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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
004300000 FLUSH CLOSET 465
004538000 TUBS 263
004488000 POOL TYPE 247
004596000 SHOWER (E.G. STALL, WITH WALLS, RECEPTOR, AND SPRAY) 202
004619000 WASH RECEPTACLES 154
004449000 DRY CLOSETS 143
004222000 DISINFECTION 94
004679000 DRAIN, OVERFLOW OR TRAP FOR A SINK OR BATH 79
004286000 STRAINER, STOPPER, PLUG OR CLOSURE 59
004237000 SEAT 57
004246100 OPENER OR CLOSER FOR A CLOSET SEAT OR LID 57
004443000 BIDETS 49
004255010 OBSTRUCTION REMOVER 45
004209000 VENTILATION 40
004252100 FLUSH CLOSET BOWL SUPPORT, COUPLING, SEAL OR FASTENER 36
004524000 VAPOR OR HEAT IN BATH (E.G., SAUNA, STEAM BATH, OR SUDATORIUM) 31
004245100 COVER FOR SEAT 27
004234000 SEAT AND LID 24
004675000 SUPPLY OUTLET FOR A SINK OR BATH 22
004695000 SUPPORT OR MOUNT FOR A SUPPLY, DRAIN, OVERFLOW OR TRAP MEANS 20
004615000 MEANS FOR SPRAYING USER 19
004515000 HAIR WASHING MACHINE OR DEVICE OR ACCESSORY 18
004254000 CLOSET HEAD, FOOT, AND BODY RESTS 16
004664000 FLUSH CLOSET OR URINAL AND WASH RECEPTACLE 8
004242100 LID 7
004667000 FLUSH CLOSET SEAT ASSIST TO RAISE USER 7
004253000 CLOSET-BOWL CLOSURES 5
20100037377Cover Element For Temporarily Covering a Urinal - The invention relates to a cover element for temporarily covering an open area of a urinal bounded by a urinal edge, which area is accessible to a user. The dimension of the cover element is at least such that substantially the entire open area of the urinal can be covered therewith. The cover element is provided with means of attachment which can be clamped against the urinal edge for attaching the cover element over the open area of the urinal.02-18-2010
20090049591 - A protective toilet bowl cover for temporary installation during construction or pending maintenance. The bowl cover element includes a clear viewing window so that toilet operation can be observed with the cover in place. The bowl cover element may be adjustable by breaking off a portion of the cover along a selected score line. Two bowl rim engagement elements are pivotally mounted on the bottom of the bowl cover, and provided with toothed pull elements, so that a rim engagement portion of each engagement element may be rotated into contact with the underneath side of the bowl rim by pulling the pull elements partially through small holes in the cover. The toothed portions of the pull elements engage the holes to hold the pull elements and rim engagement elements in place, and excess exposed length of the toothed pull element may be cut.02-26-2009
20090019626TOILET BOWL LOCKING DEVICE AND METHOD - A toilet bowl locking device (01-22-2009
20110271434LOCKING APPARATUS FOR LAVATORY PLUMBING FIXTURES - A lock for lavatory plumbing fixtures includes one or more griping members adapted to receive and attach to an internal rim of the lavatory fixture bowl. At least one of the gripping members can be translationally adapted or slideably engaged. A keyed rotational lock or a padlock can be incorporated for locking the article in place. Alternatively, a screw having a special head can be utilized to prevent unauthorized unlocking of the article.11-10-2011
20110308000Anti-Reverse Device to Block and Prevent Waste Water in a Toilet Bowl from Flowing Backward - An anti-reverse device includes a handle, a blocking member secured on the handle, a fixing plate mounted on the handle, and an adjusting sleeve movably mounted on the handle and abutting the fixing plate. Thus, the fixing plate is fixed on the flange of the toilet bowl, and the blocking member is fixed on the draining port of the toilet bowl to lock the anti-reverse device onto toilet bowl so that the blocking member can block the draining port of the toilet bowl closely and tightly to prevent the waste water from flowing back from the draining port of the toilet bowl due to an irregular pressure condition such that the waste water is stopped and will not flow outward from the toilet bowl.12-22-2011
004249000 FLUSH-VALVE OPERATORS 5
20100325785AUTOMATICALLY FLUSHING TOILET - An automatically flushing toilet in which an extension arm is attached to a horizontal bar to which the toilet seat is attached. When the toilet seat is raised, one end of the extension arm moves downward, causing a rod on the end of the inner tube of a telescoping member located primarily inside the tank compartment of the toilet to move so that it is positioned atop a pivoting member located inside a cut-out on the same end of the extension arm. When the toilet seat is then closed, the one end of the extension arm moves upward, pushing the pivoting member against the rod and causing the rod to force the inner tube of the telescoping member upward. The inner tube is pivotally connected to a trip lever, which causes the toilet to flush.12-30-2010
