Patents Examined by Patricia A. George
  • Patent number: 8263151
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for treating produce to control microorganisms are provided. The method treats produce by contacting the surface of the produce with an aqueous solution comprising i) an organic peracid of the formula RC(O)OOH wherein R is methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, or s-propyl; ii) a 2-hydroxy organic acid selected from tartaric acid, citric acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, and lactic acid; and (optionally) iii) an anionic surfactant; wherein the aqueous solution has a pH from 2.5 to 6.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fresh Express, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kai Lai Grace Ho
  • Patent number: 8257763
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a process for producing a feed and a feed product from proteins like fish meal, soybean meal, rape meal, feather meal etc, binders like wheat, starch containing sources etc, lipids being of marine and/or vegetable origin and containing at least one of the conventional additives like minerals, vitamins, enzymes and pigments like astaxanthin. A storage stable intermediate product is manufactured by mixing the protein material with binders and possibly also the minerals which then are extruded, pelletized, granulated and formed into porous pellets suitable for transport or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Occurente AS
    Inventors: Jacques C. VA Wijnoogst, Freddy Johnsen
  • Patent number: 8231919
    Abstract: Cooking of French fried potatoes by facilitating a generally vertical arrangement of potato strips while in the frying operation is disclosed wherein the slices may be cooked within a very deep pack while oil is urged to flow upwardly through the pack and steam entrapment within the cooking slice pack is minimized. A conveyor belt carrying the slices through the cooker has a multiplicity of openings facilitating oil flow there through and the cooker is configured to permit oil discharge for reheating purposes both laterally and longitudinally of the processing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Heat and Control Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Anthony Caridis, Thomas John Miller
  • Patent number: 8226849
    Abstract: Provided are a metal-polishing liquid that comprises an oxidizing agent, an oxidized-metal etchant, a protective film-forming agent, a dissolution promoter for the protective film-forming agent, and water; a method for producing it; and a polishing method of using it. Also provided are materials for the metal-polishing liquid, which include an oxidized-metal etchant, a protective film-forming agent, and a dissolution promoter for the protective film-forming agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Uchida, Tetsuya Hoshino, Hiroki Terazaki, Yasuo Kamigata, Naoyuki Koyama, Yoshio Honma, Seiichi Kondoh
  • Patent number: 8216626
    Abstract: Dehydrated potato pellets are made by preparing an aqueous mixture of dried potato pieces, an emulsifier, and oil, and, optionally, a freshly cooked potato, homogenizing the mixture to produce a pumpable, flowable aqueous dispersion, mixing the dispersion with more dried potato pieces and, optionally, freshly cooked potatoes, forming the mixture into pellets, and drying them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Basic American, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. McArthur, Steven D. Elliott, Kimberly A. Killian
  • Patent number: 8182858
    Abstract: A composition for improving the flavor and juiciness of marinated meats and inhibiting growth of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms and a process for making the composition are described. Lemon juice and vinegar are neutralized, concentrated and blended with non-neutralized lemon juice and non-neutralized vinegar in appropriate proportions to achieve the desired water binding and antimicrobial effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Triad Resource Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mo Mui Toledo
  • Patent number: 8158182
    Abstract: The present invention resides in methods of preparing low moisture sweetened fruit product base. The methods comprise the steps in sequence of forming a hot sweetened intermediate moisture flowable fruit or confectionary composition or slurry by extended cooking with agitation at final moisture levels and a solids content ranging from about 85 to 92° Brix; and without intervening drying, forming the hot slurry into sized and shaped individual pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Jad Arsan, Mayur Valanju, Andrew Marwaha, Michael Bottko
  • Patent number: 8133520
