US Patent No: 5,628,082

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Toothbrush with improved efficacy

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Abstract

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An improved toothbrush with a secure grip, a more effective bristle arrangement, and a specially shaped head is disclosed. The handle is formed with opposed gripping portions, and fits securely in the hand of the brusher, facing either up or down, imparting to the user a very secure and comfortable feeling. The toothbrush has a narrow and thin head for maximum access to the oral cavity, and a novel bristle arrangement which is highly effective for the removal of plaque from teeth with manual brushing. In one embodiment, the brush head is tapered to a narrow portion, and then optionally flares out again. In another embodiment, the head is formed with a wavy profile. In yet other embodiments, the brush head may also be provided with an upwardly curved or an angled tip. The head may also have a rubberized lower portion to effectuate gum massage, a gum stimulator, and a head with visibly different utilization areas.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANYNEW YORK, NY1735

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Moskovich, Robert East Brunswick, NJ 233 2716

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (17)
D274018 Toothbrush 26 1981
D281202 Toothbrush 13 1983
D284236 Toothbrush 13 1983
D284528 Toothbrush 30 1984
D287073 Toothbrush 22 1985
D297467 Lotion applicator 18 1985
* 4,776,054 Toothbrush 111 1987
* 4,800,608 Toothbrush 106 1987
* 4,864,676 Tooth brush 52 1988
* 5,046,212 Toothbrush 85 1990
D335579 Toothbrush 44 1991
D346697 Toothbrush 17 1992
* 5,315,731 Individual tooth toothbrush 14 1992
* 5,351,358 Toothbrush 32 1992
* 5,371,915 Angular headed toothbrush 75 1993
* 5,373,602 Toothbrush 73 1993
* 5,398,368 Toothbrush 23 1994
 
The Gillette Company (1)
* 5,396,678 Toothbrush with rectangular bristles 77 1992
 
JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
* 5,339,482 Toothbrush having non-slip surface 129 1992
 
GILLETTE CANADA COMPANY (1)
D358938 Toothbrush handle 42 1992
 
CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. (1)
* 5,392,483 Multi-level bristle tuft toothbrush 189 1994
 
BLOCK DRUG COMPANY, INC. (2)
D347943 Denture brush 12 1992
D352829 Denture brush 24 1993
 
ROSOFSKY, DEANA (1)
D270972 Handle for tooth brush or similar article 35 1981
 
CPPD, INC., A CORP. OF IL (1)
D292448 Toothbrush 34 1986
 
Tochigi Seiko Co., Ltd. (1)
* 4,571,768 Toothbrush 26 1984
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (8)
D330116 Toothbrush handle 22 1990
D330458 Toothbrush 8 1990
D334472 Toothbrush 32 1990
* 5,335,389 Plaque removing toothbrush 102 1990
D342160 Toothbrush 89 1991
D342162 Toothbrush 46 1991
* 5,341,537 Plaque removing toothbrush 129 1992
D352396 Toothbrush 16 1992
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
D332873 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 27 1990
 