20120233756GRAVITY OPERATED MECHANICAL FLUSHING APPARATUS - The invention relates to a gravity operated mechanical flushing apparatus, which is operated without any external power source. A weight sensing element (09-20-2012
20090007319FLUSH ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFOR - A flush actuator assembly for use with a flush valve having a relief post is disclosed. The flush actuator assembly includes a valve actuator having a first end, a second end, and an aperture extending therebetween. The aperture is adapted to surround at least a portion of the relief valve post. Movement of the valve actuator in a first direction engages the relief valve post at a first location on the post and displaces the relief valve post by a first separation distance. Movement of the valve actuator in a second direction engages the relief valve post at a second location on the post and displaces the relief valve post by a second separation distance. The first separation distance and the second separation distance are different.01-08-2009
20110099700MONITORING DEVICE FOR A VACUUM TOILET - A monitoring device and method are provided for monitoring a vacuum toilet, as well as a personal transport vehicle, in particular an aircraft, which uses a monitoring device for vacuum toilets. The monitoring device has a position detector for detecting the position of a toilet lid, a mechanical latching device and a flushing control unit. The latching device is designed to latch the toilet lid in an open position based on the weight of a person acting on a toilet seat. The flushing control unit is further designed to control the flushing operation based on the toilet lid position, and to block the flushing operation upon detection of the toilet lid in the open position. This makes it possible to improve both the comfort and hygienic conditions for the toilet user while using the vacuum toilet.05-05-2011
20130191981Dual Flush Handle Control - Disclosed are various embodiments for a dual flush handle system. A first handle lever is configured to rotate in a direction by a first predetermined angle of rotation to initiate a first flush of a toilet. A second handle lever is configured to rotate in the direction about a second predetermined angle of rotation to initiate a second flush of a toilet.08-01-2013
004661000 MISCELLANEOUS 4
20090255053Urinal mat with limited aperture area and legible indicia - A low cost urinal mat that has entertainment value by virtue of matter printed thereon in a sufficiently legible and substantially unobscured form. Preferably, the printed matter consists of an image of a universally recognized person, symbol, flag, etc. for which there is common dislike, derision or even hatred. By way of example, an image of a radical terrorist or of a dictatorial foreign political leader would be a likely candidate for a suitable image. A key aspect of the present invention, aside from the content of the image, is that of providing drainage apertures in a number and size which, while permitting adequate drainage through the mat, does not substantially obscure the image to the point where the content becomes not readily identifiable. It has been found that by providing an image that uses over 90% of the mat surface area, by limiting the hole count to less than about 30 and limiting the cumulative area of the holes to about 10% to 15% of the surface area of the mat, a readily legible and recognizable image is obtained while still permitting proper drainage.10-15-2009
20130212802SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A WHIMSICAL, INTERACTIVE, AND ENTERTAINING HANDWASHING ATTRACTION - A handwashing playground integrates handwash stations with an interactive, themed play attraction, such as a farm, and includes farm-themed playground with animals and a barn. The animals and farm implements replace faucets and sinks to provide an interactive and entertaining experience, thereby encouraging handwashing and other good personal hygiene behavior.08-22-2013
20110083264ANAL-GENITAL VIEWING DEVICE AND METHOD - Viewing device comprised of two or more mirrors and an illumination component for self-viewing the anal-genital region while seated on a toilet bowl. The preferred embodiment comprises a forward mirror and a rear mirror positioned within a toilet bowl at angles with respect to each other, to the user's eye and to the user's anal-genital region such that when the user peers between slightly spread legs into the forward mirror an upward directed image of the user's anal-genital region is visible. The device preserves the region of the toilet bowl directly below the anal-genital region free of mirrors and all supportive apparatus.04-14-2011
