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1. WO2016138115 - ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

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CLAIMS

WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An electric toothbrush comprising:

an elongated body portion (10) having an interior cavity which accommodates a battery (44) and an electric circuit board (50);

a stem member (83) having an elongated cavity (86) with a closed end and an open end, the open end being adjacent to the elongated body portion (10), said elongated cavity (86) having a cone-shaped wall (88) extending from the open end towards the closed end of the elongated cavity (86) such that a cross-sectional area of the elongated cavity (86) gradually decreases from the open end towards a middle point of the elongated cavity (86) which is located between the closed end and the open end, said elongated cavity (86) further having a recessed hole (87) formed at the closed end, wherein the stem member (83) is configured to receive a replaceable brush removeably mounted thereon;

a DC motor (60) positioned in the elongated cavity (86) such that a shoulder portion and/or a side surface of the DC motor (60) is in contact with the cone-shaped wall (88); and a vibration shaft (70) having one end connected to the DC motor (60) and another end formed with an axial shaft portion (78) which is rotatably inserted into the recessed hole (87), said vibration shaft (70) having an eccentric shaft (73) with a gravity center (G),

wherein a first distance (Dl) between the gravity center (G) of the eccentric shaft (73) and the axial shaft portion (78) is less than a second distance (D2) between the shoulder portion of the DC motor (60) and the gravity center (G).

2. The electric toothbrush according to claim 1, wherein the vibration shaft (70) comprises an extension shaft (72) and the eccentric shaft (73) which are connected in alignment with each other such that the extension shaft (72) is located between the DC motor (60) and the eccentric shaft (73).

3. The electric toothbrush according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the cone-shaped wall (88) circumferentially surrounds the DC motor (60) along an entirety of a length of the DC motor (60).

4. The electric toothbrush according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the cone-shaped wall (88) is formed by a plurality of ribs (92a, 92b, 92c, 92d) forming wall segments surrounding

intermittently around the DC motor (60).

5. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim, wherein an upper portion of the elongated body portion (10) is bent with respect to a lower portion thereof.

6. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim, wherein said elongated cavity (86) has a receiving corner (89) at a narrowed end of the cone-shaped wall (88).

7. The electric toothbrush according to claim 6 wherein a top surface of the DC motor (60) is in surface contact with the receiving corner (89).

8. The electric toothbrush according to claim 6 or claim 7 wherein an inner diameter of the cone-shaped wall (88) at the receiving corner (89) is the same or slightly smaller than a maximum outer diameter of the DC motor (60).

9. The electric toothbrush according to claim 8 wherein the inner diameter of the cone-shaped wall (88) at the open end of the elongated cavity (86) is between 105% and 145% of the maximum outer diameter of the DC motor (60).

10. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim wherein at least a portion of the side surface of the DC motor (60) is spaced apart from the cone-shaped wall (88).

11. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim, wherein a third distance (D3) between a first end of the elongated body portion (10) from which the stem member (83) extends and the shoulder portion of the DC motor (60) is less than the second distance (D2).

12. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim, wherein the cone-shaped wall (88) is formed by a curved wall which is curved from the open end towards the closed end.

13. The electric toothbrush according to any one of claims 1 to 11, wherein the cone-shaped wall (88) is formed by an upright wall portion (88a) and a slanted wall portion (88b).

14. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim, wherein the DC motor (60) has a cylindrical body.

15. The electric toothbrush according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein the DC motor (60) has a cone-shaped body.

16. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim wherein an axis of the recessed hole (87) is aligned with an axis of the cone-shaped wall (88).

17. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim wherein the stem member (83) has a length and is divided into a lower-half portion and an upper-half portion each extending for half of the length of the stem member (83), and wherein the DC motor (60) is located entirely within the lower-half portion of the stem member (83).

18. The electric toothbrush according to any preceding claim wherein the elongated body portion (10) extends from a first end to a second end, the stem member (83) extending from the first end, and wherein a portion of the motor (60) extends to below the first end of the elongated body portion (10).

19. The electric toothbrush according to claim 18 wherein the first end of the elongated body portion (10) lies along a plane that intersects the motor (60).

20. An electric toothbrush comprising:

an elongated body portion (10) having an interior cavity which accommodates a battery (44) and an electric circuit board (50), said elongated body portion (10) having a first end and a second end;

a stem member (83) configured to receive a replaceable brush removeably mounted thereon, the stem member (83) having an elongated cavity (86) with a closed end and an open end, the open end being connected to the first end of the elongated body portion (10), said elongated cavity (86) defined by an interior wall (88) at least a portion of which tapers from the open end towards the closed end, said elongated cavity (86) further having a recessed hole (87) formed at the closed end;

a vibration shaft (70) having an end formed with an axial shaft portion (78) which is positioned within the recessed hole (87) at a first contact point (CP1), said vibration shaft (70) having an eccentric shaft (73) with a gravity center (G);

a DC motor (60) disposed at least partially in the elongated cavity (86) and connected to another end of the vibration shaft (70) opposite the axial shaft portion (78), wherein a shoulder portion and/or a side surface of the DC motor (60) contacts the interior wall (88) of the elongated cavity (86) at a second contact point (CP2); and

wherein a first distance (Dl) between the gravity center (G) of the eccentric shaft (73) and the first contact point (CP1) is less than a second distance (D2) between the gravity center (G) and the second contact point (CP2).

21. The electric toothbrush according to claim 20 wherein the gravity center (G) of the eccentric shaft (73) is offset from an axis of the DC motor (60).

22. The electric toothbrush according to any one of claims 20 to 21, wherein said elongated cavity (86) has a receiving corner (89) at a narrowed end of the interior wall (88), and wherein a top surface of the DC motor (60) is in surface contact with the receiving corner (89).

23. The electric toothbrush according to claim 22 wherein an inner diameter of the interior wall (88) at the receiving corner (89) is the same or slightly smaller than a diameter of the portion of the DC motor (60) that is located at the receiving corner (89).