With Means To Support Or Stabilize Implement When Not In Use Patents (Class 401/131)
  • Patent number: 9433854
    Abstract: A device and method can remove a scratch-off coating that initially conceals information. The device has a rubbing member including a melamine open cell foam. The device's structure includes a body with a fluid chamber that communicates with a distal opening. The rubbing member is mounted at this distal opening. The structure includes a scraping element located at the rubbing member. The melamine open cell foam and the scraping element are simultaneously pressed against and moved across the scratch-off coating until it is removed and retained in the foam sufficiently to reveal the concealed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Andre D'Alessandro
  • Patent number: 9381768
    Abstract: A hand-held dry-erase system for communication is provided, with application in education, healthcare, or other fields. A writing instrument may be stored in the handle of a portable dry-erase board. The hand-held dry-erase board system includes a frame including a writable surface, a handle, wherein the handle includes an upper end and a lower end and wherein the upper end of the handle is attached to the frame enabling a power grip. A clip may be attached to the handle to secure a marker. The writable surface may be transparent, and removable substrates may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Julia Marie Rhodes 2010 Revocable Trust
    Inventor: Julia M. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 9004795
    Abstract: A container (1) for a stick of a cosmetic or hygienic product, comprising an applicator element (3) in which a stick (2) of said product can move axially relative to a base (32), as well as a tubular storage element (4) comprising a top (41) that contains a mobile sleeve (42) and is suitable for covering the applicator element (3) in a configuration wherein said applicator element is fully inserted into the sleeve and connected to said top by means of an elastically compressible device having two stable axial positions relative to a hilly inserted configuration, said device comprising a resilient element (43) pushing the sleeve (42) towards the outside of the top, and, distributed between the top and the sleeve, a heart-shaped guide track (44) arranged parallel to an axial direction of the top, and a follower (45) carried by a generally axially pivoting arm (46) such as to define stable top and bottom positions allowing the applicator element to be gripped or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Chanel Parfums Beaute
    Inventor: Christian Salciarini
  • Publication number: 20150079285
    Abstract: An adjustable writing device is provided. The adjustable writing device has a digit engaging member that has an adjustable diameter for functionally engaging a portion of a user's digit without substantially impeding articulation of the digit. The writing device has a cartridge engaging member that includes a writing tip coupled to the cartridge engaging member and an ink cartridge adapted to communicate with the cartridge engaging member to allow ink within the ink cartridge to be dispensed from the writing tip. The writing tip can be oriented substantially orthogonal to an axis of the digit engaging member. A friction fit between the digit engaging member and the digit prevents the writing tip from rotating about the digit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Beckie Bottjer
  • Publication number: 20150050064
    Abstract: A structure for mounting a clip for a writing implement that includes (i) a pivotable clip which includes a stationary coupling portion extending along a reference axis; a main body that is pivotable in a pivot plane containing the reference axis, having two sidewalls each comprising a pivot-limiting hook; and a resiliently deformable curved portion connecting the main body to the coupling portion, enabling the main body to pivot relative to the coupling portion; (ii) a receiving member for receiving the coupling portion of the clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Ludovic Fagu
  • Patent number: 8944715
    Abstract: A sanitary disposable writing instrument for minimizing the transfer of bacteria, viruses and/or chemicals from one person to another including a strip of flexible holding material, a writing implement removably secured to the flexible holding material, and a writing tip associated with the writing implement. At least a second writing instrument can be provided to form a series of removably secured writing instruments wherein removal of one writing instrument from the series causes a next writing instrument to be positioned for removal from the series. Combination dispenser and holding members for dispensing the series of writing instruments in a sanitary manner is also provided. The holding members can be mounted on either a vertical or horizontal support surface and can receive replacement dispensers therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Howard Yoder
  • 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: 8920059
