Login| Sign Up| Help| Contact|

Patent Searching and Data


Title:
FINGERTIP CLEANING APPARATUS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/185001
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
Described herein is a fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising a fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity, the conical wall extending along and surrounding a cone axis, the conical wall forming a cone angle with the cone axis, a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the e fingertip receiving portion along a grip axis that forms a grip angle with the cone axis; and the grip angle being greater than the once angle.

Inventors:
SEIFERT, Alon (299 Riverside Drive, Apt. 3ANew York, New York, 10025, US)
COHEN, Eitan (147 Sullivan Street, Apt. 2ANew York, New York, 10012, US)
CHIN, Matthew L. (150 Thompson Street 3B, New York, New York, 10012, US)
BROWN, Gareth (340.5 8th Street, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302, US)
KAES, Stephen (331 East 5th Street F1, New York, New York, 10003, US)
Application Number:
US2017/028888
Publication Date:
October 26, 2017
Filing Date:
April 21, 2017
Export Citation:
Click for automatic bibliography generation   Help
Assignee:
FINGERTIPS ENTERPRISES, LLC (299 Riverside Drive, Apt. 3ANew York, New York, 10025, US)
International Classes:
A61F11/00; A41D19/00; A46B5/04; A61F13/00; A61F13/15; A61M35/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BELLES, Brian L. (The Belles Group, P.C.1608 Walnut Street, Ste. 130, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 19103, US)
Download PDF:
Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 12 October 2017 (12.10.2017)

1. A fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising:

a fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity, the conical wall extending along and surrounding a cone axis, the conical wall forming a cone angle with the cone axis;

a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the fingertip receiving portion along a grip axis that forms a grip angle with the cone axis; and

the grip angle being greater than the once angle.

2. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to claim 1 further comprising a flexible sheet that is folded to form the fingertip receiving portion and the gripping portion.

3. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according claim 1 wherein the fingertip receiving portion and the gripping portion are formed by a single flexible sheet that is folded.

4. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claim 2 to 3 further comprising at least one seam.

5. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 4 wherein the conical wall comprises a rounded apex.

6. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 5 wherein the flap has a curved transverse cross-sectional profile taken along the grip axis.

7. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 6 wherein the cone wall has an outer surface and the flap has an outer surface, the flap extending from the cone wall such that the outer surface of the flap and the outer surface of the cone wall collectively define a smooth uninterrupted surface.

8. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 7 wherein the flap has a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface.

9. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 8 further comprising: the cone wall comprising a lower edge that partially defines the open end of the cavity; the flap comprises a first side edge, a second side edge opposite the first side edge, and a lower edge extending between the first and second side edges; and

the first side edge, the second side edge, the lower edge of the flap, and the lower edge of the cone wall collectively defining a continuous edge of the fingertip cleaning apparatus.

10. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 9 wherein the flap has a first maximum width and the cavity has a second maximum width that is less than the first maximum width.

11. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 10 wherein a width of the cavity tapers moving away from the open end.

12. A method of cleaning an ear canal of a user comprising:

a) inserting at least a portion of a fingertip of a first finger into a cavity of a fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising a fingertip receiving portion and a gripping portion so that: (1) the fingertip receiving portion protrudes from the fingertip and extends along an axis that is inclined relative a fingertip axis along which the fingertip of the first finger extends; and (2) the gripping portion extends adjacent an outer surface of the fingertip of the first finger; and

b) inserting the fingertip receiving portion of the fingertip cleaning device into the ear canal.

13. The method according to claim 12 wherein step b) further comprises the user grasping the gripping portion of the fingertip cleaning apparatus between the surface of the fingertip of the first finger and a surface of a second finger during said inserting.

14. A fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising: a single flexible sheet folded into a three-dimensional configuration comprising:

a fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity; and

a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the fingertip receiving portion.

15. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to claim 14 wherein the conical wall has a first length measured along a cone axis from the open end of the cavity to an apex of the conical wall, and the flap has a second length measured along a grip axis from the open end of the cavity to a distal-most end of the flap; and wherein the second length is greater than or equal to the first length.

16. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claim 14 to 15 further comprising at least one seam formed by connecting edges of the flexible sheet folded.

17. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 16 wherein the conical wall comprises a rounded apex.

18. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 17 wherein the flap has a curved transverse cross-sectional profile.

19. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 18 wherein the flap has a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface.

20. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 19 wherein the cone wall has an outer surface and the flap has an outer surface, the flap extending from the cone wall such that the outer surface of the flap and the outer surface of the cone wall collectively define a smooth uninterrupted surface.

21. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 20further comprising: the cone wall comprising a lower edge that partially defines the open end of the cavity; the flap comprising a first side edge, a second side edge opposite the first side edge, and a lower edge extending between the first and second side edges; and

the first side edge, the second side edge, the lower edge of the flap, and the lower edge of the cone wall collectively defining a continuous edge of the fingertip cleaning apparatus.

22. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 21 wherein the flap has a first maximum width and the cavity has a second maximum width that is less than the first maximum width.

23. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 14 to 22 wherein the fingertip cleaning apparatus maintains the three-dimensional configuration in an unused state in which the cavity is empty.

24. A fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising:

a fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity, the conical wall having a first length measured along a cone axis from the open end of the cavity to an apex of the conical wall;

a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the fingertip receiving portion, the flap having a convex outer surface and a concave inner surface, the flap having a second length measured along a grip axis from the open end of the cavity to a distal- most end of the flap; and

the second length being greater than or equal to the first length.

25. A fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising:

a fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity;

the conical wall extending along and surrounding a cone axis; and

the conical wall comprising: an upper portion comprising an apex and having a first cone angle relative to the cone axis; and

a lower portion comprising a lower edge that at least partially defines the open end of the cavity and having a second cone angle relative to the cone axis, the second cone angle being greater than the first cone angle.

26. A sheet blank for folding into a fingertip cleaning apparatus, the sheet blank comprising: a grip blank portion:

a grip blank lower edge;

a first grip blank side edge extending upward from the lower edge; and a second grip blank side edge extending upward from the grip blank lower edge and being opposite the first grip blank side edge;

a fingertip receiving blank portion adjacent the grip blank portion, the fingertip receiving blank portion comprising:

a first fingertip receiving blank side edge extending upward and outward from the first grip blank side edge;

a second fingertip receiving blank side edge opposite the first fingertip receiving blank side edge, the second fingertip receiving blank side edge extending upward and outward from the second grip blank side edge; and

a fingertip receiving blank top edge extending between the first and second fingertip receiving blank side edges.

27. The sheet blank of claim 26 wherein the sheet blank is a flexible sheet material.

28. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 26 to 27 further comprising a central blank axis, wherein each of the first and second fingertip receiving blank side edges diverge from the central axis with distance from the first and second grip blank side edges respectively.

29. The sheet blank of claim 28 wherein the sheet blank is bilaterally symmetric about the central blank axis.

30. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 28 to 29 wherein the grip blank lower edge is convex.

31. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 28 to 30 wherein each of the first and second grip blank side edges are substantially parallel to the central blank axis.

32. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 28 to 31 wherein the fingertip receiving blank top edge extends substantially perpendicular to the central blank axis.

33. A sheet blank for folding into a fingertip cleaning apparatus, the sheet blank comprising: a grip blank portion:

a grip blank lower edge;

a first grip blank side edge extending upward from the lower edge; and a second grip blank side edge extending upward from the grip blank lower edge and being opposite the first grip blank side edge;

a fingertip receiving blank portion adjacent the grip blank portion, the fingertip receiving blank portion comprising:

a first fingertip receiving blank side edge extending upward and outward from first grip blank side edge;

a second fingertip receiving blank side edge opposite the first fingertip receiving blank side edge, the second fingertip receiving blank side edge extending upward and inward from the second grip blank side edge; and

a fingertip receiving blank top edge extending between the first and second fingertip receiving blank side edges.

