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Title:
DISPOSABLE CLEANING UTENSILS CAPABLE OF BEING INCORPORATED INTO BOXES AND CONTAINERS AND METHODS OF CREATING DISPOSABLE CLEANING UTENSILS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/005873
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Disposable dean up utensils that can be incorporated into a box or other container, comprised of an apparatus, an incised and scored blank, from which clean up utensils, such as a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper, may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus comprising a flat sheet of bendable material comprising a combination bristle brush and paddle comprising a plurality of angled incised bristle lines; a scraper; a paddle; a dustpan comprising a dustpan handle fold line; an intersect at the rear of the dustpan; a right back score and fold mark; a left back score and fold mark; a dustpan handle fold line; a plurality of rear pan inclines; a plurality of sidewall score and fold marks; a pan-to-floor interface; an incised line bounding dustpan; and a bristle brush score and fold mark.

Inventors:
GOLDBERG, Brett (855 Monte Rosa Drive, Menlo Park, CA, 94025-6722, US)
REID, Jeremy (1305 Rock Cove Road, Wendell, NC, 27591, US)
STEWART-STAND, Theo (230 Park Place, #3Brooklyn, NY, 11238, US)
Application Number:
US2018/039605
Publication Date:
January 03, 2019
Filing Date:
June 26, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GOLDBERG, Brett (855 Monte Rosa Drive, Menlo Park, CA, 94025-6722, US)
REID, Jeremy (1305 Rock Cove Road, Wendell, NC, 27591, US)
STEWART-STAND, Theo (230 Park Place, #3Brooklyn, NY, 11238, US)
International Classes:
A47L13/02; A47L13/52; E01H1/12
Domestic Patent References:
WO2007053690A22007-05-10
Foreign References:
US5584519A1996-12-17
US3639937A1972-02-08
US20090200315A12009-08-13
US5303675A1994-04-19
DE8605917U11987-03-05
US3765044A1973-10-16
ES1041392U1999-07-01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HAMBY, Bruce (123 Trophy Canyon Drive, Montgomery, TX, 77316-1586, US)
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Claims:
Claims

[0138] We claim: [0139] Claim 1 ) An apparatus forcreating disposable clean up utensils and from which a bristle brush, a dustpan, a paddle and two scrapers may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus comprising

[0140] a fiat sheet of bendable material comprising

[0141] a first scraper comprising

[0142] at least one straight edge and

[0143] at least one side adjoining any or all of the following

[0144] a bristle brush

[0145] a dustpan and

[0146] a paddle;

[0147] a bristle brush comprising

[0148] a plurality of incised bristle lines arranged in approximately a straight line;

[0149] at least one angled brush score and fold mark;

[0150] a second scraper comprising

[0151] at least one straight edge;

[0152] at least one side adjoining any or all of the following

[0153] a bristle brush

[0154] a dustpan;

[0155] a paddle;

[0156] a paddle comprising

[0157] at least one side that contains a straight edge and

[0158] at least one side adjoining any or all of the following

[0159] a bristle brush;

[0160] a dustpan;

[0161] a paddle; [0162] a dustpan comprising

[0183] a plurality of mid-handle incised lines;

[0164] at least one dustpan handle fold line;

[0185] an intersect at the rear of the dustpan;

[0166] a right back score and fold mark;

[0187] a left back score and fold mark;

[0168] a rear spine score and fold mark;

[0189] an intersect at mid-pan;

[0170] a plurality of sidewaii score and fold marks;

[0171 ] a plurality of pan sidewalls;

[0172] a pan-to-floor interface;

[0173] an incised line bounding a first scraper portion, that separates the first scraper from the rest of the fiat sheet of bendabie material;

[0174] an incised line bounding the dustpan, that separates the dustpan from the rest of the fiat sheet of bendabie material; and

[0175] a portion of incised line bounding the dustpan that extends between the bristle brush and the second scraper.

[0176] Claim 2) A method for creating a bristle brush, a dustpan, a paddle and two scrapers from the apparatus of Claim 1 , said method comprising the following steps, the first three steps of which can be executed in any order and the last two steps of which can be executed in any order, said steps comprising

[0177] a first step in which the first scraper is separated from the sheet of bendabie material that it is a part of along an incised line bounding a first scraper portion;

[0178] a second step in which the paddle is separated from the sheet of bendabie material that it is a part of along the incised line bounding dustpan;

[0179] a third step in which the bristle brush and the second scraper are separated from the sheet of bendabie material that they are a part of along the incised line bounding the dustpan;

[0180] a fourth step in which the bristle brush and the second scraper are separated from each other along the portion of the incised line bounding the dustpan that extends between the bristle brush and the second scraper: and

[0 81 ] a fifth step in which the dustpan is formed by grasping near the mid-handle incised line with a hand and squeezing, thus causing the portion of the dustpan being grasped to bend downward bilaterally along the dustpan handle fold line and causing a portion of the bendabie material to bend upward along the right back score and fold mark and along the left back score and fold mark, the bendabie material to bend downward bilaterally along the rear spine score and fold mark and downward from the intersect at mid-pan along a plurality of sidewali score and fold marks, thereby forming a three dimensional dustpan from the flat bendabie material.