    Abstract: A commercial device and method for cooking food product in cooking oil includes a fry vat containing an amount of cooking oil used to cook discrete batches of uncooked food in discrete batches of a weight relative to the amount of cooking oil in the range of from about 0.0375 to about 0.1, with the total amount of food being cooked at any one time relative to the amount of oil in the fry vat being about 0.1 or less. Cooking the food results in an uptake of oil by the food in an amount of from about 5.5% to about 13% by weight of the uncooked food, and an oil turnover ratio of from about 0.0026 to about 0.007 per discrete batch. Replacement oil is periodically added, and a sufficient number of batches are cooked over 60 hours of operation to achieve at least one vat oil turnover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce G. Feinberg, Matthew P. Rollins, Sang Hoon Chun
  • Patent number: 8124161
    Abstract: The invention provides food product particles obtainable with a method for finish-frying food product particles in superheated steam having a flow rate in the range of from 1 to 20 m/s, at a temperature in the range of from 150-250° C. and for a period of time in the range of from 1 to 5 minutes, wherein more than 75% of the surface of the food product particles is contacted with the superheated steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Henk-Jan Meijer, Rudy Mathias Henricus Heijmans
  • Patent number: 8101220
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to non-thermally treat goods for human consumption with carbon dioxide. Apparatus and methods rely on multiple pressure changes of carbon dioxide to affect one of three processes. A first process rapidly freezes and thaws water on the surface of the goods in rapid succession multiple times to detrimentally affect pathogens. A second process raises the pressure and temperature of carbon dioxide to supercritical conditions to detrimentally affect the lipids in the membranes of pathogens. A third process adjusts the pressure to form a dense carbon dioxide liquid with a low pH that may also detrimentally affect pathogens. All processes may be repeated or performed in succession, or in any order. Optionally, thereafter, the goods may be stored at low temperature in substantially 100% carbon dioxide for further pathogen reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: SafeFresh Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. M. Garwood
  • Patent number: 8088293
    Abstract: The invention includes methods of forming reticles configured for imprint lithography, methods of forming capacitor container openings, and methods in which capacitor container openings are incorporated into DRAM arrays. An exemplary method of forming a reticle includes formation of a radiation-imageable layer over a material. A lattice pattern is then formed within the radiation-imageable layer, with the lattice pattern defining a plurality of islands of the radiation-imageable layer. The lattice-patterned radiation-imageable layer is utilized as a mask while subjecting the material under the lattice-patterned layer to an etch which transfers the lattice pattern into the material. The etch forms a plurality of pillars which extend only partially into the material, with the pillars being spaced from one another by gaps. The gaps are subsequently narrowed with a second material which only partially fills the gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gurtej S. Sandhu
  • Patent number: 8084362
    Abstract: The present invention relates to polishing slurry and polishing method used for polishing in a process for forming wirings of a semiconductor device, and the like. There are provided polishing slurry giving a polished surface having high flatness even if the polished surface is made of two or more substances, and further, capable of suppressing metal residue and scratches after polishing, and a method of chemical mechanical polishing using this. The polishing slurry of the present invention is polishing slurry containing at least one of a surfactant and an organic solvent, and a metal oxide dissolving agent and water, or polishing slurry containing water and abrasive, wherein the surface of the abrasive is modified with an alkyl group, and preferably, it further contains a metal oxidizer, water-soluble polymer, and metal inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Amanokura, Takafumi Sakurada, Sou Anzai, Masato Fukasawa, Shouichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8062547
    Abstract: A CMP slurry is provided comprising polishing particles, the polishing particle comprising organically modified colloidal silica. Also, a method of preparing a CMP slurry is provided, comprising the steps of: preparing polishing particles comprising organically modified silica; converting the polishing particles into an aqueous state; and adding pure water, a hydrophilic additive and a dispersing agent to the polishing particles. The polishing particles can be synthesized using a sol-gel process. According to the invention, a slurry having excellent polishing properties can be prepared, in which the surface properties of colloidal silica are changed to control the physical properties of the polishing particles and which can ensure a desired CMP removal rate while minimizing the occurrence of scratches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignees: K.C. Tech Co., Ltd., IUCF-HYU
    Inventors: Un Gyu Paik, Jea Gun Park, Sang Kyun Kim, Ye Hwan Kim, Myoung Won Suh, Dae Hyeong Kim
