Plural Tools With Supply To Less Than All Patents (Class 401/37)
  • Patent number: 9723913
    Abstract: An oral care system that includes an oral care implement and a dispenser, an oral care method, and a method of applying an oral care agent to an oral surface. In one embodiment, the invention may be a method of applying an oral care agent to an oral surface that includes: providing a kit comprising a toothbrush and a dispenser containing an oral care agent; removing the dispenser from kit; and applying the oral care agent to an oral surface using the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Robert Moskovich, Sharon Kennedy, John Gatzemeyer, Joachim Storz, Raimund Klausegger
  • Patent number: 9179765
    Abstract: An oral care system that includes an oral care implement and a dispenser, an oral care method, and a method of whitening teeth. In one embodiment, the invention may be a method of whitening teeth that includes: providing a toothbrush having a handle and a detachable oral care agent dispenser supported by the handle, the dispenser including a reservoir containing a tooth whitening agent; decoupling the dispenser from the handle of the toothbrush; and applying the tooth whitening agent to an oral surface using the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Robert Moskovich, Sharon Kennedy, John Gatzemeyer, Joachim Storz, Raimund Klausegger
  • Patent number: 9033602
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing toothbrush (100). In one aspect, the toothbrush comprises a body (105) having a reservoir (135) containing an oral care fluid (136) therein, the oral care fluid being delivered to an applicator (132) via capillary action. The toothbrush comprises an actuator (130) for moving either the applicator and/or the reservoir between different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Boyd, John J. Gatzemeyer, Sharon Kennedy, Eduardo J. Jimenez
  • Patent number: 9022678
    Abstract: A hand held variable tool for use in casino operations that has optional functions of, at least, (i) a small tip writing instrument such as a pencil or pen, (ii) a large tip writing instrument such as a marker, and (iii) a cutting or scoring tool, such as a sharp-tipped needle or nail to aid in “scoring” and opening the cellophane around a new deck of playing cards. The tool can be clipped to the badge of a user for ease of transport while not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Mendicino
  • Patent number: 8974134
    Abstract: A package for applying a liquid personal care product. the package including a body for storing and dispensing a personal care product and an applicator with a skin-contacting portion for applying the personal care product to the skin of a user. The body of the package and the skin-contacting portion both have first and second cross-sectional shapes with major and minor dimensions aligned with one another. The major dimension being greater than the minor dimension. The skin contacting portion includes a patterned surface. The patterned surface produces a corresponding pattern on skin when the personal care product is applied thereto. The pattern may be configured to deliver a discontinuous film of product to the skin, resulting in natural looking coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: David Edward Wilson, Ellen Mary Loughren, Ian Andrew Carnduff
  • Patent number: 8967898
    Abstract: A multi-function back and body scrubber to enable a user to wash, scrub, massage and exfoliate his back and other areas of his body while taking a bath or a shower. The multi-function scrubber includes a shaft that is filled with fluid (e.g., body wash), a flexible thumb pump detachably connected to one end of the shaft, and a double-sided scrubbing head connected to the opposite end. The scrubbing head has first and second cleaning surfaces (e.g., a loofah sponge and a plurality of raised bumps) that are detachable and interchangeable with one another. When the thumb pump is squeezed, fluid is forced from the shaft to one of the cleaning surfaces of the double-sided scrubbing head. The scrubbing head is detachable from the shaft to be held in a hand of the user so that fluid can be dispensed from the shaft thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jack Dayeh
  • Patent number: 8950964
    Abstract: A specially designed addition to stick deodorant packaging that incorporates a handy absorbent pad or brush that removes moisture from the skin prior to application. Design intent is to provide consumers with a novel tool that ensures optimal hygiene may be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Tia Jefferson
  • Patent number: 8926210
    Abstract: A window and glass cleaning device includes a cleaning head and an elongated handle configured to be grasped by a user. The handle has a first end connected to the cleaning head and a second end configured to be connected to an extension handle. A fluid container is housed by the handle, and a spray nozzle is carried by said handle at a position approximate the first end of the handle. A pump is carried by the handle and connects the fluid container to the spray nozzle. The pump includes a pump actuator. An electric motor is carried by the handle and is operatively connected to pump actuator to drive the pump actuator in the pumping of fluid from the container through the spray nozzle. A power source and an electric switch are carried by the handle. The electrical switch is operatively connected to the power source and to the electric motor and is operable by the user to connect the power source to the electric motor to facilitate the pumping of said fluid through said spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence Orubor
