With Signal Or Indicator Patents (Class 401/194)
  • Patent number: 9632601
    Abstract: Disclosed is a touch pen which comprises a pen head, an encasing member, and a shaft. The pen head comprises a conductive elastic casing, a ball member, a fixing device, and an elastic device. The conductive elastic casing comprises a first sealing end and a first receiving portion, wherein the ball member is deposited in the first receiving portion. The fixing device comprises a second sealing end and a second receiving portion. The second receiving portion is connected to the first receiving portion. The elastic device is deposited in the first receiving portion and the second receiving portion and contacts the ball member and presses against the second sealing end. The encasing member encases the conductive elastic casing and is connected with the fixing device. The shaft is connected with the encasing member. The friction can be dispersed by the ball member of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Hsien Yang
  • Patent number: 9574133
    Abstract: A frame-sealing adhesive composition and a method of preparing the same. The frame-sealing adhesive composition includes 1.45 wt % to 1.65 wt % of photochromic molecules based on the total weight of the frame-sealing adhesive composition, said photochromic molecules are inert to polymeric materials. The method of producing a frame-sealing adhesive composition includes mixing 1.45 wt % to 1.65 wt % of photochromic molecules based on the total weight of the frame-sealing adhesive composition with a frame-sealing adhesive to form a stirred mixture; and degassing the stirred mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiuqiang Zhao, Hao Wu, Yanyan Yin
  • Patent number: 9492000
    Abstract: A nail polish container is disclosed. The nail polish container includes a housing with a recessed portion and a nail-like component. The nail-like component is shaped and sized to substantially resemble a human nail, and the nail-like component is configured to moveably attached to the housing, such that the nail-like component is moveable between a retracted state in which the nail-like component is substantially accommodated within the recessed portion and an extended state in which at least a portion of the nail-like component protrudes away from the recessed portion. The nail polish container can allow user to apply the nail treatment to the nail-like component and positions the treated nail-like component in close proximity to the user's actual nail to simulate the visual appearance of the user's own nail if it had been treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Aurel Tony Kemeny, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9486052
    Abstract: A nail polish container is disclosed. The nail polish container includes a housing with a recessed portion and a nail-like component. The nail-like component is shaped and sized to substantially resemble a human nail, and the nail-like component is configured to moveably attached to the housing, such that the nail-like component is moveable between a retracted state in which the nail-like component is substantially accommodated within the recessed portion and an extended state in which at least a portion of the nail-like component protrudes away from the recessed portion. The nail polish container can allow user to apply the nail treatment to the nail-like component and positions the treated nail-like component in close proximity to the user's actual nail to simulate the visual appearance of the user's own nail if it had been treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Aurel Tony Kemeny, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9439496
    Abstract: First openings and second openings are operated based on the rotation of a turning plate, thereby opening and closing the flow path for the cosmetic material. A dial portion, which serves as the operating portion of the turning plate, is provided in such a manner as to be exposed from the bottomed portion or the lateral surface in the vicinity of the bottomed portion of the container main body, and the dial portion is disposed apart from the applying portion, and when the dial portion is provided in such a manner as to be exposed from the bottomed portion, the dial portion is hidden on the bottomed portion of the container main body, so that it is unlikely that the hands of a user are soiled during the rotational operation of the dial portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TOKIWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9302529
    Abstract: A mechanical pencil having a rotational drive mechanism which gradually rotates a writing lead on application of writing pressure and allowing rotational operation of the writing lead to be known reliably. First and second cam faces 6a and 6b are respectively formed at one end face and the other end face of a rotor 6 in an axial direction, and first and second fixed cam faces 13a and 14a arranged on the body cylinder side so as to respectively face the first and the second cam faces are provided to form the rotational drive mechanism for the writing lead. A plurality of grooves 8a in the axial direction are formed at a slider 8 of a pipe end 7 which projects forwardly from a body cylinder 1. Therefore, the user can see the grooves 8a (provided for the slider 8) rotated by rotation of the rotor 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI PENCIL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotake Izawa, Takeshi Kobayashi, Kyo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9060587
