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March 31, 2010

Single-Use Lip Treatment Patented by Kimberly-Clark

U.S. Patent No. 7,666,396 B2; Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., Neenah, WI, has patented a single-use treatment product—sized and configured for application to the lips—that is capable of dissolving on the lips in no more than approximately 50 seconds. It contains, by weight, approximately 60-65% water-soluble film-forming polymeric material, 0.01-50% moisturizing agent, and 0.1-50% solidifying agent.

The solidifying agent is selected from the group consisting of animal waxes, vegetable waxes, mineral waxes, synthetic waxes, bayberry wax, beeswax C30 alkyl dimethicone, candelilla wax, carnauba, ceresin, cetyl esters, esparto, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, hydrogenated microcrystalline wax, hydrogenated rice bran wax, japan wax, microcrystalline wax, mink wax, motan acid wax, motan wax, ouricury wax, ozokerite paraffin, PEG-6 beeswax, PEG-8 beeswax, rezowax, rice bran wax, shellac wax, spent grain wax, spermaceti wax, steryl dimethicone,synthetic beeswax, synthetic candelilla wax, synthetic carnuba wax, synthetic japan wax, solid fatty acid esters, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, copolymers or polymeric blends of ethylene, propylene, butylene, styrene, vinyl acetate and combinations thereof.

Topical Composition for Psoriasis

U.S. Patent No. 7,670,620 B2; Bioderm, Inc., Madison, WI, has been awarded a U.S. patent for a treatment of inflammatory skin ailments due to T-cell activation. The method entails administering a therapeutically effective amount of a formulation that contains glucosamine and oleuropein.

Sachet with Dishwashing Enhancing Particles

U.S. Patent No. 7,674,761 B2;
Unilever Home & Personal Care has patented a water-soluble, single-compartment sachet comprising a machine dishwashing detergent gel. The gel, 15-80% by weight water,comprises discrete particles that have a diameter of approximately 100-5,000 microns. The particle to gel ratio is approximately 0.005-0.15:1.

The dishwashing composition comprises a thickening agent that comprises cross-linked polyacrylic acid. The water-soluble sachet comprises a water-soluble film-forming resin that comprises polyvinylalcohol.

P&G has patented this wipes container design.

Wipes Container

U.S. Patent No. D611,282 S; Procter & Gamble has patented an ornamental design for a wipes container.

Sun Patents Concentrated Fabric Softener

U.S. Patent No. 7,671,008 B2;
The Sun Products Corporation, Wilton, CT, has patented a concentrated liquid fabric softening composition. It is comprised of an ester-linked triethanolamine (TEA) quaternary ammonium fabric softening material comprising a mixture of mono-, di- and tri-ester linked components; a single long chain cationic surfactant; and a co-fragmenting agent. The TEA quaternary ammonium fabric softening material contains at least 10% monoester, by weight of the quaternary material, and has an Iodine Value of between 0-60. The single long chain cationic surfactant is a quaternized amido-amine surfactant and preferably has a methylsulphate counterion. The co-fragmenting agent is a sugar or a sugar alcohol.

L’Oréal Patents Dye

U.S. Patent No. 7,674,299 B2; L’Oréal S.A., Paris, has patented a composition for dyeing keratin fibers. It entails at least one direct dye, at least one bioheteropolysaccharide, at least one cationic surfactant and at least one amphoteric surfactant.

Aircraft Cleaner Formula

U.S. Patent No. 7,666,264 B2; Spray Nine Corp., Johnstown, NY, has patented a cleaning composition that contains at least one fatty acid methyl ester and at least one surfactant in an amount effective to create an optically clear and stable emulsion; approximately 1-25 parts by weight of at least one hydrotrope; metal corrosion inhibitor; alkaline builder; and water. At least one surfactant comprises a combination of at least one ethoxylated alcohol and at least one alkyl polyglycoside. The ratio of the fatty acid methyl ester to the surfactant ranges from about 1:2 to about 1:12.

Floor Stripper/Cleaner Patented by Ecolab

U.S. Patent No. 7,674,760 B2; Ecolab Inc. has patented a floor finish stripper or scrub and recoat composition that contains sparingly water-soluble floor finish solvent; water; nonethoxylated coupler consisting of toluene, xylene, or cumene sulfonic acid or mixtures thereof in an amount sufficientto provide a homogenous aqueous liquid phase and no or low foaming during shaking; and an acid:amine molar equivalent ratio of 0.7:1-1.3:1. The composition is substantially free of alkaline earth sulfonates.

Sheet and Air Filter for Cleaning Tool

U.S. Patent No. 7,673,361 B2; P&G has patented a cleaning implement that has a head for carrying a removable sheet; a dirt bin; a source of vacuum for moving debris from the surface to the bin via an airflow path; and a filter disposed in an airflow path.