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System and method for nail foil application

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System and method for nail foil application


A nail foil application method comprises cleaning a fingernail surface, applying a first coat of nail polish, adhering a nail foil, adhering the nail foil without requiring thermally activated adhesive, heat, friction, heat lamp, blow dryer, or any other heat source, and sealing the nail foil by applying a second coat of nail polish on the nail foil. Further disclosed is a nail foil application system which comprises a nail foil capable of being adhered upon a nail plate, and an adhesive on one side of the nail foil, where the nail foil is made of polyvinylchloride.
Related Terms: Chloride Fingernail Blow Dryer

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USPTO Applicaton #: #20130032163 - Class: 132200 (USPTO) - 02/07/13 - Class 132 
Toilet > Methods

Inventors: Daniel Roescheisen

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130032163, System and method for nail foil application.

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

The present invention relates in general to pre-cut cosmetic products, in particular, to nail foils applied to fingernails or toenails without the need for heat, friction, or nail polish remover.

2. Description of the Related Art

Nails are known in the related art. Nails are typically a hardened keratin protein typically formed by a mammal\'s body, commonly known as a fingernail or toenail.

Nail polish brushes are known in the related art. Conventional nail polish brushes can vary widely in brush tip size and shape; such brushes can be as small as 1-2 mm in brush tip size, and thus conventional nail polishes consistently suffer from poor resolution, lack of detail, and streaks occurring during application on the nail when trying to achieve fine detail.

Nail foils are known in the related art, some of which include: U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,600,030 (Newman), 4,781,484 (Goncalves), 4,974,610 (Orsini), 5,415,903 (Hoffman, et al.), 5,928,457 (Engler), 5,964,977 (Sirdesai, et al.), 5,976,140 (Haas), 6,296,836 (Engler), 6,328,949 (Tessarolo, et al.), 6,367,485 (Dutton-Davis, et al.), 6,516,813 (Yiu), 6,536,444 (Chung), 6,797,261 (Le), 6,742,237 (Chang), 7,861,730 (Janice Jordan of Minx, Inc.); U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/893,561 (Jordan); U.S. Pat. App. Pub. Nos. 20110061670 (Schneider, et al.), 20110132384 (Han), 20100178321 (Hanatani, et al.), and 20030209249 (Park); U.S. Provisional App. No. 60/848,126 (Jordan); PCT Pat. App. No. AU1993000474 (Schmidt); Korean Pat. App. Nos. 1020000063944 (Kim), 1020020008283 (Lee, et al.), 1020030075440 (Hwang, et al.), and 1020030088611 (Park); and EP Pat. No. 1362523 (Chang). Nail foils also vary in the level of skill required to apply a nail foil, such as professional manicurist as opposed to a consumer retail foil. Conventional nail foils are typically heat-based or provided in the form of nail polish strips.

Heat-activated nail foils are known in the related art. Heat-based nail foils in the related art typically require heat to activate the adhesive. Such heat-based nail foils require the use of a hair dryer, heat lamp, friction, or other heat source. However, heat-based foils are often awkward due to requiring more steps, and for some foils, a person must be certified to perform such steps, such as a manicurist. Conventional heat-based nail foils are directly applied to the nail plate.

Nail polish strips are also known in the related art. Nail polish strips typically have to be removed with nail polish remover. Therefore, such strips can be difficult to remove. Sally Hansen nail polish strips are a non-exhaustive example of a nail polish strip. Such nail polish strips known in the related art consistently suffer from ease of removal since nail polish remover must later be applied. Nail polish strips typically provide a dry nail polish on a strip, directly applied to the nail plate. After it is applied onto a fingernail or toenail, the strip then has to be removed using nail polish remover. Nail polish remover can carry an undesirable or pungent odor, and can create a second difficult clean-up process when removing the nail strip.

Therefore, it can be seen that there is a need for a nail foil system that does not use heat or friction, has a more resilient material, facilitates an easier application process onto the nail, and permits easy removal after use. It can also be seen that there is a need to use common clear nail polish in applying a nail foil. Furthermore, it can be seen that there is a need for a nail foil that is applied and sealed with clear nail polish, yet does not require any nail polish remover to remove the nail foil. Moreover, it can be seen that there is a need to provide a nail foil that does not require nail polish remover. Additionally, it can be seen that there is a need to overcome the lack of ability to apply intricate, finely detailed designs on a nail using hand-painted nail polish with greater consistency, resiliency, and a wider variety of designs. Finally, it can be seen that there is a need to address any combination of these problems.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

To minimize the limitations in the prior art, and to minimize other limitations that will become apparent upon reading and understanding the present specification, this specification discloses a method comprising cleaning a nail surface, applying a first coat of nail polish, adhering a nail foil, adhering the nail foil without requiring thermally activated adhesive, heat, friction, heat lamp, blow dryer, or any other heat source, and sealing the nail foil by applying a second coat of nail polish on the nail foil is disclosed.

