US Pat. No. 9,067,222

SPRAY FORMING ELEMENT FOR A SHOWER HEAD

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A spray forming element for a shower head, comprising:
a housing;
at least two axial-flow spray outlet elements;
a housing base having passage openings for the spray outlet elements, the at least two spray outlet elements configured to
be pivotably mounted in the housing base; and

a gear mechanism configured to move the spray outlet elements;
the gear mechanism including a rotatable gear element configured to transmit a force to the at least two spray outlet elements,
the gear element having a gate via which the spray outlet elements are positively guided and wherein during movement of the
gear element, the movement of the at least two spray outlet elements occurs simultaneously, and

wherein the at least two spray outlet elements each pivot along a respective swivel axis, the respective swivel axes being
substantially perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the gear element.

US Pat. No. 9,550,196

SHOWER SYSTEM WITH FLOW RESTRICTION

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A shower system comprising:
a wall connection;
a changeover device;
a conduit connectable to the wall connection, the conduit connecting the wall connection to the changeover device; and
an overhead shower head and a hand shower to which water is supplied alternatively via the changeover device;
a first flow restrictor adapted to limit a maximum flow rate, with a first flow restriction, is arranged in an area of the
wall connection;

a second and third flow restrictor, each having the first flow restriction, being arranged in an area of the overhead shower
head and hand shower, respectively; and

at least one fourth flow restrictor with a second flow restriction is arranged in an area of the changeover device,
wherein the changeover device provides at least one first direct line connection between the wall connection and at least
the overhead shower head or hand shower, and

wherein the changeover device provides a second indirect line connection with a series connection of the fourth flow restrictor.

US Pat. No. 9,506,230

WALL MOUNT FOR A SHOWER SYSTEM

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A wall mount for a shower system at a wall connection emerging from a wall, the shower system comprises at least one overhead
shower head, a hand shower, and a shower rod, the wall mount comprises:
at least one bracket with at least one conduit connected thereto;
at least one adapter piece; and
a seal arranged between the at least one bracket and adapter piece, the seal adapted to allow a relative movement between
the at least one bracket and the adapter piece,

wherein the at least one bracket is configured to accommodate the adapter piece and the seal,
wherein the adapter piece is coaxial with the wall connection and is connectable to the wall connection via a first connecting
component,

wherein the bracket is connectable to the wall via a second connecting component,
wherein the bracket together with the adapter piece forms at least one conduit path between the wall connection and the at
least one conduit,

wherein the bracket has a first opening into which a portion of the adapter piece and a portion of the wall connection are
inserted and a second opening, the at least one conduit passing through the second opening, and

wherein the first opening extends in an axial direction of the bracket and the second opening extends in a radial direction
of the bracket, such that the first opening extends substantially perpendicular to the second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,068,329

JET REGULATOR

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A jet regulator for an outlet of a sanitary fitting or a shower head, the jet regulator comprising:
at least two flow chambers or flow channels, each of which including an inflow opening and one or more water outlet openings;
a valve with an elastic valve body configured to control an inflow of each flow chamber or flow channel, the valve being arranged
upstream of the flow chambers or flow channels; and

an insert attached within the jet regulator in a fixed, stationary position, an upper portion of the insert protruding through
a central opening of the elastic valve body,

wherein a closing or an opening of the inflow openings of the flow chambers or flow channels is performed by a deformation
of the elastic valve body such that a change in a valve position occurs by a change in an applied water pressure or by mechanical
actuation via an actuating element.

US Pat. No. 9,551,136

MULTIPLE FLOW FAUCET WITH PIVOTING SPOUT

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A multiple flow faucet with passages comprising:
at least one base part that is configured to be installed on a mounting element;
a pivoting spout rotatably attached to the at least one base part;
a cold water line extending into the at least one base part;
a filtered water line having at least two disconnected water line sections, the filtered water line having at least one liquid-tight,
rotatable disconnection point at opposing ends of the at least two disconnected water line sections,

wherein the disconnection point comprises a pivoting nipple that is rotatable and a fixed nipple that is stationary, the pivoting
nipple being disposed concentrically inside of the fixed nipple.