20080201841Tank toppers - A decorative toilet tank covering designed to be easily removed, as to allow for the alteration of décor to occur as personal preference dictates. An extensive selection of colors, themes, patterns, and textures will be offered to compliment any taste. Not only an accent, the covering also proves functional as it provides a non-slip surface on which to place items on, preventing them from sliding off of the tank lid.08-28-2008
004258000 SPITTOONS 4
20110119820GERM TRAPPING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING THE GERM TRAPPING DEVICE - A germ trapping device is constructed for preventing germs from spreading due to coughing or sneezing. The germ trapping device includes a receptacle having a closed position and an open position. The receptacle is made of a material hindering liquid from passing through the receptacle. The receptacle has an interior with a germicide. The receptacle has a plurality of biasing members biasing the front wall and the rear wall of the receptacle toward each other such that the receptacle is normally in the closed position. The method of using the device includes applying a force to the biasing members to move the front wall and the rear wall apart and to place the receptacle in the open position. When the receptacle in the open position, a person can sneeze or cough into the receptacle of the germ trapping device to prevent germs from spreading.05-26-2011
20080295235Spit Cup - A spit cup includes a cap housing defining an interior area. The spit cup further includes a plurality of disposable liners, at least one disposable liner being removably positioned in the interior area to receive a user's spit. A lid is selectively coupled to the cup housing. The lid includes a stationary portion and a flap that is pivotally coupled to the stationary portion and movable between an open position providing access to the interior area and a closed position preventing access thereto. The lid includes a spring for biasing the flap toward the open position. The lid further includes a catch operatively coupled to the stationary portion and being movable between a first configuration in which the catch interacts with the flap and maintains the flap at the closed position and a second configuration in which the catch allows the flap to move to the open position.12-04-2008
20100107323Device With An Electric Field Sensor, Control Circuitry, And A Solenoid - A device such as a dental cuspidor or a dental delivery unit, with an electric field sensor, control circuitry, and a solenoid. The control circuitry is in electronic communication with the electric field sensor, and the solenoid is in electronic communication with the control circuitry. The electric field sensor has capacitive sensing and is operable to detect a change in capacitance. The control circuitry is operable to receive a signal from the electric field sensor indicative of a detected change in capacitance. The control circuitry is operable to actuate the solenoid in response to receiving the signal from the electric field sensor. A method is also provided.05-06-2010
20110083259COUGH AND SNEEZE ARRESTOR - Embodiments of the invention are directed to hygienic devices to control the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria emanating from coughing or sneezing. In one embodiment, the hygienic device is a cough and sneeze arrestor in the form of a “coughing cup.” The coughing cup may incorporate one or more filters with a plurality of apertures of varying sizes and/or no apertures. In some embodiments, the filters may be embedded or infused with a microbicide such as an antibacterial or viricide. The filters may be pre-attached within the coughing cup at certain predetermined locations. The coughing cup may have one or more recesses to accommodate the nose and/or a chin of a person when using the coughing cup.04-14-2011
004662000 RESTROOM OR BATHROOM SELF-CLEANING SYSTEMS 4
20090007328Self-cleaning public toilet and corresponding safety equipment - A self-cleaning public toilet comprising a safety and alarm system. The safety and alarm system includes a plurality of load cells that weigh the user who has entered a space; a photoelectric-sensor device, for detecting the presence or otherwise of a person in the space during washing and drying of the inside of the toilet; and at least one pressure switch located in a pneumatic system for supply of a pneumatic cylinder that actuates a rotating arm for cleaning a toilet bowl.01-08-2009
20090313752DRYING DEVICE AND SANITARY WASHING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME - A drying device in accordance with the invention is characterized by including: an air blowing portion for blowing pressurized air so as to dry a surface to be dried by a jet of pressurized air whose abutment area to the surface to be dried is narrower than the surface to be dried; and a moving unit for moving the air blowing portion while the jet is being blown such that the jet blown from the air blowing portion sequentially sweeps a substantially entire surface of the surface to be dried, wherein the moving unit includes a first moving device for moving the air blowing portion in a state in which a blowing direction of the jet is being maintained so as to form a predetermined angle with respect to a moving direction of the air blowing portion and a second moving device for moving the air blowing portion in a direction different from that of the moving direction.12-24-2009
20130185866Systems and Methods For Cleaning and Monitoring Portable Toilets - Systems and methods for cleaning and monitoring a portable toilet are provided. The system's components include a chemical detector, a concentration sensor, a cleaning device, a container, a rotatable spray nozzle, a locator, an automated door locking device, a processor, and memory. The memory causes the processor to execute a method which involves detecting and sensing urine and feces concentration levels, and cleaning the areas of highest concentration with chemical neutralizers dispersed by the spray nozzle. Data regarding the sanitary condition and GPS location of the toilet may be sent to servers for remote human monitoring. The door locking device may be triggered if the toilet is found to have harmful levels of chemicals associated with urine and fecal matter.07-25-2013
20120017368AUTOMATIC LAVATORY-CLEANING SYSTEM - Automatic lavatory-cleaning system, especially for public lavatories installed in a cubicle between two side walls, and with the floor converging to a drain, based on a structure that can be moved from a first, folded position into a second position in which it is deployed over the lavatory and between the side walls, comprising a supporting structure (01-26-2012
004668000 HAVING CONDITION RESPONSIVE SUPPLY OUTLET, DRAIN, OVERFLOW OR TRAP FOR A SINK OR BATH 3
20110289675FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM - A fluid flow control system having a fluid inlet configured to be operatively coupled to a fluid source, a fluid outlet in fluid communication with the fluid inlet such that fluid may exit the system therethrough, a proximity sensor for detecting the position of an object within a region adjacent the sensor, and a flow control device configured to regulate fluid flow between the inlet and outlet in response to object detection by the sensor, wherein the flow control device varies the fluid flow proportional to the detected distance of an object from the sensor. A water flow control system for use in a shower environment is also provided, as well as a shower control system, methods for controlling water flow based on sensing of the presence and location of an object, and methods for reducing water consumption.12-01-2011
20080209628Pumped Waste - A pumped waste (09-04-2008
20090178192AUTOMATIC BATHROOM FILLER07-16-2009
004251100 DRIP CATCHER 3
20090077728Absorbent disposable pad with non-skid plastic mat - The Disposable Absorbent Pad with Non-Skid Plastic Mat is designed to fit under the toilet bowl area. This invention will prevent unwanted urine from soiling the area surrounding the toilet bowl while giving its user non-skid protection. The base of the Non-Skid Plastic Mat forms a U-shape around the toilet bowl and the center top region of the plastic mat unit contains a disposable absorbent pad. This is an ongoing method for joining two types of material together comprising of a rigid disposable absorbent pad and a multi-suction non-skid plastic mat.03-26-2009
20090158512URINAL COLLECTING PAD FOR TOILET OR COMMODE - An inexpensive and disposable highly absorbent pad for placement on a floor surface directly in front of a toilet flush bowl or commode for absorbing fluid not deposited within the confines of the toilet flush bowl which would otherwise drip on the floor. Fluid absorbed by the pad is prevented from reaching the underlying floor area thereby eliminating the problems associated with fluids being deposited on the floor. The pad includes an upper absorbent layer of material and a lower non-skid fluid impervious layer of material that are glued together. The configuration of the pad includes a truncated base portion at the lower edge and the recessed portion for the commode or toilet flush bowl at the top portion.06-25-2009
20090139017Ergonomic Contoured Urinal Floor Mat - An ergonomic, contoured urinal floor mat for use with wall-urinals with the purpose of positioning a user center, up and toward a wall-urinal so as to prevent urine spillage and drippings from reaching floor below a wall-urinal. The floor mat consists of a heavy duty, permanent material with topside anti-slip and floor conforming anti-skid surfaces and is designed with three unique contouring angles which, in combination, elevates heels above toes, spreads legs, pushes toes outward, pulls heels inward, and creates a lift in the inner arch of the foot. The system also incorporates a replaceable drip tray, located between the users' legs and the urinal lip (to catch the inevitable last drops), a topside perimeter gutter (for complete urinal misses), and underside seal (to prevent liquids seepage under mat). If spills do occur, the overall contouring guides liquid into the gutter and keeps the topside foot areas dry.06-04-2009
004243100 MECHANISM POSITIONS COVER ON SEAT 2
20090293183AUTOMATIC SANITARY FILM DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR TOILET - An automatic sanitary film dispensing system includes a supply barrel and a take-up barrel respectively mounted on the front and rear sides of the toilet seat of a toilet, a DC motor mounted in one end of the take-up barrel, a take-up reel pivotally mounted in the other end of the take-up barrel and rotatable manually through a crank handle, a roll of sanitary film rotatably mounted in the supply-barrel and having a slat fixedly fastened to the lead end and connectable between the output shaft of the DC motor and the take-up spindle of the take-up reel for rotation by the DC motor to take up the sanitary film, the sanitary film having cut line portions equally spaced along the length, each cut line portion being tearable to define an oval hole in the sanitary film corresponding to the cavity of the bowl of the toilet in which the toilet seat is installed, and a sensor for detecting the presence of a human being and controlling the DC motor to rotate through a predetermined number of turns when detected a signal.12-03-2009
20090100580Sensing-Type Lavatory Seat Structure with Covering Film - A sensing-type lavatory seat structure with covering film includes a covering film output portion and a covering film collecting portion, a rolling motor and a pivot motor accommodated in a body portion thereof, and a U-shaped seat, through two ends thereof, connected to the covering film output portion and the covering film collecting portion. When the user approaches, a sensing unit senses the situation, controls the pivot motor to lower down the seat and controls the rolling motor to replace the covering film. Then, after the user leaves, the sensing unit once again senses the variation, and controls the pivot motor to lift up the seat to wait for the next time usage.04-23-2009
004514000 CONVERTIBLE CLASS-TYPE APPARATUS 2
20090049596 - An example tub divider includes a wall moveable between an installed position and an uninstalled position. The wall partitions a tub when in the installed position. A lock pin moves between a first position and a biased position. The lock pin limits movement of the wall when in the first position. An example divided tub assembly includes a plurality of tub sidewalls and a tub at least partially defined by the tub sidewalls. A removable wall is moveable to an installed position for partitioning the tub. A wall extension of the removable wall is receivable within a sidewall aperture defined by one of the tub sidewalls. The wall extension guides movement of the removable wall. A cap has a cap extension for receipt within a cap aperture defined by one the tub sidewalls. The cap limits relative movement between the removable wall and the tub.02-26-2009
20130212798Tub Partition, and Method for Mounting a Tub Partition - The invention relates to a frameless, self-supporting tub partition (08-22-2013
004256100 DEBRIS CATCHER FOR A FLUSH CLOSET OR CLEAN OUT PLUG 2
20110030132MULTI-FUNCTION CLEANOUT PLUG AND METHOD OF USE - A multi-function cleanout plug and check valve for basements or other enclosed areas housing sewer cleanout plugs. An automatic drain discharge and check valve assembly housed entirely in the previously used cleanout plugs, used in sewer or other drainage systems is provided. In the event of water or other liquid accumulation due to bad weather, water line break, electrical outage, sump pump failure etc. a check valve built into a clean-out plug acts as an automatic drain through the sewer line while preventing back flow of unwanted liquid or sewer gasses.02-10-2011
20120278983TOILET BOWL TRAPPING DEVICE - A trapping device for trapping non-dispersing cloths in a toilet bowl is disclosed. The trapping device comprises a strap and a plurality of hooks. The trapping device may be installed in a trapway of the toilet bowl. The strap has a first end, a second end, and a middle portion, wherein the first end includes a first tab extending perpendicular to the strap and the second end includes a second tab extending perpendicular to the strap, and the middle portion is rounded. The plurality of hooks extend from an inner wall of the strap. The strap is made of a strap material that is resilient to bend and springs back to its previous shape, such as a stainless steel or a high density polyethylene.11-08-2012
004244100 COVER DISPENSER 2
20100299819TOILET SEAT WITH AUTOMATIC TURNING COVER - A toilet seat with an automatic turning cover includes a start device, a toilet seat cover, a toilet seat, an elevating arm, a turning arm and a belt. The toilet seat cover and elevating arm are coupled to the start device. A lower end of the turning arm is pivotally coupled to the middle of the elevating arm and fixed to the toilet seat cover, and an upper end is pivotally coupled to a pivotal base and passed through two fulcrums of the turning arm to couple the upper end with the pivotal base. The toilet seat controls the start device to drive the elevating and turning arms to lift the toilet seat independently. The belt is pulled to change the surface of the toilet seat to face towards the front of the toilet seat cover. The start device is controlled to lift both toilet seat cover and toilet seat.12-02-2010
20100205733PERSONAL TOILET SEAT COVER - This invention presents a toilet seat cover. The toilet seat cover has a seat portion and a peripheral portion. The seat portion has a central opening, and has a top layer and a bottom layer. The top layer is preferably made of fleece or fabric material that feels warm with contact with a body. The bottom layer is preferably made of slip-resistant material. The peripheral portion has flaps extending from an outer periphery of the seat portion, which are adapted to hang down adjacent side portions of the toilet seat when the seat cover is placed on the toilet seat.08-19-2010
004671000 SUPPLY OUTLET COMBINED WITH A DRAIN, OVERFLOW OR TRAP FOR A SINK OR BATH 1
20130081203TUB OVERFLOW ASSEMBLY - The tub overflow assembly comprising an inlet, and outlet and a fluid flow path. The inlet having a lowest point adapted to admit overflow water. The outlet adapted to be connected to a soil or waste pipe. The fluid flow path between the inlet and the outlet. The fluid flow path defines a minimum fluid flow level, the minimum fluid flow level being higher than the lowest point of the inlet.04-04-2013
004663000 FLUSH CLOSET, WASH RECEPTACLE, AND BATHTUB OR SHOWER 1
20120159704Sanitary Unit Comprising a Toilet and a Wash Basin Both Slidably Mounted - A sanitary unit comprises a toilet having a bowl (06-28-2012
004670000 PREFABRICATED (E.G., MODULAR) PLUMBING SYSTEM 1
20120042446QUICK SINK - One example embodiment includes a quick sink system. The quick sink system includes a sink. The sink includes a faucet, where the faucet includes a cold water input for receiving cold water and a hot water input for receiving hot water. The sink also includes a basin, where the basin is configured to retain water and a drain, where the drain is configured to remove water from the basin. The quick sink system also includes a first connector, where the first connector is configured to connect the cold water input to a cold water supply, and a second connector, where the second connector is configured to connect the hot water input to a hot water supply.02-23-2012
004666000 DIAPER WASHING DEVICES 1
20130125303Apparatus for Rinsing Diapers - A diaper retaining enclosure within which a soiled diaper may be retained while being rinsed. includes a generally planar base having parallel edges to which a pair of suitable hinges are secured. A pair of doors comprising generally planar flaps are secured to the hinges and are thus pivotable between an open position exposing the base and a closed “tented” position. The tented position is achieved by having the edges of the doors meet some distance away from the base in the closed position and thereby form a channel extending downwardly above the base and behind the doors. A clip is secured to the upper edge of the base and is configured to be spring-biased to a closed position. The resulting channel formed by the doors in the tented position is open at its top and bottom.05-23-2013
004487000 OPEN-WATER BARRIER 1
20090217450MODULAR FRAME - A modular frame adapted in use to define a recreational area in a body of water, said frame adapted to remain fixed in position within the body of water.09-03-2009

Patent applications in all subclasses Baths, closets, sinks, and spittoons