Miscellaneous Patents (Class 401/292)
  • Publication number: 20140161508
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a barrel, a refill assembly, and a refill plug assembly that is quick to release from the barrel and quick to re-attach to the barrel when changing a refill assembly. The refill plug assembly is quickly secured to the barrel of the writing instrument and quickly released from the barrel of the writing instrument through a twisting and/or pushing action that may require less than one full turn to disengage from the barrel and to re-attach to the barrel, thus expediting replacement of the refill assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Europe Brands S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Leighton Davies-Smith, Jean-Patrick Dalancourt
  • Publication number: 20140105668
    Abstract: A butter holder, system for dispensing, and method of dispensing is provided where by an article formed of a unitary body that defines an interior central cavity, constructed and arranged with a configuration to accommodate a conventional stick of butter, said unitary body further formed of a pair of longitudinal opposing walls constructed and arranged to be elastically deformable, said body having opposing ends, a first open end and a second closed end and a removable lid dependent upon a living hinge, said hinge dependent on said unitary body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Dilek Cumrali
  • Publication number: 20140072360
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of writing instruments, and in particular a writing instrument comprising a front body, a rear body capable of turning, relative to the front body, about a longitudinal axis, and a tubular piece axially connecting the front body and the rear body by elastic snap-fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: SOCIETE BIC
    Inventor: Samuel MALINVERNI
  • Patent number: 8608396
    Abstract: A floor finish applicator including a cart having wheels and a body member constructed and arranged to receive a source of floor finish. The floor finish applicator also includes a pump coupled to the cart and operable to deliver floor finish to a floor, a floor finish feed conduit in fluid communication between the pump and a container supporting floor finish, and a transmission assembly coupled to the cart. The floor finish feed conduit supplies floor finish to the pump. The transmission assembly includes an axle coupled to and driven by a wheel of the cart, a drive gear connected to the axle, a drive shaft having a driven gear for engaging the drive gear and driving the pump, and a hand-actuated spring-loaded clutch for selective engagement of the pump and the drive shaft with the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Patent number: 8608395
    Abstract: A pull-behind floor finish applicator wherein a peristaltic pump is employed in conjunction with disposable conduit tubing obviate any clean up of the pump. This applicator is adaptable to receiving bag in the box floor finish, thus reducing cleaning time. The applicator employs a minimum number of disposable parts thus making it economical to produce. A mop is employed to apply floor finish to easily accessible areas in one instance, yet allows the mop to be used independently for application of floor finish to not so easily accessible areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Patent number: 8475071
    Abstract: A nib of a writing instrument is made of a carbon-resin mixture obtained by mixing a plastic material with carbon fiber. An ink feed core is provided with a nib cover. The nib cover is disposed on an outer periphery of the ink feed core between the nib and the ink feed core. The nib cover is configured to closely adhere at least to an inner periphery of the nib at the tip of the nib. A space defined between the nib and the ink feed core is filled up with the nib cover. The nib is made of a carbon-resin mixture obtained by mixing a plastic material with carbon fiber. With this configuration, a nib having high wear resistance can be obtained and duration of the nib and the writing instrument can be prolonged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Shizuo Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20130051896
    Abstract: The utility pertains to stationery, and relates to markers. The marker comprises a shank and a cap fitting over the shank, the front of the shank has a nib, the end of the shank has two grooves in its two sides, and one side of the cap has a fastener. The marker is cuboid according to the utility model, so it is easy to arrange. One or more caps of the markers of the utility model can be connected together to form a cuboid marker, which is stable and comfortable to hold. The markers also can be connected to pack away and carry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: FULON DEVELOPMENT LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter M.H. HUNG
  • Patent number: 8366336