    Abstract: A pencil has a shaft with a rear portion and a front portion which bears an application element on its front end. The pencil further has a cap which has on its rear end facing the shaft an opening, by way of which it is placed onto the front portion in the non-use state of the pencil. Inside the cap is a receiving sleeve, which receives the application element and has on its rear end facing the shaft an insertion opening for the application element. The receiving sleeve is guided so as to be axially movable between a first end position and a second end position. The receiving sleeve is arranged fully inside the cap in the first end position and its rear end projects out of the opening of the cap with a projection in the second end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Faber-Castell AG
    Inventors: Udo Pschirer, Juergen Raps
  • Patent number: 8956065
    Abstract: An applicator for delivering a surgical prep solution onto a bodily surface includes a hollow member having a reservoir, an absorbent pad that is attached to a portion of the hollow member and in communication with the reservoir, a timer operably connected to the hollow member, and a gating mechanism in electrical communication with the timer and for coordinating application of the surgical prep solution with activation of the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventor: Mark I. Froimson
  • Patent number: 8821057
    Abstract: A packaging device having a magnetic closure system establishing a particular angular orientation between two elements of the device. The packaging device for a cosmetic product comprises a container to house the product. The container comprises a visual mark on a side surface thereof and a removable case including an internal cavity to receive the container which can slide inside the cavity until it is fully housed inside the case. The case comprises a side hole that opens into the internal cavity. The device comprises at least a first permanent magnet borne by the container and at least a second permanent magnet borne by the case. The magnets being configured such as to define the angular position of the container in relation to the second axis, such that the visual mark on the container is positioned in line with the hole in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Qualipac
    Inventor: Claude Lambert
  • Publication number: 20140234009
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a device. The device includes a hand-holdable housing carrying a writing element, a cleanliness sensor, and a cleanliness notification circuit. The device includes the writing element configured to form a mark on a surface in response to a touch or movement of the writing element with respect to the surface. The device includes the cleanliness sensor configured to detect an indicator of a pathogen present on a hand of a person holding the hand-holdable housing. The device includes the cleanliness notification circuit configured to output a signal responsive to the detected indicator of a pathogen on the hand of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Paul Duesterhoft, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Stephen L. Malaska, Robert C. Petroski, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140140751
    Abstract: Transferring tool (1), which is an application product according to the present, is characterized by comprising: agglutinant (55) which is a material for application, containing a photochromic compound that exhibits color when an ultraviolet light which is a certain wavelength light having a certain wavelength is irradiated thereon and becomes colorless when a visible light is irradiated thereon, that enters a state of exhibiting color when the certain wavelength light is irradiated thereon and enters a decolorized state when a visible light is irradiated thereon; case (2) which is a container in which said agglutinant (55) is accommodated; and irradiation unit (34) that is attached to case (2) and enables agglutinant (55) to be in a state of exhibiting color by irradiating an ultraviolet light towards passage region (X) that agglutinant (55) passes through within case (2) upon being applied onto a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: KoKuyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shogo Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140119807
    Abstract: A handheld precise liquid marker. The handheld precise liquid marker preferably creates a substantially perfect dot when marking one or more surfaces and is preferably used for multiple applications such as marking a dimple of a golf ball surface and/or providing a proper amount of dosage for medicinal applications. The handheld precise liquid marker may also comprise a liquid delivery system for dispensing a precise amount of ink or liquid onto various surfaces, a projecting/retracting mechanism, and an audible and/or tactile physical feedback mechanism. The projecting/retracting mechanism may controllably retract or protrude a nib into and out of the housing, and the audible/physical feedback mechanism may provide either a physical and/or audible click once a desired amount of ink or liquid transfers onto the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Golf Rite Products, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Tarlow, Frank Francavilla
  • Patent number: 8632269
