Projectable And Retractable Tool Patents (Class 401/99)
  • Patent number: 9743741
    Abstract: A foldable cosmetic implement may include a first portion pivotably coupled to a second portion. An applicator may be coupled to the first portion opposite a connection of the first portion to the second portion. The cosmetic implement may be movable between a stored state and an extended state. The first portion may be at least partially enclosed in a receptacle of the second portion when the cosmetic implement is in the stored state. The cosmetic implement may include a locking mechanism to retain the implement in the stored state. The locking mechanism may be actuated by squeezing first and second sides of the second portion towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Cindy Sean Yuei Lim, Megan Rene Langdon
  • Patent number: 9170662
    Abstract: A stylus pen for inputting data of an electronic device includes a cavity type cylinder housing, a head, a moving body, and at least one grip. The cavity type cylinder housing has a tip for engaging with a touch screen at one end and the head is retractably installed at the other end of the cylinder housing. A moving body disposed within the cylinder housing and coupled to the head slidably moves depending on a retraction operation of the head. At least one grip is installed such that a portion of the grip is protudes outwardly from the cylinder housing depending on a movement direction of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Hae Kim
  • Patent number: 9039316
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a body extending between a rear end and a front end of the body which has an opening, the body defining an inner volume; a writing member mounted inside the body and including a tip which protrudes from the front of the body; a protective element including a guide portion sliding along the body and a protective end which extends the guide portion and has an opening to allow the tip to pass through, the protective element being movable between a tip protection position and a retracted position for writing; an elastic return element coupled with the guide portion in order to bias the protective element towards the protection position; and a system for locking the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SOCIETE BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Ludovic Fagu
  • Patent number: 9004795
    Abstract: A container (1) for a stick of a cosmetic or hygienic product, comprising an applicator element (3) in which a stick (2) of said product can move axially relative to a base (32), as well as a tubular storage element (4) comprising a top (41) that contains a mobile sleeve (42) and is suitable for covering the applicator element (3) in a configuration wherein said applicator element is fully inserted into the sleeve and connected to said top by means of an elastically compressible device having two stable axial positions relative to a hilly inserted configuration, said device comprising a resilient element (43) pushing the sleeve (42) towards the outside of the top, and, distributed between the top and the sleeve, a heart-shaped guide track (44) arranged parallel to an axial direction of the top, and a follower (45) carried by a generally axially pivoting arm (46) such as to define stable top and bottom positions allowing the applicator element to be gripped or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Chanel Parfums Beaute
    Inventor: Christian Salciarini
  • Patent number: 8998520
    Abstract: A makeup applicator assembly includes an elongated tube having an interior space, a bottom end and a top end. A bottom opening extends through the bottom end of the tube. A chamber is positioned in the interior space and the chamber is positioned proximate the bottom end of the tube. A makeup material is positioned in the chamber. An elongated applicator is also positioned in the chamber. A button is coupled to and extends from the top end of the tube. A plunger extends between the button and the applicator, and the plunger also extends into the chamber. A dispensing aperture is positioned in the chamber. The applicator is extendable through the dispensing aperture. The dispensing aperture is positioned proximate the bottom end of the tube wherein the applicator is extendable from the bottom end of the tube when the button is manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Beryl L. Tanner
  • Patent number: 8985882
    Abstract: A retractable pen includes a cartridge partially received in a recess of a cap such that a first end of the cartridge is fixedly attached to the cap. An elongate barrel includes first and second open ends and a through channel fluidly interconnecting the first and second open ends. A portion of the barrel is snugly and threadedly received in the recess such that the cartridge is received in and extends through the through channel, and the barrel and the cap are rotatingly movable relative to each other via the threaded engagement between an extended position in which the second end of the cartridge extends through and out of the second open end of the barrel, and a retracted position in which the second end of the cartridge is disposed within the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Rosato, Christopher K. Nelson, Stephen Wegzyn, Derek Diaz
  • Publication number: 20150016859
    Abstract: A writing instrument with a decorative element is provided including a housing having a first portion and a second portion, wherein at least one of the first and second housing portions has a recess positioned at a terminal edge thereof, and an decorative insert having a body and at least one decorative portion positioned on the body, the decorative portion having a shape that substantially corresponds to the shape of the recess such that only the decorative portion is visible when the first and second housing portions are connected together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: David A. Laemle
  • Publication number: 20150003886
    Abstract: A lipstick painting tool having a cover sleeve that is moveable between a proximal position exposing painting bristles and a distal position covering the painting bristles. The cover sleeve is moveable through relative rotation of the same along a base shaft such that engaged internal and external threads cause movement along a longitudinal axis. The paint bristles are part of a tip that is removable and replaceable. The tool may include an extension coupling for receiving an extension tool. A central paint tube may be included to supply paint directly to the bristles from a paint reservoir as by pump or similar means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: ARIGALA PAINTING, INC.
