Including Porous Tool Through Which Material Flows Patents (Class 401/23)
  • Patent number: 9603444
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing toothbrush. In one aspect, the toothbrush comprises a body having a reservoir containing an oral care fluid therein, the oral care fluid being delivered to an applicator via capillary action. The toothbrush comprises an actuator for moving either the applicator and/or the reservoir between different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Boyd, Sharon Kennedy, Eduardo Jimenez, John J. Gatzemeyer
  • Patent number: 9554635
    Abstract: An eyeliner pencil includes two case sections each including a hollow insert in a cap, and an annular flange on the insert; a main case; a first guide member including surface protrusions; a first piercing member at an end of the first guide member; a first sponge put on the first guide member; a first core partially disposed in the first guide member; a first application head at an end of the first core and inserted through a sleeve member into the main case; a second guide member including tabs and a second core partially disposed in the second guide member; a second piercing member at an end of the second guide member; a second application head at an end of the second core; a second sponge put on the second guide member; a sleeve element put on the second guide member; and an applicator sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Li-Mei Liu
  • Patent number: 8998518
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus providing a user with the ability to perform two cleaning functions with the same apparatus. According to one aspect of the present disclosure the cleaning apparatus includes an elongated body portion having first and second ends, a first tip integral with the first operative end, the first tip including a first solution for performing a first cleaning function, and a second tip integral with the second operative end, the second tip including a second solution to the second operative end for performing a second cleaning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Audrey Muhr-Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8979409
    Abstract: A device for storing and dispensing different product possesses at least two interlocking product dispenser units each possessing a product dispensing outlet through which stored product may be selectively dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Ulrich, James Bordonaro
  • Patent number: 8967898
    Abstract: A multi-function back and body scrubber to enable a user to wash, scrub, massage and exfoliate his back and other areas of his body while taking a bath or a shower. The multi-function scrubber includes a shaft that is filled with fluid (e.g., body wash), a flexible thumb pump detachably connected to one end of the shaft, and a double-sided scrubbing head connected to the opposite end. The scrubbing head has first and second cleaning surfaces (e.g., a loofah sponge and a plurality of raised bumps) that are detachable and interchangeable with one another. When the thumb pump is squeezed, fluid is forced from the shaft to one of the cleaning surfaces of the double-sided scrubbing head. The scrubbing head is detachable from the shaft to be held in a hand of the user so that fluid can be dispensed from the shaft thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jack Dayeh
  • Publication number: 20140369734
    Abstract: An applicator is provided with a container including an internal space for storing lotion, a channel at an upper end of the container, and a projection at a lower end of the container; and an application assembly disposed on an upper end of the container and including a plurality of tubes each including a projecting applicator head at a lower end. Each tube includes two opposite cavities at a lower end and two opposite protrusions at an upper end and adapted to secure to the cavities. The applicator heads can be stacked on the upper end of the container by using the channel. A perforated disc is attached to a bottom of the projection. After the lotion is used up, a user may detach the perforated disc prior to refilling lotion into the space. Characteristics of easy use, multiple section, easy replacement, and portability can be carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yu-Wen Liao
  • Patent number: 8702636
    Abstract: A device and method for treating an ingrown nail condition is provided. The method prevents a phenol solution that is applied during a P & A procedure from coming into contact with the surrounding skin and nail bed. The device is essentially a plastic tube which comes in different lengths and widths and has a specially shaped aperture located at one end. A stick-shaped cotton applicator is inserted through the tube so as to ensure direct application of the phenol solution onto only the nail matrix. As a result, the phenol solution is prevented from coming into contact with the skin and nail bed, thereby reducing post-operative healing time, post-operative infection and post-operative pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Alan M. Stern
  • Patent number: 8690464
    Abstract: A writing instrument is disclosed that can enhance the speed and accuracy for a respondent using an optical machine response form. This writing instrument includes at least two reservoirs for dispensing two independent fluids with different optical reflectivity, whereby an application of the second fluid on top of a layer marked with the first fluid of the response form, modifies the digital response from the optical machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Amara Rahman Durham
  • Patent number: 8662775
