Cooperative Patent Classification

CPC Definition - Subclass A46B

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BRUSHES (handles not integral with brushware B25G)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Apparatus with brushes in general

Relationships with other classification places

Subclass A45D covers hairdressing or shaving equipment; manicuring or other cosmetic treatmen

Subclass A47L covers domestic washing or cleaning; suction cleaner in general

Subclass A61C covers oral or dental hygiene

Subclass A61H covers physical therapy apparatus e.g. skin or gum massage

Subclass B05C covers apparatus for applying liquids to surfaces in general

Subclass B05D covers process for applying liquids to surfaces in general

Subclass B08B covers cleaning in general or prevention of fouling in general

Subclass B24B covers machine and process for grinding or polishing

Subclass B25G covers handles for hand implements

Subclass B43K covers writing implements e.g. pen or pencil

Subclass B44D covers artistic painting

Subclass B60S covers cleaning of vehicles

Subclass E01H covers street cleaning

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Body washing implements

Handle constructions

Attaching handles to the implements

Vehicle cleaning apparatus not integral with vehicles

Street cleaning

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Handles for hand implements

Special rules of classification

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in A46B

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Glossary of terms

In this place, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Tuft

a group of bristles

Brush bodies and bristles moulded as a unit
Definition statement

This place covers:

The brush body or brush carrier and the bristles are moulded in one piece

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by mouldable materials, e.g. metals, cellulose derivatives, plastics (A46B 1/00 takes precedence)
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Bristles and carrier or body moulded in one piece

by welding together bristles made of metal wires or plastic materials
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Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Machines for fusing or gluing bristle to body

specially adapted for paint-brushes
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brushes used for painting

specially adapted for street-cleaning or rail-cleaning brooms
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brushes for street cleaning

Street cleaning apparatus with brush

rubber bristles being fixed in or on brush bodies
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Bristles and body moulded in on piece

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brush material not made of bristles

Mixed Bristles

Bristle material

Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Bristles carrier

Attaching handles to implements

{Brushes with elastically deformable heads that change shape during use}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Brushing action causing brush movements

{bending or stretching or collapsing (A46B 7/023 takes precedence)}
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Bristle carrier retracts or collapse

{being flexible or resilient during use}
Definition statement

This place covers:

Brush head being articulated with the handle during use.

{being adjustable and stable during use}
Definition statement

This place covers:

Brush head fixed in one position relative to the handle during use.

{Removable or interchangeable brush heads}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Interchangeably bristle carrier

specially shaped for holding by the hand
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Handle shape facilitating handling

Gripping portion for writing implement

Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body
Definition statement

This place covers:

Brushes for which the bristles are not directly joined/attached to the brush body but through an intermediate bristle carrier.

in an expanding or articulating manner
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brush body with joints

{where the bristle carrier retracts or collapses, i.e. for storage}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Folding or collapsing brush body

interchangeably {removable bristle carriers}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Removable brush head

{Sliding connections for bristle carriers}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Folding collapsing body

Articulated bristle carrier

Arrangements of the bristles in the brush body
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Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Fixation of the bristle in the body or carrier

Powered brushes with cylindrical, annular or disk shape

Bristle form or shape itself

{where the brushing material is not made of bristles, e.g. sponge, rubber or paper}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Fixation of rubber bristles on body

Bristles surrounded with an other material

Bristle material

{arranged like in cosmetics brushes, e.g. mascara, nail polish, eye shadow}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brushes characterized by their function, i.e. cosmetic brushes

{Arranged like in or} for toothbrushes
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brushes characterized by their function, i.e. toothbrushes

Arrangement of mixed bristles or tufts of bristles, e.g. wire, fibre, rubber
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brushes characterized by their function, i.e. cosmetic brushes

Brushes with reservoir or other means for applying substances, e.g. paints, pastes, water (driven brush bodies A46B 13/00; {massage apparatus with liquid delivery A61H 7/002, A61H 2201/105}; applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by liquid carrying members in general, e.g. by pads B05C 1/00, B05D 1/28)
Relationships with other classification places

Subclass B05C covers apparatus for applying liquids to a surface in general.

Subclass A61M covers device for introducing medical product onto the human body.