    Abstract: A floor finish applicator including a cart having wheels and a body member constructed and arranged to receive a source of floor finish. The floor finish applicator also includes a pump coupled to the cart and operable to deliver floor finish to a floor, a floor finish feed conduit in fluid communication between the pump and a container supporting floor finish, and a transmission assembly coupled to the cart. The floor finish feed conduit supplies floor finish to the pump. The transmission assembly includes an axle coupled to and driven by a wheel of the cart, a drive gear connected to the axle, a drive shaft having a driven gear for engaging the drive gear and driving the pump, and a hand-actuated spring-loaded clutch for selective engagement of the pump and the drive shaft with the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Publication number: 20120308292
    Abstract: A penholder provides a consumer to change by oneself a pattern, color or even model of pan body. The said penholder includes an inner sleeve, at least one outer sleeve and a dismountable fixing cap. The dismountable fixing cap is provided on a top end of the inner sleeve and forms a limiting function to the outer sleeve to prevent it from dropping. Selectively, at least one protruded member is provided on the inner sleeve or the dismountable fixing cap at a place where the inner sleeve or the dismountable fixing cap is abutted at the outer sleeve. Moreover, a recess is provided on an end rim of the outer sleeve to be latched in by the protruded member. Therefore, a penholder is provided, wherein by simply replacing the outer sleeve, a pattern, color or even model of the pen body can be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Yuan-Ning LEE
  • Publication number: 20120244103
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reversible oral adhesive gel. The reversible oral adhesive gel is suitable for application to lips to inhibit oral (mouth) breathing and to promote nasal breathing and thereby prevent or ameliorate snoring and to correct other respiratory problems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Robert J. Davis, John Alexander Staton, George John Orban
  • Patent number: 8246263
    Abstract: A pull-behind floor finish applicator wherein a peristaltic pump is employed in conjunction with disposable conduit tubing obviate any clean up of the pump. This applicator is adaptable to receiving bag in the box floor finish, thus reducing cleaning time. The applicator employs a minimum number of disposable parts thus making it economical to produce. A mop is employed to apply floor finish to easily accessible areas in one instance, yet allows the mop to be used independently for application of floor finish to not so easily accessible areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Bober, Charles A. Crawford, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Scott I. Biba, Craig P. Conner, Daniel R. Nett, Nicholas S. Reback
  • Publication number: 20120148332
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper for wiping off a cosmetics applicator during the withdrawal from its storage container, wherein the wiper forms a substantially rectangular passage, which in the non-stressed state is closed off by two mutually opposing wiper lips that are respectively divided into several bending elements which are elastically deformed when the cosmetics applicator is pushed through and thus clear the way for the applicator to pass through the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: GEKA GMBH
    Inventors: Helmut STREDAK, Manuela GEUTHER, Erwin SCHUSTER
  • Publication number: 20120141188
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reversibly thermochromic aqueous ink composition comprising: water; a water-soluble organic solvent; a reversibly thermochromic microcapsule pigment which contains a reversibly thermochromic composition comprising: (A) an electron donating coloring organic compound, (B) an electron accepting compound, and (C) a reaction medium which determines temperature at which color reactions between the components (A) and (B) occur; a comb type polymer dispersant having carboxyl groups on its side chains, an organic nitrogen sulfur compound, and a water-soluble resin, a writing instrument using the ink composition, and a writing instrument set comprising the writing instrument and a frictional body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: THE PILOT INK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Fujita
  • Publication number: 20120087888
    Abstract: The present invention achieves bio-mechanical stimulation of collagen synthesis in skin cells and reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin by applying a polymeric composition onto the skin in a manner so as to create surface tension that mimics the natural mechanical tension found in youthful skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Nadine A. Pernodet, Donald F. Collins, Jean Harry Xavier, Phillip Cummins, Christina G. Fthenakis, William Robert Bickford, Lenny Slutsky
  • Publication number: 20120039653
    Abstract: An applicator includes a hollow body having a central longitudinal axis to hold a colored ink, a shoulder portion, a central recessed portion, and a base portion. The shoulder portion is located above and merges with the central recessed portion at an upper end thereof and includes a top wall having an opening. The base portion is located below and merges with the central recessed portion at a lower end thereof and includes a bottom wall. The central recessed portion has a smooth continuous sidewall formed as a triangle with three sides of substantially identical dimensions. The central recessed portion merges with the shoulder portion and the base portion at upper and lower flared surfaces, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: Clarence J. Venne, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey H. Fischer