  • Patent number: 8757912
    Abstract: An oral care system and method comprising an oral care implement such as a toothbrush having a plurality of tooth engaging elements and a cavity adapted to detachably house a dispenser containing an oral care agent. In one embodiment, the dispenser may be configured as a dispensing pen having an applicator on one end. A user may dismount the dispenser from the toothbrush, apply the agent to the oral surface, and re-mount the dispenser in the toothbrush for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jimenez, Sharon Kennedy, Robert Moskovich, John Gatzemeyer, Joachim Storz, Raimund Klausegger
  • Patent number: 8713755
    Abstract: An insert assembly for an applicator is built from two semi-cylindrical retention jaws connected by a living hinge. Each of the semi-cylindrical retention jaws has a plurality of stake pins, while the first semi-cylindrical retention jaw has a locator receptacle and the second semi-cylindrical retention jaw has a locator insert. An insert is placed between the two retention jaws, which then close to secure the insert between the retention jaws. The locator receptacle receives the locator insert from the second semi-cylindrical retention jaw, helping to align the two retention jaws. The plurality of stake pins impale the insert, holding it in place. In addition to being secured by the stake pins, the insert is supported by an interior ridge. The insert assembly can then be slid into a barrel sleeve, held in place by a press fit or by a removable mounting system, such as a lug mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Spatz Laboratories
    Inventor: Monroe Adler Cochran
  • Patent number: 8647005
    Abstract: The paint trimmer includes a rigid base and a handle removably attachable to the base. The handle includes a bladder for storing paint. A paint applicator is associated with the base and fluidly coupled to the bladder via a manifold. Accordingly, a user may selectively dispense paint from the bladder to the paint applicator via the manifold for application to a surface to be painted. A paint mask associated with the base and offset from the paint applicator prevents paint from dispensing to undesired locations of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Arigala Painting, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Gallardo
  • Patent number: 8628264
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a handle, a head mounted to one end of the handle that includes a first face having a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending therefrom and a second face, a store of dentifrice retained at the head, and a film matrix retained at the head containing at least one rapidly releasable agent. A soft tissue cleaner can be included on the second face. The at least one rapidly releasable agent can be provided to the first and/or second faces during use from the film matrix. In addition, dentifrice can be provided to the first and/or second faces during use from the store of dentifrice. The at least one rapidly releasable agent can include, for example, a flavoring agent, a dentifrice, or a therapeutic agent. The toothbrush can be small in size and lightweight so as to be readily portable for use away from the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Alan Sorrentino, Guofeng Xu, Richard Scott Robinson, Douglas J. Hohlbein
  • Patent number: 8282298
    Abstract: An oral care implement includes a handle, a head mounted to one end of the handle that includes a first face having plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending therefrom and a second face, a store of dentifrice retained at the head, and a film matrix retained at the head containing at least one rapidly releasable agent. A soft tissue cleaner can be included on the second face. The at least one rapidly releasable agent can be provided to the first and/or second faces during use from the film matrix. In addition, dentifrice can be provided to the first and/or second faces during use from the store of dentifrice. The at least one rapidly releasable agent can include, for example, a flavoring agent, a dentifrice, or a therapeutic agent. The toothbrush can be small in size and lightweight so as to be readily portable for use away from the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Richard Scott Robinson, Guofeng Xu, Douglas Hohlbein, Alan Sorrentino
  • Patent number: 8277135
    Abstract: There is provided in a preferred embodiment of the present invention a maintenance device for snaps or fasteners having a housing and a dynamic body that is slidably engaged within said housing. Attached to the dynamic body is a pair of cleaning arms. A spring positioned between the body and the housing biases the body and arms to a relaxed and extended position. When the body is pressed against and engages a fastener, the body moves to a retracted position within the housing causing the cleaning arms pivot and engage the fastener. With the cleaning arms engaged, a twisting movement of the housing removes corrosion, dirt and debris from the fastener. The device further includes a refillable lubrication reservoir and channel which serves to lubricate the fastener while it is cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher J. Cunningham
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110268490
