Tool Or Tool Unit Separable From Reservoir Patents (Class 401/207)
  • Patent number: 9138871
    Abstract: A drywall sander includes a replaceable sanding pad having a layer of resilient material, and an abrasive surface. The sanding pad includes one or more edge portions that project beyond the edges of a sander head. The edges of the sanding pad can be deformed during use when the sander is used in a corner or the like to thereby prevent scuffing or other damage to adjacent orthogonal surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: EC Sander, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Craig M. Field, Jeffrey L. Trudeau
  • Patent number: 9016967
    Abstract: Applicators are described suitable for the application of liquid to patient's skin. An applicator pad (3) is supported on a support flange (23) of an applicator housing (2), which receives a liquid cartridge (5). To moderate the rush of liquid on to the back of the applicator pad a flow distributor plate (6) is positioned on the rear position of the pad (3), restricting flow onto the pad to an annular slit opening around the plate (6). The front surface of the plate (6), opposing the pad (3), may have one or more grooves so that liquid can flow from the edge towards the center. Also disclosed, as an alternative, is the use of a projecting cantilevered tongue structure to distribute liquid across the rear surface of the sponge pad. The pad may have a hooked lobe shape for a front end of the applicator pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Rieke Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Robert Law, David John Pritchett
  • Patent number: 8967901
    Abstract: A sauce brush cap for a squeeze bottle including a housing for an applicator devised to engage a threaded upper end of a squeeze bottle and having a brush with inflammable bristles to dispense sauce from the squeeze bottle onto a food item being grilled without igniting the bristles. The housing and the applicator are hollow to permit the dispensing of the sauce as well as to permit an unused portion of the sauce to return into the squeeze bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Garry Holder
  • Patent number: 8899862
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: SKM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: George Korper, Stephen Krisanda
  • Patent number: 8899859
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes a head portion having a proximal, a distal end, and an interior portion defining a fluid chamber, a container slidably coupled to the body, a sealing member sealing an end of the container, and a lifting member, wherein the lifting member is mounted in the interior portion of the head portion and an interior of the container is placed in fluid communication with the application member by way of a fluid conduit that is formed around the sealing member from the container to the fluid chamber when the container is axially translated toward the head portion and the lifting member lifts the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel Guzman
  • Patent number: 8834162
    Abstract: An edged weapon training device. The device has a handle portion for gripping by a training subject. A blade portion has at least one exposed contact portion. The contact portion includes a marking device which leaves a mark when it touches an opponent during martial arts or other edged weapon training activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Spencer P. Warn
  • Patent number: 8726966
    Abstract: An adhesive substance removing tool is provided with a cracking tool and a scrapping assembly which are removably coupled to a base. The cracking tool is used to crack the adhesive substance by forming breaking lines on the surface of the adhesive substance, and then the scrapping assembly is used to scrape off the adhesive substance by starting from the breaking lines. The combination of the cracking tool and the scraping assembly allows the user to remove adhesive substance easily and completely. Besides, the cutting assembly of the cracking tool is able to move freely both in straight-line or circular fashion, and the cracking tool can be prevented from rotating or disengaging once it is positioned in place on the base. Hence, convenience and safety of use can both be assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Liao
  • Publication number: 20130279966
    Abstract: A door handle (1) is described. The door handle (1) is adapted to apply liquid or gel (liquid/gel) to a user's hand. The handle (1) comprises a handle grip (2) and a liquid/gel reservoir (6) associated with the handle (1). A liquid/gel displacement device is arranged in the grip (2) and a non-return valve (53) is provided to allow liquid/gel to flow from the reservoir (6) to the displacement device. A hollow trigger (8) is displaceably mounted on the grip (2) and adapted to actuate the displacement device when the handle (1) is gripped for displacement of liquid/gel from the displacement device, into the trigger (8) and thence on to a hand or its digits gripping the trigger (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: PURE HOLD LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Geoffrey Roberts, Alan Michael George Meeks
  • Publication number: 20130251437
    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: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Depingo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Ling, Britt K. Norton, Jason Gerold
  • Patent number: 8491214
    Abstract: An applicator tip formed of a cup-shaped, internally threaded, cap is attached to the threaded neck of a bottle containing a liquid. A tubular spout extending from a hole in the base of the cap into the neck passes liquid through the hole into a porous pad on the base for application to a surface. A continuous, flange, surrounds the spout and is spaced uniformly inwardly of the cap threads to provide an inverted wedge-shaped annular space between the flange and the cap threads. The flange resiliently presses radially outwardly, and the cap threads press radially inwardly against the bottle neck to seal against liquid escaping over the rim of the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Econobuild.com LLC
    Inventor: Abraham Varkovitzky
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20120177433