  • Publication number: 20110229249
    Abstract: A penholder includes primarily an inner sleeve, at least one outer sleeve and a dismountable fixing cap. An outer wall of the inner sleeve is formed with a step at a place close to a bottom end of the inner sleeve. The at least one outer sleeve is sheathed on an outer layer of the inner sleeve, and a bottom end of the outer sleeve is abutted at the step of the inner sleeve. The dismountable fixing cap is provided on a top end of the inner sleeve and forms a limiting function to prevent the outer sleeve from dropping. Therefore, a penholder is provided, wherein by simply replacing the outer sleeve, a pattern, color or even model of the penholder can be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Yuan-Ning LEE
  • Publication number: 20110076468
    Abstract: A decorating kit is provided to a user. The decorating kit comprises an article having a color that conceals color applied to the article, one or more designs applied on the article, and one or more coloring markers for coloring the designs on the article. The color of the article is a light absorbing color, which conceals color applied to the article. The article is, for example, clothing, an accessory, a pet product, etc. The designs are screened or attached onto the article. When the user colors the designs on the article using the coloring markers, the colors that inadvertently extend beyond the designs onto the article are not visible on the article. The user can therefore color the designs on the article without the colors that over-mark the designs, visible on the article. The decorating kit further comprises decorative elements for decorating the designs and the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Stacey Lee Singer
  • Patent number: 7866908
    Abstract: An assembly structured to clean the head portion of a stethoscope comprising a housing including a path of travel along which the head portion passes during cleaning. A supply of cleaning fluid is associated with a dispenser assembly which is cooperatively disposed relative to an activating assembly. The activating assembly is manually operated due to moveable engagement with the head portion as it travels along the path of travel. The activating assembly is thereby operatively positioned to activate the dispenser assembly when engaged by the head portion as it passes along the path of travel. The dispenser assembly delivers the cleaning fluid to an applicator assembly which distributes the cleaning fluid to the head portion and facilitates the cleaning thereof and removal of excess cleaning fluid there from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Perlman, James M. Sellers, Keith Rubin, Mathew Cardinali, Michael R. Cole, Sidney Perlman
  • Publication number: 20100252189
    Abstract: A method and a kit for decorating a collar and a leash of a pet includes a collar and a leash or lead preferably made of a nylon material, a set of permanent, non toxic and odorless fabric markers of preferably five different colors, a stencil set of preferably images made preferably of paper stock having a sticky non-toxic backing to keep each image in place when applied to the pet's collar or leash (lead). The markers can be used to color each image while in the stencil set before removing a selected colored image to be placed on the pet's collar or leash for decorating the collar or leash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Fried
  • Patent number: 7794164
    Abstract: A barrel for a writing implement includes a barrel body having a gripping part, and a grip member of layered structure formed by assembling an inner member of a soft material and an outer member, and is put on the gripping part of the barrel body. The inner member is covered with the outer member, and at least one of the outside surface of the inner member and the inside surface of the outer member is formed in an assembly facilitating shape for facilitating putting the outer member on the inner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Pilot Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Akinori Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7758270
    Abstract: A tool facilitates the insertion and removal of an ink reservoir unit, such as a cartridge, from a chamber of a writing instrument. The chamber is located within a drum that is coupled to a nib of the writing instrument. The tool comprises a main section defining, at least in part, an internal cavity for receiving the nib. The tool is configurable in a closed state, in which the nib is positioned inside the cavity and the tool clutches a grip portion of the writing instrument that is rigidly coupled to the nib and the drum. The tool is further configurable in an open state in which the cavity is partially open, compared to when the tool is in the closed state, thereby facilitating safe placement of the nib inside the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Cartier Creation Studio S.A.
