Hand-or Finger Loop Or Strap Patents (Class 401/8)
  • Patent number: 9439550
    Abstract: The invention relates to a one-piece foam construct reversibly assembled by at least one binder, as well as the methods of making and assembling said one-piece foam construct. The construct is meant for use as a cleaning implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Diversified Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Wayne Celia
  • Patent number: 9428719
    Abstract: A personal care article is disclosed having a first compliant personal care composition in a first zone and a second compliant personal care composition in a second zone such that the first and second zones are defined by one or more barriers. Methods for increasing lather are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Edward Dewey Smith, III, Shawn David McConaughy
  • Patent number: 9415235
    Abstract: This invention provides devices and methods for remodeling the female genital tissue, the device comprising a treatment tip, wherein the distal end of the treatment tip is conical, spherical, hemispherical, oval or circular in shape. The device further comprises one or more energy delivery elements for simultaneous cooling of the vaginal epithelium and transmission of energy for heating the tissues underneath the epithelium. In one embodiment, said device may further comprise one or more of the following: one or more temperature sensors for measuring the temperature at or below the epithelium; one or more directional sensors mounted on the hand piece or treatment tip; and one or more depth markers to show the depth of penetration of the treatment tip into the vagina. In another embodiment, this invention provides a device having a finger holder with electrodes for remodeling the female genital tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventors: Donald I. Galen, Jerome Jackson, Steven Marc Lopez, Russell Meirose, Ian F. Smith, Srihari Yamanoor
  • Patent number: 9302412
    Abstract: An improved pouf or soap-holding lathering and scrubbing device which can conveniently hold a bar of soap and create copious aerated lather when wetted and massaged or manipulated comprises a sheet of mesh material which is formed or folded into a compact mass or arrangement. The sheet is formed or supplied in an endless loop or ring which is then compressed in a direction parallel to the sheet to form a ring of compressed or folded mesh material that has a recess. The compressed ring is then secured in its compressed state by two or more ties. A cord can be threaded through the compressed ring and cinched by an O-ring or other device to enable the cord to hold a bar of soap in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventors: Aldo Joseph DiBelardino, Ke-chen Lin
  • Patent number: 9211757
    Abstract: Twirling writing instrument bodies include a writing instrument body, a gripping member, and a rotary assembly that is configured to facilitate selective twirling of the writing instrument body relative to the gripping member by a user. Twirling accessories for writing instruments include a gripping member, a connector that is configured to be operatively coupled to a writing instrument body, and a rotary assembly that is configured to facilitate selective twirling of the connector relative to the gripping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Morgan K. Osborne
  • Patent number: 9205696
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a grip positioning device that includes a tool receptacle that forms a loop, the loop delineating a tool opening through which a tool may be extended, and a plurality of digit receiving elements each forming a loop, the loops each delineating a finger opening through which a digit of a user may be extended, the digit receiving elements coupled to and positioned about the tool receptacle. The tool receptacle and the digit receiving elements may be constructed from a unitary piece of material and the grip positioning device may further include separators that partition the digit receiving elements from the tool receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: YOUNG OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION PRODUCTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mary Rose Young
  • Patent number: 9022676
    Abstract: A symmetric rigid writing device comprises two arms and a writing utensil. The writing utensil is permanently attached to the arms. The arms and the writing utensil are made of rigid materials. The arms are symmetric and the writing utensil is positioned at the center between the arms. Each of the arms is shaped like a curved pole. At least one end of each arm is attached to the writing utensil. The user may grasp the writing device by the arms with both hands and execute a writing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Dorin Kalif
  • Patent number: 8970558
    Abstract: A digit hood to enable a user to quickly and accurately actuate keys of a hand held device. The digit hood can include a cover configured to be disposed over a digit. The cover can include an opening configured to receive the digit. One or more raised protrusions can extend from the cover and away from the digit for actuating the keys of the hand held device. A plurality of joint holes can be disposed through the cover to allow the digit to bend. A plurality of ventilation holes can be disposed through the cover to provide ventilation to the digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Damaris Dixie-Rose Gore
  • Patent number: 8961047
    Abstract: An applicator for a cosmetic product that includes a body, a cosmetic applicator member connected to a first longitudinal end of the body, a holding ring adapted to be engaged around an anterior phalange of one of the user's fingers, with a size adapted to allow simultaneous bearing of two opposite zones of the ring on the finger when the anterior phalange is engaged through the ring, the ring being connected to a second longitudinal end of the body opposite the first, such that the body offers at least one bearing zone for an end phalange of said finger of the user when the anterior phalange is engaged through the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Charlotte Gueret, François Dorlodot Des Essarts
