Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm William J. Winter
  • Patent number: 7891510
    Abstract: An assembly includes a container and a closure. The closure includes a tamper-indicating band having a plurality of sloping teeth. Each of the sloping teeth of the tamper-indicating band has an engagement surface that is engageable with one of the engagement surfaces of the sloping teeth of the container. The sloping teeth on the tamper-indicating band are configured such that when one of the teeth on the tamper-indicating band completely engages one of the teeth on the exterior surface of the neck of the container, the engagement surface of at least one of the other sloping teeth on the tamper-indicating band is free from engagement with the engagement surfaces of the sloping teeth of the container and the engagement surface of at least one of the other sloping teeth of the container is free from engagement with the engagement surfaces of the sloping teeth on the tamper-indicating band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Thomas D. Loughrin, Kristi L. Rogers, Elwood L. Stokesbury
  • Patent number: 7879796
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions, including low-calorie beverages or liquids, comprising isoleucine, leucine, valine, cysteine, and methionine, in specified amounts, weight ratios, or both. The compositions are especially useful in treating individuals afflicted with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Neile Edens, Marti S. Bergana, Kati Shearer, Terrence B. Mazer, Joseph E. Walton, David R. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7759507
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lipid system, and methods for using such a lipid system, containing specific relative ratios of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. The lipid system may be used independently or as a component of a nutritional product. A lipid system according to the present invention may contain omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids with the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids preferably being between 0.25:1 and 3:1, and the ratio of omega-9 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids preferably being between 0.4:1 and 3:1. The present invention also relates to methods for administering a lipid system or a nutritional product containing the lipid system to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Vikkie A. Mustad, Stephen DeMichele, Bradley A. Zinker, Yung-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 7645470
    Abstract: Disclosed are flavored nutritional beverages comprising (A) fat; (B) milk protein representing from about 10% to 100% by weight of total protein; (C) carbohydrate comprising from about 75% to 100% by weight of at least one of (i) from about 0.1% to about 10% sucrose, trehalose, or combination thereof, by weight of the beverage, and (iii) from about 0.1% to about 20% maltodextrin by weight of the nutritional liquid, the maltodextrin having a DE value of from about 1 to about 10, and (iii) combinations of (i) and (ii); (D) an iron-containing material, and (E) a flavorant. The flavored nutritional beverages, unlike many iron-fortified milk-based beverages available today, do not readily develop beige or gray hues during formulation, processing and storage, and are thus more easily formulated with little or no color distortion and with improved or more accurately matched flavor-color combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Sherri A. Walker, Stephanie L. Rodgers, Stefanie F. Kaufman, Amy L. Marchio, Emily G. Adams, Gaurav C. Patel, Thakorbhai P. Patel
  • Patent number: 7601757
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lipid system, and methods for using such a lipid system, containing specific relative ratios of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. The lipid system may be used independently or as a component of a nutritional product. A lipid system according to the present invention may contain omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids with the ratio of omegas-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids preferably being between 0.25:1 and 3:1, and the ratio of omega-9 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids preferably being between 0.4:1 and 3:1. The present invention also relates to methods for administering a lipid system or a nutritional product containing the lipid system to an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Vikkie A. Mustad, Stephen DeMichele, Bradley A. Zinker, Yung-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 7601370
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of controlling body weight in estrogen-insufficient women by administering compositions comprising (A) those dried fruit solids that inherently comprise flavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids, and a fiber component of which at least about 20% by weight is soluble fiber, and (B) a soluble, indigestible oligosaccharide in addition to any soluble fiber inherently in the dried fruit solids. The dried fruit solids may also be characterized as those selected from dried plum, dried grape, dried date, or dried fig. Administration of dried fruit solids (e.g., dried plum solids) in combination with soluble indigestible oligosaccharides (e.g., fructooligosaccharides) are surprisingly effective in controlling body weight gain in estrogen-insufficient women.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Catherine D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7601705
