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Colgate Palmolive : "Fragrance Sampler" in Patent Application Approval Process (USPTO 20170246651)

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09/14/2017 | 10:28pm CET

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor Crawford, John C. (Mahopac, NY), filed on September 16, 2014, was made available online on September 7, 2017, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Colgate-palmolive Company.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Fragrance tends to play a significant part in a customer's selection of a product such as shampoo or deodorant. However, oftentimes these products are packaged in such a way as to prevent the customer from smelling the fragrance of the product in the store. Rather, the customer is expected to purchase the product first before opening the packaging and smelling the fragrance. This may lead to customers that are not pleased with the fragrance of the product they have purchased. In addition, this may cause some rogue customers to tear open the packaging of the product in the store to smell the fragrance prior to purchasing the product. If the customer does not like the fragrance enough to purchase the product, the product is put back on the shelf with torn packaging, making subsequent customers less likely to purchase that particular product. What is needed is an improved system and method to enable customers to smell the fragrances of various products prior to purchasing them."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "A system for producing a fragrance is disclosed. The system may include a body having a plurality of chambers defined therein. Each chamber may include a fragrance accord. A circuit and a plurality of emitters may be positioned within the body. The emitters may be connected to and controlled by the circuit. Each of the emitters may be positioned adjacent to a corresponding one of the chambers and control ejection of the fragrance accord therein.

"The emitters may be or include piezoelectric drivers, heating elements, aerosol devices, or a combination thereof. The circuit may be configured to receive a plurality of fragrance selections, each corresponding to a different fragrance. Each fragrance may include a different combination of two or more of the fragrance accords. In response to receiving a fragrance selection, the circuit may transmit a first signal to a first of the emitters, causing the first of the emitters to displace. In response to the first of the emitters displacing, a portion of a first of the fragrance accords may be dispensed from a first of the chambers adjacent to the first of the emitters. In response to receiving the fragrance selection, the circuit may also transmit a second signal to a second of the emitters, causing the second of the emitters to displace. In response to the second of the emitters displacing, a portion of a second of the fragrance accords may be dispensed from a second of the chambers adjacent to the second of the emitters. The selected fragrance may include the first fragrance accord and the second fragrance accord. The fragrance accords may be in liquid form, gel form, or solid state form.

"In another embodiment, the system may include a body having a plurality of chambers defined therein. Each chamber may include a fragrance accord. A circuit may be positioned within the body, and the circuit may be configured to receive a signal corresponding to a fragrance selection from a portable electronic device. A plurality of piezoelectric drivers may also be positioned within the body. The piezoelectric drivers may be connected to and controlled by the circuit, and each of the piezoelectric drivers may be positioned adjacent to a corresponding one of the chambers.

"The circuit may be configured to receive the signal when the portable electronic device is physically connected to the body. In another embodiment, the circuit may be configured to receive the signal wirelessly from the portable electronic device. The signal may be an audio signal. For example, the signal may include at least a portion of a song.

"A method for producing a fragrance is also disclosed. The method may include receiving a selection of a fragrance. In response to the selection, a first signal may be transmitted to a first piezoelectric device that causes the first piezoelectric device to displace. In response to the first piezoelectric device displacing, a first fragrance accord may be dispensed from a first chamber. Also in response to the selection, a second signal may be transmitted to a second piezoelectric device that causes the second piezoelectric device to displace. In response to the second piezoelectric device displacing, a second fragrance accord may be dispensed from a second chamber. The fragrance may include the first fragrance accord and the second fragrance accord.

"The selection may be received from a portable electronic device. The selection may be received wirelessly from the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device may be or include a cellular phone, a tablet, an MP3 player, or a combination thereof. The first fragrance accord and the second fragrance accord may be combined in a common chamber to form the fragrance.

"Further areas of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description provided hereinafter. It should be understood that the detailed description and specific examples, while indicating the preferred embodiment of the invention, are intended for purposes of illustration only and are not intended to limit the scope of the invention."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Crawford, John C. Fragrance Sampler. Filed September 16, 2014 and posted September 7, 2017. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220170246651%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20170246651&RS=DN/20170246651

Keywords for this news article include: Colgate-palmolive Company.

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