  • Patent number: 8053007
    Abstract: The described invention provides a method to determine a standard equivalent unit of nutrition in one serving of a weighted composition comprising a basket of fruits and vegetables representing at least 85% of all fruits and vegetables consumed in a defined geographical area; a method to fortify a base food so that the base food contains a standard equivalent unit of nutrition present in at least one serving comprising (i) at least one fruit; (ii) at least one vegetable, or (iii) at least one fruit and at least one vegetable; and a nutritional supplement or food additive comprising a set of nutritive components wherein the set of nutritive components provides at least one standard equivalent unit of nutrition present in one serving of a composition comprising at least one fruit and at least one vegetable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Innocenzi
  • Patent number: 8053017
    Abstract: A formed lump of shellfish meat is manufactured by placing cooked shellfish meat into a mold, placing raw shellfish meat into a mold, compressing the shellfish meat, and cooking the compressed shellfish meat to make a formed lump of shellfish meat. The shellfish meat may be crab, scallops, shrimp, or lobster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Phillips Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen B. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8037813
    Abstract: A method for forming thin edible pieces uses two continuous belts that cooperate to form a fill cavity. An edible mass, such as chocolate, is flowed into the fill cavity where it forms an edible blank which is transported on a belt path with the two belts moving in tandem. After the edible blank is released from the first or second continuous belt, a three-dimensional shape may be imparted to the edible blank at a forming station using one or more stamping dies or a forming drum. Using the techniques and apparatus described herein, novel edible products, and particularly novel chocolate products, can be made having shape characteristics that cannot be obtained using known molding or forming techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: James M. Suttle, Thomas M. Collins, George Graham, Alfred V. Camporini
  • Patent number: 8017169
    Abstract: Shelf stable cheeses, especially shredded cheeses, and the manufacture thereof. Cheeses of the invention have good melting properties, are microbiologically safe and resistant to the growth of mold and pathogens when stored at room temperature, and can maintain physical integrity when subjected to temperature abuse. The cheese may be comprised of a mixture of salts (e.g., sodium chloride, disodium phosphate, sodium hexametophosphate, sodium alginate, titanium dioxide, sorbic acid, and the like), starch (e.g., waxy maize and the like), water, cheese, and cheese for manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gary William Trecker, Stephen S. Williams
  • Patent number: 8017173
    Abstract: Dehydrated potato pellets are made by preparing an aqueous mixture of dried potato pieces, an emulsifier, and oil, and, optionally, a freshly cooked potato, homogenizing the mixture to produce a pumpable, flowable aqueous dispersion, mixing the dispersion with more dried potato pieces and, optionally, freshly cooked potatoes, forming the mixture into pellets, and drying them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Basic American, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. McArthur, Steven D. Elliott, Kimberly A. Killian
  • Patent number: 7998522
    Abstract: Dehydrated potato flakes prepared from potato slices, slivers and/or nubbins suitable for use in dough compositions used to make fabricated products. The dehydrated flakes are prepared such that the physical properties in the flake are controlled during processing. The resulting flakes can be used to prepare a more cohesive, non-adhesive, machineable dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Maria Dolores Martines-Serna Villagran, David John Beverly, Leonard Williamson
  • Patent number: 7994058
    Abstract: The present invention relates to polishing slurry and polishing method used for polishing in a process for forming wirings of a semiconductor device, and the like. There are provided polishing slurry giving a polished surface having high flatness even if the polished surface is made of two or more substances, and further, capable of suppressing metal residue and scratches after polishing, and a method of chemical mechanical polishing using this. The polishing slurry of the present invention is polishing slurry containing at least one of a surfactant and an organic solvent, and a metal oxide dissolving agent and water, or polishing slurry containing water and abrasive, wherein the surface of the abrasive is modified with an alkyl group, and preferably, it further contains a metal oxidizer, water-soluble polymer, and metal inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Amanokura, Takafumi Sakurada, Sou Anzai, Masato Fukasawa, Shouichi Sasaki