Resiliently Biased Patents (Class 401/278)
  • Patent number: 9750335
    Abstract: According to the portable interdental toothbrush in accordance with to the present invention, when the interdental toothbrush is carried without using it, the cleaning solution is not discharged since the elastic ball disposed on the assembly protrusion of the cleaning solution tube is closely adhered to the outflow grooves and passing grooves, and, when it is used, the cleaning solution is discharged through the discharge hole, passes through the passing grooves, and reaches the brush since the elastic ball is separated and apart from the outflow grooves, whereby it is convenient to use and carry, it has a simple structure to enable mass production at a low cost, and it allows any user to use which promotes the dental and oral health for citizens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Sang Geun Lee
  • Patent number: 9719503
    Abstract: The present invention provides such pumping apparatuses that have very little deviation and high stability in pumping flow. A pumping apparatus comprises two members that are set along a longitudinal direction of a tube made of an elastic material with a relation that the space formed by grooves made in the two members holds the tube. The two members have reciprocal motion such that at least one of the two opposing members shuttles in parallel with the other opposing member and has a move-in motion such that at least one of the two opposing members vertically moves to the opposing surfaces of the other opposing member so that surrounding part of the groove thereof moves into an inner space of the groove of the other opposing member, by which motion the liquid in the tube is discharged from the tube by the deformation of tube cross sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Satoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 9320349
    Abstract: A cosmetic brush is provided, including a large brush having a large diameter; a small brush having a small diameter inserted into a center in the large brush; a large brush body connected to a lower end of the large brush; and a vertical operating member that operates the small brush so as to protrude to the center of the large brush by lowering the large brush body. According to the present cosmetic brush, by simultaneously including the large brush having the large diameter and the small brush having the small diameter inserted into the large brush, there is an effect of being able to selectively use the large brush and the small brush depending on the form of the makeup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Jae Kwang Hwang
  • Patent number: 8590752
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device includes a container made from a flexible material defining an interior fluid storage region, a flexible metering housing having a metering chamber in fluid communication with the fluid storage region, the flexible metering housing having a button heat sealed to a base plate, a unidirectional intake valve disposed between the container and the flexible metering housing and a unidirectional output valve in fluid communication with the flexible metering housing. The base plate has an extension with a recessed notch, a first tapered portion, and a second tapered portion opposite the first tapered portion with respect to the recessed notch, and the button has an extension and a notch corresponding to the extension and the recessed notch of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventor: Robert J. Mileti
  • Patent number: 8360673
    Abstract: An applicator device, particularly suited for mascara, may deliver high or low viscosity liquids or semi-liquids, and contains a valve controlling flow between a product reservoir, an intermediate pooling area, and a product dispensing chamber. The arrangement prevents backflow to the product reservoir, precluding contamination of the product supply. Product delivery from the product dispensing chamber is from one of several methods. In one method, a plurality of prongs each comprise a conduit to the product dispensing chamber and thereby allow for dispersed product delivery from the prong tips. Alternatively, there may be one or more openings on the applicator head being interconnected to the dispensing chamber, which permits product to extrude between the rows of prongs and thereby be applied to a receiving surface. A third embodiment combines the two methods along with alternating height prongs to more effectively apply mascara onto all sides of a user's lashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Dwyer
  • Patent number: 8360674
    Abstract: An applicator device, particularly suited for mascara, may deliver high or low viscosity liquids or semi-liquids, and contains a valve controlling flow between a product reservoir, an intermediate pooling area, and a product dispensing chamber. The arrangement prevents backflow to the product reservoir, precluding contamination of the product supply. Product delivery from the product dispensing chamber is from one of several methods. In one method, a plurality of prongs each comprise a conduit to the product dispensing chamber and thereby allow for dispersed product delivery from the prong tips. Alternatively, there may be one or more openings on the applicator head being interconnected to the dispensing chamber, which permits product to extrude between the rows of prongs and thereby be applied to a receiving surface. A third embodiment combines the two methods along with alternating height prongs to more effectively apply mascara onto all sides of a user's lashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Dwyer
  • 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: 8226319