Warner-Lambert Company (1)
D324957 Toothbrush with adjustable head 10 1990
 
Cook Coffee Company (1)
D265698 Toothbrush 12 1981
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Trisa Holding AG (11)
RE44346 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 0 2002
RE42985 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 0 2002
7,174,596 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 43 2002
* 2003/0159,224 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 20 2003
7,354,112 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 25 2006
* 2006/0137,120 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 4 2006
7,458,647 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 14 2007
7,445,295 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 14 2007
7,520,571 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 13 2008
7,988,238 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 2 2009
RE45141 Toothbrush and process for producing such a toothbrush 1 2013
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (45)
* 6,397,858 Dental concave and convex rake 3 1999
6,260,227 Orthodontic toothbrush 45 2000
6,463,619 Squeegee device and system 81 2001
6,865,767 Device with multi-structural contact elements 44 2001
6,599,048 Toothbrush for massaging and protecting gums 107 2001
6,658,688 Squeegee device and system 56 2002
* 7,500,282 Modular system for stimulation and exfoliation of human skin 7 2002
6,820,299 Dentition cleaning device and system 71 2003
* 2003/0140,440 Dentition cleaning device and system 2 2003
6,820,300 Squeegee device and system 43 2003
* 2004/0031,115 Squeegee device and system 11 2003
* 2004/0261,207 Squeegee device and system 10 2003
6,944,903 Dentition cleaning device and system 32 2004
* 2004/0231,082 Dentition cleaning device and system 2 2004
* 2004/0221,409 Squeegee device and system 39 2004
7,069,615 Squeegee device and system 19 2004
7,051,394 Dentition cleaning device and system 28 2004
* 2004/0237,236 Squeegee device and system 13 2004
* 2004/0231,076 Dentition cleaning device and system 11 2004
7,975,339 Aquatic scrubber 3 2004
* 2004/0255,427 Aquatic scrubber 14 2004
7,562,411 Oral-care device and system 11 2004
* 2005/0015,901 Oral-care device and system 16 2004
7,434,288 Oral care device with multi-structural contact elements 2 2004
7,047,589 Dentition cleaning device and system 27 2004
* 2006/0080,799 Toothbrush featuring bristles with raised annular portions 15 2004
8,276,233 Multi-directional wiping elements and device using the same 9 2004
7,814,604 Device with multi-structural contact elements 0 2005
7,814,603 Powered toothbrush with polishing elements 5 2005
* 2005/0166,343 Powered toothbrush with polishing elements 23 2005
8,141,194 Absorbent structures with integrated contact elements 0 2005
* 2005/0198,757 Absorbent structures with integrated contact elements 22 2005
* 2005/0229,339 Oral-care device and system 5 2005
7,877,833 Oral-care device and system 4 2005
* 2006/0236,477 Oral-care device and system 17 2005
7,743,448 Device and system with moving squeegee fields 7 2005
* 2005/0273,961 Toothbrush 2 2005
7,363,675 Squeegee device and system 2 2005
* 2006/0130,257 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 17 2005
* 2006/0282,963 Electric toothbrush head 10 2006
* 2007/0130,705 Electric toothbrushes 7 2006
* 2008/0172,814 Electric toothbrush head 2 2008
* 2009/0013,484 Gum Massaging Oral Brush 13 2008
* 2011/0179,595 Toothbrushes 1 2011
9,095,205 Orthodontic toothbrush 0 2011
 
BRAUN GMBH (8)
D504569 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 15 2003
D503281 Body for a toothbrush head 9 2003
D503043 Body for a toothbrush head 1 2003
D501084 Portion of a toothbrush 26 2003
* 2008/0201,886 Toothbrush Head 6 2006
* 8,166,601 Electric toothbrush head 6 2008
* 8,621,698 Toothbrushes 0 2011
* 2014/0101,871 Toothbrushes 0 2013
 
GABA International AG (2)
8,813,299 Toothbrush with inclined bristles and pointed bristles 0 2007
* 2010/0101,038 Toothbrush With Inclined Bristles and Pointed Bristles 2 2007
 
CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. (6)
6,513,182 Toothbrush 83 2000
6,725,493 Toothbrush 33 2002
* 7,225,494 Multi-motion toothbrush 23 2002
* 2003/0084,528 Multi-motion toothbrush 5 2002
D536876 Head portion of a toothbrush 10 2003
D563106 Head portion of a toothbrush 4 2006
 
UNILEVER HOME & PERSONAL CARE USA, DIVISION OF CONOPCO, INC. (5)
* 6,446,295 Electric toothbrush 109 2000
6,654,979 Electric toothbrush 35 2002
* 2003/0033,680 Electric toothbrush 67 2002
6,957,469 Toothbrush 30 2003
* 2003/0208,865 Toothbrush 14 2003
 
