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Colgate Palmolive : Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Oral Care Implement Having Collapsible Elastomeric Element", for Approval (USPTO 20170245631)

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09/14/2017 | 08:09pm CEST

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Jimenez, Eduardo (Manalapan, NJ), filed on August 28, 2014, was made available online on September 7, 2017.

The patent's assignee is Colgate-palmolive Company.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Toothbrushes are generally used to clean a user's teeth and gums with bristles that are coupled to a head of the toothbrush. Oral care implements that include a stimulator tip for inducing blood flow in a user's gums and other oral tissue surfaces are also sometimes used for oral care. Furthermore, toothbrushes that include both bristles and a stimulator tip have heretofore been known and used in the oral care industry. However, stimulator tips that are currently on the market are relatively rigid structures such that if a user applies the stimulator tips to his or her gums with excessive force, the user may damage his or her gums. Furthermore, because these stimulator tips are typically provided on the handle of a toothbrush, they can dig into a user's hand during toothbrushing. Thus, a need exists for an oral care implement that includes a stimulator tip that does not suffer from the drawbacks noted above and that is more comfortable to use."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention is directed to an oral care implement having a collapsible elastomeric element. The oral care implement may include a handle and a head and a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the head. Furthermore, an elastomeric element may extend from the handle. In one embodiment, the head may be coupled to a distal end of the handle and the elastomeric element may be located at a proximal end of the handle. The elastomeric element may comprise a hollow body that has an internal cavity, the hollow body having a base section, a middle section, and a distal section that includes a free distal tip, each of the base, middle, and distal sections coupled together by a pre-weakened section. The elastomeric element may be configured to alternate between a collapsed state and a normal state. In the collapsed state the middle section collapses into the internal cavity and is surrounded by the base section and the distal section collapses into the internal cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the middle section. In the normal state the middle section axially extends from the base section and the distal section axially extends from the middle section. The elastomeric element may be biased into the normal state and transition into the collapsed state in response to the application of an axial force onto the distal tip in a direction toward the handle. In one embodiment, the elastomeric element may be transitioned into one of the normal and collapsed states and may remain in that state until user force transitions the elastomeric element into the other of the normal and collapsed states.

"In one aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a body; an elastomeric element extending from the body and terminating in a free distal tip, the elastomeric element comprising a hollow body defining an internal cavity, the hollow body extending along a central axis; the hollow body comprising a base section coupled to the body, a distal section comprising the free distal tip, and at least one middle section located between the base and distal sections; and each of the base, middle and distal sections coupled to one another by a pre-weakened section, the elastomeric element configured to alternate between: (1) a collapsed state in which the middle section collapses into the internal cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the base section and the distal section collapses into the central cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the middle section upon the application of an axial force to the free distal tip in a first axial direction toward the handle portion; and (2) a normal state in which the middle section axially extends from the base section and the distal section axially extends from the middle section upon cessation of the axial force.

"In another aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a body comprising a handle portion and a head portion; an elastomeric element extending from the body and terminating in a free distal tip, the elastomeric element comprising a hollow body formed of a resilient material and defining an internal cavity, the hollow body extending along a central axis; the hollow body comprising a base section coupled to the body, a distal section comprising the free distal tip, and at least one middle section located between the base and distal sections; and each of the base, middle and distal sections coupled to one another by a pre-weakened section, the elastomeric element configured to alternate, in response to application and cessation of an axial force, between: (1) a collapsed state in which the middle section collapses into the internal cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the base section and the distal section collapses into the central cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the middle section; and (2) a normal state in which the base, middle, and distal sections collectively form a conical structure.

"In yet another aspect, the invention can be an oral care implement comprising: a body comprising a handle portion and a head portion; an elastomeric element extending from the body and terminating in a free distal tip, the elastomeric element comprising a hollow body formed of a resilient material and defining an internal cavity, the hollow body extending along a central axis; the hollow body comprising a base section coupled to the body, a distal section comprising the free distal tip, and at least one middle section located between the base and distal sections; and each of the base, middle, and distal sections coupled to one another by a pre-weakened section, the elastomeric element configured to alternate between: (1) a collapsed state in which the middle section collapses into the internal cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the base section and the distal section collapses into the internal cavity so as to be at least partially surrounded by the middle section; and (2) a normal state in which the base, middle, and distal sections collectively form a conical structure.

"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."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Jimenez, Eduardo. Oral Care Implement Having Collapsible Elastomeric Element. Filed August 28, 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=%2220170245631%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20170245631&RS=DN/20170245631

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

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