06398082 is referenced by 49 patents and cites 4 patents.

In the present invention, an actuating mechanism for a hand held canister is provided in which a slider is moveable by finger pressure from a valve-disengaged position into a valve-engagable position and a concealed spring returns the slider to a valve-disengaged position when finger pressure is removed. The spring is preferably molded with the slider, projects through a slit in the over-cap of the canister and acts in a vertical plane against a stop depending from the over-cap. It is energised when the slider is moved into the valve engagable position. The slider is preferably releasably locked in the valve disengaged position.

Title
Actuator mechanism
Application Number
9/783495
Publication Number
6398082 (B2)
Application Date
February 14, 2001
Publication Date
June 4, 2002
Inventor
Ian Stuart Midgley
Leeds
US
Richard Paul McNabb
Wirral
US
Gunter Walter Kolanus
Niedernhausen
US
Nigel Laurence Jackson
Peterborough
US
Adalberto Geier
Villazzano
US
Karen Michelle Dickinson
New South Wales
US
Andrew Claughton
Leeds
US
Norman Clark
Leeds
US
Agent
Matthew Boxer
US
Assignee
Unilever Home & Personal Care USA division of Conopco
IL, US
IPC
B65D 83/46
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