[0182] Claim 3) An apparatus that can serve as a container and as a blank from which a bristle brush, a dustpan, a paddle and two scrapers can be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus com prising

[0183] a box or other similar container comprising

[0184] at least one substantially planar top, whether made of one piece or

comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0185] at least one substantially planar bottom, whether made of one piece or comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0186] at least three substantially planar sides;

[0187] wherein at least one substantially planar top, one substantially planar bottom or one substantially planar side of the box or other similar container comprises

[0188] An apparatus for creating disposable clean up utensils and from which a bristle brush, a dustpan, a paddle and two scrapers may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus com prising

[0189] a flat sheet of bendabie material comprising

[0190] a first scraper comprising

[0191 ] at least one straight edge and [0 92] at least one side adjoining any or ail of the following

[0193] a bristle brush

[0194] a dustpan and

[0195] a paddle;

[0196] a bristle brush comprising

[0197] a plurality of incised bristle lines arranged in approximately a straight line;

[0198] at least one angled brush score and fold mark;

[0199] a second scraper comprising

[0200] at least one straight edge;

[0201] at least one side adjoining any or all of the following

[0202] a bristle brush

[0203] a dustpan;

[0204] a paddle;

[0205] a paddle comprising

[0206] at least one side that contains a straight edge and

[0207] at least one side adjoining any or all of the following

[0208] a bristle brush;

[0209] a dustpan;

[0210] a paddle;

[021 1] a dustpan comprising

[0212] a plurality of mid-handle incised lines;

[0213] at least one dustpan handle fold line;

[0214] an intersect at the rear of the dustpan;

[0215] a right back score and fold mark;

[0216] a left back score and fold mark;

[0217] a rear spine score and fold mark; [0218] an intersect at mid-pan:

[0219] a plurality of sidewall score and fold marks;

[0220] a plurality of pan sidewails:

[0221] a pan-to-floor interface;

[0222] an incised line bounding a first scraper portion, that separates the first scraper from the rest of the fiat sheet of bendabie material;

[0223] an incised line bounding the dustpan, that separates the dustpan from the rest of the flat sheet of bendabie material; and

[0224] a portion of incised line bounding the dustpan that extends between the bristle brush and the second raper.

[0225] Claim 4) An apparatus for creating disposable clean up utensils and from which a bristle brush with handle, a dustpan and a paddle may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus comprising

[0226] a fiat sheet of bendabie material comprising

[0227] a bristle brush with handle comprising

[0228] a plurality of incised bristle lines arranged in approximately a straight line out of a portion of one side of a handle;

[0229] a handle with whose longitudinal length is substantially the length of the fiat sheet of bendabie material comprising

[0230] one longitudinal side comprising

[0231] a portion of which contains a plurality of incised bristle lines arranged in approximately a straight line;

[0232] a portion of which contains no incised bristle lines;

[0233] an opposing longitudinal side containing no incised bristle lines;

[0234] two opposing latitudinal sides;

[0235] a paddle comprising [0236] at least one straight edge;

[0237] at least one side bounding one or more of the following on the flat sheet of bendable material

[0238] a dustpan and

[0239] a side comprising the outer border of the flat sheet of bendable material;

[0240] a dustpan comprising

[0241] at least one dustpan handle fold line;

[0242] an intersect at the rear of the dustpan;

[0243] a plurality of sidewall score and fold marks; and

[0244] an incised line bounding dustpan,

[0245] Claim S) A method for creating a bristle brush with handle, a dustpan and a paddle from the apparatus of Claim 4, said method comprising the following step

[0246] a first step in which the dustpan, the bristle brush with handle and the paddle are ail separated from each other along the incised line bounding dustpan.

[0247] Claim 6) An apparatus that can serve as a container and as a blank from which a bristle brush with handle, a dustpan and a paddle can be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus comprising

[0248] a box or other similar container comprising

[0249] at least one substantially planar top, whether made of one piece or

comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0250] at least one substantially planar bottom, whether made of one piece or comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0251] at least three substantially planar sides;

[0252] wherein at least one substantially planar top, one substantially planar bottom or one substantially planar side of the box or other similar container comprises

[0253] An apparatus for creating disposable clean up utensils and from which a bristle brush with handle, a dustpan and a paddle may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus com prising [0254] a flat sheet of bendabie material comprising

[0255] a bristle brush with handle comprising

[0256] a plurality of incised bristle lines arranged in approximately a straight line out of a portion of one side of a handle;

[0257] a handle with whose longitudinal length is

substantially the length of the fiat sheet of bendabie material comprising

[0258] one longitudinal side comprising

[0259] a portion of which contains a plurality of incised bristle lines arranged in approximately a straight line;

[0280] a portion of which contains no incised bristle lines;

[0281] an opposing longitudinal side containing no incised bristle lines;

[0282] two opposing latitudinal sides;

[0263] a paddle comprising

[0284] at least one straight edge;

[0265] at least one side bounding one or more of the following on the fiat sheet of bendabie material [0268] a dustpan and

[0287] a side comprising the outer border of the flat sheet of bendabie material;

[0288] a dustpan comprising

[0269] at least one dustpan handle fold line;

[0270] an intersect at the rear of the dustpan;

[0271] a plurality of sidewail score and fold marks; and [0272] an incised line bounding dustpan.

[0273] Claim ?) An apparatus for creating disposable clean up utensils and from which a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus com prising

[0274] a fiat sheet of bendable material comprising

[0275] a combination bristle brush and paddle comprising

[0276] at least one substantially straight side containing a plurality of angled incised bristle lines;

[0277] at least one side that contains a straight edge and no angled incised bristle lines;

[0278] at least one side that abuts a dustpan when both are contained within the flat sheet of bendable material;

[0279] at least one side that abuts a scraper when both are contained within the fiat sheet of bendable material;

[0280] a scraper comprising

[0281 ] two opposing longitudinal sides approximately equal in length to each other and to either the width or length of the fiat sheet of bendable material;

[0282] two opposing latitudinal sides approximately equal in length to each other;

[0283] a paddle comprising

[0284] at least one side that contains a straight edge;

[0285] at least one side bounding one or more of the following on the fiat sheet of bendable material

[0286] a dustpan;

[0287] an outer border of the fiat sheet of bendable material;

[0288] a dustpan comprising

[0289] a dustpan handle fold line;

[0290] an intersect at the rear of the dustpan; [0291] a right back score and fold mark;

[0292] a left back score and fold mark:

[0293] a dustpan handle fold line;

[0294] a plurality of rear pan inclines;

[0295] a plurality of sidewall score and fold marks;

[0296] a pan-to-floor interface;

[0297] an incised line bounding dustpan; and

[0298] a bristle brush score and fold mark.

