Patents Assigned to Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9470890
    Abstract: A fogless mirror assembly includes a mirror enclosure and a water reservoir configured to be removably coupled to the mirror enclosure. The mirror enclosure includes a mirror and a frame defining an internal cavity having a water inlet and a water drain. The water reservoir defines a fluid cavity and includes a water outlet and an outlet valve configured to automatically open the water outlet when the water reservoir is coupled to the mirror enclosure such that a volume of water flows from the fluid cavity, into the internal cavity through the water inlet, and exits the internal cavity through the water drain to transfer thermal energy from the water to the mirror thereby increasing the temperature of the mirror from a starting temperature to at least approximately a dew point of water vapor proximate to mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen B. Mills
  • Patent number: 9440240
    Abstract: A combined ionic air filter and humidifier apparatus filters air using ionic air filtering, humidifies at least a portion of the filtered ionized air, and directs the humidified filtered ionized air back into the environment. The apparatus generally includes an ionic air filter for ionizing and filtering air to produce filtered ionized air and a humidifier for humidifying the filtered ionized air to produce humidified filtered ionized air. A humidifier manifold fluidly couples the humidifier with the ionic air filter in a manner that does not allow the humidifier to interfere with operation of the ionic air filter. One or more fans draw the air into the ionic air filter and direct at least a portion of the filtered ionized air into the humidifier manifold such that the humidified filtered ionized air is discharged from the humidifier manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9225377
    Abstract: A modular electronic device case includes a jacket and a shell removably coupled to the jacket. A tablet-shaped electronic device, such as a tablet computer, may be secured in the shell and may be covered by the jacket when the shell is coupled to the jacket. The shell may be removably coupled to the jacket using magnetic coupling. Thus, the tablet-shaped electronic device, when secured in the shell, may be used with or without the jacket. The jacket may also include one or more foldable lines separating the jacket into foldable panels capable of being folded to form a stand for supporting the device in different configurations. The modular case may also include one or more additional components coupled to the jacket including, without limitation, a pocket, a backup battery, and/or a keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Rene Hart
  • Publication number: 20150266031
    Abstract: A combined ionic air filter and humidifier apparatus filters air using ionic air filtering, humidifies at least a portion of the filtered ionized air, and directs the humidified filtered ionized air back into the environment. The apparatus generally includes an ionic air filter for ionizing and filtering air to produce filtered ionized air and a humidifier for humidifying the filtered ionized air to produce humidified filtered ionized air. A humidifier manifold fluidly couples the humidifier with the ionic air filter in a manner that does not allow the humidifier to interfere with operation of the ionic air filter. One or more fans draw the air into the ionic air filter and direct at least a portion of the filtered ionized air into the humidifier manifold such that the humidified filtered ionized air is discharged from the humidifier manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher M. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9125521
    Abstract: A combined multiple beverage brewing apparatus is capable of brewing an individual serving of at least two different beverages such as coffee or tea. The apparatus generally includes a removable brewing basket with separate brewing sections, which are usable in different brewing positions and have separate spouts such that different beverages may be brewed and dispensed without contacting the same spout. The brewing basket is configured to receive a first reusable filter that holds a first brewing material and filters as water passes through and a second reusable filter that holds a second brewing material while hot water contained in the brewing basket steeps the second brewing material. At least one of the brewing sections further includes a valve to hold hot water in the brewing basket until a brewing release mechanism actuates the valve to release the brewed beverage through the dispensing spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Jacob Saffron
  • Patent number: 9120610
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Publication number: 20150198803
    Abstract: A fogless mirror assembly includes a mirror enclosure and a water reservoir configured to be removably coupled to the mirror enclosure. The mirror enclosure includes a mirror and a frame defining an internal cavity having a water inlet and a water drain. The water reservoir defines a fluid cavity and includes a water outlet and an outlet valve configured to automatically open the water outlet when the water reservoir is coupled to the mirror enclosure such that a volume of water flows from the fluid cavity, into the internal cavity through the water inlet, and exits the internal cavity through the water drain to transfer thermal energy from the water to the mirror thereby increasing the temperature of the mirror from a starting temperature to at least approximately a dew point of water vapor proximate to mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Applicant: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen B. Mills
  • Patent number: 8667867
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a bottle opening device comprising first and second receptacles to receive at least a portion of a neck of a bottle, with the first receptacle including a wrapper cutting apparatus having at least one cutting element configured to cut a sever in a wrapper on the neck of the bottle, wherein the cutting element is movable towards and away from the wrapper on the neck of the bottle, and the second receptacle including a stopper extractor apparatus configured to remove a stopper from the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: 8561970
    Abstract: An aerator for aerating a liquid within a container having a main body portion and an opening. The aerator includes a pump assembly configured to provide an air flow, a cannulated shaft, and a manifold assembly configured to be fluidly coupled to the pump assembly by way of the cannulated shaft. The manifold assembly is configured to distribute the air flow to a plurality of radially arranged manifold nozzles, wherein the radially arranged manifold nozzles are configured to generate a plurality of air bubbles having a radial velocity configured to direct the plurality of air bubbles radially outward from the manifold assembly such that the plurality of air bubbles travel vertically upwards generally towards the opening of the container without generally contacting the main body portion of the container or the cannulated shaft. For example, the manifold assembly may be configured to generate the plurality of air bubbles having a radial velocity of 2.0 feet/second to 3.0 feet/second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher M. Petersen
  • Publication number: 20130213998
    Abstract: A dispensing device may include a main body including a wall having a dispensing mouth defined in the wall; a storage portion, wherein the storage portion is retained by the main body; and a conveyance path providing communication between the storage portion and the dispensing mouth. In addition, the dispensing device may include a conveyor disposed in the conveyance path; a drive motor mechanically coupled to the conveyor; and a sensor, wherein the sensor is directly or indirectly electrically coupled to the drive motor and the sensor is in optical communication with the environment proximate to the dispensing mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: BROOKSTONE PURCHASING, INC.
    Inventor: BROOKSTONE PURCHASING, INC.
  • Patent number: D690286
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher M. Petersen
  • Patent number: D693194
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Petersen, Stevenson Tom
  • Patent number: D700166
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher M. Petersen
  • Patent number: D701080
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher F. Petersen
  • Patent number: D701081
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher F. Petersen
  • Patent number: D705004
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher F. Petersen
  • Patent number: D716612
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen B. Mills, Christopher M. Petersen
  • Patent number: D721924
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Spencer W. Trafton
  • Patent number: D737456
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann McDonough, Christopher M. Petersen
  • Patent number: D781944
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing, Inc.
    Inventor: Calvin Jinwon Lee