    Abstract: An applicator apparatus can be attached and detached to and from any tube container that properly fits. The tube is not part of the invention, but works with the invention as a handle and as a dispenser. When the tube is attached to the applicator apparatus, the hole of the tube in which the tubes contents come out of, meets with the hole of the applicator apparatus. The applicator apparatus's hole is surrounded by an applicator material such as brush bristles or sponge. When the tube is squeezed, the tubes contents will come out of the hole of the applicator apparatus and be introduce onto the surrounding bristles of the brush or sponge of the applicator apparatus. The applicator apparatus attaches to a lid. The top portion of the lid has an opening in which the applicator apparatus can be placed into. The bottom portion of the lid can have a suction cup base that is to be secured onto a flat hard surface or a pull tab that can be taken off by a humans mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Alina Kravchenko
  • Patent number: 8888393
    Abstract: An applicator, for a cosmetic liquid, such as nail polish, includes a reservoir and a removable cap sealing an opening in the reservoir. The applicator may be quite small, holding nail polish for a single application to a person's nails, having a number of legs that can opened so that the applicator can rest on a table. Alternately, the applicator may be built to be handled like a pen, with a piston that is driven to supply the liquid. Features are provided for the attachment of two or more such applicators to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Zoya Hajianpour, Babak Sheikh
  • Patent number: 8864402
    Abstract: A refillable toothbrush and base assembly having a handle assembly, a hinge assembly, a head assembly, brush assembly, a toothpaste cartridge assembly, and a base assembly. The brush assembly is removably mounted to the head assembly. When not in use, the refillable toothbrush assembly rests on the base. A hinge assembly is integrally mounted to the handle assembly. The toothpaste cartridge assembly includes a toothpaste cartridge with an end cap, a plunger and a plunger actuator having a knob. The brush assembly has an internal channel. Upon the rotation of the knob, the toothpaste is forced to travels through the toothpaste cartridge assembly to exit at the brush. A user may rotate the head assembly, with the brush assembly mounted thereto, to a position where the brush assembly is housed within a channel and a cavity disposed at the handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Luis Vila
  • Patent number: 8807860
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a writing body extending from an end; a writing tip integral with the writing body, and a removable cap that covers the writing tip in a coupled position of the cap with the writing body, the cap having a bottom, a tubular wall that extends along a central axis between a first end that joins with the bottom and a second end that defines an axial opening, the tubular wall has an inner surface on which protrusions are capable of holding the cap by engagement with the writing body in the coupled position, where the inner surface of the cap has at least one groove arranged between two of the protrusions and extends to the second end of the tubular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Laurent Beaucher
  • Patent number: 8801311
    Abstract: A writing implement organizing device mechanically links multiple writing instruments to a central hub and includes a plurality of cords having an end attached to each writing instrument. Each cord is formed of an elastic material with an end attached a desired writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Angela Miller
  • Patent number: 8764331
    Abstract: A marker has a cap with a reverse clip, which opens toward the closed end of the cap, that is, in the same direction as the force applied to remove the cap, thereby allowing the cap to be removed with one hand without dislodging the reverse clip from its attachment. To facilitate single-handed removal and replacement of the marker, the cap has a semi-tubular cap extension, terminating in a flange from which the reverse clip extends. The cap extension acts as a guide for replacing the marker in the cap with one hand, while the flange provides a flat surface against which downward thumb pressure can be applied to separate the cap from the marker as the latter is pulled up with the other fingers of the same hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lubanski
  • Patent number: 8747008
    Abstract: A personal dispensing system allows a user to dispense a viscous liquid, such as a disinfectant soap, waterless hand cleaner or waterless hand sanitizer containing an anti-microbial composition. The dispenser includes a mounting clip which can be worn on the belt of a user. The dispenser has a front sidewall with openings which allow the viscous liquid to be dispensed onto a user's hands. The openings on the front sidewall of the container body and the viscosity of the liquid are selected so that the viscous liquid weeps out of the openings without dripping. The container body can also have a front opening which houses a gel pad which is impregnated with the anti-microbial composition. The gel pad has openings which are again matched to the viscosity of an anti-microbial composition so that the gel weeps from the gel pad without dripping during use. The front face of the device can also house a number of roller balls for dispensing the viscous liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: John M. Geesbreght, Darrell D. Dial
  • Patent number: 8708591
    Abstract: A cleaning bottle has a detachable brush removably secured to the bottle. The cleaning bottle can have a spray head to spray liquid out of the bottle and deliver it to a desired surface, such as a golf club or a golf shoe, for example. The user can them use the brush, either attached to the bottle or after removing it from the bottle, to scrub the surface on which the liquid/cleaner in the bottle has been sprayed. A loop can be disposed on the bottle onto which a fastener, such as a carabineer fastener, can be used for easy transport of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Leon M. Shepard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140086663
    Abstract: An assembly is made of a flat writing instrument (1) and of an element (2) for holding the writing instrument (1) against a supporting surface of an exercise book or notebook, for immobilizing the instrument (1) in a storage position in which it extends parallel to the supporting surface. The element (2) is made of a body (21) having a first fixing face (211) which is intended to be applied to the supporting surface, and a second face (221) opposite to the fixing face (211) and carrying elements for immobilizing the instrument (1), the fixing face (211) carrying elements for fixing the holding element (2) to the supporting surface such that the element (2) can be fixed to the supporting surface without protruding from the exercise book or notebook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Philippe Peyridieu, Henry Sanderson
  • Patent number: 8672571
    Abstract: An illuminated marking device is described for use with colorless marking materials. The marking materials remain colorless until being transferred to a marking surface having a developer material disposed thereon that causes the marking material to develop a colored appearance. The marking material is contained within a marking device having a clear or translucent barrel and a lens integrated into a first end. The lens is tinted in a color similar to that of the developed color of the marking material. The first end of the marker is inserted into a light housing having a light source therein. Light from the light source is filtered by the lens and thereby illuminates the barrel of the marker in a color similar to that of the developed color of the marker. The glowing marker indicates the marking color of the marker and provides an enjoyable glowing experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Crayola LLC
    Inventors: Anthony P. Monzo, Scott Collins, Gregory R. Nungester
  • Patent number: 8616796
    Abstract: A household device. One household device comprises a rod and a chamber extending from the rod, the chamber is configured to contain one dispensing element, the one dispensing element is configured for dispensing materials that are dissolvable in water. The chamber further includes at least one opening configured to allow the dispensing material to contact water and thereby dispense the dispensing material when in contact with water. The household device additionally includes one mounting clip attached to at least one of the rod and the chamber. The mounting clip is configured for mounting the rod and chamber to a household implement that periodically fills with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Naftali Lobl
  • Patent number: 8591131
    Abstract: A hand-held dry-erase board system for efficiently storing a writing instrument in the handle of a portable dry-erase board. The hand-held dry-erase board system includes a frame including a writable surface, a handle, wherein the handle includes an upper end and a lower end and wherein the upper end of the handle is attached to the frame and a clip, wherein the clip is attached to the handle and wherein the clip secures a marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Julia M. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20130266360
    Abstract: Self-retaining writing instruments include a bistable metal body that is selectively positionable and retainable in a coiled configuration and alternatively in an elongated configuration, and a writing element, such as a pencil, pen, marker, or stylus, disposed at a first end of the writing instrument. The coiled configuration may be suitable for coiling around an object and the elongated configuration may be suitable for use as a writing instrument. The bistable metal body may be configured to automatically assume the coiled configuration when flexed to a certain degree while in the elongated configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: James Michael Elmore
  • Publication number: 20130251438
    Abstract: A refillable toothbrush and base assembly having a handle assembly, a hinge assembly, a head assembly, brush assembly, a toothpaste cartridge assembly, and a base assembly. The brush assembly is removably mounted to the head assembly. When not in use, the refillable toothbrush assembly rests on the base. A hinge assembly is integrally mounted to the handle assembly. The toothpaste cartridge assembly includes a toothpaste cartridge with an end cap, a plunger and a plunger actuator having a knob. The brush assembly has an internal channel. Upon the rotation of the knob, the toothpaste is forced to travels through the toothpaste cartridge assembly to exit at the brush. A user may rotate the head assembly, with the brush assembly mounted thereto, to a position where the brush assembly is housed within a channel and a cavity disposed at the handle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Luis Vila
