US Patent No: 7,845,041

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Interactive musical toothbrush

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A toothbrush includes a storage unit having an input, a memory for storing audio signals received via the input. The unit can have an output for transmitting or playing the stored audio signals. A variety of different constructions of storage unit and toothbrush configurations are described, each creating an environment that makes tooth brushing enjoyable.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANYNEW YORK, NY3047

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Eighmy, Eugene Birmingham, AL 2 14
Gatzemeyer, John J Hillsborough, NJ 113 1015
Jimenez, Eduardo J Manalapan, NJ 101 488
Michaels, James E Downers Grove, IL 7 28
Riebe, Robert Minneapolis, MN 8 25
Ward, Evan Chicago, IL 18 114

Cited Art Landscape

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COLGATE-PALMOLIVE COMPANY (9)
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Perfect Steam Appliance Ltd. (1)
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Zephyr Design, Inc. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (52)
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6,081,957 Electronic toothbrush construction 16 1998
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2006/0130,253 Toothbrush 3 2005
2007/0190,509 Instructional toothbrushing 8 2006
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2007/0261,185 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AUTOMATED INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAINTAINING ORAL HYGIENE 14 2007
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Children Oral Care, LLC (2)
8,327,491 Illuminated flashing toothbrush and method of use 0 2012
8,561,244 Illuminated flashing toothbrush and method of use 0 2012
 
DR. FRESH, LLC (2)
8,424,144 Illuminated flashing toothbrush and method of use 0 2011
D652627 Toothbrush 3 2011
 
SONITUS MEDICAL, INC. (2)
8,224,013 Headset systems and methods 0 2009
8,660,278 Headset systems and methods 0 2012
 
BuzzCo, LLC (1)
D663310 Memory storage device 0 2011
 
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
D638031 Music player set 3 2010
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
D663124 Combined keyboard brush handle and base 1 2010
8,404,053 Device and method for removing particulates from a keyboard 0 2011
8,468,638 Musical apparatus 0 2011

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