ERGONOMIC DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (39)
6,230,355 Lingual toothbrush 8 1999
D431908 Toothbrush head with bristles 21 1999
D430401 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 23 1999
D428256 Toothbrush 21 1999
D428260 Anterior lingual toothbrush 23 1999
D434564 Anterior lingual toothbrush 0 2000
D431722 Toothbrush 1 2000
D431366 Toothbrush 2 2000
D443140 Toothbrush head with bristles 0 2000
D462175 Toothbrush 1 2000
D462176 Toothbrush 3 2000
D458452 Toothbrush 0 2000
D450927 Toothbrush 0 2000
D448932 Toothbrush 0 2000
D446020 Set of bristles for a substantially oval-headed toothbrush 0 2000
D444951 Set of bristles for a substantially triangular-headed toothbrush 1 2000
D442785 Toothbrush head with bristles 4 2000
D439745 Toothbrush head with bristles 0 2000
D438385 Toothbrush head with bristles 4 2000
D445571 Toothbrush head 1 2000
D443141 Toothbrush head 2 2000
D443142 Toothbrush head 15 2000
6,438,786 Toothbrush with longitudinal bristle reinforcement 10 2000
D460624 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2000
D460268 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2000
D459084 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2000
D459085 Stepped bristle array for a toothbrush head 1 2000
D465089 Toothbrush handle 7 2001
D456137 Toothbrush 2 2001
D465656 Toothbrush 0 2002
D464797 Stepped bristle array for a toothbrush head 0 2002
D464798 Stepped bristle array for a toothbrush head 3 2002
D461314 Toothbrush handle 1 2002
D480876 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 2 2002
D468538 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D467081 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 2 2002
D464800 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D467082 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
D464801 Toothbrush head with stepped bristle array 0 2002
 
RANIR, LLC (2)
D535823 Toothbrush 43 2006
D566401 Toothbrush 24 2007
 
Connoisseurs Products Corporation (1)
6,601,257 Jewelry brush with cleaning zones 4 1999
 
HITACHI, LTD. (2)
* 2009/0297,924 CATALYST NANOPARTICLE 4 2006
* 2007/0026,294 CATALYST NANOPARTICLE 13 2006
 
USCOM PTY LTD (1)
* 2005/0187,469 Blood flow oxygen measurement system and method 9 2003
 
TEAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
D444629 Set of bristles for a brush 26 2000
 
