Patents by Inventor Eric Favre

Eric Favre 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: 20180036737
    Abstract: A system for packaging tea in a sealed casing. the system includes a machine for breaking dried tea leaves, said machine comprising an inlet for supplying dried tea leaves, an outlet for releasing the broken tea leaves, and at least one breaker device including a first breaker member and a second breaker member that can be removed relative to the first breaker member, said first and second breaker member being configured to bend the dried tea leaves until they break.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventor: Eric FAVRE
  • Patent number: 9623368
    Abstract: A process for separating a gaseous or liquid mixture by means of a separating device including a first volume and a second volume which are separated by a membrane which has selective permeability with respect to at least two components of the mixture, comprising the following steps: a) fill up the first volume of the device with the mixture to be separated; b) wait for a period of time which is in excess of the permeation lag time, but is insufficient to reach a state of equilibrium, during which time a fraction of each component of the mixture passes from the first to the second volume of the device through the membrane; and c) evacuate the first and the second volume of the device, as a result of which at least one first and one second cut of the mixture is obtained, having different molar compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universite de Lorraine
    Inventors: Eric Favre, Jean-Pierre Corriou, Christophe Castel, Lei Wang
  • Publication number: 20150209792
    Abstract: A system (1) for packaging tea in a sealed casing (3). the system includes a machine (4) for breaking dried tea leaves, said machine comprising an inlet (11) for supplying dried tea leaves, an outlet (12) for releasing the broken tea leaves, and at least one breaker device (5a, 5b and 5c) including a first breaker member (6) and a second breaker member (8) that can be removed relative to the first breaker member, said first and second breaker member being configured to bend the dried tea leaves until they break.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: TPRESSO AG
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Patent number: 8875617
    Abstract: Apparatus for making a drink or liquid food from a capsule (3) containing a substance to be mixed with water injected at pressure into the capsule, the apparatus comprising a mixing unit (4) with a capsule insertion channel (14), a capsule holder (8) with a mixing wall (22), an injecting head (10) for injecting water into the capsule, and an opening and closing mechanism (12) for producing a relative movement between the capsule holder and the injecting head to open and close the injecting head on the capsule holder. The insertion channel is inclined at an angle of between 30 and 60 degrees relative to a horizontal plane (HZ).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Mocoffee AG
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Publication number: 20140318368
    Abstract: A process for separating a gaseous or liquid mixture by means of a separating device including a first volume (V1) and a second volume (V2) which are separated by a membrane (MS) which has selective permeability with respect to at least two components of said mixture, the process including the steps consisting in: a) fill up the first volume of the device with the mixture (Ml) to be separated; b) wait for a period of time (t2?t1) which is in excess of the permeation lag time, but is insufficient to reach a state of equilibrium, during which time a fraction of each component of said mixture passes from the first to the second volume of the device through the membrane; c) evacuate the first and the second volume of the device, as a result of which at least one first (R) and one second cut (P, P1, P2) of the mixture is obtained, having different molar compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
    Inventors: Eric Favre, Jean-Pierre Corriou, Christophe Castel, Lei Wang
  • Publication number: 20140065269
    Abstract: The invention relates to a capsule associated with the perforating device of a machine used to prepare drinks by injecting water into the capsule. The capsule includes a side wall and a base forming a self-supporting shell, an upper wall enclosing a sealed volume inside the shell that contains a substance to be extracted, and a filter membrane in the sealed volume disposed on the base. The base has a peripheral portion and a central portion, the central portion extending beneath the peripheral portion with a depth and having a low wall portion configured to be perforated or cut by the perforating device in order to create one or more outlets for the drink flowing through the filter membrane. The peripheral portion comprises flow channels extending radially from the low wall portion to the side wall and being disposed between the support spokes to support the filter membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: MOCOFFEE AG
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Patent number: 8486151
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cotyloid component of a hip prosthesis, said cotyloid component being hollow and in the form of a cup whose outer part has a thread allowing it to be fixed in the iliac bone, said thread being a discontinuous self-cutting double thread (20, 21), and said cotyloid component having a flattened upper pole (1), a coating that promotes osseointegration on its outer face (10), and a concave, substantially hemispherical and polished inner surface (11), characterized in that: (a) the pitch of the threads (20, 21) decreases from the upper pole (1) towards the equatorial periphery (3) of the cotyloid component, (b) the thicknesses of the threads (20, 21) increase from the upper pole (1) of the cotyloid component towards its periphery (3), (c) the crest of the threads (20, 21) is sharp towards the pole (1) of the cotyloid component and rounded or substantially trapezoidal towards the equatorial periphery (3) of the cotyloid component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Boris Theillez, Nicolas Chanzy, Frederic Farizon, Philippe Adam, Remi Philippot, Eric Favre, Rodophe Limozin, Gilles Provost, Serge Doycinovich, Jean-Philippe Camilleri
  • Publication number: 20110264231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cotyloid component of a hip prosthesis, said cotyloid component being hollow and in the form of a cup whose outer part has a thread allowing it to be fixed in the iliac bone, said thread being a discontinuous self-cutting double thread (20, 21), and said cotyloid component having a flattened upper pole (1), a coating that promotes osseointegration on its outer face (10), and a concave, substantially hemispherical and polished inner surface (11), characterized in that: (a) the pitch of the threads (20, 21) decreases from the upper pole (1) towards the equatorial periphery (3) of the cotyloid component, (b) the thicknesses of the threads (20, 21) increase from the upper pole (1) of the cotyloid component towards its periphery (3), (c) the crest of the threads (20, 21) is sharp towards the pole (1) of the cotyloid component and rounded or substantially trapezoidal towards the equatorial periphery (3) of the cotyloid component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Boris Theillez, Nicolas Chanzy, Frédéric Farizon, Philippe Adam, Rémi Philippot, Eric Favre, Rodolphe Limonzin, Gilles Provost, Serge Doycinovich, Jean-Philippe Camilleri
  • Patent number: 7946217
    Abstract: A method for preparing a beverage or a liquid foodstuff from a capsule containing a product with a substance to be extracted, the capsule having a flexible membrane (17) capable of deforming elastically or permanently to a considerable extent, comprising the steps of perforating a plurality of holes (26) distributed over the flexible membrane and of injecting water onto the flexible membrane, in such a manner that it deforms in the direction of the product inside the capsule and in that the water penetrates into the capsule via said holes. The size of the holes perforated by the perforating spikes is controlled by the level to which the capsule is filled or by the compactness of the product inside the capsule, so as to influence the hydraulic pressure differential ?P between the two sides (17a, 17b) of the flexible membrane, in such a manner as to achieve an automatic adjustment of the compression of the product contained in the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Monodor S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Favre, Jacques Hentsch
  • Publication number: 20110000377
    Abstract: Apparatus for making a drink or liquid food from a capsule (3) containing a substance to be mixed with water injected at pressure into the capsule, the apparatus comprising a mixing unit (4) with a capsule insertion channel (14), a capsule holder (8) with a mixing wall (22), an injecting head (10) for injecting water into the capsule, and an opening and closing mechanism (12) for producing a relative movement between the capsule holder and the injecting head to open and close the injecting head on the capsule holder. The insertion channel is inclined at an angle of between 30 and 60 degrees relative to a horizontal plane (HZ).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Monodor S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Publication number: 20060174769
    Abstract: A method for preparing a beverage or a liquid foodstuff from a capsule containing a product with a substance to be extracted, the capsule having a flexible membrane (17) capable of deforming elastically or permanently to a considerable extent, comprising the steps of perforating a plurality of holes (26) distributed over the flexible membrane and of injecting water onto the flexible membrane, in such a manner that it deforms in the direction of the product inside the capsule and in that the water penetrates into the capsule via said holes. The size of the holes perforated by the perforating spikes is controlled by the level to which the capsule is filled or by the compactness of the product inside the capsule, so as to influence the hydraulic pressure differential ?P between the two sides (17a, 17b) of the flexible membrane, in such a manner as to achieve an automatic adjustment of the compression of the product contained in the capsule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Favre, Jacques Hentsch
  • Patent number: 5907524
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a balance-spring for a clockwork movement wherein a spring is formed by winding, from a wire or metal strip, said spring including an inner end intended to be fixed to a balance and a outer end zone intended to be fixed to the balance-spring stud and wherein the whole spring is subjected to a first heat treatment subsequent to the winding step of said wire. The method of the invention is characterized in that it further includes an additional step consisting in subjecting at least said outer end zone to a second heat treatment.This method improves in particular the shock resistance of the balance-spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Eta Sa Fabriques D'Ebauches
    Inventors: Philippe Marmy, Eric Favre, Christoph Schlencker
  • Patent number: 5472719