    Inventors: Jose Antonio Gallardo, Andrew John Peter Tobias, Bryan Joseph Foster
  • Publication number: 20140334864
    Abstract: A slim type ballpoint pen includes a refill, a knock part, a spring and a spring stopper disposed in a shaft tube, a front hole or front slit and a rear slit 12 continuously provided in the shaft tube, and an insertion hole into which a button is inserted in the knock part, so that writing state is maintained by moving a rear end of the knock part or a projection on the knock part forward and projecting a middle body of the button upward at a rear end of the front hole or front slit, the button including an upper body part having the smallest diameter, a middle body part having a middle diameter and a lower body part having the largest diameter, and a not-writing state is maintained by projecting the upper body part upward at a rear end of the rear slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Matsumine Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8851774
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a barrel extending in a longitudinal direction; a writing cartridge provided at one front end with a tip and designed to be moved in the barrel in the longitudinal direction between a forward position in which the tip is extended and a retracted position in which the tip is retracted into the barrel; a push member movable in the longitudinal direction and in a radial direction relative to the barrel, connected to the cartridge in order to move the latter, that includes at least one control member extending through an opening in the side of the barrel in order to project radially outwards, and also including at least one locking member designed to cooperate with a complementary locking member of the barrel allowing the push member to be locked in the forward position of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Societe BIC
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Franck Vadenne
  • Publication number: 20140270894
    Abstract: A combination-type pen includes a writing module, a touch module and a pen tube. The pen tube includes a conductive tube for containing the writing module and the touch module and first opening and second openings formed on opposite ends of the conductive tube respectively. When the writing module is protruded from the first opening and out of the pen tube, and the link rod pulls the touch portion to retract from the second opening to the pen tube, the pen is situated at a writing state. When the writing module is retracted from the first opening to the pen tube, and the link rod pushes the touch portion to protrude from the second opening and out of the pen tube, the pen is situated at a touch state. Therefore, the combination-type pen has both touch and writing functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: MAO-SUNG WU
  • Patent number: 8834051
    Abstract: A writing implement, with retractable ends, an upper shaft and lower shaft coupled together and rotatable relative to each other, a cartridge and an eraser holder in an intermediate connection member are simultaneously movable in upward and downward directions. The cartridge having a writing nib; the connection member having a slit; the lower shaft coupled to the connection member, a nib hole for extending/retracting the nib therethrough; the upper shaft having a thread enabling the cartridge to move with the integrated rotation of the connection member and lower shaft; a cam coupled to the upper shaft, having an inner wall with a protrusion; an eraser holder engages the protrusion and slit and rotates in upward and downward directions with the rotation of the connection member and lower shaft; and a ball shutter in the lower shaft to open/shut the nib hole by means of the vertical sliding of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Morris Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun-Son Yoon
  • Patent number: 8803851
    Abstract: A stylus pen includes a pen body, an electromagnetic touch pen module which includes an electromagnetic pen head disposed in a top end of the pen body and a first circuit board connecting with the electromagnetic pen head, a camera module which includes a second circuit board, a camera lens embedded in a cavity of the top end of the pen body and a power button, a rechargeable battery pack disposed in the pen body to supply power for the electromagnetic touch pen module and the camera module, and a function button connected to the first and the second circuit boards to act as a right mouse button and a shutter button. The stylus pen switches working modes between the camera module and the electromagnetic touch pen module through powering on and off the power button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen Ko Lin, Ting Kang Wong, Ya Fen Yao
  • Publication number: 20140174464
    Abstract: The application device (12) for a cosmetic product (16) comprises a receptacle (20) and a cosmetic article (22), the cosmetic article (22) being suitable for moving relative to the receptacle (20) between a retracted position inside the receptacle (20) and an extended position outside the receptacle (20), the cosmetic article (22) comprising a body (34) and the cosmetic product (16) housed inside the body (34), the body (34) defining a cosmetic product (16) outlet orifice (38) from the body (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Lionel Drugeon, Jean-Marc Lebrand