34. The sheet blank according to claim 33 further comprising a central blank axis.

35. The sheet blank according to claim 34 wherein the first fingertip receiving blank side edge diverges from the central blank axis with distance from the first grip blank side edge; wherein the second fingertip receiving blank side edge converges with the central axis with distance from the second grip blank side edge; and wherein the fingertip receiving blank top edge is inclined relative to the central blank axis.

36. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 34 to 35 wherein the first fingertip receiving blank side edge and the wherein the fingertip receiving blank top edge are located on the same side of the central blank axis.

37. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 34 to 36 wherein the first fingertip receiving blank side edge has a length that is greater than the length of the second fingertip receiving blank side edge.

38. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 34 to 37 wherein the grip blank portion is bilaterally symmetric about the central blank axis.

39. The sheet blank according to any one of claims 34 to 37 wherein the fingertip receiving blank portion is bilaterally asymmetric about the central blank axis.

40. A package of fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising:

a package;

a plurality of fingertip cleaning apparatus, each of the fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising:

an fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity;

a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the fingertip receiving portion;

the plurality of fingertip cleaning apparatus disposed within the package and arranged in a stack so that the fingertip receiving portions of the plurality of fingertip cleaning apparatus nest within the cavities of adjacent ones of the plurality of fingertip cleaning apparatus.

41. A fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising: an fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity, the conical wall having an inner surface opposite an outer surface, whereby the conical wall extends along and surrounding a cone axis, the conical wall forming a cone angle with the cone axis and the inner surface defines the cavity;

a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the fingertip receiving portion along a grip axis that forms a grip angle with the cone axis; and

wherein the grip angle being equal to or greater than the once angle, and the inner surface of the conical wall comprises a first material and the outer surface of the conical wall comprises a second material, whereby the first and second materials are different.

42. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to claim 41, wherein the first material is selected from the group consisting of non-woven fibers, a film, and a combination thereof.

43. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 41 to 42, wherein the first material comprises a polymeric component that is selected from the group consisting of comprises polypropylene, polyethylene, polyurethane, thermoplastic elastomer, and combinations thereof.

44. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to anyone of claims 41 to 43, wherein the first material is non-woven polypropylene fiber having a weight ranging from about 10 g/m to about 65 g/m.

45. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to anyone of claims 41 to 43, wherein the first material is non-woven polypropylene fiber coated with polyethylene having a weight ranging from about 80 g/m to about 120 g/m.

46. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 41 to 45, wherein the second material comprises non-woven fibers

50

47. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to claim 46, wherein the non-woven fibers comprise a polymeric component selected from the group consisting of rayon or an natural fiber.

48. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 46 to 47, wherein the non- woven fibers are melt-blown fibers having a weight ranging from about 20 g/m to about 40 g/m.

49. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 46 to 48, wherein the non- woven fibers are spun-lace fibers having a weight from about 40 g/m to about 80 g/m.

50. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 41 to 49, wherein the outer surface of the conical wall is pre-treated with an oleophilic agent.

51. The fingertip cleaning apparatus according to any one of claims 41 to 50, wherein the outer surface of the conical wall is pre-treated with an hydrophilic agent.

52. An fingertip cleaning apparatus comprising:

an fingertip receiving portion including a conical wall defining a cavity having an open end configured to allow a fingertip of a user to be inserted into the cavity, the conical wall having an outer surface, whereby the conical wall extends along and surrounding a cone axis, the conical wall forming a cone angle with the cone axis;

a gripping portion comprising a flap that extends from the conical wall of the fingertip receiving portion along a grip axis that forms a grip angle with the cone axis; and

wherein the grip angle being equal to or greater than the once angle and the outer surface of the conical wall is pre-treated with an oleophilic agent and a hydrophilic agent.

51