Combined Patents (Class 401/52)
  • Patent number: 9517654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a writing implement comprising: a tubular gripping body (10) within which there is a recess for receiving an ink reservoir, a writing nib (12), at one end of the tubular gripping body (10) able to be connected to an ink reservoir, a timekeeping mechanism (14) housed in the tubular gripping body (10). According to the invention, the timekeeping mechanism (14), housed in the tubular gripping body (10), is a mechanical movement comprising an energy source (16), a balance and hairspring (18), an escapement mechanism intermittently transmitting the energy supplied by the energy source (16) to the balance and hairspring (18), and a geartrain (20) arranged to drive a device (22) for displaying time information, said display device being visible on a circumferential portion of the tubular gripping body (10) at a position between its two ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Raphael Henry
  • Patent number: 9004792
    Abstract: An eraser assembly having at least one eraser, an eraser holder having a first rim including at least one notch, the eraser being disposed in the eraser holder and an eraser cap having at least one tab extending therefrom. The tab of the eraser cap engages the notch of the eraser holder, thereby securing the cap to the eraser holder and enclosing the eraser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen Jacobs Wisler, Marc William Colavitti
  • 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: 8944715
    Abstract: A sanitary disposable writing instrument for minimizing the transfer of bacteria, viruses and/or chemicals from one person to another including a strip of flexible holding material, a writing implement removably secured to the flexible holding material, and a writing tip associated with the writing implement. At least a second writing instrument can be provided to form a series of removably secured writing instruments wherein removal of one writing instrument from the series causes a next writing instrument to be positioned for removal from the series. Combination dispenser and holding members for dispensing the series of writing instruments in a sanitary manner is also provided. The holding members can be mounted on either a vertical or horizontal support surface and can receive replacement dispensers therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Howard Yoder
  • Patent number: 8939667
    Abstract: A shaper for defining a tip portion of a cosmetic unit that has become worn includes a shaping surface for smoothing a surface of the tip portion and a slot in the shaping surface. The shaping surface is user-selectably placed in contact with the tip portion. An edge disposed at the slot and is engageable for removing material of the tip portion when the shaping surface is in contact with tip portion. The removed material is passed through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Avon Products, Inc
    Inventors: Harold E. Pahlck, Josephine A. Adams, Leona Giat Fleissman
  • Publication number: 20150016858
    Abstract: A band, sleeve, or tag that encircles and fits around the case or tube of lipstick, lip gloss, chap stick, or similar item. The band, sleeve or tag has different textures, patterns, designs, colors, shapes, width, and the like, so that the user can identify the different case or tubes by feel, or by visual inspection of the larger visual identifier, instead of having to look down or read the label. The band, sleeve, or tag can come in different sizes to accommodate differently sized tubes or cases. They may have charms, sequins, furs, rhinestones, ribbons, glitter, and similar items attached or incorporated into the band, sleeve or tag, in addition to variations in color, width, patterns, and designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: CINDY J. COHN, SUSAN SEALY
  • Patent number: 8915663
    Abstract: A writing instrument that includes a shaft and an eraser exit device. The eraser exit device includes an eraser protection sleeve that is mobile at least in rotation relative to the shaft so that the eraser can assume a maximum exit configuration and a retraction configuration, and an eraser holder provided with at least a first longitudinal guiding member directly interacting with a first complementary guiding member connected to the shaft so as to prevent any rotation movement between the holder and the shaft, and provided with at least a second guiding member that interacts with a second complementary guiding member connected to the sleeve. The sleeve has a front portion surrounding the rear end of the shaft and a rear portion having an inner guiding portion including the second complementary guiding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Richard O'Brien, Samuel Malinverni
  • Patent number: 8870486
    Abstract: Exchangeable attachments and apparatus and methods for retaining exchangeable and tradable attachments, such as attachments that are removably attached to a retainer. Retainers may be located on, for example, the non-marking end of a writing implement, hair barrettes, shoe laces, bracelets, broaches, earrings, keychains, necklaces, rings, etc. Attachments may be coupled to a receptacle located in the retainer, wherein the attachment is inserted into a receptacle and rotated in a first direction to couple the attachment to the retainer, and wherein the attachment is rotated in a second direction and removed from the receptacle to uncouple the attachment from the retainer. Attachments may be stored internal to the apparatus to which the retainer is attached. Attachments may include identifying indicia or other designs. The retainer may include protrusions or another type of stand to allow the attachments to be displayed while the retainer is removed from the writing implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Robert David Castro, Russell Edward Castro
