Patents by Inventor Ben C. Shao

Ben C. Shao has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220202230
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: 11297972
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Publication number: 20200146508
    Abstract: A coffee grinding apparatus includes a removable holder assembly having first and second arms that are spaced-apart from one another to define an open receiving area therebetween. The arms each include upper and lower tabs that extend inwardly into the open receiving area first and second distances, respectively. The first and second distances of the upper and lower tabs are configured to retain and support portafilter assemblies of various sizes for filling with coffee grounds using the coffee grinder apparatus. Another holder assembly for use with the coffee grinding apparatus may include opposed abutment surfaces for engaging inner and outer surfaces of a cup portion of various sized portafilter assemblies. Each disclosed holder assembly is configured to attach to a pedestal portion of the coffee grinding apparatus in use, and can be stored in a support base of the coffee grinding apparatus when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Ebstein, Daniel F. Galea, Edward Haney, Feng Liu, John W. McConnell, Norma Richards, Ben C. Shao, Pravin Shewale, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Publication number: 20200029724
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: 10517419
    Abstract: A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. The steeping tube extends downwardly from the lid assembly into the vessel when the lid assembly is received on the upper opening of the vessel. An articulating filter assembly is coupled to the lid assembly and includes a filter plate that is operable between an extended position and a retracted position. The filter plate is configured to contact an inner surface of the vessel when the filter plate is in the extended position. A biasing member is configured to bias the filter plate towards the extended position for filtering a brewed tea mixture as the mixture is poured through the upper opening of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Nancy E. Chandrasekaran, Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: 10123933
    Abstract: A modular male sexual aid device includes a housing, a plurality of ring segments, and an end cap. The housing includes a base and a pair of walls. Each of the walls extends longitudinally between a bottom end and a top end. Each ring segment is removably connected to one of the walls of the housing such that the central passages of the ring segments define a masturbation passage. At least one of the walls of the housing can be pivotally mounted to the base such that it is movable between an upright assembled position and an outwardly extending disassembled position. The end cap is removably connected to the top ends of the walls such that the walls are prevented from rotating outwardly away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Polydigitech Inc.
    Inventor: Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: 10064515
    Abstract: A coffee maker and method of operating the same is disclosed. The method includes deactivating a heating plate of the coffee maker when a drip pan is positioned thereon, soliciting a user-selection of a serving size from a plurality of serving sizes when the drip pan is positioned on the base, and operating a pump of the coffee maker to advance fluid to a filter basket in accordance with the selected serving size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Arren J. McCormick, Ben C. Shao
  • Publication number: 20180092798
    Abstract: A modular male sexual aid device includes a housing, a plurality of ring segments, and an end cap. The housing includes a base and a pair of walls. Each of the walls extends longitudinally between a bottom end and a top end. Each ring segment is removably connected to one of the walls of the housing such that the central passages of the ring segments define a masturbation passage. At least one of the walls of the housing can be pivotally mounted to the base such that it is movable between an upright assembled position and an outwardly extending disassembled position. The end cap is removably connected to the top ends of the walls such that the walls are prevented from rotating outwardly away from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventor: Ben C. Shao
  • Patent number: D834884
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Brandon T. Mock, Ben C. Shao, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Patent number: D841386
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, Wenkai Wu
  • Patent number: D849464
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, Zhao Yi Yin
  • Patent number: D862160
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Brandon T. Mock, Ben C. Shao, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Patent number: D867047
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Patent number: D873072
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, Wenkai Wu
  • Patent number: D889906
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Zhao Yi Yin, Ben C. Shao, John W. McConnell, Mansour Ourasanah
  • Patent number: D893946
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Whirpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, Wenkai Wu
  • Patent number: D894660
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, ZhaoYi Yin
  • Patent number: D894661
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: ZhaoYi Yin, John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, Daniel F. Galea, Dean A. Peppel
  • Patent number: D942199
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: ZhaoYi Yin, John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, Daniel F. Galea, Dean A. Peppel
  • Patent number: D942200
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: John W. McConnell, Ben C. Shao, ZhaoYi Yin