating the liquid to be supplied to the liquid ejecting head; and a connecting portion for connecting the receiving portion and the suction recovery unit, wherein the connecting portion is disposed at a position upstream of a front end surface portion of the ink cartridge with respect to an inserting direction in which the ink cartridge is inserted into the liquid ejection type recording device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Tsujimoto, Junji Shimoda, Kiyomitsu Kudo, Satoshi Kudo, Toru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7384207
    Abstract: An improved hand-held implement is provided with a body having external surfaces that define contours which match and ergonomically engage the surfaces of a user's thumb and fingers when the user grasps the implement, so as to provide a large surface area of contact between the user's hand and the implement. The increased area of contact between the user's hand and the implement, compared to traditional designs, decreases the required level of applied unit area pressure, and also provides for greater control consequently facilitating manipulation of the implement. The exterior of the implement is sufficiently small so that, while in use, the body of the implement does not extend outside or beyond the hand of the user. The cartridge includes a coaxial retention ring device which readily fits into the body of the implement by the resilient engagement of the ring into the coaxial recessed groove in the implement body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sun Coast Merchandise Corp.
    Inventor: Dilip Bhavnani
  • Patent number: 7296942
    Abstract: A ball point pen has a retractable ink container (13) and writing tip (12) that are releasably held in the extended position by a locking element (19) freely movable in a transparent enclosure (18) at the remote end of the barrel (11). The locking element (19) may have the appearance of a football or golf ball. In another embodiment the locking element is elongated and has flat sides that may carry advertising or promotional markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Geoffrey Peter Mayne
  • Patent number: 7287924
    Abstract: A stylized writing instrument which is shaped like a proprietary and/or familiar object. In general, embodiments of the invention include a housing shaped like the proprietary and/or familiar object, a writing element, and internal mechanisms provided within the housing for extending the writing element from, and retracting the writing tip into, the housing. The internal mechanisms may comprise a wide variety of actuation systems for extending and retracting the writing element, including a cam actuation assembly, an edge slide actuation assembly, a gravity actuation assembly, a pressure actuation assembly and a push button actuation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Joel B. Shamitoff
  • Patent number: 7228864
    Abstract: Cosmetic brush (11) is extensibly received in cosmetic container to pick up cosmetic (2) from lid (1) without being damaged. Lid (1) is engaged with and disengaged from body (10) without fail. Body (10) is constructed of: lift sleeve (14) holding the brush (11); intermediate sleeve (15) with neck (17) cooperating with lid (1) to realize threadable engagement therebetween; and outer sleeve (25) with spiral groove (26) which is a part of a telescopic mechanism for extending and retracting the brush (11) from intermediate sleeve (15). Threadable engagement is larger in frictional resistance than the telescopic mechanism to make it possible: to move first the brush (11) when the lid (1) is rotated; and, then to disengage the lid (1) from intermediate sleeve (15) after the brush (11) press-contacts with the cosmetic (2) and is prevented from moving upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Kamaya Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomio Tahara
  • Patent number: 7070353
    Abstract: A toothbrush has an axially displaceable trigger at the upper end of a handle to force toothpaste into an extension provided with the brush and which is retractable in the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Alberto Raul Bostal
  • Patent number: 7044668
    Abstract: A stylized writing instrument shaped like a proprietary or familiar object. In general, embodiments of the invention include a housing shaped like the proprietary or familiar object, a writing implement, and internal mechanisms provided within the housing for extending the writing implement from, and retracting the writing implement into, the housing. The internal mechanisms may comprise a wide variety of actuation systems for extending and retracting the writing implement, including a cam actuation assembly, an edge slide actuation assembly, a gravity actuation assembly, a pressure actuation assembly and a push button actuation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Joel B. Shamitoff
  • Patent number: 6951431
    Abstract: A hand-held device for applying a film of, for example, adhesive, covering, or colored material onto a substrate. The device includes a housing, in which a film material supply is disposed, and an application member with an application end to which the film material can be supplied. The application member is moveable back and forth between a retracted position in the housing and an application position projecting out of the housing through a housing opening. An actuating element is manually moveable between a stand-by position and an active position and activates the application member to move into its application position when it moves into the active position. To improve the operability and handling of the hand-held device, the actuating element is arranged on a side surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventor: Franck Rollion
  • Patent number: 6921225
    Abstract: A ballpoint pen with extensible closing top structured to include a spring pen top, a handhold, an extensible pen body, a cap and a pen refill, wherein the extensible pen body embodies a two-stage configuration. Furthermore, a butt pin is configured interior of the cap, which penetrates interior of the extensible pen body and the handhold, and butts against a rear end of the spring pen top. When not in usage, a front section of the spring pen top covers the internal pen refill, and thus the pen refill is not exposed, whereas directly pulling backward on the extensible pen body thereby exposes the pen refill. Usage of the ballpoint pen is thus made considerably convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Yung-Ching Hsu