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method of blunting the postprandial glycemic response in a human by feeding an induced viscosity fiber system. The invention also relates to an induced viscosity fiber system and the liquid products that incorporate the induced viscosity fiber system. Further, the invention relates to a method of incorporating soluble fiber into a liquid product without the typical negative organoleptic or physical stability issues. The invention also relates to a method of inducing the feeling of fullness and satiety by feeding the induced viscosity fiber system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Bryan W. Wolf, Bruce B. Blidner, Keith A. Garleb, Chron-Si Lai, Timothy W. Schenz
  • Patent number: 7435431
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of controlling body weight in estrogen-insufficient women by administering compositions comprising (A) those dried fruit solids that inherently comprise flavonoids, hydroxycinnamic acids, and a fiber component of which at least about 20% by weight is soluble fiber, and (B) a soluble, indigestible oligosaccharide in addition to any soluble fiber inherently in the dried fruit solids. The dried fruit solids may also be characterized as those selected from dried plum, dried grape, dried date, or dried fig. Administration of dried fruit solids (e.g., dried plum solids) in combination with soluble indigestible oligosaccharides (e.g., fructooligosaccharides) are surprisingly effective in controlling body weight gain in estrogen-insufficient women.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Catherine D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7423027
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of producing a blunted postprandial glycemic response in an individual, and/or reducing postprandial insulin secretion, said methods comprising administering to the individual a nutritional or other product comprising gamma-cyclodextrin. Also disclosed are similar other methods directed toward the use of such products to provide weight and appetite control, to normalize blood glucose levels in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance, to minimize nighttime hypoglycemia in diabetic and non-diabetic patients, to prevent reactive hypoglycemia in susceptible non-diabetics, to normalize blood glucose levels in individuals with gestational diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance during gestation, and/or to provide a prolonged glycemic response during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Chron-Si Lai, JoMay Chow, Bryan W. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7422763
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method of blunting the postprandial glycemic response to a meal by feeding an acid controlled induced viscosity fiber system. The first component of the induced viscosity fiber system is anionic soluble fiber. The second component of the induced viscosity fiber system is water-insoluble, acid-soluble multivalent cations. The fiber system will typically be incorporated into a meal replacement nutritional. The present invention also refers to a method of delivering soluble fiber to diabetics and to persons needing to lose weight. Additionally, the invention refers to a method of promoting the feeling of fullness and satiety by feeding a nutritional product containing the induced viscosity fiber system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Bryan W. Wolf, Bruce B. Blidner, Keith A. Garleb, Chron-Si Lai
  • Patent number: 7332178
    Abstract: Disclosed are nutritional powders, including lactose-free powders or other oxidatively sensitive nutritional powders, comprising at least about 400 ppm by weight of ascorbyl palmitate, preferably in combination with at least about 300 ppm by weight of cystine, cysteine, or combinations thereof. It has been found that these powders, especially the lactose-free embodiments, have improved stability as measured by sensory performance and reduced vitamin A degradation during prolonged storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Julia A. Byard, Gary E. Katz, William T. Malone, David R. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7323200
    Abstract: Disclosed are calcium fortified, soy-based, infant nutritional formulas, including powder, liquid, or concentrate embodiments comprising per 100 kcal of formula (A) lipid, preferably up to about 8.0 g, (B) carbohydrate, preferably from about 8.0 g to about 16.0 g, (C) phytase-treated soy protein, preferably up to about 3.5 g and (D) calcium, preferably up to about 90 mg of calcium; wherein the nutritional formula is an infant formula having a calcium to lipid weight ratio of from about 0.002 to about 0.020, and wherein the formula contains not more than about 8.4 mg phytic acid per 100 kcal of formula. It has been found that these calcium-fortified, phytase-treated, soy-based, nutritional formulas provide for softer stools in infant populations, especially as compared to infants fed with other soy-based formulas including commercial soy formulas as well as soy based formulas derived from dephytinization methods other than phytase treatment, e.g., ion exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: James N. Chmura, Kent L. Cipollo, Louis I. Ndife, Karin M. Ostrom
  • Patent number: 7261911
    Abstract: Disclosed are sterilized, aseptically packaged, liquid nutritional formulas, and corresponding methods of making the formulas, wherein the formulas comprise Vitamin D and extensively hydrolyzed protein having a degree of hydrolysis of at least about 20%, and wherein the packaged formula is prepared by (a) sterilizing a liquid nutritional formula containing Vitamin D and extensively hydrolyzed protein having a degree of hydrolysis of at least about 20%; (b) sterilizing a container; and then (c) aseptically packaging the sterilized liquid nutritional formula in the sterilized container. The packaged formulas exhibit improved Vitamin D stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Steven T. Luebbers
  • Patent number: 7223736