    Inventor: Robert Aebischer
  • Patent number: 7708913
    Abstract: A thermochromic coloring color-memory composition which comprises a homogeneous solubilized mixture of (A) an electron donative coloring organic compound, (B) an electron accepting compound and (C) an ester compound represented by the specific formula as a reaction medium which controls color reactions of the components (A) and (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Fujita
  • Publication number: 20090311035
    Abstract: The present invention generally is a shearing assembly for a fluid material comprising a product inlet flow component, a shearing component, and a housing, said housing arranged to be in fluid communication with the product inlet flow component. The shearing component is enclosed in the housing such that the fluid is sheared when it flows via the shearing component while the flow of fluid is sealed when the shearing component is under the action of a force. Also disclosed is a device comprising said shearing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Leo Clifford Pires, Roger Hwang, Rahul Bose, Bhavana Vashishtha, Koushik Kohli, Santosh Mohapatra
  • Publication number: 20090311036
    Abstract: The present invention generally is a dispensing device for consumer products which is user-friendly and provides an easy application by the user. The device allows a user to simultaneously actuate while applying. The disclosed device provides for controllable dispensing of the product and is user friendly as it is one-hand operated. There is provided a device that provides an even application on the surface as there is present a shearing assembly inside it. The device of the present invention can be used to dispense a wide variety of consumer products such as cosmetic, cosmeceutical and care products such as nail enamel, foundation, hair treatment or skin care products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: Zen Design Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Leo Clifford Pires, Roger Hwang, Abhisek Basak, Santosh Mohapatra, Rahul Bose, Koushik Kohli
  • Publication number: 20090265859
    Abstract: A letter opener-clip unit for use with an elongated handheld instrument. The generally elongated clip defines thereon an elongated and substantially U-shaped groove along a longitudinal symmetry axis thereof for accepting paper therein for cut. The groove is open at a first clip end where the clip is attached to the instrument and closed at a point on the clip proximate a second clip end to divide the clip into two branches separated by the groove. In the preferred embodiment, a pair of triangular shaped cutting members are opposingly disposed on the respective branches adjacent the first clip end, partly protruding into the groove to form a wedge at which the paper is cut as it moves within the groove from the second clip end toward the first clip end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Dilip Bhavnani
  • Publication number: 20090257812
    Abstract: A device, for applying a flowable medium to a surface, includes a container, equipment to be worn on a back, a hose and a hose adapter, which can attach the hose to an outlet opening of the container, and which includes a ventilating element. The device further includes a handle having an end to which a wiping or applying device is mounted. The equipment includes a mounting plate attached to supporting straps to hold the container; and the container includes coupling elements for coupling the container to the mounting plate. A duct of the device extends from a first end of the hose, such that, when the hose is attached to the container, at the first end thereof, by the hose adapter, the duct conducts the flowable medium, from the container, to an outlet of the handle, which outlet is spaced apart from the wiping or applying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: Ecolab GMBH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Hans-Leo FERNSCHILD, Heiko FAUBEL, Karl-Heinz ROGMANN, Ulrike SCHEUVENS
  • Publication number: 20090080964
    Abstract: A gas pressurized painting system comprises a pressurized paint canister and a powered paint brush or powered paint roller connectable to the pressurized paint canister. The canister includes a paint reservoir, an air 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. A flexible tube is used to interconnect the paint outlet to the paint inlet of the powered paint brush or powered paint roller. The painting system also includes a cleaning system for quickly and easily cleaning the system using a standard source of cleaning fluid, such as a garden spigot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jerry D. Castellana
  • Publication number: 20080260452
    Abstract: A writing instrument, drawing instrument and/or marking instrument has at least one shaft, at least the liquid reservoir mounted therein and a writing wicking, wherein between the writing wicking and the liquid reservoir at least one contact point or contact area for the conducting of the writing medium is formed. The at least one liquid reservoir has, on the side facing the writing wicking, an area with a seal, wherein the area with the sealing means covers the entire free front side of the liquid reservoir. The area with the seal is designed to be stretching at least into a partial area of the casing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Susi Hafner