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a cost effective instrument for storing a fluid material, and applying a predetermined amount of the fluid material to a surface. The instrument is comprised of few parts including an outer casing and a fluid insert, making the instrument cheaper to manufacture, and easy to assemble. The embodiments disclosed can be provided in a pre-assembled form to cosmetic companies and the like seeking to fill a dispenser with their fluid cosmetic products. The ability to provide dispensers in a pre-assembled form, combined with the compatibility of the fluid dispensers with industrial high speed filling machines, reduces the overall filling costs to the cosmetic company, as well as the cost to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Lucas Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Francavilla, Kevin F. X. Kearsey
  • Patent number: 8123426
    Abstract: A tube-shaped cosmetics container for discharging cream-type cosmetics, and more particularly, to a tube-shaped container containing cream-type cosmetics, an intermediate member, and a cap. When the cap is opened, the discharger is opened, and when closed, the discharger is sealed, which makes the discharge of cream-type cosmetics easy. And when not in use, an intermediate member is pressed by being thread coupled, thereby the discharger is naturally sealed so that the discharge of cream-type cosmetics contained in the tube-shaped container is prevented, by which cream-type cosmetics is less wasted, and a clean state is always kept by preventing contamination of surrounding areas of the cosmetic container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Young-Kwang Byun
  • Patent number: 8123073
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a fluid comprises providing a container made from flexible material and having an outer surface, a first opening and an interior fluid storage region therein. The method further comprises providing a volume of fluid within interior fluid storage region and providing a flexible metering housing, having a metering chamber therein with a predetermined volume, disposed in fluid communication with interior fluid storage region. The method further comprises providing an intake valve disposed between container and flexible metering housing permitting unidirectional fluid flow from interior fluid storage region into metering chamber. The method further comprises providing an exit port in fluid communication with container with an output valve disposed between exit port and metering chamber, depressing and releasing flexible metering housing, and filling the metering chamber with a volume of fluid by vacuum force in an amount by the volume of the metering chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Roger J. LaFlamme, Robert W. Pekar
  • Patent number: 8087843
    Abstract: A dentifrice dispensing toothbrush for applying a predetermined measured amount of liquid dentifrice from a reservoir of liquid dentifrice into the toothbrush bristles by means of an in integral pump. Liquid dentifrice may be refilled using the handle portion of the toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventors: Frank Ottaviani, Todd Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8016508
    Abstract: As an inner moving body of a cosmetic brush is pushed, an upper cone type elastic part and a lower cone type elastic part are compressed, thereby opening an inner hole and discharging powder toward a brush. When the inner moving body is released, the inner moving body returns to its original position by the elasticity of a spring inserted around the circumference of a middle member and by expansive force of the upper cone type elastic part and the lower cone type elastic part. An inner hole is closed by a sealing sill formed on circumference of a sealing pin so that powder is not discharging. Thereby, the brush can control the amount of powder to be discharged with the spring inserted around the circumference of a middle member and the expansive force of the upper cone type elastic part and the lower cone type elastic part which are formed on the middle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Young Kwang Byun
  • Patent number: 7896567
    Abstract: An electrically driven dispensing device, particularly a toothbrush, utilizing replaceable pressurized cartridges, of the bag-in-can type. The toothbrush has a ‘top-loading’ structure in which the cartridge is housed in a recess at the brush end of the toothbrush handle, the recess being accessible by removing the brush head. Other features include an elastomeric valve outlet located on the brush head which can also function as a tooth wiping or polishing blade, and a non-linear drive shaft which enables the brush head to be driven from a motor located at the base end of the handle whilst keeping the handle slim in design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Lee Burrowes
  • Publication number: 20110027005
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a cost effective instrument for storing a fluid material, and applying a predetermined amount of the fluid material to a surface. The instrument is comprised of few parts including an outer casing and a fluid insert, making the instrument cheaper to manufacture, and easy to assemble. The embodiments disclosed can be provided in a pre-assembled form to cosmetic companies and the like seeking to fill a dispenser with their fluid cosmetic products. The ability to provide dispensers in a pre-assembled form, combined with the compatibility of the fluid dispensers with industrial high speed filling machines, reduces the overall filling costs to the cosmetic company, as well as the cost to the consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: LUCAS PUBLICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Francavilla, Kevin F.X. Kearsey
