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February 5, 2010

Hard Surface Cleaner in Water-Soluble Sachet

U.S. Patent No. 7,625,856 B2;
Reckitt Benckiser has patented a water-soluble sachet containing a hard surface cleaner. The composition consists of surfactant, organic solvent, water and optionally alkanolamine and conventional additives including coloring agents, fragrances and fragrance solubilizers, surfactants, pH adjusting agents and pH buffers, optical brighteners, opacifying agents, hydrotropes, antioxidants and preservatives.

Fabric Care Composition with Cationic Starch

U.S. Patent No. 7,625,857 B2; The Procter & Gamble Company has been awarded a U.S. patent for a fabric care composition. It contains a cationic starch and a quaternary ammonium compound.

Oral Care in Gum Base

U.S. Patent No. 7,641,892 B2; Cadbury Adams USA, LLC, Parsippany, NJ, has patented a stain-removing oral composition. It is comprised of a gum-base and a surfactant in an effective amount to remove stains from teeth.

MWV Moves Ahead in NoC Patent Process

MeadWestvaco Corp. has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on a patent application for fragrance products and dispenser assemblies incorporating its NoC dip tubes. A U.S. patent is expected to issue from the Notice of Allowance in 2010, and related patent applications are pending in the U.S. and other countries, according to the company.

MWV’s NoC dip tube is an invisible dip tube that uses innovative light-refracting technology to make it virtually invisible in a fragrance. The technology has garnered numerous awards including Silver in the Best Component category of the 48th Starpack Awards and was among the finalists in the Technological Breakthrough category at the 2007 Fifi Awards.

“We are excited to be moving forward with these patents for NoC dip tubes,” said Sandy Gregory, MWV fragrance marketing director. “The Notice of Allowance by the USPTO acknowledges MWV’s innovation of the NoC dip tube and substantiates the recognition in the market by brand owners of the value and the aesthetic benefits of invisible dip tubes.”

Space-Saving Toilet Cleaning System

U.S. Patent No. US 7,638,475 B2; Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP, Atlanta, GA, has patented a cleaning system for toilets that has a foaming cleanser sealed within a water soluble pouch that is retainable within a bath tissue roll. Upon placement of the pouch in the bowl, water penetrates the pouch, which generates foam that activates and carries cleansing chemicals below and above the water line. When used routinely with each change of bath tissue roll, such a cleaning can extend the time between required manual cleanings considerably, according to the company.

Method for Disinfecting the Air

U.S. Patent No. 7,638,114 B1;
Jörg Peter Schür of Wegberg-Gladheim, Germany has patented a method for disinfecting the air. It is comprised of distributing or atomizing an antimicrobial composition that contains propylene glycol and tannic acid, but is free from ethanol and isopropanol.

Natural Laundry Detergent Patented by Clorox

U.S. Patent 7,638,474 B1; The Clorox Company has patented a solid laundry detergent that contains a hydrogen source selected from the group consisting of sodium percarbonate, sodium perborate and mixtures thereof; sodium carbonate; and a fatty alcohol sulfate surfactant agglomerated with a silicate and a second sodium carbonate. It does not contain additional surfactant, bleaching activator, organic acid, builder, brightener or preservative.

Hair Transformation Method

U.S. Patent No. 7,638,117 B2; Farouk Systems, Inc., Houston, TX, has patented a method of altering the shape of hair. It entails applying a cationic acid solution to moist hair;applying a cationic reducing composition while the first acid application remains in the hair;rinsing the hair to remove the cationic acid solution and the cationic reducing composition so that further reduction of the hair is substantially arrested; applying the cationic acid solution in a second acid application; partially drying the hair with the second application; forming the hair into a pre-selected shape; and neutralizing the hair with neutralizer solution to harden the pre-selected shape.

Ecolab Patents Auto Dish Washing Composition

U.S. Patent No. 7,638,473 B2;
Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, MN has patented a warewashing detergent composition and a method of its use. The composition is comprised of a cleaning agent with a surfactant; an alkaline source that contains sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or mixtures thereof; and a corrosion inhibitor with zinc ion and aluminum ion. The method includes diluting the detergent with water.