Global Patent Index - EP 1100352 A2

EP 1100352 A2 2001-05-23 - APPLICATOR FOR APPLYING AND DISTRIBUTING SUBSTANCES TO TARGET SURFACES

Title (en)

APPLICATOR FOR APPLYING AND DISTRIBUTING SUBSTANCES TO TARGET SURFACES

Title (de)

VORRICHTUNG ZUM AUFTRAGEN VON SUBSTANZEN AUF EINE FLÄCHE

Title (fr)

APPLICATEUR POUR L'APPLICATION ET LA DISTRIBUTION DE SUBSTANCES SUR DES SURFACES CIBLES

Publication

EP 1100352 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 99932106 A

Priority

  • US 9914830 W
  • US 10767098 A
  • US 18578598 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0000059A2] The present invention provides an applicator for applying and distributing a substance onto a target surface. The applicator comprises a substantially planar sheet of compressible, conformable material having opposed first and second surfaces and an interior region between said first and second surfaces. The sheet of material has a thickness between the first and second surfaces which decreases when the sheet of material is subjected to an externally-applied force in a direction substantially normal to the first surface. The applicator further includes at least one discrete reservoir extending inwardly of the first surface into the interior of the sheet of material which is at least partially filled with a substance and at least one discrete aperture formed in the first surface which is in fluid communication with the reservoir. Compression of the sheet of material via an externally-applied force substantially normal to said first surface expresses product from the aperture and translational motion of the first surface relative to a target surface applies and distributes said product onto the target surface. In a preferred embodiment, a plurality of apertures are associated with corresponding reservoirs forming a delivery zone near one end of a hand-held applicator, and the sheet material is preferably resilient both in compression and in bending to conform to irregular target surfaces. A wide variety of substances are contemplated, including particularly antiperspirant/deodorant products. Other embodiments include a single reservoir feeding a plurality of apertures.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

A45D 33/00; A45D 34/00; A45D 40/00

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A45D 34/04 (2006.01); A45D 33/34 (2006.01); A45D 40/00 (2006.01); A45D 40/26 (2006.01); A61M 35/00 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A45D 40/26 (2013.01); A45D 40/00 (2013.01); A61M 35/003 (2013.01); A45D 2200/1018 (2013.01); A45D 2200/1036 (2013.01); A45D 2200/1045 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0000059A3

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 0000059 A2 20000106; WO 0000059 A3 20000210; AU 4848999 A 20000117; AU 743597 B2 20020131; BR 9911638 A 20030107; CA 2332430 A1 20000106; CA 2332430 C 20071030; CN 1163177 C 20040825; CN 1308499 A 20010815; CZ 20004651 A3 20020213; CZ 302019 B6 20100908; EP 1100352 A2 20010523; HU 0103457 A2 20020228; HU 0103457 A3 20020429; JP 2004500131 A 20040108; JP 3913981 B2 20070509

INPADOC legal status


2004-09-01 [18D] APPLICATION DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20040225

2002-03-06 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20020122

2001-05-23 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20001211

2001-05-23 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU NL PT SE