  • Publication number: 20150037081
    Abstract: This invention relates to adapters for attaching a writing instrument or other similar instrument to a person's hand (“Adapter”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: John Pauk Sutton
  • Patent number: 8894314
    Abstract: A device for the application of a gel or solid substance to a human body surface is disclosed. The apparatus is comprised of an applicator portion to which gel or solid deodorant is secured and which is coupled to a handle portion. The applicator portion is sized to accommodate a single application of deodorant in a compact format while the handle portion is sized to be grasped between the fingers and thumb of the human hand. The handle portion comprises a moveable connecting point allowing the handle portion to traverse between a storage position and a gripping position during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Richard P. Morrow, Patrick Birde
  • Publication number: 20140283863
    Abstract: An applicator configured to allow a user to apply liquids to hard-to-reach areas of the user's body, such as the back. The applicator includes an elongated rectangular body of flexible material with looped ends made with a full-width of the body. The body is configured to receive and support the liquid as the user applies the liquid to their back. The looped ends are configured to allow the user to easily maneuver the applicator while keeping the body taught during application. The user inserts a finger in an opening through each end and pulls the ends in an opposite direction to span the applicator's full elongated length and width. This allows the applicator to reach remote areas of the body while allowing the user to easily apply even pressure along the full width of the liquid soaked applicator to evenly and accurately apply the liquid to a chosen body location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Spencer Asset Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Spencer Krenke
  • Patent number: 8840157
    Abstract: An adaptive device for aiding a person with a medical condition is provided. The adaptive device is attached to a hand or limb and includes a platform. A bumper is positioned on the platform to aid in the positioning and securing of the device. A holder extends from the platform, either perpendicularly or at an angle to the platform. The holder is configured to receive an item to aid the individual in everyday tasks. The device also includes securing members, which may be straps that are connected to the device to further aid in securing the device to the user. Additionally, the device may include cushions or other comfort members on the bumper, platform, and/or holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Flying Monkey's Foundation
    Inventors: Gabriella J. Dempsey, Kate Murray, Mackenzie Grewell, Zoe Groat, Courtney Pohlen, Maria Werner Anderson
  • Patent number: 8814455
    Abstract: A cosmetic device for applying makeup onto the lip area. The cosmetic device includes a top layer. The top layer includes a cosmetic applicator. The cosmetic device also includes a bottom layer aligned with and attached to the top layer. The top and bottom layers are attached in a two-dimensional manner so as to seal the cosmetic applicator and a product area between the top and the bottom layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Debra Golden
  • Patent number: 8747002
    Abstract: The subject wearable ring assembly comprises a ring shank portion, integrally or mechanically connected to a personal care product receptacle, which is mechanically or frictionally connected to a protective cap element configured to contain and protect personal care products stored in the receptacle. The ring shank portion is sized to fit a wearer's finger or is adjustable to fit a wearer's finger. The ring is made from jewelry grade materials selected from precious metals such as gold and silver or costume jewelry grade materials selected from non-precious metals, thermo-formable plastic resins, ceramics, leather, fabrics or woven materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Gdalyahu Izkovitz
  • Patent number: 8714422
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to conveniently carry a mobile device, among others, on a wrist brace. The systems include a case to enclose the mobile device and a system to wear the apparatus on a wrist. The system is comprised of the case; a case tether coupled to the case; a wristband tether coupled to a wrist brace; a finger ring to loop around a finger and a case lock to secure the case in a closed position. Also presented, a method to carry and use the device while tethered to a wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: David Chen Yu
  • Publication number: 20140107596
    Abstract: A lotion distribution device is configured to apply lotion to a back area that is unreachable by human hands. The lotion distribution device includes an applicator twisted and tied to form a left loop and a right loop. The applicator has a porous property that enables the applicator to store the lotion. The human hands can hold the left loop and the right loop to apply the applicator and thus the lotion to the back area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Dean KEEFHAVER
  • Publication number: 20130322948
    Abstract: A writing utensil holding system that includes a band, where the band is capable of being place around a user's hand; and a writing utensil holder attached to the band, where the holder is capable of receiving a writing utensil. The utensil holder may be configured in a loop-type fashion. In one exemplary embodiment, the band and holder may be made of elastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: GIANNA F. MADDOX
  • Publication number: 20130287469