The following aspects are non-exclusive and are not always required of all embodiments and are provided herein as non-limiting illustrations to better understand the present invention.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a thin yet highly durable nail foil.

An aspect of the present invention can be to achieve ideal fitting.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a safer application process for nail foils, including having no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, no camphor and no animal testing for health and environmentally conscious consumers.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a more accessible highly detailed nail foil design.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil that can be applied with common household nail polish.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil without the use of heat or other thermal activation.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which is highly durable and resilient.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a stretchable nail foil for ideal fitting while balancing highly desirable durability.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which is safe and easy to use.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which adheres permanently unless desired to be removed.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide an alternative to nail polish that does not chip easily.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a pre-application high quality printing process on a durable material to achieve very high quality, intricate prints

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide an extremely thin and comfortable nail accessory.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide a nail foil which is easy to remove when desired, particularly, without the use of nail polish.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide greater selection, variety, and higher distinction by providing a medium which can facilitate non-utility (decorative) aspects while benefitting from enhanced protection.

An aspect of the present invention can be to pre-coat the nail to better protect it, minimizing or avoiding direct contact of the nail foil with the nail.

An aspect of the present invention can be to provide better protection of the design on the nail foil by sealing it with another coat after application to the nail.

The description of the preferred embodiments is to be understood as non-limiting examples of the present invention. The true scope of the invention is to be understood by the claims and not limited by the preferred embodiments.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Referring to the drawings in which like reference numbers represent corresponding parts throughout:

FIG. 1 illustrates a method diagram of a possible embodiment the present invention;

FIG. 2 illustrates a schematic diagram of a possible embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 illustrates a schematic diagram of a of a possible embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 4 illustrates a sheet view of a possible embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 illustrates a sheet view of a possible embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 illustrates a sheet view of a possible embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 7 illustrates a sheet view of a possible embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

In the following description of the preferred embodiments, reference is made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and structural changes may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.

References throughout the specification to “a possible embodiment,” “a preferred embodiment,” “some embodiments,” “an embodiment,” and like reference to “embodiment” are non-limiting examples to aid in understanding an element, function, way, result, means, structure, aspect, and/or benefit of the present invention. An “embodiment” provides that there is one or more embodiments that can involve the given element or aspect of the invention. Thus, multiple instances of “an embodiment” and like reference do not necessarily refer to the same embodiment.

It shall be understood that “application” or “application process” when used in reference to a nail generally refers to the process of putting a nail foil onto a nail plate.

It shall be understood that “distal” when used in reference to nail foil 200 can refer to the portion of nail foil 200 which is more distal than the proximal end closer to the cuticle at the time of adhering 108 nail foil 200 to nail plate I.

It shall be understood that “high quality printing” when used in reference to decorating nails can refer to at least having a greater resolution than a conventional nail polish paint brush, typically 1-2 mm in brush size at the application point, with resolution ranging anywhere from better than 1 mm up to a resolution of the highest quality printer, whether silk screen process or otherwise, or equivalent thereof, including 300 dpi to 4000 dpi and above.

It shall be understood that “nail” or “nail plate” can refer to a hardened portion typically found on a distal digital phalange of a mammal. When referring to nail plate I, “nail” or “nail plate” can also refer to its surface upon which a coat of nail polish may be applied, including but not limited to any artificial nail.

It shall be understood that “nail edge” can refer to a distal relative portion of nail plate I, typically having an exposed portion extending from the mammal\'s finger or toe and typically opposite the cuticle side of the nail plate.

It shall be understood that “nail foil” or “foil” can refer to nail foil 200 as defined in this specification, which is not comprised of the nail or nail plate itself.

It shall be understood that “nail polish” can refer to any nail polish, including, by way of non-limiting illustration, any clear or colored nail polish, transparent or non-transparent, acrylic or non-acrylic.

It shall be understood that “PVC” or “polyvinylchloride” includes, without limitation, polyvinylchloride or any derivative or equivalent thereof.

It shall be understood that “transparent” when used in reference to nail polishes, nail foils, or ultraviolet (UV) printing can refer to a partially transparent or partially opaque and partially see-through.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130032163 A1
Publish Date
02/07/2013
Document #
13197586
File Date
08/03/2011
USPTO Class
132200
Other USPTO Classes
132 73
International Class
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Drawings
4


Chloride
Fingernail
Blow Dryer


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