  • Patent number: 8864397
    Abstract: A disposable writing instrument is provided for carpenters, masons and other tradesmen. The instrument is a lead pencil which comprises one or more accessories, including a level and a ruler. The level is positioned about the center of the instrument. Either or both ends of the instrument are adapted to be used to mark a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Ryan
  • Patent number: 8801309
    Abstract: A disposable writing instrument is provided for carpenters, masons and other tradesmen. The instrument is a lead pencil which comprises one or more accessories, including a level and a ruler. The level is positioned about the center of the instrument. Either or both ends of the instrument are adapted to be used to mark a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Ryan
  • Patent number: 8794857
    Abstract: A non-consumable writing implement, such as a mechanical pencil, with a consumable tip has a body with an outer housing. (See definitions in the “Summary” section). An inner retainer with a gripping mechanism is adapted to grip a consumable product held therein. That is, in one embodiment, a piece of graphite is gripped inside a mechanical pencil. The inner retainer, held within the outer housing, and a ballast attached to the inner retainer, are rotatable with respect to the outer housing. The ballast rotates the gripping mechanism and the consumable product. In this manner, a user desiring to have the tip of the consumable product always in the same orientation as he writes, may use this device to do so. A damper and detent mechanism may be employed to prevent harmonic movement or turning of the consumable product during writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Dean Handrinos
  • Patent number: 8783986
    Abstract: An eraser device for a writing implement includes an eraser body having eraser material on at least one end thereof, and an attachment loop having a loop end connecting a pair of spaced legs, respective leg ends of the spaced legs being attached to the eraser body, the attachment loop being dimensioned to accommodate a shaft of the writing implement therein between the spaced legs and the loop end. The eraser body can be a recycled pencil stub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Rosemary DeFrancisci
  • Patent number: 8776313
    Abstract: A stationery tool has a body and a rubber holding device. The body has a holding end and a holding recess defined in the holding end. The rubber holding device is detachably or securely mounted in the holding recess for holding a rubber to adjust an extension length of the rubber relative to the body and has a clamping segment and a guiding segment. The clamping segment has multiple clamping protrusions for pressing against the rubber. The guiding segment extends outwardly and makes an opening of the rubber holding device have a distance from the clamping segment. Accordingly, the stationery tool has capabilities of adjusting an extension length of the rubber and conveniently replacing a used rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: SDI Corporation
    Inventor: Chien-Lung Wu
  • Publication number: 20140186090
    Abstract: A method of treating a mesh pocket of a lacrosse stick includes providing a solid wax compound, providing a mesh pocket having a plurality of inter-engaged strands that define a plurality of mesh openings, and manually applying the solid wax compound to at least a portion of at least some of the inter-engaged strands of the mesh pocket. A kit for treating a mesh pocket of a lacrosse stick includes a solid wax compound disposed in a retractable applicator, a mesh pocket attached to or attachable to a lacrosse stick, and instructions describing manually applying the solid wax compound to the mesh pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan Gozzo
  • Patent number: 8726966
    Abstract: An adhesive substance removing tool is provided with a cracking tool and a scrapping assembly which are removably coupled to a base. The cracking tool is used to crack the adhesive substance by forming breaking lines on the surface of the adhesive substance, and then the scrapping assembly is used to scrape off the adhesive substance by starting from the breaking lines. The combination of the cracking tool and the scraping assembly allows the user to remove adhesive substance easily and completely. Besides, the cutting assembly of the cracking tool is able to move freely both in straight-line or circular fashion, and the cracking tool can be prevented from rotating or disengaging once it is positioned in place on the base. Hence, convenience and safety of use can both be assured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Liao
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140093299
    Abstract: A packaging device having a magnetic closure system establishing a particular angular orientation between two elements of the device. The packaging device for a cosmetic product comprises a container to house the product. The container comprises a visual mark on a side surface thereof and a removable case including an internal cavity to receive the container which can slide inside the cavity until it is fully housed inside the case. The case comprises a side hole that opens into the internal cavity. The device comprises at least a first permanent magnet borne by the container and at least a second permanent magnet borne by the case. The magnets being configured such as to define the angular position of the container in relation to the second axis, such that the visual mark on the container is positioned in line with the hole in the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Qualipac
