Patents by Inventor J. Michael Alden

J. Michael Alden 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: 20170367532
    Abstract: The present inventions provide, among other things, tapered burner tubes having raised gas ports and a smooth interior surface free from obstructions. Venturi members creating a smooth flow of the gas/air mixture along the top of the burner tube are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Mohammed Shoeb, Kevin James Schmeski, Luis Diaz, Jose Ignacio Mugica, Isabel Alava, Inigo Albizuri
  • Patent number: 9783216
    Abstract: A securable cart assembly for a gas grill that allows easy transport and installation, and which permits the cart and associated gas cylinder tank to cooperate with and be secured to a gas grill assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Paul Robert Behnke, Douglas William Masek
  • Publication number: 20170102142
    Abstract: The present inventions provide, among other things, tapered burner tubes having raised gas ports and a smooth interior surface free from obstructions. Venturi members and air shutters may also be included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Mohammed Shoeb, Kevin James Schmeski
  • Publication number: 20150342401
    Abstract: A securable cart assembly for a gas grill that allows easy transport and installation, and which permits the cart and associated gas cylinder tank to cooperate with and be secured to a gas grill assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Paul Robert Behnke, Douglas William Masek
  • Publication number: 20150076293
    Abstract: A gas distribution mounting bracket for gas grills that simultaneously secures a gas distribution manifold to the fire box and support frame of the gas grill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Paul Robert Behnke
  • Patent number: 8919706
    Abstract: A gas distribution mounting bracket for gas grills that simultaneously secures a gas distribution manifold to the fire box and support frame of the gas grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Paul Robert Behnke
  • Publication number: 20130292520
    Abstract: A gas distribution mounting bracket for gas grills that simultaneously secures a gas distribution manifold to the fire box and support frame of the gas grill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Paul Robert Behnke
  • Patent number: 6925998
    Abstract: The present invention provides a barbecue grill assembly with a support frame assembly including a left and right frame assembly. These frame assemblies are formed from a front frame member, a rear frame member, and a side member that connects the front and rear frame members. The grill assembly can have a first and a second horizontal member to connect the frame members of the left and right frame assemblies. The barbecue grill assembly further comprises a cooking chamber with a cover hingeably connected to a firebox. The firebox has a pair of opposed end walls with a mounting assembly that engages a limited extent of the front and rear frame members when the cooking chamber is connected to the support frame assembly. The end wall also have extending rails that define a channel configured to house conduit and fuel lines. Preferably, the left and right frame assemblies are pre-welded to facilitate assembly of the barbecue grill assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Daniel S. Choi, J. Michael Alden, James C. Stephen
  • Patent number: 6705307
    Abstract: A removable burner assembly is provided for a gas barbecue grill. The removable burner assembly has a burner frame having an open bottom and an open top, a burner connected to the burner frame, and a manifold in fluid communication with the burner. The burner frame, with the connected burner, is adapted to be removably mounted as a self-contained subassembly in the housing of the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Weber-Stephens Product Co.
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Leonard G. Zelek, James C. Stephen
  • Publication number: 20030230299
    Abstract: The present invention provides a barbecue grill assembly with a support frame assembly including a left and right frame assembly. These frame assemblies are formed from a front frame member, a rear frame member, and a side member that connects the front and rear frame members. The grill assembly can have a first and a second horizontal member to connect the frame members of the left and right frame assemblies. The barbecue grill assembly further comprises a cooking chamber with a cover hingeably connected to a firebox. The firebox has a pair of opposed end walls with a mounting assembly that engages a limited extent of the front and rear frame members when the cooking chamber is connected to the support frame assembly. The end wall also have extending rails that define a channel configured to house conduit and fuel lines. Preferably, the left and right frame assemblies are pre-welded to facilitate assembly of the barbecue grill assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Daniel S. Choi, J. Michael Alden, James C. Stephen
  • Publication number: 20030213484
    Abstract: A removable burner assembly is provided for a gas barbecue grill. The removable burner assembly has a burner frame having an open bottom and an open top, a burner connected to the burner frame, and a manifold in fluid communication with the burner. The burner frame, with the connected burner, is adapted to be removably mounted as a self-contained subassembly in the housing of the grill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Leonard G. Zelek, James C. Stephen
  • Patent number: 6644175
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a barbecue grill assembly 10 including a cooking surface assembly 12 positioned in a cooking chamber 14. The cooking surface assembly 12 includes a first portion or griddle 16 and a second portion or grate 18. The second portion or grate 18 has a plurality of openings 32 and a plurality of ribs 33. A transition wall 40 is positioned between the first portion 16 and the second portion 18. A duct 46 depends from a lower surface 48 of the first portion 16. The duct 46 has an end 47 that is cooperatively positioned with the aperture 30 to form a passageway or channel 50. The passageway 50 is adapted to permit the drainage of grease and other byproducts generated by cooking food on the assembly 12 past a plurality of burner tubes and to a lower portion of the cooking chamber 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Stephen, Adrian A. Bruno, J. Michael Alden
  • Patent number: 6619600
    Abstract: The present invention-provides a welded-frame assembly of a barbecue gas grill, or an accessory cart. The frame assembly comprises a plurality of elongated support members and a plurality of elongated channel members having at least a portion of generally U-shaped cross section and including an inner welding surface and an outer cosmetic surface. The channel members are disposed transverse to the support members and arranged such that their ends abut against the support members. A plurality of weld joints are each disposed on the inner welding surface of the channel members and a portion of the support members. The weld joints provide attachment of the support members and the channel members to form the welded frame assembly without substantial discoloration of the outer cosmetic surfaces of the channel members. Furthermore, the weld joints are substantially concealed for aesthetic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, J. Michael Alden
  • Publication number: 20030041744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a barbecue grill assembly 10 including a cooking surface assembly 12 positioned in a cooking chamber 14. The cooking surface assembly 12 includes a first portion or griddle 16 and a second portion or grate 18. The second portion or grate 18 has a plurality of openings 32 and a plurality of ribs 33. A transition wall 40 is positioned between the first portion 16 and the second portion 18. A duct 46 depends from a lower surface 48 of the first portion 16. The duct 46 has an end 47 that is cooperatively positioned with the aperture 30 to form a passageway or channel 50. The passageway 50 is adapted to permit the drainage of grease and other byproducts generated by cooking food on the assembly 12 past a plurality of burner tubes and to a lower portion of the cooking chamber 14.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Robert T. Stephen, Adrian A. Bruno, J. Michael Alden
  • Patent number: D462234
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Mark Johnson, Robert T. Stephen, James C. Stephen
  • Patent number: D466367
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, J. Michael Alden
  • Patent number: D471761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Charles Choi, J. Michael Alden
  • Patent number: D623006
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Weber - Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Erich Schlosser, Charles Choi, Daniel S. Choi
  • Patent number: D623014
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Weber - Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Erich Schlosser, Charles Choi, Daniel S. Choi
  • Patent number: D694568
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products, LLC
    Inventors: J. Michael Alden, Paul Robert Behnke