With Flow-regulator Patents (Class 401/270)
  • Patent number: 9066581
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a releasable sensory material that invokes a sensory response when in contact with tissues or surfaces of a mouth of a user. In one embodiment, an element is provided that is visually indicative of the sensory response. The oral care implement may also include a soft tissue cleaner provided with the sensory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Chi Shing Wong, Wen Jin Xi, James Herbert Kemp, Al Aquanza Sprosta
  • Publication number: 20150003891
    Abstract: The hydrogen peroxide toothbrush is a hand-held teeth cleaning instrument. The instrument has a removable twist-in-place bottom container that is filled with hydrogen peroxide. Once the twist-in-place container is filled with hydrogen peroxide, the flexible hose is inserted into the bottom container. Then, the bottom container is attached to the top container. The attachment is accomplished by, twisting the bottom container, in a circular motion, so the bottom and top container fit tightly together. Next, by pushing the pump trigger with a finger, hydrogen peroxide will get sucked through the flexible hose, through the inner firm hose, to the multi punctured foam tray nozzle, allowing the hydrogen peroxide to be effectively applied to teeth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Garvin
  • Patent number: 8888395
    Abstract: A scrub brush includes a channel at least partially through the body, a first end and a second end, including a brush head receiving portion adjacent the first end. A brush head is positioned adjacent the first end, the brush body including a handle portion adjacent the second end. The handle portion may include an actuator, a reservoir adapted to receive a liquid cleaner, a pump, the pump actuated by the actuator. Actuation of the actuator delivers liquid cleaner from the reservoir to the brush head for scrubbing/cleaning. At least a portion of the handle portion preferably contains a transparent window adapted to show the contents of the reservoir. A hanging flange is provided having an opening formed along the spine of the body of the brush adjacent the brush head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne M. Hinnant
  • Patent number: 8876422
    Abstract: An airless pump includes a storage unit having inner and outer shells. A head is fastened to the storage unit, wherein the head has a fastening groove and a nozzle. An application unit has the form of a brush and is fastened into the fastening groove so as to allow the content to be applied onto the skin. An airless pump is provided inside the head and connects the storage unit and the nozzle. The airless pump converts the direction of power that has been produced when an operation button is pushed, from the horizontal direction to the vertical direction in order to pump the content from the inner shell. A nozzle opening/closing unit is disposed between the airless pump and the nozzle in order to open/close the nozzle in the same stroke as an operation of the airless pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toly Korea, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun-Kuk Lim
  • Patent number: 8851781
    Abstract: A brush, in particular a toothbrush, comprising a head part with a cleaning structure featuring bristles, a hand part and a neck part, and a cavity located in the head or neck part comprising at least one outlet opening for an active substance. In one embodiment, the cavity incorporates an active substance element, which contains the active substance in a carrier material and releases said substance in a controlled manner when it comes into contact with water. In another embodiment, the cavity is adapted to the shape of an active substance element by means of defined external contours. The volume of the cavity is preferably 1-2 times and no more than 4 times greater than the volume of the active substance element, ensuring that the latter is preferably surrounded by water during use. This allows the active substance to be effectively metered and ensures the brush is easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Trisa Holding AG
    Inventors: Armin Bartschi, Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 8851782
    Abstract: A brush includes a substrate, a number of brush bristles, a storage bag, and a pushing element. The substrate includes a main body and a handle extending from the main body. The main body has a first loading surface supporting the brush bristles. The first loading surface defines a through hole. The main body defines a first receiving groove communicating with the though hole. The handle has a second loading surface, and defines a second receiving groove communicating with the first receiving groove. The second receiving groove passes through a portion of the second loading surface adjacent to the first receiving groove. The storage bag receives paste, and is received in the second receiving groove and partially extends into the first receiving groove to communicate with the through hole. The pushing element squeezes the storage bag to make the paste flow into gaps between the brush bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shao-Kai Pei
  • Patent number: 8834055
    Abstract: A device for cleaning debris from a target surface. The device has a sole plate with permanent bristles and a removable/replaceable pad. The device also has a replaceable, on-board supply of cleanser. The pad/cleanser may be replaced when depleted and replaced with a new pad/cleanser or may simply be replaced with a new pad/cleanser when that pad/cleanser is more suitable for a particular cleaning task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hirotaka Uchiyama, Mimi Gizaw Daniel, Glenn Allen Bradbury, David William Schuller, Agnes Elaine Wells, Michelle Lynn Borman, Aaron Fredrick Dubas, Adam Robert-George Shafer
  • Publication number: 20140219705
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cosmetic application device that includes a base member having a first surface, a second surface, and a bore there between; a powder flow conduit; a brush member; a clip; a middle body; an o-ring; a variable flow mechanism; a cartridge having a first end and a second end; and an end cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: SPF Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Susan Posnick
  • Patent number: 8777058
    Abstract: A pouch has an upper spout portion which is heat sealed to the opening of the pouch. The upper spout portion has two curved gripping elements and a receiving assembly that projects inside the pouch. The receiving assembly is configured to connect with a bellows pump that seats into the upper spout portion and can be removed by pinching the two curved gripping elements together. This action in turn allows a user to remove the bellows pump easily as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijkle Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Haefele, Christian Mikula
  • Patent number: 8763616
    Abstract: A multisurface cleaning tool having a tapering head and a hollow handle contiguous with the head that constitutes a reservoir capable of holding flowable material. A pump actuated dispenser is in communication with the reservoir and permits user actuated expression of flowable material from within the reservoir. A cover is applied to and covers at least a portion of the head. In one embodiment, the cover is a microfiber pouch with an elasticized perimeter, which permits the pouch to be fitted over the cleaning tool head. In another embodiment, a portion of the cover is an integrally formed abrasive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Kurt Koptis, David McGovern, Bruce Bodlak
  • Patent number: 8740490
    Abstract: Dentifrice dispensing electrical toothbrush comprising a driver-pump head with a dispensing platform, a replaceable brush unit and a handle having a battery and a cartridge containing dentifrice material. The replaceable brush unit includes a oscillatory brush element and a brush element having a circular or an elongated spout opening as well as a snap-on mounting bracket for fastening to the driver-pump head. The dispensing platform contains a flow channel and a self-sealing spout to prevent drying of the dentifrice material at the spout. The self-sealing spout opens and closes automatically during a pumping action. The brush element with a spout opening is detachably mounted over the spout fixed on the dispensing platform to allow for brush oscillation around the spout and receive the dentifrice material dispensed from the flow channel. Different drive mechanisms are used to impart rotary, lateral or longitudinal oscillation on a brush element in a brush unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140133896
    Abstract: A reaction and delivery implement that includes a handle configured for user manipulation, a head having a plurality of agent housing regions, the first agent housing region housing a first agent and the second agent housing region housing a second agent, the first and second agents being different. The head is configured to facilitate both prevention of intermixing of the first and second agents in a storage position as well as reaction of the first and second agents through intermixing in a delivery position so as to produce and apply a third agent to a contacted surface when in the delivery position. The reaction and delivery implement may be an oral care implement such as a toothbrush. The implement may also be motorized and may be used with a wide array of reactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventor: James H. Kemp
  • Patent number: 8684619
    Abstract: A device for cleaning debris from a target surface. The device has a sole plate with permanent bristles and a removable/replaceable pad. The device also has a replaceable, on-board supply of cleanser. The pad/cleanser may be replaced when depleted and replaced with a new pad/cleanser or may simply be replaced with a new pad/cleanser when that pad/cleanser is more suitable for a particular cleaning task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Hirotaka Uchiyama, Mimi Gizaw Daniel, Glenn Allen Bradbury, David William Schuller, Agnes Elaine Wells, Michelle Lynn Borman, Aaron Fredrick Dubas, Adam Robert-George Shafer
  • Patent number: 8662781
    Abstract: The invention provides cleaning implements that include head components comprising cleaning surface components and cleaning material support components. The cleaning material support components typically include cleaning material receiving areas that communicate with the cleaning surface components. Cleaning material receiving areas are generally configured to receive cleaning materials that are movable to and/or from the cleaning material receiving areas to extend over at least portions of the cleaning surface components. The invention also provides cleaning material components that include cleaning material support structures and cleaning materials. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher C. Sappenfield
  • Publication number: 20140037364
    Abstract: The invention concerns a brush for metered application of a cosmetic or pharmaceutical liquid with a configuration from a number of at least essentially parallel-arranged bristles, which are grouped around a configuration center, in which the bristles are molded onto a bristle support, the configuration having an outer configuration area enclosing the configuration center in the peripheral direction, in which the bristle density is higher than in the inner configuration area enclosed by the outer configuration area and/or whose bristles are finer than the bristles of the inner configuration area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: GEKA GMBH
    Inventors: Karl Hartstock, Gudrun Thierer, Dieter Wolfsgruber, Christina Zech, Rainer Kemnitzer
  • Patent number: 8632269
    Abstract: An oral care instrument includes at least one oral care agent. In one embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided on one or more surfaces of the oral care instrument or included within cavities within the head or in one or more surfaces of a head. In other embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided in or on a thin slab subsequently bonded onto a surface, or applied as a stable coating. The oral care instrument can also be provided with a wear indicator. The oral care agents can be released during one use, during multiple uses, or throughout the life of the instrument. Water, oral secretions and/or chemicals within the mouth can activate the oral care agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Bruce M. Russell, Van Canady, Steven M. Sorrel, Candi Rancel, Heng Cai, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Eduardo J. Jimenez
  • Patent number: 8632268
    Abstract: A reaction and delivery implement (100) that includes a handle (103) configured for user manipulation, a head (102) having a plurality of agent housing regions (120,130), the first agent housing region (120) housing a first agent and the second agent housing region (130) housing a second agent, the first and second agents being different is described. The head is configured to facilitate both prevention of intermixing of the first and second agents in a storage position as well as reaction of the first and second agents through intermixing in a delivery position so as to produce and apply a third agent to a contacted surface when in the delivery position. The reaction and delivery implement may be an oral care implement such as a toothbrush. The implement may also be motorized and may be used with a wide array of reactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventor: James H. Kemp
  • Publication number: 20130330116
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions suitable for use with an oral care implement. The compositions provide improved sensory appeal, and comparable reduction in volatile sulfur compounds and antibacterial activity to advanced formula toothpaste formulations. The compositions include a high percentage of antibacterial agent and flavoring, when compared to conventional toothpastes, and some mouth washes formulations, such that only minor amounts of the composition can be delivered to the oral care implement to provide improved reduction in volatile sulfur compounds, antibacterial efficacy, and optionally a cooling sensation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Sarita Mello, Madhusudan Patel, Sharon Kennedy, Thomas Boyd, Evangelia S. Arvanitidou, James R. Brown, Suman Chopra
  • Patent number: 8573875
    Abstract: The invention relates to an applicator for a fluid product such as a cosmetic product, of the type including: a container (101) having an outlet, a control ring (133) which is mounted to the container such that it can move between a closed position in which it seals the outlet and an open position in which it opens the outlet, and an application member (155) which is mounted to the control ring such as to communicate with the outlet when the ring is in the open position. The control ring is rotatably mounted to the container, abutment means (129, 135) being provided in order to stop the travel of the ring towards the closed position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Figie Luxembourg S.A.
    Inventors: Gerard Gieux, Franck Le Crosnier
  • Patent number: 8556530
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a releasable sensory material that invokes a sensory response when in contact with tissues or surfaces of a mouth of a user. In one embodiment, an element is provided that is visually indicative of the sensory response. The oral care implement may also include a soft tissue cleaner provided with the sensory material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Chi Shing Wong, Wen Jin Xi, James Herbert Kemp, Al Aquanza Sprosta
  • Patent number: 8550738
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: HCT Asia Ltd
    Inventors: Timothy Thorpe, Luis Alviar
  • Patent number: 8544481
    Abstract: A disposable tooth care system including: a toothbrush and floss assembly having a toothbrush having a proximate end and a distal end; a handle; a pouch located in the inner volume, the pouch is flexible and contains toothpaste; a floss spool comprising a wound-length of dental floss; and an axle. The handle includes; an outer surface; an inner volume; and a forked end; a neck; a head with at least one dispensing aperture; bristles; and a button. The toothbrush and floss assembly comprises the toothbrush; the pouch located in the inner volume of the handle of the toothbrush; the floss spool carried by the axle rotatable in the forked end, the axle fixed to the handle within the forked end, the forked end located at the proximate end of the toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Gloria Smith, Alanna Smith-Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8540448
    Abstract: A fluid-dispensing power toothbrush which includes a handle portion with a housing, a head portion and a fluid delivery system. The fluid delivery system includes a fluid reservoir and a fluid pump which are positioned to extend substantially along an outer surface of the housing of the handle portion. A cover member is pivotally attached to the housing and is configured to overlay and mate with a portion of the housing to form the exterior surface of a lower portion of the toothbrush when the cover member is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Greene, Friedrich Stoeffler
  • Patent number: 8534949
    Abstract: A toothbrush having brush means and a means to support the brush means; and a one or two part therapeutic tooth treatment composition which becomes activated when wet incorporated on the brush means or within the toothbrush means to support the brush means in a manner such that the composition remains inactive during storage and is only activated when contacted with water or saliva; and a method comprising brushing a tooth with the toothbrush so that the brush means become wet with saliva, optionally wetting the brush means with water immediately prior to brushing a tooth, and the composition becomes activated to form a therapeutic composition to provide remineralization, whitening, and/or fluoridation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: MYCONE Dental Supply, Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Larry W Steffier, George M Lein
  • Patent number: 8517728
    Abstract: An oral care implement has a head portion with tooth cleaning elements on one surface thereof and a reservoir containing at least one active agent. A capillary channel extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver active agent(s) to one or more outlets. In one aspect, a vibration-producing device is provided to vibrate at least a portion of the implement to enhance the function of tooth cleaning elements and the delivery of the active agent through capillary action. A variety of active agents can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Thomas J. Boyd, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Bruce M. Russell
  • Patent number: 8506197
    Abstract: A first apparatus includes a base, a plurality of stems, each stem having a first end retained by the base and a second end opposite the first end. Each stem is movable between a withdrawn position and an extended position with respect to the base, such that the second end projects from the base when the stem is in the extended position. Flexible tips are attached respectively to the second ends of the stems. A second apparatus includes a storage vessel, a cup dimensioned to receive the flexible tips of the first apparatus, and a dispensing mechanism linking the storage vessel to the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Howard Beaty, Payton Autrey Morrison, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8506195
    Abstract: The sanitized brush, with skin powder, is retained in a sanitization system. The neck brush handle has a powder chamber, a bristle face with outwardly extending bristles and a powder input port. A portion of the powder chamber wall is flexible and a movable actuator depresses the flex-wall, compresses the size of the chamber and forces powder from an exit port on the bristle face. The sanitization system includes a brush stand holding the brush above a UV lamp. A sensor determines when the brush is on the stand and a timer is triggered ON controlling the lamp and counts down OFF. Additional features include: a base supporting the stand above the UV lamp; a rechargeable battery; an on-hook brush sensor (mechanical or optical); and a removable cover with a transparent segment to visually confirm lamp ON condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Ricky Diaz
  • 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: 8408833
    Abstract: A brush, in particular a toothbrush, including a head part with a cleaning structure with bristles, a handle part and a neck part, a cavity with at least one outlet opening for an active substance being located in the head or neck part. In one embodiment, the cavity incorporates an active substance element, which contains the active substance in a carrier material and releases the substance in a controlled manner when it comes into contact with water. The cavity may be adapted to the shape of an active substance element by means of defined external contours. The volume of the cavity is preferably 1-2 times and no more than 4 times greater than the volume of the active substance element, ensuring that the latter is preferably surrounded by water during use. This allows the active substance to be effectively metered and ensures the brush is easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Trisa Holding AG
    Inventors: Armin Bartschi, Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 8408157
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, an apparatus for painting a work surface including a handle housing. A disposable painting module is configured to be removably engaged with the handle housing. The painting module includes a paint applicator configured to be removably engaged with the handle housing. The paint applicator is configured to apply paint to the work surface. A paint reservoir is fluidly coupled with the paint applicator and is configured to be removably engaged with the handle housing. An urging mechanism is coupled to the handle housing and configured to interact with the paint reservoir to substantially uniformly discharge the paint from the paint reservoir and supply the paint to the paint applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Depingo, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy Ling
  • Patent number: 8398325
    Abstract: An oral care implement (1) includes a head (12), a handle (10), a neck portion (11) connecting the head and the handle, and a reservoir (15) which contains at least one active agent. The implement has an activator (22) for activating a delivery device which delivers the active agent to one or more outlets (50). A powered delivery device (18) disposed in the head to deliver a liquid from the reservoir via the outlet. A wide variety of types of active agents may be administered at appropriate and accurate doses for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Donghui Wu, John P. Rouse, John Gatzemeyer, Sharon Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8376643
    Abstract: An oral care instrument includes at least one oral care agent. In one embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided on one or more surfaces of the oral care instrument or included within cavities within the head or in one or more surfaces of a head. In other embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided in or on a thin slab subsequently bonded onto a surface, or applied as a stable coating. The oral care instrument can also be provided with a wear indicator. The oral care agents can be released during one use, during multiple uses, or throughout the life of the instrument. Water, oral secretions and/or chemicals within the mouth can activate the oral care agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Bruce M. Russell, Steven M. Sorrel, Candi Rancel, Heng Cai, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Eduardo J. Jimenez, Barbara Canady
  • Patent number: 8342767
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispensing toothbrush includes a handle, a brush head section, and a plunger assembly passed through a proximal opening of the handle and rotatably interfitted within a threaded axial bore. A body of toothpaste is attached to the plunger assembly wherein a leading portion of the toothpaste body is linearly ingressed into the brush head section when the plunger assembly is rotated along a first arcuate direction defined about a centrally oriented longitudinal axis of the threaded axial bore. In this manner, a trailing portion of the toothpaste body is retracted from the outlet and returned upstream along the brush head section when the plunger assembly is rotated along a second arcuate direction defined about the centrally oriented longitudinal axis. The first arcuate direction is opposite to the first arcuate direction so that the plunger assembly can be rotated in clockwise and counter directions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Joy P. Sylvester
  • Patent number: 8328452
    Abstract: The combination of a power toothbrush and an oral fluid, in which the oral fluid has the characteristic of changing viscosity, depending upon the action of a workpiece element portion, such as a flexible membrane, of the power toothbrush. The power toothbrush has two operating conditions. In one condition, the membrane moves toward and away from the teeth at a speed such that the fluid is liquid and flows easily to and around the teeth, including the interproximal regions. In the second condition, the membrane is moved at a significantly higher speed, in response to which the viscosity of the fluid increases substantially, having a shear rate at least as great as necessary to remove biofilm from the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.A.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Grez, Michiel Allan Aurelius Schallig
  • Patent number: 8277138
    Abstract: A moveable machine to rapidly apply and cure thin layers of a UV curable coating on a surface such as a floor. The machine has an applicator to apply a thin curable coating in a path following the direction of motion of the machine. The machine also has UV lamps to cure the curable coating with a curing beam that overlaps newly applied coating. The UV lamps emit an intense UV radiation beam creating an annular cure zone around the applicator path. Movement of the machine along with the ensuing movement of the applicator and rotating UV lamps causes the applied curable coating to be exposed to the annular cure zone and cured. This rapid curing of applicator coating paths allows the machine to be immediately passed over the cured area multiple times and rapidly build up multiple thin cured layers to achieve a thick coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Adastra Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: George Wakalopulos
  • Patent number: 8276538
    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: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Depingo, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Ling, Britt K. Norton, Jason Gerold
  • Patent number: 8256979
    Abstract: An application substance reservoir for a toothbrush is provided. The reservoir has a data carrier and may be filled with toothpaste or another application substance. An electric toothbrush is also provided. The data carrier of the application substance reservoir may contain, for example, information regarding the prevailing filling level of the application substance reservoir and the type of application substance. The electric toothbrush has a data receiver for reading the data stored in the data carrier, a data transmitter for writing to the data carrier, and a control unit which may display the filling level in the application substance reservoir or the particular application substance used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Hilscher, Christian Neyer
  • Patent number: 8240936
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a head and a plurality of cleaning elements for enhanced cleaning of the teeth and soft tissue of the oral cavity. One tooth cleaning element has a plurality of bristles adapted to clean teeth. Another cleaning element is connected to the head and has structure defining a channel. The channel is configured to direct fluid in contact with the head toward an edge of the head when the implement is moved. The head also defines a reservoir that is configured to receive a dentifrice therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Joe Vazquez, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Thomas J. Boyd, Rensl Dillon, Gary Gerard Bredael, Craig Anthony Hidalgo, Alexander James Sinton, Thomas John Powers
  • 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: 8210765
    Abstract: A brush having a body with scrubbing means (6), a compartment for washing liquid and a channelling means (18) is provided. The brush has first (12) and second apertures for fluid communication between surfaces of the brush and the compartment The brush is particularly suitable for cleaning of non-horizontal surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Danbrush Aps.
    Inventor: Søren J. Larsen
  • Patent number: 8205293
    Abstract: A steam mop having a main body having a boiler with a water inlet and a steam outlet positioned therein, a pump having an inlet and an outlet with the pump outlet connected to the boiler inlet, a water container for storing water connected to the pump inlet, and a steam pocket frame connected to the steam outlet, where the activation of the pump pumps water from the water container to the boiler for generation of steam. In an embodiment of the invention, a steam mop having a main body with a boiler, a water container, a mechanical water pump between the boiler and container and at least one side arm connecting the boiler steam outlet to a fabric steam pocket frame. The water pump is actuated by movement of the mop when cleaning to send water to the boiler. The steam pad frame is substantially rectangular with a plurality of baffles in a square grid formation extending outwardly to distribute steam to distribute steam between the baffles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: Maximilian Rosenzweig, Vrdoljak Ognjen
  • Patent number: 8206051
    Abstract: A cosmetic-containing applicator. The applicator is mounted, at its tip end, with an applicator body in which a flange-shaped engagement part is formed at an outer periphery at a rear end of a fiber bundle, comprising an accommodating part accommodating liquid cosmetics, a tip casing mounted on a tip end side of the accommodating part and formed with an insertion hole in which the applicator body (30) is mountable, a guiding part for guiding the cosmetics from the accommodating part to the applicator body, and a reduced-diameter part formed as an inwardly facing flange and reducing in diameter between the insertion hole and the guiding part. The reduced-diameter part is divided into claw-shaped holding pieces by slits, and its smallest-diameter part has a diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the engagement part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Kabushikikaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Sakurai, Mitsuru Endou, Tetsuaki Akaishi, Hiroaki Koyama, Masaaki Morita
  • Patent number: 8186898
    Abstract: A plural nozzle cleaning implement. The nozzles are oriented inwardly, to provide a converging spray pattern. The converging spray pattern provides more coverage of the target surface, which increases residence time of fluid sprayed onto debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Glenn Allen Bradbury, Keith David Fanta
  • Patent number: 8177452
    Abstract: A nail polish container includes an outer barrel having a dispense nozzle and a detachable refill container. The dispense nozzle includes a brush and a dispense tube seat mounted therein. The refill container contains therein a liquid content and has a top mouth receiving therein a volume-regulating valve seat and a tubular sleeve. When the refill container is fit into the outer barrel, a dispense tube of the dispense tube seat is inserted into the valve seat, whereby depression of the refill container may cause the valve to open to allow the nail polish contained in the refill container to flow, in a volume-regulated manner, to the brush for performing application of the nail polish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Yi Li Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120099919
    Abstract: A dispensing toothbrush includes a hollow handle. Toothpaste is positioned within the handle. A piston is positioned within the handle below the toothpaste. A brush is affixed to the top of the handle. The brush has an internal channel in fluid communication with the handle that provides a way for toothpaste to exit the toothbrush. A ball valve is positioned within the channel for preventing toothpaste from inadvertently leaking from the toothbrush. A thumbscrew is rotatably secured to the handle. The thumbscrew includes a threaded rod positioned within the handle. The threaded rod is threadably engaged with the piston. A knob is affixed to the bottom of the threaded rod and is positioned outside of the handle. Rotating the knob causes the piston to be driven upwardly so as to push toothpaste from the handle, past the ball valve, and from the brush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Herman Desbrunes
  • Publication number: 20120099920
    Abstract: A multifunctional cleaner comprises a water inlet pipe and a water flow conversion valve forming a flow line with the water inlet pipe. A nozzle and a brush are provided at a front end of the water flow conversion valve. The nozzle and the brush are provided with a nozzle water outlet and a brush water outlet respectively. A water sealing member and a water flow conversion core are provided inside the water flow conversion valve. A first connecting opening and a second connecting opening communicating with the nozzle water outlet and the brush water outlet respectively are provided on the water flow sealing member. A nozzle water outlet and a brush water outlet are provided on the water flow conversion core. Communication and discommunication between the nozzle water inlet and the first connecting opening as well as between the brush water inlet and the second connecting opening are established by clockwise and anticlockwise turning of the water flow conversion core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Desheng WANG
  • Patent number: 8142094
    Abstract: A floor mop for cleaning a surface by wet mopping in which the mop has a spray nozzle mounted in the mop head. There is a handle connected to the mop head by a universal joint. A cloth is removably mounted on the under surface of the mop head for easy replacement when it is soiled or worn out. A fluid tank is mounted in the mop head. A pump is connected to the fluid tank. A wireless signal generator is mounted on the handle for sending a wireless signal to a receiver in the mop head for activating the pump for spraying fluid onto the surface to effect wet mopping when the wireless signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Bryan Kaleta, Mark Kaleta
  • Publication number: 20120034018
    Abstract: The Grout Sealer Applicator is a plastic wand type tool used to apply grout sealer. The applicator wand can be attached to the end of a chemical sprayer trigger. The applicator has a long tubular body with an angled brush at one end and a connection nut on the other. The applicator shaft is hallow, allowing grout sealer to flow from the nut end, through the shaft and into the brush. The grout sealer applicator gives the user the ability to apply sealer directly onto the grout surface in a standing position. The Grout Sealer Applicator is a wand type tool used to apply grout sealer. The applicator wand can be attached to the end of a compression sprayer trigger. The applicator has a long tubular body with an angled brush at one end and a connection nut on the other. The applicator shaft is hallow, allowing grout sealer to flow from the nut end, through the shaft and into the brush. The grout sealer applicator gives the user the ability to apply sealer directly onto the grout surface in a standing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Eric James Freeman
  • Patent number: 8109686
    Abstract: A brush, in particular a toothbrush, including a head part with a cleaning structure that with bristles, a hand part and a neck part, a cavity with at least one outlet opening for an active substance being located in the head or neck part. In one embodiment, the cavity incorporates an active substance element, which contains the active substance in a carrier material and releases the substance in a controlled manner when it comes into contact with water. In another embodiment, the cavity is adapted to the shape of an active substance element by means of defined external contours. The volume of the cavity is preferably 1-2 times and no more than 4 times greater than the volume of the active substance element, ensuring that the latter is preferably surrounded by water during use. This allows the active substance to be effectively metered and ensures that the brush is easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Trisa Holding AG
    Inventors: Armin Bärtschi, Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 8092110
    Abstract: An oral care instrument includes at least one oral care agent. In one embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided on one or more surfaces of the oral care instrument or included within cavities within the head or in one or more surfaces of a head. In other embodiment, the oral care agent can be provided in or on a thin slab subsequently bonded onto a surface, or applied as a stable coating. The oral care instrument can also be provided with a wear indicator. The oral care agents can be released during one use, during multiple uses, or throughout the life of the instrument. Water, oral secretions and/or chemicals within the mouth can activate the oral care agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Bruce M. Russell, Van Canady, Barbara Canady, legal representative, Steven M. Sorrel, Candi Rancel, Heng Cai, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Eduardo J. Jimenez