Rigid Reservoir With Resilient Wall Portion Patents (Class 401/184)
  • Patent number: 11998064
    Abstract: A cleaning kit for an aerosol generating device includes a power supplier; a cleaner configured to clean the aerosol generating device by moving while contacting at least one of an accommodation unit and a heater of the aerosol generating device, and a driver configured to operate the cleaner according to power from the power supplier, and including a gear unit for changing an operating torque of the cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: KT&G CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hwi Kyeong An, Jong Myung Kim, Seok Sun Yoon, Jong Ik Lee, Seung Peel Yim
  • Patent number: 11805891
    Abstract: A dental application device having a handle having a first end, a second end, and a containment chamber disposed within the handle. The device has a dental solution disposed within the containment chamber, a receiver tip coupled to the handle at the first end, a material passage within the receiver tip that forms a conduit between the first end and a receiving end, a frangible seal that separates the containment chamber from the material passage, and a piercing cannula in fluid communication with an applicator tip and having a distal piercing end extending toward the frangible seal. The piercing cannula is moveable between a first position and a second position. When in the first position, the piercing end is spaced apart from the frangible seal, and in the second position, the piercing end punctures the frangible seal and fluidly connects the dental solution with the applicator tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Young Microbrush, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Korup
  • Patent number: 11484108
    Abstract: A care instrument arranges a storage container and a peristaltic pump, with the storage container accommodating the care product, the peristaltic pump being configured to draw the care product from the storage container and deliver the care product to a surface of a housing. In this way, a user can apply care products while using the care instrument. By controlling the peristaltic pump by the control component, the care product is delivered to the surface of the housing in a timed and quantitative manner for precise and accurate delivery of the care product. The massaging component and the peristaltic pump can operate independently. When only the massaging component works independently, the care instrument functions in massaging, and when the massaging component and the peristaltic pump work together, the care product delivered to the surface of the housing may be further uniformly dispersed by the massaging component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: PUZHEN LIFE CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Baojie Song
  • Patent number: 11382410
    Abstract: A dispensing toothbrush assembly includes a handle that has a toothpaste well integrated therein. A toothpaste tube is insertable into the toothpaste well in the handle and the toothpaste tube contains a toothpaste. A brush head is removably attachable to the handle and the brush head is in fluid communication with the toothpaste tube when the brush head is removably attached to the handle. The brush head has a conduit integrated therein for receiving the toothpaste contained in the toothpaste tube. A pump is movably coupled to the handle and the pump compresses the toothpaste tube when the pump is manipulated for urging the toothpaste outwardly from the toothpaste tube and into the conduit. A spool of dental floss is removably attachable to the handle for dispensing dental floss outwardly therefrom. A pick is coupled to and extends away from the spool of dental floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Vanness Harris
  • Patent number: 11350732
    Abstract: An oral care implement including a handle and a head. The oral care implement may be formed entirely out of a resilient or flexible material. The head may include a base structure and a monolithic cleaning unit. The monolithic cleaning unit may include a block portion extending from a front surface of the base structure and a plurality of protuberances extending from a distal end of the block portion. The block portion may have a greater height than the protuberances. The protuberances may include central protuberances that extend from a distal surface of the block portion and peripheral protuberances that surround the block portion and extend from the front surface of the base structure. The monolithic cleaning unit may include ribs extending between adjacently positioned protuberances. The oral care implement may be suitable for babies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Douglas Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 8967897
    Abstract: A cosmetic dispenser includes a translucent reservoir sandwiched in-between a shelled wall and a solid wall of an opaque housing. The shelled wall provides exposure to a portion of the translucent reservoir, the exposed portion of the translucent reservoir defines a flexible wall. The translucent reservoir being formed of a substantially more supple material than the opaque housing, thereby providing the flexible wall to displace a portion of product stored in the translucent reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: HCT Asia Ltd
    Inventors: Adrian C. Apodaca, Timothy Thorpe
  • Publication number: 20140328611