[0299] Claim 8) A method for creating a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper from the apparatus of Claim 7, said method comprising the following steps, which can be executed in any order, said steps comprising

[0300] a first step in which the scraper is separated from the sheet of bendable material which it is a part of along the portion of an incised line bounding dustpan that bounds the scraper;

[0301 ] a second step in which the paddle is separated from the dustpan along the portion of an incised line bounding dustpan that bounds the paddle; and

[0302] a third step in which the dustpan is separated from the combination bristle brush and paddle along the bristle brush score and fold mark and along the portion of an incised line bounding dustpan that bounds the com bination bristle brush and paddle.

[0303] Claim 9) An apparatus that can serve as a container and as a blank from which a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper can be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus comprising

[0304] a box or other similar container comprising

[0305] at least one substantially planar top, whether made of one piece or

comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0306] at least one substantially planar bottom, whether made of one piece or comprised of folded flaps when assembled; [0307] at least three substantially planar sides:

[0308] wherein at least one substantially planar top, one substantially planar bottom or one substantially planar side of the box or other similar container comprises

[0309] An apparatus for creating disposable clean up utensils and from which a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper may be formed by separating them from the apparatus, said apparatus comprising

[0310] a fiat sheet of bendabie material comprising

[031 1] a combination bristle brush and paddle com prising

[0312] at least one substantiaily straight side containing a plurality of angled incised bristle lines;

[0313] at least one side that contains a straight edge and no angled incised bristle lines;

[0314] at least one side that abuts a dustpan when both are contained within the fiat sheet of bendabie material;

[0315] at least one side that abuts scraper when both are contained within the flat sheet of bendabie material;

[0316] a scraper comprising

[0317] two opposing longitudinal sides approximately equal in length to each other and to either the width or length of the flat sheet of bendabie material;

[0318] two opposing latitudinal sides approximately equal in length to each other;

[0319] a paddle comprising

[0320] at least one side that contains a straight edge;

[0321] at least one side bounding one or more of the following on the flat sheet of bendable material

[0322] a dustpan;

[0323] an outer border of the flat sheet of

bendable material;

[0324] a dustpan comprising

[0325] a dustpan handle fold line;

[0326] an intersect at the rear of the dustpan;

[0327] a right back score and fold mark;

[0328] a left back score and fold mark;

[0329] a dustpan handle fold line;

[0330] a plurality of rear pan inclines;

[0331] a plurality of sidewaii score and fold marks;

[0332] a pan-to-floor interface;

[0333] an incised line bounding dustpan; and

[0334] a bristle brush score and fold mark.

[0335] Claim 10) The apparatus of claim 1 , in which the second scraper is not separated from the bristle brush. [0338] Claim 1 1 ) The apparatus of claim 1 , in which the first scraper is deleted.

[0337] Claim 12) The apparatus of claim 10, in which the first scraper is deleted.

[0338] Claim 13) The apparatus of claim 1 , in which the first scraper is deleted and the paddle is deleted.

[0339] Claim 14) The apparatus of claim 10, in which the first scraper is deleted and the paddle is deleted. [0340] Claim 15) The apparatus of claim 1 , in which the first scraper is deleted, the second scraper is deleted and the paddle is deleted.

[0341] Claim 18) The apparatus of claim 1 , in which the first scraper is deleted, the second scraper is deleted, the paddle is deleted and the bristle brush is deleted.

[0342] Claim 17) The apparatus of claim 1 , in which the first scraper is deleted, the second scraper is deleted, the paddle is deleted and the dustpan is deleted.

[0343] Claim 18) The apparatus of either claim 10, claim 1 1 , claim 12, claim 13, claim 14, claim 15, claim 16 or claim 17, in which the apparatus of one of said claims is incorporated into at least one substantially planar top, one substantially planar bottom or one substantially planar side of a box or a similar container, said box or similar container further comprising

[0344] at least one substantially planar top, whether made of one piece or

comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0345] at least one substantially planar bottom, whether made of one piece or comprised of folded flaps when assembled; and

[0346] at least three substantially planar sides. [0347] Claim 9) The apparatus of claim 4 in which the paddle is deleted.

[0348] Claim 20) The apparatus of claim 4 in which the bristle brush with handle is deleted. [0349] Claim 21 ) The apparatus of claim 4 in which the paddle and the bristle brush are deleted.

[0350] Claim 22) The apparatus of claim 4 in which the paddle and the dustpan are deleted. [0351] Claim 23) The apparatus of either claim 19, claim 20, claim 21 or claim 22 in which the apparatus of one of said claims is incorporated into at least one substantially planar top, one substantially planar bottom or one substantially planar side of a box or a similar container, said box or similar container further comprising

[0352] at least one substantially planar top, whether made of one piece or

comprised of folded flaps when assembled;

[0353] at least one substantially planar bottom, whether made of one piece or comprised of folded flaps when assembled; and

[0354] at least three substantially planar sides.