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and nutritional compositions for the prevention and treatment of cachexia and anorexia. The methods of the invention comprise administering a composition comprising effective amounts of ?-3 fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid, stearidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid or mixtures thereof; of branched-chain amino acids valine, leucine, isoleucine or mixtures thereof; with or without reduced levels of tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan; and of antioxidant system selected from the group comprising beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, or mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Bonnie Chandler Abbruzzese, Mark Anthony McCamish, Frederick Oliver Cope, Stephen Joseph DeMichele
  • Patent number: 7183266
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method of blunting the postprandial glycemic response to a meal by feeding a dual induced viscosity fiber system. The first component of the induced viscosity fiber system is soluble fiber. The second component of the induced viscosity fiber system is water-insoluble, acid-soluble multivalent cations. The third component of the induced viscosity fiber system in lightly hydrolyzed starch. The fiber system will typically be incorporated into a meal replacement nutritional. The present invention also refers to a method of delivering soluble fiber to diabetics and to persons needing to lose weight. Additionally, the invention refers to a method of promoting the feeling of fullness and satiety by feeding a nutritional product containing the induced viscosity fiber system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Bryan W. Wolf, Bruce B. Blidner, Keith A. Garleb, Chron-Si Lai, Timothy W. Schenz
  • Patent number: 7090879
    Abstract: Disclosed are nutritional formulas, including reconstitutable powders, comprising carbohydrate, protein and a lipid component containing a polyunsaturated fatty acid; and from about 0.25 to about 10 ppm, by weight of the total oil content of the infant formula, of a combination of lutein, lycopene, and beta-carotene with preferred weight ratios of the lutein to beta-carotene of from about 0.0196:1 to about 59:1, the lycopene to beta-carotene of from about 0.00805:1 to about 114:1, and the lutein to lycopene of from about 0.0117:1 to about 108:1. Also disclosed are methods of providing nutrition using the disclosed formulas. The nutritional formulas provide improved product stability and color characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Daniel S. Albrecht, Nancy Auestad, Jeffrey M. Boff, Amy Mackey
  • Patent number: 7090862
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method of improving the antioxidant status of an infant. More particularly, the present invention relates to a method of improving the antioxidant status of an infant by administering a mixture of natural tocopherols. The natural tocopherol mixture is an effective blend of ?- and ?-tocopherol. For ease of administration and improved taste, the mixture of natural tocopherols are typically delivered in vehicle which may be in the form, for example, of a tablet, capsule, liquid, and nutritional formula. The present invention also relates to a method of improving the antioxidant status of an infant by supplementing the lactating woman wherein the supplemented breast milk is fed to the infant. Additionally, the present invention relates to a method of improving the antioxidant status of a newborn infant by supplementing the pregnant woman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Bridget Barrett-Reis, Marc L. Masor
  • Patent number: 7070825
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a new unit dose packaging for infant formula. The infant formula is manufactured as a tablet. One tablet will typically contain sufficient nutrients to produce a single serving of the formula (i.e. the amount of formula an average infant consumes in a single feeding). Other aspects of the invention are directed to feeding an infant such a reconstituted tablet and packaging containing such infant formula tablets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Louis I. Ndife, Booker T. Lucas, III, Stephene L. Hohman
  • Patent number: 7067498
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method of blunting the postprandial glycemic response in a human by feeding an induced viscosity fiber system. The invention also relates to an induced viscosity fiber system and the liquid products that incorporate the induced viscosity fiber system. Further, the invention relates to a method of incorporating soluble fiber into a liquid product without the typical negative organoleptic or physical stability issues. The invention also relates to a method of inducing the feeling of fullness and satiety by feeding the induced viscosity fiber system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Bryan W. Wolf, Bruce B. Blidner, Keith A. Garleb, Chron-Si Lai, Timothy W. Schenz
  • Patent number: 7033579
    Abstract: Disclosed are anhydrous antiperspirant and deodorant compositions that comprise from about 0.1% to about 30% by weight of an antiperspirant or deodorant active; from about 0.01% to about 20% by weight of a solid, water-soluble Vitamin B3 material; from about 0.1% to about 40% by weight of a suspending agent; from about 0.1% to about 2.0% by weight of glycerin; and from about 10% to about 99% by weight of an anhydrous carrier liquid other than and in addition to the glycerin. The anhydrous compositions have lower visible residue on the applied areas of the skin even though they also contain relatively high residue solids in the form of solid, water-soluble, Vitamin B3 materials. The compositions also provide for a dry, silky feeling during or after application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Scavone