    Abstract: In the liquid cosmetic container of the present invention, the operation portion 2 is provided on side surface of the container body 1. When the operation portion is pressed from the outside, the valve body 5 seating on the valve seat portion 6a is moved in the axial direction by the valve pressing portion 6h and seats away from the valve seat portion 6a, so that the flow path, in which the liquid cosmetic flows, is opened and then, the liquid cosmetic is supplied to the application body 4. Thus, it is not necessary to push the application body into the container 1. Further, the opening/closing of the flow path are performed by moving the valve body 5 in the axial direction by pressing the operation portions from the outside, so that the diameter of the container body 1 can be reduced, comparing with the conventional container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: TOKIWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukikazu Ishida
  • Patent number: 8740489
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid applicator allowing a liquid to be easily replenished and replaced, as well as capable of containing a large amount of liquid. The liquid applicator includes a main body provided with a tank inside thereof, a tip shaft that is coupled to the tip end side of the main body, and a brush that is fixed in the tip shaft and projecting from the tip end of the tip shaft. A liquid may be sucked into a tank by releasing the coupling of the main body and the tip shaft, sinking a tip end opening of the main body in the liquid, and sliding a sliding cylinder attached to the rear portion of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kageyama, Yoshio Noguchi, Yoshiyuki Sawayama
  • Patent number: 8517622
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a multi-layered tip and a housing having a reservoir for containing a product, such as a cosmetic product or a medicinal product. The multi-layered tip comprises a translucent outer tip molded about an opaque inner tip. Both the translucent outer tip and the opaque inner tip may be formed of materials that are suitable for an injection over-mold manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: HCT Asia Ltd
    Inventors: Adrian C. Apodaca, Timothy Thorpe
  • Patent number: 8419306
    Abstract: An applicator having a squeezable vessel, an applicator tip, a crenellated ring and a sponge. The vessel contains contents that react upon contact with a reactive ingredient treated onto the sponge. By squeezing the vessel, the contents are urged to leave the vessel to pass through a hollow of the applicator tip to reach the sponge. The sponge has a peripheral edge that faces inward facing surfaces of elastomeric formations of the crenellated ring. The elastomeric formations are each separated from each other in succession. The elastomeric formations at the distal end of the crenellated ring may have a greater depth than that of the sponge, which in turn may have a greater depth than elastomeric formation(s) at a proximal end of the crenellated ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Levine
  • Patent number: 8240936
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a head and a plurality of cleaning elements for enhanced cleaning of the teeth and soft tissue of the oral cavity. One tooth cleaning element has a plurality of bristles adapted to clean teeth. Another cleaning element is connected to the head and has structure defining a channel. The channel is configured to direct fluid in contact with the head toward an edge of the head when the implement is moved. The head also defines a reservoir that is configured to receive a dentifrice therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Joe Vazquez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Thomas J. Boyd, Rensl Dillon, Gary Gerard Bredael, Craig Anthony Hidalgo, Alexander James Sinton, Thomas John Powers
  • Publication number: 20120183344
    Abstract: A brush, in particular toothbrush, comprises an upper part (1) and a lower part (2) which are interconnected by means of an articulation (3). A storage chamber (6) for a liquid or pasty medium, in particular toothpaste, is provided in the lower part (2) and a brush head (4) is disposed on the upper part (1). A channel (11) extends between the storage chamber (6) and the brush head (4), which channel is continuously always open from the storage chamber (6) to the brush head (4). The upper part (1) and the lower part (2) have flexurally rigid wall sections (16, 17) which are interconnected via the articulation (3). An elastic wall section (13) is disposed between the flexurally rigid wall sections (16, 17), which forms a wall section (13) of the storage chamber (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Réne Habinger
  • Patent number: 8123073
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a fluid comprises providing a container made from flexible material and having an outer surface, a first opening and an interior fluid storage region therein. The method further comprises providing a volume of fluid within interior fluid storage region and providing a flexible metering housing, having a metering chamber therein with a predetermined volume, disposed in fluid communication with interior fluid storage region. The method further comprises providing an intake valve disposed between container and flexible metering housing permitting unidirectional fluid flow from interior fluid storage region into metering chamber. The method further comprises providing an exit port in fluid communication with container with an output valve disposed between exit port and metering chamber, depressing and releasing flexible metering housing, and filling the metering chamber with a volume of fluid by vacuum force in an amount by the volume of the metering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Robert W. Pekar
  • Patent number: 7901153
    Abstract: A disposable toothbrush apparatus incorporates a dentifrice and at least one rinsing fluid within its hollow body. The apparatus includes a brush component having a series of bristles secured to it and an opening between the bristles that connects to an internal lumen within the apparatus containing the dentifrice for automatic dispensing thereof. The apparatus also includes a handle component with a hollow interior portion. The tapered upper end of the handle forms a coupling area adapted to fit within the lumen of the brush component. The hollow handle component contains compartments for rinsing fluid so that no external source of liquid is required to brush ones teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: L.L. Strider Development Corporation
    Inventor: La Bron L. Strider
  • Patent number: 7837403
    Abstract: A brush is configured with a housing provided with spaced apart inlet and outlet port units. The outlet unit controllably discharges fluid, which fills a chamber, formed within the housing through the inlet port and is pressurized therein in response to an external force applied to the inlet port unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: J.W. Pet Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Willinger, Ryan Rutherford
  • Publication number: 20100278580
    Abstract: A cosmetic applying device includes a soft tube with an end member connected to the open end of the soft tube in which fluid cosmetic material is received. The end member has two through holes in the closed end and an engaging portion extending from an inner end of the closed end. A core piece has an end inserted into the end member and an applying head extends through a passage in the core piece. A cap is threadedly connected to the soft tube to protect the applying head. When the cap is connected to the soft tube, the passage of the core piece is sealed by the engaging portion to prevent air and cosmetic material from entering the soft tube. When the cap is removed from the soft tube, the core piece is moved and the engaging portion is disengaged from the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Jun ZHANG
  • Patent number: 7824120
    Abstract: A hand held cleaning apparatus for cleaning carpets and other surfaces comprises a housing and a solution reservoir mounted to the housing for storing and dispensing a cleaning composition onto the surface to be cleaned. The solution reservoir further comprises a dispenser assembly including a flexible vent tube that is weighted to consistently orient a free end of the vent tube away from the cleaning composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kasper, Herbert J. Vanderbilt, Jose Carlito Santiago
  • Publication number: 20100139677
    Abstract: A container for nail polish is disclosed. An appropriate amount of nail polish container in the container is delivered by pressing a control on the container. The container has an elongated body having a storage chamber containing nail polish, and the bottom of the elongated body is a pushing rod, allowing the bottom section of the container to rotate along the pushing rod. The pressing of the control element causes the gear member to rotate, which moves up the pushing rod and a valve plate on the valve seat squeeze the nail polish to the bristles provided at the valve seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: YI-LI TSAI
  • Patent number: 7722274
    Abstract: An oral care toothbrush includes a head mounted to one end of the handle containing a plurality of oral care elements. An oral care accessory is mounted to the opposite end of the handle. An oral care material dispenser is mounted in the head within the cleaning field defined by the oral care elements. The toothbrush is preferably made of small size and of lightweight so as to be readily portable for use away from the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, James Kemp, Alan V. Sorrentino, Thomas Mintel
  • Patent number: 7641410
    Abstract: A cleaning brush with a dispenser for cleaning product. The cleaning product is stored in a cavity, and is dispensed by pressing on a flexible membrane on one side of the cavity. When thus depressed, the cleaning product is extruded through holes in the head into the region of the bases of bristles on the front side of the brush. The toothbrush is ergonomically shaped in a concave spoon like shape to fit a user's hand more comfortably. The brush may include a cover which has a general appearance of a fountain pen to facilitate an in obtrusive carrying of the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Dale M. Frazell
  • Publication number: 20090263176
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a fluid dispensing device includes a housing having a wall defining an interior compartment, the wall having an opening passing therethrough, and an exit port located therein or thereon, and a replaceable cartridge dispenser assembly disposed within the interior compartment. The replaceable cartridge dispenser assembly includes a fluid reservoir containing a fluid and a metered dispensing pump integrally formed with the fluid reservoir, the metered dispensing pump in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir and with the exit port of the housing and including a button, actuation of which causes metered dispensing of the fluid within the fluid reservoir to the exit port. The button is accessible through the opening in the wall of the housing, and the cartridge assembly, including the fluid reservoir and the metered dispensing pump, is replaceable as a unit such that the housing is reusable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Robert J. Mileti, Roger J. Laflamme
  • Patent number: 7549816
    Abstract: A liquid metered dispensing squeeze bottle includes: (a.) a squeezable container having an opening for dispensing liquid therefrom at one end and a bottom at the other end; (b.) a non-flexible trap chamber of a predetermined volume, connected to the opening of the container; (c.) a dip tube; (d.) a one way valve at the bottom of the dip tube; and (e.) a brush connected to the dispensing end of said trap chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Glynntech, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Glynn, Stuart W. DeJonge