  • Publication number: 20080213031
    Abstract: A point for writing instruments, drawing instruments and/or marking instruments has at least one marking edge, wherein the at least one marking edge has at least one recessed area, and wherein the at least one recessed area is configured between two elevated points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Arno Castner, Vyhnal Alexander
  • Patent number: 7150576
    Abstract: A clog free drain for a surface water drain such as that utilized in a tub or stall shower including a basket having side openings permitting waste water to flow there through and into the drain pipe in which the basket is disposed. Directing waste water into the basket is by a sleeve located coaxially of the basket and the drain pipe and below the drain plate whereby the waste water flows through the sleeve, out an opening in the bottom thereof in to the closed bottom of the basket. The waste water accumulates below and into the sleeve and into the basket to a level of the side openings in the basket where it flows into the drain pipe. Pooling of the waste water in the bottom of the basket allows the debris, hair, soap scum and other suspended particles to accumulate in the bottom of the basket and thus separated from the waste water flowing in to the drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Dona M. Kambeyanda
  • Patent number: 6769829
    Abstract: The cover of a binder is provided with a coating which is receptive to inks which are water based, solvent based or gel based, and which is substantially water-fast after the ink has dried. A coated transparent sheet may be provided on the front cover of the binder to form a pocket so that visual material inserted in the pocket may be traced, and so that the cover may be personalized. The coating may include porous pigment and a binder which includes as a component a water soluble polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur G. Castillo, Norman Yamamoto, Chitto Ron Sarkar, Christine Kay Landis, Frank Yen-Jer Shih, Zhisong Huang
  • Patent number: 6652177
    Abstract: A highly durable conical nib is provided which also realizes a significant improvement in a nib productivity and a significant cost reduction. The conical nib comprises: a plurality of separated combtooth pieces being able to converge progressively toward front ends thereof and combine to form a virtually conical shape and that the front ends thereof combine to form a virtually spherical shape; a holding member capable of arranging the combtooth pieces along a circumference; and a converging member capable of converging these combtooth pieces; wherein the plurality of separated combtooth pieces are assembled by the holding member and the converging member, both separate from the combtooth pieces, into a conical nib having a writing tip at the front end thereof and an ink feeding path between each combtooth piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Shimada, Shizuo Yamanaka
  • Publication number: 20030108581
    Abstract: A lanolin application kit comprising lanolin and a lanolin applicator is used to apply lanolin to a body surface, particularly on a nipple, without leaving undesired lanolin residue on the user, and so that contamination of other unused lanolin is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Inventor: Brian H. Silver
  • Publication number: 20030053838
    Abstract: The present invention sets forth a painting implement which enables the user to mix paint and to clean conventional paint rollers utilizing a hand drill. The painting implement is selectively adjustable to be configured to mix paint and to support a paint roller for cleaning, thereby being capable of providing several functions. Implements of different diameters may be provided, for cleaning and using an assortment of sizes of paint rollers. The implement is provided with a paddle member that is perforated and of a geometric wave-like form to enhance mixing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Mike Whitney
  • Patent number: 5957610
    Abstract: A penpoint has a base portion and a plurality of comb-tooth pieces and a converging member fitted over the portion of the penpoint body between the base portion and the comb-tooth pieces. The uniform pressure of the converging member converges the comb-tooth pieces front ends into an undistorted hemispheric writing portion having ink passages between the adjoining comb-tooth pieces. When the penpoint is pressed against paper with the pen axis inclined, the front ends of the comb-tooth pieces shift and elastically deform to expand the outer diameter of the hemispheric portion. When pressure is relieved it returns to its original hemispherical shape. The thickness of strokes varies according to writing pressure. The penpoint can write in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Shizuo Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 5902064