US Pat. No. 9,539,590

SPRAY HEAD

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A spray head with a housing, the spray head comprising:
a water inlet;
at least one water guide;
a housing bottom, in which jet outlet openings are arranged, the water guide being adapted as a connection between the water
inlet and the jet outlet openings;

a valve element configured to seal a valve opening for the water guide, the valve element being movably mounted on both sides;
a second valve element that supplies air and is arranged in the spray head; and
a control device having at least one control element acting on the valve element, the control device defining a displacement
of the valve element,

wherein in a first position of the control device, a surface of the at least one control element physically contacts a surface
of the valve element to displace the valve element to open the valve opening,

wherein in a second position of the control device, the surface of the at least one control element does not physically contact
the surface of the valve element, such that the valve opening remains sealed by the valve element, and

wherein the control device further includes an air control element, wherein in a third position of the control device, the
air control element contacts the second valve element to displace the second valve element.

US Pat. No. 9,933,082

FITTING BODY FOR A SANITARY FITTING AND PRODUCTION METHOD

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A fitting body for a sanitary fitting, the fitting body comprising:a base body having at least one receptacle, the at least one receptacle having a receiving base;
at least one laterally open channel in the receiving base of the at least one receptacle;
at least one cover that covers the base body; and
at least one waterway formed between the at least one cover and the at least one laterally open channel,
wherein the at least one cover is disposed in the at least one receptacle and a cover outer surface of the at least one cover is covered by a molding composition.

US Pat. No. 9,371,634

WATER FAUCET WITH A BASE PLATE

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A water faucet comprising:
a housing having an interior space and an inner collar forming a bottom opening, the bottom opening forming at least two different
opening widths;

a base plate having a width such that in a cross position, the base plate penetrates through the bottom opening only in an
area of the larger opening width; and

a seat for the base plate being arranged in the interior space adjacent to the larger opening width and parallel to the inner
collar.

US Pat. No. 9,138,755

SHOWERHEAD OR HAND SHOWER

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A showerhead or hand shower comprising:
spray outlet openings;
at least one valve configured to control an inflow of a fluid to the spray outlet openings, the at least one valve comprises
a movable valve body via which at least a first and a second valve position are selectable;

a pushbutton configured to control the at least one valve;
an additional valve configured to control the inflow of a second fluid, the additional valve being coupled to the at least
one valve and is controlled or actuated substantially simultaneously with the at least one valve via the pushbutton, and

a movable control element that is provided for guiding and/or for locking the movable valve body in an applicable valve position
and/or for automatically resetting the movable valve body from the second valve position to the first one,

wherein the additional valve is coupled to the at least one valve by lever, a first end of the lever contacting the at least
one valve and a second end of the lever contacting the additional valve, such that when the at least one valve is displaced
via actuation of the pushbutton, the at least one valve presses the first end of the lever in a first direction to cause the
second end of the lever to displace the additional valve in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,138,756

SHOWERHEAD OR HAND SHOWER

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A showerhead or hand shower comprising:
spray outlet openings;
a plurality of valves that control an inflow of a fluid to the spray outlet openings, each valve being configured to be activated
independently of the other valves and each comprising a movable valve body via which at least a first and a second valve position
are realized;

a pushbutton provided for each of the plurality of valves, each respective pushbutton being arranged to control a respective
one of the plurality of valves, wherein a movement of a respective valve body takes place upon actuation of the respective
pushbutton;

a movable control element via which, when at least one of the pushbuttons is actuated, a position of the associated valve
body in the second valve position is secured and all other valve bodies that are already in the second valve position, and
whose associated pushbutton is not actuated, are reset from the second valve position to the first valve position,

wherein at least two of the pushbuttons can be actuated simultaneously, and when one of the at least two pushbuttons is again
actuated, the associated valve body of the one of the at least two pushbuttons remains in the second valve position and the
associated valve body of the other of the at least two pushbuttons is reset from the second valve position to the first valve
position.