    Abstract: An oral care instrument includes at least one oral care agent. In one embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided on one or more surfaces of the oral care instrument or included within cavities within the head or in one or more surfaces of a head. In other embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided in or on a thin slab subsequently bonded onto a surface, or applied as a stable coating. The oral care instrument can also be provided with a wear indicator. The oral care agents can be released during one use, during multiple uses, or throughout the life of the instrument. Water, oral secretions and/or chemicals within the mouth can activate the oral care agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Bruce M. Russell, Van Canady, Steven M. Sorrel, Candi Rancel, Heng Cai, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Eduardo J. Jimenez
  • Patent number: 8556530
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a releasable sensory material that invokes a sensory response when in contact with tissues or surfaces of a mouth of a user. In one embodiment, an element is provided that is visually indicative of the sensory response. The oral care implement may also include a soft tissue cleaner provided with the sensory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Chi Shing Wong, Wen Jin Xi, James Herbert Kemp, Al Aquanza Sprosta
  • Publication number: 20130202482
    Abstract: An applicator for delivering a surgical prep solution onto a bodily surface includes a hollow member having a reservoir, an absorbent pad that is attached to a portion of the hollow member and in communication with the reservoir, a timer operably connected to the hollow member, and a gating mechanism in electrical communication with the timer and for coordinating application of the surgical prep solution with activation of the timer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Mark I. Froimson
  • 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: 8376643
    Abstract: An oral care instrument includes at least one oral care agent. In one embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided on one or more surfaces of the oral care instrument or included within cavities within the head or in one or more surfaces of a head. In other embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided in or on a thin slab subsequently bonded onto a surface, or applied as a stable coating. The oral care instrument can also be provided with a wear indicator. The oral care agents can be released during one use, during multiple uses, or throughout the life of the instrument. Water, oral secretions and/or chemicals within the mouth can activate the oral care agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Bruce M. Russell, Steven M. Sorrel, Candi Rancel, Heng Cai, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Barbara Canady
  • Patent number: 8322939
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a material that invokes a sensory response when in contact with tissues or surfaces of a mouth of a user. In one embodiment, the material is provided in a two-dimensional or three-dimensional shape indicative of visually communicating the response to the user. The oral care implement may also include a soft tissue cleaner provided with the sensory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Chi Shing Wong, Wen Jin (Swanson) Xi, James Herbert Kemp, Al Aquanza Sprosta
  • Publication number: 20120219349
    Abstract: Disclosed is package for a consumer care composition. The package comprises a container containing a consumer care composition, the container having a base for standing the package on a surface, a body portion above the base, a neck portion above the body portion, and a dispensing head above the neck portion. The body portion is aligned along a first axis and the neck portion is aligned along a second axis which is inclined to the first axis so that the dispensing head is directed upwardly and laterally towards a front of the container. The neck portion and the dispensing head have an exterior periphery which is not equal to that of the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Kiat-Cheong Toh, Jonas Damon, Daniel Antonio Pacis-Sanchez, Allison Stacey Conner
  • Patent number: 8197151
    Abstract: A container for holding cosmetics which has a colored insert configured to indicate the color of a cosmetic product contained in the container. A method of replacing a lipstick cartridge comprising replacing a lipstick cartridge with a replacement lipstick cartridge and inserting a replacement colored insert in the cap of the lipstick container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Mary Kay Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Maddy
  • Patent number: 8132977
    Abstract: The present invention generally is a refill container for holding at least two products. The refill container of the present invention is configured to comprise at least two receptacles abutting each other, wherein either all the receptacles contain a similar product or one of the receptacles holds a related product or a tool. Each of the receptacles has a top end, a bottom end and at least one sidewall. The refill container is configured to be mounted in a refillable case wherein the refillable case comprises of a base and a cover. Also disclosed is refillable product container in which are replaced the refill containers once the initial product is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Zen Design Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Leo Clifford Pires, Roger Hwang, Rahul Bose, Iti Seth, Koushik Kohli, Abhisek Basak
