Patent Number: 6,193,114

Title: Personalized hygienic toothpaste dispenser and toothpaste container holder

Abstract: A hygienic toothpaste dispenser comprises a main body member having a plurality of tubular spouts (27, 28, and 29), from which an individual can dispense toothpaste from his or her own personally assigned tubular spout permanently marked by indicia (30), thereby providing a sanitary delivery system. This dispenser has a main body with a base (23) for connection to a toothpaste container (20), either directly or via an adapter (FIG. 10), and tubular spouts with caps (31) for delivery of the paste. Additional dispenser embodiments (FIGS. 8A, 8B, and 9) are shown. Also additional adapter embodiments (FIGS. 11A, 11B, 11C, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17) show various means of connection between various types of toothpaste container tubular spouts and the various types of bases of the main body of the dispenser. Several dispensers may be connected together (FIG. 4), providing almost an unlimited number of assignable tubular spouts, limited only by a reasonable length and a reasonable width. The dispenser's structure provides a notch or notch and groove (38) to hang the dispenser and toothpaste container. This dispenser incorporates a removable one-way valve (33) and (34) that can automatically eliminate pull-back contamination. The dispenser and toothpaste container can be manufactured, with or without a check-valve, as one unit (FIG. 18).

Inventors: Hopkins; Michael J. (Dubuque, IA)


International Classification: B65D 47/04 (20060101); B65D 47/20 (20060101); B65D 47/12 (20060101); B65D 088/54 (); G01F 011/06 (); G01F 011/30 (); G01F 011/36 (); G01F 011/42 ()

Expiration Date: 02/27/2013