[0355] Claim 24) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the scraper is deleted,

[0356] Claim 25) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the scraper is deleted and the paddle is deleted.

[0357] Claim 28) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the paddle is deleted.

[0358] Claim 27) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the combination bristle brush and paddle is deleted.

[0359] Claim 28) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the combination bristle brush and paddle is deleted.

[0360] Claim 29) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the combination bristle brush and paddle is deleted and the paddle is deleted.

[0361] Claim 30) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the combination bristle brush and paddle is deleted, the paddle is deleted and the scraper is deleted. [0362] Claim 31 ) The apparatus of claim 7, in which the dustpan is deleted, the paddle is deleted and the scraper is deleted.

[0363] Claim 32) The apparatus of either claim 1 , 3, 4, 6, 7, or 9 through 31 , inclusive, in which the material of the flat sheet of bendable material is chosen from the group which includes the following members:

[0364] any bendable material that can be incised, scored and folded and whose stiffness is approximately equivalent to or greater than that of cardboard, including, but not limited to

[0365] corrugated fiberboard,

[0366] paper,

[0367] nylon,

[0368] plastic,

[0369] foil,

[0370] aluminum or other metals,

[0371] paperboard,

[0372] wood veneer,

[0373] palm fronds,

[0374] leaves,

[0375] compostab!e paperboard and

[0376] other composite material.

[0377] Claim 33) The apparatus of either claim 1 , 3 or any of claims 10 through 18, inclusive, in which any portion of the fiat sheet of bendable material contains at least one retail merchandising cutout.

[0378] Claim 34) The apparatus of either claim 4, 6 or any of claims 19 through 23, inclusive, in which any portion of the flat sheet of bendable material contains at least one retail merchandising cutout. [0379] Claim 35) The apparatus of either claim 7, 9, or any of claims 24 through 31 , inclusive, in which any portion of the flat sheet of bendable material contains at least one retail merchandising cutout,

[0380] Claim 36) The apparatus of either claim 1 , 3, 4, 6 through 7 or any of claims 9 through 23, inclusive, in which any portion of the flat sheet of bendable material is formed of materials that are resistant to liquids, such as hydrophobic paper or cardboard that has self-assembled silicon-oxide nanoparticles with functional siiane groups and fiuorocarbonated compounds linked directly to cellulose fibers of at least one of the surfaces thereof, with a Cobb value of 8 to 25 g/m2 and water contact angles of 100 to 140 degrees.

[0381] Claim 37) The apparatus of either 1 , 3, 4, 8 through 7 or any of claims 9 through 23, inclusive, in which any portion of the fiat sheet of bendable material is coated with materials that are resistant to liquids, including, but not limited to, waterproof film laminated to cardboard, polyethylene, waxes, fiuor-derivatives, biopolymers, such as polysaccharides, proteins, lipids and polyesters, biopoiymer nanoparticles and nanofiiiers such as nanociay and nanocellulose.

Description:
Description

Title of Invention Disposable Cleaning Utensils Capable of Being Incorporated Into Boxes and Containers and Methods of Creating Disposable Cleaning Utensils

Claim of Priority This application claims priority to and the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Number 82525230, filed June 27, 2017.

Technical Field [0001] The disclosed embodiments and methods pertain both to disposable brushes with bristles, paddles and dustpans and methods for creating same from flat materials and to boxes, containers and other items into which disposable brushes with bristles, paddies and dustpans are incorporated. Background Art

[0002] The long felt need to remove undesirable substances from off of the ground or from off of a floor has resulted in the patenting of a number of devices, some of which have been formed from flat blanks of material.

[0003] Inventors' early efforts involving flat blanks focused on using relatively rigid and durable materials, such as sheet metal, to fabricate dustpans. For instance, in US 234,644, Alexander taught the use of a blank of sheet metal or straw-board to form a triangular shaped covered or hooded dustpan; Marshall, in US 422,240, taught the formation of a dustpan of triangular or flattened conical shape from a blank of metal and Whitney, US 554,848, taught the creation of a stiff dustpan from a stamped blank of sheet metal.

[0004] Cardboard was introduced as a possible material for fabricating dustpans by Coats in US 1 , 106,282A. Coats taught a dustpan that could be formed or shaped from an initially scored or prepared carton of cardboard or relatively stiff paper, so that the dustpan could be bent, be of cheap construction, be discarded after one use and be serviceable in connection with advertising promotion schemes. [0005] Sweeney, US 3,639,937, taught a carton containing a disposable, self-packaging dustpan kit containing a charge of granular absorbent material that could be poured over spillage and then swept back up using an included hand paddle that could be detached from the disposable carton. Hanahan, US 3,765,044, taught a foldable container, litter bag, dustpan, paddle and a blank for creating each of these.

[0006] Hoefier, US 5,020,185, taught a disposable dustpan stored as a stack of sheets with an adhesive edge. Each sheet could be removed individually from a book-like stack and then folded into a triangular-shaped disposable paper dustpan. [0007] Vargas, US 2010/0065448, taught the creation of a disposable biodegradable dustpan kit by folding a cardboard blank to create two wedge-shaped dustpans that could be used in an opposable manner to scoop up detritus.

[0008] However, unlike the current application, none of these taught a blank which could be used to create a dustpan, a brush with handle and bristles, and a paddle which is disposable and which can be incorporated into a box or other item. Summary of Invention

[0009] Howto economically create cleaning utensils, such a dustpan, a brush with handle and bristles, and a paddle, that can be disposed of when soiled and which can be easily stored in a space efficient manner until they are needed.

[0010] Create, incise and score a blank of material, such as cardboard, which is rigid enough to create forms of bristle brushes, paddles and dustpans, ail of which are either disposable or reusable as desired, and which can be incorporated into a box, container or other item according to the disclosed apparatuses and methods.

Advantageous Effects of the Disclosed Embodiments

[001 1] One advantage of the disclosed embodiments is the ability to fabricate at will a brush with a handle and bristles, as well as a paddle and a dustpan, all from a blank which can be stored fiat until needed, thereby minimizing the amount of space necessary to store these items.

[0012] A further advantage of the disclosed embodiments is the ability to keep a brush with a handle and bristles, as well as a paddle and a dustpan ail together so that they do not become separated and lost or mislaid prior to when they are needed,

[0013] Yet a further advantage of the disclosed embodiments is the ability after assembling the brush with bristles, the paddle and the dustpan to either keep them for future use, if desired, or to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner after a single use if they have become acutely soiled or have been used to clean up hazardous biological, chemical or nuclear waste.

[0014] Still another advantage is the ability to incorporate a brush with a handle and bristles, as well as a paddle and a dustpan into a box (or other container or item) which serves yet another purpose and from which the blank can be removed if and when needed, thereby adding utility to the box (or other container or item) in the form of a useful set of tools that can be easily fabricated on demand and used for cleaning up.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0015] Figure 1 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush, a paddle, a dustpan and two scrapers.

[0016] Figure 2 is an exploded view of a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush, a paddle, a dustpan and two scrapers.

[0017] Figure 3 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan that has been detached from a flat blank, but not yet formed. [0018] Figure 4 is a front elevational view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan that has been detached from a flat blank and that has been formed.

[0019] Figure 5 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a bristle brush that has been detached from a flat blank.

[0020] Figure 6 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a bristle brush that has been detached from a flat blank.

[0021] Figure 7 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a bristle brush that has been detached from a flat blank, but not yet formed. [0022] Figure 8 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a bristle brush that has been detached from a flat blank and that has been formed, [0023] Figure 9 is a bottom plan view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan that has been detached from a flat blank, but not yet formed.

[0024] Figure 10 is a bottom plan view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan that has been detached from a fiat blank that is in the process of being formed by a hand grasping a handle and squeezing the two halves of the handle together.

[0025] Figure 1 1 is a left lower perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan that has been detached from a flat blank and which has been formed by a hand grasping a handle and squeezing the two halves of the handle together.

[0026] Figure 12 is a left elevationai view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan that has been detached from a fiat blank and which has been formed by a hand grasping a handle and squeezing the two halves of the handle together. [0027] Figure 13 is an upper left perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a brush with bristles being used to sweep debris into a dustpan, both of which have been detached and formed from a fiat blank.

[0028] Figure 14 is a front upper right perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a box incorporating a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush, a paddle, a scraper and a dustpan.

[0029] Figure 15 is a front upper left perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a box incorporating a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush, a paddle, a scraper and a dustpan. [0030] Figure 6 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush with handle, a paddle and a dustpan, [0031] Figure 7 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a bristle brush with handle formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush with handle, a paddle and a dustpan.

[0032] Figure 18 is a right upper perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a bristle brush with handle, a paddle and a dustpan.

[0033] Figure 19 is a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0034] Figure 20 is an exploded view of a top plan of an embodiment, in one form, of a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle. [0035] Figure 21 is an upper left front perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0038] Figure 22 is an upper left front perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a scraper formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0037] Figure 23 is an upper left front perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a combination bristle brush and paddle formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle. [0038] Figure 24 is a front left perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a paddle formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0039] Figure 25 is a top plan view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle. [0040] Figure 26 is a lower right perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0041] Figure 27 is a left elevational view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0042] Figure 28 is a bottom plan view of an embodiment, in one form, of a dustpan formed from a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0043] Figure 29 is a front upper right perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a box incorporating a fiat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle.

[0044] Figure 30 is a front upper right perspective view of an embodiment, in one form, of a box incorporating a flat blank that can be used to form a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and a paddle. Description of the Embodiments

[0045] Although the embodiments disclosed in the figures use cardboard, any bendable material could be used that can be incised, scored and folded and whose stiffness is approximately equivalent to or greater than that of cardboard, including, but not limited to corrugated fiberboard, paper, nylon, plastic, foil, aluminum or other metals, paperboard, wood veneer, palm fronds, leaves, compostable paperboard or other composite material without departing from the disclosures contained in and claimed by this application. [0046] This application discloses three embodiments of flat blanks that can be used to create brushes with bristles, paddies and dustpans. Additionally this application discloses exemplary embodiments showing how the embodiments of the blanks disclosed can be incorporated into boxes, containers or other items. [0047] Each of the disclosed and claimed embodiments may be used to clean up debris. In this regard, it is to be understood that the word debris is used in its broadest possible meaning and includes not only dry solids, dust and other dry particles, but also semi-solid and liquid waste of all types including, but not limited to, excrement, vomit, dead organisms, blood, urine, bodily fluids and biological, chemical or nuclear waste.

First Exemplary Embodiment

[0048] An embodiment is disclosed which allows for the creation of a disposable bristle brush, a dustpan, a paddle and two scrapers out of a flat sheet of bendable material. This is depicted in Fig. 1 , which shows a detailed view of a pattern of incised lines and score and fold marks on a sheet of bendable material which can be used to create an embodiment, in one form, of a disposable bristle brush, a dustpan, a paddle and two scrapers. All proportions shown on Fig. 1 are merely illustrative of one particular embodiment of the disclosure; it is to be understood that other embodiments of the disclosure could be created using different proportions without departing from the device and method being claimed in this application.

[0049] Fig, 2 is an exploded view of Fig. 1 and illustrates haw the embodiment disclosed in Fig. 1 can be disassembled along the disclosed pattern of incised lines in order to create a Bristle Brush (20), a Dustpan (18), a Paddle (15), a First Scraper (3) and a Second Scraper (7).

[0050] Each of these may be disassembled from the fiat sheet of bendable material by the following method, the first three steps of which can be executed in any order and the last two steps of which can be executed in any order. First, the First Scraper can be separated from the sheet of bendable materia! which it is a part of by bending the First Scraper back and forth along an incised line bounding a first scraper portion (17), until the First Scraper breaks off. Second, the Paddle (15), can be separated from the sheet of bendable material which it is a part of by bending the Paddle back and forth along the incised line bounding dustpan (12), until the Paddle breaks off. Third, the Bristle Brush and the Second Scraper can be separated from the sheet of bendable material which they are a part of by bending them back and forth along the incised line bounding the dustpan (12), until they break off. Fourth, the Bristle Brush and the Second Scraper can be separated from each other by bending them back and forth along the portion of the incised line bounding the dustpan (12), that extends between the Bristle Brush (20), and the Second Scraper (7).

[0051] Fifth, the dustpan can be formed in the manner shown in Fig. 9 by grasping near the mid-handle incised line [(4) in Fig. 2] with a hand and squeezing as shown in Fig. 10, thus causing the portion of the Dustpan being grasped to bend downward bilaterally along the dustpan handle fold line (13), and causing a portion of the bendable material to bend upward along the right back score and fold mark (6), and along the left back score and fold mark (9), the bendable material to bend downward bilaterally along the rear spine score and fold mark (14), and downward from the intersect at mid-pan (10), along a plurality of sidewall score and fold marks (8), thereby forming a three dimensional dustpan from the flat bendable material.

[0052] The various incised lines and score and fold marks pertaining to the dustpan portion of the flat bendable material are further depicted in Fig. 3 and a formed Dustpan, in one form, is depicted in Fig. 4.

[0053] Fig. 5 depicts a Bristle Brush which has been detached from the fiat bendable material and Fig. 6 depicts the same Bristle Brush in an optional form where the top portion has been bent downward across the angled brush score and fold mark (2), in order to create a more rigid surface for grasping the Bristle Brush. Thus, the Bristle Brush in the configuration depicted in Fig. 5 can be grasped in the manner depicted in Fig. 7 or the Bristle Brush in the optional form depicted in Fig. 8 can be grasped in the manner depicted in Fig. 8. [0054] The Dustpan depicted in Fig. 10, which is also shown from a left lower perspective in Fig. 1 1 , and from a left eievational view in Fig, 12, can be used in conjunction with the Bristle Brush as depicted in Fig, 13, to sweep up debris (130). The Bristle Brush (20), Dustpan (18), Paddle (15), First Scraper (3) and Second Scraper (7), or any of them, can either be kept for future use or may be disposed of, as desired.

Incorporation of the First Exemplary Embodiment into Boxes, Containers and Other Items

[0055] The first disclosed embodiment and the Bristle Brush, Dustpan, Paddle, First Scraper and Second Scraper that can be created therefrom can be incorporated into a box, a container or other item. This is illustrated by Fig. 14 in which the flat blank of Figs. 1 and 2 has been incorporated into the side of a box, from which a fiat blank can be punched out and from which the Bristle Brush, Dustpan, Paddle, First Scraper and Second Scraper of the first disclosed embodiment can then be created according to the method disclosed above under the discussion of the First Embodiment. Second Exemplary Embodiment

[0056] An embodiment is disclosed which allows for the creation of a disposable bristle brush with handle, a dustpan and a paddle out of a flat sheet of bendable material. This is depicted in Fig. 16, which shows a detailed view of a pattern of incised lines and score and fold marks on a sheet of bendable material which can be used to create an embodiment, in one form, of a disposable bristle brush with handle, a dustpan and a paddle. Ail proportions shown on Fig. 16 are merely illustrative of one particular embodiment of the disclosure; it is to be understood that other embodiments of the disclosure could be created using different proportions without departing from the device and method being claimed in this application.

[0057] Fig. 16 shows that an incised line bounding dustpan (172), separates a Bristle Brush with Handle (180), a Dustpan (178) and a Paddle (175). Each of these may be disassembled from the flat sheet of bendable material by the following method, the first two steps of which can be executed in any order. First, the Paddle and the Dustpan are bent back and forth along the portion of the incised line bounding dustpan (172), separating them until the Paddle breaks away from the flat sheet of bendable material. Second, the Bristle Brush with Handle and the Dustpan are bent back and forth along the portion of the incised line bounding dustpan (172), separating them until they break apart from one another.

[0058] Third, the Dustpan (178), depicted in Fig. 18 is formed by squeezing together on the Dustpan on the periphery of what was the incised line bounding dustpan (172), bilaterally along a dustpan handle fold line (173), thereby causing the score and fold marks on the Dustpan to bend in a way that creates an intersect at the rear of the dustpan (165),

[0059] The Bristle Brush with Handle of Fig. 17 contains a plurality of incised bristle lines (161 ), which separate strips of the bendable material into individual bristles. This can be more useful in certain circumstances in sweeping debris into the Dustpan of Fig, 18 than using a Paddle. On the other hand, in certain circumstances, using the Paddle [(175) in Fig. 16] may prove more effective in causing debris to be pushed into the Dustpan. The Bristle Brush with Handle, Dustpan and Paddle, or any of them, can either be kept for future use or may be disposed of, as desired.

Incorporation of the Second Exemplary Embodiment into Boxes, Containers and Other Items [0060] The second disclosed embodiment and the Bristle Brush with Handle, Dustpan and Paddle that can be created therefrom can be incorporated into a box, a container or other item. The fiat blank of Fig. 16 may be incorporated into a box, from which it can be punched out and from which the Bristle Brush with Handle, Dustpan and Paddle of the second disclosed embodiment can then be created according to the method disclosed above under the discussion of the Second Embodiment, in a similar manner to how the First Embodiment of Figs. and 2 were shown incorporated into a box in Figs. 14 and 15,

Third Exemplary Embodiment [0061] An embodiment is disclosed which allows for the creation of a disposable combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper out of a flat sheet of bendable material. This is depicted in Fig. 19, which shows a detailed view of a pattern of incised lines and score and fold marks on a sheet of bendable material which can be used to create an embodiment, in one form, of a disposable combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan, a paddle and a scraper. Ail proportions shown in Fig. 19 are merely illustrative of one particular embodiment of the disclosure; it is to be understood that other embodiments of the disclosure could be created using different proportions without departing from the device and method being claimed in this application. [0062] Fig. 19 discloses a flat sheet of bendable material comprising a Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle (206), a Dustpan (205), a Paddle ( 94) and a Scraper ( 97), The Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle contains angled incised bristle lines (191 ).

[0083] Fig. 20 is an exploded view of Fig. 19 and illustrates haw the embodiment disclosed in Fig. 20 can be disassembled along the disclosed pattern of incised lines in order to create a Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle, 206, a Dustpan (205), a Paddle (194) and a Scraper (197).

[0064] Each of these may be disassembled from the flat sheet of bendable material by the following method, the first three steps of which can be executed in any order. First, the Scraper (197), which may optionally contain a retail merchandising cutout (193), is removed from the remainder of the bendable sheet of material by bending it back and forth along the portion of the incised line bounding dustpan (202), that separates the Scraper from the remainder of the bendable sheet of material until the Scraper separates, thereby resulting in the Scraper that is depicted in Fig. 22.

[0065] Second, the Paddle (194), is removed from the remainder of the bendable sheet of material by bending it back and forth along the portion of the incised line bounding dustpan (202), that separates the Paddle from the Dustpan (205), until the Paddle separates, thereby resulting in the Paddle that is depicted in Fig. 24.

[0068] Third, the Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle (206), is separated from the Dustpan (205), by tearing it along both the bristle brush score and fold mark (192), and the incised line bounding dustpan (202), thereby resulting in the Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle depicted in Fig. 23 and the Dustpan (205), depicted in Fig . 20.

[0087] Fourth, the handles of the dustpan are squeezed together to bring the periphery of what was formerly the incised line bounding dustpan (202), together in the manner shown in Fig. 21 , to fold the dustpan handle bilaterally along the dustpan handle fold line [(203) in Fig. 19]. Doing this will cause the Dustpan to fold upward along the right back score and fold mark ( 98), and along the left back score and fold mark (199), and cause the Dustpan to buckle down toward the intersect at mid-pan (200), along the dustpan handle fold line (205), and along the plurality of sidewall score and fold marks (198), thereby forming a Dustpan with a plurality of rear pan inclines (204) and with a pan-to-floor interface (201 ), resulting in the Dustpan depicted in Fig. 21.

[0068] The Dustpan depicted in Fig. 21 is shown from a lower right perspective view in Fig. 26, from a left eievationai view in Fig. 27 and from a bottom plan view in Fig. 28. Incorporation of the Third Exemplary Embodiment into Boxes,

Containers and Other Items

[0089] The third disclosed embodiment and the Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle, Dustpan, Paddle and Scraper that can be created therefrom can be incorporated into a box, a container or other item. This is illustrated by both Figs. 29 and 30 in which the flat blank of Figs. 19 and 20, has been incorporated into the side of a box (Fig. 29) and into the top of a box (Fig. 30), from either of which a flat blank can be punched out and from which the Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle, Dustpan, Paddle and Scraper of the third disclosed embodiment can then be created according to the method disclosed above under the discussion of the Third Embodiment.

Other Possible Variants of the Disclosed Embodiments

[0070] Other possible variants of the disclosed embodiments can be created wherein the bendabie material (from which a bristle brush, a bristle brush with handle, a combination bristle brush and paddle, a dustpan and one paddle or a plurality of paddies can be formed) is made of materials that are either or both:

[0071] A. Resistant to liquids, such as hydrophobic paper or cardboard that has self-assembled silicon-oxide nanoparticies with functional siiane groups and fluorocarbonaiecl compounds linked directly to cellulose fibers of at least one of the surfaces thereof, with a Cobb value of 8 to 25 g/m2 and water contact angles of 100 to 140 degrees [such as that taught by Marroquin in EP Application 2837736A1 (which is hereby incorporated by reference)] and similar; or

[0072] B. coated with materials that are resistant to liquids, including, but not limited to, waterproof film laminated to cardboard, polyethylene, waxes, fiuor-derivatives, biopoiymers, such as polysaccharides, proteins, lipids and polyesters, biopolymer nanoparticies and nanofiiiers such as nanoclay and nanocellulose.

[0073] All such embodiments are claimed by this application.

[0074] Other additional embodiments are also possible as to each of the Exemplary Embodiments previously described. For instance, while the First Exemplary Embodiment teaches a First Scraper, a Second Scraper, a Paddle, a Dustpan and a Bristle Brush, it is possible to construct other embodiments which create fewer than ail of these elements. All such embodiments are claimed by this application.

[0075] Similarly, while the Second Exemplary Embodiment teaches a Bristle Brush with Handle, a Dustpan and a Paddle, it is possible to construct other embodiments which create fewer than all of these elements. All such embodiments are claimed by this application.

[0076] Additionally, while the Third Exemplary Embodiment teaches a Scraper, a Paddle, a Dustpan and a Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle, it is possible to construct other embodiments which create fewer than all of these elements. All such embodiments are claimed by this application. [0077] Wherever reference is made in this disclosure to separating any portion of the sheet of bendable material from any other portion of the sheet of bendable material along any incised line or any score and fold mark, the separation may be achieved by bending the bendable material back and forth until if breaks along the incised line or the score and fold mark, by tearing the material dawn the incised line or the score and fold mark, by cutting the bendable material along the incised line or the score and fold mark with any sort of tool or by any other means of separating the bendable material along the incised line or the score and fold mark; ail such methods of separation are claimed by this application. [0078] Wherever incised bristle lines are mentioned in this disclosure it is understood that the material on either side of the incised bristle lines can be separated along those incised bristle lines to create individual bristles, if desired.

[0079] In the event that any of the patent documents that are incorporated by reference herein define or use a term in a manner that is inconsistent with either the non-incorporated disclosure of the present application or with any of the other incorporated patent documents, the non-incorporated disclosure of the present application shall control with respect to the present application, and the term or terms as used in an incorporated patent document shall only control with respect to the document in which the term or terms are defined or used.

[0080] The various disclosed elements of apparatuses and steps of methods disclosed herein are not required as to ail apparatuses and methods set forth in the present disclosure, and the present disclosure includes ail novel and non-obvious combinations and sub-combinations of the various elements and steps disclosed herein. Moreover, one or more of the various elements and steps disclosed herein may define independent inventive subject matter that is separate and apart from the whale of a disclosed apparatus or method. Accordingly, such inventive subject matter is not required to be associated with the specific apparatuses and methods that are expressly disclosed herein; such inventive subject matter may find utility in future apparatuses and/or methods and may be claimed through amendment of the present claims or presentation of new claims in this or a related application.

[0081] The specific alternatives, embodiments, and methods thereof as disclosed and illustrated herein are not to be considered in a limiting sense, as numerous variations are possible. The present disclosure includes all novel and non-obvious combinations and sub-combinations of the various elements, features, functions, properties, methods, and/or steps disclosed herein. The following claims particularly point out certain combinations and sub-combinations that are directed to one of the disclosed inventions and are novel and non-obvious, inventions embodied in other combinations and sub-combinations of features, functions, elements, properties, methods, and/or steps may be claimed through amendment of the present claims or presentation of new claims in this or a related application. Such amended or new claims, whether they are directed to a different invention or directed to the same invention, whether different, broader, narrower, or equal in scope to the original claims, are also within the subject matter of the present disclosure,

[0082] While the description of several embodiments has been presented and while the exemplary embodiments are described in detail, it is not the intention of the applicant to restrict or in any way limit the scope of the appended claims to such detail. Applicant intends by this application to cover all possible embodiments that are described by the claims, even if such embodiments are not specifically shown or described in the Figures or in the Description of the Embodiments. That is, the claims in their broader aspects are therefore not limited to any of the specific details or to any of the representative apparatus and illustrative examples shown and described in the Figures and the specification. Accordingly, departures may be made from such details without departing from the spirit or scope of applicant's general concept as claimed.

Industrial Applicability [0083] The disclosed embodiments and the methods associated therewith have applicability to any area of industrial or residential cleaning. They are particularly applicable to situations involving biological, chemical or nuclear waste in which any clean up tools used are likely to become severely contaminated. They are also applicable to any situation where it would be convenient, desirable or cost effective to dispose of the clean up tools along with the waste that they were used to clean up.

Reference Signs List

[0084] Reference Number Description

[0085] 1 incised bristle lines

[0086] 2 angled brush score and fold mark

[0087] 3 First Scraper

[0088] 4 mid-handle incised line

[0089] 5 intersect at the rear of the dustpan

[0090] 6 right back score and fold mark

[0091] 7 Second Scraper

[0092] 8 sidewall score and fold mark

[0093] 9 left back score and fold mark

[0094] 10 intersect at mid-pan [0095] 1 1 pan-to-floor interface

[0096] 12 incised line bounding the dustpan

[0097] 13 dustpan handle fold line

[0098] 14 rear spine score and fold mark

[0099] 15 Paddle

[0100] 17 incised line bounding a first scraper portion

[0101] 18 Dustpan

[0102] 19 pan sidewall

[0103] 20 Bristle Brush

[0104] 131 debris

[0105] 161 incised bristle lines

[0106] 165 intersect at the rear of the dustpan

[0107] 168 sidewall score and fold mark

[0108] 172 incised line bounding dustpan

[0109] 173 dustpan handle fold line [0110] 175 Paddle

[0111] 178 Dustpan

[0112] 180 Bristle Brush with Handle

[0113] 191 angled incised bristle lines

[0114] 192 bristle brush score and fold mark

[0115] 193 retail merchandising cutout

[0116] 194 Paddle

[0117] 195 intersect at the rear of the dustpan

[0118] 198 right back score and fold mark

[0119] 197 Scraper

[0120] 198 sidewall score and fold mark

[0121] 199 left back score and fold mark [0122] 200 intersect at mid-pan

[0123] 201 pan-to-floor interface

[0124] 202 incised line bounding dustpan [0 25] 203 dustpan handle fold line

[0126] 204 rear pan incline

[0127] 205 Dustpan

[0128] 206 Combination Bristle Brush and Paddle

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