Patents Represented by Attorney Steven P. Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Shurtz
  • Patent number: 6165516
    Abstract: A method for producing a chewing gum with a controlled release of caffeine, as well as the chewing gum so produced, is obtained by physically modifying caffeine's properties by coating and drying. Caffeine is coated by encapsulation, partially coated by agglomeration, entrapped by absorption, or treated by multiple steps of encapsulation, agglomeration, and absorption. The coated caffeine is then co-dried and particle sized to produce a release-modified caffeine. When incorporated into the chewing gum, these particles are adapted to produce a fast release or a delayed release when the gum is chewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Victor V. Gudas, Michael A. Reed, Philip G. Schnell, Henry T. Tyrpin, Michael P. Russell, David L. Witkewitz
  • Patent number: 6159509
    Abstract: A quantity of about 50 to 5,000 ppm of perillartine is added to chewing gum to provide a chewing gum having improved sweetness and prolonged sweetness duration. The perillartine also provides unexpected oral trigeminal effects such as tingling, numbing, mouth coating and cooling/warming sensations that last throughout the entire chewing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Sonya S. Johnson, Robert J. Yatka
  • Patent number: 6153238
    Abstract: A packaged cheese product comprises a hermetically sealed container, preferably a pouch, made out of flexible material; a decorator tip or adaptor therefor inside the container, a cheese product inside the container and a cap for closing the decorator tip when the pouch is partially emptied. The cheese product can be extruded after cuffing the corner off of the pouch and seating the decorator tip in the resulting opening. Cheese in decorative shapes can then be easily applied as a garnish on food items and the pouch can then be reclosed by capping the decorator tip. The cap preferably has a bulb member that fits inside the decorator tip and a skirt member that fits around the outside petals of the preferred decorator tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Schreiber Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel P. Shannon
  • Patent number: 6145336
    Abstract: The present invention uses a single molded piece of plastic as an evaporator frame. A low durometer gasket material is molded in place on the single molded piece of plastic. The gasket aids in sealing the evaporator frame and the evaporator pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard T. Miller, Gregory F. Krcma, Curt R. Cayemberg, Raymond R. Haack, Charles E. Schlosser, Bert Bodnar, William Aalto
  • Patent number: 6136350
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for printing indicia on confectionery products such as chewing gum. A mass of confectionery product is formed into a thin, flat sheet. The sheet may be divided into individual sheets for cooling. Next, the sheet or sheets of confectionery are passed through the printing machine to print indicia thereon. Printed confectionery products and packages thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Ronald L. Ream, Christine L. Corriveau, S. Kristine O'Konski, Donald C. Hassler, Jeffery C. Mormann, Nicholas Partipilo, Rocco A. Pawlowski, Ralph R. Burin
  • Patent number: 6134907
    Abstract: A remote ice-making machine is disclosed having a compressor unit remote from an evaporator unit, a supply line for transferring refrigerant from the compressor unit to the remote evaporator unit, and a return line for returning refrigerant from the evaporator unit to the compressor unit during an ice-making mode. The preferred evaporator unit has an ice-forming evaporator and a heating unit, as well as a valve for controlling the flow of refrigerant into the evaporator unit. A method for making ice with the remote ice-making unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee G. Mueller, Howard G. Funk, Timothy J. Kraus, Steven P. Kutchera, Gregory McDougal, David J. Williamson
  • Patent number: 6132043
    Abstract: A colored contact lens comprising a non-opaque pupil section, an iris section surrounding the pupil section. A colored, opaque, intermittent pattern is deposited over the iris section using opaque elements which are indiscernible to the ordinary viewer. The elements of the pattern are of a shade which provides a contact lens capable of making subtle changes or enhancements to the color of the iris of a dark-eyed person while imparting a very natural appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Wesley-Jessen Corporation
    Inventors: Barry L. Atkins, Michael H. Quinn
  • Patent number: 6109051
    Abstract: A food preparation table comprises a storage compartment; a food preparation surface above the storage compartment; a cold wall tank adjacent the food preparation surface and above the storage compartment, the tank having a liner forming the inside walls and floor of the tank, refrigerant cooling passageways in heat transfer relationship on the outside of the liner; and support rails; a plurality of food storage pans each having flanges for supporting the pans on the support rails and side and bottom walls forming the food storage portion of the pan and extending from the flanges downwardly into the tank; a refrigeration system comprising a source of compressed refrigerant, an evaporator and interconnecting refrigerant lines that supply refrigerant to the evaporator and the tank refrigerant cooling passageways; and an air distribution system which circulates air past the evaporator to cool the storage compartment and inside the tank where it impinges on the inside walls of the liner and from there onto the wa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Moe H. Majordy
  • Patent number: 6107277
    Abstract: Salcatonin (i.e. salmon calcitonin) analogues of formula R1-Ser-Asn-Leu-Ser-Thr-Cys(SR2)-Val-Leu-Gly-Lys-Leu-Ser-Gln-Glu-Leu-His-Ly s-Leu-Gln-Thr-Tyr-Pro-Arg-Thr-Asn-Thr-Gly-Ser-Gly-Thr-Pro-NH2 (I) are disclosed, in which R1=-Cys-S--H, -Cys--OH, -Cys-S-ether or -Cys-S-ester (where the ether or ester residue has 2-5C) or a corresponding salt or isomer; R2=H, OH, ester or ether residue of 2-5C or acetamidomethyl, or a corresponding salt or isomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Therapicon S.R.L.