US Pat. No. 9,279,238

PLUMBING FIXTURE HAVING A TENSIONING MEMBER

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A plumbing fixture comprising:
a housing having an interior space and an opening provided at an upper end thereof, the opening of the housing surrounded
by a collar;

a fastening member disposed entirely in the interior space of the housing and adjacent to the collar;
a cartridge holder arranged in the interior space;
a cartridge positioned at least partially in the interior space; and
a tensioning member positioned between both the fastening member and the cartridge and the fastening member and the cartridge
holder, such that the tensioning member directly contacts the fastening member and the cartridge or the cartridge holder,
so as to produce tension between at least the cartridge or the cartridge holder and the fastening member.

US Pat. No. 9,771,708

DEVICE FOR A HOSE FITTING

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A water cartridge housing assembly, comprising:
at least one cartridge housing with a first connecting piece or a spray plate with a second connecting piece and a hose, which
is connected at least to the first connecting piece or the second connecting piece;

a clamping sleeve, which clamps an end region of the hose on an outside at least to the first connecting piece or the second
connecting piece; and

the clamping sleeve having an inward directed collar that encompasses a projection of the first connecting piece or of the
second connecting piece,

wherein press rings are formed to project from a same, level internal surface of the clamping sleeve to press the hose against
the first connecting piece or the second connecting piece, and

wherein, in a fully assembled state of the clamping sleeve on the first connecting piece or on the second connecting piece,
the radially inward-most extent of the press ring farthest removed from the inward directed collar is substantially axially
aligned with a distal end of the first connecting piece or the second connecting piece in a radial direction and projects
radially inward to a greater extent than all other press rings projecting from the internal surface of the clamping sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,085,879

ELECTRONIC CONTROL SWITCH FOR WATER FAUCETS

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. An electronic control switch with at least two operating states for water faucets, the electronic control switch comprising:
at least one control section;
a base section;
a guide for facilitating a relative motion between the at least one control section and the base section;
at least one sensor arranged in the control section or the base section; and
at least two magnets arranged in the control section or the base section,
wherein each magnet is associated with an operating state and enters a detection region of the at least one sensor at least
at times in a course of the relative motion,

wherein the magnets have at least one of different magnetic field strengths or different spacings from the at least one sensor,
and

wherein the at least one sensor and the at least two magnets are arranged in at least two normal planes that extend perpendicular
to an axis of rotation of the electronic control switch.

US Pat. No. 9,334,635

FAUCET WITH GUIDED PULL-OUT SPOUT

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A faucet comprising:
a spray hose;
a pull-out sprayer attached to the spray hose;
a housing with an end region adapted to receive the sprayer and with a feedthrough to allow for passage of the spray hose
through the housing; and

at least one first guide adapted to space the spray hose from an inner wall surface of the feedthrough, the at least one first
guide being provided at least in the end region of the housing,

wherein the first guide is annular with at least one tongue located thereon,
wherein a first end of the at least one tongue is integral with the first guide and a second, distal end of the at least one
tongue is supported against the inner wall surface of the feedthrough, and

wherein the at least one tongue includes an arcuate-shaped portion located between the first end and the second end thereof,
the arcuate-shaped portion directly contacting the spray hose.

US Pat. No. 9,662,667

FASTENING SYSTEM FOR INSTALLATION SHOWER HEADS

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A fastening system for built-in shower heads for installation in a wall or ceiling, the system comprising:
a shower head housing;
a water-carrier connecting at least one water connection to at least one spray face-plate,
an angled sheet metal part for connecting the shower head housing to the wall or the ceiling; and
a transmission device connected to the shower head housing, the transmission device having an input side and an output side
that converts a first motion at the input side into a lifting motion in a direction of installation at the output side, the
output side being connected to the angled sheet metal part,

wherein the output side of the transmission device comprises at least one hook and the angled sheet metal part includes at
least one associated catch that is an opening through which the at least one hook is inserted, and

wherein the transmission device has at least one pivoted lever that is supported so as to pivot about a pivot axis, wherein
a first side of the pivoted lever includes the at least one hook, and a second side of the pivoted lever has a slotted link
with at least one sliding block guided therein.

