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Title:
BOTTLE BRUSH
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/157001
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A brush assembly is disclosed having a brush handle with a variety of vertical and horizontal bristles positioned thereon, as well as middle paddles. The handle fits upon a resting base which may be a suction cup and adapted to collect water which flows down from the bristles and the handle into a collection area, and further directed down a ramp which directs fluid off of the resting base.

Inventors:
LEE, Agnes Yena (1123 Lantana Dr, Los Angeles, California, 90042, US)
CHAN, Sung Yun (1434 Wesley Ave, Pasadena, California, 91104, US)
Application Number:
US2018/019585
Publication Date:
August 30, 2018
Filing Date:
February 23, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MUNCHKIN, INC. (7835 Gloria Ave, Van Nuys, California, 91406, US)
International Classes:
A47L17/00; A46B9/06; B08B9/087; B25G1/08
Foreign References:
US20070143945A12007-06-28
US1142698A1915-06-08
US6202247B12001-03-20
KR200447964Y12010-03-05
US20140053355A12014-02-27
US20160249733A12016-09-01
Other References:
"Munchkin LATCH Deluxe Bottle & Valve Brush", TOYSRUS, 2014
MUNCHKIN MIRACLE DUAL SIDED CUP AND BOTTLE BRUSH : BABY, 23 February 2018 (2018-02-23), Retrieved from the Internet
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WATSON, Thomas E. et al. (Amin, Turocy & Watson LLP,127 Public Square,57th F, Cleveland Ohio, 44114, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1 . A brush assembly, comprising:

a brush having a set of bristles;

a base;

an elongated handle having two ends and connected to the brush at a first end and the base at a second end; and

a paddle positioned within the set of bristles.

2. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the base includes a suction cup,

3. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the base is removable from the elongated handle.

4. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the base is screwed into the elongated handle.

5. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the base further includes a straw brush.

6. The brush assembly of claim 5, wherein the straw brush is positioned within a hollow interior of the handle when the base is connected to the elongated handle.

7. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the base has a fluid collection area.

8. The brush assembly of claim 7, wherein the base includes a ramp to direct fluid in a direction away from the base.

9. The brush assembly of claim 7, wherein the base includes a channel to direct fluid out from within an interior of the handle through an aperture.

10. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the set of bristles includes vertical and horizontal oriented bristles.

1 1 . The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the brush further includes a flattened projection adapted to clean edges.

12. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the set of bristles includes longer bristles on a first side of the brush, and softer and shorter bristles on a second side of the brush,

13. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the paddle is shorter in length than the set of bristles.

14. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the paddle comprises a series of paddies in parallel.

1 5. A brush assembly, comprising:

a brush having a set of bristles;

a base portion;

an elongated substantially hollow handle having two ends and connected to the brush at a first end and removably connected to the base portion at a second end; and

a paddle positioned within the set of bristles, wherein the paddle is shorter in length than the set of bristles.

1 6. The brush assembly of claim 1 5, wherein the base further includes a straw brush which is houses within the hollow handle.

1 7. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the set of bristles includes vertical and horizontal oriented bristles.

1 8. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the brush further includes a flattened projection adapted to clean edges.

1 9. The brush assembly of claim 1 , wherein the set of bristles includes longer bristles on a first side of the brush, and softer and shorter bristles on a second side of the brush.

20. A brush assembly, comprising:

a brush having a set of includes vertical and horizontal oriented bristles; a base portion having a straw brush;

an elongated substantially hollow handle having two ends and connected to the brush at a first end and removably connected to the base portion at a second end; and

a paddle positioned within the set of bristles, wherein the paddle is shorter in length than the set of bristles.

Description:
APPLICATION FOR UNITED STATES LETTERS PATENT

BOTTLE BRUSH

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] This application claims priority to U.S. Non-Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 15/904,264 filed February 23, 2018 and U. S.

Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 62/462,876, filed February 23, 2017; the contents of each are hereby incorporated by reference herein in their entirety into this disclosure.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0002] The subject disclosure relates generally to the field of brushes. In particular, the subject disclosure relates to multi-function bottle brushes.

BACKGROUND

[0003] The importance of proper hygiene when handling and cleaning infant feeding tools, such as baby bottles, and nursing nipples cannot be overstated. Ideally, bottles and nipples should be thoroughly scrubbed. Proper scrubbing is especially important after a nipple or bottle has been used to dispense fatty liquids, or liquids having suspended solids therein, such as cereal. Removing food from tight corners and difficult contours in a bottle can be quite

challenging. Although various solutions have been proposed, none available has effectively solved the issue of thoroughly cleaning the various contours of a container and/or other items to be cleaned.

SUMMARY OF THE SUBJECT DISCLOSURE

[0004] The present subject disclosure presents a simplified summary of the subject disclosure in order to provide a basic understanding of some aspects thereof. This summary is not an extensive overview of the various

embodiments of the subject disclosure. It is intended to neither identify key or critical elements of the subject disclosure nor delineate any scope thereof. The sole purpose of the subject summary is to present some concepts in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented hereinafter.

[0005] In one exemplary embodiment, the present subject disclosure is a brush assembly. The brush assembly includes a brush having a set of bristles; a base; an elongated handle having two ends and connected to the brush at a first end and the base at a second end; and a paddle positioned within the set of bristles.

[0006] In another exemplary embodiment, the present subject disclosure is a brush assembly. The brush assembly includes a brush having a set of bristles; a base portion; an elongated substantially hollow handle having two ends and connected to the brush at a first end and removably connected to the base portion at a second end; and a paddle positioned within the set of bristles, wherein the paddle is shorter in length than the set of bristles. [0007] In yet another exemplary embodiment, the present subject disclosure is brush assembly. The brush assembly includes a brush having a set of includes vertical and horizontal oriented bristles; a base portion having a straw brush; an elongated substantially hollow handle having two ends and connected to the brush at a first end and removably connected to the base portion at a second end; and a paddle positioned within the set of bristles, wherein the paddle is shorter in length than the set of bristles.

[0008] While various aspects, features, or advantages of the subject disclosure are illustrated in reference bottle brush assemblies, such aspects and features also can be exploited in various other configurations.

[0009] To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, the subject disclosure, then, comprises the features hereinafter fully described. The following description and the annexed drawings set forth in detail certain illustrative aspects of one or more embodiments of the disclosure. However, these aspects are indicative of but a few of the various ways in which the principles of the subject disclosure may be employed. Other aspects, advantages and novel features of the subject disclosure will become apparent from the following detailed description of various example embodiments of the subject disclosure when considered in conjunction with the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] Various exemplary embodiments of this disclosure will be described in detail, wherein like reference numerals refer to identical or similar components or steps, with reference to the following figures, wherein:

[0011] FIGS. 1 A-1 C illustrate front, side, and back views of a bottle brush, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present subject disclosure.

[0012] FIG. 2 illustrate a removable base portion of a bottle brush, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present subject disclosure.

[0013] FIGS. 3A-3B show a more detailed view of the front and back sides of the bristle component of a bottle brush, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present subject disclosure.

[0014] FIGS. 4A-4B show a more detailed view of various base options of a bottle brush, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present subject disclosure.

[0015] FIGS. 5A-5D show the various brushes of the bottle brush being used I different environments, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present subject disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0016] Particular embodiments of the present subject disclosure will now be described in greater detail with reference to the figures.

[0017] As shown in FIG. 1 , an exemplary embodiment of the present subject disclosure is a bottle brush assembly 100 having a brush 1 10, handle 1 1 9 and a base 1 20 which serves as the docking base for the brush handle 1 1 9. As illustrated in the figures, the exemplary brush 1 1 0 has a series of bristles, which are positioned both horizontally 1 1 1 and vertically 1 1 2 to allow for side-to-side as well as up and down cleaning motions. The bristles 1 1 1 ,

1 1 2 are positioned about one or more middle paddles 1 15 which help scrub and retain soap or other detergents. In the exemplary embodiments, three middle paddles 1 15 are shown, but any number is possible and within the scope of the present disclosure.

[0018] The front side of the brush 1 1 0 contains the horizontal 1 1 1 , vertical 1 1 2 bristles and middle paddles 1 15. The back of the large surface brush 1 1 0 includes an edge brush 1 13 which is positioned at an angle and used to reach places that a normal bristle would not be able to reach. Just lower than the edge brush 1 1 3 is a small surface brush 1 14 which contains soft and short bristles which are more suitable for controlled cleaning with minimal splashing, such as for cleaning the threads on a cup. FIGS. 3A-3B provide a more detailed view of the bristles on the front (FIG. 3A) and back (FIG. 3B) sides of the brush 1 1 0.

[0019] The brush 1 1 0 is connected to an elongated handle 1 1 9 which rests upon a separate base 120. The base 120 is modular and can be interchanged with other bases with different functions. The base 1 20 is shown with built in suction cup 126 throughout the examples, but it can also be a standard flat base without a suction cup design.

[0020] FIG. 2 shows the elongated handle 1 19 separated from the base

120. The base 120 has an elongated central brush 125 which can be used as a straw brush, to accommodate standard toddler cup straws or other cleaning areas which need a narrow brush. The straw brush 125 has a small pointed/slanted edge to allow access into small crevices. An angled intermediary section 121 is designed to create a fit seal when the base 120 is attached to the elongated handle 1 1 0. Built in threads 122 allow a short screwing in motion of the base 120 into the elongated handle 1 10.

[0021] FIGS. 4A-4B show two exemplary base portion embodiments which may be connected to the elongated handle 1 19. Both embodiments have built in threads 122 to use when attaching to the elongated handle 1 19. They both also have drain channels 1 23 which direct any fluid on the body of the central brush 125 away from the base through one or more apertures 124.

[0022] The differences between base 1 20 and base 130 is in the portion that attaches to a surface. Base 120 (shown in FIG.4A) has a suction cup 126 which serves to provide a firm connection between the base 120 and a surface. This would be helpful to maintain the brush assembly 100 upright as it may be prone to falling due to its height.

[0023] Base 130 (shown in FIG. 4B) may also have a suction cup on its bottom, but has a design which allows it to collect and direct fluid in a given path, thereby reducing watermarks and the other hazards associated with collecting soiled or dirty water. The base 130 is designed so that fluid flows off of the brush 1 10 or central brush 125 and onto the base 1 30 which collects water in a valley or moat 131 and redirects the fluid to a downward sloping ramp 1 32 on the bottom portion of the base 130. The base 130 may be placed on a counter to direct water to a wash basin sink, for example.

[0024] The base 130 allows fluid to drip off the bristles of the brush assembly 1 10 and run down along the handle 1 19 of the brush to collect into the small moat 131 in the base 1 30, which then directs the fluid out of the moat 131 downward through the fluid ramp 132 opening. This configuration assures that there is no fluid buildup at the base 130 of the brush assembly 100 and that fluid is easily directed away from the base 130 to prevent water stains and other damage near the base 130 of the brush assembly 100.

[0025] FIGS. 5A-5D show exemplary ways of using the various brushes on the bottle brush 100 to clean various objects. These are examples only and are not limiting of the scope of the use of the present subject disclosure. Many other uses are evident to one having ordinary skill in the art after consideration of the present disclosure.

[0026] In the example shown in FIG. 5A, a surface of a cup 201 is washed with the horizontal bristles 1 1 1 and vertical bristles 1 12 of the large surface brush 1 10. Up and down as well as side to side motions are easily

accomplished using the combination of the horizontal 1 1 1 and vertical bristles 1 1 2. Further, the middle paddles 1 1 5 help scrub and retain soap during the cleaning process.

[0027] In the example shown in FIG. 5B, threads within the interior of a cup 202 are washed with the small surface brush 1 14, which typically has softer and shorter bristles for more control of the water (and less splashing).

[0028] In the example shown in FIG. 5C, the edge brush 1 13 is used for hard to reach corners of this cup 1 13. The edge brush 1 13 may also be used to clean the far bottom corners of a bottle. The small surface brush 1 14 may also help to a lesser degree because of its proximity to the edge brush 1 13.

[0029] In the example shown in FIG. 5D, the straw brush 125 is used to clean the interior of various reusable straws, such as for sippy cups or other toddler cups. The straw brush may also be used for other small crevices. [0030] As employed in this specification and annexed drawings, the term "or" is intended to mean an inclusive "or" rather than an exclusive "or."

Moreover, articles "a" and "an" as used in the subject specification and annexed drawings should generally be construed to mean "one or more" unless specified otherwise or clear from context to be directed to a singular form.

[0031] What has been described above includes examples that provide advantages of the subject disclosure. It is, of course, not possible to describe every conceivable combination of components or methodologies for purposes of describing the subject disclosure, but one of ordinary skill in the art may recognize that many further combinations and permutations of the claimed subject matter are possible. Furthermore, to the extent that the terms

"includes," "has," "possesses," and the like are used in the detailed description, claims, appendices and drawings such terms are intended to be inclusive in a manner similar to the term "comprising" as "comprising" is interpreted when employed as a transitional word in a claim.

[0032] The illustrations and examples provided herein are for explanatory purposes and are not intended to limit the scope of the appended claims. It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above described embodiment without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the subject disclosure. It is understood therefore that the subject disclosure is not limited to the particular embodiment which is described, but is intended to cover all modifications and changes within the scope and spirit of the subject disclosure.