  • Publication number: 20140072360
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of writing instruments, and in particular a writing instrument comprising a front body, a rear body capable of turning, relative to the front body, about a longitudinal axis, and a tubular piece axially connecting the front body and the rear body by elastic snap-fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: SOCIETE BIC
    Inventor: Samuel MALINVERNI
  • Publication number: 20140056634
    Abstract: A glass marker pencil utilized on a surface that includes a generally elongated shaped base market pencil with a top and a body, a tip that protrudes from the top of the base marker pencil, the tip is contained within the body of the base marker pencil, an ink contained in the tip and a cap placed over the tip to protect the tip. The tip can be a variety of different types of tips and the ink can be a variety of different types of inks that are non-toxic and made of glycerin color dye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Kimberly DeBuhr
  • Publication number: 20140003855
    Abstract: A retractable writing/erasing piece against sliding back is provided, including a holding pipe, an internal pipe, a sleeve pipe, a slide base and a writing/erasing piece. At least a pair of stepped guide grooves is disposed on a pipe wall of the internal pipe and the stepped guide grooves have multiple guide groove windows. At least a pair of spiral guide slots is disposed on an internal wall of the sleeve pipe. At least a pair of guide protrusions is disposed on the slide base. The pair of guide protrusions is contained in the pair of spiral guide slots. The guide protrusions are abutted against a blocking wall of a guide groove window therein, so that an accident sliding back of the writing/erasing piece and the slide base can be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: LION PENCIL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen CHANG
  • Patent number: 8593437
    Abstract: A stylus includes a stylus member including a first housing defining a first receptacle; a stylus body assembly slidably and non-rotatably accommodated in the first receptacle. The stylus body assembly including a first threaded hole, and a pen member including a second housing defining a second receptacle, a pen assembly slidably and non-rotatably accommodated in the second receptacle. The pen assembly defining a second threaded hole therethrough; and a shaft including a first threaded portion engaging with the first threaded hole and a second threaded portion engaging with the second threaded hole so rotation of the shaft relative to the first housing and the second housing causes the stylus body assembly to extend into or retract from the first housing and the second housing respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Shi-Xu Liang, Chuan-I Liu
  • Patent number: 8568047
    Abstract: A retractable instrument in accordance with the disclosure advantageously has a simple construction and fewer pieces or sub-assemblies than known retractable instruments. The retractable instrument includes a barrel that encloses a tool holder. The tool holder has an extension, and a tool extending from the distal end of the extension. A valve selectively covers the tool to protect the tool from environmental conditions. A biasing element is disposed between the valve and the tool holder, the biasing element biases the valve away from the tool holder. A movable closure assembly retains the valve on the extension and selectively allows the lid to open and close. The closure assembly includes a closure ring and a retention ring connected by one or more closure arms. The retention ring is disposed on the tool holder and the retention ring is prevented from sliding off of the tool holder by a retention stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert G. Challman, Jaime Arenas
  • Patent number: 8570306
    Abstract: A touch stylus includes a first sleeve, a second sleeve, a stylus body, a first slide rod, and a second slide rod. The first sleeve defines a first assembling hole and the second sleeve defines a second assembling hole. The second sleeve is slidably received in the first assembling hole, the stylus body is slidably received in the second assembling hole. The first slide rod is secured with the first sleeve and slidably connects to the second sleeve. The second slide rod is secured with the second sleeve and slidably connects to the stylus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Shi-Xu Liang
  • 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: 8550735
    Abstract: A retractable writing instrument that includes a barrel, a writing tip, an actuating mechanism that includes a plurality of parts for extending and retracting the writing tip upon actuation of the actuation member, and a cushioning device enabling a retraction of the writing tip when an excessive pressure is exerted by a user. The cushioning device includes a spring member elastically deformable, which is integrally formed with a movable part of the actuating mechanism, the part being movable relative to the barrel. The spring member has a free end abutting the barrel toward its rear end and has a through hole. A stem extends within the spring member's hole and connects the actuating member to the actuating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Richard C. O'Brien, Bertrand Baudouin
  • Patent number: 8506197
    Abstract: A first apparatus includes a base, a plurality of stems, each stem having a first end retained by the base and a second end opposite the first end. Each stem is movable between a withdrawn position and an extended position with respect to the base, such that the second end projects from the base when the stem is in the extended position. Flexible tips are attached respectively to the second ends of the stems. A second apparatus includes a storage vessel, a cup dimensioned to receive the flexible tips of the first apparatus, and a dispensing mechanism linking the storage vessel to the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Howard Beaty, Payton Autrey Morrison, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8434957
    Abstract: A knock-type writing instrument is provided, which allows an easy refill exchange with a simple operation while inhibiting deformation of slits, breakage of a shaft tube, etc., during the refill exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehei Kageyama
  • Patent number: 8414210
    Abstract: An electronic pen having a retractable nib for interacting with a surface. The pen comprises a slidably movable cartridge having a nib for contacting the surface, a retraction mechanism for retracting the cartridge, an actuator coupled to the retraction mechanism, a force sensor providing a reaction to an axial force transmitted from the cartridge, and a processor configured for generating force data indicative of a force detected by the force sensor. The retraction mechanism comprises a barrel for receiving the cartridge, which is adapted for seating the cartridge in either an extended position or a retracted position, whereby the axial force from the cartridge is transmitted to the barrel in the extended position. A biasing mechanism biases the cartridge towards the extended or retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Matthew John Underwood, Robert John Brice, Zsolt Szarka-Kovacs
  • Patent number: 8403579
    Abstract: A water-based ink composition for a ballpoint pen wherein the initial start of writing and writing over time is good, and no blur in handwriting occur and a stable writing performance can be sustained and good handwriting can be continuously formed. A water-based ink composition for a ballpoint pen dissolving or dispersing a coloring agent in an aqueous medium. The aqueous medium substantially contains no water-soluble organic solvent and is composed of water. The water-based ink composition includes a thickening inhibitor together with a shear thinning viscosity-imparting agent. As the thickening inhibitor, one or two or more are selected from a group of polyalkylene glycol, polypropylene glycol derivatives, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, cellulose-based polymer compounds, polymer compounds having a polyalkylene oxide group and/or surfactants having a polyoxyethylene group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kitaoka, Yoshiaki Ono
  • Patent number: 8360669
    Abstract: An electronic pen comprises a retractable cartridge, a retraction mechanism for extending and retracting the cartridge, a button for actuating the retraction mechanism, a sensing arrangement for sensing a configuration of the pen, and a processor cooperating with the sensing arrangement. The processor is adapted to configure a state of the pen in response to input signals from the sensing arrangement. The sensing arrangement comprises a button sensor coupled to the button, which senses actuation of the button and a cartridge sensor for sensing whether the cartridge is extended or retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Matthew John Underwood, Nicholas Damon Ridley, Zsolt Szarka-Kovacs, Robert John Brice, Paul Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 8348536
    Abstract: A rotary-type retractable writing implement with an anti-drying device is provided. An upper shaft and a lower shaft are coupled together such that the two shafts are rotatable in opposite directions, and a cartridge accommodated in an intermediate connection member is movable, and an open/shut module for covering a nib opens/shuts by the movement of the cartridge so as to provide a nib-advancing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Morris Corporation
    Inventor: Hyun-Son Yoon
  • Publication number: 20120315074
    Abstract: A multi-function writing instrument includes a front section having a writing point opening and a rear section having an eraser opening. The rear section and the front section are rotatably connected to each other. A plurality of marking tips are disposed in the front section. One of the marking tips is a pencil lead marking tip. The marking tips are alternately selectable for extension through the writing point opening. An eraser holder is movably disposed in the rear section. An eraser is mounted in the eraser holder. The eraser holder is selectable for extension through the eraser opening. A means for simultaneously propelling the pencil lead marking tip through the writing point opening and the eraser through the eraser opening upon rotation of the front section relative to the rear section is housed in the multi-function writing instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Roberts, George Reekie, Ramon T. Kingsley
  • Patent number: 8322937
    Abstract: A thermochromic writing instrument contains a thermochromic ink, wherein a writing body 8 is accommodated in a barrel 2 movably in a longitudinal direction, an operation portion 5 is provided on the outer surface of the barrel 2, and a pen tip 81 of the writing body 8 is constituted so as to be projectable/retractable from/into a front-end hole 31 of the barrel 2 by operating the operation portion 5. The thermochromic ink 83 is contained in the inside of the writing body 8, the pen tip 81 capable of ejecting the thermochromic ink 83 is provided at the front end of the writing tool, and a friction portion 4 capable of thermally changing the color of the handwriting of the thermochromic ink 83 by the frictional heat generated when the handwriting is rubbed with the friction portion 4 is provided on the outer surface of the barrel 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Imamura, Nobuo Sekine, Masashi Ando
  • Patent number: 8292529
    Abstract: A fluid dispenser includes an applicator attached to a base, as well as a case that is at least partially filled with a fluid. The base and case are telescopically mounted together and can be relatively reciprocated to retract and extend the applicator relative to the case. A piston is mounted in the case for outwardly urging the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Lucas Packaging Group, Inc
    Inventor: Frank Francavilla
  • Patent number: 8287204
    Abstract: An electronic pen comprises a user-replaceable cartridge having a nib, a force sensor for sensing a nib force transmitted axially through the cartridge from the nib and a retraction mechanism for retracting the cartridge. The retraction mechanism comprises a barrel adapted for seating the cartridge in either an extended position or a retracted position, and a first biasing mechanism for biasing the cartridge towards the extended or retracted positions. A second biasing mechanism biases the barrel towards engagement with the force sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun, Matthew John Underwood, Robert John Brice, Zsolt Szarka-Kovacs
  • Patent number: 8282297
    Abstract: A writing instrument having a housing accommodating various sizes and lengths of cartridges fixed inside the housing by an adjustable control element. In its correct placement, the cartridge will abut against one end of the control element and will be held in place with a spring at the other end, such that the user may write steadily with the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Surefire, LLC
    Inventors: Steven T. Ryan, Douglas J. Port
  • Patent number: 8235615
    Abstract: Personal care product dispensers include a housing, a platform, a personal care product, a hydraulic mechanism, and a tab. The housing has a main opening and an interior compartment. The platform is disposed within the interior compartment of the housing. The personal care product is disposed on the platform. The hydraulic mechanism is in operable communication with the platform. The tab is operatively coupled to the hydraulic mechanism. The hydraulic mechanism is configured to exert a force against the platform to advance the platform and the personal care product through the interior compartment of the housing in response to user manipulation of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: The Dial Corporation
    Inventor: Travis T. Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 8231296
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a writing implement mechanism that includes a tubular element. The tubular element has a central axis and includes a first wall and a second wall which are fixed relative to each other. The second wall is offset towards the central axis relative to the first wall in a direction that is radial relative to the central axis. The first wall presents a first edge and the second wall presents a second edge. The first and second edges define a guide extending longitudinally between a first end and a second end in a direction that is inclined relative to the central axis. The method includes the steps of supplying at least two half-shells adapted to form the first edge and outside portions of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: Frank Rolion, Arnaud Bez
  • Patent number: 8226314
    Abstract: A press-action device includes a holding barrel, a push button, a rotation module, and an auxiliary spring. The holding barrel includes a window, and the rotation module includes at least one rotation barrel on which a plurality of patterns can be attached. When a user pushes the push button, the window will randomly display one of the patterns on the rotation barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Benext International Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee
  • Patent number: 8221012
    Abstract: An instrument includes an instrument body having an opening at one end. A valve is mounted within the instrument body, the valve having an opening at one end. A lid is integrally molded with the valve and hingedly movable with respect to the valve opening. An actuating arm is operatively connected to the lid, the actuating arm transmitting forces from an instrument movement mechanism to the valve door under both tension and compression. As a result, the lid is opened and closed substantially solely by the actuating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sanford, L.P.
    Inventor: Daniel Rennecker
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8182165
    Abstract: An action ornament composes of a decoration housing formed by a front and back cases, a main body which engages with said housing, a linkage unit which is partially provided inside the main body and a protracting element hidden and incorporated in the housing and jointed with the linkage unit. A seat is provided on the top of the main body for engaging the case. A hollow tube for attaching a rod object is provided to the bottom of said seat. To actuate the mechanism, a pin is pulled down, driving the linkage unit and causing the housing to open slightly and exposing the protracting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Pao-Feng Lee
  • Publication number: 20120107034
    Abstract: A writing instrument is described, composed of a body adapted to contain therein ink or at least one ink cartridge, connected to a delivering tip for this ink, the delivering tip sliding inside the body between a first operating position in which the delivering tip goes out of an opening and a second rest position in which the delivering tip is retracted from the opening and is contained inside the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Davide Calabrese
  • Publication number: 20120099917
    Abstract: A thin film dispenser has a body, a moving assembly, a resilient positioning element, a dispensing unit and a push button. The body has an opening, a sliding channel and two sets of positioning recesses. The moving assembly is connected to the dispensing unit. The resilient positioning element is connected to the moving assembly and has a positioning segment selectively engaging one of the sets of the positioning recesses. The dispensing unit has a dispensing head corresponding to the opening of the body. The push button is mounted slidably in the sliding channel of the body, is connected to the moving assembly and selectively pushes against the positioning segment of the resilient positioning element to disengage from a corresponding set of positioning recesses to enable the moving assembly to move relative to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Chien-Lung Wu
  • Patent number: 8152395
    Abstract: A pen with adjustable holding structure is essentially for the user to write with his/her specified finger to lean against a stop protuberance. The pen has a penholder with a writing end formed at its front tip for writing. The stop protuberance is provided ahead of the holding position, and an adjustable holding part is formed on the penholder behind the stop protuberance. With this structure, when manipulating the pen, the user may select one of five fingers as a specified one to lean against the stop protuberance to settle thereat. The adjustable holding part is bendable at random according to the user's manipulation habit so as to lead the specified finger to lean against the best position on the stop protuberance to perform writing with the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Bao-Shen Liu
  • Patent number: 8128301
    Abstract: A writing implement mechanism comprises includes a tubular first element (10) having a central axis and including first and second walls (12, 14) presenting that include respective first and second edges (16, 18) defining a guide (20) extending longitudinally in a direction that is inclined relative to the central axis between a first end and a second end. The mechanism further comprises includes a second element (26) adapted to slide along the first element (10) and including a nib (28) sliding in the guide (20). The second wall (14) is offset towards the central axis relative to the first wall (12) in a direction that is radial relative to said the central axis (Z).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Societe Bic
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Arnaud Bez
  • 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: 8087841
    Abstract: A retractable pen includes an improved triggering device (i.e., an actuating means), which is easy for manufacturing and user-friendly. The retractable pen has a pen-body having two pen-tubes, a pen-cartridge within the pen-body, and an actuating means. The actuating means not only triggers the movement of pen-cartridge (slidable protrusion/retraction of the pen-cartridge) but also, at the meantime, triggers length-change of pen-body (slidable movement between the two pen-tubes).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Spark Gold Co.
    Inventor: Yu-Yin Liu
  • Publication number: 20110318083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a writing implement with a retractable clip in which a clip is configured to be retractable into a pen body, so that the clip can be kept in a retracted state when the clip is not being used and, therefore, the clip is not easily broken and does not easily injure a user and, furthermore, allows the user to efficiently use a space for receiving writing implements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MORRIS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyun-Son Yoon
  • Publication number: 20110236120
    Abstract: A writing implement that includes a barrel extending in a longitudinal direction; a writing cartridge provided at one front end with a tip and designed to be moved in the barrel in the longitudinal direction between a forward position in which the tip is extended and a retracted position in which the tip is retracted into the barrel; a push member movable in the longitudinal direction and in a radial direction relative to the barrel, connected to the cartridge in order to move the latter, that includes at least one control member extending through an opening in the side of the barrel in order to project radially outwards, and also including at least one locking member designed to cooperate with a complementary locking member of the barrel allowing the push member to be locked in the forward position of the cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Franck Rolion, Franck Vadenne
  • Publication number: 20110222953
    Abstract: The invention relates to a liquid supply device utilizing a rotating cam mechanism for supplying a liquid. In the liquid supply device for smoothly supplying a liquid with the assistance of pressurizing action, switching operation by the rotating cam mechanism can be carried out reliably. A liquid housing tube 14 housing a liquid is disposed to be movable in an axial direction in an outer shaft and has a tip end chip 32 movable between a protruding position from a tip end of the outer shaft and a retracting position in the outer shaft. A rotating cam mechanism 16 which can move the liquid housing tube 14 forward and backward includes a rotating cam 40 movable between a front position and a rear position and a pressurizing space 18 to be compressed to be able to pressurize an inside of the liquid housing tube 14 when the tip end chip 32 is in the protruding position is provided in a rear portion in the rotating cam 40.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Yoshio Noguchi
  • Patent number: 7972072
    Abstract: To prevent faint writing or writing failure from occurring during a writing operation due to back shock and to reduce shock sound by using a simple structure, a pressure contact member protrudes from one surface or both surfaces on the side of a shaft tube and a knock body so as to come into sliding contact with each other, parts on the side of the shaft tube and the knock body being opposed to each other in a radial direction. Accordingly, even when the part on the side of the knock body retreats with respect to the part on the side of the shaft tube in terms of a releasing operation, a retreat speed of an ink tank becomes slow due to a friction resistance of the pressure contact member, and thus back shock remarkably reduces. As a result, ink does not flow to the ink tank in a reverse direction due to air introduced from a writing tip portion, and shock sound generated when the retreating ink tank returns to a normal position reduces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Zebra Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matsuhei Toyama, Hisatoshi Shibuya
  • Publication number: 20110116857
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cosmetic dispenser comprising a reservoir configured to hold a substance; an applicator selectively extendable or retractable from the dispenser; and, means for ejecting the substance in the reservoir through the applicator. Also disclosed are methods related to the use of the cosmetic dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Craig Carroll, Steve Armstrong