    Abstract: A package for two liquid personal care compositions, including an applicator, a first reservoir, and a second reservoir. The applicator is non-removably connected at and extends away from the first cavity. The first and second reservoirs each hold a quantity of a liquid composition therein. The first reservoir includes an open end sized for independent insertion and removal of the applicator therethrough. The first reservoir is removable and protectively encases the applicator. The second reservoir includes a closed end an opposing open end, through which a liquid composition can be dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Gwen Sheila Trinidad Acierto, Mark Jay Barnes, Christopher Louis Hansen, Folke Schlueter, Ian Andrew Carnduff
  • Patent number: 7909526
    Abstract: A grill brush having a brush handle with a handle end and a brush end, the brush head having a fluid reservoir, a brush handle conduit and a valve located therein; a reservoir cap removeably attached to the handle end of the brush handle; the valve being in fluid communication with the reservoir; the brush handle conduit being in fluid communication with the valve; a brush head; a bristle holding member; a brush bristle surface located on the bristle holding member; a brush head conduit located in the brush head, and in fluid communication with the brush handle conduit; a plurality of groups of bristles emanating from the brush bristle surface; a plurality of orifices located on the brush bristle surface, and in communication with the brush head conduit; and a scraper is provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Wales
  • Patent number: 7832955
    Abstract: An apparatus to aid in the removal of ice buildup from motor vehicle windshields includes an ice scraper with an integral sprayer for dispensing de-icing solution. The handle of the ice scraper contains a reservoir filled with de-icing solution with a spray pump trigger, or battery-powered spraying system, for spraying fluid upon the windshield to aid in the de-icing process. A screw cap, located on the handle, is used to refill the invention when the reservoir is depleted. A detachable snow brush is also provided. The apparatus allows drivers in cold weather climates the ability to efficiently remove ice buildup from their vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventors: Lisa Leffew, Timothy Blacknik
  • Patent number: 7824120
    Abstract: A hand held cleaning apparatus for cleaning carpets and other surfaces comprises a housing and a solution reservoir mounted to the housing for storing and dispensing a cleaning composition onto the surface to be cleaned. The solution reservoir further comprises a dispenser assembly including a flexible vent tube that is weighted to consistently orient a free end of the vent tube away from the cleaning composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Kasper, Herbert J. Vanderbilt, Jose Carlito Santiago
  • Patent number: 7785026
    Abstract: A cosmetic stick applicator for treating the lips of a person. The applicator has an elongate, tubular body with an inner chamber for storing a chemical formulation or substance such as an exfoliant, to be applied to the lips. One end of the body has an external, oblique, lip-engageable abrasive applicator surface containing a product-dispensing orifice through which the substance can be ejected. Such ejection is accomplished by means of a finger-engageable wheel that is turned to forcibly discharge the substance through the orifices and onto the applicator surface. Thereafter this surface which now contains the discharged substance, is rubbed against the lips and thus effects a scrubbing thereof, which brings about gentle and controlled exfoliation of accumulated dead skin cells. Following this, excess dead cell material can be wiped off with a tissue or pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Serena Eng, Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 7632033
    Abstract: A grill brush comprising a handle, with a handle end and a brush head end; a hanging means attached a handle end of the handle; a reservoir located within the handle; a reservoir cap located on the handle; a brush head attached to the brush head end of the handle; the brush head comprising: a brush head bracket, a bristle base; a plurality of orifices for fluid distribution located in the bristle base; a plurality of bristles located on the bristle base; a scraper attached to the brush head; a distribution passageway in the handle, and in fluid communication with the orifices; an inlet valve located in the handle, and in fluid communication with the reservoir and the distribution passageway; a shut-off spool located on the handle, and in operable communication with the inlet valve; an anchor attached to the bristle base; a hole located in the brush head bracket configured to slide over the anchor; an attaching means attachable to the anchor, and configured to hold the bristle base to the brush head bracket; a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Wales
  • Publication number: 20080166172
    Abstract: A cosmetic stick applicator for treating the lips of a person. The applicator has an elongate, tubular body with an inner chamber for storing a chemical formulation or substance such as an exfoliant, to be applied to the lips. One end of the body has an external, oblique, lip-engageable abrasive applicator surface containing a product-dispensing orifice through which the substance can be ejected. Such ejection is accomplished by means of a finger-engageable wheel that is turned to forcibly discharge the substance through the orifices and onto the applicator surface. Thereafter this surface which now contains the discharged substance, is rubbed against the lips and thus effects a scrubbing thereof, which brings about gentle and controlled exfoliation of accumulated dead skin cells. Following this, excess dead cell material can be wiped off with a tissue or pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Serena Eng, Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 7066673