US Pat. No. 9,441,750

VALVE CARTRIDGE

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A valve cartridge for a plumbing fixture, the valve cartridge comprising:
a cartridge housing that has one connection opening each for inflowing cold and hot water and at least one discharge opening
for outflowing water;

a mixing valve with a control element/operating handle for selecting a mixing ratio of cold and hot water; and
a rotary valve with a control element/operating handle for selecting a flow rate of water through the valve cartridge,
wherein the mixing valve and the rotary valve and/or the control element/operating handle of the mixing valve and the control
element/operating handle of the rotary valve are arranged to lie in series on an axis of the cartridge housing,

wherein the control element/operating handle of the rotary valve is configured as a hollow cylinder that is coaxial to the
control element/operating handle of the mixing valve and is attached to the rotary valve in a rotationally fixed manner,

wherein the control element/operating handle of the rotary valve includes legs and is connected to a driver of the rotary
valve via the legs,

wherein the legs of the control element/operating handle are formed on the hollow cylinder as a single, integral piece, and
wherein the legs of the control element/operating handle of the rotary valve extend past a bottom edge of the control element/operating
handle of the rotary valve in an axial direction of the cartridge housing, the legs extending over and overlapping with an
axially extending exterior surface of the cartridge housing, such that the legs are positioned outside of the cartridge housing.

US Pat. No. 9,963,859

SANITARY FITTING WITH TWO VALVES

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A sanitary fitting comprising:a housing with a first mixing unit for mixing a cold water and a hot water into a first mixed water and a second mixing unit for mixing the cold water and the hot water into a second mixed water, the first mixing unit and the second mixing unit mixing the cold water and the hot water independently from one another;
a spout; and
a first flow path adapted to facilitate flow of the first mixed water to the spout of the housing and a second flow path adapted to facilitate flow of the second mixed water to the spout of the housing, and
wherein the first flow path is adapted to be at least partially closed by a first valve and the second flow path is adapted to be at least partially closed by a second valve so that an outflow of the first mixed water or the second mixed water from the spout is controllable by the first valve and the second valve independently from one another,
wherein the first valve and the second valve are connected in parallel with one another and the first valve is connected in series with the first mixing unit and the second valve is integrated with the second mixing unit, and
wherein a single cold water inlet and a single hot water inlet are provided within the housing, the cold water inlet dividing into a first cold water flow path that flows to the first mixing unit and a second cold water flow path that flows to the second mixing unit, and the hot water inlet dividing into a first hot water flow path that flows to the first mixing unit and a second hot water flow path that flows to the second mixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,772,048

ROTARY HANDLE FOR A PLUMBING FIXTURE

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A rotary handle for a thermostatically controlled valve, which is arranged on an actuator that extends out of a valve housing,
the rotary handle comprising:
a rotary handle housing;
a support body provided in the rotary handle housing; and
a stop body that acts together with a stop cam provided on the valve housing,
wherein the stop body moves in a rotation direction such that by a relative movement between the stop body and the rotary
handle in the direction of rotation, a turning of the rotary handle by a rotation angle is achieved,

wherein the stop body is positioned within a first groove of the support body, the first groove being elongated to accommodate
the movement of the stop body in the rotation direction,

wherein the rotation angle is greater than a difference angle,
wherein the difference angle is defined as 360° minus a sum of circular opening angles of the stop body and the stop cam,
wherein a stop rocker is provided, which can be overcome in a certain rotation direction and serves as a releasable stop opposite
to this rotation direction,

wherein the stop rocker is positioned entirely within an interior of the rotary handle housing when viewed from all directions
and at any position of the rotary handle,

wherein a releasable fixed stop is provided, such that the rotary handle includes the rotary handle housing, the support body,
the releasable fixed stop, the movable stop body, the stop cam and the stop rocker, and

wherein the releasable fixed stop is seated within a second groove of the support body, the second groove being sized so as
to maintain the releasable fixed stop in a fixed position.