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a grip positioning device that includes a tool receptacle that forms a loop, the loop delineating a tool opening through which a tool may be extended, and a plurality of digit receiving elements each forming a loop, the loops each delineating a finger opening through which a digit of a user may be extended, the digit receiving elements coupled to and positioned about the tool receptacle. The tool receptacle and the digit receiving elements may be constructed from a unitary piece of material and the grip positioning device may further include separators that partition the digit receiving elements from the tool receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: YOUNG OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION PRODUCTS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mary Rose Young
  • Publication number: 20130266360
    Abstract: Self-retaining writing instruments include a bistable metal body that is selectively positionable and retainable in a coiled configuration and alternatively in an elongated configuration, and a writing element, such as a pencil, pen, marker, or stylus, disposed at a first end of the writing instrument. The coiled configuration may be suitable for coiling around an object and the elongated configuration may be suitable for use as a writing instrument. The bistable metal body may be configured to automatically assume the coiled configuration when flexed to a certain degree while in the elongated configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: James Michael Elmore
  • Patent number: 8536104
    Abstract: The hand soap bar with tether is a bar of hand soap having a built-in tether. The tether includes an elastic band that can be attached to a user's wrist. An anchor member is encased in the soap bar. One end of the tether is attached to the anchor member. An elastic loop defines the other end of the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Hector Roman-Barcelo
  • Publication number: 20130101332
    Abstract: The present invention is a disposable bath brush intended for two to three uses in the shower or bath. This bath brush has bath gel and moisturizer stored in containers within the brush. Either of these fluids may be dispensed by applying pressure to the individual container or a release button, thereby causing the respective fluid to flow out of an opening at the front center of the brush. Also included is a retractable handle to provide a user with an extended gripping surface for reaching the back of the body and the feet. The front of the brush comprises bristles of any of a variety of materials and of an adequate length to provide a thorough cleansing experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Linda M. Arkwright
  • Patent number: 8403897
    Abstract: A unitary biodegradable, absorbent flexible back and body strap for selectively applying a protective substance and a skin-protective agent to a user's body, the strap having an elongated thin parallelepiped midportion, a biconcave first gripping end, and an opposite biconcave second gripping end, each end having a tip narrower in width than the midportion. The midportion is impregnated with a protective substance, which may be a body lotion, sunscreen, insect repellant, or a combination of sunscreen and insect repellant. At least one protective agent layer may be disposed on a midportion top side, which contains a skin-protective agent. The user alternatingly pulls the first gripping end and the second end from side to side across the desired body portion to selectively apply the protective substance and the skin-protective agent discards the strap whereinafter the strap biodegrades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Michael A. Hayes
  • Patent number: 8398323
    Abstract: The dental appliance includes a pouch for an index finger with a dentifrice carrying pad. The pouch covers the index finger to at least a midsection region. The dentifrice pad is atop the user's finger pad surface. The pouch has an elongated tail which extends proximally to at least beyond the thumb of the user. The tail has one or many thumb holes, located at a proximal region, and the user, upon insertion of his or her finger in the pouch, pulls the tail and insert his or her thumb in the thumb hole. Therefore, the thumb hole is adapted to encircle the thumb of the user when the pouch is mounted on the user's index finger. The tail may be elastic. The dentifrice pad (with dry powder) sometimes includes bumps or ridges. Alternatively, the tail may be long to wrap around the wrist of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Kotturan
  • Publication number: 20120230750
    Abstract: A cosmetic device for applying makeup onto the lip area. The cosmetic device includes a top layer. The top layer includes a cosmetic applicator. The cosmetic device also includes a bottom layer aligned with and attached to the top layer. The top and bottom layers are attached in a two-dimensional manner so as to seal the cosmetic applicator and a product area between the top and the bottom layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Debra Golden
  • Publication number: 20120212003
    Abstract: An adaptive device for aiding a person with a medical condition is provided. The adaptive device is attached to a hand or limb and includes a platform. A bumper is positioned on the platform to aid in the positioning and securing of the device. A holder extends from the platform, either perpendicularly or at an angle to the platform. The holder is configured to receive an item to aid the individual in everyday tasks. The device also includes securing members, which may be straps that are connected to the device to further aid in securing the device to the user. Additionally, the device may include cushions or other comfort members on the bumper, platform, and/or holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: FLYING MONKEY'S FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Gabriella J. Dempsey, Kate Murray, Mackenzie Grewell, Zoe Groat, Courtney Pohlen, Maria Werner Anderson
  • Patent number: 8226316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying insect repellant is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes filling a bag with powder, joining a bottom edge of the bag to a bottom edge of a sleeve adapted to removably cover the bag, and patting the bag over surface areas releasing the insect repellant in a desired quantity. The method includes providing a bag handle secured to a top edge of the bag and adapted to be grasped by a user to slide the sleeve down and pull the bag out. The sleeve is adapted to be grasped by the user when patting the bag over surface areas releasing the insect repellant. The method further includes providing a sleeve handle secured to the sleeve and adapted to be grasped by a user when sliding the sleeve back up over the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher J. Laursen
  • Publication number: 20120170962
    Abstract: A Writing Instrument or Stylus Appendage for Attachment with a Finger includes a finger retainer, a member retainer, and a stem. The finger retainer and the member retainer are connected to each other by a stem. The second distal end of the stem is rounded to form a ball-socket joint which enables the articulation of the apparatus in a variety of angles and positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Augustine Nwapa-Jourdan, Eric McDonald, Jimmy Garrey
  • Publication number: 20120128399
    Abstract: The invention concerns an applicator (1) for cosmetic product, comprising: a pad element (2) having a first side for application of the cosmetic product and a second side opposite the first side, and a support element (3) comprising a central attached portion (8) and two side grasping portions (9, 10) arranged either side of the central attached portion (8), the central attached portion (8) being attached onto the second side (5) of the pad element (2), wherein the support element (3) is formed from a planar blank having two slots, each slot forming a space separating the central attached portion (8) from a side grasping portion (9, 10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Albea Services
    Inventors: Michel Limongi, Vincent Lequeux
  • Publication number: 20120118313
    Abstract: A lotion applicator is provided comprising a specially designed applicator comprised of an elongated panel manufactured of malleable plastic material. Elongate and rectangular in shape, the Extra Hand measures approximately twenty-eight inches in length and two and one-half inches in width. For practical purposes, positioned at each end of the unit is an integrated, nonskid strap-like handle, with which the user easily controls the device. Thus, the user comfortably grips both ends of the unit and slides the panel up and down the back or other hard to reach areas, evenly applying lotion to their body. The Extra Hand is produced in a number of striking colors or printed designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Tabatha Forgue
  • Patent number: 8156598
    Abstract: Personal hygiene devices designed to aid physically impaired persons to clean their own recto-genital area following urination, defecation, menstruation, or sweating. The devices include an elongated flexible strip made from one or two elongated individual sheets affixed together and of a length sufficient to extend between the user's legs and of a width sufficient to generally cover the recto-genital area. The strip has an absorbent middle portion for engaging the user's recto-genital area and respective dependent end portions having respective thumb holes therethrough for easy gripping in-hand. An absorbent pad is positioned at the middle portion retained by the individual sheets to increase the absorbency thereof. The device is used by gripping the end portions in-hand optionally using the thumb holes with the middle portion extending between the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Karen S. McDowell
  • Publication number: 20110250002
    Abstract: A multi-tipped device is disclosed. The device includes a central ring to receive a finger; and first and second portions oppositely extended from the central ring, each of the first and second portions including an elongated housing extending from the central ring and a tip at a distal end of the housing, wherein the ring and the tip are rotatable around the finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Ketan Vora
  • Publication number: 20110222952
    Abstract: The invention relates to an applicator for a cosmetic product that includes a body, a cosmetic applicator member connected to a first longitudinal end of the body, a holding ring adapted to be engaged around an anterior phalange of one of the user's fingers, with a size adapted to allow simultaneous bearing of two opposite zones of the ring on the finger when the anterior phalange is engaged through the ring, the ring being connected to a second longitudinal end of the body opposite the first, such that the body offers at least one bearing zone for an end phalange of said finger of the user when the anterior phalange is engaged through the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Charlotte GUERET, François Dorlodot Des Essarts
  • Patent number: 7895768
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a moisture absorbent hand-covering device that is in the form and shape of a glove for drying. In some embodiments, the drying glove of this invention has a first outer layer and a second inner layer. The outer layer comprises at least one layer of material with propensity to absorb at least one type of liquid. In some embodiments, the second inner layer comprises at least one layer of material with propensity to repel at least one type of liquid. The outer layer absorbs the liquid for the purpose of removing it. The inner layer resists passage of the liquid, and thus protects the hand of the user during operation. In some embodiments, the liquid absorbed is water, and the liquid repelled is water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Behrouz Vossoughi, Patra Bashouki
  • Patent number: 7722271
    Abstract: A finger attachable writing apparatus includes a housing with a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall that is attached to and extends between the top and bottom walls. The housing has a first end and a second end. A conduit is coupled to and is angled downwardly from the bottom wall. An aperture extends into a free end of the conduit and into an interior of the housing. A finger engaging member is attached to the housing and is configured to releasably attach the housing to a finger. An ink dispensing assembly is mounted in the housing. The ink dispensing assembly is positionable in a deployed position extending outwardly of the conduit or in a stored position. The ink dispensing assembly is configured to dispense ink from the conduit when in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Gregory L. Harvin