  • Patent number: 8096724
    Abstract: A package for a consumer care product that includes (a) a product chamber and (b) an outer jacket at least partially surrounding the product chamber. The product chamber comprises at least one lateral wall having an inner surface that at least partially surrounds a consumer care product. Each of the product chamber and the outer jacket contain an identifier, wherein the identifier of the product chamber and the identifier of the outer jacket coordinate to aid a consumer in selecting the desired consumer care product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Michael John Bolander, Su-Yon McConville, Christopher Luke Leonard, Theresa Louise Johnson
  • Patent number: 8083427
    Abstract: A container for holding cosmetics which has a colored insert configured to indicate the color of a cosmetic product contained in the container. A method of replacing a lipstick cartridge comprising replacing a lipstick cartridge with a replacement lipstick cartridge and inserting a replacement colored insert in the cap of the lipstick container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Mary Kay Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Maddy
  • Patent number: 8066444
    Abstract: A device including a base layer; a wipe layer attached to the base layer to define an interior space between the wipe and base layers; a plurality of blisters positioned within the interior space, each blister having a blister volume, wherein the sum of the blister volumes is a total blister volume; and an indication disposed on the wipe layer or the base layer corresponding to a single blister or a group of blisters indicating the ratio of the blister volume of that single blister or the sum of the blister volumes of that group of blisters to the total blister volume is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl G. Rippl, Chi Hao P. Duong
  • Patent number: 7997822
    Abstract: A dispensing system for spreadable foodstuffs and spreadable non-food substances allowing for dispensing of metered amounts of foodstuffs or non-food substances and spreading without the need for additional utensils not part of the packaging is disclosed. The system is composed of a disposable cartridge containing a spreadable product and a reusable dispenser that acts to dispense product from the disposable cartridge. The dispenser may rapidly switch between different disposable cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Innovative Consumer Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Ileen Rosner, Alexander Sterling Wise, Francis Kiss deVirag, Jonathan Rosner
  • Patent number: 7802936
    Abstract: A chuck (4) for grasping a writing lead and a rotor (6) arranged to be movable in a direction of rotation and an axial direction within a body cylinder (1). A rotational drive mechanism for the writing lead is formed such that first and second cam faces (6a) and (6b) are respectively formed at one end face and another end face of the rotor in the axial direction, and first and second fixed cam faces (13a) and (14a) are arranged on the body cylinder side to face the above-mentioned first and second cam faces respectively. An indicator (6c) of a wedge-shaped notch is formed at a part of the rotor. The indicator can be observed through the body cylinder made of a transparent material. By this structure, a mechanical pencil is provided in which operation of the writing lead that is gradually rotated by way of writing pressure can be known certainly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotake Izawa, Takeshi Kobayashi, Kyo Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20100061793
    Abstract: A self contained multiple color writing pen has a single writing tip for dispensing a user selectable variable color ink to paper or other surfaces from an internal mixing chamber. Several internal ink reservoirs each having a different color ink, supply their ink to the mixing chamber. A user may easily change the selectable writing color even as he writes by manually moving a rotatable thumbwheel on the pen and the dispensed ink output changes quickly in response to such thumbwheel input. The number of colors selectable by a user is seemingly infinite and includes the entire color spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Judith Bender, Jon Soriano, Darryl Hudock
  • Patent number: 7546694
    Abstract: A combination drawing/measuring pen constructed of an elongated, hollow body portion having a cavity therein, an aperture at a front end and an on/off switch at a rear end; a pen having a roller ball tip in the cavity operatively moving up and down by a first button protruding outside the cavity such that the roller ball tip may extend through the aperture for drawing; a sensor probe in the cavity operatively moving up and down by a second probe outside the cavity such that the sensor probe may extend through the aperture for measuring; a central processing unit (CPU) for calculating an output from the sensor probe; a LCD panel on the body portion for displaying a measurement from the sensor probe; and at least one battery in the cavity for powering the CPU and the LCD panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Il Poom Jeong
  • Patent number: 7530753