US Pat. No. 9,739,040

SANITARY FITTING

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A sanitary fitting comprising:
at least one first actuating element for adjusting a temperature and/or volume of mixed water;
at least one second actuating element for adjusting a volume of boiling water; and
a valve element that is controllable electrically by the second actuating element and is arranged in a high temperature water
line for adjusting the volume of the boiling water,

wherein a sensor element, that is connected to the valve element through a signal line, is associated with the second actuating
element, and wherein the sensor element generates an actuating signal for controlling the valve element when the second actuating
element is actuated.

US Pat. No. 9,714,501

PLUMBING FIXTURE WITH ELECTRIC SENSOR

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A plumbing fixture comprising:
a first housing section;
a second housing section that is arranged to be movable with respect to the first housing section, the first housing section
together with the second housing section forming an electrical sensor;

an electrically conductive coupling component provided between the first housing section and the second housing section, the
coupling component formed of an electrically conductive plastic,

wherein a portion of the coupling component forms part of an outer surface of the plumbing fixture, and wherein the portion
of the coupling component forming part of the outer surface of the plumbing fixture is formed of the electrically conductive
plastic.

US Pat. No. 10,066,375

SANITARY FITTING FOR AT LEAST TWO FLUIDS

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A sanitary fitting comprising:a housing with a spout;
a first hose adapted to have a first fluid carried there through to an outlet of the spout; and
a second hose adapted to have a second fluid carried there through to the outlet of the spout,
wherein the first hose is located at least partially in the second hose,
wherein the first hose leads from a first nipple and the second hose leads from a second nipple to the outlet of the spout,
wherein the first nipple is insertable at least partially into the second nipple, and
wherein a portion of the second nipple directly contacts an exterior surface of the first hose, such that the portion of the second nipple presses the first hose onto the first nipple in a radially inward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,088,851

THERMOSTATIC MIXING VALVE

GROHE AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A thermostatic mixing valve for mixing cold water and hot water and for setting a mixed water temperature, the thermostatic mixing valve comprising:a valve body;
an electric motor that is controllable by a control unit and acts via a gear stage on the valve body that is stroke-adjustable over a setting range and with which the mixing ratio between hot and cold water is varied depending on a target mixed water temperature that is presettable on a user side; and
a sensor detecting at least one set position in the setting range of the thermostatic mixing valve,
wherein the gear stage includes a linearly adjustable linear displacement shaft arranged rotationally fixed and provided between the electric motor and the valve body,
wherein the sensor operates in conjunction with the linear displacement shaft to detect the at least one set position,
wherein the entire linear displacement shaft acts indirectly on the valve body,
wherein the electric motor is axially aligned with the linear displacement shaft and the valve body,
wherein the electric motor has a rotatable drive spindle extending therefrom, the drive spindle being inserted inside of the linear displacement shaft,
wherein an inner thread provided on an inner surface inside of the linear displacement shaft engages with an outer thread provided on an outer surface of the drive spindle, such that rotation of the drive spindle causes linear adjustment of the linear displacement shaft, and
wherein the gear stage further includes the inner thread, the outer thread and the drive spindle, such that the electric motor acts on the valve body via the drive spindle and the linear displacement shaft that are in engagement by the inner thread and the outer thread.

US Pat. No. 10,214,885

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SANITARY FITTING

Grohe AG, Hemer (DE)

1. A method for operating a sanitary fitting, the sanitary fitting comprising a housing with a spout and a touch sensor, the method comprising:enabling a touch mode of the sanitary fitting, the touch mode allowing a flow of a fluid, wherein during the touch mode, the flow of the fluid is activated by touching the touch sensor; and
disabling the touch mode by touching the touch sensor for a first predetermined period of time, wherein the disabling of the touch mode prohibits activation of the flow of the fluid when the touch sensor is touched during a second predetermined period of time,
wherein the touch mode is automatically reactivated upon expiration of the second predetermined time period, and
wherein the reactivation of the touch mode is confirmed by a release of fluid from the spout.