US Patent No: 7,594,293

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Oral care implement

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Abstract

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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, NY1804

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hohlbein, Douglas J Pennington , US 114 2839
Mei, James Nanjing , CN 1 38
Mintel, Thomas Rahway , US 32 711
Moskovich, Robert East Brunswick , US 244 2940
Xi, Swanson Yangzhou , CN 16 258

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (60)
4,328,604 Toothbrushes 56 1980
4,364,142 Body squeegee 55 1980
4,356,585 Hygienic dental appliance 113 1981
4,455,704 Toothbrush and tongue cleaner 87 1982
4,628,564 Toothbrush 86 1983
4,488,327 Combination toothbrush and tongue scraper 79 1983
D287072 Toothbrush 52 1985
4,610,043 Oral hygiene brush 94 1985
D295695 Combination tooth brush and tongue scraper 54 1986
4,888,844 Toothbrush for natural teeth and dentures 45 1988
5,040,260 Tooth cleaning and polishing device 124 1989
5,005,246 Replaceable tooth brush with tongue scaler 109 1989
5,032,082 Device for removing adhesive from the palate 82 1989
D309528 Tongue brush 63 1990
5,230,118 Orthodontic tooth-brush 47 1991
5,242,235 Toothbrush 68 1992
5,226,197 Tongue hygiene device 130 1992
5,273,425 Portable pet teeth cleaning abrasive instrument 57 1992
5,305,489 Ergonomic topographic toothbrush 102 1993
5,438,726 Tooth cleaning system with timer and signaling means 134 1994
5,613,262 Lingual brush 112 1994
5,604,951 Prophy toothbrush 132 1994
5,535,474 Brush for cleaning and polishing teeth while stimulating gums 91 1995
5,530,981 Toothbrush having a tongue scraper disposed therein 55 1995
5,584,690 Dental cleaning assembly 102 1995
5,570,487 Toothbrush having multiple brushing surface configurations 87 1995
5,930,860 Prophy bristle toothbrush 129 1996
6,171,323 Tongue cleaner 52 1996
5,709,004 Toothbrush with device for cleaning the tongue 61 1996
5,778,475 Tongue debridement aid 49 1996
5,766,193 Tongue cleaner 55 1996
5,735,864 Disposable tongue cleaner 82 1997
5,928,254 Tongue cleaning device 44 1997
D396288 Tongue cleaner 43 1997
5,817,114 Hygienic tongue cleaner 46 1997
5,915,433 Combined toothbrush and tongue scraper with anti-slip bumps therebetween 52 1997
5,845,358 Combination toothbrush and tongue scraper 48 1998
D399349 Tooth brush to cleanse mouth as well as teeth 65 1998
5,980,541 Oral hygiene device 60 1998
5,951,578 Tongue cleaning system 43 1998
D405272 Tongue brush 53 1998
5,913,346 Tongue cleaning device 41 1998
6,105,191 Toothbrush with inter-gingiva-sulcus scraping bristles 71 1998
D423785 Combined toothbrush, tongue scraper and floss tool 45 1999
D423786 Combined tooth and tongue brush with timing device 42 1999
D423787 Combined toothbrush and gum massager 46 1999
D424809 Toothbrush with auxiliary bristles 43 1999
6,254,390 Oral burnisher 98 2000
6,402,768 Device for cleaning a human tongue 50 2000
6,345,405 Two-in-one toothbrush 44 2000
6,260,227 Orthodontic toothbrush 47 2000
D471276 Tongue and tooth cleaning device 46 2001
6,546,586 Toothbrush with flossing functionality 58 2001
D459087 Toothbrush 41 2001
6,647,581 Tongue cleaner inside toothbrush handle 53 2002
2003/0163,149 Breath freshener lollipop 53 2002
6,729,789 Toothbrush assembly with toothpaste dispenser 57 2003
2004/0006,837 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 47 2003
2004/0068,810 Complex type toothbrush 36 2003
6,895,629 Double sided toothbrush 69 2004
 
BRAUN GMBH (1)
2002/0138,926 Electric toothbrush head 102 2001
 
DISCUS DENTAL IMPRESSIONS, INC. (1)
6,383,202 Dual action tongue scraper 39 2000
 
Chesebrough-Pond's USA Co., Division of Conopco, Inc. (1)
5,875,510 Replaceable head toothbrush 112 1997
 
Unilever Home & Personal Care USA division of Conopco, Inc. (4)
6,446,295 Electric toothbrush 111 2000
D482199 Toothbrush 75 2002
2004/0134,007 Toothbrush 109 2003
D503538 Toothbrush 75 2004
 
CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. (5)
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5,802,656 Toothbrush with flexibly mounted bristles 187 1996
D401069 Toothbrush 69 1997
5,970,564 Brush having an elastomeric bridge 127 1997
6,513,182 Toothbrush 84 2000
 
Avantgarde S.p.A. (5)
D272683 Toothbrush 46 1981
D272687 Toothbrush 42 1981
D272689 Toothbrush 60 1981
D272690 Toothbrush 61 1981
D273635 Toothbrush 77 1981
 
Blanc; Max A. (1)
4,299,208 Gum massage device 55 1980
 
SMITHKLINE BEECHAM P.L.C. (1)
5,896,614 Bristle arrangement for a toothbrush 154 1997
 
WILDEN AG SCHWEIZ (1)
6,353,958 Toothbrush 63 1997
 
Plasticos y Tecnologia, S.A. de C.V. (1)
D483568 Toothbrush with sucker attachable holder 56 2002
 
TEAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
5,511,273 Variable engagement toothbrush 55 1995
 
EEGEE, LLC (1)
6,859,969 Multi-directional wiping elements and device using the same 97 2003
 
Confirm Personal Care Industrial Corp. (1)
6,098,233 Bath brush with massage means 53 1999
 
Yudelman; Gillian C. (1)
5,957,942 Oral hygiene device having plaque collection and quantification capabilities 45 1997
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (14)
5,628,082 Toothbrush with improved efficacy 255 1995
D386905 Toothbrush 67 1995
D390706 Toothbrush 57 1996
D404205 Toothbrush 90 1998
D404206 Toothbrush 55 1998
5,938,673 Tongue cleaning device 46 1998
6,276,021 Toothbrush having a bristle pattern providing enhanced cleaning 106 1999
D440767 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 55 2000
D456139 Toothbrush with a combination of filaments and elastomeric tufts 93 2001
2003/0196,283 Powered toothbrush 113 2002
D478211 Toothbrush 44 2002
6,817,054 Toothbrush 64 2003
2004/0255,416 Toothbrush with tongue cleaning member 135 2003
2005/0210,612 Oral care implement 47 2004
 
John O. Butler Company (2)
5,778,476 Interdental brushes having roughened, tapered and rounded bristle ends and method of making the same 39 1996
6,496,999 Toothbrush with bristle configuration adapted for cleaning tooth surfaces and interproximal areas 59 2000
 
CORONET-WERKE GMBH (1)
6,421,867 Brush, in particular for an electric toothbrush 96 2000
 
NOAH AMIT (1)
5,120,225 Method and apparatus for brushing teeth with cyclically rotating brush strokes 122 1991
 
Jacobs, Odeleya (1)
D465847 Tongue scraper 60 2001
 
Coronet-Werke Heinrich Schlerf GmbH (1)
5,176,427 Bristle treatment 50 1991
 
CONAIR CORPORATION (1)
D456607 Brush disk for rotary electric toothbrushes 77 2001
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION (1)
5,818,856 Ozone compatible stimulated brillouin scattering materials 36 1996
 
AMDEN CORPORATION (1)
6,322,573 Electric tongue cleaner 52 2000
 
ASHER, RANDALL S. (1)
5,735,011 Plaque removing toothbrush 132 1996
 
AMTEC Products, Inc. (2)
6,015,293 Oral cleaning apparatus 78 1997
5,967,152 Oral cleaning apparatus 59 1998
 
THE GILLETTE COMPANY (1)
5,396,678 Toothbrush with rectangular bristles 79 1992
 
GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE GMBH & CO KG (1)
D483184 Toothbrush 66 2002
 
Ultradent Products, Inc. (1)
6,625,839 Flocked tongue cleaning device 54 2001
 
GILLETTE CANADA COMPANY (10)
D391769 Toothbrush handle 72 1996
6,058,541 Crimped bristle toothbrush 96 1997
6,041,467 Toothbrush 119 1997
6,108,869 Brush handle 91 1998
6,308,367 Toothbrush 73 1998
D424808 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 89 1999
D425306 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 96 1999
D434906 Set of bristles for a toothbrush 70 1999
D422413 Toothbrush 44 1999
6,108,851 Toothbrush 58 1999
 
M+C Schiffer GmbH (1)
6,374,448 Toothbrush 70 2001
 
CRA LABS, INC. (1)
5,758,380 Device for comprehensive oral hygiene 72 1997
 
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, AS ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT (1)
5,980,542 Tongue cleaner 84 1999
 
DR. FRESH, LLC (3)
D402116 Brushhead for a toothbrush 91 1997
D403510 Brushhead for a toothbrush 89 1997
D448569 Bristle head for a toothbrush 56 2000
 
TARTSCH, RITA (1)
4,827,551 Electrical device for mouth care 89 1988
 
WATER PIK, INC. (1)
5,779,654 Clean breath wand 79 1997
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (12)
5,165,761 Method of making improved toothbrush having multi-level tufts with substantially uniformly rounded bristle ends in each tuft 47 1991
D428702 Toothbrush 40 1996
D407221 Toothbrush head 40 1996
D407222 Toothbrush head 43 1996
D407223 Toothbrush head 43 1996
D420515 Toothbrush head 43 1996
5,946,759 Brush head 88 1998
6,408,476 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 64 1998
D421844 Toothbrush 58 1999
6,886,207 Toothbrush 81 2000
D461959 Toothbrush head 55 2001
2003/0009,837 Toothbrush with elastomer filled flexible head 53 2002
 
THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC (3)
D463131 Toothbrush 59 2001
D464796 Toothbrush 47 2001
D477465 Portion of a toothbrush 79 2002
 
Tveras; Rimvydas (1)
D376695 Handle for a toothbrush and tongue cleaner 59 1995
 
TRISA S.A. (1)
D486649 Toothbrush 83 2002
 
UNION PLANTERS BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (1)
D350851 Infant massager toothbrush 68 1992
 
COPELAND, CHARLOTTE (1)
5,920,941 Denture brush 49 1997
 
JAMES B. COPELAN TRUST DATED DECEMBER 30, 1988, JAMES B. COPELAN, TRUSTEE, THE (1)
5,445,825 Disposable personal dental hygiene assembly 59 1992
 
Hing; Marilyn O. (1)
5,249,327 String and ribbon floss holder for brushes 80 1992
 
ONE DROP ONLY CHEMISCH-PHARMAZEUTISCHE VERTRIEBS GMBH (1)
6,289,545 Device for cleaning within the oral cavity 40 1999
 
MCNEIL-PPC, INC. (2)
D397219 Brush head for a tongue hygiene brush 46 1997
2002/0004,964 Toothbrush with individually embedded bristles 76 2001
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
* 2011/0218,569 Pacifier for Use with Premature Newborns and Infants 2 2011
9,011,032 Miniature brush for oral hygiene 0 2012
* 9,161,613 Tongue scraper toothbrush system 0 2013
 
BRAUN GMBH (1)
8,766,496 Linear electric motor 0 2011
 
M+C Schiffer GmbH (2)
* 9,101,204 Oral care implement 1 2013
* 2015/0082,564 Oral Care Implement 2 2013
 
DR. FRESH, LLC (2)
D640469 Toothbrush 12 2008
D648134 Toothbrush 4 2010
 
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (17)
8,387,196 Oral care implement having a turbine-like arrangement of cleaning elements 1 2009
* 2011/0047,734 Oral Care Implement Having A Turbine-Like Arrangement of Cleaning Elements 2 2009
8,863,345 Oral care implement having a closed-loop arrangement of cleaning elements 0 2009
8,500,766 Oral care implement multiple soft tissue cleaner components 0 2009
D675830 Toothbrush 1 2009
D654696 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 8 2009
D654695 Toothbrush 19 2009
D654270 Toothbrush handle 6 2009
D632484 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 6 2009
9,138,046 Oral care system, kit and method 1 2009
9,167,887 Oral care implement 0 2010
D671326 Toothbrush handle 4 2012
D670503 Head portion of a toothbrush 3 2012
D670505 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 1 2012
D669688 Head portion of a toothbrush 3 2012
D669689 Toothbrush handle with tissue cleaner 1 2012
* D771953 Head portion of an oral care implement 0 2014
* Cited By Examiner

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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
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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