    Inventors: Paolo Alberto Veronesi, Emanuela Peschechera, Anna Maria Veronesi
  • Patent number: 6098418
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooling at least one fluid includes at least one fluid system comprising at least one fluid line, and a metallic unit. The fluid system is arranged in the shape of a concavely depressed coil with a top and a bottom. At the bottom of the coil an opening is defined. The metallic unit incorporates the at least one fluid system. The metallic unit has an upper surface in which is defined a concave depression, and the concave depression has defined therein a drain which extends through the metallic unit. The concave depression of the metallic unit is aligned with the concavely depressed coil, and the drain defined in the metallic unit passes through the opening at the bottom of the at least one fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Melvin D. Kyees
  • Patent number: 6087338
    Abstract: The subject-matter of the invention are pharmaceutical non inorganic saline solutions for endonasal administration containing: (a) a calcitonin, preferably salmon or alternatively carbacalcitonin (elcatonin), or its pharmaceutically acceptable salts; characterized in that it further contains the organic excipients; (b) N-(methyl)-glucamine or glucamine; (c) tromethamine; (d) citric acid; and (e) polyvinylpyrrolidone ranging from K15 to K120. These are odorless and tasteless and thus have improved patient's compliance not having the undesirable secondary effects of known compositions as well as permit a complete and accurate analysis of the active principle and develop less degradation products during storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Therapicon S.R.L.
    Inventors: Paolo Alberto Veronesi, Emanuela Peschechera, Anna Maria Veronesi
  • Patent number: 6086925
    Abstract: A process for continuously producing a chewing gum base comprises the steps of continuously adding a hard elastomer, a filler and lubricating agents into a continuous mixer, subjecting the elastomer, filler and lubricating agents to a dispersive mixing operation followed by a distributive mixing operation and continuously discharging the resulting chewing gum base from the mixer while the adding and mixing steps are in progress. The lubricating agents are introduced into the continuous mixer at a plurality of spatially separated feed inlets. Preferably part of the lubricating agents are introduced into the mixer with the hard elastomer and the filler prior to the dispersive mixing zone, and a portion of the lubricating agents are introduced into the mixer downstream of the dispersive mixing zone but prior to the distributive mixing zone. The lubricating agents may include elastomer solvents, soft elastomers, plastic polymers and softening agents such as fats, oils and waxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Joo H. Song, Donald J. Townsend
  • Patent number: 6080432
    Abstract: A chewing gum composition comprising about 5% to about 95% gum base; about 5% to about 95% bulking and sweetening agents; about 0.1% to about 15% flavor; and about 0.02% to about 5% sodium glycinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Henry T. Tyrpin, Fred R. Wolf
  • Patent number: 6030647
    Abstract: A method of producing chewing gum with a controlled flavor release comprises the steps of continuously adding chewing gum ingredients to a continuous mixer, the chewing gum ingredients comprising one or more flavoring agents, the continuous mixer comprising a plurality of spatially separated feed inlets through which the chewing gum ingredients are added to the mixer, and the one or more flavoring agents being added to the mixer simultaneously at two or more feed inlets; subjecting the chewing gum ingredients to a continuous mixing operation within the mixer, thereby forming a chewing gum composition; and continuously discharging the chewing gum composition from the mixer while chewing gum ingredients continue to be introduced and mixed within the mixer. The locations at which the flavor components are added controls the flavor characteristics of the chewing gum composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Joo H. Song, Christafor E. Sundstrom, David W. Record, Donald J. Townsend, Kevin B. Broderick, Philip G. Schnell
  • Patent number: 6004589