  • Patent number: 7461993
    Abstract: A dispensing dish brush includes a cap, a handle portion and a cleaning head. The cap and the handle portion define a common wall that defines a reservoir. The reservoir stores and dispenses a cleaning liquid. The handle portion includes a gripping portion and a neck portion. The gripping portion includes a core section, a middle section and an upper section that define a diaphragm. The neck portion has an extension portion that connects to the cleaning head. The cleaning head includes a plurality of bristles and an aperture with a wall. The aperture is placed with a removable valve and valve lock to restrict the flow of the cleaning liquid. The diaphragm is squeezable and flexes to dispense the cleaning liquid. The diaphragm accelerates the flow of the cleaning liquid in the reservoir. The cap provides access to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Casabella Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Andre Sampaio
  • Publication number: 20080210251
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing comb and brush includes a handle portion and a head portion. The handle portion includes a container and a compressible chamber. The container may be formed from or consists of a collapsible substrate such as a bag and/or bladder, and is operative to store a liquid. The compressible chamber is operative to receive the liquid from the collapsible substrate for delivery to a plurality of nozzles. The head portion includes the plurality of teeth aligned in a row, a plurality of nozzles located, for example, between the teeth and a common delivery channel. The common delivery channel may be operably coupled to the compressible chamber and the plurality of nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: Diane L. Dallianis
    Inventors: Diane L. Dallianis, William C. Hughes
  • Publication number: 20070292198
    Abstract: A cleaning brush with a dispenser for cleaning product is described. The cleaning product is stored in a cavity, and is dispensed by pressing on a flexible membrane on one side of the cavity. When thus depressed, the cleaning product is extruded through holes in the head into the region of the bases of bristles on the front side of the brush. The toothbrush is ergonomically shaped in a concave spoon like shape to fit a user's hand more comfortably. The brush may include a cover which has a general appearance of a fountain pen to facilitate an in obtrusive carrying of the brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: DALE M. FRAZELL
  • Patent number: 7293928
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispensing toothbrush includes an elongated member and a brush section affixed to a first end of the elongated member. An elongated container is coupled to the elongated member and an outer surface of the predetermined portion and an outer surface of the container form a handle portion of the toothbrush. The container includes a housing, a chamber formed within the housing for containing toothpaste and an aperture formed within a first end of the container and in communication with the chamber for dispensing such toothpaste into the brush section when a manual force is applied to a wall portion of the container. A pair of projections formed in the elongated member and a pair of cavities formed in the container are provided for securing the container to the elongated member in a position for dispensing such toothpaste into the brush section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Gary S. Lane
  • Patent number: 7237974
    Abstract: A toothbrush has a toothbrush body, and a handle part wherein a toothpaste container can be removably inserted therein. The toothpaste container has a handle shell part which, with the toothpaste container inserted into the handle part, forms part of the outer surface of a handle. The toothpaste container essentially maintains its form during teeth cleaning and transmits loading which occurs, irrespective of the filling level of the toothpaste container of the toothbrush. The mounting of the toothpaste container on the toothbrush body allows very straightforward and quick removal and opening or insertion and closure of the toothpaste container. The container holder is provided with a closure pin, wherein when the toothpaste container is inserted into the handle part, a sealed closure of the toothpaste container is ensured. With the toothpaste container removed from the handle part, it is possible for toothpaste to be squeezed out of the toothpaste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Trisa Holding AG
    Inventors: Adrian Pfenniger, Martin Zwimpfer, Franz Fischer
  • Patent number: 7182536
    Abstract: Hand-held applicators for applying antiseptic are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to a hand-held applicator having at least one flexible elongated hollow body within which at least two antiseptic-filled ampoules are received, and a mechanism for fracturing the ampoules to release the antiseptic for dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Medi-Flex, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Tufts, Manual Guzman, Jesus Flores
  • Patent number: 7048459
    Abstract: The liquid ink writing instrument has a body containing, from its rear end towards its front end, a reservoir for the ink and a front chamber containing a capillary element for transferring ink coming from the reservoir to a writing head. The front chamber communicates with ambient air. The writing head is fed with ink by the capillary element, and projects from the front portion of the body. The reservoir is separated from the front chamber by a flexible wall having shape memory and provided with slots. The flexible wall acts as a valve suitable for opening when the ratio of the pressure inside the reservoir over the pressure inside the volume of the front chamber facing the valve exceeds a first value, and of reclosing instantly as soon as the ratio becomes less than or equal to a second value, the valve releasing the ink in the form of a jet directed towards the rear face of the capillary element. The first value of the ratio of the pressures is preferably about 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Conte