    Abstract: A cosmetic device includes a barrel, a first transmission unit, a dispensing unit, a cover and a second transmission unit. The first transmission unit is co-rotated with the collar by rotating the mounting member to move the piston downward. The cosmetic liquid in the first room in the barrel flows out from the outlet of the dispensing unit. The mounting member is rotatable in one direction relative to the barrel by the engagement of the ratchet teeth portion of the collar and the pawl of the barrel. The reception tube of the second transmission unit is rotated to co-rotate the collar to let the rod spirally move in the inner tube to protrude the lipstick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Allen & Thomas Cosmetic Accessories Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Mei Liu
  • Patent number: 8647005
    Abstract: The paint trimmer includes a rigid base and a handle removably attachable to the base. The handle includes a bladder for storing paint. A paint applicator is associated with the base and fluidly coupled to the bladder via a manifold. Accordingly, a user may selectively dispense paint from the bladder to the paint applicator via the manifold for application to a surface to be painted. A paint mask associated with the base and offset from the paint applicator prevents paint from dispensing to undesired locations of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Arigala Painting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Gallardo
  • Publication number: 20140023423
    Abstract: A writing device can be configured to provide ink or a colored dye upon a piece of paper or other medium. Such a writing device can include a plurality of selectable writing elements, wherein one of the writing elements comprises marker device comprising an ink reservoir connected to a writing tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Branch
  • Patent number: 8534945
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus providing a user with the ability to perform two cleaning functions with the same apparatus is disclosed. According to one aspect of the present disclosure the cleaning apparatus includes an elongated body portion having first and second ends, a first tip integral with the first operative end, the first tip including a first solution for performing a first cleaning function on the electronic equipment, and a second tip integral with the second operative end, the second tip including a second solution to the second operative end for performing a second cleaning function on the electronic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Audrey Muhr-Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8240931
    Abstract: A pen/highlighter having an integral retractable tethered bookmark comprising a double-ended writing instrument having a ball point pen at a first end and a highlighter at a second end is disposable and replaceable, thereby allowing a user to refill the device with common refills comprising different color inks. A pen cap portion comprises a tethered interchangeable bookmark depicting such items as a charm, a school or corporate logo, a sports team logo, an entertainment or musical icon, among others. A thin retractable cord connects the bookmark to the device providing a retracting mechanism within the pen cap. An internal locking device secures the bookmark at a maximum extended length as well as variable partial lengths. In such a manner, the cord can be used to mark a page in a book while the bookmark hangs out of a bottom portion of said book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Ruth R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20120093562
    Abstract: A combination pen with correction marker providing a user with a writing utensil and a correction method in a single device. The combination pen with correction marker includes a tubular body, an ink cartridge housed within the tubular body, a pen tip connected to an end of the ink cartridge to dispenses an ink supply from within the ink cartridge, a twisting grip coupled with a plunger mechanism attached to an open end of said tubular body. The plunger mechanism moves the pen tip from an extended position and a retracted position when turning the twisting grip. The combination pen with correction marker further includes a correction reservoir fastened to an opposing end of the ink cartridge, which stores a supply of correction ink, and a sponge inserted within the correction reservoir wherein the sponge dispenses the supply of correction ink from the correction reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Sandra Abplanalp
  • Patent number: 8075216
    Abstract: An oral care implement may include a tufted insert and a base configured to define a cavity for housing an active insert. The active insert may comprise an active agent. The head of the oral care implement may be configured so that the active insert can be in fluid communication with a membrane or an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Bruce M. Russell, Kenneth Waguespack, Thomas J. Boyd
  • Publication number: 20110097134
    Abstract: The present invention is a class of highlighting devices that contain radiocontrast agents and a carrier medium. These devices may be used to highlight, mark, identify, or map external, but radiotransparent or radiolucent structures so that they are indicated in x-ray radiographic images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Eric Evan ALLEN, Edward G. Maliski
  • Patent number: 7611300
    Abstract: A double-head writing instrument has a barrel having a partition formed inside thereof, first and second ink-tanks provided inside the barrel so as not to communicate each other, first and second ink-retaining members connected with first and second nibs provided on an opening of the first and second ink-tanks, respectively, first and second ink reserved inside first and second ink-reservoirs, respectively. The partition is extended in an axial direction so as that the first and second ink-reservoirs overlap each other in a radial direction, and thickness C of the partition and thickness D of a side wall of the barrel connected with the partition satisfy a relation of 0.2?C/D?2.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Oike
  • Patent number: 7597496
    Abstract: A highlighter marker with a unique scent. The marker is used to highlight printed or written textual material. During the highlighting event, the unique scent evaporates from the ink. A memory link is thereby established between the unique scent and the highlighting event. Subsequently, when the cap of the highlighter marker is opened, the unique scent of the highlighter ink is detected, triggering recall of the highlighted text. A memory aid is thereby provided, which enhances the remembrance of previously highlighted material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Jonathan B. Dubinski
  • Patent number: 7575385
    Abstract: A double-head writing instrument has a barrel having a partition formed inside thereof, first and second ink-tanks provided inside the barrel so as not to communicate each other, first and second ink-retaining members connected with first and second nibs provided on an opening of the first and second ink-tanks, respectively, first and second ink reserved inside first and second ink-reservoirs, respectively. The partition is extended in an axial direction so as that the first and second ink-reservoirs overlap each other in a radial direction, and thickness C of the partition and thickness D of a side wall of the barrel connected with the partition satisfy a relation of 0.2?C/D?2.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Oike
  • Patent number: 7553100
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus providing a user with the ability to perform two cleaning functions with the same apparatus is disclosed. According to one aspect of the present disclosure the cleaning apparatus includes an elongated body portion having first and second ends, a first tip integral with the first operative end, the first tip including a first solution for performing a first cleaning function on the electronic equipment, and a second tip integral with the second operative end, the second tip including a second solution to the second operative end for performing a second cleaning function on the electronic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Audrey Muhr-Sweeney
  • Patent number: 7540680
    Abstract: A brush system including a brush body, bristles attached to the brush body, and a sponge attached to another part of the brush body. The brush system is arranged to dispense at least two of a topical numbing agent, an antiseptic, and a washing solution. The topical numbing agent is adhered to a surface of the sponge to facilitate applying the topical numbing agent if the surface of the sponge is rubbed onto another surface. The brush body may be arranged to dispense the washing solution in proximity to the bristles if a scrubbing force is applied to the bristles. A bladder may be positioned below the bristles and may be arranged to contain the washing solution. The bristles may contain a channel generally deposed within the bristles. The channels may act as a via between the solution contained within the bladder and an outside surface of the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventors: Joshua Bradley Feldman, Harriet Feldman, Howard Sutkin
  • Publication number: 20090080962
    Abstract: A writing instrument is provided. The instrument has (a) a body having opposing first and second ends, the body comprising a marking element extending from one or both ends, and (b) a sheet dispenser coupled to a first cap that is able to engage the first or the second end of the body portion, the dispenser comprising (i) a base disposed on the first cap; and (ii) a cover removably, e.g., slideably, engageable with the base, wherein the dispenser is disposed axially along a centerline of the writing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: David C. Windorski
  • 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: 7374356
    Abstract: A double-head writing instrument has a barrel having a partition formed inside thereof, first and second ink-tanks provided inside the barrel so as not to communicate each other, first and second ink-retaining members connected with first and second nibs provided on an opening of the first and second ink-tanks, respectively, first and second ink reserved inside first and second ink-reservoirs, respectively. The partition is extended in an axial direction so as that the first and second ink-reservoirs overlap each other in a radial direction, and thickness C of the partition and thickness D of a side wall of the barrel connected with the partition satisfy a relation of 0.2?C/D?2.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeru Oike
  • Patent number: 7325993
    Abstract: A device for packaging and applying a substance may include a receptacle including a body defining a first space and an opening. The first space may be configured to receive a supply of the substance. The receptacle may include a second space and a partition. The partition may have at least one orifice formed therein configured to provide flow communication between the first space and the second space. The device may include a first closure member configured to close the opening of the body, the first closure member being mounted on the body, an applicator at least partially disposed in the second space, and a second closure member configured to be removably mounted on the receptacle such that the second space is closed except for the orifice in the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: L'Oréal S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 7296943
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a baseboard of a wall may include pads and a handle. A front surface of at least one of the pads may be configured to contact a portion of the baseboard during use. A liquid dispenser may be provided to wet one or more of the pads during use. A portion of the handle may be angled to extend away from the wall and rearward from the pad during use. Top pads may be provided for cleaning a top face of the baseboard. The top pads may be vertically and horizontally adjustable relative to a holder to accommodate baseboards of various dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Yvonne Sandoval
