Including Feeder Patents (Class 401/282)
  • Patent number: 9700198
    Abstract: An auxiliary sprayer attachment including a toroidal scrub pad incorporating an annular inner surface, the annular inner surface having first helical threads; and a tubular conduit having a rearward end and a forward output end, the tubular conduit's forward output end having an annular outer surface having second helical threads, the second helical threads radially outwardly impinging against and forming the annular inner surface's first helical threads; and further incorporating a conically bored sleeve wall for pressure fitted interconnection with the sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: itrio Global, L.L.C.
    Inventor: George T. Olson
  • Patent number: 8992107
    Abstract: An oral cavity cleaning device includes a stem having a mainly longitudinal extension and a pointed profile at a first end; a fluid channel enclosed within the stem and extending along such stem; a fluid reservoir operably connected to the second end of the stem to establish a hydraulic connection with the channel; and a tip having bristles and designed to be removably associated with the first end of the stem, the tip having a plurality of through holes for the passage of fluids from the channel to the area external to the tip, at the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Luigi Mangiarini
  • Patent number: 8967901
    Abstract: A sauce brush cap for a squeeze bottle including a housing for an applicator devised to engage a threaded upper end of a squeeze bottle and having a brush with inflammable bristles to dispense sauce from the squeeze bottle onto a food item being grilled without igniting the bristles. The housing and the applicator are hollow to permit the dispensing of the sauce as well as to permit an unused portion of the sauce to return into the squeeze bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Garry Holder
  • Publication number: 20140348569
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brush, specifically a toothbrush, a head part with a cleaning structure that includes bristles, a hand part and a neck part, a cavity of 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 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. Volume of the cavity is 1-2 times and no more than 4 times greater than the volume of the active substance element, ensuring that the latter is surrounded by water during use. This allows the active substance to be metered and ensures that the brush is easy to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Armin BARTSCHI, Peter GROSS
  • 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: 8851780
    Abstract: A toothpaste dispenser & brush for compelling kids to brush their teeth wherever by making it interesting and fun. The toothpaste dispenser & brush includes a toothpaste container; a toothpaste dispensing assembly for dispensing toothpaste from the toothpaste container; and a brush assembly being removably supported to the toothpaste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen A. Morgan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8777507
    Abstract: A cosmetic system includes a motorized applicator/dispenser with an applicator brush and a motorized handle unit for automatically moving the applicator brush in one or more directions. A cosmetic container unit containing a cosmetic is in communication with the applicator brush and the cosmetic is wicked or dispensed onto the skin when the applicator brush comes into contact with the skin and the applicator brush is automatically moved in one or more directions. In some embodiments, the motorized applicator/dispenser includes touch control for controlling the movement of the applicator brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Barbara Carey
  • Patent number: 8714858
    Abstract: A shaving brush assembly includes a plurality of bristles, a base with a first side coupled to and supporting the plurality of bristles, a second side opposite the first side, and defining a passageway from the first side to the second side, the passageway dimensioned to receive at least a portion of a nozzle of a shaving cream container. The assembly also includes a sleeve coupled to and extending from the second side of the base, with the sleeve having an inner diameter less than an outer diameter of a standard-sized container of shaving cream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Old Skool Productions, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph Screnci, Jr., Ozgur Alci
  • Patent number: 8668397
    Abstract: A hand-held portable electric or manual toothbrush that is capable of delivering and removing fluid while the toothbrush is being used. A fluid delivery tube delivers fluid from a clean fluid repository to the head of the toothbrush. A fluid removal tube removes used fluid from the user's mouth. The clean fluid is delivered via a pump positioned within a cavity of the toothbrush. The used fluid is removed via a vacuum positioned within the cavity of the toothbrush. This invention enables everyone, including the young, elderly, busy, healthy, sick, disabled, handicapped, and immobile, to brush anytime and anywhere. As a result, this invention would greatly improve the oral health of the general population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Afsoon Barkhordar
  • Patent number: 8657518
    Abstract: An interproximal squirt brush, includes a solution container having a solution chamber for containing a solution and a hollow nozzle head having an opening communicating with the solution chamber; and a brush head having an elongated retention portion replaceably coupling at the opening of the nozzle head and a brush portion extended from the retention portion, wherein a clearance is formed between the opening and the retention portion of the brush head for enabling the solution from the solution chamber being discharged to the brush portion of the brush head along the retention portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Mei-Ling Pauling Han
  • 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: 8628263