Subclass B05B covers spraying apparatus in general

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Driven brush bodies

Massage apparatus with liquid delivery

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Cosmetic container with brush applicator

Cleaning devices with liquid supply arrangements

Applying liquids to surfaces by liquid carrying members in general, e.g. by pads

Container with brush applicator

{Flexible or deformable reservoirs, e.g. resilient bulbs, compressible tubes}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Device for squeezing flexible tubes

connected to supply pipe {or to other external supply means (A46B 11/0003 and A46B 11/0006 take precedence)}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Brush with a single dose substance

Specially adapted to feed bristles upper surface

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Implement for cleaning floors or furniture connected to the water supply

A46L13/23

Domestic water supply line with means to add soap, disinfectant

Brushes with driven brush bodies {or carriers} (power-driven toothbrushes A61C 17/16)
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Machines for cleaning floors, carpet furniture, walls or wall coverings

Power driven tooth cleaning device

{Cylindrical or annular brush bodies}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Street cleaning devices

{Disc-shaped brush bodies}
Definition statement

This place covers:

The bristle carrier or body forms a disk and the bristles are positioned on a face of said disk.

Power-driven {carriers}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Manually actuated mechanism for generating the movement of the brush

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Power driven toothbrush

with reservoir or other means for supplying substances
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Brush with reservoir

with brush driven by the supplied medium
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Bathing device water-flow operated

hand-driven
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Simple flexion or deformation of the brush head

{with an electrical means}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Powered brushes

Electric toothbrushes

{with protrusion for polishing teeth}
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brush for polishing

{with a lighting means, e.g. laser, bulb (A46B 15/0034 takes precedence)}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Brush with a radiation source

{Brushes fitted with ventilation suction, e.g. for removing dust (vacuum cleaner A47L 7/00)}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Structural features of vacuum cleaners

Vacuum cleaners adapted for additional purposes

Details or accessories of vacuum cleaners

{Brushes fitted with a interdental devices, e.g. toothpick (A46B 2200/108 takes precedence)}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Inter-dental brushes

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Additional brush head

{Toothbrushes with flossing arrangements (A61C 15/04 takes precedence)}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Flossing tools

{Container, e.g. bag or box with a collection of various devices}
Definition statement

This place covers:

For exemple a kit with a brush and other products in a bag.

{Magazins or sets of brushes components, e.g. plurality of brushes linked as a package}
Definition statement

This place covers:

For exemple a blister or package containing two or more brushes.

{Self supporting, e.g. brushes that stand upright or in other particular ways}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Storing of cleaning tools

Accessories for brushes
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Accessories for toilet tables (bathroom)

Devices for holding brushes in use
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Toothbrush holders

Paintbrush holders

Protective covers for the bristles
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Closure for brush with reservoir

Other accessories, e.g. scrapers, rubber buffers for preventing damage to furniture
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Brush combined with other articles

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Implement for cleaning floors, furniture, walls

Disposable brush (A46B 11/0003, A46B 5/0004 take precedence)
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Additional brush head

Brush containing a single dose substance

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Removable bristle carrier

For human or animal care
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Body washing cleaning equipment

Brush specifically designed for massaging the skin or scalp (A46B 2200/1026 takes precedence)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Brushes where the principal function is massage.

Relationships with other classification places

Subclass A67H covers physical therapy apparatus e.g. skin or gum massage

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Additional massage device

Gum massage

Brush for applying or spreading shaving foam or soap
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Shaving accessories

Hair brush (bristles arrangements for hair brushes A46B 9/023)
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Hair drying accessories

Brush used for applying cosmetics (bristles arrangements for cosmetic brushes A46B 9/021)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Cosmetic applicators where the brush aspect is important

Relationships with other classification places

Subclass A45D covers cosmetic applicators in general

Toothbrush for cleaning the teeth or dentures (A61C 17/16 takes precedence; bristles arrangements for toothbrushes A46B 9/04)
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Power driven toothbrushes

Denture toothbrush, i.e. used for dentures specifically
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Cleaning device for prostheses removed from oral cavity

Inter-dental toothbrush, i.e. for cleaning interdental spaces specifically
Definition statement

This place covers:

Brushes where inter-dental cleaning is principal function

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Additional inter-dental device

Toothbrush for cleaning animal teeth specifically
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Instruments for treating animals' teeth

Brushes for applying products to surfaces in general (A46B 2200/10 takes precedence)
Relationships with other classification places

Subclass B05C covers apparatus for applying liquids to surfaces in general

Subclass B43K covers writing implements e.g. pen or pencil

Brushes for cleaning or polishing
Relationships with other classification places

Subclass A47L covers domestic washing or cleaning; suction cleaner in general.

Subclass B08B covers cleaning in general or prevention of fouling in general.

Subclass E01H covers street cleaning.

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Body washing implements

Vehicle cleaning apparatus not integral with vehicles

Other application
Definition statement

This place covers:

Brush where the brushing function is not the principal purpose