Patents Assigned to Vita-Mix Management Corporation
  • Patent number: 10562672
    Abstract: A blending system includes a blending container having a base surface. The container also has a side wall extending upwardly from said base surface and a sound sleeve extending upwardly from said base surface and encasing the side wall. The container may also have a viscoelastic material positioned between the side wall and the sound sleeve extending upwardly from said base surface. In one embodiment, a blender has a base containing a motor and the container described above and the container is able to attach and engage with the motor and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Jack W. Gee, II, Fred H. Mehlman
  • Patent number: 10441112
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system configured to determine masses, weights, and/or other quantities of individual ingredients added to a food dish during preparation. At least some of the components of the system may be configured to be used in a food preparation area. The system may include a scale, a client computing device, external resources, and/or other components. The system may be configured to weigh and/or determine the mass of individual ingredients of the dish as the ingredients are added to the dish. The system may be configured to determine the individual mass and/or weight of each ingredient based on the masses and/or weights of individual ingredients previously added to the dish and/or a current mass and/or weight of the dish as a given ingredient is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Santiago Merea
  • Patent number: 10413131
    Abstract: A blender system that includes a base that is selectively and operatively engaged with a container is shown and described herein. The base may include a near field communications chip that may communicate with a near field communications chip of a container. The base also includes a motor that is selectively and operatively engaged with a blade disposed within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Saifur T. Tareen, Eric Miller
  • Patent number: 10399047
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 10363530
    Abstract: A blending device includes a motor, a motor controller, and a wireless controller configured to receive a wireless signal. The motor controller may be configured to alter the operations of the motor based the wireless signal. The wireless signal may include a blending program to be carried out by the blending device. The blending device may include one or more sensors configured to sense parameters of the blending device. The wireless signal may include information related to the sensed parameters. A blending device network may be formed by providing a second blending device having a wireless controller in communication with the first blending device wireless controller. The first and second blending devices may share information over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Kolar, Paul G. Sems
  • Patent number: 10357749
    Abstract: An interlocking method and blending apparatus is provided which includes a base, container, and lid. The apparatus comprises light emitters, light sensors, and light reflectors. Light is emitted by the light emitters from the base, through the container, and toward the lid. Light reflectors in the lid reflect the light back through the container and toward the base. The light sensors detect the reflected light and can be used to control operation of the blender and illumination of the container. Light may be in the visible spectrum, or sub-visible spectrum. The light emitters and light sensors may be at the base and/or the bottom of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark Frederick Fleming
  • Patent number: 10328402
    Abstract: A blending device includes a motor, a motor controller, and a wireless controller configured to receive a wireless signal. The motor controller may be configured to alter the operations of the motor based the wireless signal. The wireless signal may include a blending program to be carried out by the blending device. The blending device may include one or more sensors configured to sense parameters of the blending device. The wireless signal may include information related to the sensed parameters. A blending device network may be formed by providing a second blending device having a wireless controller in communication with the first blending device wireless controller. The first and second blending devices may share information over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Kolar, Paul G. Sems
  • Patent number: 10321785
    Abstract: A blending system is disclosed herein. The blending system may comprise a blender base, a container and a blending volume reduction device. The blending volume reduction device may be removably inserted into the container of the blender system at various positions. The positions may alter the working volume of the container when the blending volume reduction device is inserted in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Mark F. Fleming, David J. Kolar, Stephen Hosey, Fred H. Mehlman, Jonathan Emerson, Brian Harvanec, Richard D. Boozer, Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 10299629
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. The blending system may include a base including a motor, a blade base assembly selectively and operably engaged with the base, where the motor drives a blade assembly of the blade base, and a blending container engageable with the blade base. The blade base may be configured to prevent driving of the blade assembly when the blending container is not engaged with the blade base assembly. The blade base may be engaged with the blending container and the blade assembly may mechanically engage with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: James P. Bascom, Scott C. Bly, Todd Cassidy, Brenton Krivos, Jeff Ransden, Ray Adams, Christian C. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10172496
    Abstract: A retaining element is provided for coupling a blade assembly to a container of a blender apparatus that includes a main body portion, an overmolded portion, and a threaded portion for threadably coupling the blade assembly to the retaining element about a rotational axis to couple the blade assembly to the container. The retaining element further includes an optional locking projection configured to inhibit rotation of the retaining element about the rotational axis when the blade assembly is coupled to the container by way of the retaining element. The overmolded portion comprises the locking projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Andy Lamb
  • Patent number: 10172373
    Abstract: A modular blending system is shown and described. The modular blending system may include a storage device capable of storing a plurality of flavoring products, and an ice shaving mechanism removably attached to the storage device, the ice shaving mechanism including an ice dispenser. The modular blending system may also include a fluid dispensing unit in fluid communication with the flavoring products, where the fluid dispensing unit is separate from the ice dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Joseph Hobbs, Susan Mayer, Fred Mehlman, Richard D. Boozer, Casey Zale
  • Patent number: D839042
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brenton Krivos, Todd Cassidy, Christian C. Stewart
  • Patent number: D839670
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventor: Trevor Youngmann
  • Patent number: D842566
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Jack W. Gee, II, James P. Bascom, Tyrone Manhoff, Adam Wilson, Christy Bezuijen
  • Patent number: D842644
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Phonesacksith Guy Kettavong, Jack Warren Gee, II, Kolman Juhasz, Eugene J. Kozlowski, David A. Kanning, Michael Patrick Arnett, Richard Joseph Lash
  • Patent number: D844370
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack W. Gee, Fred H. Mehlman, Eugene J. Kozlowski, Robin Shorr, Phonesacksith Guy Kettavong, Christian C. Stewart, Steffen Koury, Paul Metaxatos, Benjamin T. Hines, Brendan Boyd Crawford, James Troy McGee
  • Patent number: D845698
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack W. Gee, II, Phonesacksith Guy Kettavong
  • Patent number: D858179
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Jack W. Gee, II, Robin Shorr, Phonesacksith Guy Kettavong
  • Patent number: D863873
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Phonesacksith Guy Kettavong, Fred H. Mehlman, Rebecca Hammond, David Kolar
  • Patent number: D866896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack W. Gee, II, James P. Bascom, Tyrone Manhoff, Adam Wilson, Christy Bezuijen