  • Patent number: 7837403
    Abstract: A brush is configured with a housing provided with spaced apart inlet and outlet port units. The outlet unit controllably discharges fluid, which fills a chamber, formed within the housing through the inlet port and is pressurized therein in response to an external force applied to the inlet port unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: J.W. Pet Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Willinger, Ryan Rutherford
  • Patent number: 7824124
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a cost effective instrument for storing a fluid material, and applying a predetermined amount of the fluid material to a surface. The instrument is comprised of few parts including an outer casing and a fluid insert, making the instrument cheaper to manufacture, and easy to assemble. The embodiments disclosed can be provided in a pre-assembled form to cosmetic companies and the like seeking to fill a dispenser with their fluid cosmetic products. The ability to provide dispensers in a pre-assembled form, combined with the compatibility of the fluid dispensers with industrial high speed filling machines, reduces the overall filling costs to the cosmetic company, as well as the cost to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Lucas Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Francavilla, Kevin F. X. Kearsey
  • Patent number: 7789583
    Abstract: Pump toothbrush comprising a refillable cartridge containing dentifrice material, a pump head having an elastic compressible button, and a brush head having a spout opening attached with a slit valve. The slit valve prevents backflow and drying of the dentifrice material at the spout opening. The slit valve opens and closes automatically with the pumping action. The dispensing mechanism and cartridge structure are applicable to manual and electrical pump toothbrushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Patent number: 7775736
    Abstract: A portable conversion washing device includes a pole, a brush support having a soap container, a brush, and a soap dispensing device that has a soap plug that plugs a dispensing opening, an actuator that moves the soap plug away from the dispensing opening whereby soap is dispensed out of the soap container, and a return device that moves the soap plug back to the dispensing opening. The washing device also includes a running water supply device having a first pipe connected to a running water supply hose, a second pipe that is in fluid communication with the first pipe, an angle adjusting device that adjust the angle between the first pipe and the second pipe. The second pipe has a tapered water conduit, a water flow plug that is moved along the conduit, and a water flow shaft that moves the water flow plug within the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: James In Song
  • Patent number: 7641410
    Abstract: A cleaning brush with a dispenser for cleaning product. The cleaning product is stored in a cavity, and is dispensed by pressing on a flexible membrane on one side of the cavity. When thus depressed, the cleaning product is extruded through holes in the head into the region of the bases of bristles on the front side of the brush. The toothbrush is ergonomically shaped in a concave spoon like shape to fit a user's hand more comfortably. The brush may include a cover which has a general appearance of a fountain pen to facilitate an in obtrusive carrying of the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Dale M. Frazell
  • Patent number: 7614814
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing assembly having a container body for storing a cosmetic or other fluid material, the body having a dispensing opening, an applicator protruding from the dispensing opening for receiving material from the container and applying the material, a cap matingly engagable with the container body and a fitment in the dispenser opening matingly engagable with and moveable with respect to the container body between an open position and a closed position in response to engagement with the cap, the fitment having an aperture formed therein for allowing material to exit the container body in the open position disengaged from the cap, and a case mounted thereto, the aperture at least partially closing when the cap engages the case and moves the fitment with respect to the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Bao Sheng Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Woo Lee, Yoon Seong On, Doug Williams
  • Patent number: 7594775
    Abstract: A case for cosmetics, wherein, upon fastening up/down through rotation, an outer cap automatically opens/closes a dispensing hole of a cosmetic liquid dispenser to regulate a supply of cosmetic liquid to an applicator, thereby preventing unnecessary leakage of the cosmetic liquid and, even upon long-term use, preventing malfunction of the cosmetic liquid dispenser while simplifying the opening/closing structure of the dispensing hole thereof, and maximizing the reliability of use by ensuring the smooth supply of the cosmetic liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Hwasung Cosemetics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung Hun Yoo
  • Patent number: 7478960
    Abstract: A dispensing toothbrush includes a toothpaste filled reservoir handle which is attached to a hollow neck which is integral with a hollow brush head. A piston is movable within the reservoir handle for pushing toothpaste toward the hollow neck by way of a suction plunger. A plunger actuating button is connected to the suction plunger which forms first and second chambers in communication with the reservoir handle and the hollow neck. Depressing the plunger button depresses the suction plunger and pushes toothpaste through the hollow neck and a hole in the brush head onto the brush bristles. A vented cover is disposed over the brush head and a floss dispenser is attached to the reservoir handle opposite the end which is attached to the hollow neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: J. Scott Glover