    Inventor: Claude Lambert
  • Publication number: 20140064820
    Abstract: A compact utensil which has two utility components connected by an assisted opening hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: James John Mach
  • Patent number: 8591131
    Abstract: A hand-held dry-erase board system for efficiently storing a writing instrument in the handle of a portable dry-erase board. The hand-held dry-erase board system includes a frame including a writable surface, a handle, wherein the handle includes an upper end and a lower end and wherein the upper end of the handle is attached to the frame and a clip, wherein the clip is attached to the handle and wherein the clip secures a marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Julia M. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 8523471
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a deformable hollow body extended along a central axis as far as one end, and an end member that includes a tubular portion which has an inner face equipped with a plurality of first projecting reliefs suitable for engaging with and radially deforming the hollow body during the fitting of the end member by engagement of its tubular portion around the end of the hollow body. The writing implement includes an inner face of the tubular portion that has a plurality of second projecting reliefs having a height measured radially from the inner face which is generally less than the height of the first projecting reliefs and is adapted so that the second reliefs apply a radial pressure on the hollow body deformed by the first reliefs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Ludovic Fagu
  • Patent number: 8496392
    Abstract: A writing instrument is provided. The instrument has (a) a body having opposing first and second ends, the body comprising a marking element extending from one or both ends, and (b) a sheet dispenser coupled to a first cap that is able to engage the first or the second end of the body portion, the dispenser comprising (i) a base disposed on the first cap; and (ii) a cover removably, e.g., slideably, engageable with the base, wherein the dispenser is disposed axially along a centerline of the writing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: David C. Windorski
  • Publication number: 20130170885
    Abstract: An eraser assembly having at least one eraser, an eraser holder having a first rim including at least one notch, the eraser being disposed in the eraser holder and an eraser cap having at least one tab extending therefrom. The tab of the eraser cap engages the notch of the eraser holder, thereby securing the cap to the eraser holder and enclosing the eraser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SANFORD, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen Jacobs Wisler, Marc William Colavitti
  • Patent number: 8414209
    Abstract: A new lip balm, cosmetic, or personal care product dispenser using a non-lethal shotgun shell hull that will accept an industry standard 0.15 ounce twist-base balm dispenser, providing increased turning friction and a tighter fitting cap. A new type of lip balm dispenser that solves the problems associated with old standard tubular balm dispensers. Standard 0.15 ounce lip balm tubes have a knurled twist base that inadvertently rotates in your jacket or pants pocket while people are engaged in outdoor activities such as walking, working, biking, hiking, hunting or fishing. As the tube base twists inside your pocket, the balm itself is wormed outward and mashed into the cap, creating a gooey mess. Also, standard lip balm tube caps come off easily in your pocket which is another big messy problem. The newly invented dispenser prevents a gooey mess in your pocket, purse, jacket or luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Wayne Stanley Forrey
  • Patent number: 8393813
    Abstract: Personal care product dispenser systems include a dispenser and a base station. The dispenser comprises a casing including a personal care product and a shaft. The personal care product is disposed within the casing and comprises an antiperspirant or deodorant. The shaft extends through a portion of the casing and including a first end and a second end and is configured to advance the personal care product through the casing when rotated in a first direction. The second end has a chuck contact surface defining a first shape. The base station includes a motor and a chuck. The motor is operatively coupled to the chuck and is configured to rotate the chuck, and the chuck has a wheel contact surface to correspond to the first shape of the chuck contact surface. The base station is configured to rotate the chuck when the dispenser is mounted to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventor: Travis T. Yarlagadda
  • Publication number: 20130058700
    Abstract: A press lipstick assembly includes a case, leap stick, cap, and a driving mechanism. The case includes a lower case and an upper case arranged to an upper end of the lower case. The columned lipstick is arranged inside the upper case and capable of being pushed out from the upper case. The cap can cover upon the upper case. The driving mechanism has a push button exposed out of a lower end of the lower case for being pressed. The lipstick will be raised up with a predetermined distance by a singe press of the push button so that the use of the lipstick is well controlled. Through above components, the press lipstick assembly is portable and easy to handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Ming-Hsiung Liu