EEGEE, LLC (5)
6,859,969 Multi-directional wiping elements and device using the same 95 2003
7,181,799 Oral-care device and system 43 2003
* 2005/0049,155 Oral-care device and system 3 2003
8,276,231 Oral-care device and system 13 2005
* 2006/0117,506 Oral-care device and system 8 2005
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (120)
* 6,276,021 Toothbrush having a bristle pattern providing enhanced cleaning 103 1999
6,643,886 Toothbrush having an efficacious bristle pattern 26 2001
6,996,870 Contouring toothbrush head 39 2002
* 2002/0152,570 Contouring toothbrush head 1 2002
D475855 Electric toothbrush bristle pattern 15 2002
7,140,058 Toothbrush with kinetic plate 40 2002
7,137,163 Power toothbrush and power source 36 2002
* 2004/0060,136 Power toothbrush and power source 7 2002
* 2004/0060,135 Toothbrush with kinetic plate 7 2002
6,983,507 Toothbrush 37 2003
* 2004/0168,271 Toothbrush 6 2003
D517812 Toothbrush 48 2003
7,757,326 Toothbrush with enhanced cleaning effects 7 2003
* 7,703,163 Toothbrush with enhanced cleaning effects 18 2004
* 2005/0091,769 Toothbrush with enhanced cleaning effects 33 2004
7,143,462 Oral care implement 97 2004
7,089,621 Toothbrush 32 2004
* 2005/0000,048 Toothbrush 0 2004
D520753 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 13 2004
D516819 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 27 2004
D513882 Toothbrush 28 2004
7,168,125 Toothbrush 44 2004
* 2005/0102,780 Toothbrush 19 2004
* 2005/0102,783 Toothbrush 3 2004
7,273,327 Oral care implement 34 2004
* 2005/0069,372 Oral care implement 33 2004
7,725,980 Oral care implement 14 2004
* 2006/0129,171 Oral care implement 11 2004
7,908,699 Oral care implement 9 2004
7,721,376 Oral care implement 27 2004
7,213,288 Toothbrush 33 2005
* 2005/0166,342 Toothbrush 5 2005
7,823,243 Toothbrush 1 2005
* 2005/0188,489 Toothbrush 20 2005
7,845,042 Oral care implement 25 2005
7,836,539 Oral care implement 1 2005
7,251,849 Toothbrush 8 2005
7,594,293 Oral care implement 21 2005
* 2006/0052,806 Oral care implement 14 2005
7,389,557 Toothbrush 1 2006
D562560 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 25 2006
7,841,041 Oral care implement 22 2006
7,975,343 Toothbrush 3 2006
7,962,991 Toothbrush 4 2006
7,448,108 Toothbrush with kinetic plate 7 2006
7,322,067 Oral care implement 41 2006
8,523,888 Oral care implement 1 2006
8,201,298 Toothbrush with low profile head 1 2007
7,954,191 Toothbrush 0 2007
8,628,263 Oral care implement 0 2007
8,281,448 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2007
7,950,100 Oral care implement 4 2007
D589260 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 23 2007
D599556 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 16 2008
D598199 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 13 2008
8,510,893 Toothbrush with visual and/or other sensory effects 2 2008
D651406 Toothbrush handle 0 2008
* 2009/0313,778 Toothbrush With Visual and/or Other Sensory Effects 2 2008
8,151,397 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 3 2008
8,857,003 Contouring toothbrush head 0 2008
* 8,776,302 Oral care implement 0 2008
* 2010/0050,356 ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT 12 2008
7,784,136 Toothbrush with kinetic plate 8 2008
* 2009/0025,157 TOOTHBRUSH WITH KINETIC PLATE 2 2008
D651407 Toothbrush 14 2009
* 2011/0047,736 Oral Care Implement Having Diverging Cleaning Elements 11 2009
8,042,214 Oral care implement 0 2009
* 2010/0004,666 Oral Care Implement 1 2009
8,393,042 Oral care implement 5 2009
D671325 Toothbrush 0 2009
D655916 Toothbrush 0 2009
D655918 Toothbrush 0 2009
D655917 Toothbrush 0 2009
D642802 Toothbrush 3 2009
D642803 Toothbrush 0 2009
D642804 Toothbrush 0 2009
D632084 Toothbrush 0 2009
D631257 Toothbrush 6 2009
8,863,345 Oral care implement having a closed-loop arrangement of cleaning elements 0 2009
D675830 Toothbrush 0 2009
D654696 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 5 2009
D654695 Toothbrush 16 2009
D654270 Toothbrush handle 5 2009
* 2011/0146,014 Oral Care Implement Having A Closed-Loop Arrangement of Cleaning Elements 0 2009
D632484 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 4 2009
D657568 Oral care implement 3 2010
D657569 Head portion of an oral care implement 0 2010
8,550,736 Oral care implement 4 2010
7,975,346 Oral care implement 1 2010
8,091,170 Oral care implement 5 2010
8,079,110 Oral care implement 1 2010
* 2010/0263,148 TOOTHBRUSH WITH ENHANCED CLEANING EFFECTS 2 2010
D658886 Toothbrush 4 2011
D712155 Toothbrush 0 2011
D689286 Toothbrush 2 2011
D667223 Toothbrush 3 2011
8,522,386 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,561,247 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,876,221 Oral care implement 0 2011
8,800,093 Oral care implement 0 2011
D671326 Toothbrush handle 3 2012
D670503 Head portion of a toothbrush 2 2012
D670505 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 0 2012
D669688 Head portion of a toothbrush 2 2012
D669689 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 0 2012
D690518 Head portion of an oral care implement 0 2012
D680748 Oral care implement 0 2012
8,806,695 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 0 2012
8,745,805 Toothbrush with visual and/or other sensory effects 1 2012
8,578,546 Oral care implement having one or more moving pieces 0 2012
8,990,996 Toothbrush 0 2012
D692242 Oral care implement 0 2013
8,839,481 Oral care implement 0 2013
8,800,091 Oral care implement 0 2013
D710111 Toothbrush 7 2013
D713151 Head portion of an oral care implement 2 2013
8,857,919 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2013
8,997,301 Toothbrush with visual and/or other sensory effects 0 2013
9,167,888 Oral care implement having flexibly supported cleaning elements extending in opposite directions 0 2014
9,271,564 Oral care implement having one or more moving sections 0 2014
 
KWON, YOUNG-JUN (1)
* 2008/0028,558 Functional Toothbrush 13 2004
 
GAVNEY, JAMES A., JR. (2)
6,319,332 Squeegee device and system 64 1999
6,571,417 Dentition cleaning device and system 87 2000
 