  • Publication number: 20090010703
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a cost effective instrument for storing a fluid material, and applying a predetermined amount of the fluid material to a surface. The instrument is comprised of few parts including an outer casing and a fluid insert, making the instrument cheaper to manufacture, and easy to assemble. The embodiments disclosed can be provided in a pre-assembled form to cosmetic companies and the like seeking to fill a dispenser with their fluid cosmetic products. The ability to provide dispensers in a pre-assembled form, combined with the compatibility of the fluid dispensers with industrial high speed filling machines, reduces the overall filling costs to the cosmetic company, as well as the cost to the consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: Lucas Packaging Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Francavilla, Kevin F.X. Kearsey
  • Patent number: 7467908
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a cost effective instrument for storing a fluid material, and applying a predetermined amount of the fluid material to a surface. The instrument is comprised of few parts including an outer casing and a fluid insert, making the instrument cheaper to manufacture, and easy to assemble. The embodiments disclosed can be provided in a pre-assembled form to cosmetic companies and the like seeking to fill a dispenser with their fluid cosmetic products. The ability to provide dispensers in a pre-assembled form, combined with the compatibility of the fluid dispensers with industrial high speed filling machines, reduces the overall filling costs to the cosmetic company, as well as the cost to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Lucas Publications, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Francavilla, Kevin F.X. Kearsey
  • Patent number: 7461993
    Abstract: A dispensing dish brush includes a cap, a handle portion and a cleaning head. The cap and the handle portion define a common wall that defines a reservoir. The reservoir stores and dispenses a cleaning liquid. The handle portion includes a gripping portion and a neck portion. The gripping portion includes a core section, a middle section and an upper section that define a diaphragm. The neck portion has an extension portion that connects to the cleaning head. The cleaning head includes a plurality of bristles and an aperture with a wall. The aperture is placed with a removable valve and valve lock to restrict the flow of the cleaning liquid. The diaphragm is squeezable and flexes to dispense the cleaning liquid. The diaphragm accelerates the flow of the cleaning liquid in the reservoir. The cap provides access to the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Casabella Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Andre Sampaio
  • Publication number: 20080286031
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for dispensing doses of fluid substances with different viscosities or densities, comprising a container (11), a piston (25) housed and sliding in a chamber (24) formed by a portion of the container, a load tank (33) formed by a remaining portion of said container and designed to contain the substance to be delivered, a metering mechanism (12) associated and moving with the piston (25), a preloaded thrusting device (27) associated with the piston with the metering mechanism to push it normally towards the substance in the load tank, and blocking means (12) between the metering mechanism and the container to alternately stop and release the piston to have it move forward under the thrust of said preloaded flexible device in lengths corresponding to a dose of the substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Gianfranco de Paoli Ambrosi
  • Patent number: 7416360
    Abstract: A container with an application tool includes a main body having a storage part for storing liquid substances and a neck part having a communicating port connected with the storage part; an application tool head axially movably connected to the neck part; a valve seat connected to the back end of application tool head; a partitioning wall partitioning the communicating port in the neck part; a valve body protruding forward from the partitioning wall having a lead-out hole; and an O-ring elastic member forming a water tight connection between a surface that supports the elastic member on the partitioning wall and the application tool head; wherein the elastic member urges the application tool head to separate the valve seat from the valve body; and the elastic member elastically deforms so that the valve seat contacts the valve body when the application tool head is pressed backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Tokiwa Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tajima
  • Publication number: 20080199244
    Abstract: A portable conversion washing device includes a pole, a brush support having a soap container, a brush, and a soap dispensing device that has a soap plug that plugs a dispensing opening, an actuator that moves the soap plug away from the dispensing opening whereby soap is dispensed out of the soap container, and a return device that moves the soap plug back to the dispensing opening. The washing device also includes a running water supply device having a first pipe connected to a running water supply hose, a second pipe that is in fluid communication with the first pipe, an angle adjusting device that adjust the angle between the first pipe and the second pipe. The second pipe has a tapered water conduit, a water flow plug that is moved along the conduit, and a water flow shaft that moves the water flow plug within the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: James In Song