    Abstract: A writing implement including a plurality of component parts A, B, C, etc. is satisfactory in balance and stability during writing operations and can be smoothly handled for minute, reciprocating, turning motions during writing operations. The writing implement including the component parts A, B, C etc. has its center of gravity in a part thereof between a position at 20 mm from the tip of a projected writing element and a position corresponding to the middle of the overall length thereof, and the weight of the part thereof between the position at 20 mm from the tip of the projected writing element and the position corresponding to the middle of the overall length is not less than 50% of the total weight of the writing implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Pilot Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Youichi Iwabuchi
  • Publication number: 20090044640
    Abstract: The electronic pen comprises a lead equipped with a tip, an ink container and a three-dimensional force sensor for measuring the forces applied on the lead by a user. The three-dimensional force sensor, placed for example at a distance of less than 15 mm from the tip of the lead, comprises a sensitive detection element placed in the axis of the tip of the lead The pen comprises a first element made of flexible material arranged between the ink container and the three-dimensional force sensor to transmit the forces applied on the lead to the three-dimensional force sensor. The pen can comprise a second element made of flexible material for securing the ink container inside the lead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Andrea Vassilev, Jean-Michel Ittel
  • Publication number: 20080189951
    Abstract: An appliance for personal care, such as skin, dental or hair treatment, comprising a dispensing structure (30) for automatically dispensing a fluid. The dispensing structure (30) includes a fluid reservoir (10), a discharge opening (11) and a fluid drive structure (9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20) for driving the fluid to be dispensed from the reservoir (10) to and out of said discharge opening (11) in accordance with a dispensing rate/time profile (Sx). The fluid drive structure (9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20) is arranged for spurting at least once during said dispensing operation for squirting an additional quantity of the fluid to and out of the discharge opening (11) in addition to the fluid being dispensed in accordance with said dispensing rate/time profile (Sx).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Molema, Anke Sinnema, Wilko Westerhof
  • Patent number: 7399064
    Abstract: An ink jetting assembly includes a body, and an ink jet chip attached to the body. The ink jet chip has a mounting surface, a face surface, an ink channel extending to the face surface, and at least one actuator associated with the ink channel. The actuator includes a plurality of electrical contact pads formed on the face surface. A plurality of passageways extends through the ink jet chip from the mounting surface to the face surface. The ink jetting assembly also includes a plurality of electrodes. Each of the plurality of electrodes passes through a respective passageway of the plurality of passageways and is electrically connected to a respective contact pad of the plurality of electrical contact pads at the face surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Fowler, Ganesh Vinayak Phatak, Matthew Joe Russell, Jeffrey Louis Sangalli, Joseph Andrew Schaefer, David Amos Ward
  • Patent number: 7396177
    Abstract: A pen that includes a marking device for marking a visible path onto a first surface. The marking device is electronically controllable to change a value of an attribute of the path such as color, line width, texture, or line spacing. A position sensing device or motion sensing device is connected to the marking device using a controller. An optical sensing device is also connected to the controller for sensing an attribute of a second surface. The controller is operable to change the value of the attribute of the path on the first surface so as to replicate the attribute of the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 7396178
    Abstract: A pen for marking a visible path on a surface. The pen has a marking device adapted to change one or more attributes of the visible path, and a sensing device having at least one of a position sensor for determining the position of the pen relative to the surface, a motion sensor for sensing the motion of the pen relative to the surface, and an optical sensor for sensing colors and or images on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Publication number: 20080138140
    Abstract: Nail Works is a nail polish bottle's cap acting as an application tool to aid in the process of polishing. Nail Works includes a nail polish bottle filled with paint, a lid with depending wand having a brush and the lid with an attached nail. The attached nail may slide into a position that is appropriate for use and then retract into its original position. The nail bearing the color of paint within the bottle is thin and concave in nature and acts as a scraping device to rid the cuticles of excess paint. Its sleek dimensional design allows it to lye flush against the customer's nail bed facilitating in correct color choice based upon skin tone and not just looks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Debra Lynn Barclay
  • Patent number: 7318683
