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1. (WO2018088990) SUCTION ENABLED SPONGE HOLDER

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/088990    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/060920
Publication Date: Fri May 18 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: A47K 7/02
F16B 47/00
Applicants: ANNIE INTERNATION, INC.
Inventors: SHINN, Kevin, C.
SUH, John, J.
BAI, Hua
BERARDINUCCI, Tony
SOL, Aram
Title: SUCTION ENABLED SPONGE HOLDER
Abstract:
A holder suitable for use with a variety of sponges is presented. The suction-enabled sponge holder (11) includes a suction cup (12), a protrusion (13), and a spike (14). The protrusion (13) and the spike (14) extend from the suction cup (12). The protrusion (13) slidably engages a permanent cavity (17) at a front surface (21) of a sponge (16) when the sponge (16) is either pushed onto or pulled away from the sponge holder (11). The spike (14) penetrates the front surface (21) of the sponge (16) to form a temporary cavity (18) adjacent to the permanent cavity (17) when the sponge (16) is pushed onto the sponge holder (11). The temporary cavity (18) closes when the sponge (16) is pulled away from the sponge holder (11). The temporary cavity (18) is characterized by localized damage to the sponge (16) caused by the spike (14). A localized compressive force (20) is applied by the sponge (16) onto said spike (14) within the temporary cavity (18). The compressive force (20) closes at least a portion of the temporary cavity (18) when the spike (14) is withdrawn from the temporary cavity (18).