  • Patent number: 7329064
    Abstract: A liquid cosmetic case includes a discharger (20) which discharges and seals liquid cosmetic by having a brush (30) at the upper side of a tube-shaped container (10), a supporting cap (50) and a cap (60) by forming a non-return valve (40) at one side of the upper part of the tube-shaped container (10). When used, if the tube-shaped container (10) is pressed, only a necessary amount of liquid cosmetic is discharged through the discharger (10) for easy use, and if the press is released by the non-return valve (40) formed at one side of the tube-shaped container (10), as the valve hole (41) formed at the non-return valve (40) is opened and closed, the air flows into the tube-shaped container (10) or the air is blocked, so that the contraction and the restoration of the tube-shaped container (10) can be done easily, making the repeated presses of the tube-shaped container (10) easy and the use of liquid cosmetic easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventor: Young-Kwang Byun
  • Patent number: 7293931
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing assembly having a container body for storing a cosmetic or other fluid material, the body having a dispensing opening, an applicator protruding from the dispensing opening for receiving material from the container and applying the material, a cap matingly engagable with the container body and a fitment in the dispenser opening matingly engagable with and moveable with respect to the container body between an open position and a closed position in response to engagement with the cap, the fitment having an aperture formed therein for allowing material to exit the container body in the open position disengaged from the cap, and a case mounted thereto, the aperture at least partially closing when the cap engages the case and moves the fitment with respect to the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Bao Sheng Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Woo Lee, Yoon Seong On, Doug Williams
  • Patent number: 7287927
    Abstract: A valve assembly includes a connector including a receiving space longitudinally defined therein and a shoulder formed on a periphery of the receiving space. The connector has a first through hole laterally defined therein. A hollow block has an annular flange radially extending from a middle portion thereof to divide the hollow block into an insertion and a connecting portion. The insertion is received in the receiving space in the connector. A sleeve has a connecting portion sleeved on the connecting portion of the hollow block and engaged to the annular flange. The sleeve is formed with a protrusion and has a skirt radially extending therefrom for being engaged to the connector. A resilient member is sleeved on the connecting portion of the sleeve. The resilient member has a first end abutting the skirt and a second end abutting the shoulder of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Chuen Chern Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7275885
    Abstract: A cosmetics brush for making-up face by applying air pressure generated by push-button to flow out a powdery cosmetics stored in a receptacle type body of the brush to the brush side, which includes the body containing the powdery cosmetics, an operational rod mounted with a plurality of mixing members to agitate and admix the powdery cosmetics in the body when the operational rod moves up and down, a filter mounted on top end of the operational rod to screen fine particles of the powdery cosmetics to allow the powdery cosmetics to flow out through inlet and outlet holes and a powder transfer tube to the brush side in optimum particle status and in an amount to be desired, and another brush for distributing the powdery cosmetics flowed out from the top end of the operational rod on the brush side in a desirable distribution, and the push-button with a locking and releasing function to prevent unexpected flowing-out of the powdery cosmetics when carrying the cosmetics brush with one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Young-Chul Byun
  • Patent number: 7223038
    Abstract: An apparatus spreads flowable materials such as adhesives and/or sealants on a surface such as a floor and/or a wall. The apparatus has a pad retainer for a removable spreader pad and a reservoir chamber for flowable material pivotally attached to the pad retainer to permit pivoting of the reservoir chamber frontwards and backwards. The reservoir chamber has an adjustable gate through which the flowable material may exit. The gate is proximal the bottom of the reservoir chamber and complementary to the width of the pad retaining means to permit more uniform spreading of the flowable material. A handle is attached to and extends from the reservoir chamber. The handle may pivot from side to side on the reservoir chamber and may be hollow to house a cable associated with the means for opening the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Billy Star Holding Ltd
    Inventors: David E. Livingstone, Robin G. Pitman, Ronald W. Matechuk
  • Patent number: 7175360
