US Patent No: 7,594,293

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Oral care implement

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20060052806

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An oral care implement with a soft tissue cleanser is provided to effectively cleanse the soft tissue of the mouth with comfort and a reduced risk of injury to the user. In one construction, a projection is formed of a combination of a hard material and a soft material. The hard material provides good stability for cleaning debris from the tongue or other tissue while the soft material provides comfort and a reduced risk of injury.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANYNEW YORK, NY3105

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hohlbein, Douglas J Pennington, NJ 142 2152
Mei, James Nanjing, CN 2 24
Mintel, Thomas Rahway, NJ 49 448
Moskovich, Robert - 236 1999
Xi, Swanson Yangzhou, CN 17 188

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (14)
5,628,082 Toothbrush with improved efficacy 230 1995
D386905 Toothbrush 56 1995
D390706 Toothbrush 48 1996
D404205 Toothbrush 79 1998
D404206 Toothbrush 45 1998
5,938,673 Tongue cleaning device 35 1998
6,276,021 Toothbrush having a bristle pattern providing enhanced cleaning 94 1999
D440767 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 48 2000
D456139 Toothbrush with a combination of filaments and elastomeric tufts 83 2001
2003/0196,283 Powered toothbrush 102 2002
D478211 Toothbrush 36 2002
2004/0255,416 Toothbrush with tongue cleaning member 101 2003
6,817,054 Toothbrush 56 2003
2005/0210,612 Oral care implement 33 2004
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (12)
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D428702 Toothbrush 32 1996
D407221 Toothbrush head 32 1996
D407222 Toothbrush head 35 1996
D407223 Toothbrush head 35 1996
D420515 Toothbrush head 35 1996
5,946,759 Brush head 68 1998
6,408,476 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 55 1998
D421844 Toothbrush 49 1999
6,886,207 Toothbrush 65 2000
D461959 Toothbrush head 47 2001
2003/0009,837 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 43 2002
 
GILLETTE CANADA COMPANY (10)
D391769 Toothbrush handle 64 1996
6,058,541 Crimped bristle toothbrush 78 1997
6,041,467 Toothbrush 103 1997
6,108,869 Brush handle 79 1998
6,308,367 Toothbrush 58 1998
D424808 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 80 1999
D425306 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 86 1999
D434906 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 57 1999
D422413 Toothbrush 37 1999
6,108,851 Toothbrush 46 1999
 
Avantgarde S.p.A. (5)
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D272687 Toothbrush 34 1981
D272689 Toothbrush 50 1981
D272690 Toothbrush 51 1981
D273635 Toothbrush 67 1981
 
CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. (5)
5,392,483 Multi-level bristle tuft toothbrush 172 1994
5,802,656 Toothbrush with flexibly mounted bristles 163 1996
D401069 Toothbrush 58 1997
5,970,564 Brush having an elastomeric bridge 108 1997
6,513,182 Toothbrush 75 2000
 
The Gillette Company (4)
5,396,678 Toothbrush with rectangular bristles 69 1992
D463131 Toothbrush 47 2001
D464796 Toothbrush 37 2001
D477465 Portion of a toothbrush 69 2002
 
UNILEVER HOME & PERSONAL CARE USA, DIVISION OF CONOPCO, INC. (4)
6,446,295 Electric toothbrush 97 2000
D482199 Toothbrush 64 2002
2004/0134,007 Toothbrush 91 2003
D503538 Toothbrush 61 2004
 
DR. FRESH, LLC (3)
D402116 Brushhead for a toothbrush 79 1997
D403510 Brushhead for a toothbrush 80 1997
D448569 Bristle head for a toothbrush 44 2000
 
AMTEC Products, Inc. (2)
6,015,293 Oral cleaning apparatus 58 1997
5,967,152 Oral cleaning apparatus 50 1998
 
John O. Butler Company (2)
5,778,476 Interdental brushes having roughened, tapered and rounded bristle ends and method of making the same 31 1996
6,496,999 Toothbrush with bristle configuration adapted for cleaning tooth surfaces and interproximal areas 47 2000
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (2)
D397219 Brush head for a tongue hygiene brush 39 1997
2002/0004,964 Toothbrush with individually embedded bristles 66 2001
 
AMDEN CORPORATION (1)
6,322,573 Electric tongue cleaner 38 2000
 
ASHER, RANDALL S. (1)
5,735,011 Plaque removing toothbrush 117 1996
 
Blanc; Max A. (1)
4,299,208 Gum massage device 45 1980
 
BRAUN GMBH (1)
2002/0138,926 Electric toothbrush head 87 2001
 
Chesebrough-Pond's USA Co., Division of Conopco, Inc. (1)
5,875,510 Replaceable head toothbrush 90 1997
 
CONAIR CORPORATION (1)
D456607 Brush disk for rotary electric toothbrushes 69 2001
 
CONFIRM PERSONAL CARE INDUSTRIAL CORP. (1)
6,098,233 Bath brush with massage means 45 1999
 
COPELAND, CHARLOTTE (1)
5,920,941 Denture brush 40 1997
 
CORONET-WERKE GMBH (1)
6,421,867 Brush, in particular for an electric toothbrush 80 2000
 
Coronet-Werke Heinrich Schlerf GmbH (1)
5,176,427 Bristle treatment 43 1991
 
CRA LABS, INC. (1)
5,758,380 Device for comprehensive oral hygiene 58 1997
 
DISCUS DENTAL IMPRESSIONS, INC. (1)
6,383,202 Dual action tongue scraper 32 2000
 
EEGEE, LLC (1)
6,859,969 Multi-directional wiping elements and device using the same 87 2003
 
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE GMBH & CO KG (1)
D483184 Toothbrush 58 2002
 
Hing; Marilyn O. (1)
5,249,327 String and ribbon floss holder for brushes 71 1992
 
Jacobs, Odeleya (1)
D465847 Tongue scraper 52 2001
 
JAMES B. COPELAN TRUST DATED DECEMBER 30, 1988, JAMES B. COPELAN, TRUSTEE, THE (1)
5,445,825 Disposable personal dental hygiene assembly 49 1992
 
M + C SCHIFFER GMBH (1)
6,374,448 Toothbrush 54 2001
 
NOAH AMIT (1)
5,120,225 Method and apparatus for brushing teeth with cyclically rotating brush strokes 109 1991
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION (1)
5,818,856 Ozone compatible stimulated brillouin scattering materials 29 1996
 
ONE DROP ONLY CHEMISCH-PHARMAZEUTISCHE VERTRIEBS GMBH (1)
6,289,545 Device for cleaning within the oral cavity 33 1999
 
PLASTICOS Y TECNOLOGIA, S.A. DE C.V. (1)
D483568 Toothbrush with sucker attachable holder 40 2002
 
SMITHKLINE BEECHAM P.L.C. (1)
5,896,614 Bristle arrangement for a toothbrush 119 1997
 
TARTSCH, RITA (1)
4,827,551 Electrical device for mouth care 79 1988
 
TEAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
5,511,273 Variable engagement toothbrush 47 1995
 
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, AS COLLATERAL AGENT (1)
5,980,542 Tongue cleaner 63 1999
 
TRISA, S.A. (1)
D486649 Toothbrush 69 2002
 
Tveras; Rimvydas (1)
D376695 Handle for a toothbrush and tongue cleaner 48 1995
 
ULTRADENT PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
6,625,839 Flocked tongue cleaning device 40 2001
 
UNION PLANTERS BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
D350851 Infant massager toothbrush 49 1992
 
WATER PIK, INC. (1)
5,779,654 Clean breath wand 54 1997
 
WILDEN AG SCHWEIZ (1)
6,353,958 Toothbrush 52 1997
 
Yudelman; Gillian C. (1)
5,957,942 Oral hygiene device having plaque collection and quantification capabilities 37 1997
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (60)
4,328,604 Toothbrushes 45 1980
4,364,142 Body squeegee 46 1980
4,356,585 Hygienic dental appliance 98 1981
4,455,704 Toothbrush and tongue cleaner 71 1982
4,628,564 Toothbrush 68 1983
4,488,327 Combination toothbrush and tongue scraper 65 1983
D287072 Toothbrush 42 1985
4,610,043 Oral hygiene brush 82 1985
D295695 Combination tooth brush and tongue scraper 44 1986
4,888,844 Toothbrush for natural teeth and dentures 38 1988
5,040,260 Tooth cleaning and polishing device 104 1989
5,005,246 Replaceable tooth brush with tongue scaler 101 1989
5,032,082 Device for removing adhesive from the palate 74 1989
D309528 Tongue brush 55 1990
5,230,118 Orthodontic tooth-brush 37 1991
5,242,235 Toothbrush 58 1992
5,226,197 Tongue hygiene device 120 1992
5,273,425 Portable pet teeth cleaning abrasive instrument 45 1992
5,305,489 Ergonomic topographic toothbrush 88 1993
5,438,726 Tooth cleaning system with timer and signaling means 116 1994
5,613,262 Lingual brush 101 1994
5,604,951 Prophy toothbrush 117 1994
5,535,474 Brush for cleaning and polishing teeth while stimulating gums 77 1995
5,530,981 Toothbrush having a tongue scraper disposed therein 45 1995
5,584,690 Dental cleaning assembly 89 1995
5,570,487 Toothbrush having multiple brushing surface configurations 79 1995
5,930,860 Prophy bristle toothbrush 110 1996
6,171,323 Tongue cleaner 43 1996
5,709,004 Toothbrush with device for cleaning the tongue 47 1996
5,778,475 Tongue debridement aid 41 1996
5,766,193 Tongue cleaner 48 1996
5,735,864 Disposable tongue cleaner 72 1997
5,928,254 Tongue cleaning device 35 1997
D396288 Tongue cleaner 36 1997
5,817,114 Hygienic tongue cleaner 39 1997
5,915,433 Combined toothbrush and tongue scraper with anti-slip bumps therebetween 41 1997
5,845,358 Combination toothbrush and tongue scraper 37 1998
D399349 Tooth brush to cleanse mouth as well as teeth 52 1998
5,980,541 Oral hygiene device 43 1998
5,951,578 Tongue cleaning system 36 1998
D405272 Tongue brush 44 1998
5,913,346 Tongue cleaning device 33 1998
6,105,191 Toothbrush with inter-gingiva-sulcus scraping bristles 63 1998
D423785 Combined toothbrush, tongue scraper and floss tool 36 1999
D423786 Combined tooth and tongue brush with timing device 33 1999
D423787 Combined toothbrush and gum massager 35 1999
D424809 Toothbrush with auxiliary bristles 35 1999
6,254,390 Oral burnisher 83 2000
6,402,768 Device for cleaning a human tongue 39 2000
6,345,405 Two-in-one toothbrush 32 2000
6,260,227 Orthodontic toothbrush 34 2000
D471276 Tongue and tooth cleaning device 39 2001
6,546,586 Toothbrush with flossing functionality 47 2001
D459087 Toothbrush 33 2001
6,647,581 Tongue cleaner inside toothbrush handle 38 2002
2003/0163,149 Breath freshener lollipop 42 2002
6,729,789 Toothbrush assembly with toothpaste dispenser 38 2003
2004/0006,837 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 37 2003
2004/0068,810 Complex type toothbrush 29 2003
6,895,629 Double sided toothbrush 52 2004

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (12)
8,387,196 Oral care implement having a turbine-like arrangement of cleaning elements 0 2009
8,500,766 Oral care implement multiple soft tissue cleaner components 0 2009
D675830 Toothbrush 0 2009
D654696 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 1 2009
D654695 Toothbrush 2 2009
D654270 Toothbrush handle 2 2009
D632484 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 4 2009
D671326 Toothbrush handle 0 2012
D670503 Head portion of a toothbrush 0 2012
D670505 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 0 2012
D669688 Head portion of a toothbrush 0 2012
D669689 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 0 2012
 
DR. FRESH, LLC (2)
D640469 Toothbrush 4 2008
D648134 Toothbrush 0 2010
 
BRAUN GMBH (1)
8,766,496 Linear electric motor 0 2011

Maintenance Fees

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7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Mar 29, 2017
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Mar 29, 2021
Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00