  • Patent number: 7661896
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for a writing instrument that can be manipulated into an infinite number of shapes and configurations. The invention can be applied to relieve minor stress as well as strengthen hand muscles, rehabilitate finger and joint movement, and improve overall range of hand motion. A textured coating can be applied to the surface of each segment that gives the writing instrument a unique feel, thereby creating a pleasant sensation and feel to the hands and fingers. Segments can operate as a holder for a writing instrument body, and similarly can be arranged to provide a creative sculpture. Segments can be removed as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Tangle, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Zawitz
  • Publication number: 20090311033
    Abstract: A bath product includes a flexible main body having an inside provided with a receiving space to receive a soap and a side provided with an entrance connected to the receiving space. Thus, the main body can co-operate with the body lotion or the soap to clean a user's body. In addition, when the main body is combined with the soap, a large number of bubbles are produced by the three-dimensional multi-layer porous hollow structure of the main body to clean the user's body easily and quickly. Further, the residual water contained in the main body is drained quickly by the three-dimensional multi-layer porous hollow structure of the main body, thereby enhancing the drying effect of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Chiu-Fu Lin
  • Patent number: 7549686
    Abstract: A finger fitting product includes a grip of a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape and a finger-through portion including two loops for inserting the middle finger and the third finger of a user thereinto. The finger-through portion is provided at a position close to either one of the longer sides of the surface of the grip so that the grip is just fitted in the palm side when finger fitting product is fitted. On the surface and the back side of the grip, grooves for securing ventilation characteristics when the grip is gripped and preventing the palm from getting sweaty are formed. Furthermore, at a substantially central portion of the grip, a through hole penetrating in the longitudinal direction is formed as appropriate, and in this through hole, a pipe is detachably inserted and fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Fumimaru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7524125
    Abstract: A liquid soap dispensing and scrubbing tool including an open-topped container for holding a predetermined quantity of liquid soap solution. The container has a circular bottom wall and a cylindrical, side wall that is connected to, and extends upwardly from, the circular bottom wall. The cylindrical, side wall is provided with external, helical threads at its top and a pair of vertically aligned openings. A C-shaped, tubular handle is connected to the first, cylindrical, side wall such that it places the pair of vertically aligned openings in fluid communication with one another. A lid is removably fastened to the top of the container. The lid has a circular, top wall with a number of spaced-apart openings for the passage of liquid soap solution from the container. A second, cylindrical, side wall is connected to, and extends downwardly from, the top wall. The second, cylindrical, side wall is provided with internal, helical threads adapted to screw onto the external, helical threads of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Hubert L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 7520447
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a dispenser comprising a container (A) for holding a product to be dispensed and a dispensing mechanism (B), said dispenser comprises i. a container body (Q) having a bottom (E), and a means for interconnecting said bottom with a side opposite thereto; said container body further including at least one outlet opening (F) arranged in or near the side opposite to said bottom, preferably in or near the upper half of the means interconnecting the bottom with the side opposite to said bottom, ii. a conduct (G) connecting said container body, extending from the outlet opening (F), with said dispensing mechanism, iii. a trigger sprayer (H) and, iv. a neck (K) connecting said trigger sprayer (H) with said conduct (G) wherein said neck (K) and said conduct (G) are linked to said container body (Q) so that said neck (K) and said conduct (G) form a swan-neck or a U-shape extending from said outlet opening (F) so as to exchange air pressure and product to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Monsanto Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Wim Engelen, Hugo Smid
  • Publication number: 20090032046
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an applicator for applying a cosmetic composition to human keratinous materials or for adding finishing touches to makeup, the applicator comprising: a vibration source including a vibration generator that vibrates at a frequency lying in the range 1 Hz to 500 Hz, a handle, a stem carried by the handle and an applicator or finishing member for coming into contact with keratinous materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Jean-Louis GUERET
  • Publication number: 20090020133
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a kit comprising: an applicator device including a heater; and a composition for application to the eyelashes, said composition presenting at least one property that varies as a function of temperature; the composition being contained in an applicator endpiece of a shape that is adapted to being fitted to the heater, or the composition being contained in a receptacle in the form of a powder in which the heater can be immersed so as to be loaded it with composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Patent number: 7478768
    Abstract: A utility hand-piece is adapted for being worn on a hand of a user. The hand-piece includes a body portion adapted for covering at least a portion of the hand, and incorporating at least one fluid channel. A fluid inlet is formed with the body portion and communicates with the fluid channel. A fluid outlet is formed with the body portion and communicates with the fluid channel downstream of the fluid inlet. Upon connecting a fluid source to the hand-piece, fluid is transferred from the fluid inlet through the fluid channel and dispensed from the body portion through the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Jennifer Yip
  • Publication number: 20080205962
    Abstract: A bathing device includes a generally elongated body having internal compartments or pockets extending lengthwise therealong. Each of the pockets has an opening for receiving therein a cleanser. A closure mechanism is provided for each of the pockets to releasably close the openings of the pockets to retain the cleanser in the pockets during use of the bathing device. A pair of handles are disposed at respective opposite ends of the elongated body to facilitate manipulation of the bathing device over the body of a user during use of the bathing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Minnell E. Doby Wilson
  • Patent number: 7416358
    Abstract: An applicator for the application of a product, for example a cosmetic or dermatological product, including a reservoir of which a first side is attached to a finger or mounted to a finger to face the finger. An applicator portion is arranged on a second side of the reservoir opposite the first, and the applicator portion is isolated from the reservoir at least before first use of the applicator. The applicator device further includes a device to establish communication between the reservoir and the applicator portion, for example, in response to an operating action at least during the first use of the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Yves Legendre
  • Patent number: 7410318
    Abstract: A back applicator enables a user to apply lotion to his own back or multiple users to apply lotion in succession in a sanitary manner. The back applicator includes a base plate and first and second straps coupled to opposed sides thereof and extending in opposed directions. At least one of the straps is length adjustable such that the length of the applicator device may be selectively changed. The back applicator also includes an applier that is selectively and removably coupled to the base plate. The applier may be a sponge to which a lotion may be applied or that may be pro-loaded with lotion. The applier may include a clip having resilient members complementary to an opening defined by the base plate such that the applier may be attached to the base plate, used, and then disposed of after lotion has been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: Griselda E. Chambers, Robert E. Chambers
  • Patent number: 7371026
    Abstract: A device for teaching proper penmanship by assisting the user in holding the writing implement in the correct orientation. A first component is attached to the user's middle finger while a second component encircles the implement. A section of the second component is releasably attached to the first component, holding the fingers in proper position for writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventor: Debra E. Berger
  • Publication number: 20080107473
    Abstract: A disposable liquid applicator for shining the surface of an object by dispensing a composition of liquid polish on the surface of an object to be shined comprising a porous material in the form of a sponge having a predetermined geometry and thickness and being characterized by possessing a substantial void volume, a predetermined quantity of a liquid polishing composition absorbed in said porous material to provide a single application of liquid polish, a backing layer disposed adjacent to the porous material on one side thereof with the backing layer composed of a liquid impervious material, an outer later adjacent the backing layer and a finger strap affixed to opposite transverse ends of the outer layer to permit the applicator to be easily handled whereby upon manually depressing the applicator said liquid polish retained in said porous material is dispensed from the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Deleonardis
  • Patent number: 7326228
    Abstract: A medical instrument especially suited for the HALS operating technique that can be entirely inserted together with one of the surgeon's hands into the operating area for operating purposes and includes a housing [(1)] and at least one tool [(2)] arranged in the housing [(1)], where the tool [(2)] can be moved between a rest position arranged in the housing [(1)] and a working position extending out of the housing [(1)].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alfred Cuschieri, Timothy Graham Frank
  • Patent number: 7252450
    Abstract: A writing instrument holding and retaining device comprising a wristband/bracelet (22) with one or more fasteners (24), a tether/leash (26), and a writing instrument holder (32) securing a writing instrument (30). The tether connects the writing instrument holder to the wristband. The wristband and tether may be constructed of any suitable material and may vary depending on design and aesthetic preferences. The writing instrument may also have an appropriate fastener (36). The fasteners on the wristband and on the writing instrument must be able to be attached together to secure the writing instrument to the wristband when the writing instrument is not in use. The tether (26) may also have a fastener (28), so that the tether may be kept from dangling when not in use by attaching the tether's fastener to one of the fasteners on the wristband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventors: Mario Ramirez Aguirre, Tim Aoki