  • Patent number: 7226227
    Abstract: A packaging and dispenser device may include: a receptacle containing a first substance; an application surface secured to the receptacle during application of the first substance; and a closure capsule configured to be removably fixed on the receptacle. The closure capsule may be configured to enable the closure capsule to be fixed on the receptacle. The packaging and dispenser device may also include at least one housing containing a second substance, the housing being suitable for opening from an end of the capsule remote from a part of the closure capsule configured to enable the closure capsule to be fixed on the receptacle, so that the second substance in the housing may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Patent number: 7217052
    Abstract: The method of oxidative dyeing of individual hair strands includes providing an applicator with a first and second compartment containing an oxidative hair dye composition and an oxidizing agent respectively and respective liquid-permeable inserts. The two compartments are provided with respective product-dispensing openings, which open next to each other into a product-dispensing area. The liquid-permeable inserts protrude somewhat beyond the product-dispensing openings and are made of spongy material, bristles, or a fabric. At least a portion of a hair strand to be dyed is wet with the oxidative hair dye composition and the oxidizing-agent-containing solution from the liquid-permeable inserts so that a reactive hair dyeing mixture is formed on the hair strand. The hair dyeing mixture is worked or massaged into the hair strand by hand. The individual hair strand may be uniformly dyed or dyed in a point-like or spot-like pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventor: Johannes Burghaus
  • Patent number: 7128485
    Abstract: The applicator (1) for applying an oxidative hair dye to human hair, especially to hair strands, has two compartments or chambers (2,3) for a liquid oxidation dye and an oxidizing agent respectively. Both the oxidation dye and the oxidizing agent are dispensed together at a product-dispensing spot or area of the applicator. The compartments (2,3) are provided with respective product-dispensing openings (5,6), which open next to each other, so that a reactive dyeing mixture is provided only outside of the applicator, especially on human hair. For improve applicability liquid-permeable inserts (7,8) made of spongy material, bristles or fabric, especially felt, are provided in the product-dispensing openings (5,6), preferably protruding from them somewhat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventor: Johannes Burghaus
  • Patent number: 6997631
    Abstract: To provide an applicator which is free from ink leakage under any usage-environmental conditions, is suitable for oil-based ink, maintains appropriate ink delivery and is produced at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Pentel Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norio Yamada, Ryusuke Ota
  • Patent number: 6991395
    Abstract: The ink control structure of a pen includes a pen body and a pen point. The interior of the pen body is an empty cavity for containing ink and the surrounding wall of the pen body is flexible and can be pinched. The inner end of the pen point joins the empty cavity via an ink supply passage. The pen point has hydraulic conductivity and can lead the ink out. The pressure-driven control valve is configured into the ink supply passage and includes a stopper end and an elastic part. The elastic part can normally push the stopper end to pressingly meet a narrow opening in the ink supply passage, thus forming a state that the ink is prevented from a flow out. While under pressure, the ink supply passage is opened to make ink flow downward to the pen point for applying or writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Tao-Tien Huang
  • Patent number: 6917854
    Abstract: A method for recognition, determination and localization of at least one arbitrary object or space and the picking up of said object, by at least on robot, in particular, a service robot, which operates independently on the base surface. The method is achieved, whereby the robot is oriented within at least one room by room co-ordinates and/or co-ordinates of arbitrary objects in the room, transmitted to the robot by at least one sensor element, in particular, a transponder or transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Wittenstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Bayer
  • Publication number: 20040136770
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cleaning apparatus providing a user with the ability to perform two cleaning functions with the same apparatus. According to one aspect of the present disclosure the cleaning apparatus includes an elongated body portion having first and second ends, a first tip integral with the first operative end, the first tip including a first solution for performing a first cleaning function on the electronic equipment, and a second tip integral with the second operative end, the second tip including a second solution to the second operative end for performing a second cleaning function on the electronic equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventor: Audrey Muhr-Sweeney
  • Patent number: 6742950
    Abstract: An applicator assembly comprises a flexible reservoir, to which are joined a pair of applicators. The latter includes a first and second applicators. The first applicator has its longitudinal axis of symmetry perpendicularly disposed relative to the flexible reservoir, respectively to its longitudinal axis, while the second applicator is coaxial with the flexible reservoir. The first and second applicators are located at opposite ends of the flexible reservoir. An arm connects the first applicator to the flexible reservoir. A pair of protective covers including a first and second protective covers is intended to slip over the pair of applicators, respectively the first and second applicators. A valve is incorporated into the flexible reservoir, so as to resist passage of a fluid contained in the latter, while letting the atmospheric air to infiltrate therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory A. Coombs
  • Publication number: 20040101346
    Abstract: The applicator assembly comprises a flexible reservoir, to which are joined a pair of applicators. The latter includes a first and second applicators. The first applicator has its longitudinal axis of symmetry perpendicularly disposed relative to the flexible reservoir, respectively to its longitudinal axis, while the second applicator is coaxial with the flexible reservoir. The first and second applicators are located at opposite ends of the flexible reservoir. An arm connects the first applicator to the flexible reservoir so, as stated before, the longitudinal axis of symmetry of the first applicator is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the flexible reservoir. A pair of protective covers including a first and second protective covers is intended to slip over the pair of applicators, respectively the first and second applicators. A valve is incorporated into the flexible reservoir, so as to resist passage of a fluid contained in the latter, while letting the atmospheric air to infiltrate therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory A. Coombs
  • Patent number: 6702497
    Abstract: A cleaning device (100) for smooth surfaces, especially for cleaning windows. The inventive cleaning device comprises a handle (1) and a contact element (10) that is mounted on one end of said handle (1) and that extends in a substantially transversal direction to the handle (1). The contact element is provided with a cleaning surface element (4) on at least the one front face thereof that contacts the surface to be cleaned. The cleaning surface element can be wetted with a cleaning liquid in a controlled manner. A zone (5) is provided behind the cleaning surface element for the distribution and temporary storage of the cleaning liquid. The handle (1) is linked with a blade element (8) that is part of the contact element. The front face of said blade element is detachably linked with a direct removing element (7) that carries the cleaning surface element (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Dieter Tien
  • Publication number: 20030231919
    Abstract: A marking pen assembly includes two or more colorant supply units and a colorant applicator detachably connected together, so that when the pen assembly is stroked along a work surface plural parallel strips of colorant are simultaneously formed on the work surface. A connecting mechanism between the colorant supply units is designed so that the units can be separated from one another and used as individual marking pens. The marking pen assembly enables the user to obtain a rainbow coloring effect with a single stroke of the pen assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventor: Allen C. Kim
  • Patent number: 6659672
    Abstract: A writing implement is provided and includes a pen element that feeds and retain ink from a writing implement body. The pen element has an ink leader, a writing part delivering ink from the ink leader portion and a viewer portion directly above with respect to the axial direction of the writing part allowing observation of the view in the writing direction. The present writing implement therefore allows easy observation of the view on the opposite side of the pen element as the pen point and allows the end point of the drawn line to be readily distinguished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Kirita
  • Publication number: 20030156884
    Abstract: A surgical scrub brush that contains a base with a narrow scrubbing head (50) extending therefrom. The base contains two sides, the first provided with bristles (52) extending outwards to form a brush, the second preferably provided with an absorbent material (60). The narrow scrubbing head (50) is provided for the effective scrubbing of the interdigital areas and web spaces of the band, and includes a dome (58). In the preferred embodiment, a shallow, rod-shaped depression (56) is further provided on the bristle profile on the main body to assume the approximate shape of one side of a finger such that the user can scrub his/her fingers effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Liat Wei Teh
  • Publication number: 20030129013
    Abstract: A multiple marker holder (10) that is designed to retain within a single molded structure a carpenter's pencil (92) and three lumber crayons (94). The marker holder (10), which is configured to resemble a Greek cross, consists of a vertical tube (12) having a rectangular or circular cross-section, a right wall(18) and a left wall (20). To the two walls is respectively attached a right horizontal tube (28) and a left horizontal tube (44). Each tube includes a set of marker support tabs (62) that grip and accessively retain the carpenter's pencil (92) and the three lumber crayons (94).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Peter D. Poulos
  • Patent number: 6588956
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus for effectively and efficiently cleaning a broad surface includes a handle member, a pivot structure attached to a distal end of the handle member, a plurality of arms extending from the pivot structure, a center pad attached to the pivot structure, a plurality of outer pads attached to a distal end of the arms, and a plurality of cover members attached to the pads. The center pad is rotatably attached to the pivot structure for allowing rotation during cleaning of a surface. The outer pads are pivotally attached to the arms for conforming to the shape of the surface being cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Frankie J. Gennuso, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030072599
    Abstract: Apparatuses using gel ink to create images, particularly, generally pen shaped stampers and markers, wherein gel ink of various types are used. The gel ink travels from an ink tip through an ink conduit to saturate the applicator. The ink tip forms the top end of the ink conduit and the applicator forms the bottom end of the ink conduit. All three components are made of a porous material that will absorb the gel ink. The apparatus using gel ink for creating images can then be used to stamp or to draw on a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Sheri Lynne Ewart
  • Publication number: 20030068189
    Abstract: The present invention comprises of a multi-channel single-tube sealed container and applicator that defines multiple channels within its body that may contain different substances in each channel and that is sealed on both ends. A score is formed at a predetermined distance from each sealed end of the multi-channel single-tube sealed container and applicator such that when the multi-channel single-tube sealed container and applicator is bent it will break open at the score discharging the substances in the channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Garry Tsaur
  • Publication number: 20030016987
    Abstract: A multicolor marker with a plurality of marking nibs that individually receive ink of different colors or shades. The nibs have marking surfaces that are elongated in one direction and can be selectively aligned end-to-end to produce a continuous line whose color changes from one nib to the next.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventor: Cynthia G. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 6491463
    Abstract: A fluid applicator system includes a container member that has a bottom wall and a perimeter wall that extend upwardly from the bottom wall. The bottom wall and the perimeter wall define an interior space. The container member has top portion coupled to the perimeter wall. The top portion has an aperture that extends therethrough. The container member is for storing a fluid to be applied. An extension member is substantially hollow and elongate. The extension member has an interior in environmental communication with the interior space of the container member. An applicator assembly is operationally coupled to the extension member such that fluid stored in the container member is flowable through the extension member to an exterior surface of the applicator assembly, the applicator assembly is for applying the fluid to skin of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Patricia A. Richard
  • Patent number: 6474887
    Abstract: An applicator with improved safety is provided. Even if the penpoint tip of the applicator has ignited, fire cannot spread over the tip holder. The applicator comprises a main body (2) forming a reservoir 3 to accommodate an occluding body (4) to occlude flammable liquid to be applied, penpoint tips (5,7), and tip holders (6,8). Each of the tip holders (6,8) is made of flame-retardant resin having an oxygen index more than 30 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Sakura Color Products Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ozu
  • Publication number: 20020154937
    Abstract: The present provides a porous plug between a reservoir and a feeder having an open space therein to store the excess liquid as the underpressure within the reservoir subsides, i.e., higher absolute pressure. That is, as excess liquid conveys through the porous plug and then to the feeder, liquid take the path of least resistance, which in this case is the open space within the feeder. As liquid enters the open space, air within the open space is displaced through larger capillaries in the feeder. The displacement of air creates an slight vacuum or underpressure within the open space itself to hold the liquid inside the open space until the underpressure within the open space rises, i.e., lower absolute pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Reza Mehrabi, Dale Harder
  • Publication number: 20020076254
    Abstract: A doublet liquid applicator device comprises two singlet liquid applicator devices held together in a side by side relationship along matching sidewalls by an outer shrink-wrap film. Each singlet liquid applicator device comprises a liquid applicator at the top end and a housing enclosing a liquid reservoir in fluid communication with the liquid applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: John Calabro, Thomas O'Shei
  • Publication number: 20020028102
    Abstract: An applicator with improved safety is provided. Even if the penpoint tip of the applicator has ignited, fire cannot spread over the tip holder. The applicator comprises a main body 2 forming a reservoir 3 to accommodate an occluding body 4 to occlude flammable liquid to be applied, penpoint tips 5, 7, and tip holders 6, 8. Each of the tip holders 6, 8 is made of flame-retardant resin having an oxygen index more than 30 per cent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ozu
  • Patent number: 6334727
    Abstract: An applicator comprises a support which is configured to allow the applicator to be engaged with a container containing a first product, in the form of a gel, cream, or liquid, and an application member on the support. The application member is capable of conveying the first product from an opening defined by the support to an application face of the said application member. The applicator further includes a lid configured to removably cover the applicator member by engaging with the support. In a closed end of the lid there is a second product, in the form of a solid cake or powder. The application face is capable, when the lid is fitted, of being pressed elastically against the second product so that the second product can be loaded onto the application face. Once the first and second products have been loaded onto the application face, the lid can be removed and the application face can be put in contact with a surface to apply the combined first and second products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret