Patents Examined by Steven Weinstein
  • Patent number: 7128934
    Abstract: A support-equipped extracting bag for a drink, for example coffee, comprises an extracting bag member 2 containing therein a drink material to be extracted and having a front face section 2a and back face section 2b each comprising a filtering sheet; and a support member 3 attached to the bag member and covering an upper half portion of the bag member, to hygienically keep a top end of the bag member to be opened during storage and to enable the bag member to be stably and safely held in a cup, wherein the upper middle portion of the support member and the upper portion of the bag member can be opened by removing the upper middle portion of the support member and the upper portion of the bag member along cut lines 8 and 9 or vacant area 10 or 11 and a row of perforations 13 formed through the support and bag members, and by bending the right and left side upper portions of the support member inward along folds or dotted cuts 14 and 15 formed in the right and left side upper portions of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignees: Key Coffee, Inc., Yamanaka Sangyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiji Ohta, Kaichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6770314
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of packaging goods having a liquid element, said liquid element comprising dissolved gases, wherein the liquid element is treated prior to the goods being subjected to a vacuum packing process, such that a substantial volume of the dissolved gages do not escape from said liquid element during said vacuum packing process. Suitable methods of treatment of the liquid element include subjecting the liquid element to a gas removal process and subjecting the liquid element to a freezing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventors: John Clare William Scott, James Donoghue
  • Patent number: 6713104
    Abstract: A plurality of flat rigid supports protect flat surfaces, flexible membranes protect contoured surfaces, and intersections of these rigid and flexible surfaces form joints that protect the corners and edges of cut seafood such that the physical shape of each packaged seafood segment resembles its freshly cut shape. Cut seafood surfaces, corners, and edges protected by this supporting means avoid contact with other surfaces that may disfigure their original cut appearance. This supporting means accommodates varying seafood fillet sizes and shapes, and minimizes the unused space within the packing unit. As a result, a substantial cost savings is realized by shipping seafood fillets with the weight and volume of non-edible portions of the whole fish removed prior to shipping without compromising the quality of the delivered product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: William R. Kowalski
  • Patent number: 6623773
    Abstract: A packaging material for packaging a selected fluid-containing fresh food item for providing simultaneous curing or marinating of such food item and storage of the same at normal refrigeration temperatures. A packaging material comprises a substrate suitable for contact with food and a food treatment layer comprises a predetermined amount of edible adhesive applied to a food contacting surface of the substrate and a curing or marinating agent mixed in, retained and calibrated by the adhesive. The adhesive is capable of dissolving in fluid from the food at a temperature in the range of −3° C. to −4° C. The amount of curing or marinating agent retained by the predetermined amount of adhesive is that which is required to substantially cure or marinate the selected food item. The amount of the adhesive is determined by the amount of curing or marinating agent required to be retained by it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Transform Pack Inc.
    Inventors: Hans J. Meier, Germain Landry, Raymond Caissie
  • Patent number: 6620447
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the manufacture of a baked product with the product being enclosed in a wrapper. The product can be given good qualities including that desired surface portions of the product can be provided a crust similar to that achievable under open-pan baking conditions. The invention is implemented so that the dough is dosed into the baking volume formed by said sealed wrapper, subsequently baking the dough in said baking space formed by said sealed wrapper. In the wrapper, the wrapper area overlying the intended crust-formation area of the baked product is made of a moisture-permeable porous material capable of passing water vapour through its structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Raisio Yhtyma Oyj
    Inventors: Veli-Matti Paukkunen, Pirjo Alho-Lehto, Petri Liimatainen
  • Patent number: 6410065
    Abstract: An expansible container is provided for use during the cooking of food in a radiant energy device such as a microwave oven, with the container being configured or otherwise designed to provide entertainment to onlookers as the container expands in size during the relative rapid cooking of food in the container and/or with the fully expanded container of cooked food providing an interesting article, character, figure or configuration that is of novel, interesting or entertaining appearance. The container is formed from relatively flexible materials that define a closed chamber which contains food to be cooked. In its deflated form, the container is collapsed to assume a relatively flat, thin configuration which, in most preferred practice, displays or is configured to provide an entertaining or amusing shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Jr., Dale Panasewicz
  • Patent number: 6403136
    Abstract: A dispenser for a granular foodstuff including web material, and a granular foodstuff removably adhered to at least one surface of the web material, whereby frictional engagement between two adjacent surfaces of the web material causes disengagement of the foodstuff from the web material and provides controlled dispensing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Tanya Damm Bokobza
  • Patent number: 6399126
    Abstract: A flavored beverage stirrer which includes a carrier and a cartridge is disclosed. The carrier includes a cap to which is attached an elongated member or wand with barbs or protrusions extending outwardly from the length thereof. The stirrer also includes a cartridge formed from a flavored material. The cartridge is generally in the shape of a cylinder with a hole extending therethrough. The cartridge is placed onto the wand so that the barbs of the wand fit within grooves formed within the hole of the cartridge thereby retaining the cartridge on the elongated member. The stirrer may now be placed within a cup or mug of a hot beverage. As the stirrer is swirled through the beverage, the flavored cartridge dissolves and adds flavor to the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: John Weldon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6395321
    Abstract: A method for packaging food items, such as processed cheese, into a plastic film package that entirely encloses the food item with peelable heat seals, such as hermetic peelable heat seals. The heat of the food item is used to activate a sealant within the plastic film. Plastic film formulations are provided for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Schreiber Foods, INC
    Inventors: David L. Shaft, George O. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 6395319
    Abstract: A padded handle (1) comprising preferably one piece of flexible filling material, which is arranged to be guided through two or more handle grips and where two opposing edges of the padded handle (1) have assembled corresponding locking mechanisms (2, 5) arranged to lock the two opposing edges loosely together, with an inner surface (3) surrounding the handles. That which is new and distinguishing is, among other characteristics, the fact that the padded handle in its unbent, mainly flat form, has an elliptical horizontal projection which comprises a minimal area in relation to the length and breadth of material which is necessary in order to fulfill the function of compression distribution, while at the same time covering the handles; and where the padded handles' edible material after use may be opened up and consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Jan Harry Öien
  • Patent number: 6391353
    Abstract: Packaging (10) featuring a tear-off closure with an tearing aid for freeing an opening (34) to remove the contents (32) is such that, at least in the region of the opening, layers of packaging material forming an outer (20) and inner part (22) of the packaging are superimposed, separated or separable from each other. The aid to tearing is arranged on the outer part (20) of the packaging in such a manner that the outer part of the packaging is separated from the inner part of the packaging a distance (a) from the opening and the inner part of the packaging is exposed in the region of the opening. The inner part (22) of the packaging which is revealed on tearing open the packaging is free of germs with the result that the packaging is suitable for consuming drinkable and/or edible contents by mouth directly from the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Alusuisse Technology and Management Ltd.
    Inventors: Claude A. Marbler, Frédéric Froemer
  • Patent number: 6379730
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and composition for the prevention of struvite in containers such as cans. The method includes combining a water soluble vitamin selected from the group consisting of pantothenic acid, the calcium salt of pantothenic acid, vitamin B12, folic acid, niacin and mixtures thereof with the fish. The composition is a tablet comprising the water soluble vitamin and sodium chloride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Cargill Incorporated
    Inventor: Elwood E. Graham, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6376000
    Abstract: A method of forming chocolate mold having an image printed thereon. The method includes the steps of forming a piece of edible paper, releasably securing a first side of the edible paper to a backing sheet, printing an image on a second side of the edible paper and securing the edible paper to the chocolate mold. The image is printed on the edible paper by a printer using food coloring loaded into a cartridge of the printer. The step of securing the edible paper to the chocolate mold may include placing the edible paper within a mold with the image facing a side of the mold, pouring chocolate into the mold and atop the edible paper, allowing the chocolate poured into the mold to harden and removing the hardened chocolate and edible paper from the mold. The hardening of the chocolate forms a bond between the chocolate and the edible paper it is poured atop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Peter B Waters
  • Patent number: 6375236
    Abstract: The invention is a safety device for use in connection with candies such as lollipops that are equipped with sticks. Such handle will have a narrow opening running down the length of the handle in order to hold the narrow paper stick of the lollipop. Such handle will be equipped with a rim at the top and at the bottom to support the lollipop in an upright position and to prevent the lollipop from injuring the youngster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Jimmy Ducharme
  • Patent number: 6372270
    Abstract: The present invention comprises various methods and apparatus for making or brewing personal quantities of beverages using bottled water, either in a conventional or specially formed bottle. One embodiment includes a cap assembly having an outer attachment portion and a plunger portion fitting within the attachment portion. The two portions define a chamber therein containing a drink mix, one or more tea bags, etc. A seal is provided to prevent mixing of the drink mix and water within the bottle until desired. When the plunger is pushed downwardly, it drives the drink mix through the seal, bursting the seal and deploying the drink mix or tea bags into the water within the bottle. In another embodiment, the bottle and drink mix are packaged together, with the bottle including a pocket formed in the side thereof and the drink mix secured in the pocket by a label extending thereacross. Yet another embodiment includes a conventional bottle, with the label having a pocket formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Sean P. Denny
  • Patent number: 6372272
    Abstract: A kit comprising a decorative container or can which includes dry, packaged cake mix and a package of pre-mixed icing. The cake can be baked and stored in the container. The outer wall of the container is decorated with a heat-resistant paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Mark S. Honoosic
  • Patent number: 6319530
    Abstract: An iced cake (92) is decorated with an edible substrate sheet (100) having a color image (200) reproduced thereon by a plain paper photocopy process. The sheet (100) is passed along a straight, generally unheated copy path (24) through a plain paper, color inkjet photocopy machine (10) to reproduce thereon the color image (200) placed on the photocopy glass (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Jack Guttman, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas R. Stewart
  • Patent number: 6299919
    Abstract: A packaging container, which can be made of plastic, for sliced foodstuffs, in particular cheese slices, with a bottom tray and a cover foil. The foodstuffs are introduced into the bottom tray of the packaging container. The bottom tray is then sealed by the cover foil, and then welded or adhesively bonded or otherwise attached to the bottom tray or to a border around the latter. The invention solves the problem that the consumer faces when foodstuffs are not easily removed from the packaging container. The bottom tray of this invention has recessed grips which allows easy removal of foodstuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Hochland Reich, Summer & Co.
    Inventors: Jürgen Knaus, Hans Wurm
  • Patent number: 6284304
    Abstract: The soybean milk containing a coagulant is primarily heated, packed into a molding container, and secondarily heated to complete coagulation. And, (1) the coagulated product (silken tofu) is transferred into a container for distribution, alternatively, (2) the coagulated product (silken tofu) is collapsed, and transferred into a draining container made of porous boards and pressed from the upper side to drain part of the water content, and the resulting momen tofu is transferred from the draining container into a container for distribution. Then, water is added to the container for distribution so as to allow the silken tofu or the momen tofu to sink under the water, followed by sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Kikkoman Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Matsuura, Yoshiro Yamanaka, Shigeru Noguchi, Jun Sasaki, Tomoko Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 6280787
    Abstract: The present invention includes a gas flushing device that includes a piston portion having a hole to introduce the flushing gas. The present invention also includes a method for removing air from a container that stores food. The method includes providing the gas flushing device and aligning the device with the container. The method also includes moving the piston of the device into the container until the piston encounters a predetermined pressure. Next, the piston is retracted from the container while simultaneously releasing a fushing gas through the hole. Next, the piston is removed from the container and the container is sealed in an inert atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: The Pillsbury Company
    Inventor: Michael R. Perry