Patents Examined by Milton Cano
  • Patent number: 8968929
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed at an electrode and methods for forming such electrode for a battery wherein the electrode comprises silicon clathrate. The silicon clathrate may include silicon clathrate Si46 containing an arrangement of 20-atom and 24-atom cages fused together through 5 atom pentagonal rings and/or silicon clathrate Si34 containing an arrangement of 20-atom and 28-atom cages fused together through 5 atom pentagonal rings. The silicon clathrate may be present as particles having a largest linear dimension in the range of 0.1 ?m to 100.0 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Kwai S. Chan, Candace K. Chan, Wuwei Liang
  • Patent number: 7368863
    Abstract: An optical filter having a laminated body which is laminated on a transparent substrate. The laminated body has at least a color filter layer. The laminated body has a minute concave-convex surface formed on a surface of the laminated body opposite from the transparent surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuko Baba, Masaaki Asano
  • Patent number: 7090880
    Abstract: The invention provides a container of substantially form-retaining material, for instance aluminum, steel or other metal, or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or other plastic, for a liquid, which must be provided prior to consumption with a foaming head, such as chocolate milk, cappuccino, milkshake, which container comprises: a circumferential wall; a base which is connected along its whole periphery to this wall or is integrally formed therewith; a cover which, after filling of the container with the liquid, is optionally arranged on the side remote from the base and which is connected to this wall along its whole periphery; and; a cartridge present in the container and in the filled and closed situation of the container at least partially filled with a gas under pressure serving as foaming medium in the wall of which cartridge is situated at least one continuous hole for passage of gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Ball Packaging Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Fred Savrij Droste, Maria Cornelia Hendrika Kamp-Stroeken
  • Patent number: 7078067
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flavored nut formulation comprising deep fat fried/dry roasted cashew kernels/peanuts/almonds in the range of 90–98%, salt 1.5–3.0%, oleoresin 1.0–3.0% diluted with 8–12 folds of absolute ethyl alcohol and a process of preparing a flavored nut formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
    Inventors: Rangasamy Baby Latha, Kodangala Koshawa Bhat, Chitradurga Venkataram Raghavan
  • Patent number: 7063868
    Abstract: A process of injection molding a natural resin into a mold cavity including lifter bars as part of the ejection system for extracting the molded animal chew of the mold cavity. The lifter bars are provided with a contacting area having a relatively high surface area ratio relative to surface area of the molded part that remains in contact with the mold after injection and mold opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen S. Axelrod
  • Patent number: 7014877
    Abstract: The invention relates to the automatic marketing of lollipops, by providing a lollipop stick made of a flexible material in combination with a compact lollipop container, wherein the stick is provided with a dividable end and a candy retention end, the major portion of the stick being dividable into two elongated halves by insertion into a compact lollipop container, a separation device causing separation of the elongated halves, may be provided at the bottom of the container and bending thereof at least 180 degrees during the insertion resulting from contact with inner walls of the container, a candy being firmly attached to the candy retention end, the stick being retained in the divided and bent configuration, the compact lollipop container being further provided with a reunification device, whereby on opening of the container and withdrawal there from of the candy the two elongated stick halves pass through the reunification device and are firmly rejoined thereby to form a substantially straight rigid sti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Zip-Pop Manufacturing & Marketing Ltd.
    Inventor: Naftali Lobl
  • Patent number: 6780373
    Abstract: A film includes a core layer including a polyamide; two intermediate layers, disposed on opposite surfaces of the core layer, including an adhesive; and two outer layers, each disposed on a surface of the respective intermediate layer, comprising an ethylene/alpha olefin copolymer; wherein the two outer layers each constitute at least 27% of the total thickness of the film. The core layer can include either a single polyamide layer, or three layers wherein two layers of polyamide have therebetween a layer comprising a polymeric adhesive. The film is made preferably by a hot blown process at a blow up ratio of between 2.0:1 and 3.0:1. A process and package are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlo E. Musco
  • Patent number: 6439109
    Abstract: A barbeque (10) comprising a kettle (12) which has at least one drive (18) positioned in the kettle (12), wherein the drive has a drive shaft (18B) with a drive sprocket (18A) attached to the distal end of the shaft, a drive gear (18C) which is positioned within a plurality of kettle front holders (12FA), wherein the kettle front holders (12FA) contain a plurality of skewers (24) rotatably positioned within skewer. supports (24E) in the kettle front holders (12FA), the skewer supports (24E) have at least one skewer support idler (24EA) which has a skewer support L-member (24EB) connected to the skewer support (24EA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: John Rehill
  • Patent number: 6413569
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in general, to a method for making a fresh, unripened cheese analog. The invention also relates to fresh, unripened cheese analog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
    Inventors: Cheryl Borders, Victor Lobo, Russ Egbert, Lewis True
  • Patent number: 6287612
    Abstract: An article of manufacture that combines a squeezable food product and a packaging unit for storing and consuming of the food product. The squeezable food product includes a first food component forming a base component and a second food component forming a filling component. The first food component and the second food component form a combinable food product upon consumption having sensory and nutritive properties close to a solid metal. The packaging unit is a supple pouch having a main external squeezable body and at least one partition layer which divides the squeezable body into at least two separate cavities. The first and second food components are separately stored in different cavities. On extrusion and recombination, the two food components are perceivable as two different components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Rao Mandava, Klaus Kempin, Jorgen Holm
  • Patent number: 6284294