  • Publication number: 20130183078
    Abstract: A penholder comprising a base arranged to receive and removably engage a pen, a retraction device attachable to the base, a tether connectable at one end to the base and the other to a pen and a suction cup connected to the base and configured to enable the base to be removably attached to surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: David Bennett, Mark Bennett
  • Patent number: 8484808
    Abstract: A clip mounting structure for a writing implement has a shaft tube, a clip mounted at the rear part of the shaft tube, and an insertion member inserted into the rear part of the shaft tube. A clip mounting section to which the rear part of the clip is fitted and aligned is formed at the rear part of the shaft tube. Mounting sections curved in the direction along the inner peripheral surface of the shaft tube are formed at opposite sides of the rear part of the clip. Fitting recesses into which the mounting sections of the clip are fitted are formed in the outer wall of the insertion member. With the mounting sections of the clip fitted in and engaged with the fitting recesses in the insertion member, the insertion member is inserted into the rear part of the shaft body to fit the rear part of the clip into the clip mounting section of the shaft tube. Thus, the insertion member is engaged in position inside the shaft tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kageyama, Tadao Odaka
  • Patent number: 8480324
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a tubular body that extends longitudinally along a central axis and has an outer surface, and a clip that includes an arm that extends parallel to the central axis, between a front end and a back end near which a first and a second flange extend towards the body element. The flanges are mounted on a pivot shaft in a direction perpendicular to the central axis, and around which the clip pivots between a closed position in which the arm comes in contact with the implement, and an open position. The outer surface of the body element has a first and a second sunken region, one on each side of a first longitudinal plane passing through the central axis, and from which protrude a first and a second pin both extending collinearly to the pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Samuel Malinverni
  • Patent number: 8439585
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an article to be used to hold and carry writing instruments, such as an eraser and a markers for a white board; the article includes means to support the article in a removable way on a flat surface, such as a wall, a blackboard, a table or a similar surface, so that both the eraser and the markers can be easily located by the user during a working session. In the embodiment illustrated, the article has the capacity to hold one eraser and up to three conventional markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Silva Rubio, Mauricio Enrique Ferrusca Ceja
  • Publication number: 20130101338
    Abstract: The present invention is a writing instrument holder that includes an adhesive base that includes a generally shape, a plurality of holding notches and a holding slot and an adhesive backer insert with a vertical planar base and a perpendicular planar insert. The writing instrument holder also includes a peel away cover with a front facing, a back facing and a generally square planar shape, the peel away cover is placed over the front facing of the vertical planar base to protect an adhesive disposed over an entire front facing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Brian D. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8425135
    Abstract: A writing instrument that includes a body extending longitudinally along a central axis (X), a clip extending in parallel to the central axis (X), from a base fixed to the body up to a free end, and a first projecting member for attaching the clip, having a first lateral side extending between a base that is integral with the body and a radially distant apex. The clip includes a bar having a first end that is integral with the base of the clip, where the body includes a second projecting attachment member having a second lateral side facing the first lateral side, the second lateral side extending from a base that is integral with the body up to an upper end from which a projection extends towards the first lateral side, up to a free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Samuel Malinverni
  • Patent number: 8408831
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for adorning various writing instruments. A casing removably receives the writing instrument such that at least the writing tip extends outwardly from a grip portion of the casing. A cap is provided for removably engaging the grip portion to fully enclose the writing instrument. An opening from which the writing tip is disposed is sized to accommodate various writing instruments. A biasing member within the barrel of the casing is provided to accommodate writing instruments of various lengths. An intercap seal within the cap of the casing enables an original cap to the writing instrument to not be used for protecting the writing tip and preventing the writing instrument from drying out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Peter A. Paradise, James R. Paradise
  • Patent number: 8388250
    Abstract: A toothbrush combined with a toothpaste dispenser with a wall mounted holder. The present invention comprises of a twist knob that is able to push a piston up a toothpaste compartment. The piston creates pressure inside the toothpaste compartment and causes the toothpaste to travel up a main channel. The main channel branches into a plurality of smaller tubes. Each tube has a respective rubber tube dispenser that protrudes and extends from the brush head. The rubber tube dispensers allow the toothpaste to be dispensed on top of the bristles. The toothbrush additionally comprises of a mouthwash strip roll dispensing mechanism positioned in the knob. The present invention additionally comprises of audio and visual indicators to provide users with visual or hearing impairments with a signal notification of toothpaste depletion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Vanessa Lynn Harden
  • Patent number: 8342065
    Abstract: A six-in-one multi bit screwdriver that is the size of a pen with a pocket clip to fit the tool in the pocket. Furthermore, the pocket clip pivots 90 to become a handle and contents the traditional screwdriver to a mini ratcheting screwdriver that provides the leverage to turn the most stubborn screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mike Shaulov
  • Patent number: 8313261
    Abstract: A nail polish bottle holder device for adjustably supporting and tilting a bottle of nail polish providing a non-slip base having an outside edge and a pivotable stand permanently attached near the outside edge. The stand has a hollow cylindrical pivotal attachment pivotally attached thereto, an extender arm extending inside the pivotal attachment, and a holding ring pivotally attached to the extender arm. The substantially toroid-shaped holding ring has a flat non-slip internal wall. The internal wall, as well as the base, may be formed from cork, rubber, or high-density foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Connie Mah
  • Patent number: 8292530
    Abstract: A slide body (6) is arranged in a cut-away portion of a holder (1) under a clip (2a) so as to not hinder writing or portability, and a safety mechanism is constituted so as to be engaged with the clip (2a). Due to functions of a knock rod cam (4a) of a knock rod (4) and a knock cam (3a) of a rotor (3), further, the rotor (3) is rotated and moved forward responsive to each knocking operation, a refill (7) is brought to a writing position and a holding position alternately responsive to each knocking operation due to a cam mechanism provided in the inner wall of an inner cylinder (2) and a reactive force of a spring (5). A slide body cam (6a) provided on the slide body (6) is incorporated in a portion of the cam mechanism so that the knock type writing instrument thrusts the pen point out, by one knock even after the safety operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hisami Tamano, Yoshiharu Namiki
  • Patent number: 8240931
    Abstract: A pen/highlighter having an integral retractable tethered bookmark comprising a double-ended writing instrument having a ball point pen at a first end and a highlighter at a second end is disposable and replaceable, thereby allowing a user to refill the device with common refills comprising different color inks. A pen cap portion comprises a tethered interchangeable bookmark depicting such items as a charm, a school or corporate logo, a sports team logo, an entertainment or musical icon, among others. A thin retractable cord connects the bookmark to the device providing a retracting mechanism within the pen cap. An internal locking device secures the bookmark at a maximum extended length as well as variable partial lengths. In such a manner, the cord can be used to mark a page in a book while the bookmark hangs out of a bottom portion of said book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Ruth R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20120195673
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a support for hand-held instruments providing for display of an image sheet in both a deployed or in use position and a raised or stored position. The present invention is available for use across a variety of applications that utilize hand-held instrument where an image display is desired. Uses include but are not limited to hand-held device such as writing instruments, toothbrushes, razors, and the like. The present invention provides for a leg assembly positioned near one end of the hand-held instrument, wherein the leg assembly can extend or pivot from the stored position to a use position for the purpose of holding and stabilizing the instrument on a horizontal surface and positioning the instrument in an angled-upward direction to allow for ease of grasp by a user while simultaneously displaying an image within an image holder of the leg assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew L. Brooks, Daniel J. Silverman, Jeffrey S. Brooks
  • Publication number: 20120170966
    Abstract: A writing implement with storage enclosure disclosed is adapted for attaching to a surface of, or being integrated with, a range of objects for convenient access. The writing implement is length-compressible for compact retention in an associated storage enclosure, and extendable for greater ease of use. Retained in the storage enclosure, the top of the writing implement is flush, or nearly flush with the opening of the storage enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: JAMES RUSSELL NOVAK, JR.
  • Patent number: 8182166
    Abstract: A folding pen with two handle sections and a body is disclosed where the handle sections are attached to the body at hinges and rotate between two positions. The first closed position may cover the body and the second open position may reveal the body providing a writing implement with a pen point and a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Laurence Colman
  • Publication number: 20120121311
    Abstract: A writing instrument having a tubular body with an elongate writing member, such as an ink tube, therein is retained to the palm or the back of a user's hand by a strap around the hand having a magnet therein. A tubular magnetically conductive insert is positioned within the tubular body and around the midsection of the writing member such that the central portion of the writing instrument is attracted to the magnets in the strap thereby retaining the writing instrument to the user's hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Ernesto F. Torres
  • Patent number: 8172474
    Abstract: A writing instrument is releasably attached to a tether. The writing instrument has a hollow body. A locking cap assembly is configured to be coupled to a tether. The locking cap assembly is further configured to detach from the hollow body of the writing instrument when a force is applied to the tether. The locking cap assembly is inserted into an end of the hollow body of the writing instrument. The locking cap assembly comprises a compressive locking cap. The compressive locking cap comprises a compression fastener, a cap, and a nut. The compression fastener and cap have a hole and one end of the tether passes completely through the compressive locking cap through the hole. The nut is coupled to the end of the tether that passed completely through the compressive locking cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wesley Dale Dickover, Dean Frederick Herring, Philip M. Woodward
  • Publication number: 20120087710
    Abstract: A paint applicator including a main body, the main body including an applicator head and a substantially rigid elongate support extending therefrom, and a stand attached to the main body. At least part of the stand is movable with respect to the main body, between an operational position wherein it projects from the main body, and a non-operational position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Andrew WALKER, Daniel BONE, Jonathan ARMSTRONG
  • Publication number: 20120001410
    Abstract: A combination bookmark and highlighter device composed of a flat and thin bookmark body that may be marked with text or images. This bookmark body will have a head end and a back end. The head end of the bookmark body will have highlighter attached, often positioned within a slot in the head end of the bookmark body. The highlighter portion will usually contain a protruding highlighter tip positioned so that a user may grasp the device and use the tip to mark other objects. The bookmark portion of the body will be both thin and relatively stiff. Most of the portion of the bookmark body will not be occupied by the highlighter, so that the majority of the thin flat portion of the bookmark portion may be used as bookmark, leaving only a small portion of the bookmark body and highlighter body protruding from the book.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Tony Kok Ng
  • Publication number: 20110318083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a writing implement with a retractable clip in which a clip is configured to be retractable into a pen body, so that the clip can be kept in a retracted state when the clip is not being used and, therefore, the clip is not easily broken and does not easily injure a user and, furthermore, allows the user to efficiently use a space for receiving writing implements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MORRIS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyun-Son Yoon
  • Patent number: 8016505
    Abstract: A letter opening device for use with a writing instrument having a writing end and a distal end includes an elongate clip and a protrusion generally perpendicular from the elongate clip for operative coupling to the writing instrument. The letter opening device also includes a cutting blade extending between the elongate clip and the protrusion to open a letter when the letter is passed between the elongate clip and the writing instrument from the distal end toward said writing end. The protrusion may alternatively be coupled to a sleeve for removable attachment to the writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Kole Zekaj
  • Patent number: 7967520
    Abstract: A dry eraser is disclosed including an eraser body having an upper region and a lower region, a layer of erasing material having a top portion and a bottom portion, the top portion affixed to the lower region of the eraser body, at least one socket on the upper region for accommodating at least a portion of a writing utensil, and a magnetic member operatively engaged to the eraser body between the top portion of the layer of erasing material and the upper region of the eraser body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Hawkins
  • Publication number: 20110086335
    Abstract: A portable dry erase notepad for instantly jotting down notes, daily tasks, measurements for engineering and construction, grocery lists, phone numbers, e-mail and home addresses, sketches, etc. while in the car, in the workplace, in class; and at a meeting, party, or any event. The portable dry erase notepad includes a note screen comprises a rectangular panel of dry erase material with rounded edges and or a material being metallic or plastic with a gloss-white dry-erase coating. The note screen is framed in a leather or vinyl faux leather exterior cover that securely seats the note screen leaving the clear or white dry-erase surface exposed. An elastic loop is sewn into the margins of the exterior cover for securing a dry erase marker pen alongside. The dry erase marker pen is equipped with an eraser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Michael H. Rogers
  • Patent number: 7922411
    Abstract: An end plug mounting structure for writing instrument of the present invention can securely mount an end plug onto a barrel and remove it more easily. Even if assembling and removing is performed repeatedly, tightness for the end plug to be assembled on the barrel can be prevented from weakening. A locking hole is provided around cylindrical rear portion of the barrel, an inserting portion with circular cross section inserted into rear portion of the barrel from rear end of the barrel is provided on the end plug, a locking protrusion locked in a locking hole is provided at periphery of the inserting portion, a groove extending forward from rear end of the barrel and in which the locking protrusion moves is provided on inner surface of rear portion of the barrel, thereby the end plug is assembled on the barrel by means of locking the locking protrusion that moves forward in the groove in the locking hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehei Kageyama
  • Patent number: 7918620
    Abstract: An embodiment of a cosmetic applicator set comprises a holder for cosmetic applicators, which holder has within it a first magnetizable element, and at least one cosmetic applicator comprising a second magnetizable element. At least one of the first magnetizable element and the second magnetizable element is a permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Anisa International, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Del Ponte
  • Publication number: 20110076087
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a tubular body that extends longitudinally along a central axis and has an outer surface, and a clip that includes an arm that extends parallel to the central axis, between a front end and a back end near which a first and a second flange extend towards the body element. The flanges are mounted on a pivot shaft in a direction perpendicular to the central axis, and around which the clip pivots between a closed position in which the arm comes in contact with the implement, and an open position. The outer surface of the body element has a first and a second sunken region, one on each side of a first longitudinal plane passing through the central axis, and from which protrude a first and a second pin both extending collinearly to the pivot shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Samuel Malinverni
  • Patent number: 7909528
    Abstract: A support for a coating instrument includes an advertising image. The support is movable between a non-extended position and an extended position in which the support projects outward away from the shaft for contact with a surface on which the instrument is placed. The advertising image may be formed on a substrate that is adhered on an outer surface of the support. Alternatively, the support may be configured as a three-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: UpWrite, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew L. Brooks, Daniel Silverman
  • Publication number: 20110038659
    Abstract: A pen holder includes an upper housing for receiving and holding an upper end of a writing implement and a lower housing adapted to receive the writing end of the writing implement. The lower housing has a hole at its lower end that is sized to allow the writing tip of the writing implement to pass through, and the lower housing being removably coupled to the upper housing to form a chamber that at least partially encloses the writing implement. The length of the chamber, or the longitudinal position of the writing implement within the chamber, is variable to accommodate writing implements of different lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Scott E. Andochick
  • Patent number: 7874753
    Abstract: A dispenser for cosmetic, cleansing or pharmaceutical composition including a tubular sleeve for housing the whole of a movable sub-assembly in the storage position thereof in such a way that the head of the movable sub-assembly is not accessible. A locking mechanism prevents outward movement of the movable sub-assembly in the storage position relative to the sleeve. When a user axially depresses the head in the opposite direction to the outward direction, the locking mechanism releases the movable sub-assembly, which is urged outward by a spring at least as a position I which the head projects outward from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Chanel Parfums Beaute
    Inventors: Michel Domy, Pierre Mermoud