    Abstract: A conical penpoint is disclosed which resiliently deflects at its end by the pressure of writing to allow the thickness of written lines to be varied easily. The conical penpoint comprises: a penpoint body having a cylindrical base portion and a conical portion formed of a plurality of comb-tooth pieces continuous to and extending forwardly from the base portion; and an ink supply core installed inside the penpoint body and extending longitudinally therein. The front ends of the comb-tooth pieces are joined together so that the front ends of the adjacent comb-tooth pieces are in resilient contact with each other. When the apex portion formed by the joined front ends of the comb-tooth pieces is pressed against paper with its axis at an angle with respect to the paper, the penpoint elastically deforms allowing the thickness of written lines to be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Shizuo Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 5672021
    Abstract: A nib for use in a capillary feed marker. According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the nib comprises a bundle of substantially parallel, absorbent fibers fashioned into a porous structure, some of the fibers being made of a water-soluble (or solvent-soluble) material, other of the fibers being made of a water-insoluble (or solvent-insoluble) material. By dissolving the soluble fibers of the nib while keeping the insoluble fibers of the nib intact, capillaries of an enlarged size may be formed in the nib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Herman Abber, Lee A. Carlson, Lewis H. Johnson, Craig L. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 5578117
    Abstract: An aqueous, correction fluid that includes a suspending agent, a binding resin, water, and an opacifying pigment, The suspending agent is preferably a gum or hydrocolloid, e.g., xanthan gum, and the composition preferably has a shear-thinning index (n) of from about 0.08 to 0.50.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Gary F. Matz, Kimberly B. Sanborn
  • Patent number: 5399041
    Abstract: An writing instrument having an elongated tubular body formed from a thin sheet of material being rolled upon itself. A marking substance positioned within a bore of the body is prevented from leaking through the body by the application of a coating to at least one side of the sheet so that a lining is formed in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventor: Edgar B. Chiswell
  • Patent number: 5336010
    Abstract: A pen point structure suitable for use in a fountain pen comprises a body formed from a mixture of hard inorganic powder and a binder resin and provided with at least one ink flow channel and at least one air flow channel. The hard inorganic powder is preferably lock crystal powder, quartz powder, alumina powder, silica powder, corundum powder, ceramic powder, high m.p. metal powder, metal carbide powder or metal nitride powder, or a mixture thereof. The binder resin is preferably a phenol resin, urea resin, melamine resin or unsaturated polyester resin, or a mixture thereof. A fountain pen constructed of such a pen point structure, an ink reservoir and a pen casing is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventor: Kuniyoshi Shiomitsu
  • Patent number: 5238320
    Abstract: A pen nib preferably for use in a high speed writing, having a coaxial capillary passage for ink. The coaxial passage extends axially in the nib body, and has, in a cross-sectional view, a coaxial portion, a plurality of outer portions and intermediate connecting portions between the coaxial portion and respective outer portions. The coaxial passage partially opens axially at peripheral openings formed in a round or sharped head of the nib, that is the coaxial portion and intermediate portions are all closed axially at the head, and the outer portions are open axially at the peripheral openings formed such that they are arranged at a top surface of the head around the center thereof. The intermediate passage portions may be open radially at the peripheral openings. The nib is made of hard and wear material such as metal, ceramic or thermosetting resin by an injection molding with a subsequent heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Teibow Company Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Komatsu, Tetsuo Shimoishi
  • Patent number: 5124205
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel ink reservoir containing a polyester fiber, such as a poly(ethylene terephthalate) fiber, having at least one continuous groove. The surface of the groove of the fiber is preferably rougher than the surface outside the groove. The ink reservoirs are useful for use with aqueous inks and have improved ink transport properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter W. Raynolds, Shriram Bagrodia
  • Patent number: 5096322
    Abstract: A ceramic nib for a writing instrument having a tapered outer surface which converges toward a writing point end to form a tapered point, and at least one ink passage extending along the length of the nib such that the ink passage is converged along with the convergence of the outer surface of the ceramic tapered point of the nib, the ink passage having a bottom surface which is tapered such that it becomes more narrow towards the tapered point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Pentel Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shiga, Masayuki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5015113