    Abstract: The pen structure includes the pen body that has a ball tip for the refill to protrude and the end that is far from the ball tip. The reversible accessory connected the end of the pen includes an extra functional end and a two-way terminal connector that is far from the extra functional end, and a slot that is placed at the end of the pen. When the reversible accessory is connected to the slot by the first terminal connector, it makes the extra functional end shown in the protruding position, and when the reversible accessory is connected to the slot by the second terminal connector, it makes the extra functional end shown in the hidden position. The pen may use its reversible accessory to increase its practicality and extra functions, and when the extra functional end is not used, the unit is shown in the hidden condition, which may keep the appealing appearance of the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Rui-Feng Kuo
  • Patent number: 7018124
    Abstract: A writing implement has a barrel provided with a separate front cap or a front cap formed integrally with the barrel, a writing member placed in the barrel, pushed constantly backward by a return spring and capable of axially sliding in the barrel, and a stylus mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kageyama, Yoshio Noguchi, Juri Saitou
  • Patent number: 6830404
    Abstract: An input pen is capable of being held in any one of input pen holding parts, respectively having different shapes, of various personal digital assistants. The input pen has a barrel, and stopping members fitted in opposite end parts of a metal tube. An elastic member is placed between the stopping members so as to push the stopping members outwardly. The metal tube is fitted in openings formed in the barrel. When the input pen is inserted into an input pen holding part of the personal digital assistant, the stopping members, properly projecting exteriorly through the openings of the barrel, are pressed against an inner surface of the input pen holding part. Thus, the input pen will not move even if there is a space between the barrel and the inner surface of the input pen holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Pilot Precision Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshimasa Nagaoka
  • Publication number: 20040028451
    Abstract: A mechanical pencil and/or pen and method for operating a mechanical pencil and/or pen is provided. The mechanical pencil includes a barrel, a lead chamber, a first pressure actuator, an eraser chamber, and a second pressure actuator. The first pressure actuator is situated on the outer surface and is coupled to the lead chamber. The lead chamber holds the lead and pressing the first pressure actuator advances the lead chamber causing the lead to advance. The second pressure actuator is situated on the outer surface and is coupled to the eraser chamber. The eraser chamber holds the eraser and pressing the second pressure actuator advances the eraser chamber causing the eraser to advance. A pen including a barrel, a pen chamber, an eraser chamber, and an eraser pressure actuator is also provided. The barrel includes a pen-end, an eraser-end, and an outer surface. The pen chamber is situated in the pen-end and holds the pen. The eraser chamber is situated in the eraser-end and holds an eraser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Roshan Wijerama
  • Publication number: 20030185619
    Abstract: An input pen is capable of being held in any one of input pen holding parts (212A) respectively having different shapes of various personal digital assistants (212). The input pen has a barrel (201), and stopping members (209) fitted in the opposite end parts of the metal tube (208). An elastic member (210) is placed between the stopping members (209) so as to push the stopping members (209) outward. The metal tube (208) is fitted in openings (207A) formed in the barrel (201). When the input pen is inserted in an input pen holding part (212A) of the personal digital assistant (212), the stopping members (209) properly projecting outside through the openings (207A) of the barrel (201) are pressed against the inner surface of the input pen holding part (212A). Thus, the input pen will not move even if there is a space between the barrel (201) and the inner surface of the input pen holding part (212A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Toshimasa Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 6527464
    Abstract: A multi-purpose fingertip pen/stylus comprising a flexible shaft having first and second ends made of a bendable material, which retains a twisted shape, said shaft sized of sufficient length to wrap and secure about the fingertip of a writing digit or to be used in a straightened position as a conventional pen; the first end adapted as a stylus tip for use with pressure sensitive computer screens, and the second end adapted as a writing tip to extend sufficiently beyond the fingertip of the writing digit stylus to contact and write on a writing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Winston Delano Lee
  • Patent number: 6478497
    Abstract: An applicator for footwear, including a receptacle for containing a cleaning product and/or a polishing product. A first cover is mounted to the receptacle with a cleaning device coupled to the cover. At least one valve for delivering the cleaning product or polishing product from the receptacle to the cleaning device is fitted into the first cover and extends to a base of the receptacle. A second cover is adapted to cover the cleaning device. The second cover includes a sponge coupled to an outer surface of the cover and a lid to cover the sponge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Maria Inmaculada Nieto Villahoz
  • Patent number: 6443646
    Abstract: A grill brush for cleaning the grates of a grill while also applying cleaning oil. The grill brush includes a head portion having a plurality of bristles and a scraping portion for removing debris from the grate of the grill, along with the capability to supply cleaning oil to the bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Alan G. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 6361232
    Abstract: A input pen for a portable information processing terminal device with an input tip (12) biased axially forward by pressure applied thereto by a return spring (13). The pressure applied to the input tip (12) is optionally adjustable. A front barrel 10 is detachably attached to a front portion of a barrel (1). The input tip (12) is axially slidably inserted in the front barrel 10. The return spring 13 extended in the front barrel (10) applies pressure to the input tip (12) so as to bias the input tip (12) forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Pilot Precision Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshimasa Nagaoka, Kazuhiko Ono
  • Patent number: 6315478
    Abstract: A glass cleaning device including a resilient hollow bottle having a hollow interior reservoir for containing and dispensing window cleaning fluid, the resilient hollow bottle having a squeegee wiper edge extending therefrom parallel to the longitudinal axis of the resilient hollow bottle, the bottle having a bottom end and a top end, the bottom end being closed and the top end being open to enable glass cleaning fluid to be dispensed therefrom, the top end of the bottle having a cap with an aperture therein for dispensing cleaning fluid therethrough and an array of bristles thereon for scrubbing the glass being cleaned, the cap being movable between a first position and a second position to selectively dispense cleaning fluid from the reservoir through the cap and into the bristles for cleaning the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: William B. Atkins
  • Patent number: 6167584
    Abstract: A cleaning tool (1) intended primarily for cleaning ends of ribbon fibers (17) is designed as a pair of tweezers. At the free ends of the tweezer legs (3) opposite plush pads (13) and opposite cotton or paper pads (15) are provided. The plush pads (13) can be dipped in alcohol before cleaning the ribbon fiber. Then the alcohol is sucked into and held by the plush cloth, whereas the part of the tool, which comprises the wiping/drying pads (15), remains dry. An end of the ribbon fiber (17) is then moved over the pads first contacting the liquid-containing plush pads (13) and thereafter contacting the adjacent dry pads (15). Using the tool the operations of washing and wiping fibers to make them dry can be executed in a single step and in a secure way, so that no particles and solvent residues remain on the end of the ribbon fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
    Inventor: Hamid Nassiri
  • Patent number: 6065890
    Abstract: An improved self-contained cleaning apparatus which has a washing element and a wiping element situated in a coincidentally spaced relation to one another such that a surface is cleaned by synchronized washing and wiping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Gene C. Weitz
  • Patent number: 6050735
    Abstract: A writing implement (10) includes an integrally formed stylus tip (12) for inputting information into electronic devices. An ink cartridge style pen (10) with a push-button spring actuator (48) is modified to include an integrally formed stylus tip (12) molded into the writing end of the pen. When the ink cartridge (30) is retracted, the stylus tip (12) is available for use. However, when the ink cartridge (30) is extended, it extends beyond the stylus tip (12) for engagement with paper writing media. The pen (10) allows the operator to quickly and easily switch between writing with an ink tip cartridge (30) to input information with the stylus tip (12) without significant manipulation of the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Ttools, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. Hazzard
  • Patent number: 6006761
    Abstract: The applicator includes an exterior layer of liquid retaining material, an interior layer of liquid barrier material, an interior layer of filler material and an exterior layer of powder retaining material. The liquid barrier layer is interposed between the liquid retaining layer and the filler layer. The layer of powder retaining material has a peripheral edge section which extends around the end of the filler material layer to a position beneath the liquid barrier layer with its exterior surface facing the interior surface of the liquid retaining layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Victoria Vogue, Inc.
