US Patent No: 6,990,706

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Toothbrush

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A toothbrush having a head which carries a dental cleaning tool, and a grip handle, the head and handle being disposed along a longitudinal head-handle axis, the toothbrush having a resiliently flexible structure which can resiliently bend under the action of toothbrushing pressure and having adjustment means comprising a longitudinally moveable stiffening member which can be moved longitudinally into greater or lesser engagement with the resiliently flexible structure.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE GMBH & CO KGBUEHL (BADEN)58
M+C SCHIFFER GMBHNEUSTADT/WIED9

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Broecker, Gerd Neustadt, DE 3 40
Georgi, Matthias Buehl, DE 25 174
Meyer, Berthold Neustadt, DE 10 270
Muller, Wolf-Dieter Buehl, DE 16 157

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 5,315,732 Toothbrush having adjustable brushing pressure 20 1993
 
M+C Schiffer GmbH (1)
* 5,054,154 Toothbrush with flexible head 161 1989
 
SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CONSUMER (1)
* 6,101,659 Toothbrush 46 1999
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 7,213,292 Bendable shaft body toiletry apparatus 4 2004
 
BIEDERMANN MOTECH GMBH & CO. KG (1)
* 2006/0184,171 Flexible element for use in a stabilization device for bones or vertebrae 114 2005
 
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE GMBH & CO KG (2)
* 8,763,196 Toothbrush incorporating a flexible undulating region 1 2012
* 2012/0227,200 Novel Device 0 2012
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (11)
D675830 Toothbrush 0 2009
D654696 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 6 2009
D654695 Toothbrush 17 2009
D654270 Toothbrush handle 5 2009
D632484 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 4 2009
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
9,398,802 Method of forming a head plate and formation of oral care implement using the same 0 2012
 
WATER PIK, INC. (3)
8,943,634 Mechanically-driven, sonic toothbrush system 0 2012
9,468,511 Electronic toothbrush with vibration dampening 0 2013
9,144,477 Mechanically-driven, sonic toothbrush system 0 2014
 
THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC (5)
7,934,284 Toothbrushes 11 2003
7,958,589 Toothbrushes 13 2009
8,695,149 Toothbrushes 0 2011
* 9,486,066 Manual toothbrush concept being combined from three parts 0 2014
* 2014/0352,091 MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH CONCEPT BEING COMBINED FROM THREE PARTS 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner

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