    Abstract: A process for continuously producing a chewing gum base having the steps of continuously adding a hard elastomer, a filler and lubricating agents into a continuous mixer, subjecting the elastomer, filler and lubricating agents to a dispersive mixing operation followed by a distributive mixing operation and continuously discharging the resulting chewing gum base from the mixer while the adding and mixing steps are in progress. The filler is introduced into the continuous mixer at a plurality of spatially separated feed inlets. Preferably part of the filler is introduced into the mixer prior to the dispersive mixing zone, and a portion of the filler is introduced into the mixer downstream of the dispersive mixing zone but prior to the distributive mixing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Joo H. Song, Donald J. Townsend
  • Patent number: 5980955
    Abstract: A coated comestible product having an improved coating appearance and a method for improving the appearance of a coated product is achieved when a food-acceptable, poorly water-soluble salt is added to a coating syrup that further comprises a primary coating material. One preferred inventive coating comprises calcium gluconate as the poorly water-soluble salt, and xylitol as the primary coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Greenberg, David G. Barkalow, Hubert Keck
  • Patent number: 5976581
    Abstract: A method of continuously producing a chewing gum composition comprises the steps of continuously adding fresh chewing gum ingredients into a continuous mixer; subjecting the fresh chewing gum ingredients to a continuous mixing operating within the mixer, thereby forming a chewing gum composition; continuously discharging the chewing gum composition from the continuous mixer while fresh chewing gum ingredients continue to be introduced and mixed within the mixer; and adding a portion of a previously produced chewing gum composition to the mixer and mixing the portion of previously produced chewing gum with the fresh chewing gum ingredients being continuously added to the mixer and mixed to form the chewing gum composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Joo H. Song, Christafor E. Sundstrom, David W. Record, Donald J. Townsend, Kevin B. Broderick, Philip G. Schnell
  • Patent number: 5953925
    Abstract: A remote ice-making machine is disclosed having a compressor unit remote from an evaporator unit, a supply line for transferring refrigerant from the compressor unit-to the remote evaporator unit, and a return line for returning refrigerant from the evaporator unit to the compressor unit during an ice-making mode. The preferred evaporator unit has an ice-forming evaporator and a heating unit, as well as a valve for controlling the flow of refrigerant into the evaporator unit. A method for making ice with the remote ice-making unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Manitowoc Foodservice Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee G. Mueller, Howard G. Funk, Timothy J. Kraus, Steven P. Kutchera, Gregory McDougal, David J. Williamson
  • Patent number: 5952019
    Abstract: Chewing gums containing gum talha and methods of making such gums are disclosed. In one embodiment, the gum comprises about 5% to about 95% gum base, about 0.1% to about 10% flavoring agent and gum talha, the gum talha being part of the bulking agent in the gum. The gum talha provides the gum with unique properties, and the gum is non-cariogenic. In another embodiments, the gum talha is codried with sweeteners or coevaporated with a plasticizing syrup to produce unique sweetening ingredients and syrups for gum. The gum talha may also be provided in the form of a rolling compound on the gum, or used with sugars or polyols to form a hard coating for a coated pellet gum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Yatka, Lindell C. Richey, Michael A. Reed, Jeffrey S. Hook, Fred R. Wolf
  • Patent number: 5941401
    Abstract: A ring-supported lift crane is provided with a counterweight handling system to facilitate repositioning of the crane. The ring-supported crane includes a ring, a crane upper works and a crane lower works, a boom supported on rollers on the ring and a counterweight assembly also supported on rollers on the ring. The counterweight assembly preferably includes a counterweight carrier on which at least one stack of counterweight boxes or units are placed. A counterweight holder is interposed between the at least one stack of counterweight units and the counterweight carrier with a friction reduction device, such as rollers or slider pads, interposed between the counterweight holder and the counterweight carrier. When the ring-supported crane is to be repositioned for a second lift at a construction site, the counterweight holder with the stack of counterweight units is moved off of the counterweight carrier onto a separate counterweight support member, which may be mobile or stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Petzold, Jeffery L. Dreger, John M. Lanning