Wick Feed From Within Reservoir To Tool Patents (Class 401/198)
  • Patent number: 9688092
    Abstract: A plurality of inlets are defined in a circulation path between an ink reservoir and an ink absorbing member by an inlet forming part formed in the circulation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Kuretake Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akina Niwa
  • Patent number: 9690394
    Abstract: An input device for computing devices that include touch screens. The input device includes a body, a nib or tip movably coupled to the body, and an actuator operably connected to the body and the nib. The actuator moves the nib from a first position to a second position, and in the first position the input device provides a first input to the computing device and in the second position the input device provides a second input to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Joel S. Armstrong-Muntner
  • Patent number: 9578854
    Abstract: A pet ear cleaning device is disclosed for gently cleaning an animal's ears. The device can be used for home or veterinary use. The device comprises a nozzle, a liquid reservoir in fluid communication with the nozzle, an internal pump assembly, and a tip for cleaning a pet's ear. A user would press a manual dispensing component which would activate the internal pump assembly which would then draw fluid from the liquid reservoir and transfer it to the nozzle. The liquid reservoir is typically a reusable reservoir that a user would re-fill with ear cleaning solution when empty, or it can be a replacement cartridge. Further, the nozzle and tip typically comprise male and female interlocking components for retaining the tip on the nozzle. After use, a user would discard the tip via a manually operated discard component that allows a user to remove the soiled tip hands free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Louis J. Kokenis
  • Patent number: 9566818
    Abstract: In order to provide a writing instrument applicable to an applicator, in which a writing or applying direction can be visually recognized in a broad range at a visual part of a tip, the writing instrument is endowed with a constitution in which a tip is equipped with a porous member as a writing part and a holding member holding the above porous member and having at least one liquid guiding part for feeding an liquid to the writing or applying part, which comprises a relay porous member for feeding a liquid contained in a instrument main body to the liquid guiding part provided in the holding member 55 and in which the holding member is a visible part wherein an area ratio of the above visible part on the front or side face is 40% or more of the tip protruding from a tip part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshimi Kamitani, Hiroyuki Okuyama, Mitsuhiro Kawabata, Tadashi Kouriki
  • Patent number: 9504305
    Abstract: A tube-type cosmetic container has double discharge means, in which a lifting member coupled with a puff ascends or descends according to the rotation of a rotation body, wherein a nozzle is not exposed when the a lifting member ascends, and the nozzle is exposed when the lifting member descends, so that it is possible to easily apply the contents over a wide area or a localized area of a face by using the puff or the nozzle according to the selection of a user, thereby providing a user with convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: YONWOO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyo-Sun Jung, You-Seob Kim
  • Patent number: 9381767
    Abstract: A fluid product, comprising a tank for storing the product in free form, a conveyor conduit projecting into the tank, an applicator device connected to the conveyor conduit, and a passage which has a first and a second mouth opening and in which a portion of the conveyor conduit is disposed, wherein the first mouth opening of the passage is disposed in the tank, the second mouth opening is connected to the interior of the tank only by way of the conveyor conduit, and the conveyor conduit projects out of the passage beyond the first mouth opening into the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: STABILO International GmbH
    Inventor: Joerg Rahn
  • Patent number: 9278852
    Abstract: A dispensing device has a cantilever comprising a plurality of thin films arranged relative to one another to define a microchannel in the cantilever and to define at least portions of a dispensing microtip proximate an end of the cantilever and communicated to the microchannel to receive material therefrom. The microchannel is communicated to a reservoir that supplies material to the microchannel. One or more reservoir-fed cantilevers may be formed on a semiconductor chip substrate. A sealing layer preferably is disposed on one of the first and second thin films and overlies outermost edges of the first and second thin films to seal the outermost edges against material leakage. Each cantilever includes an actuator, such as for example a piezoelectric actuator, to impart bending motion thereto. The microtip includes a pointed pyramidal or conical shaped microtip body and an annular shell spaced about the pointed microtip body to define a material-dispensing annulus thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Horacio D. Espinosa, Nicolaie A. Moldovan, Keun-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9237798