    Inventors: Vincent Bedhome, José Duez, Didier Lange
  • Patent number: 6918711
    Abstract: The applicator includes a housing having an outer surface, and an internal reservoir for holding the dispensable product (e.g., liquid soap or topical skin treatment or any flowable product). Porous qualities of the housing fluidly couple the internal reservoir and the outer surface of the housing. Thus, when the applicator is activated by creating an internal positive pressure, the product continuously flows (e.g., for 10 seconds or more) from the internal reservoir to the outer housing surface. A rapid product release (e.g., 1 to 9 seconds) is also possible. One or more porous housing jackets may be disposed about the housing, which operate in conjunction with the porous housing to control flow of product. The applicator can be designed as a one-time disposable device that includes an internal supply of product, avoiding the need for both applicator and separate product. Alternatively, the applicator can be designed to be rechargeable with a particular product or products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Douglas D. Fuller
  • Patent number: 6817803
    Abstract: A toothbrush structure utilizing a handle having an open chamber and an aperture leading therefrom. The open chamber is sized to accommodate toothpaste and includes a flexible cover. A head portion is removably connected to the handle and possesses a brush structure and a passage for conducting toothpaste from the open chamber. Valve means controls the flow of toothpaste from the open chamber of the handle and the passage through the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Patrick L. Ong, Rebecca C. Ong
  • Patent number: 6679642
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a water reservoir in the handle and squeezable to force water therefrom through a plurality of spaced apart orifices located at the base of bristles that project from the head of the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventors: John B. Dillingham, Brenda W. Dillingham
  • Publication number: 20040009029
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a water reservoir in the handle and squeezable to force water therefrom through a plurality of spaced apart orifices located at the base of bristles that project from the head of the brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: John B. Dillingham, Brenda W. Dillingham
  • Patent number: 6672783
    Abstract: A fill and refill disposable toothbrush package comprising of a neck having tufts attached thereon at one end at the traditional location where the head placement on a conventional toothbrush, at the opposite end a hollowed opening that can be integrated therewith a fill handle. The fill handle having a cylindrical open center within and throughout for storage of toothpaste. The fill handle at one end able to integrate therewith the neck. At the opposite end of fill handle which can be integrated therewith an end plug. Thereon end plug dental floss within an annular groove and floss cutter. A refill handle that is an exact duplication of fill handle, at one end a front closing cap that can be integrated therewith the refill handle, at the other end a rear closing cap that is integrated thereon to the refill handle. The fill handle and refill handle having a soft elastical non-porous membrane intermediate thereon extending over to enclose an open cavity having concave sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventors: Kenneth Rocco Licata, Cheryl Lynn Licata
  • Patent number: 6599048
    Abstract: A toothbrush that utilizes a replaceable brush head having rubber gum guard on its top surface and a triangular shaped rubber pad on its bottom surface. The rubber gum guard is shorter than the height of the bristles and is positioned on the peripheral edge of a brush head for functioning as a sensor for providing feedback to prevent brushing at excessive pressures and improper angles as well as for massaging the gumlines without the risk of gum damages. The triangular shaped rubber pad is for conforming to and massaging gumlines at the back of teeth. The replaceable brush head having the rubber gum guard and massaging pad features is economically used in conjunction with a permanent handle that dispenses dentifrice material to the top of bristles. The handle has a resilient contractible connector for secure mounting of the replaceable brush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Patent number: 6572297
    Abstract: A liquid marker system utilizes three primary components to permit marking of lines of various widths from a single nib. The three components are a porous nib, a transfer wick and a squeezable container. Operation relies on different squeeze pressures applied to the housing to produce different line widths from the single nib as the nib is moved across a marked surface. The porous wick provides a resistance to flow until the bottle is squeezed and then supplies a minimum of capillary flow to the nib. The user squeezes the container to overcome the resistance of the wick. No venting of the container interior is required because the wick and nib system allows the passage of air into the container when the container is returned to its unstressed (i.e., un-squeezed) condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: George W. Korper
  • Patent number: 6572296
    Abstract: A container for mascara or the like, including a substantially rigid hollow inner member with a large open end and a smaller closed end, and a surrounding flexible sleeve extending from the open end of the inner member beyond the closed end of the inner member to a closed and flattened extremity simulating the appearance of a tube of oil paint. A complete mascara package also includes a neck disposed at the end of the container and a cap mountable on the neck and bearing an applicator for insertion into the container through the neck. Methods for making the container include molding the hollow member and sleeve integrally of plastic, with the sleeve extremity initially open, and thereafter flattening and closing the sleeve extremity; and providing the hollow member and sleeve as separate elements, the sleeve being a flexible metal tube into which the hollow member is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Henlopen Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Volker Schrepf
  • Patent number: 6543950
    Abstract: A hand-controlled back brush includes a handle and an arm portion that are rotatably connected to each other at their respective bevel front end and bevel rear end, so that the handle could be rotated relative to the arm portion within the range from zero to 180 degrees to shift from a position in alignment with the arm portion to a desired angular position relative to the arm portion for easy brushing of a user's back. The hand-controlled back brush is also provided with a bath cream container that is conveniently compressible with a thumb to supply a controlled amount of bath cream to a sponge fixed to a front end of the back brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Yung-Kuang Huang
  • Publication number: 20030059247
    Abstract: An improved container contains a housing containing at least one aperture and a treatment composition located within the housing. The combination of the treatment composition and the housing has a mess factor of from about 3.6*10−4 to about 1.1*10−11. When the housing is in a prepared state and squeezed, the treatment composition exits the housing from the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Manivannan Kandasamy, Aya Nakao, Masaki Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 6488429
    Abstract: A liquid marker system utilizes three primary components to permit marking of lines of various widths from a single nib. The three components are a porous nib, a transfer wick and a squeezable container. Operation relies on different squeeze pressures applied to the housing to produce different line widths from the single nib as the nib is moved across a marked surface. The porous wick provides a resistance to flow until the bottle is squeezed and then supplies a minimum of capillary flow to the nib. The user squeezes the container to overcome the resistance of the wick. No venting of the container interior is required because the wick and nib system allows the passage of air into the container when the container is returned to its unstressed (i.e., un-squeezed) condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Inventor: George W. Korper
  • Publication number: 20010053305
    Abstract: A pump and liquid applicator apparatus for physically disadvantaged persons, but beneficial to all persons in showers, bathtubs and at the beach. The apparatus allows elderly and handicapped persons to apply health and beauty products to difficult and heretofore inaccessible body areas. It has a flexible reservoir for storing and dispersing liquid health or beauty products through an applicator. The applicator is attached to an end portion of a slender elongated tubular member with a single or plurality of ball and socket joints. In a first aspect of the invention, when the reservoir is squeezed, a portion of a stored liquid is dispersed through an open cell pad. In a second aspect, when the reservoir is squeezed, a portion of a stored liquid is dispersed through a plurality of small apertures. The elongated tubular member and ball and socket joints allow a user to apply the health and beauty products to difficult and heretofore inaccessible body areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 1999
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventors: JOSEPH J. BERKE, CHARLES T. MICHAEL
  • Publication number: 20010007624
    Abstract: A toothbrush apparatus for dispensing toothpaste to the bristles having a generally hollow head portion attached to a generally hollow receiving portion, capable of receiving and supporting a paste cartridge. The toothbrush also contains a handle portion, which is attached to the receiving portion at the opposite side of the head portion. The handle portion contains a plunger and a sliding button configured such that the plunger is located inside the head portion and is capable of sliding in and out of said head portion and receiving portion. A paste cartridge containing paste and having a hole and a stopper located at opposite ends is placed in the receiving portion such that the hole of the paste cartridge is connected to the head portion of the device. When the sliding button slides towards the head portion, the plunger moves inside the paste cartridge forcing the stopper to move towards the head portion and forcing paste from the cartridge toward the head portion and to the bristles of the toothbrush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Publication date: July 12, 2001
    Inventors: John Micaletti, B. Bruce Abdullah
  • Patent number: 6224283
    Abstract: A fluid-containing brush (10) has a housing (11) with a generally cylindrical side wall (12) closed at one end by a base (20) carrying brush bristles (25) and at the other by a removable cap (50). The housing (11) defines a fluid reservoir and the base (20) has a central bore (21) therein closed by a valve member (32) for dispensing liquid to the brush bristles (25). A valve stem (31) extends up to an actuator button (58) formed on the cap (50). The button (58) is made of elastomeric material and is used to actuate the valve to dispense cleaning fluid. A sealing ring (64) is provided between the cap (50) and housing (11) to ensure a fluid tight connection between the cap (50) and the side wall (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Hayco Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventor: Donald Hay