  • Publication number: 20120301205
    Abstract: A writing implement with a mechanical eraser cartridge, having a forward-positioned eraser and method. The eraser and eraser cartridge runs practically the full length of the writing implement before splitting and deviating at a slight angle outward, near the writing end of the implement, slightly above the position, where upon, the writing end of the implement is held. The eraser is mechanically advanced through the eraser cartridge by the user, and exits the eraser cartridge down at the writing end of the implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Steve Joseph Pyle
  • Publication number: 20120294663
    Abstract: A butter dispenser is provided having a dispensing mechanism for dispensing a stick of butter from a housing or container whereby the dispensing mechanism may be separate from or integrated with the housing for containing the butter. The butter dispenser further providing for a dispensing mechanism that includes an automatically retractable dispensing mechanism for reloading the butter without requiring manual retraction of the dispensing mechanism to its fully retracted state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Emily Ann Papavero, Anthony Tad Papavero
  • Patent number: 8303202
    Abstract: A writing utensil kit comprising a plurality of writing utensils including an associated tip having at least one notch formed therein and adapted to mechanically engage a writing surface and produce a stylized design when manipulated thereupon by a user. A method of using the writing utensil wherein a user selects a writing utensil from the kit; orients the writing utensil such that the writing utensil is in mechanical engagement and fluid communication with a writing surface; and manipulates the writing utensil such that a stylized design is produced thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Rafael Garcia
  • Patent number: 8272800
    Abstract: Crayons are formed of a unitary material with interior distances between surfaces to prevent insertion through the maximum mandibular opening of a child five years of age or younger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Kirk C. Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 8240931
    Abstract: A pen/highlighter having an integral retractable tethered bookmark comprising a double-ended writing instrument having a ball point pen at a first end and a highlighter at a second end is disposable and replaceable, thereby allowing a user to refill the device with common refills comprising different color inks. A pen cap portion comprises a tethered interchangeable bookmark depicting such items as a charm, a school or corporate logo, a sports team logo, an entertainment or musical icon, among others. A thin retractable cord connects the bookmark to the device providing a retracting mechanism within the pen cap. An internal locking device secures the bookmark at a maximum extended length as well as variable partial lengths. In such a manner, the cord can be used to mark a page in a book while the bookmark hangs out of a bottom portion of said book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Ruth R. Collins
  • Publication number: 20120170964
    Abstract: A surfing accessory includes a comb residing along a side of an accessory body. The accessory may include a hollow body for holding personal items, or may hold a portion of sun screen or surfboard wax released from the accessory body for use. The comb is shorter than the length of the accessory body and both ends of the accessory body reach to or past the ends of the comb. The accessory further includes a key for tightening a surfboard fin. The key is retractable into the accessory body or folds against the accessory body, and extends for use. A cord, tab, or strap is attached to the accessory body or cap for attaching to a surfboard leash, wet suit, or other feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Bogdanoff
  • Publication number: 20120134736
    Abstract: A disposable writing instrument is provided for carpenters, masons and other tradesmen. The instrument is a lead pencil which comprises one or more accessories, including a level and a ruler. The level is positioned about the center of the instrument. Either or both ends of the instrument are adapted to be used to mark a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Jason Ryan
  • Patent number: 8182166
    Abstract: A folding pen with two handle sections and a body is disclosed where the handle sections are attached to the body at hinges and rotate between two positions. The first closed position may cover the body and the second open position may reveal the body providing a writing implement with a pen point and a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Laurence Colman
  • Publication number: 20120093564
    Abstract: In a method for producing a paper pen/pencil (19), the following steps are carried out: a lead/reservoir (12) is introduced into a receptacle (14, 21, 23, 28, 29, 34, 38); the lead/reservoir (12) is secured within the receptacle (14, 21, 23, 28, 29, 34, 38); and the receptacle (14, 21, 23, 28, 29, 34, 38) is connected to paper (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Bosch
  • Patent number: 8149227