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing oral care implement with fluid delivery system. The implement includes a storage member containing a fluid. A channel formed of one or more wicking or capillary members extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver fluid(s) through one or more fluid outlets via capillary action. In one embodiment, the fluid outlet is comprised of a wicking or capillary material and is disposed in the head of the implement. In some embodiments, the implement may include a valve and a specially configured storage cap. A variety of fluids can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, tooth sensitivity, plaque and/or tartar control, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Michael Rooney, Robert Moskovich, Thomas Boyd, Sharon Kennedy, Madhusudan Patel, John Gatzemeyer, Alan Sorrentino
  • Patent number: 9044781
    Abstract: Methods of dispensing a small amount of liquid onto a work piece includes in some embodiments known providing a microscopic channel for the liquid to flow from the nanodispenser. In some embodiments, dispensing the liquid includes dispensing the liquid using a nanodispenser have at least one slit extending to the tip. Some methods include controlling the rate of evaporation or the rate of liquid flow to establish an equilibrium producing a bubble of a desired size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: FEI COMPANY
    Inventors: Aurélien Philippe Jean Maclou Botman, Steven Randolph, Mark W. Utlaut
  • Patent number: 9033602
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing toothbrush (100). In one aspect, the toothbrush comprises a body (105) having a reservoir (135) containing an oral care fluid (136) therein, the oral care fluid being delivered to an applicator (132) via capillary action. The toothbrush comprises an actuator (130) for moving either the applicator and/or the reservoir between different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Boyd, John J. Gatzemeyer, Sharon Kennedy, Eduardo J. Jimenez
  • Patent number: 8998524
    Abstract: A liquid-application device that permits a user to selectively apply herbicide to weeds without applying the herbicide to adjacent plants. A reservoir of herbicide is mounted to a container end of an elongated tube and a wick is mounted to an opposite end. The tube has a central passage through which the liquid flows from the container end to the wick end by gravity. A valve mechanism at the wick end controls the flow of liquid out of the central passage. A wick retainer in the valve mechanism holds a wick that receives liquid released through the valve. A shroud covers the wick and the wick protrudes after the shroud is seated on a weed leaf. The shroud can be withdrawn by a mechanical connection, such as a trigger, or by simply forcing the shroud out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Robert A. Shoaf
  • Publication number: 20150086258
    Abstract: A marking instrument having a plurality of removable writing nibs serially aligned so that an operator can remove a spent or fluid-affected writing nib and, thereby, access a fresh writing tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Bezuhly
  • Publication number: 20150063894
    Abstract: A writing instrument is provided with a barrel including a bottom opening; a partition disposed in the barrel to divide the barrel into an upper ink reservoir filled with ink and a lower storage filled with an absorbent material; a writing member partially disposed in the absorbent material and extending out of the bottom opening; and a conveying line disposed through the partition. The conveying line includes a venting channel and an ink conveying channel. Each of the venting channel and the ink conveying channel communicate with both the ink and the absorbent material. A smooth writing can be carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicants: Microporous Technology (Ningbo) Limited, Ningbo Wuyun Pen Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Wen, Liping Wang
  • Publication number: 20150050066
    Abstract: A dual chamber container includes an inner hollow body containing a marker fluid which is adapted to be dispensed. The inner hollow body is at least partially surrounded by an outer hollow body containing a decorative fluid which is retained in the container as the marker fluid is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: ARROW INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jim A. Schaffnit, Gary E. Johnston, Shannon K. Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20150024133
    Abstract: Ink compositions for use in capillary-action markers are provided. More particularly, an ink composition includes a solvent, a colorant particle, and a resin component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Jiandong Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140370202