    Abstract: An oral care implement with a handle includes a head with a releasable material (e.g., an oral medicament) and a tissue cleanser for cleaning the soft tissues and removing odor-causing bacteria from the mouth. In one arrangement, the releasable material is disposed on the surface of the tissue cleanser. In one arrangement, the releasable material is disposed behind the tissue cleanser. In one arrangement, the releasable material is incorporated in the composition of the tissue cleanser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Hohlbein, Chi Shing Wong
  • Publication number: 20130283543
    Abstract: A surface treating implement, comprises a body including:— a container receiver; a nozzle assembly comprising a fluid conduit fluidly connected to the container receiver; a container mounted to the container receiver, containing a predetermined amount of a treating composition and having a dispensing opening in fluid communication with the fluid conduit; wherein the body is associated with a handle which includes at least a portion of an activation means for the implement, characterised in that the fluid conduit includes a valve, wherein the valve is operable by a container member attached to and/or extending from the container, adjacent the dispensing opening. The body of the implement includes a variety of brushing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Reckitt Benckiser N.V.
    Inventors: Alessandro Cagnina, Giuseppe Di Bono, Tangent Lu, Ralf Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 8568051
    Abstract: A portable wash device includes an elongated shaft having a water inlet unit on one end and one or more rotating brush pads on the other end. The brush pads are rotated by a motor under instruction from a control handle. The device also includes a detergent reservoir for combining cleaning solution with water for projection by a nozzle, and an adjustable spray device for allowing a user to manually direct water to an object. A spray shield is located near to the brushes to prevent water and debris from impacting a user while operating the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Burnett
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20130236232
    Abstract: A painting system comprises a pressurized paint canister and a pressure fed paint brush or powered paint roller connectable to the pressurized paint canister. The canister includes a paint reservoir, a self-sealing gas pressure fitting in fluid communication with the paint reservoir and configured to be connected to a gas pressure source, a paint outlet in fluid communication with the paint reservoir, and a removable cap for filling the paint reservoir with paint. The brush assembly includes a main body having a handle and a brush stock and a bristle bundle secured in the brush stock. A plurality of fluid distribution members extend into the bristle assembly and are multidirectionally flexible such that the distribution members flex substantially freely with the flex of the bristles in any direction. The fluid distribution members prevent paint flow when in an unflexed state and allow flow onto the bristles only when flexed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Tote Connection, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry D. Castellana
  • Patent number: 8529150
    Abstract: A toothbrush device having a body defining a cavity and an input port disposed on the body in fluid communication with the cavity. The input port permits brushing by-products to pass through the input port and into the cavity while restricting passage of the brushing by-products outward from the cavity. In one form, the toothbrush device includes an elongated handle with a reservoir having at least a portion disposed within the handle. The reservoir is sized to hold a predetermined amount of oral care product, and a mouthpiece is in fluid communication with the reservoir to discharge the oral care product from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Carl Olson
  • 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: 8496393
    Abstract: A refillable toothpaste dispensing toothbrush has a toothpaste containing capsule for dispensing toothpaste through the bristle head of the toothbrush. The toothpaste capsule can be filled using any standard toothpaste tube. Grooves in the toothpaste passageway prevent clogging of toothpaste in the toothbrush. In an alternate embodiment, the dispensing toothbrush also contains a sonic vibrating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventors: Bruce Martin, Audrey Rose Erb
  • Patent number: 8449212
    Abstract: A floor tool including a handle, a mop head, and a fluid reservoir. The handle includes first and second opposite ends through which a longitudinal axis of the handle extends. The mop head is coupled to the second end of the handle. The fluid reservoir is coupled to and carried by the handle at a location between the first and second ends of the handle and has a center of mass offset from the longitudinal axis. A portion of the handle is offset from the longitudinal axis more the center of mass of the fluid reservoir. Additionally, the portion of the handle is located between the fluid reservoir and the first end of the handle such that the portion of the handle is located above the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Crawford, Andrew M. Bober, Craig Conner, Mark Cors, Nicholas Reback, Daniel Lee
  • Patent number: 8430590
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush is disclosed. The toothbrush includes a handle part and an attachment part, wherein the handle part has a housing, in which a reservoir for a care substance, a pump for delivering the care substance and a drive unit for driving the pump are arranged. The housing is divided into a liquid-tight first chamber and a second chamber by a partition extending in the longitudinal direction of the housing. The first chamber housing the drive unit is arranged in the first chamber and the reservoir and the pump are arranged in the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Boland, Uwe Bielfeldt, Christof Miltenberger, Peter Schaefer, Norbert Schaefer, Michael Sauer
  • 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: 8398326
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing oral care implement with fluid delivery system. The implement includes a storage member containing a fluid. A channel formed of one or more wicking or capillary members extends through at least a portion of the oral care implement to deliver fluid(s) through one or more fluid outlets via capillary action. In one embodiment, the fluid outlet is comprised of a wicking or capillary material and is disposed in the head of the implement. In some embodiments, the implement may include a valve and a specially configured storage cap. A variety of fluids can be administered for therapeutic, hygienic, and/or other benefits, such as fresh breath, tooth whitening, tooth sensitivity, plaque and/or tartar control, or producing sensations of heat, cool, or tingling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Thomas Boyd, Sharon Kennedy, Madhusudan Patel, John Gatzemeyer, Robert Moskovich, Alan Sorrentino, Michael Rooney
  • Patent number: 8393817
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush is disclosed. The tootbrush includes two elements to be driven, wherein the first element is a movable brush head and the second element is a pump; an electric motor; and a device that drives the movable brush head in both directions of rotation of the electric motor and drives the pump in one direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Heil, Hansjoerg Reick, Michael Stolper, Andreas Kramp, Norbert Schaefer
  • 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: 8342768
    Abstract: The sink sprayer attachment apparatus is for attachment to an existing hose such as that typically associated with a sink. The spray head fitting is installed on the spray head. Spray head fittings are provided with male and female threads and other forms of attachment to spray heads. The apparatus negates the need for total hose replacement, a feature that saves considerable expense and installation time and effort. The apparatus importantly provides for component disposability, and therefore ideally employs plasticized components and other inexpensive materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas D. Johnston, Glenda Johnston
  • Publication number: 20120251223
    Abstract: A painting device with a manual suction cylinder is provided with a connecting cavity or a connecting cylinder at each of its guiding pipe, brush heads and handle, with the connecting cylinder and the connecting cavity, the guiding pipe, the handle and the brush head are allowed to be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily, and a single handle of the present invention can be used to easily connect different types of brush heads without having the conventional problem that the conventional brush heads must have its own handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei SU
  • 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: 8240937
    Abstract: An oral care toothbrush includes a head mounted to one end of the handle containing a plurality of oral care elements. An oral care accessory is mounted to the opposite end of the handle. An oral care dispenser is mounted in the head within the cleaning field defined by the oral care elements. The oral care dispenser may be held in place by a plurality of prongs located in the field defined by the oral care elements. The toothbrush may be made of small size and of lightweight so as to be readily portable for use away from the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Alan Sorrentino, Douglas J. Hohlbein, Al Sprosta
  • Publication number: 20120189372
    Abstract: A portable wash device includes an elongated shaft having a water inlet unit on one end and one or more rotating brush pads on the other end. The brush pads are rotated by a motor under instruction from a control handle. The device also includes a detergent reservoir for combining cleaning solution with water for projection by a nozzle, and an adjustable spray device for allowing a user to manually direct water to an object. A spray shield is located near to the brushes to prevent water and debris from impacting a user while operating the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Burnett
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120121312
    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. 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 that the brush is easy to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: TRISA HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Armin Bärtschi, Peter GROSS
  • Publication number: 20120121316
    Abstract: A dentifrice composition containing minor amounts of relatively small particle size high cleaning abrasives, without oral care actives. The dentifrice may be encapsulated and optionally, positioned on the head of a toothbrush. Use of the dentifrice provides a small amount of high cleaning abrasive to the teeth, and has stain removal efficacy. In one aspect, a dentifrice composition comprising an orally acceptable carrier and 1 to 10 wt % abrasive, such that the total amount of abrasive delivered per application is 2 mg to 8 mg, the abrasive having a weight mean particle size in the range of 3 to 7 ?m, with at least 90% of the particles by weight having a size below 16 ?m, and wherein the composition does not contain an oral care active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: James Brown, Dennis K. Ontumi, Richard Robinson
  • 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: 8075215
    Abstract: A device configured to apply a product may include a receptacle defining an inside space configured to contain a product to be applied and an applicator element fixed to the receptacle. The device may include a cap configured to close the receptacle. The device may include at least one channel configured to load the applicator element with product from the receptacle. The at least one channel may be in flow communication with an inside space of the receptacle and the at least one channel may open out directly to an outer periphery of the applicator element. The at least one channel may be disposed so as to be able to guide product from the receptacle over the outer periphery of the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oréal S.A.