  • Patent number: 6179503
    Abstract: A toothbrush with a toothpaste reservoir and a simple control delivering mechanism which is associated with an elastomeric valve system for dispensing an amount of oral hygienic paste onto bristles on the toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Veresk Biosystems Limited
    Inventor: Said Taghavi-Khanghah
  • Patent number: 6171004
    Abstract: A hand held cleaning apparatus for cleaning small jobs that includes a supply of cleaning fluid. The apparatus (10) includes a body (12) with a reservoir (13) for storing a supply of a cleaning fluid (15). The body includes an opening (17) that is sealed with a removable cap (16). The cap includes a loop portion (18) that can be used to hang the apparatus on a hook or other protrusion for storage. The body is in operative connection with a cleaning head (14). The cleaning head includes a scrubber (22) comprised of an absorbent material such as a sponge. The scrubber is secured to the cleaning head with a holder tube (26) that extends through a bore (24) in the interior of the scrubber. The cleaning head further includes a fluid pathway (28) between the reservoir and the holder tube that allows fluid to flow from the reservoir into the holder tube. The holder tube includes a plurality of apertures that allow fluid to flow out of the holder tube and into the scrubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Jennifer Derhammer
  • Patent number: 6129469
    Abstract: Disclosed is a handled device that aids one in applying tanning oil, lotion, soap or sun screen to their back region and other hard-to-reach areas. The long handle portion allows the user to reach the desired area with enhanced ease. It consists of an elongated handle that supports a head with a flat applicator pad constructed of a sponge-like material. The head includes a reservoir that the user fills with the preferred tanning lotion, soap or oil. Connected to a squeeze pump located on the handle opposite the head, the valve allows the user to pressurize the reservoir, causing the lotion, soap or oil to be forced through exit apertures to the applicator pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: Mathue Messer, Robert Loftus
  • Patent number: 6065891
    Abstract: A squeezable liquid dispensing brush is provided including an inboard extent and an outboard extent. The outboard extent is coupled to the inboard extent with a plurality of bores formed therein. Also included is a plurality of bristles each having an inboard end mounted on a lower surface of the outboard extent and extending therefrom for combing a coloring solution into hair of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventors: Amer B. Rehman, Nouha Rehman
  • Patent number: 6036391
    Abstract: A hand-held applicator for applying a cleaning or polishing solution to a surface including a container housing for containing a cleaning or polishing solution, such as cleaning agents, protectants, waxes, soaps, detergents, etc. Moreover, in this applicator, a discharge valve assembly controls the flow of the cleaning or polishing solution from the container housing. A pump assembly is connected to the container housing which increases the pressure within the container housing so as to release a portion of the liquid product through the discharge valve assembly. The pump assembly includes a bellows-like chamber communicating with the container housing by means of an air opening slit at an end thereof extending into the container housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Prestone Products Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Holliday, Paul Metaxatos, David Mathieu
  • Patent number: 5921692
    Abstract: A dispensing and refilling system for dispensing and refilling dentifrice material comprising a dispensing toothbrush having a hollow cavity and a refilling apparatus for refilling the dentifrice material in the dispensing toothbrush. The refilling apparatus comprises a dentifrice material reservoir for housing therein the dentifrice material, a nozzle detachably coupled to the dentifrice material reservoir, and a pumping assembly for applying a force of pressure to the dentifrice material. As the force of pressure is applied to the dentifrice material, the dentifrice material exits refilling apparatus and enters the hollow cavity. The refilling apparatus has a mechanism for clasping the detachable nozzle when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Miriam Weber
  • Patent number: 5918995
    Abstract: A pump toothbrush includes a brush portion, a grip portion and an intermediate arm portion. The grip portion includes a container portion for dental cleansing medium and is connected to the brush portion by way of a pump device to feed the dental cleansing medium into the brush portion through the intermediate arm portion. The pump device includes a frame portion that is arranged between the container portion and the arm portion. The frame portion is provided with a recess located perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal axis of the pump toothbrush. An adjusting body forming an inner portion of the pump device is fitted into the recess in the frame portion. The adjusting body possesses an axial outwards open intermediate space that functions as a chamber in the pump device. The intermediate space in the adjusting body is closed by a flexible pressure membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Juha-Pekka Puurunen