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying a tan line correction solution onto the skin are provided. The method may include guiding a nib along a portion of skin. The nib may be formed from resin and saturated with tan line correction solution. The nib may be saturated with tan line correction solution by capillary action from a fibrous reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: James R. Adelson, Sara R. Frankel, Rishona L. Sender
  • Patent number: 8858109
    Abstract: Cosmetics applicators are disclosed. An example cosmetics applicator includes a plurality of application bodies with front end portions, the front end portions protruding from a container and being capable of applying cosmetic materials, the plurality of application bodies extending in an axial direction, and where the plurality of application bodies are arranged in line, connected integrally by a melt-bonding portion, and collectively inserted with the melt-bonding portion into a cotton core within the container, the cotton core impregnated with the cosmetic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Chongqing Jiatong University
    Inventor: Saori Kudo
  • Publication number: 20140272141
    Abstract: Metallic ink compositions for use in capillary-action markers are provided. More particularly, a metallic ink composition includes a polar solvent, an encapsulated metallic pigment, and a resin component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wing Sum Vincent Kwan
  • Patent number: 8777504
    Abstract: A tool that is useful for cleaning and disinfecting the attachment surfaces of a fluid connector device used in medical applications, the tool having a housing with an opening of defined shape and a chemically treated flexible insert positionable inside the housing that substantially conforms to the inside wall of the housing and, when placed over the attachment surfaces of a fluid connector device, can be manipulated axially and rotationally relative to the attachment surfaces to contact, clean and disinfect the surfaces. Some embodiments can also be used for topical cleaning of skin or other surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Retractable Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Shaw, Mark Small, Ni Zhu, Steven E. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8696228
    Abstract: The current application is for a cosmetic marker device which applies a specifically formulated hair dye to the hair in a very controllable manner to the region proximate to hair roots to cover hair. Preferably, the hair is newly grown graying hair. The marker product of this invention employs a single fiber construction that delivers a specially formulated hair dye in a manner that enables the user to color just the area of hair that is of interest without staining the scalp to any large extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: HairMarker LLC
    Inventor: Robert Sobel
  • Patent number: 8662089
    Abstract: The nail-cleaning tool 1000 has a body part 100 and the body part 100 has an oil reservoir 80 therein. An abrasive member 10 and a nib 20 are protruded from the body part 100. The nib 20 is connected to the oil reservoir 80 so that oil is supplied to the nib 20 from the oil reservoir 80, and the nib 20 and the abrasive member 10 are aligned to be in contact with each other by their faces along the longitudinal direction of the body part 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Beauty Promotions Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Bum Hwang
  • Publication number: 20130336705
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a fluid source, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip is provided. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, whereby the fluid is applied and spread on a surface. Preferably, the frangible applicator tip comprises a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element extending outwardly of the support element, and a frangible region there between. Preferably, the tongue element comprises ribs for reinforcing the tongue element to resist unintentional breaking of the frangible region. More preferably, the applicator tip comprises a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover disposed around the frangible region to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid in the absorbent member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: BlOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Jack W. KAUFMAN, James BROWN
  • Patent number: 8591132
    Abstract: A writing pen with ink storage, including a writing nib, an ink storage compartment for storing ink, an ink inducing device for inducing ink into the writing nib, wherein the writing pen further includes an air pressure balancing plug which is plugged in an open end of the ink storage compartment to seal ink, and a breathable core having nanopores, the breathable core being inserted into the air pressure balancing plug with one end extending into ink and the other end communicating with ambient air. The writing pen with ink storage has simple structure, provides fluent writing and no ink leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Tung Yik International Ltd.
    Inventor: Ve Chung Hui
  • Publication number: 20130260040
    Abstract: Microencapsulated catnip oil comprising microcapsules in the range of 5-60 micrometers, apparatuses useful in the application of the microencapsulated catnip, and methods of using the same, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Neil Werde, Mark Hartelius
  • Patent number: 8506196
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system usable in an oral care implement and a reservoir containing a flowable substance. A capillary channel formed of one or more wicking or capillary members extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver flowable substance(s) through one or more outlets via capillary action. In one embodiment, the rate of fluid flow through the capillary channel is different in at least a first flow section than in a second flow section. In another embodiment, the rate of flow between flow sections of the wicking member is different than in at least one of the flow sections. A variety of flowable substances can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, tooth sensitivity, plaque and/or tartar control, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Thomas Boyd, Sharon Kennedy, Madhusudan Patel, John Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez
  • Patent number: 8485749
    Abstract: Ink delivery systems to provide ink from a reservoir to an applicator pad for marking a surface. Ink is stored in a reservoir within a marker body. A valve system controls the flow of ink to the applicator pad to prevent puddling of ink on the marking surface. The reservoir is a hollow body with free flowing ink or may contain a fiber reservoir at least partially saturated with ink. The reservoir may also contain capillary channels and ribs to aid in transporting ink to the valve system. The valve system includes a plug and a spring to bias the plug in a closed position. The plug includes at least one contact surface to contact a housing, and thereby control the flow of ink from the reservoir to the applicator pad. The spring may be a coil spring or a compressible foam-like spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Crayola LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Orem, David A. Cziraky, Wolfgang Witz
  • Publication number: 20130170889
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to pocket-sized or key chain size surface cleaning, coating and scratch filling apparatuses. Some of the applications of an embodied apparatus include a tool for cleaning, coating treating or repairing; sunglass/eyeglass, goggles, computer screen, PDA's, smartphones, cell phones, IPods, IPads and/or CDs, DVDs, and/or Bluray disc surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Ken Wilson
  • Publication number: 20130089369
    Abstract: An environment friendly writing instrument that includes a hollow body, an ink reservoir at the first end of the hollow body to hold ink, and a felt tip which extends from the reservoir to the second end of the hollow body, and a dye formulation comprising (I) a vegetable oil ester in an amount of between about 5 and 80 percent by weight of the dye formulation, (ii) a liquid solvent dye present in the dye formulation in an amount sufficient to impart a predetermined color to the dye formulation and (iii) sulfur in an amount of less than about 10 ppm, and wherein the ink is formed from the dye formulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: SUNBELT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sunbelt Corporation
  • Patent number: 8398326
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing oral care implement with fluid delivery system. The implement includes a storage member containing a fluid. A channel formed of one or more wicking or capillary members extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver fluid(s) through one or more fluid outlets via capillary action. In one embodiment, the fluid outlet is comprised of a wicking or capillary material and is disposed in the head of the implement. In some embodiments, the implement may include a valve and a specially configured storage cap. A variety of fluids can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, tooth sensitivity, plaque and/or tartar control, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Thomas Boyd, Sharon Kennedy, Madhusudan Patel, John Gatzemeyer, Robert Moskovich, Alan Sorrentino, Michael Rooney
  • Publication number: 20130064595
    Abstract: In order to provide a writing instrument in which a writing direction can be visually recognized in a broad range at a visual part of a pen tip and which can surely write to end of writing, the writing instrument is endowed with a constitution in which a pen tip is equipped with a porous member as a writing part and a holding member holding the above porous member and having at least one ink guiding part through which an ink contained in a barrel is provided to a writing part held by the holding member which is a visible part enabling to visually recognize a writing direction, wherein an area ratio of the visible part is 40% or more of the pen tip protruding from a tip part of the writing instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshimi Kamitani, Hiroyuki Okuyama, Mitsuhiro Kawabata, Tadashi Kouriki
  • Patent number: 8348540