    Inventor: Catherine A. Meledandri
  • Patent number: 6004055
    Abstract: A nail enamel container is composed by a main body, a sleeve member and a cap. The main body is provided with a neck on one end, and an entrance is provided in the neck for the brush of the cap to be inserted through and into the interior of the main body. A protruding connecting portion is provided on the other end of the main body so as to be sleeved in the hollow in one end of the sleeve member. A screwing section is provided on the other end of the sleeve member, and an engraving needle is provided to protrude outwardly of the front end of the screwing section. After the enamel on the nails has been air-dried, the engraving needle is used to engrave various designs or characters on the enamel on the nails so as to make the nails look vivid, and shining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Chen-An Cheng
  • Patent number: 5970990
    Abstract: A mascara container has a bottle for receiving a supply of mascara and defining a bottle neck and opening. A cap is removably secured to the bottle neck at a closure end of the cap, the cap having a comb end extending from the closure end to a top end of the cap and defining a comb slot therebetween. An applicator is mounted to the closure end of the cap and extends through the bottle opening when the cap is secured on the bottle neck. A comb has teeth sized for combing eyelashes, and the comb pivotally mounted to the comb end of the cap for pivotal movement between a closed position with the teeth stored in the comb slot and an open position with the teeth deployed for combing action. The comb is removably retained in the comb slot by snap engagement and is provided with an extending grip for manipulating the comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignees: The Brideport Metal Goods Mfg. Co., Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
    Inventors: David P. Dunton, Robert Le Bras-Brown, Jeffrey Mizell, Dominic A. Paratore, James Thalheimer
  • Patent number: 5913629
    Abstract: A stylus tip for inputting information into electronic devices is provided on the writing end of a writing implement so that the operator can quickly and easily switch between writing with an ink tip cartridge to input information with the stylus tip without significant manipulation of the pen. More specifically, the writing implement comprises an elongated body portion including a first end, a second end and an outer surface constructed and arranged to be gripped by a user. Located within an interior chamber of the body portion is a retractable ink cartridge actuated by a conventional push button/spring biased actuator. The stylus tip is preferably integrally formed with the outer surface of the first end of the body portion extending forwardly from the first end of the body portion such that the stylus tip is presented for use when the body portion is gripped by a user in a normal writing grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: ttools, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. Hazzard
  • Patent number: 5865554
    Abstract: A portable double-brush shoe polishing device includes a polish body, and an assembly comprising a press button and a polishing storage tube. The polish body is designed to facilitate holding by the human hand, and it comprises an annular outer brush at a bottom side thereof. The press button is held in the polish body in a resilient condition. The press button has a positioning rib and a curved flange formed thereon to achieve positioning. An inner brush is disposed beneath the press button and the polish oil storage tube. In use, the outer brush is used to preliminarily clean and wipe the shoe surface, and the press button is pressed to allow penetration of a suitable amount of polish oil into the inner brush which may then polish the shoe surface with an even distribution of the polish oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Pin-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 5853257
    Abstract: A wiper blade conditioning system including a hand-held member comprised of an exterior portion and a cylindrical shaped interior portion. The interior portion has a hollow interior adapted to hold cleaning fluid therein. The interior portion is adapted for spraying the cleaning fluid. A plurality of cleaning elements are disposed within the exterior portion of the handheld member. The cleaning elements are adapted for cleaning windshields and conditioning wiper blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Gary Dubroy
  • Patent number: 5564850
    Abstract: A writing instrument with an input member for pressure-sensitive handwriting at one end, and a removable writing pen on the opposite end of a cylindrical body. A single cap of a diameter smaller than that of the cylindrical body may cover either the writing pen or the input member. The diameter of the cap is smaller that the diameter of the cylindrical body to lessen the chance of it being inadvertently dislodged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Pilot Precision Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshimasa Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 5454659
    Abstract: A liquid medium dispensing implement, to be operated by hand, has a hollow handle, forming a reservoir into which a liquid cleaning or other liquid application medium can be filled. A nipple extends from the end of the handle and contains a pinhole opening, through which the liquid flows from the handle reservoir. A separate and detachable sponge applicator snaps onto the end of the handle to form liquid tight seals between the applicator and the outside circumference of the handle, and between the nipple and an opening in the support piece of the applicator into which the nipple is inserted. The implement can be used effectively, cleanly, and without liquid waste for cleaning dishes and pots or for a variety of other applications in which liquid is to be applied to treat a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Quickie Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Peter S. Vosbikian, Paul P. Vosbikian
  • Patent number: 5380110
    Abstract: A packet for use in treating a surface and having an applicator formed of a plastic sheet material. The applicator has at least one hole therein and has a first and second sides. A reservoir of a liquid is formed on the second side of the applicator. A plastic sheet overlies the first side of the applicator and the hole therein. A first inner heat seal circumscribes the hole and bonds the plastic sheet to the applicator. A removable plastic pull tab sheet is provided. A second inner heat seal secures the pull tab sheet to the plastic sheet and is disposed within the first heat seal and circumscribes the hole whereby when the pull tab sheet is lifted off of the plastic sheet an opening is provided which exposes the hole to permit liquid carried within the liquid reservoir to be expelled through the opening for application to the surface to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Joseph F. Festa
  • Patent number: 5328283
    Abstract: A multi-function glass cleaning apparatus having a container provided With an opening closable by a plug, two principal opposite faces and two side walls, for receiving and storing a cleaning fluid. A handle is formed integrally with the container and defines a hand grasping portion. The hand grasping portion is transverse to the side walls. A first support member is formed integrally with the container on one of the faces thereof for supporting a scraping element which is secured to it. The first support member is parallel to the hand grasping portion and has a trough extending lengthwise thereof. The trough is in communication with the container via a small aperture. A second support member is formed integrally with the container for supporting a wiper which is secured to it. The second support member is parallel to the hand grasping portion and to the first support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Jacques Viens
  • Patent number: 5271682
    Abstract: A squeegee-type cleaning device for washing windows and other structures has a holder with a brush, a support for the holder, a wiper blade adjacent the brush and a fluid supply connected by a hose to the holder. Apertures provided along the length of the holder allow fluid to be pumped from the supply along the entire length of the brush. A manually operated pump is provided to pump this fluid. The brush is pivotable relative to the support and a telescopic pole can be provided on the support to aid in cleaning of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: Gianluigi Realdon
  • Patent number: 5211494
    Abstract: A cleansing and stimulating brush that doubles as a backscratcher having sufficiently firm construction means approximating the function of human nails for scratching and stimulating one's skin, combined with brush means comprising slender stalklike projections for stimulating and cleansing the skin, and including interspersing smooth protuberance means approximating the soft pads of one's finger tips for pleasant touch sensations. This device further includes a soap applicator means to which soap can be applied for further application to the skin. The device can be adapted to contain and dispense liquid soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventor: Etienette Baijnath
  • Patent number: 5180243
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning sensitive surfaces, in particular optical glasses or the like, having a receiving device for accommodating a wetting and wiping device for the surfaces to loosen and detach impurities. The apparatus also has a cleaning device for absorptively removing the impurities from the surface. The wetting and wiping device has a liquid-dispensing wiping head and a liquid dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Walter Vick
  • Patent number: 5165811
    Abstract: An elongate handle mounts a support plate, the support plate mounting a head member thereon. The head member includes a removably mounted sponge head securable to a forward face of the head member, with a flexible polymeric arcuate plate mounted removably to a rear face of the head member. A modification of the invention includes the handle formed with a refillable reservoir, wherein the handle is deformable to effect pressurizing of the reservoir and effect directing of fluid through a supply conduit to a further supply conduit, thereafter directing cleaning fluid to the sponge through a series of valve plugs directed through the further supply conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventor: Hugh W. MacLeod
  • Patent number: 5090832
    Abstract: A disposable pad comprising, a scrubber layer of coarse, resilient, porous, flexible material to scrub a soiled surface, said scrubber layer having a front surface for contacting the soiled surface, and a rear surface. The pad has a liquid impervious sheet covering the rear surface of the scrubber layer, a blotter layer of absorptive material extending over the sheet on a side opposite the scrubber layer, and at least one packet containing a liquid cleaning material disposed intermediate the sheet and the scrubber layer, with the packet containing sufficient cleaning material to saturate the scrubber layer when ruptured to clean the soiled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Ligia A. Rivera, Charles E. Buck, Robert C. Roga