  • Patent number: 6866436
    Abstract: A writing instrument has a tubular member having a longitudinal axis and an aperture at an end thereof. A writing component is mounted in the tubular member and has a writing tip at an end portion thereof. The tubular member and the writing component are movable relative to one another in an axial direction along the longitudinal axis of the tubular member between a writing position at which the writing tip protrudes from the aperture of the tubular member and a housed position at which the writing tip is disposed in the tubular member. An airtight sleeve is connected to the end portion of the writing component for movement between an advanced position and a retracted position. The airtight sleeve has a bore through which the end portion of the writing component passes during movement of the writing component between the writing position and the housed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Micro Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kanari, Yousuke Ishii
  • Patent number: 6832868
    Abstract: A writing implement comprising a housing (2), a writing cartridge (4) arranged in the housing in a movable manner, and a control unit that displaces the writing cartridge between a first position in which the cartridge tip (6) protrudes from the housing for writing, and a second position in which the cartridge is retracted into the housing. In the first position the writing implement has a total length suitable for writing, and in the second position the writing implement is contracted. The writing implement exhibits improved handling without major structural modification, so that the writing implement can be brought into the writing position and also extended in a single hand movement. To achieve this the implement is provided with a depressor (8) which is configured as an extension of the housing and can be actuated to move the writing cartridge between the first and second positions, and which in the first position extends out from the rear end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: C. Josef Lamy GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Hertwig, Wolfgang Nestlen
  • Publication number: 20040184865
    Abstract: This invention provides a capless retractable cosmetic dispenser applicable to all types of cosmetic fluids and capable of self-sealing and substantially preventing vapor fluid from evaporating through the valve when the applicator is in the retracted position. The retractable dispenser includes a front cowling with an opening to allow the applicator to move in and out of the opening. Adjacent to the opening and within the front cowling is a valve capable of moving linearly within the front cowling. The valve substantially seals the cosmetic fluid and applicator from outside air and the release of vapor pressure from within the valve when the applicator is in a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Craig David Carroll
  • Patent number: 6793429
    Abstract: A safety chalk holder consisting of a chalk holding member received within the bore of a housing, a closed end of the chalk holding member projecting from one end of the housing, a collet end of the holder projectable into and out of the other end of the housing, a chalk receivable into the holder having a cross section dimensioned to cooperate with the collet such that when the collet end of the holder is positioned exterior of the housing, the chalk can be freely received within the collet, spring means urging the collet to be withdrawn into the housing, the collet effective to engage the housing to reduce the dimension of the collet to grasp the chalk as the collet is drawn into the holder, the holder and housing having a locked together connection permitting limited movement of the holder with respect to the housing, but preventing withdrawal of the entirety of the holder from the housing, and a child-proof cap closing the collet projecting end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: William Q. Arrison
  • Patent number: 6761495
    Abstract: An improved structure of a pen is disclosed. The casing is provided with a conic casing at the top portion and having two protruded pegs. The cap mounting for capping onto the conic casing is provided with an upper circular groove and a lower circular groove at the inner edge of the cap mounting. A vertical sliding rail is provided at the side of the circular groove. The interior of the casing is mounted with a compression spring and a refill and the upper portion of the conic casing is mounted onto the compression spring and is positioned within the cap mounting. The protruded pegs are in combination with the upper circular groove and the lower circular groove so that the rotating of the casing will retracting or extending out the refill for writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Sheng Hsiung Wu
  • Patent number: 6755584
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a barrel having a channel with an open end, and a writing element disposed in the channel. The writing element is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. At least a portion of the writing element is resilient and may be resiliently deflected in a direction substantially transverse to the longitudinal axis of the writing instrument. The resilient deflection of the writing element biases the writing element to engage the channel and to retain the writing element in the extended position. Various other features which improve the functioning of the writing instrument or actuator member may be provided separately or in combination. In example, the actuator may be mounted for non-linear movement to extend or retract a writing element. Also a release member may be provided along a side of the barrel to move the writing element out of engagement with the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. O'Brien, Donald A. DeLuca, Michael Kent