    Abstract: A writing instrument that includes an ink reservoir and a writing tip fluidly connected to the reservoir and through which the ink comes out during use of the instrument. The reservoir contains, in addition to the ink, grains that are separate and that may have angles and sharp edges of dimensions that are significant relative to an apparent dimension (d) of the grains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Vincent Bedhome, Didier Lange, Franck Rolion
  • Publication number: 20130004231
    Abstract: An applicator includes an application liquid reservoir in which filled application liquid is flowable, an applying body for applying the application liquid, an application liquid-occlusion body located between the application liquid reservoir and the applying body and designed to be impregnated with the application liquid, and a channel forming portion located between the application liquid reservoir and the occlusion body and having a channel in which the application liquid is flowable, wherein the channel forming portion has a protrusion, the protrusion having a cavity inside and more than one communication openings communicated with the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Yasunori Nakatani, Shohei Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 8343293
    Abstract: A portfolio of components and a method for creating an embellishment for an orthopedic cast comprising a shrink-film in a sleeve like configuration that conforms to the cast in a substantially circumferential relationship and the shrink-film having at least one decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Tracie Diane Wood
  • Patent number: 8308388
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes an applicator having gradient foam where the gradient foam includes a fluid and the applicator has an applicator surface area open to the environment such that the fluid is passively dispensed onto a surface independent of gravity through the applicator surface area. The gradient foam may be encompassed by a holder. A fluid reservoir in the applicator holder is used to replenish fluid. A cap covers the gradient foam to prevent the foam drying out. The types of surfaces that the fluid delivery system may be applied to can be hard or soft, such as wood or skin and hence, the fluid delivery system may be used for many applications in the home, health/medicine, beauty, feminine, baby, personal, fabric, pet and food areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Gordon Gerald Guay
  • Publication number: 20120266907
    Abstract: An improved eyeliner applicator comprises a holding tube, an outer cap, and an outer case. The holding tube includes a buffering tube and a liquid feeding core insertedly fixed in the buffering tube. The liquid feeding core has a front end being fitted with a brush tip and a rear end communicating with a chamber of cosmetic liquid. The buffering tube is provided with a plurality of grooves, which communicate with the liquid feeding core via a plurality of through holes such that, when cosmetic liquid fed from the chamber is more than the required, excessive liquid can be diverted to the grooves, when the cosmetic liquid fed from the chamber is less than the required, the liquid stored in the grooves can be sucked back to the liquid feeding core to continuously supply liquid to the brush tip, thereby providing an steady flow to facilitate the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: LI-CHUN CHAN
  • Patent number: 8221016
    Abstract: A device and a method for continuous and adjustable dosage of fluids at low pressure. The invention is self-cleaning and low tech. It consists of a tapering dosage unit in which a filling, which allows fluids to pass in the longitudinal direction of the dosage unit, is inserted. At the outlet end of the dosage unit, a venturi tube is located which clamps the filling and thereby create a nozzle opening that fits the fluids viscosity and the pressure for a given desired dosage. When the dosage unit clogs, a flushing can be obtained by either increasing the pressure of the fluid and thereby forcing a flexible dosage unit to increase the sectional area and allow cleaning or in the same way through a mechanical opening of the dosage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Idekontoret Aps
    Inventors: Tom Juul Andersen, Bo Boye
  • Patent number: 8221017
    Abstract: A fluid applicator includes a tubular container having a top open end and a bottom open end, a floating stopper mounted in the tubular container for sealing the bottom open end of the tubular container, a fluid filled in between the top open end and bottom open end of the tubular container, and a plug for closing the top open end of the tubular container. When the plug is opened from the top open end of the tubular container for allow the atmospheric pressure to enter the tubular container, the floating stopper is forced to adhere to the peripheral wall of the tubular container for allowing the fluid to flow out of the fluid container. When the plug seals the top open end of the tubular container, the atmospheric pressure is prohibited from entering the tubular container, and the floating stopper stops the bottom open end of the tubular container again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Kun-Liang Hong
  • Patent number: 8177448
    Abstract: A writing instrument that includes a barrel having a front end, a fluid reservoir compartment, and a longitudinal axis. The writing instrument further includes a head disposed at the front end of the barrel where the head has a front part with an opening and at least one rib having a peak; a capillary connector having a front portion, a main portion having a diameter, a rear portion having a diameter, and a radial shoulder, where the capillary connector extends from the front part of the head to the fluid reservoir compartment; and a ring substantially coaxial with the longitudinal axis and disposed at a distance from the opening in the front part of the head. At least one air passage is formed between the ring and the barrel and the at least on rib extends in a radial direction between the ring and the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Arnaud Bez
  • Patent number: 8152401
    Abstract: A surgical skin marker has a handle body and a removably attached marking tip that is provided in a protective sterilized bag. After a single use, the marking tip can be removed and discarded. A new marking tip can be attached for a subsequent surgical procedure or treatment. Such a marker can help maintain a sterile surgical environment while minimizing waste and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Sokoloff
  • Patent number: 8128304
    Abstract: A direct-fluid-supply writing implement has a pentip, an ink occlusion body connected to a rear end of the pentip, an ink tank that directly stores ink and is arranged at a rear of the ink occlusion body, a plurality of communication tubes that connects the ink tank to the ink occlusion body and a partition wall provided between the ink occlusion body and the ink tank. Forward end portions of the communication tubes are protruded forward from a front face of the partition wall, and are located inside the ink occlusion body. At least one of the communication tubes is provided such that a rear end of the communication tube is protruded backward from a rear face of the partition wall and is located inside the ink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuhiro Kurita, Takao Inaba
  • Patent number: 8123424
    Abstract: An ink feeder for a felt-tip ink pen and communicable with an ink reservoir defined in the ink pen includes a main body made of a rigid material to internally define a feeding bore; a plurality of micro raised portions radially inward protruded from and circumferentially spaced along an inner wall surface of the main body for clamping a felt tip of the ink pen in place; and a plurality of ink feeding clearances each being formed between two adjacent ones of the micro raised portions and communicable with the feeding bore, so that ink stored in the ink reservoir of the ink pen is fed to the felt tip via the ink feeding clearances. The rigid main body and other ink pen components can be assembled to form the ink pen in an automated manner, and the ink feeding clearances ensure smooth ink feeding without the risk of leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Lion Pencil Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Chang
  • Patent number: 8123423
    Abstract: An applicator with a flexible dispensing end is provided. The applicator includes a housing having an internal compartment configured to hold a container of skin sealant. The housing includes a dispensing end having at least one opening to permit the skin sealant to be dispensed. The housing includes an actuator configured to contact the container and release the skin sealant. The dispensing end has at least one movable member. The dispensing end is flexible and is configured to move on more than one axis, and up to three axes, sequentially or simultaneously, so that the skin sealant dispensed from the applicator may be uniformly applied to contours on a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worlwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay Houde, Susan Gayle Oslund, Tracy Joseph White, Wendy Anderson Cocke
  • Patent number: 8118511
    Abstract: A body has a closed bottom and an open top. The body has a periphery. The body has a side wall. The body is fabricated of a semi-soft squeezable plastic material. A stem is in a cylindrical configuration. The stem is supported within the body. The stem is fabricated of a hard plastic material. A sponge has a bottom. The bottom of the sponge is positioned on the bottom of the body. The sponge has a top. The top of the sponge extends above the body. The sponge is fabricated of an absorbent foam material. A protective cap is provided. The cap has a closed top and an open bottom. The cap has a periphery. The cap has a side wall. The peripheries are adapted to releasably couple the cap with respect to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Mark A. Stadnyk
  • Patent number: 8096725
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes an ink reservoir, a writing tip fluidically connected to the reservoir and through which the ink emerges during a use of the implement, and a reservoir-venting device that includes a cavity in communication with the reservoir and with an orifice open to the outside of the implement. The cavity is suitable for absorbing an overflow of ink, characterized in that the cavity is filled with separate grains having angles and sharp edges having dimensions that are significant compared with an apparent dimension d of the grains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Vincent Bedhome, Didier Lange, Franck Rolion
  • Publication number: 20120009005
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a water-based erasable ink for use in a writing instrument. The ink comprises platy-like pigment particles, film formers and an aqueous vehicle. Also disclosed are writing instruments using such inks as well as comprising a reservoir containing a water based erasable ink having a non-shear-thinning composition and a porous fiber nib in fluid communication with this reservoir. Related methods of forming an erasable marking are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Pawel CZUBAROW, Joshua Hart POLLACK, Jeremy SCHWARTZ
  • Publication number: 20110222956
    Abstract: An aqueous manicure preparation which is an aqueous cosmetic preparation for a nail art wherein in an applicator which is equipped with at least a liquid storing part and an applying member and in which a liquid is transported from the liquid storing part to the applying member by virtue of capillary force, the aqueous manicure preparation stored in the liquid storing part contains at least water, a water-soluble resin, a tabular pigment, an emulsion resin, a moisturizing agent and a fungicide and further contains crystalline cellulose and has a viscosity satisfying the following condition (A) in measuring the viscosity at a temperature of 25° C. by means of a cone plate type viscometer: (A) shear rate (s?1) viscosity (mPa · s) 3.83 ?30 to 150 19.15 10 to 50 38.30 10 to 40 76.60 10 to 40 383.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Pencil Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takayuki Hayakawa, Kei Omoto
  • Patent number: 7942597
    Abstract: An assembly structured to restrict contamination of individuals from association with the heads of stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes. Different embodiments include the dispensing of cleaning fluid or the delivery of protective barriers onto predetermined portions of the stethoscope heads, while passing along the path of travel. A dispenser assembly and a cooperatively disposed activating assembly are manually operated by moveable, driving engagement with the head portion passing through the housing. The activating assembly is thereby operatively positioned to activate the dispenser assembly when engaged by a head passing along the path of travel. Differently structured dispenser assemblies function to either deliver the cleaning fluid or individually dispense the barriers onto different heads, so as to either facilitate the cleaning or protective covering of exposed surfaces of the stethoscope heads, dependent on the embodiment utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Seedlings Life Science Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Patent number: 7931417
    Abstract: A stamp marker capable of adhering an application liquid to a target. The stamp marker includes a liquid-permeating member and a container containing an application liquid, the liquid-permeating member including a distal member, a base, and a fixing member. The distal member has a surface having a contacting part and a noncontacting part, the contacting part having a shape, so as to copy the shape onto the target by bringing the surface of the distal member into contact with the target to make the liquid adhere to the target, so that an adhesion mark of a predetermined shape is formed on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Sakura Color Products Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Yamamoto, Shigeto Taguchi, Atushi Sudo
  • Publication number: 20110044748
    Abstract: A method of coloring a substrate is disclosed that includes the steps of dissolving a vegetable oil ester based solvent wherein the ester is selected from a group consisting of esters having carbon chain length of C-1 to C-18 in a liquid solvent dye to form a low-sulfur containing dye formulation such that the vegetable oil ester is present in an amount of between about 5 and 80 percent by weight of the dye formulation, and mixing sufficient amounts of the dye formulation with the substrate to produce mixtures of predetermined color in which the levels of toxic substrate are substantially less than in otherwise equivalent mixtures that include hydrocarbon-based solvents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: SUNBELT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael R. Friswell
  • Patent number: 7887246
    Abstract: A liquid supply device has a main body having a hollow portion; a partition that divides the hollow portion into a liquid storage chamber; a reservoir chamber communicated with the atmosphere; and a through hole formed in the partition. An application material is provided in the main body and applies the liquid in the liquid storage chamber. A porous relay core supplies the liquid in the storage chamber to the application material and is inserted in the through hole to form a gap with an inner wall of same, the gap holding the liquid by capillary force. A partition extending portion extends from the partition and protrudes to the liquid storage chamber side along the relay core. The relay core is inserted to form a gap holding the liquid by capillary force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Eiji Hori