    Abstract: A tube style cosmetic container structure includes a tube having an opening arranged axially at one end. An axle sleeve is connected to the tube by being sleeved inside of the opening. A hollow piston rod includes a flanged disk arranged at the outside. A spring is placed against an end surface formed by a holding space of the axle sleeve and the hollow rod piston. A hollow sleeve pipe is firmly sleeved in the snatch part of the hollow piston rod. A hollow pencil pipe is sleeved by the hollow sleeve pipe and snatched by the protruding part of the hollow piston rod. An exterior cap can be screwed on the threaded part at the tube opening. When the exterior cap is screwed on, the material discharge hole can be wholly blocked, and no liquid will flow even if the tube is under certain pressure. When the exterior cap is screwed off and the tube is squeezed to force the contents out, no squeezed contents will backflow even if the pressure is reduced or stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Chuen Chern Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7070353
    Abstract: A toothbrush has an axially displaceable trigger at the upper end of a handle to force toothpaste into an extension provided with the brush and which is retractable in the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Alberto Raul Bostal
  • Patent number: 7040830
    Abstract: A fluid-dispensing kitchen apparatus has a body including a fluid reservoir and a handle, the reservoir being closed by an end plate which is welded to the body and is, in turn, latched to a cleaning medium block. An embodiment has a resilient tab on the block engaging an edge of the housing plate. Aligned holes through the plate and the block which provide communication between the reservoir and the plate is openable and closeable by a valve actuated by an increase in pressure provided by depressing a resilient button. In an embodiment, the resilient button includes a bias member to return the button to its rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Adriana Kliegman, Alec Holly Drummond, Steven Dibdin, Wilfrido Loor, Goeran Jerstroem, John Thomas Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 7011467
    Abstract: An oral hygiene kit comprises a paste-dispensing toothbrush assembly and a cooperatively associated floss assembly. The toothbrush assembly comprises a paste-dispensing brush, a paste pump assembly, a piston, and a paste reservoir. The pump assembly is operable to drive the piston within the paste reservoir for forcing paste from the paste reservoir. When forced from the paste reservoir, paste is conveyed via a paste conduit through the paste-dispensing brush to a brush head. The floss assembly is cooperatively associated with the toothbrush assembly and comprises a spool-supporting lid, a floss spool, and a floss cap. The spool-supporting lid covers the paste-dispensing brush and supports the floss spool. The floss cap covers the floss spool and provides the kit with a floss-cutting structure. Together the toothbrush assembly and the floss assembly may contribute to a user's oral hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph Fiore (the younger), Joseph Fiore (the elder)
  • Patent number: 7004658
    Abstract: An advanced cleaning system having a handle portion with a proximal end and a distal end, a cleaning head portion, the cleaning head portion adapted for use with a removable cleaning pad, and a cleaning fluid reservoir fluidically coupled to the cleaning head portion such that cleaning fluid is controllably allowed to flow via gravity onto the surface to be cleaned adjacent the cleaning head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: The Clorox Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Hall, Douglas J. Minkler, Francis J. Culang, Danielle J. Couts
  • Patent number: 7004663
    Abstract: A cleaning device, which has a swivel mounted removable sponge, a rigid arm, a pair of hollow tubes, and a hollow handle capable of containing cleaning fluid. Buttons located on the handle allow the user to release the cleaning fluid into the tubes and down into the sponge during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Carolyn Cupidon-Ebanks
  • Patent number: 7004662
    Abstract: A toothbrush assembly includes a removable cartridge housing a spring biased piston dentifrice in a storage area. The cartridge is received in a canister attached to a brush head stem in which a passage is formed. The piston forces a quantity of the dentifrice through a supply tube in the cartridge to the passage that connects to an aperture in the brush head. A normally closed valve in the passage controls the flow of the dentifrice. The piston can be removed for refilling the cartridge with the dentifrice. Alternatively, the used cartridge may be replaced with a new prefilled disposable cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: C. David Gordon
  • Patent number: 6948875
    Abstract: A toothbrush device is provided, which includes a brush, a toothpaste storing case, and a push-button pump disposed between the brush and the toothpaste storing case; a first check valve disposed between the toothpaste storing case and the pump, a second check valve disposed between the first check valve and the toothpaste storing case, and a first spring disposed between the first and second check valves; wherein the first check valve includes a second spring and a piston in sequence in a direction away from the pump, and has a working element which includes a rod with movement grooves at a first end thereof and a securing part at a second end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Hyo Sol Jang
  • Patent number: 6935802
    Abstract: A cosmetics including a sleeve type protection cap for enclosing the brush during make-up, a main body and a brush member; wherein the protection cap has a movable body mounted inside the cap to generate air pressure while moving upward/downward together with movement of the protection cap and, the generated air pressure allowing powdery or liquid state cosmetics to be discharged out of the main body to the brush member so that it accomplishes the make-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Young-Chul Byun
  • Patent number: 6902337
    Abstract: A dentifrice dispensing electrical toothbrush using a replaceable dual-channel brush head. The dual-channel brush head has a first channel for housing a drive shaft for bristle oscillation and a second channel for dispensing the dentifrice material. The brush head is mounted on the dual-channel connector of the brush handle which contains a drive mechanism and a pumping mechanism that dispenses dentifrice material from a cartridge in the handle. A manual dispensing configuration uses an external rubber button and an electrical dispensing configuration uses a rotary solenoid for actuating an internal rubber button that applies pumping pressure to the dentifrice material. The latter benefits arthritis sufferers, as no external squeezing action is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Publication number: 20040247370
    Abstract: A mop assembly including a mop head and handle, and a supply of liquid connected to a valve assembly on the handle adjacent the mop head. The valve assembly includes a length of resiliently flexible tubing that has a portion extending transversely through the handle and first and second members on opposite sides of the length of tubing that are relatively movable between a closed position at which the first and second members pinch together opposite sides of the length of tubing to stop the flow of liquid through it, and an open position at which the first and second members are spaced apart to afford flow of liquid through it. Should the tubing become plugged, it can easily be replaced by disconnecting one end from a liquid supply length of tubing, withdrawing the tubing from between the first and second members, and then installing a new length of tubing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: John J. Dyer, Gary L. Olson, David A. Maurer, Raymond N. Maurer, Joseph J. Fodrocy
  • Publication number: 20040141797
    Abstract: An advanced cleaning system comprising cleaning compositions, pads, and implements provide effective cleaning of soft and hard surfaces. The implement comprises a handle portion (14) with a proximal end and a distal end, a cleaning head portion (12), the cleaning head portion (12) adapted for use with a removable cleaning pad (40), and an aerosol cleaner (24) coupled to the cleaning head portion (12) such that cleaning fluid is applied adjacent the cleaning head portion (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Aram Garabedian, Michael J. Hall, Carl Kling, Robert W. Flagler, Gordon Kapp, Aaron London, Douglas Walker, Dennis Rich
  • Patent number: 6739782
    Abstract: A handheld portable oral cleaning device that includes a refillable internal bladder, which a user is able to fill with a liquid. The bladder is preferably an expandable but resilient latex rubber. One end of the bladder is accessible to the user, such that the user may fill the bladder with a liquid, such as water from a faucet. As the bladder fills with water it expands and exerts a pressure on the water as the bladder has a tendency to return to its original unfilled form. The pressurized water may then be sprayed out of the oral cleaning device to assist in cleaning the user's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Rehco, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Peter Greenley
  • Patent number: 6729789
    Abstract: A toothbrush assembly includes a canister housing a spring biased piston, a cartridge for storing dentifrice (toothpaste) releasably received in the canister, and a brush head attached to a stem that is connected to the cartridge. A passage extends through the stem and connects an aperture in the brush head with an interior of the cartridge. A normally closed valve controls the flow of the dentifrice through the passage which dentifrice is pressured by the spring biased piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: C. David Gordon
  • Publication number: 20040022575
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a surface using a tool with both a cleaning head and a cleaning fluid reservoir housing coupled to an elongated handle, the method comprising the following steps: attaching a cleaning pad to the cleaning head; inserting a replaceable cleaning fluid reservoir into the housing; fluidically coupling the cleaning fluid reservoir to the cleaning head; dispensing controlled amounts of cleaning fluid from the reservoir onto a surface; and distributing the cleaning fluid evenly over the surface with the cleaning pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Michael J. Hall, James E. Rader, Boli Zhou, Karen S. Hefter, David J. Sayler, Eric Y. Park, Robert W. Flagler, Scott T. Haubrich, Shumanta Mitra, Richard Porticos
  • Patent number: 6679642
    Abstract: A toothbrush having a water reservoir in the handle and squeezable to force water therefrom through a plurality of spaced apart orifices located at the base of bristles that project from the head of the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventors: John B. Dillingham, Brenda W. Dillingham
  • Publication number: 20030198503
    Abstract: A toothbrush assembly includes a canister housing a spring biased piston, a cartridge for storing dentifrice (toothpaste) releasably received in the canister, and a brush head attached to a stem that is connected to the cartridge. A passage extends through the stem and connects an aperture in the brush head with an interior of the cartridge. A normally closed valve controls the flow of the dentifrice through the passage which dentifrice is pressured by the spring biased piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventor: C. David Gordon