The Gillette Company (14)
D440048 Toothbrush 87 1998
7,934,284 Toothbrushes 11 2003
* 2004/0154,112 Toothbrushes 62 2003
7,941,886 Toothbrushes 12 2003
* 2006/0085,931 Gum-massaging oral brush 14 2005
7,975,344 Toothbrush head 6 2007
8,578,544 Oral hygiene implements having flexible elements, and methods of making the same 0 2008
* 2008/0184,511 Oral hygiene implements having flexible elements, and methods of making the same 23 2008
8,156,600 Gum massaging oral brush 2 2008
8,332,982 Vibrating toothbrush 1 2009
8,528,148 Toothbrush head 1 2011
9,220,335 Toothbrush head 0 2013
* 9,204,949 Toothbrushes 0 2013
* 2014/0359,958 HEAD FOR AN ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT 1 2014
 
3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY (1)
* 2004/0117,930 Toothbrush 13 2002
 
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE GMBH & CO KG (2)
* 7,546,658 Toothbrush 18 2002
* 2005/0039,279 Toothbrush 15 2004
 
L'OREAL (3)
* 6,453,909 Applicator, kit, and method for applying hair coloring 14 2000
* 7,337,785 Device and method for applying product to keratinous fibers 7 2001
* 2002/0023,658 Device and method for applying product to keratinous fibers 3 2001
 
GILLETTE CANADA COMPANY (12)
D419773 Toothbrush handle 75 1998
D415352 Toothbrush handle 29 1998
6,308,367 Toothbrush 71 1998
D443985 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 40 1999
D425306 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 94 1999
D424808 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 87 1999
D422143 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 82 1999
D437688 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 31 1999
D434563 Set of bristles for a brush 48 2000
6,564,416 Toothbrush 64 2000
* 2002/0084,550 Gum-massaging oral brush 27 2001
* 2005/0086,753 Gum massaging oral brush 15 2004
 
DR. FRESH, LLC (13)
D403510 Brushhead for a toothbrush 88 1997
D402471 Toothbrush 11 1997
D402114 Toothbrush 8 1997
D402116 Brushhead for a toothbrush 87 1997
D402117 Brushhead for a toothbrush 4 1997
D402118 Toothbrush 2 1997
* 8,631,534 Toothbrush 0 2006
* 2007/0283,518 TOOTHBRUSH 28 2006
D660598 Toothbrush bristle 0 2009
D660003 Toothbrush 8 2010
8,595,886 Bristle configuration 1 2011
D675024 Toothbrush 8 2012
9,198,501 Bristle configuration 0 2013
 
HELEN OF TROY LIMITED (2)
7,716,775 Brush 4 2005
* 2007/0143,945 Brush 12 2005
 
WATER PIK, INC. (3)
* 2005/0189,000 Flosser with motor integrated with vibrating head 6 2004
8,943,634 Mechanically-driven, sonic toothbrush system 0 2012
9,144,477 Mechanically-driven, sonic toothbrush system 0 2014
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (14)
6,886,207 Toothbrush 77 2000
* 6,311,358 Toothbrush comprising gum-massaging sticks 84 2000
* 2004/0200,016 Electric toothbrushes 54 2003
D561475 Toothbrush head 6 2003
* 2005/0000,043 Electric toothbrushes 58 2004
6,928,685 Complex motion toothbrush 28 2004
7,962,992 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 0 2005
7,707,676 Toothbrush 8 2006
8,584,299 Electric toothbrushes 2 2007
* 2009/0007,357 Oral Hygiene Implements 3 2008
8,060,970 Toothbrush 2 2010
8,327,492 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 0 2011
8,332,985 Toothbrush 1 2011
8,955,186 Electric toothbrushes 0 2013
 
Warner-Lambert Company (2)
* 2005/0233,279 Oral composition applicator devices including movable applicator surface and related methods 9 2004
* 2005/0232,687 Composition applicator devices including twist off closure member and related methods 4 2004
 
HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED (1)
* 2014/0331,422 COMBINATION COSMETIC APPLICATOR 1 2013
 
Procter & Gamble Business Services Canada Company (1)
RE44819 Toothbrush 0 2004
 
SUNSTAR INC. (1)
* 5,799,353 Toothbrush 59 1996
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (1)
* 2002/0004,964 Toothbrush with individually embedded bristles 75 2001
 
CARL FREUDENBERG KG (1)
* D734909 Broom head 0 2013
* Cited By Examiner