    Inventor: Nicolas Albisetti
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8047736
    Abstract: A floor scrubber that includes a housing having a plurality of brush assemblies mounted therein. Each brush assembly is connected to a liquid supply by a tube. A disperser is mounted on each brush assembly and cleaning liquid flows from the liquid supply onto the disperser. As the brush assembly is rotated, the disperser rotates in unison with the assembly and the cleaning liquid is dispersed onto the bristles and onto the floor surface to be cleaned. The disperser includes a plurality of fins that aid in propelling the cleaning fluid onto the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Jordan Power Equipment Co.
    Inventor: Todd A. Jordan
  • Publication number: 20110206445
    Abstract: A brush assembly simultaneously separately controllably releases a fluid and liquid solution directly onto a surface, such as a coat of an animal during grooming, or onto an inanimate surface such as an exterior surface of a land vehicle. The brush assembly includes a molded brush having a plurality of apertures for fluid delivery, preferably water, as well as a secondary aperture for delivery of a liquid solution, such as soap, shampoo, or other treatments. At least one base plate with grooming implementations, such as bristles or a sponge may be interchangeably attached to the brush base. An ergonomical handle is provided having a palm conforming top and finger indentation sides constructed to form an internal cavity. The ergonomical handle is ambidextrous in nature for interchangeable left and right handedness. A center cylinder is located within the ergonomical handle and includes a bladder which aligns with the mid portion of the brush base for fluid delivery from a flow regulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Marni Markell Hurwitz
  • Patent number: 7993067
    Abstract: The fluid-dispensing power toothbrush includes a selected toothbrush architecture, generally, a handle portion, a head portion which is removable from the handle portion and a fluid-dispensing system which is removable with the head portion. The fluid-dispensing portion includes a pump and a fluid reservoir, with the reservoir being removable from the pump. The entire reservoir extends down along an exterior surface of the handle, below the lower edge of the head portion. A cover member overlies and mates with the handle, covering the reservoir when the cover member is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Scott E. Hall, Paul Gruber, Craig Kortick Black, Friedrich Stoeffler
  • Publication number: 20110176857
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toothbrush having a traditional shape, which is novel in that it includes a soft or hard exchangeable handle that supplies toothpaste and mouthwash in a single movement so that said dental care products reach the surface of the bristles following a single one-handed movement. The upper part of the brush contains an inner distribution channel which conveys the content to the bristles in such a way that the toothpaste supply system is automated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: AMERICAS NO. 1302 FRACCIONAMIENTO VIRGINIA
    Inventor: Miguel Lara Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20110170941
    Abstract: A hinged door dispensing toothbrush includes a localized toothpaste filled reservoir comprising only the top quarter (or one fifth ?) of the toothbrush. No piston is required. The toothpaste is filled and localized directly behind the bristles for easy application. A hinged door located proximately behind the bristles doubles as both plunger to communicate the toothpaste on the bristles through a hole(s) near the bristles and as a loading device revealing an open chamber or magazine for loading toothpaste pellets. After loading the tooth paste pellets in the toothbrush and closing the hinged door, application of toothpaste onto the bristles occurs by pressing the hinged door plunger forcing toothpaste onto the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Paul Starnes
  • Patent number: 7955014
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a moving assembly which includes an upper valve and a lower valve having a reservoir for containing a product. The upper valve having at least one aperture is coupled to the lower valve having at least one aperture. Furthermore, the lower valve and the upper valve are partially covered by a sleeve. The sleeve includes a shaped path. The upper valve and the lower valve being selectively guidable along the shaped path between an upward position for the dispenser to deliver the product and a downward position to store the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: HCT Asia Ltd
    Inventors: Timothy Thorpe, Luis Alviar
  • Patent number: 7950865
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packaging and applicator device comprising: a reservoir containing at least one composition for application; an applicator element that is secured to the reservoir at least during application; an applicator-element holder; and a support for fastening the applicator-element holder on the reservoir, the support including a tubular sheath surrounding the applicator-element holder and the applicator element over at least a fraction of its length, the tubular sheath and the applicator-element holder presenting facing surfaces in contact; at least one hollow longitudinal channel being formed in one of the surfaces, so as to enable the composition coming from the reservoir to flow towards the applicator element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Nicolas Albisetti
  • Patent number: 7943538
    Abstract: A water-decomposable cleaning product dispersible in water, including: a cleaning part, at least a part of the cleaning part having a water-decomposable fiber-interlacing nonwoven fabric; and a holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Takayoshi Konishi, Kazuya Okada
  • Publication number: 20110070016
    Abstract: A toothbrush for cleaning teeth includes a body defining an internal fluid reservoir, a plurality of bristles supported at a base portion by the body, a passage extending from the internal fluid reservoir to at least one opening adjacent the base portion of the plurality of bristles, and a manually operated pump disposed in fluid flow communication between the internal fluid reservoir and the passage for transferring fluid from the internal fluid reservoir to the at least one opening in the base portion between the bristles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Diane Richardson
  • Patent number: 7905674
    Abstract: A toothbrush body includes a handle connected to a head and bristles projecting from the top of the head. An open channel runs longitudinally along the body between a first open end and a second closed end such that the first open end is in communication with the second closed end through the open channel. The open channel, the first open end, and the second closed end are arranged so that a substantially downward running stream of water directed into the first open end is redirected through the channel and out of the closed second end to form a fountain. A direction of a flow of the fountain at the other of the first opening and the second opening has an upward component so that a user, i.e., holder of the toothbrush, can use the fountain for oral rinsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Scott L. Amron
  • Patent number: 7891900
    Abstract: An applicator system comprises a reservoir, a conduit extending from a first end at the reservoir to an opposite terminal end, an applicator connected with the conduit, a flow control engaging the conduit, and a holder releasably coupling with the applicator. The applicator has a liquid impermeable back, an opposite porous face, and a plenum. The plenum, situated between the back and face, releasably couples with the conduit terminal end and distributes fluid to the face. The face and plenum may be replaceable and disposable. The holder is a rigid member that releasably couples with the applicator, provides a structural foundation to the applicator, and includes a handle for manipulation by a user. An extension can be employed to connect the flow control to the handle, effectively extending the length of the handle. A helical coil portion of the conduit can be conveniently wrapped around the extension to prevent kinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael T. Clarke
  • Publication number: 20100316434
    Abstract: An over cap brush for a squeeze dispensing bottle comprising a body injection molded as a single piece, the body being formed of a relatively soft elastomeric material, the body including a circular end wall, a generally cylindrical skirt at an outer periphery of the end wall defining a central axis and extending in one direction along the axis, the end wall having a central through hole and an outer face with a multitude of bristles distributed about the hole and extending axially from said face in a direction opposite the one direction, the skirt being of sufficient length so as to extend along the threads of a screw-on cap to retain the over cap brush on the cap by frictionally engaging the exterior of the skirt of the cap while the cap is disposed on a squeeze dispensing bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Tablecraft Products Company
    Inventor: Charles P. Maxwell