    Abstract: Systems for removing or attenuating friction and/or click noise generated during writing with a smart pen are disclosed. In a smart pen, the writing cartridge is biased towards a first side of the smart pen internal cavity by a low-force biasing system without affecting writing cartridge movement. For example, the writing cartridge is comprised of a magnetic material and a magnet is embedded into the first side of the smart pen internal cavity to bias the writing cartridge towards the first side. Alternatively, the material comprising the writing cartridge or smart pen internal cavity is modified, reducing friction between the components. As another alternative, a DSP method identifies analyzes one or more parameters of received audio data to differentiate click noise from audio data, and may receive data from a movement sensor indicating when the writing cartridge has moved to reduce power consumption for identifying click noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Livescribe, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Marggraff, Marc Thomas, John Hartman, John Carter, Mauricio Greene, Mike Lehr, Allan Hessenflow, Igor Feldman, Dan Keller, Stuart Neubarth
  • Patent number: 8128300
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hand-held photochromic marking implement including a photochromic colorant and solid phase colorant carrier which can be used in direct-to-media marking and a method of forming same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Kugel, Jeffrey Banning
  • Patent number: 8118510
    Abstract: An electronic assembly that produces audile signals, such as prerecorded phrases, when activated. The electronics assembly is part of a secondary device, such as a pen, utensil, jewelry, or similar small object. The electronics assembly includes a housing having a first end and an opposite second end. A battery casing is disposed within the housing. The battery casing is sized to retain a plurality of concentrically stacked button cell batteries. An electronics module is provided within the housing for producing audible signals. A spring extends from the electronics module into the battery casing and biases the button cell batteries into a stacked configuration. The electronics module is powered, in part, by electricity flow through said spring from the button cell batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Jay Kamhi
  • Patent number: 8038360
    Abstract: Crayons are formed of a unitary material with interior distances between surfaces to prevent insertion through the maximum mandibular opening of a child five years of age or younger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Kirk C. Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 8016506
    Abstract: An improved map pen comprises a fold up map or a stack of multiple sheets. A cocked flap or a sliding type knob or geared stopping mechanism is employed for holding the pulled-out map in any pulled-out position. The map pen is equipped with an additional pen mounted to the outside scroll end. A mini compass is mounted on top of map pen top button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Adamberry
  • Publication number: 20110150555
    Abstract: Personal care product dispenser systems include a dispenser and a base station. The dispenser comprises a casing including a personal care product and a shaft. The personal care product is disposed within the casing and comprises an antiperspirant or deodorant. The shaft extends through a portion of the casing and including a first end and a second end and is configured to advance the personal care product through the casing when rotated in a first direction. The second end has a chuck contact surface defining a first shape. The base station includes a motor and a chuck. The motor is operatively coupled to the chuck and is configured to rotate the chuck, and the chuck has a wheel contact surface to correspond to the first shape of the chuck contact surface. The base station is configured to rotate the chuck when the dispenser is mounted to the base station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: The Dial Corporation
    Inventor: Travis T. Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 7963711
    Abstract: A packaging and applicator device comprising: a body; a block of fluidizable substance that is stationary relative to the body while the substance is in the solid state, said block of substance projecting beyond the body to define at least one surface serving as an applicator surface; and a reshaper member for reshaping the applicator surface, said reshaper member being positionable on the body to co-operate therewith to define at least one cavity into which the substance can flow when fluidized by supplying heat, the substance retaining the shape of the cavity when it returns to the solid state after cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Publication number: 20110103873
    Abstract: A makeup assembly includes a holder block holding a battery set, LEDs and two metal conducting strips, a rotary operating member rotatable to move the metal conducting strips between an on position where the LEDs are electrically connected to the battery set to emit light and an off position where the LEDs are electrically disconnected from the battery set, a housing surrounding the rotary operating member and the holder block, and a light guide holder mounted in the front opening of the housing to hold a cosmetic product such as lipstick or brow brush and carrying a light guide substance for guiding emitted light from the LEDs toward a predetermined direction around the cosmetic product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Yu-Hsing Chou
  • Patent number: 7927032
