Colgate-Palmolive has been granted a patent for an oral care system that includes a tracking attachment. The attachment is detachably coupled to the oral care implement and allows for tracking the position, orientation, or movement of the implement. The tracking attachment consists of a lower outer casing with a cavity and a connection element, and a tracking unit integrated into the casing. The casing has detachable parts and the tracking unit includes visual markers on the outer surface. GlobalData’s report on Colgate-Palmolive gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Colgate-Palmolive, Nanoemulsion cosmetics was a key innovation area identified from patents. Colgate-Palmolive's grant share as of September 2023 was 63%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for a tracking module for oral care implement

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Colgate-Palmolive Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11771214B2) describes a tracking module for a powered oral care implement. The tracking module includes a lower outer casing with a cavity and a connection element for coupling to an upper outer casing. Integrated into the lower outer casing is a tracking unit that facilitates tracking the position, orientation, or movement of the oral care implement. The lower outer casing is composed of detachable first and second parts, with the tracking unit integrated into the second part. The second part of the lower outer casing features a pattern of non-circular shapes on its outer surface, and the tracking unit consists of visual markers with spherical or semispherical portions protruding from the outer surface.

The lower outer casing of the tracking module has a cylindrical portion at the top end and a bulbous portion at the bottom end. Additionally, a portion of the cavity of the lower outer casing has a decreasing transverse cross-sectional area towards the open top end. The tracking unit comprises visual markers that protrude from the outer surface of the lower outer casing. These visual markers are made from a resilient material, while the lower outer casing itself is formed from a rigid material. The visual markers are coupled to the lower outer casing within holes that extend through it. The first part of the lower outer casing consists of a cylindrical portion and a flared portion, while the second part has a semispherical shape. The connection elements of the upper and lower outer casings utilize screw threads for coupling.

In addition to the tracking module, the patent also describes a tracking module for an oral care implement. This tracking module includes an outer casing with a cavity and a threaded portion for coupling to the oral care implement. The tracking unit, composed of visual markers, is coupled to the outer casing, with a portion of each visual marker protruding from the outer surface. Similar to the previous tracking module, the outer casing consists of detachable first and second parts, with the tracking unit located on the second part.

Overall, this patent presents innovative tracking modules for powered oral care implements, allowing for the tracking of position, orientation, and movement. The use of detachable casing parts and visual markers with non-circular shapes provides unique features to enhance the tracking capabilities of these modules.

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