    Abstract: A patterned composite food product has an ice confectionery composition component and an edible material component which is different from the ice confectionery composition, the edible material having a pattern form which is an inclusion pattern zone in the ice confectionery composition, and the pattern may have a layer form wherein a plurality of edible material layers are separated one from another and surrounded by the ice confectionery composition. The composite product is prepared by pumping an ice confectionery composition into a former structure provided with an extrusion die for product extrusion from the former structure and by pumping a the edible material component through an assembly of a hollow spindle with nozzle(s) attached wherein the nozzle(s) is (are) provided with ports, particularly slots, for delivering the edible material to within the ice confectionery composition pumped through the former structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: William French, Josephine E. Lometillo
  • Patent number: 6277425
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for manufacturing an extruded cooked food product including use of an extruder having a barrel, at least one screw contained therein, a feed element at the discharge end of the screw, and a die head containing an expansion chamber. The discharge feed element is formed with a large pitch for pushing a large volume of cooked food mix into the expansion chamber. The large volume of cooked food mix is extruded as extrudate strands through relatively large orifices extending through the die plate of the die head to dimensionally expand upon exiting the orifices. The extrudate strands are conveyed over a sole support bar located a significant distance from the die head and then to a cutter. An air flow is applied to the extrudate strands for further cooling and drying before being cut. The cutter is located approximately 90 inches from the die head. The extruded food product is uniform in cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Good Mark Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Barry Nash, Salvatore M. Pileggi, Patrick J. Cassidy, Richard R. Hawkins, Jonathan Bosworth
  • Patent number: 6274180
    Abstract: A beverage infusion device comprises a handle and a support member extending from the handle having a pair of flat legs spaced apart by a predetermined width. Attached to each side of the flat legs is a flexible porous member, for example, a pouch of filter material having an unfolded width greater than the width of the support legs. Each porous member contains an infusible beverage preparation and is supported by the support legs in a folded position wherein, upon immersion of the porous members in a liquid, the porous members expand and become spaced to facilitate infusion of a beverage preparation therein into the liquid. In the folded position, the porous members may have a plurality of folds across its width, for example, folds adjacent the first and second ends and an unfolded portion therebetween. The first and second ends of the porous member are preferably heat bonded to the support legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: JSD Partners
    Inventors: David Ryan, Matt S. Vaughan
  • Patent number: 6268002
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus for making grape leaves with meat. The apparatus comprises a mechanism for rolling a grape leaf about the meat. Additionally, the apparatus comprises a mechanism for positioning the grape leaf and meat so the rolling mechanism can roll the grape leaf about the meat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Patrick T. Michael
  • Patent number: 6268009
    Abstract: Green tea extracts having improved clarity and color. These extracts are obtained by treating the green tea extract with an amount of a food grade cation exchange resin effective to remove metal cations present in the extract. The treated extract is then contacted nanofiltration membrane while the treated extract is at a temperature of from about 100° to about 140° F. (from about 37.8° to about 60° C.) to provide a filtered green tea extract as the permeate. These green tea extracts can be included in a variety of beverages and are especially useful in suppressing the characteristic aftertaste of aspartame in diet beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Athula Ekanayake, John Robert Bunger, Marvin Joseph Mohlenkamp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6267998
    Abstract: A fully baked or fried multi-layered toaster product comprises a first layer and a second layer wherein the first and second layers are constructed of dissimilar materials. The first layer provides the structural properties required for a toaster product while the second layer provides enhanced characteristics such as taste, texture, and other organoleptic properties. The multi-layered toaster product contains dissimilar dough or batter types and can further include filling and/or particulates and/or toppings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignees: Kellogg Company of W. K. Kellogg Institute, Keebler Company
    Inventors: Michael Bauman, Mark Steven Lippi, Nancy Ann Esterline, Rosemary Julia Sikora, Glenn Roy Quinlan, Hillis O. Kauffman, Harold G. Gobble
  • Patent number: 6265002
    Abstract: The disclosed packet is formed from flexible wrapping material. The packet defines an interior volume and includes a seal area. The seal area includes a plurality of sealed strips and a plurality of unsealed strips. At least one unsealed strip is disposed between each pair of sealed strips. Each of the sealed strips includes two portions of the wrapping material that have been bonded together. Each of the unsealed strips includes two adjacent portions of the wrapping material that have not been bonded together. Each of the sealed strips also includes at least one void area. Each void area includes two adjacent portions of the wrapping material that have not been bonded together. The void areas and the unsealed strips provide at least one continuous unsealed path from the interior of the packet through the seal area to an external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Kustner Industries S.A.
    Inventor: René Blatter
  • Patent number: 6265010
    Abstract: A method and a device for preparing a drink glass with a salt-coated rim in which juice from a lime or lemon is deposited in an open-topped recess formed in the top of a lid for a wide-mouthed salt container, and the drink glass is inverted down onto the lid to have its rim wetted by the juice before being dipped into salt in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Richard E. Franco
  • Patent number: 6265009
    Abstract: A container is manufactured by means of folding and sealing, and is intended to be used in extremely humid conditions, such as in an autoclave or in a cooling tunnel. The container has at least one liquid absorbing layer and all the cut edges of the container are protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance SA
    Inventors: Tom Kjelgaard, Ulf Lindsjo, Birger Nilsson
  • Patent number: 6261615
    Abstract: A canister for containing a particulate-type product. The canister includes a canister body and a plurality of microholes formed in the canister body. Other than the plurality of microholes, the canister body is hermetically sealed. In this regard, the canister body defines an internal storage region configured to contain a particulate-type product. The plurality of microholes are sized to allow passage of air from the internal storage region, as well as to limit passage of the particulate-type product. During use, a decrease in atmospheric pressure applied to the canister, such as during shipping, results in air being vented from the internal storage region via the plurality of microholes. Due to this air flow, an internal pressure of the canister body maintains substantial equilibrium with atmospheric pressure such that the canister body will not expand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Sumpmann, Curtis J. Deering, Sarah J. Moberg, William E. Archibald