    Abstract: A device for dispensing a cosmetic and/or care product includes a container having a free edge defining a product dispensing aperture. According to an example, the container has a longitudinal axis intersecting the dispensing aperture, a cap to be mounted on the container between closed and open positions, a sensory stimulation member or device fixed in relation to the container or the cap housing it. A power supply switch is inaccessible in the closed position, and capable of making the sensory stimulation member change state. A switch actuator selectively connects the power supply to the sensory stimulation member during movement of the cap from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Marcel Sanchez
  • Patent number: 7886898
    Abstract: A surfboard wax bar rectangularly geometric in shape having a plurality of transverse creases or beveled break lines allowing a user to selectively separate a portion of the surfboard wax bar as desired, the surfboard wax bar encapsulated in a protective covering, the protective covering having a plurality of preformed embossed tear lines cooperative and aligned with the transverse creases or beveled break lines of said surfboard wax bar to allow the selective separation of a portion of the surfboard wax bar and associated wrapping, yet not disturb the remaining wrapping and the remaining portion of the surfboard wax bar, the surfboard wax bar and wrapping or portions thereof being stored in a container, the outer surface of which is reflective to the sun, and which is insulated from the heat of the ambient weather so as to prevent deterioration of the surfboard wax bar or any remnants thereof, and also protection from debris such as sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Tsakiris
  • Patent number: 7845872
    Abstract: A crayon with a plurality of longitudinally extending color zones. The crayon has generally planar exterior side surfaces on the tip and shank forming vertices therebetween. A color zone bridges a vertex providing the same color of marking material on opposite sides of a respective vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Family Hospitality LLC
    Inventor: Admir James Mesalic
  • Patent number: 7811019
    Abstract: A sanitary disposable writing instrument for minimizing the transfer of bacteria, viruses and/or chemicals from one person to another is provided. The sanitary disposable writing instrument comprises a strip of flexible holding material having a writing implement with a writing tip attached to the flexible material. A grasping means is formed from a portion of the holding material. This grasping means allows the user to grasp the writing implement to write with the writing tip. The disposable writing instruments are provided in a series of instruments that may be removed, used, and disposed of leaving a subsequent, untouched sanitary writing instrument in place for the next user. A dispenser for dispensing these writing instruments and a method of making such instruments is also provided in this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Howard Yoder
  • Patent number: 7758268
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hand-held photochromic marking implement including a photochromic colorant and solid phase colorant carrier which can be used in direct-to-media marking and a method of forming same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Kugel, Jeffrey Banning
  • Patent number: 7758267
    Abstract: A cosmetic container includes a cap comprising a hinged top cover and a rear opening; a frame comprising a top hole, a slit besides the hole, and a hollow cylinder; a light assembly comprising a lamp disposed in the hole, a battery, and a spring biased switch; and a shell and pomade assembly comprising a shell, a carrier fixedly secured to the shell, a sleeve rotatably secured to the carrier, a pomade secured to the carrier and disposed in the sleeve, and a hollow neck releasably secured to the shell and the cylinder. Prior to projecting the pomade opening the cover will expand the spring to close the switch and electrically connect the switch, the lamp, and the battery together to cause the lamp to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Allen & Thomas Cosmetic Accessories Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100172687
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a device or article that can be used to carry or move one eraser and many markers, with the necessary means to support this article on a flat surface, such as a wall, a blackboard, a table or a similar surface, in such a way that both the eraser and the markers can be perfectly located by the user during a working session. In the embodiment illustrated, the article has the capacity to hold one eraser and up to three conventional markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: Grupo Azor Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Silva Rubio, Mauricio Enrique Ferrusca Ceja
  • Patent number: 7748919
    Abstract: A packaging and applicator device comprising: a body; a block of fluidizable substance that is stationary relative to the body while the substance is in the solid state, said block of substance projecting beyond the body to define at least one surface serving as an applicator surface; and a reshaper member for reshaping the applicator surface, said reshaper member being positionable on the body to co-operate therewith to define at least one cavity into which the substance can flow when fluidized by supplying heat, the substance retaining the shape of the cavity when it returns to the solid state after cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret