Patents Represented by Attorney Daniel A. Scola, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5110607
    Abstract: The present invention is a chewing gum base composition which includes an elastomer and a resin prepared in the absence of rosin esters and terpene components which includes an elastomer component raised to a compatibilization temperature for addition of a compatibilization component. The composition includes a high melting point wax compatibilization component added under low shear mixing conditions at a temperature sufficient to masticate the elastomer for forming a substantially homogeneous mass with the resin component. The compatibilization component is capable of effectuating dissociation of the elastomer under the conditions of temperature and mixing for forming the substantially homogeneous mass. Finally, a resin component is added also under low shear mixing conditions and mildly elevated temperatures until a substantially homogenous gum base mass is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Robert K. Yang
  • Patent number: 5095054
    Abstract: A thermoplastic polymer composition comprising:(a) a destructurized starch, and either(b) an effective amount of at least one compound selected from the following: (1) a polymer which contains at least two different types of functional groups, one of said types of these groups being hydroxyl groups; (2) at least one polymer which does not contain hydroxyl groups and is selected from the group consisting of polymers which contain at least two types of functional groups bound to the same molecule one type of these groups being carboxylate groups; (3) at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of polymers which contain tertiary amino groups and/or salts thereof and/or quaternary ammonium groups; (4) at least one polymer selected from the group of polysaccharides which have been chemically modified to contain added hydroxyalkyl groups and/or contain alkyl ether groups, and/or contain ester groups; (5) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of copolymers of vinyl pyrrolidone; (6) at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Gustav Lay, Johannes Rehm, Robert F. Stepto, Markus Thoma, Jean-Pierre Sachetto, David J. Lentz, Jakob Silbiger
  • Patent number: 5087460
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a confectionery coated chewing gum composition having a center portion and a confectionery coating over the center portion wherein the center portion comprises a reduced-calorie gum base which comprises in percentages by weight of the gum base (a) an elastomer present in an amount from about 0.5% to about 20%, (b) a medium molecular weight polyvinyl acetate polymer having a molecular weight from about 35,000 to about 55,000 present in an amount from about 10% to about 25%, (c) an acetylated monoglyceride present in an amount from about 4.5% to about 10%, (d) a wax having a melting point below about 60.degree. C. present in an amount from about 6% to about 10%, and (e) a component selected from the group consisting of elastomer solvents, emulsifiers, plasticizers, fillers, and mixtures thereof, present in an amount to bring the total amount of gum base to 100%. The confectionery coated chewing gum compositions may be used with a wide variety of confectionery coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Subraman R. Cherukuri, Steven M. Faust, Gul Mansukhani
  • Patent number: 5081822
    Abstract: An automatic capsule filling apparatus includes a body holding ring and a superposed cap holding ring mounted on a ring carrier. The body holding ring includes rows of body cavities for holding a body portion of a capsule. A vacuum line is connected to an orifice in the bottom of each body cavity for retaining capsule body portions. The cap holding ring is superposed thereover and has corresponding cap cavities for receiving preassembled capsules. The cap holding ring includes a lip for engaging the cap portion when the cap holding ring is lifted from the vacuum-retained body holding ring, thereby removing the cap. The preassembled capsules are properly oriented and inserted into the rings row-by-row by a capsule rectifier. Once the rings are filled with capsules, the body holding ring vacuum is utilized to retain the capsule body portions, and the cap holding ring is lifted from the body holding ring to remove the caps from all of the preassembled empty capsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: William G. Boyd, Willis E. Barns, Jr., Ray B. Turner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5081919
    Abstract: A candy tempering apparatus for tempering a mass of hard candy material to a desired consistency comprises an inverted, truncated cone having an open top, an open bottom, and an inner surface having an upper rim portion. The cone is rotatable about its longitudinal axis and a feeder deposits molten candy material onto the upper rim. Fixedly positioned coaxially in the cone is a stator having adjustable arms carrying plows and rollers for advancing the candy material from the upper rim down the inner surface of the rotating cone and out through the open bottom. Also included are means for adjusting the speed of rotation, and the lateral positioning of the adjustable rollers and plows with respect to the inner surface of the cone, for kneading the candy material to a desired consistency. The cone may have a variable angle of inclination to accommodate the change in consistency of the candy as it cools, so that the cone is steeper toward the bottom of the cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: David B. Van Dongen
  • Patent number: 5079839
    Abstract: A razor unit and a method of forming the same having a skin-engaging portion and a sequentially molded shaving aid on the shaving unit wherein at least four anchoring openings are disposed substantially equidistant from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: William T. Conrad, Jr., Robert J. Qubick, William E. Vreeland, Vincent C. Motta, David B. Braun
  • Patent number: 5066511
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method for preparing pulverized Polydextrose having a particle size of under about 125 microns in diameter from Polydextrose which is substantially free of low molecular weight organic acids which comprises the steps of (a) admixing Polydextrose which is substantially free of low molecular weight organic acids with an anti-caking agent to form a mixture, and (b) pulverizing the mixture to form the pulverized Polydextrose. The pulverized Polydextrose composition may be used in a variety of chewing gum products and edible products. The present invention also pertains to methods for preparing the chewing gum and edible products in which the novel composition may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Subraman R. Cherukuri, Kirshna P. Raman, Lucy L. Wong, Gul Mansukhani, Angel Orama
  • Patent number: 5065515
    Abstract: A device for shaving hair has a housing which is formed with a handle and which supports a razor blade and a heating means. More specifically, the heating means, which may be either a linearly-scanned laser beam or a ceramic or metallic heating element, is mounted in the housing to pre-heat the hair to be cut. Accordingly, the heating means softens the hair that is near the cutting edge of the blade, so that a blade which is less sharp than conventional blades may be used to cut the hair without unduly irritating the skin. Appropriate power supplies for the heating means may be contained within the housing, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Iderosa
  • Patent number: 5059416
    Abstract: A new delivery system for zinc compounds and the process for its preparation is disclosed, which has use in a variety of products including comestibles such as chewing gum compositions, confections, pharmaceuticals, food products such as vitamin preparations, dentifrice compositions and throat lozenges. More particularly, this invention relates to a process for preparing a zinc compound delivery system comprised of a zinc core material coated with a first hydrophilic coating comprising a hydrocolloid material and a second hydrophobic coating selected from the group consisting of fats, waxes and mixtures thereof. The delivery system provides enhanced masking of the bitter flavor characteristic of zinc compounds, as well as reduced grittiness with retained stability at the elevated temperatures of product formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Subraman R. Cherukuri, Tommy L. Chau
  • Patent number: 5059429
    Abstract: A sucralose-sweetened chewing gum composition having a moisture content below about 2% by weight, wherein the sucralose is released from said composition at a rate of 15 to 50 sucrose equivalents within the initial 30 seconds of chewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Subraman R. Cherukuri, Lucy L. Wong, Steven M. Faust
  • Patent number: 5056683
    Abstract: A cardboard stick gum dispenser comprises a rectangular-shaped container which has a slot formed on the lower part of its front panel. A paper sling extends from the upper part of the container's rear panel through the inside of the container to the slot. A free end of the sling extends from the slot and a stack of stick gum is supported on the sling inside the container. An individually wrapped stick of gum is drawn through the slot whenever the free end of the sling is pulled away from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Denise M. O'Brien, Carlo P. Croce
  • Patent number: 5057328
    Abstract: An improved food acid delivery system that effects a controlled release of the acid provides prolonged sourness, flavor and juiciness duration in chewing gums, pharmaceuticals and other confections. The food acid is encapsulated in a matrix comprised of an emulsifier and a polyvinyl acetate, the type of which is selected according to the water solubility of said food acid. A chewing gum composition employing the delivery system and a method for the preparation of both the delivery system and the gum composition are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Subraman R. Cherukuri, Gul Mansukhani, Steven M. Faust
  • Patent number: 5055405
    Abstract: Monoclonal antibody to Treponema denticola JD-1 and Treponema species 10A and a continuous cell line for its production is disclosed. These antibodies are particularly useful in immunoassays for detecting the presence of these microorganisms in the oral cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Dou-Mei Wang, Linda D. Sturdivant, Thomas A. Biemer, Ronald Mink
  • Patent number: 5053178
    Abstract: According to this invention a disposable, moldable plastic razor is made by a single multi stage molding process. This is accomplished by molding a blade support around a single narrow blade and using the combination of blade support and blade as the basis for subsequently molding the other moldable plastic razor elements.In another aspect of this invention, a subassembly comprising blade support and blade is provided having certain defined spatial characteristics which provides the first "building block" for the assembled disposable razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: C. Edward Butlin, William T. Conrad, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5044077
    Abstract: A razor mechanism particularly suited for use with a flexible cartridge having at least one attachment member freely moveable in a direction substantially toward the longitudinal axis of the razor mechanism in response to the flexing of the razor cartridge during shaving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Frank A. Ferraro, Evan N. Chen
  • Patent number: 5045326
    Abstract: A non-staling, reduced density bubble gum composition is provided by a method wherein a bubble gum composition having a preselected bubble gum base composition is aerated with an inert gas in a pressurized environment. In a preferred embodiment, aeration of the bubble gum composition is achieved by the injection of nitrogen gas into the bubble gum composition during a pressurized extrusion of the gum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Michael Glass, Kenneth P. Bilka, Subraman R. Cherukuri, Gul Mansukhani, Michael J. Killeen, James Duggan
  • Patent number: 5038472
    Abstract: A pivoting safety razor assembly for holding a blade device has a handle and a flexible member which interconnects the handle with the blade device. The blade device defines a cutting edge and the flexible member bends in response to shaving forces to move the handle in a rotational motion about the cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Iderosa
  • Patent number: 5035905
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a center-filled confectionary rope having a soft candy center. The apparatus of the invention includes a forming nose over which a rectangular sheet of candy is passed to form a continuous, hollow, substantially cylindrical outer layer of candy. A frustoconical extruder attached to the lower surface of the forming nose is provided for extruding a soft candy into the hollow portion of the cylindrical outer layer of candy as it is being formed by the forming nose. The combination of candy exterior and soft candy center is then passed through a forming chute which imparts to the confectionary a desired cross-sectional geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Leslie F. Knebl
  • Patent number: D320930
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Assignee: Parke Davis & Co.
    Inventor: Richard D. Richards
  • Patent number: D324299
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventor: Peter Bowman