    Abstract: A cosmetic case is structured such that a rotary body (3) having a brush (2) attached thereto is installed to rotate to the upper side of a tube-type case (1) for accommodating liquid cosmetic by an insertion body (4) such that the cosmetic case is manufactured by simple-structured components to enhance economic effect, an opening (12) and a discharge opening (9) are formed in the form of a single line in a body formed with the rotary body (3) such that the liquid cosmetic is smoothly discharged, lock checking parts (16 and 16a) are formed in the outer circumferential front sides of the tube-type case (1) and the insertion body (4) to easily check whether an opening (12) formed in the rotary body (3) and a liquid cosmetic discharging guide (6) formed in the upper side of the tube-type case (1) are opened or closed so that the liquid cosmetic does not leak and the cosmetic case can be maintained clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Young Kwang Byun
  • Patent number: 7213995
    Abstract: A toothbrush for the treatment of tooth sensitivity is disclosed. The toothbrush disclosed herein incorporates the use of disposable desensitizing agent cartridges thru a pump mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Bravo-Loubriel
  • Patent number: 6866438
    Abstract: A crayon comprising a holding portion, a cartridge for receiving a refill of a predetermined color and a cover characterized in that the cartridge is of the color of the refill, and a part of the cartridge is visible from the exterior, more specifically even when the cartridge is held by the holding portion and the cover is fitted on to the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Schwan-STABILO Cosmetics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Reinhard Bauer, Ulrich Griebel, Georg Roeder
  • Patent number: 6808330
    Abstract: A pen has a marking device operative to mark a visible path onto a surface. The marking device is electronically controllable to change at least one of the attributes of the path. The attributes are constituted by the characteristics of the ink being deposited and can include the amount of ink deposited, the width of the line produced, and the color of the ink deposited. The pen includes a sensing device for sensing images or colors or both and a control device that effects the changing of the attribute based on the sensed images and/or colors. Additionally, the pen may include a user interface provided by one or more potentiometers or control buttons such that the user may modify the attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 6773190
    Abstract: An implement for dispensing a preparation is provided with a cylinder member having a cylindrical wall extending along an axis of the cylinder member, a preparation moving mechanism for moving a preparation along the axis of the cylinder member, the preparation moving mechanism including a movable member having a surface extending in parallel with the cylindrical wall of the cylinder member, and a space former for defining a space between the cylinder member and the movable member. A representation member is provided on one and/or both of the opposite surfaces of the cylinder member and the operative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Miho Matsumoto, Ryo Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 6742953
    Abstract: A writing instrument having a display window for displaying images from inside the barrel or body member of the writing instrument. The display window is formed by applying a wrap element having a hole therethrough to a transparent portion of the body member. A writing instrument having a locating mark thereon for facilitating accurate, efficient assembly of a writing instrument. More particularly, the locating mark may be disposed on a wrap element according to a predetermined positional relationship with respect to at least one feature or component of the writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin S. Burden, Arthur R. Hamilton, Jr., Edwin L. James, Christopher K. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20040052569
    Abstract: A writing instrument comprising a liquid reservoir for containing a liquid, a liquid spray head for spraying liquid, the spray head serving to spray the liquid onto a medium from a distance, and a processor unit serving to activate the spray head. The instrument further comprises measurement means for measuring the distance between the spray head and the medium, and movement detector means for detecting movement of the spray head relative to the medium, the processor unit being adapted to cause the liquid spray head to be activated when both the measurement means detect that the distance between the spray head and the medium is less than a predetermined maximum value, and simultaneously the movement detector means detect movement of the spray head relative to the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Xavier Bich, Alain Rosenzweig, Kurt Rath
  • Patent number: 6702499
    Abstract: A pen cap is constructed to include a cap body with a clip, a lighting circuit assembly, the lighting circuit assembly including a battery set mounted inside the cap body, an IC chip mounted on the clip and electrically connected to the battery set through a switch at the top of the cap body, and LED chips of different colors electrically connected to the IC chip, and a show plate fixedly mounted on the IC chip to hold the LED chips, the show plate having a design surrounded by the LED chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Te Hsiang Fang
  • Publication number: 20040028460
    Abstract: A sales promotional writing instrument comprises features that simultaneously provides a point of sale marketing opportunity and discourages theft. Generally, the writing instrument comprises a body defining a longitudinal axis. The body includes an attachment member in a substantially transverse orientation to the longitudinal axis. The body includes a lumen adapted to receive a typical writing insert, such as a ballpoint pen cartridge. A display member includes at least one display surface and an insertion member. The insertion member is adapted for insertion into a cavity on the attachment member. The display member can include promotional marketing indicia such as trademarks, logos, slogans, advertisements, calendars and schedules on the display surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph Sellars
  • Publication number: 20040028459
    Abstract: A writing pen such as a ballpoint pen having a scented housing or barrel made by including a scented agent (natural or synthetic) into the material (such as plastic) forming the pen housing. In the case of a metal housing or barrel, the pen has a scented coating such as lacquer or enamel. In a preferred embodiment the pen has a grip incorporated into the pen barrel made of a relatively soft, polymeric or rubber material which incorporates a scent giving off the desired aroma. The inventive scented pen is useful as an advertising or other promotional device and includes imprinted advertising, logo or other identification of the source for advertising purposes. The pen has the pleasant aroma of a commercial establishment with which the aroma is associated, such as the aroma of the coffee of a particular coffee house, with the name or logo of the coffee house.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventors: Eric L. Wetzel, Jon C. Wetzel
  • Publication number: 20040005186
    Abstract: A container for attaching to a measuring implement, especially a measuring cap, and for applying a cleaning composition to a surface has an applicator, a hollow body member operatively joined to the applicator, and an attachment portion joined to the hollow body member. The attachment portion removably attaches to the measuring implement. When the applicator is in a dispensing position and when the hollow body contains a cleaning composition therein, the cleaning composition may be dispensed onto the surface via the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kanna Ueda, Satoshi Yamane
  • Publication number: 20030185618
    Abstract: An implement for dispensing a preparation is provided with a cylinder member having a cylindrical wall extending along an axis of the cylinder member, a preparation moving mechanism for moving a preparation along the axis of the cylinder member, the preparation moving mechanism including a movable member having a surface extending in parallel with the cylindrical wall of the cylinder member, and a space former for defining a space between the cylinder member and the movable member. A representation member is provided on one and/or both of the opposite surfaces of the cylinder member and the operative member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventors: Miho Matsumoto, Ryo Miyagawa
  • Publication number: 20030138284
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a writing instrument having a display window for displaying images from inside the barrel or body member of the writing instrument. The display window is formed by applying a wrap element having a hole therethrough to a transparent portion of the body member. The present invention further relates to a writing instrument having a locating mark thereon for facilitating accurate, efficient assembly of a writing instrument. More particularly, the locating mark may be disposed on a wrap element according to a predetermined positional relationship with respect to at least one feature or component of the writing instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Kevin S. Burden, Arthur R. Hamilton, Edwin L. James, Christopher K. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6550997
    Abstract: A cartridge for a pen has an electronically controllable marking device, such as an ink jet printhead, for marking a visible path on a surface, a non marking stylus nib that in use contacts the surface with the marking device directed toward or contacting the surface The cartridge includes an on/off switch that turns the marking device on and off. Movement of the stylus nib or application of more than a predetermined compressive force to the stylus nib turns on the on/off switch and so causes the marking device to be turned on, so marking a path on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Tobin Allen King, Kia Silverbrook
  • Publication number: 20030063943
    Abstract: A pen has a marking device operative to mark a visible path onto a surface. The marking device is electronically controllable to change at least one of the attributes of the path. The attributes are constituted by the characteristics of the ink being deposited and can include the amount of ink deposited, the width of the line produced, and the color of the ink deposited. The pen also includes a user interface provided by one or more potentiometers or control buttons such that the user may modify the attributes. Additionally, the pen may include a display to indicate the selected attributes to the user and a sensing device for sensing coded data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventors: Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook