With Flow-regulator Patents (Class 401/205)
  • Patent number: 9636940
    Abstract: Provided is a writing instrument suited to ballpoint pens, marking pens and the like in which a flow pressure of an ink applied to a pen tip is controlled to a fixed level to prevent an ink direct flow phenomenon reverse flow phenomenon. The above writing instrument comprises a pen tip disposed at a front part of an ink tank, an ink received in the ink tank, a follower filled at a rear part of the ink, and a capillary porous member provided with a capillary force, which is arranged at a space part between a rear part of the follower and a rear end part of the ink tank in a state in which the follower is filled, wherein the pen tip is sealed when a cap is put on the writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshimi Kamitani, Satoru Banzai, Yoshiharu Namiki, Yosuke Setagawa, Hitoshi Kino, Tooru Nakajima, Takanori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9609933
    Abstract: A powder dispensing device for dispensing powder may include a powder application device for dispensing the powder and a handle connected to the powder application device to allow the user to manipulate the power dispensing device. The power application device may include a cavity having access by a detachable lid to store the powder and may include a flexible powder dispensing housing being permeable to dispense the powder from the cavity. The powder application device may include a bottom wall having apertures to connect the cavity with the powder dispensing housing. A handle may include a hook. The powder application device may include a curved front wall. The powder application device may include a curved back wall. The power application device may include a curved sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Frank Cefaratti
  • Patent number: 9560952
    Abstract: A knife cleaner for a commercial kitchen is mounted on a countertop or prep table with suction cups or similar devices, and provides three separate compartments for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing solutions. A removable cap provides a channel guide leading downward into each of the three compartments. The wash channel guide provides scrub brush components to remove food particles and other debris. The cleaner is disassembled easily without tools for cleaning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SANI-BLADE, LLC
    Inventor: John Clark
  • Patent number: 9433191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device that integrates a manually operable fluid dispenser for dispensing and applying a contained fluid to clean and/or disinfect a surface or care for a pet's fur coat. The device is preferably equipped with washable and reusable cleaning pads or various combing and brushing appliances thus obviating the need for a separate cleaning cloth or brush/comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: New Way Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: John Clifton Frye
  • Patent number: 9326645
    Abstract: The invention describes a cleaning system in the form of a mitt having cleaning pads attached by reversible fastening means so that pads may be electively and consecutively attached, removed, or replaced. Furthermore, the invention provides a means for introducing, retaining, dispensing, and distributing a fluid, such as water or a liquid cleaning product, so that a removable pad may be irrigated with a regulated dose of fluid prior to use. The invention also describes a cooperative enclosure that can store a plurality of cleaning pads. Features of the compatible enclosure serve to physically guide the body of the mitt into alignment with a replacement pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: INVISIBLE PRODUCT GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Steven Bank, Jonathan D. Albert, Chris Murray, Breanna Stachowski
  • Patent number: 9220881
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. The applicator may be applicable for a medical purpose. When the frangible applicator tip is broken, the fluid flows from the source to the absorbent member, spread on a surface. The frangible applicator tip may comprise a support element permanently connected to the fluid source, a relatively rigid tongue element, and a frangible region there between. The tongue element may comprise ribs for reinforcing the tongue element. The applicator tip may comprise a semi-permeable or non-permeable cover to control the speed and direction of the dispersion of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: BIOMED PACKAGING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, Janet P. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 9114662
    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 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Crayola, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Orem, David A. Cziraky, Wolfgang Witz
  • Patent number: 8998523
    Abstract: A cream dispensing applicator assembly allows an individual to easily, evenly, and cleanly apply cream to hard-to-reach areas of the body. The assembly includes an elongated member having a head coupled to a handle. The elongated member has an interior space configured for holding a liquid. A pad is coupled to the head. A channel extends through the head. A plurality of outlet ports is coupled to the pad and to the channel. A plunger, a shaft, a knob, and a switch are coupled to the handle. The shaft is coupled to and extends through the plunger. The knob is operationally coupled to the plunger wherein manipulation of the knob urges the plunger into the shaft. A valve is coupled to the handle and to the channel. The switch is operationally coupled to the valve wherein manipulation of the switch selectively opens and closes the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Barbara J. Muller
  • Publication number: 20150078802
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cosmetic composition container comprising: cosmetic composition storage foam; and cosmetic composition discharge adjustment foam adjacent to the storage foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jung Sun Choi, Kyung Ho Choi, Kyung Nam Kim
  • Patent number: 8979412
    Abstract: A tip unit of a cosmetic applicator includes a tube portion connected to a hollow body of the cosmetic applicator, and a tip portion tapering away to a point from the tube portion. The tip portion has a passage space contain liquid cosmetics advanced from the hollow body through the tube portion, and has a plurality of flexible blade segments, a plurality of guiding grooves defined respectively by corresponding adjacent pairs of the blade segments, and a plurality of slits, each communicating the passage space with a respective one of the guiding grooves, and being enlargeable when the tip portion is deformed so as to permit flow of the liquid cosmetics from the passage space to the respective one of the guiding grooves therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ming-Lang Lin
  • Publication number: 20150050067
    Abstract: An eye shadow pencil case includes a container for receiving eye shadow, a rotatable control tube, and a makeup tool for applying the eye shadow. The container includes a top end having a first opening. A sliding groove is formed in an intermediate portion of an outer periphery of the container and includes an open position and a closed position. The rotatable control tube includes a top end having a second opening. The rotatable control tube further includes an inner periphery having a protrusion. The protrusion slides in the sliding groove when the rotatable control tube is rotated. The second opening is aligned with the first opening when the protrusion is in the open position. The second opening is not aligned with the first opening when the protrusion is in the closed position. The makeup tool is mounted on the top end of the rotatable control tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Hsiao-Yun Lin
  • 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: 8939670
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotation on/off-type brush-tube-shaped cosmetic container, having following advantages: only with the action of turning a rotation cap, a cosmetic container may be simply opened/closed, resulting in discharging the cosmetics; though a tube container is accidentally pressurized while being used or while in storage, it still can prevent the cosmetics from being leaked. In addition, by means of the shape of a screw-type spiral groove, a seal cap and a rotation cap can be firmly fixed at the maximum rising/descending position, and can be carried out in a smooth manner during rising/descending movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Yonwoo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Woong Choi
  • Publication number: 20150023719
    Abstract: A crayon or pencil type application tool (1) for applying a coating material to a substrate surface, having a shaft (2) where the tool (1) can be grasped and a reservoir (3), housed in the shaft (2), to be filled with the coating material. The tool (1) is provided with a tool head (4) having an applicator (5) by which the coating material reaches the substrate surface, and also includes a valve (8) which is arranged between the reservoir (3) and the tool head (4), that has a valve body (11) and, upon actuation, switches from a closed position into an open position to dispense, in the latter position, an amount of the coating material to be applied to the substrate surface, from the reservoir (3) to the applicator (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Jurgen FEUERSTEIN
  • Patent number: 8926211
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8926212
    Abstract: A device for applying at least one product at a desired surface, for instance a human's skin. The device comprises several layers 1-6, where an impermeable front layer (1) and an impermeable utility layer (6) together with a contact layer (2) will form the outer surfaces of the device (D), between which contact layer (2) and utility layer (6) are arranged a valve layer (3), a top layer (4) and a bottom layer (5). The top layer (4) and bottom layer (5) are connected to each other through a weld (11) in order to form a storage chamber (8) to accommodate a product. Furthermore, the valve layer (3) and top layer (4) are provided with a plurality of incisions or indentations (9a, 9b), where the incisions or indentations (9a) of the valve layer are welded to corresponding incisions or indentations (9b) of the top layer to form an opening mechanism in the device (D), where the device (D) is opened when the valve layer (3) is moved relatively to the top layer (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: PadTech AS
    Inventor: Dag H. Gundersen
  • Patent number: 8905667
    Abstract: A scent dispenser includes a holder member that is removably attached to the back side and heel of a hunter's boot and has curved arms disposed at each side thereof, the holder attached to the boot by an elastic cord that extends from one arm, over the vamp portion of the boot, and is releasably attached to the other arm. The back side of the holder removably holds a scent containing bottle in an inverted position at the rear portion of the boot, the bottle having a cap with a sponge that extends a distance below the bottom of the boot heel to engage the ground surface and is compressed to deposit an amount of the scent onto the ground each time a step is taken to leave a scented trail to attract animals, or mask the smell of a human. The bottle may be removed and hung from another object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Kym Burks
  • Patent number: 8864399
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes a body defining a pocket, a closed ampoule received in the pocket, an integrated protective device attached to the body and enclosing the pocket, a lever projecting from the body, at least one tappet that bears against an external surface of the pocket and fractures the ampoule when the lever is pivoted, and an application member secured to the body, wherein an interior of the pocket is placed in fluid communication with the application member by way of through-holes provided in the integrated protective device. A method for manufacturing the applicator assembly includes rotating the protective device from an open position into a closed position to enclose the ampoule in the pocket before the application member is attached to the body so that the fluid to be dispensed will flow through the protective device and contact the application member when the ampoule is fractured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Guzman, James P. McDonald
  • Patent number: 8821059
    Abstract: To make a cosmetic container convenient, a closing part 6b of a discharge cylinder 6 closes an insertion hole 2h of a middle cylinder part 2 and seals a cosmetic A when a moving part 3 is positioned at a first stopping position, the discharge cylinder 6 protrudes by a predetermined length from an end face of the insertion hole 2h and slits 6c of the discharge cylinder 6 are exposed when the moving part 3 is moved from the first stopping position to a second stopping position separating in an axial direction, so that a user can visually confirm that the cosmetic can flow out through the slits 6c, the discharge cylinder and a discharge cylinder opening part 6a, and the moving part 3 is left at the second stopping position, so that the cosmetic A can securely flow out without variation when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Tokiwa Corporation
    Inventors: Arata Sasaki, Tomonari Sato
  • Patent number: 8753027
    Abstract: A liquid applicator device for dispensing an applicator liquid from an applicator liquid container comprising a closure for sealing with the applicator liquid container. A sealing surface is defined in the closure and a valve is disposed within the closure. A spring is located within the closure between a spring retaining step defined in the closure and the valve for biasing the valve into sealing engagement with the sealing surface of the closure for inhibiting the flow of the applicator liquid from the applicator liquid container. A passageway defined in the closure for slidably receiving an applicator tip for engaging with the valve to enable a depression of the applicator tip to displace the valve from the sealing surface of the closure to flow applicator liquid from the applicator liquid container to the applicator tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Flocon, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephan M. Ballot
  • Patent number: 8721212
    Abstract: A cosmetic pen includes a pen tube, a liquid storage core received in the pen tube, and an applicator disposed to a front portion of the pen tube. The applicator includes a metal sleeve connected to the liquid storage core and a brush received in the sleeve. The brush includes a front end projecting out of a lower end of the sleeve and a rear end positioned on an upper end of the sleeve. The sleeve includes an air slot having front and rear sections. The rear section of the air slot of the sleeve is disposed inside the liquid storage core so that the cosmetic liquid stored inside the liquid storage core can be penetrated through the air slot into the brush. The front section of the air slot of the sleeve is located outside the liquid storage core for introducing air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Yu-Hsing Chou
  • Publication number: 20140119808
    Abstract: An applicator has reservoir for fluid and a supply passage. A valve in the passage has a seat and a member movable between closed and open positions. A spring biases the member toward its closed position. An elongated nib is mounted in the supply passage and has an end extending from the passage, the nib engaging the member so that the member moves to its open position. An adapter has a portion for holding a pad that has at least one dimension elongated transversely to the nib. The adapter includes an engagement portion with a cavity for detachably receiving an end of the reservoir, the cavity having a depth so that it engages the nib when the end of the reservoir is detachably received in the cavity to apply pressure on the nib to move the member to its open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: SKM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: George KORPER, Stephen KRISANDA
  • Patent number: 8672572
    Abstract: A cooking oil applicator comprises a body, including: a tank capable of holding cooking oil; a sponge capable of absorbing some of the cooking oil; a flow control valve situated between the tank and the sponge for controlling an amount of the cooking oil flowing from the tank to the sponge; and a fire-retardant pad below the sponge capable of receiving cooking oil from the sponge and facilitating application of the cooking oil to a hot grill. The tank includes a level window so that the user can determine the degree to which the tank is full. Additionally, the cooking oil applicator includes a handle attached to the body for holding the cooking oil applicator during usage. The cooking oil applicator also includes a cradle attachable to the body allowing the cooking oil applicator to be placed safely on a flat surface while not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel M Almada
  • Publication number: 20140056635
    Abstract: A cooking oil applicator comprises a body, including: a tank capable of holding cooking oil; a sponge capable of absorbing some of the cooking oil; a flow control valve situated between the tank and the sponge for controlling an amount of the cooking oil flowing from the tank to the sponge; and a fire-retardant pad below the sponge capable of receiving cooking oil from the sponge and facilitating application of the cooking oil to a hot grill. The tank includes a level window so that the user can determine the degree to which the tank is full. Additionally, the cooking oil applicator includes a handle attached to the body for holding the cooking oil applicator during usage. The cooking oil applicator also includes a cradle attachable to the body allowing the cooking oil applicator to be placed safely on a flat surface while not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel M. Almada
  • Publication number: 20140016988
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system having a reservoir, a flow through applicator having a bore in flow communication with the reservoir, an applicator mount for mounting the applicator on the reservoir, a removable seal for sealing liquid from escaping the dosing system. A flow restrictor may be incorporated located within a portion of the bore of the applicator to control the flow rate and hence the dosing or application rate of the liquid from the reservoir. Alternatively, or in conjunction with the flow restrictor, a plunger is included within the reservoir to be moved forward when the user squeezes the reservoir to urge liquid in the reservoir from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Clark F. Bow, Steven R. Henrikson
  • Patent number: 8568050
    Abstract: An ink application tool that allows users to accurately mark surfaces for cutting without the need for measurements. The ink application tool makes use of an applicator with a uniquely designed dispensing mechanism that allows users to evenly mark surfaces that need to be cut by outlining the object to be fitted into the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathon Carl Pinter
  • Patent number: 8511923
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. 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. 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: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • 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: 8485748
    Abstract: Art instrument having a self-contained reservoir for storing and dispensing application liquid includes a reservoir body for containing the application liquid and a dispensing assembly that dispenses the application liquid from the reservoir. The dispensing assembly includes an applicator, a primary orifice restrictor including a channel, a movable actuating assembly that retains the applicator and the primary orifice restrictor and is movably connected to the reservoir body, and a secondary orifice restrictor arranged in an opening of the reservoir body and includes an initially closed channel. The instrument also includes a partly movable control mechanism that controls movement of the actuating assembly relative to the reservoir body. The control mechanism having a configuration in which it prevents opening of the closed channel and thereby prevents leakage of application liquid from the reservoir prior to manual activation by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Horizon Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Qiu Jun
  • Publication number: 20130133678
    Abstract: An applicator including an applying part of a liquid absorber impregnated with an application liquid. An indicator portion having a jagged configuration that varies in reflectance of light depending on the quantity of the application liquid in the liquid absorber is formed adjacent to the liquid absorber, and the formed area of the indicator portion of an application liquid feeder can be visually observed from the outside so that the quantity of the application liquid can be displayed by the reflected light of indicator portion. The applicator allows a visual check on whether the application liquid is full or less when the applicator is unused or when the application liquid is decreased after use, from the change of the reflectance of light in indicator. The applicator permits easy confirmation of the liquid quantity and can easily avoid liquid blobbing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Atsushi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8449213
    Abstract: An eyeliner applicator includes a pen tube, a bead, a connecting tube, a first water-absorbed member, a second water-absorbed member, a fixing means, and a retainer ring. The connecting tube has an applicator body, a pushing portion, a passage, an outer surface, and at least an abutting member. The passage comprises an upper section and a lower section. The first water-absorbed member is disposed in the upper section of the passage. The second water-absorbed member is disposed in the lower section of the passage. A density of the first water-absorbed member is greater than a density of the second water-absorbed member. The abutting member is disposed on the outer surface of the connecting tube. The retainer ring detachably clasps the outer surface. The applicator can prevent the water of ink from vaporizing and the water-absorbed members from absorbing much ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Ching-Tse Chang
  • Patent number: 8438778
    Abstract: Apparatus for selectively applying a liquid plant chemical such as a herbicide to a plant includes a hollow tubular reservoir, an integrated funnel handle at the upper end of the reservoir, and an applicator tip at the lower end of the reservoir. The applicator tip includes a valve and a wick that allows the chemical to be dispensed in a controlled manner onto a specific plant, avoiding chemical drift. A protective cap fits over the applicator tip during storage, while retainer tabs keep the protective cap from squeezing the wick. The retainer tabs may be sharp enough to prick the plant to place the chemical internally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas C. Rose
  • Patent number: 8424483
    Abstract: A paint edging apparatus includes a body having front and rear ends defining a longitudinal axis therebetween, the body receiving a paint reservoir for supplying paint to an applicator portion of the apparatus, the body including a handle extending rearwardly at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis. An urging mechanism selectively engages the paint reservoir to discharge paint therefrom. A vibrator mounted to the body and operatively connected to the paint applicator portion of the apparatus imparts an oscillatory motion to the paint applicator. A trigger is pivotally mounted to the handle for activating the vibrator, wherein a user can move the apparatus over a work surface to apply paint to the work surface and also pivot the trigger at the same time by grasping the handle with a single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Depingo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Ling, Britt K. Norton, Jason Gerold
  • Patent number: 8371766
    Abstract: A penpoint-like liquid distributor to be installed onto a container includes a receiving element, a propping element, a positioning element, a pen tube and a pen tip. The propping element has a cone that is flexibly pushing against the pen tube and closely fitting the positioning element. In non-use, a feeding portion provided on the pen tube is isolated from the container; however, when a user applies a force to the pen tube, the pen tube retreats inward and pushes the cone away from the positioning element so as to intercommunicate the feeding portion with the container. Thus, a liquid cosmetic product contained in the container is allowed to flow out through and then discharge from the pen tube. Therefore, the pen tube will not be polluted or blocked by the liquid cosmetic product accidentally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Tao-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 8360671
    Abstract: Art instrument having a self-contained reservoir for storing and dispensing application liquid includes a reservoir body for containing the application liquid and a dispensing assembly that dispenses the application liquid from the reservoir. The dispensing assembly includes an applicator, a primary orifice restrictor including a channel, a movable actuating assembly that retains the applicator and the primary orifice restrictor and is movably connected to the reservoir body, and a secondary orifice restrictor arranged in an opening of the reservoir body and includes an initially closed channel. The instrument also includes a partly movable control mechanism that controls movement of the actuating assembly relative to the reservoir body. The control mechanism having a configuration in which it prevents opening of the closed channel and thereby prevents leakage of application liquid from the reservoir prior to manual activation by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Horizon Group USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Qiu Jun
  • Patent number: 8348913
    Abstract: An antiseptic applicator device having a reservoir for storing an antiseptic agent, the reservoir being coupled to an applicator pad, and a defeatable membrane being interposed between the reservoir and the applicator pad. Embodiments of the device further include opposing handles, wherein an interior lumen of each handle houses a breakable phial containing a desired solution, and wherein upon moving the handles to a closed position, the phials are broken to release the desired solutions which are then absorbed by the applicator pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Minh Quang Hoang, Jonathan Karl Burkholz, Weston F. Harding
  • Patent number: 8267610
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a cleansing solution on to a tissue comprised of: a reservoir container forming an interior volume for holding a cleansing solution and an opening that provides access to the interior volume; a dispersion component comprised of an upper surface, a lower surface, a plurality of holes on the upper surface, and at least one channel between the upper and lower surfaces; and a pump assembly comprised of a tubular member extending from the interior volume of the reservoir container, through the opening, and mated to the lower surface of the dispersion component, in which the pump assembly defines an actuator for pumping the cleansing solution from said interior volume of the reservoir container, through the one or more channels, and through the holes of the upper surface of said dispersion component when a pressure is applied to the dispersion component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Avery Goodman
  • Patent number: 8226317
    Abstract: Personal gel soap dispensers include a container, for example, having a size similar to a bar of hand soap or body soap, a quantity of gel soap in the container in an interior hollow space of the container, and at least one through opening, for example, a plurality of through openings extending from an interior hollow space of the container through the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Frank J. Uxa, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8186897
    Abstract: A hand-held dispensing applicator comprising a source of fluid, a frangible applicator tip attached to the fluid source, and an absorbent member attached to the frangible applicator tip. 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. Adaptive embodiments allow the generation of designs applicable to a particular medical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Biomed Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Kaufman, James Brown
  • Patent number: 8167510
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes an integral fluid dispenser therein that serves to dispense a fluid into the scrubbing pad of the device to improve the cleaning effectiveness of the device. The device includes a main body with a cleaning pad attached to one side thereof, an internal motorized assembly for rotating the cleaning pad upon depressing a button provided on a side of the main body and a fluid storage region that contains a cleaning fluid. A metered dosing pump is used to dispense a measured amount of fluid from the fluid storage region to cleaning pad upon actuation by the user. Further, the dispensing action and the rotation of the pad may be controlled by the same button or by separate buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Jim F. Warner
  • Patent number: 8152400
    Abstract: A surface scrubbing device includes a pad base member that has at least one exit port with a connection structure provided on the pad base member. A surface engaging member is attached to the pad member. A storage chamber is provided within the scrubbing pad member with fluid stored therein. The storage chamber being positioned within the pad base member. A user manipulatable valve is provided in communication with the storage chamber so that depression of the button urges fluid the storage chamber through the exit port and to the surface engaging member. A wand is removably connected to the pad member via the connection means to extend the reach of the scrubbing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Jim F. Warner
  • Publication number: 20120076567
    Abstract: A portable dishwashing apparatus is easily transportable, requires a minimal amount of water, and allows for quick and easy cleansing of dishes and utensils. A base unit in communication with a water source encases both a water heater unit and a soap mixture tank. In one embodiment, the water source is a portable water holding tank. A hand unit in connection with the base unit includes a handle having a rinse extension bar and a cleaning head extension bar extending outwardly. A soap mixture exits the distal end of the cleaning head extension bar onto a cleaning head, which is used to scrub dishes. A trigger located on the hand unit controls the flow of water from the distal end of the rinse extension bar and the distal end of the cleaning head extension bar. A portable sink unit supports the base unit and water holding tank, and further includes a drain for transporting excess soap and water run-off to a used water holding tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: David Burhans
  • 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: 8123426
    Abstract: A tube-shaped cosmetics container for discharging cream-type cosmetics, and more particularly, to a tube-shaped container containing cream-type cosmetics, an intermediate member, and a cap. When the cap is opened, the discharger is opened, and when closed, the discharger is sealed, which makes the discharge of cream-type cosmetics easy. And when not in use, an intermediate member is pressed by being thread coupled, thereby the discharger is naturally sealed so that the discharge of cream-type cosmetics contained in the tube-shaped container is prevented, by which cream-type cosmetics is less wasted, and a clean state is always kept by preventing contamination of surrounding areas of the cosmetic container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Young-Kwang Byun
  • 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: 8100599
    Abstract: A surface cleaning device comprising a cleaning element, optionally with an impermeable barrier between wetting and drying parts. The cleaning element may be supported by a main body, e.g., an elongated tubular form, having at least one main body hole for fluid to flow through it to the cleaning element. An inner body has at least one inner body hole and is slideable relative to the main body, in response to finger pressure and preferably an opposing biasing means, between a neutral position and a dispensing position. In the dispensing position, the locations of the inner body and main body allow fluid to flow from the inner body hole into the main body hole. In the neutral position, a seal is formed at least in part by the fit between the inner body and the main body for substantially preventing the flow. Preferably, a stopping component limits outward movement and anti-twist features resist twisting of the inner body relative to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Raffi Guiragossian
  • Publication number: 20110318085
    Abstract: A dermis applicator having a container body and a main tubular volume has one or more applicators attached to a plastic base inserted in the main tubular volume inserted within the container body. A bottom mechanism attached to the main tubular volume rotates through a single circular ridge on the interior surface of the main container body and matching indentation about the vertical upper tube of the bottom mechanism. This bottom mechanism is moveably attached to the main tubular volume through a sliding member passing through an annular stopping location. A spiral groove interior of the bottom mechanism provides a guideway for protrusions from the sliding mechanism that match the spiral groove and make the device move upwards with user rotary action. The applicators themselves are either foam-sponge devices having a refreshing liquid. Alternatively attached to and integrated with another personal care device such as a toothbrush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Victor M. Alcocer
  • Patent number: 8002486
    Abstract: A bath sponge that is equipped with a built-in soap dispenser constructed of a sponge body that has a first cavity on one side, and a handle portion that has a second cavity for holding a quantity of liquid soap that may be in fluid communication with the first cavity when a gate is opened by operating a push button gate release device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Hong D. Tran
  • Patent number: 7988376
    Abstract: A fluid application device comprising a holder; a tube connected to the holder; and a porous fluid applicator contained within the holder wherein the holder contacts at least a portion of a bottom surface of the porous fluid applicator. The device allows the dispensing of fluid onto a target area without contacting a non-target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Thistledown Farms LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Todd
  • Patent number: 7980777
    Abstract: A pump dispenser has a large ergonomic actuator designed to ergonomically deliver a composition to a substrate in the consumer's hand without the consumer having to pick up the pump dispenser. The ergonomic design allows the composition to be delivered in a proper aspect ratio to the substrate. The composition can be delivered in such a way that the composition is not aerosolized into the air or delivered to an unintended surface. The method of delivery can be made intuitive to the consumer by providing an actuator skirt that suggests the pumping mechanism or by providing a depiction of a hand or substrate over the pump dispenser. The pump dispenser is also useful for compositions or substrates that are not stable together. The pump dispenser may have a dispensing pad that acts as the pump actuator or alternatively, may have a pump actuator that is separate from the dispensing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Timothy James Kennedy, Tami O'Connell