    Abstract: An applicator tip formed of a cup-shaped cap is threadedly attached to the threaded neck of a bottle containing a liquid material such as an adhesive. A hole is formed in the center of the base of the cap. A tubular spout, connected to the base, extends into the neck and passes liquid from the bottle through the spout and hole and into a porous pad that is attached to the base and extends over the hole for application to a surface. A ring-shaped, continuous, flange, formed integral with the inner surface of the base of the cap and surrounding the spout is spaced uniformly inwardly of the interior threaded wall of the cap. The flange is formed in a wedge shape which provides an inverted wedge-shaped annular space between the flange and the threads of the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Abraham Varkovitzky
  • Publication number: 20110200383
    Abstract: The invention relates to an applicator device for a fluid including: a body topped with a head, said head having an upper plate with a substantially planar surface and having an outlet orifice to distribute the fluid, said fluid being contained in the body; and a foam applicator mounted on a support, the foam applicator including an annular groove configured to cooperate with a lateral annular protrusion belonging to said support, where the device is configured so that the lower portion of the applicator situated under the annular groove and intended to be in contact with the head is compressed when the support and the foam applicator are mounted on the head of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: FIGIE LUXEMBOURG SA
    Inventor: Gérard GIEUX
  • Patent number: 7988019
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a beverage tap plug for occupying and disinfecting, cleaning, or sanitizing a faucet opening of a beverage tap. The beverage tap plug comprises a support member supporting a resilient absorbent member. The absorbent member comprises a generally cylindrical column of absorbent material. The support member of the beverage tap plug comprises a relatively flat, disk-shaped base supporting a thin post in which the post defines a longitudinal axis with a first base end and second distal end. The post protrudes outwardly from the center of the base at the base end. Additionally, the outside diameter of the absorbent member is larger than the diameter of the diameter of the outer rim of the faucet opening. The absorbent member of the beverage tap plug is impregnated with a disinfectant, sanitizer or cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Banner Beverage Systems Company
    Inventor: James K. Groh
  • 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: 7918621
    Abstract: A tube dispenser for adhesive compositions and adhesive components is equipped with a sponge applicator device. The tube includes an upper neck body which is cylindrical with exterior threads so that the sponge applicator device may be attached. The sponge applicator device has a rigid cap portion with interior threads, a cylindrical top end having a longitudinal channel, an absorbent, porous applicator material covering the external opening of the longitudinal channel, and a lance centered within the threaded cap and coaxial with the longitudinal channel. The porous applicator material may be affixed to the external opening of the top end with an adhesive, or held in place by a snap ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Clast Trading Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Battisti
  • Patent number: 7841797
    Abstract: A device for packaging and applying a product including a container holding the product. In an example, the container has a lengthwise axis X and is provided with an applicator element designed to come into contact with a surface to be treated in order to apply the product. The applicator element is in fluid communication with the container when it is in contact with this surface to be treated. A support defines a seating for the applicator element, with the support being at least in a fixed axial position relative to the container. The device further includes a grasping element connected to the support by a resiliently deformable connecting element in a manner such that, in response to a force exerted on the applicator element when the device is being held by the grasping element, the support is able to move relative to the grasping element. In addition, the support is preferably designed to revert to its initial position when the exertion of force ceases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Delage
  • Patent number: 7811021
    Abstract: An applicator including an application face formed by a material incorporating a plurality of cells opening onto the application face via at least one emergent edge, the application face being at least partially covered by a flock coating formed from fibers, the average size of the cells being such that the surface on which the flocking fibers are placed is of a different profile from that of an envelope surface of the application face containing the emergent edges of the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 7771135
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly includes an elongated container with a shoulder configured to interface with a scrubbing assembly. The scrubbing assembly includes a support structure from which a deformable tab extends. The deformable tab is configured to cooperatively engage a recess in the container. During removal of the scrubber assembly, the deformable tab is deformed, thus aiding in the removal of the scrubber assembly from the elongated container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: The Libman Company
    Inventor: Marco Bizzotto
  • Publication number: 20100054844
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a flow-through gasket and a lower valve having a reservoir for containing a product. The flow-through gasket has at least aperture to provide a product delivery passage when the dispenser is selectively rotatable along a helical guide slot to a raised position. When the dispenser is selectively rotatable along the helical guide slot to a retracted position, the dispenser is in a stored state. In some examples, the flow-through gasket may be made of a material having elastomeric properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: HCT Asia, Ltd.
    Inventor: Timothy Thorpe
  • Patent number: 7618207
    Abstract: A device for the application of a cosmetic and/or skin care product, includes an applicator element adapted for the application of the product. According to a preferred example, the device includes a first member having an aperture through which the applicator element extends, with a first part of the applicator element presenting an application surface projecting beyond a first side of the aperture. In addition, a second member forms a recess designed to receive therein a second part of the applicator element projecting beyond a second side of the aperture, with this second side being opposite the first side. The first member is connected to the second member by a hinge designed to pivot about an axis (Y) so as to allow the first member to move relative to the second member between a first position in which the second part is immobilized or held between the two members and a second position in which the applicator element is detachable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Laure Thiebaut
  • Patent number: 7563048
    Abstract: A dispenser cap with an applicator is connected to a container and a detachable enclosure protects the applicator when the dispenser is not in use. When attached to the cap, the enclosure has a pin that blocks an opening in the cap. The container may hold any fluid material, for example, a skin care product, deodorant, paint, etc. The container may contain various means of identifying the color of paint contained therein, and only a small amount of paint is within the container. This enables a consumer to obtain a number of containers each holding a paint of a different color to apply to a test surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Platinum Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt Koptis
  • Publication number: 20090180826
    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: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Gordon Gerald Guay
  • Publication number: 20090148225
    Abstract: A system for applying texture material to a destination surface comprising a textured portion formed by a spray system and an untextured portion comprises a container and a sponge assembly. The container is flexible such that applying deliberate manual force to the container forces the texture material onto an applicator surface defined by the sponge assembly. The sponge member is resilient. When the container member is displaced along a dispensing axis towards and away from the destination surface with the applicator surface substantially parallel to the destination surface, at least a portion of the texture material on the applicator comes into contact with the untextured portion of the destination surface to transfer texture material from the applicator surface to the destination surface. At least a portion of an exposed portion of the particulate material stands out from and is visually perceptible on the untextured portion of the destination surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: HOMAX PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Lester R. Greer, JR., Randal W. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7524125
    Abstract: A liquid soap dispensing and scrubbing tool including an open-topped container for holding a predetermined quantity of liquid soap solution. The container has a circular bottom wall and a cylindrical, side wall that is connected to, and extends upwardly from, the circular bottom wall. The cylindrical, side wall is provided with external, helical threads at its top and a pair of vertically aligned openings. A C-shaped, tubular handle is connected to the first, cylindrical, side wall such that it places the pair of vertically aligned openings in fluid communication with one another. A lid is removably fastened to the top of the container. The lid has a circular, top wall with a number of spaced-apart openings for the passage of liquid soap solution from the container. A second, cylindrical, side wall is connected to, and extends downwardly from, the top wall. The second, cylindrical, side wall is provided with internal, helical threads adapted to screw onto the external, helical threads of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Hubert L. Lambert
  • Publication number: 20090003917
    Abstract: An applicator assembly includes an elongated handle terminating with a mounting head at a distal end. A buoyant hand grip engages the handle at the opposite proximal end. A support strap is attached to the handgrip. An applicator pad assembly is releasably attached to the mounting head. The applicator pad assembly is configured to releasably engage the mounting head. The handle may be extendable and locked into defined positions using locking tabs that engage corresponding locking apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Mary Heather Duncan
  • Publication number: 20080138138
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an applicator for applying a makeup composition. The applicator includes an applicator element configured to apply the makeup composition to one of nails, eyelashes, eyebrows, skin and lips, and a vibration source causing the applicator element to vibrate. The applicator is configured to be fastened onto a receptacle containing the composition to be applied, and/or further comprises a reservoir containing the composition to be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Patent number: 7377710
    Abstract: Systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Co
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent W. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Patent number: 7347639
    Abstract: An applicator dispenser (1) includes a) a receptacle (2) forming a reservoir (27) having a sidewall (20), an upper dome (22) with a plurality of orifices (24, b) a cap (3) including a head (30) and a side skirt (31), and c) an application element (4) for the powder housed between the head (30) and the element dome (22). The application element (4) is fixed to the cap (3) to form an applicator (9). It has an H/D shape factor equal to at least 1.5, so that the applicator dispenser (1, 1?) is longitudinal and has an axial direction (10), where H is the height and D denotes its maximum transverse dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Techpack International
    Inventors: Fabrice Dieudonat, Anne-Sophie Vintimiglia
  • Patent number: 7338225
    Abstract: A refillable pen has a sponge tip and dispenses paint through the tip onto a substrate to repair a blemished paint surface when the sponge tip is pressed against the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Jerri L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7318682
    Abstract: An apparatus for using liquids in bathing, to be used as a cleanser in bathing, comprises a pouf attached by a support to a squeezable container that contains a bathing liquid such as a liquid bathing detergent, a liquid soap, or either or both of these, combined with lotions or the like. When the squeezable container is squeezed, it delivers liquid from the squeezable container to the pouf to apply the liquid to the skin of the bather. A check valve admits replacement air to the squeezable container but keeps the liquid in when the squeezable container is not squeezed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Todd A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7275884
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device for applying fluids which dry and harden with exposure to ambient air, typically glues and the like. The device includes a sponge applicator. A flexible container element has a first thread for engaging a dispensing element, including the applicator. A neck portion of the container element includes a second thread on an outer surface thereof for selective engagement with a cap-like cover which encloses the sponge and prevents drying of the same during periods in which the device is not in use. The sponge includes an axially-aligned passage interconnecting directly with the neck portion, so that the squeezing of the container element transfers the dispensed fluid directly to an outer surface of the sponge for application to a treated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: K. Jacques Sassouni
  • Publication number: 20070223989
    Abstract: A dispenser assembly includes an elongated container with a shoulder configured to interface with a scrubbing assembly. The scrubbing assembly includes a support structure from which a deformable tab extends. The deformable tab is configured to cooperatively engage a recess in the container. During removal of the scrubber assembly, the deformable tab is deformed, thus aiding in the removal of the scrubber assembly from the elongated container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Applicant: The Libman Company
    Inventor: Marco Bizzotto
  • Patent number: 7264414
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a cradle (2) including generally upright sidewalls (4, 6), a handle (40) having a top and a bottom, and a plurality of sheets (30) releasably attached to the bottom of the handle (40), such that the plurality of sheets (30) faces the cradle (2). The cradle (2) can house a reservoir (14) containing a liquid product. The handle (40) is positioned by the upright sidewalls (4, 6) of the cradle (2) and is supported by the cradle (2). The liquid product can be dispensed from the reservoir (14) onto the surface of the outermost sheet (50) of the plurality of sheets (30). That sheet (50) then can be used to apply the liquid product to a surface, and can be removed and discarded after use, revealing a fresh sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent B. McReynolds, Michael C. Fryan, Douglas A. Soller
  • Patent number: 7125189
    Abstract: A device for applying a product may include a container configured to contain a product, a duct associated therewith, and an applicator. The applicator may include a side wall, a substantially closed first end defining an application surface, and an open second end. The duct may define an axis and a passage in communication with the container. A portion of the axial length of the applicator may be located around the duct. The applicator may be configured such that, when the applicator and the container are coupled together, at least one cavity is formed between a free end of the duct and an internal surface of the applicator, and at least one portion of the applicator has a thickness along a direction of the axis of the duct that is less than the thickness of the side wall in a direction substantially perpendicular to the axis of the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 7090422
    Abstract: The present invention describes systems and methods for applying or dispensing surgical prep solution. The applicator system includes a spreader element and a container of surgical prep solution. The spreader element includes a body with an orifice covered by a pad. The orifice is in fluid communication with a passage through an elongated stem connected to the body. The container may be collapsible with only limited recovery. The spreader element may include a receptacle for receiving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Baumann, Matthew T. Scholz, Robert P. Zaspel, Kent E. Lageson, Claude E. Cybulski
  • Patent number: 7033099
    Abstract: “ARRANGEMENT APPLIED IN PACKAGE”, notably to hold a liquid, colored specific to recover the esthetics of threads, or mortar surfaces between ceramic pieces, or even internal and external areas of buildings in general, including facades; characterized by a plastic tube (1) ergonomically designed, being equipped with a threaded nozzle (2), preferably of rigid PVC, which receives highly-resistant wedge-shaped foam (7); the plastic tube (1) has a lower cylindrical part (3), an intermediate cone-shaped trunk region (4), a substantially cylindrical upper segment (5) followed by an inverted cone-shaped trunk terminal (6), to finally reach the threaded nozzle (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Antonio Sergio Moutinho
  • Patent number: 7004659
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing solution on toilet paper includes a container. A pump assembly is adapted for selectively pumping a fluid outwardly out of the container. An actuator panel is attached to a top side of the pump assembly. A fluid receiving housing includes a lower wall, an upper wall and a resiliently collapsible perimeter wall. The upper wall has a plurality of holes extending therethrough. The actuator panel is positioned within the housing and the pump extends downwardly through the bottom wall. The upper wall may be selectively positioned toward the lower wall to actuate the pump such that fluid may be drawn outwardly of the container and into the housing. A coupler attaches the housing to the container. Toilet paper may be positioned on an outer surface of the upper wall such that fluid expelled through the holes is positioned on the toilet paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Avery Goodman
  • Patent number: 6908247
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a golf ball cleaning apparatus that is adapted to be worn on the belt of a user. The apparatus permits its wearer to easily clean a golf ball at any point during a round of golf. The apparatus includes a water tight container with a slidable tray storing a sponge. A serrated edge is also included upon the tray to remove build-up upon a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: David P. Gomez
  • Patent number: 6893181
    Abstract: The nib is constituted by a segment of a coherent, elongate element of high porosity material, with at least a first end shaped to form a writing tip. The pores and/or capillaries of said material are blocked over a limited thickness e in particular in the range 0.01 mm to 1 mm, at the longitudinal outer periphery of the elongate element, with the exception of the first end forming a writing tip. In a first variant, blocking is obtained by a sealing agent and performed by continuously impregnating the elongate element with a sealing bath, and setting the agent. In a second variant, the nib is constituted by sintered microbeads and blocking is obtained by localized hot-melting of the microbeads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: CONTE
    Inventors: José Duez, Vincent Bedhome, Philippe Chavatte
  • Patent number: 6883994
    Abstract: A cleansing device comprising a mesh body, a cavity attached to the mesh body, the cavity comprising a pouch for holding a personal care product in the cavity such that the personal care product is transferred to at least a portion of the mesh body when the cleansing device is used. The personal care product is one or more beads filled with soap or lotion. The cleansing device may comprise a second cavity attached to the mesh body, the second cavity comprising a second pouch for holding a personal care product in the cavity such that the personal care product is transferred to at least a portion of the mesh body when the cleansing device is used. The pouch preferably has an elastic opening such that the person care product may be replaced when it has been used up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Sheryl Grogg
  • Patent number: 6851881
    Abstract: A scrub brush with a handle by which the user grips the brush, a two-part scrubber portion which provides the scrubbing action, and a connecting staff between the handle and the scrubber. The scrubber may be of bristles, springy plastic mesh, rag-like or sponge material. The scrubber is designed so that a portion of the scrubber furthest from the handle can be compressed into a small diameter cylindrical shape of such dimension that a suitably sized ring of solid cleaning agent can pass over the compressed scrubber portion. When the compressed scrubber portion is released from its restraint, it expands to the original shape and size, thereby confining the ring of solid cleaning agent between the two scrubber portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Slaboden
  • Patent number: 6851880
    Abstract: A coating tool and a coating set including such a coating tool can uniformly and reliably apply protection liquid onto the recording surface of a recording medium so as to avoid problems of uneven application and uncoated areas. The coating tool comprises a protection liquid absorbing member for absorbing and holding protection liquid. The protection liquid absorbing member is formed to show a density not less than 30 kg/m3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6848852
    Abstract: A device is provided for supplying one or several active substances to a cleaning device and makes use of a retaining device against which the active substance lies upon or is connected thereto such that the active substance is held by the retaining device. The retaining device is affixable to a conventional cleaning device, preferably one as used in sanitary and/or hygienic fields. The inventive retaining device comprises a receiving area preferably configured as a single-piece ring and connected by means of a coupling section to a fixing area which is affixed to the cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Winfried Engert
  • Publication number: 20040261207
    Abstract: A device with a squeegee configuration and an absorbent material positioned between protruding squeegee walls for treating a working surface with wiping edges of the squeegee configuration and the absorbent material is disclosed. A device, in accordance with the invention, comprises a curved squeegee and means for coupling the curved squeegee to a spray nozzle for wiping the working surface with edges of the curved squeegee and spray the working surface with the spray nozzle. A system, in accordance with the invention, comprises a vacuum source, a liquid source and an applicator head with squeegees and apertures wherein a portion the apertures are configured to couple the vacuum source and draw a vacuum on a working surface and a second portion of the apertures are configured to couple to the liquid source and deliver a liquid to the working surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: James A. Gavney
  • Patent number: 6773194
    Abstract: A soap-dispensing scrubber has a base with a sponge on one side and a reservoir on the other side. The reservoir has an open-ended wall that rotates between a dispensing position, a closed position, and a removable position. In the closed position, a sealing surface closes a soap aperture in the base. Ridges are used to hold the base and the reservoir together. A projection and a recess on the ridges prevent inadvertent rotation of the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Libman Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Libman, Marco Bizzotto
  • Patent number: 6746165
    Abstract: An applicator device for applying product to at least one section of hair includes an elastically deformable component, a reservoir for the product, and a slot at least partially defined by the elastically deformable component. The slot is bounded by edges and is configured to receive a section of hair between the edges. The slot comprises a first slot portion lying in a first plane and at least one second slot portion lying in a second plane different from the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Vincent de Laforcade
  • Patent number: 6688795
    Abstract: A product package includes a disposable applicator pad assembly. The applicator pad assembly has a porous foam pad with an elastomer strip bonded to the perimeter of the pad. The elastomer strip is compressed between a retaining ring and the package to impermeably secure the pad assembly to the package. A cap is provided to cover the applicator pad. A sealing skirt depending from the cap is dimensioned to contact an inner annular portion of the strip in sealing engagement to prevent evaporation and to protect the applicator pad and package contents from contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: E-L Management Corp.
    Inventors: Christophe Jacob, Herve F. Bouix
  • Patent number: RE38440
    Abstract: A writing instrument having an elongated barrel comprised of an outer portion and an inner portion, rotatable relative one to the other. The point or writing tip is fixed to the barrel inner portion, disposed at an angle to, and may be offset from, the centerline of the barrel outer portion. The barrel inner portion is caused to rotate and move axially relative to the barrel outer portion by pressure on the writing instrument, or weights attached to the barrel inner portion, to bring the point into desired alignment during the writing process. Further pressure on the point or writing tip causes the barrel inner portion to move to a rearwardmost position at which rotation of the point or writing tip is impeded by a gripping structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Berol Corporation
    Inventors: William P. Dowst, Edward J. Mangan, Roy Nicoll