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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2470145
(54) English Title: TOILET SEAT LIFTER
(54) French Title: MECANISME DE LEVAGE DE SIEGE DE TOILETTE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • A47K 13/10 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • MELOCHE, STEPHANE (Canada)
(73) Owners :
  • MELOCHE, STEPHANE (Canada)
(71) Applicants :
  • MELOCHE, STEPHANE (Canada)
(74) Agent: NA
(74) Associate agent: NA
(45) Issued: 2007-12-11
(22) Filed Date: 2004-06-16
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2005-12-02
Examination requested: 2004-06-16
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
10/858,462 United States of America 2004-06-02

English Abstract





A toilet seat lifter having a piston with its gain body rotationally attached
to a fastening plate
itself fixedly attached to the toilet bowl by way of one of the two existing
seat fastening bolts.
The extension part of the piston is rotationally attached to an << L >> shaped
bracket which is
fixedly attached to the underside of the toilet seat.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.



CLAIMS

1. a toilet comprising a toilet bowl, a seat attached to the bowl with two
fastening
bolts, a seat lifter for raising a toilet seat and comprising:

a piston, said piston being biased towards being protracted so as to keep said
toilet
seat raised;

said piston having a main body section and an extension part;
said body is rotationally attached to a fastening plate;

said fastening plate being fixedly attached to said toilet bowl by way of one
of said
two bolts;

said extension part being rotationally attached to a bracket which is fixedly
attached
to the underside of said toilet seat.

2. A toilet seat lifter for raising a toilet seat as in claim 1 wherein:
said bracket is << L >> shaped.

3. A toilet seat after for raising a toilet seat as in claim 1 wherein:

said piston having an adjustable means so that air can escape at a
controllable rate
so as to adjust the lift rate of the toilet seat as well as to adjust to
various toilet seat
weights.

Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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The invention relates generally to toilets but more particularly to a toilet
seat lifter.
~ackgrund of the inventican
Over the years, many inventions have addressed the issue of the toilet seat,
sors~e
inventions provide for the lowering of the seat while other provide for the
raising of the
seat and still other allow for both the lowering or the raising of the toilet
seat. Some
invention use a foot pedal to control the position of the seat while others
are more like
pistons being biased either to keep the seat lower~:d or the seat raised. In
public
restrooms, when a toilet , eat is kept lowered urine can splattered onto it
when a user
does not bother raising it. It is therefore more practical to have the toilet
seat kept in
an upright or raised configuration. This can also be of use in private homes
as well.
Some of the problem of the prior art relates to an overcomplexity of
components
which makes installation complex by requiring partial dismantling of the
toilet in order
to install the device; other devices involve components set inside the bowl
which can
create issues related to sanitation and ease of cleaning of the bowl. There is
therefore
a need for an improved seat lifter.


CA 02470145 2004-06-16
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The toilet seat lifter of this instant invention has a piston having its main
bodyr
rotationally attached to a fastening plate itself fixedly attached to the
toilet bowl by
way of one of the two existing seat fastening bolts. The extension part of the
piston is
rotationally attached to an « L » shaped bracket which is fixedly attached to
the
underside of the toilet seat. Moreover, the piston has an adjustable means so
that air
can escape at a controllable rate so as to adjust the lift rate of the toilet
seat as well
as to adjust to various toilet seat weights.
The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of this invention
will
become more readily apparent from the following detailed description of a
preferred
embodiment with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein the preferred
embodiment of the invention is shown and described, by vvay of examples. As
will be
realized, the invention is capable of other and different er~~bodinlents, and
its several
details are capable of modifications in various obvious respects, all without
departing
from the invention. Accordingly, the drawings and description are fio be
regarded as
illustrative in nature, and net as restrictive.
EiEF i?ESCRiPTI~CAF ~'hIE ~f~EFE~ED Edlll~~'J~6MlENT
Fig. 1a Side view of the toilet seat lifter installed on a teilet in an
upright position
Fig. 1 b Side view of the toilet seat lifter installed on a toilet in a
downward position.
Fig. 2 Side view detail of the toilet seat lifter.


CA 02470145 2004-06-16
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DETA41L.ED DESCi~IPT~~FJ ~OF THE PEtEF'EFZ ED E ~~DiIVIEI~T
A toilet seat lifter (10) has a piston (12) biased towards being protracted so
as to keep
a toilet seat (26) raised and having a main body section (14) which is
rotationally
attached to a fastening plate (1~) which is itself fixedly attached to a
toilet bowl (18)
by way of one of the two existing toilet seat fastening bolts (2a). The
extension part of
the piston (22) is rotationally attached to a toilet seat bracket (24)
generally « L »
shaped and which is fixedly attached to the underside of the toilet seat (26).
The
bracket (24.) can be mechanically fastened or adhesively fastened or both. The
fastening plate (16) can also be adhesiveiy fastened on top of being
mechanically
fastened so as to avoid water from infiltrating under the plate.

A single figure which represents the drawing illustrating the invention.

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Admin Status

Title Date
Forecasted Issue Date 2007-12-11
(22) Filed 2004-06-16
Examination Requested 2004-06-16
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2005-12-02
(45) Issued 2007-12-11
Lapsed 2010-06-16

Abandonment History

Abandonment Date Reason Reinstatement Date
2006-06-16 FAILURE TO PAY APPLICATION MAINTENANCE FEE 2006-08-23

Payment History

Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Request for Examination $400.00 2004-06-16
Filing $200.00 2004-06-16
Reinstatement: Failure to Pay Application Maintenance Fees $200.00 2006-08-23
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2006-06-16 $50.00 2006-08-23
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2007-06-18 $50.00 2007-05-16
Final Fee $150.00 2007-10-04
Maintenance Fee - Patent - New Act 4 2008-06-16 $50.00 2008-06-13
Current owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Current Owners on Record
MELOCHE, STEPHANE
Past owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Past Owners on Record
None
Past Owners that do not appear in the "Owners on Record" listing will appear in other documentation within the application.

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Assignment 2004-06-16 2 217
Correspondence 2004-07-13 1 12
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