    Abstract: When in use, the sealed cartridge (1) containing a certain amount of a substance intended for the preparation of a bewerage by dissolution or extraction with a liquid, is placed inside a liquid collector member comprised of a frusto-conical beaker (9). The assembly thus formed is placed inside a housing (21) of a "spoon" of a coffee machine. The top of the cartridge (1) is perforated by a perforator and injector member which injects a liquid under pressure inside the cartridge (1). The lower membrane (2) of the cartridge undergoes a deformation under the effect of the pressure thus generated and is pressed against perforator tips (13) at the bottom of the beaker (9). The liquid flows into the housing (21) and can be collected in cups. The invention makes it possible to optimize the contact time of the substance contained inside the cartridge with the liquid supplied for its dissolution or its extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: Coffea S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Patent number: 5008013
    Abstract: A filter employed for the extraction of beverages is formed of a piece of material having two planar surfaces and a plurality of uniformly distributed openings extending through the piece. A plurality of nipples, equal in number to the number of openings, project from and out of at least one of the planar surfaces and extend for a distance substantially equal to the thickness between the planar surfaces of the piece of material, each nipple being associated with one of the openings through the piece of material, and each opening extends through each nipple. The openings have a shape of a truncated cone, a truncated pyramid, or a truncated tetrahedron, and each opening at the end of each nipple, which is disposed away from the planar surface from which the nipple projects, forms a minor base of the opening shape and each opening at the other planar surface forms a major base of the opening shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Favre, Petr Masek, Bernard Truchement
  • Patent number: 4917251
    Abstract: A container for beverages, particularly beverages, such as coffee, which form a froth upon being dispensed in the container for consumption, has an interior base portion extending to a sidewall portion and defining an interior beverage containing surface having a shape in the form of an ellipsoid of revolution having an eccentricity of from 1.15 to 5.0, a hyperboloid of revolution having asymptotes forming an angle of less than 90.degree., or a paraboloid of revolution wherein a distance from a focus of the parabola to its directrix line is from 0.5 to 3.0 for promoting the formation of a shell of froth when the beverage is dispensed into the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Patent number: 4846052
    Abstract: A device for extracting material contained in cartridges has a housing body having a hollow interior, defined by the inside of the housing body which extends to and terminates at an open bottom, in a form which substantially conforms to the form of a cartridge to be extracted for accepting a cartridge for extraction. An upper portion of the housing includes an injection element having a point which protrudes into the hollow interior for opening and penetrating a cartridge for extraction of the material in the cartridge. The outside of the housing body has an upper protruding part and a lower protruding stop beneath and displaced from the upper protruding part. A movable ring circumscribes the housing and the stop and has a lug protruding towards the outside of the housing body which is capable of communicating with the stop, the lug being positioned on the ring such that when the lug and stop are in communication, the ring protrudes below the bottom of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Favre, Petr Masek
  • Patent number: 4806375
    Abstract: A process for extracting aromatic substances which are contained in sealed cartridges by injecting water for prewetting the substance in the cartridge, injecting air into the prewetted substance and injecting water for extraction of the substance. More particularly, the aromatic substances which are extracted are for the preparation of a beverage and are contained in cartridges which have a top portion capable of being pierced by an injector and a base portion having a membrane provided with a line of weakness which breaks during the extraction process with a filter being provided between the membrane and the substance to be extracted. The prewetting water is injected into the substance in the cartridge at a pressure of between 2 kg/cm.sup.2 and 3 kg/cm.sup.2. Air is injected at a pressure of between 3 kg/cm.sup.2 and 6 kg/cm.sup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Patent number: 4136202
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for making up a drink using an apparatus, said capsule being composed essentially of a sealed body having the general shape of an acute truncated cone with a rim at its base and of a membrane closing the base, said membrane being provided with a line of weakness delimiting an aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1979
    Assignee: Societe d'Assistance Technique pour Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Favre
  • Patent number: 3956881
    Abstract: A hairspring and collet assembly for timepieces in which the collet has a base having an opening and a stud integral from the base in a direction parallel to the axis of the opening. The hairspring comprises an inner turn ending in a bend. The stud occupies a portion of the base extending between the opening and the periphery of the base. The non-deformed portion of the inner turn of the hairspring is secured to the stud and the bend extends freely away from the stud about the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1976
    Assignee: ETA A.G. Ebauches-Fabrik
    Inventors: Pierre-Alain Vuille, Eric Favre, Friedrich Perrot