    Abstract: A multiangular pen comprising a multiangular pen nib; a pen core having holder pieces fitted the surface of the pen nib and a rod-like connector formed integral to the base end of the holder pieces, said pen core being made by tamping and molding a fibers material, having liquid permeability and serving to hold the pen nib with its holder pieces fitted the surface of the pen nib; and a penholder for housing a pen nib assembly of the pen nib and the pen core; wherein the body of said pen core is inserted into the ink holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Shizuo Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 4974748
    Abstract: A disposable attachment to the dispensing end of a toothpaste tube which obviates contact between the tube exit opening and the toothbrush bristles to minimize the spread of infection among multiple users of the toothpaste, in which the disposable attachment has a leg with a V-shaped notch in a forward edge thereof through which notch the toothpaste is squeezed onto the bristles of the toothbrush while the leg prevents contact of the tube exit opening with the toothbrush bristles because of an interposed position therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Inventor: Judy J. Rae
  • Patent number: 4966480
    Abstract: A washing liquid cartridge removably positionable in a writing instrument of the type having a removable ink container. The washing liquid container contains therein a washing liquid and has an engagement portion at one end removably engagable with an inner element of the writing instrument and an openable seal adjacent to the engagement portion. When the seal of the cartridge is opened and the cartridge is snugly fitted in position within the writing instrument in place of the ink container, the washing liquid in the cartridge flows and washes the ink passage within the writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1990
    Assignee: Pentel Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitosi Watanabe, Ikuo Takagishi, Toshinobu Kosaka, Katsuhiko Kawabata
  • Patent number: 4822193
    Abstract: An ink pen, particularly a roller type marker, includes a pen body provided with a fibrous body ink reservoir for holding ink, and a pen tip is provided on the pen body for drawing ink from the ink reservoir. The fibrous body ink reservoir is composed of a gathered bundle of unbonded continuous false twist stretch yarn fibers having twist and curl which are oriented generally parallel to one another and which entangle one another and are sufficiently randomly oriented with one another so as to form a strong tangled fibrous mass having high capillarity for good ink-holding properties while preventing leakage. The ink reservoir can be used with a film overwrap or extruded coating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: American Filtrona Corporation
    Inventor: Richard M. Berger
  • Patent number: 4776718
    Abstract: A writing implement having at its front end a small writing tube and a writing wick axially slidable in it. The writing wick at its inner end has an enlarged head which engages a restoring spring. The restoring spring is part of a retaining ring which holds the spring in the implement, and the retaining ring has capillary ducts to convey ink between ink-conducting passages and the writing wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: Schmidt Feintechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Heinzmann, Klaus Frietsch
  • Patent number: 4540303
    Abstract: A nib having an ink tube of chrome nickel steel, and also a cleaning wire which likewise consists of chrome nickel steel, is subjected to surface hardening by means of a boride process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: Standardgraph Zeichengerate GmbH
    Inventor: Giuseppe Gigli
  • Patent number: 4531853
    Abstract: A writing instrument has a metal writing point formed by a bundle of fine metal wires, which at one end portion of the bundle are laterally compressed and held adjacent to each other with capillary passages between them. A substantially hemispherical tip is formed at the end surface of the end portion and a substantial part of the remainder of the bundle has a longitudinally extending hollow space at the center thereof. A long permeable ink feeding core is inserted into a hollow space for feeding ink to the passages in the tip and the bundle is encased in a cylinder which may be incorporated in a pen having an ink cartridge from which ink is supplied to the core. The compressed wires are durable and can be provided with a smooth hemispherical surface which moves smoothly over the paper. The passages and the core ensure a steady supply of ink. The writing point also enables sufficient pressure to be applied when writing for making copies with carbon or copy paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Shachihata Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Hirabayashi, Takeshi Mizutani