Patents by Inventor Jeffrey J. Girard

Jeffrey J. Girard 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).

  • Patent number: 9155417
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications and having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Publication number: 20140346188
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications and having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8800820
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications and having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8757227
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Roy Kenneth Fischer, Richard Symington, Erik Kenneth Anderson, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Nassar Pirshafiey
  • Publication number: 20130002108
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications and having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT COFFEE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8210396
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. The piston can also includes a membrane positioned on a side facing the valve stem configured to permit a flow of fluid into the dispensing tube when the valve body is in contact with the valve seat and to permit the fluid to be forcibly expressed from the dispensing tube when the valve body is moved from its contact position. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications, having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 8091735
    Abstract: An improved concentrated/extract cartridge is provided for dispensing a liquid in an accurate and repeatable manner. The cartridge includes an electromagnetically actuated piston connected to a value. The piston includes an exterior ring supported by a hollow interior web that is configured to permit a flow of fluid into the dispensing tube when the value body is in contact with the value seat. A membrane is located below the web and is in sealing contact with the internal ring when the piston is activated. This allows a precise and repeatable amount of the liquid to be dispensed with each stroke. Dispensers for dispensing the liquid from the cartridge for a number of applications are also provided. The dispensers each include an actuating coil into which the dispensing tube is inserted. A controller is connected to the coil for controlling the actuation of the piston/value assembly for dispensing the fluid in the cartridge as required for the particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Paul Van Den Hoonaard
  • Publication number: 20110210140
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT COFFEE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Roy Kenneth Fischer, Richard Symington, Erik Kenneth Anderson, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Nasser Pirshafiey
  • Patent number: 7828020
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Roy Kenneth Fischer, Richard Symington, Erik Kenneth Anderson, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Nassar Pirshafiey
  • Publication number: 20100089944
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT COFFEE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Roy Kenneth Fischer, Richard Symington, Erik Kenneth Anderson, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Nasser Pirshafiey
  • Patent number: 7651015
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube connected to the hollow body. A piston is slideably contained by the dispensing tube. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. The port defines a flow passage through the dispensing tube. The valve stem is connected to the piston at a first end of the valve stem, and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. A beverage dispenser having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a beverage made from concentrate/extract and a diluent are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 7614524
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing a beverage into a container is provided. The dispenser includes a housing having a dispensing area. A pump or a control valve is in communication with a source of diluent which is to be dispensed into the dispensing area. A cartridge receiving area and a dispensing actuator are located in the housing. A concentrate/extract cartridge is removably insertable into the cartridge receiving area in a position to be actuated by the dispensing actuator, the concentrate/extract cartridge being adapted to hold a beverage concentrate/extract and including a dispensing aperture for dispensing a beverage concentrate/extract into the dispensing area upon placement of the concentrate/extract cartridge in the cartridge receiving area. A controller is located in the housing to control the actuator to discharge concentrate/extract into the dispensing area. A method of dispensing a selected beverage made from concentrate/extract and a diluent is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Roy Kenneth, Richard Symington, Erik Kenneth, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Nasser Pirshafiey
  • Patent number: 7594525
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for a beverage dispenser adapted to dispense a liquid concentrate/extract and a diluent is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body for containing liquid concentrate/extract and an aperture. A pumping device is connected to the hollow body for dispensing the liquid concentrate/extract from the hollow body through the aperture. A method for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract from a beverage dispenser using a concentrate/extract cartridge is also provided in which the concentrate/extract does not come into contact with the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Roy Kenneth Fischer, Richard Symington, Erik Kenneth Anderson, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Nasser Pirshafiey
  • Publication number: 20090057341
    Abstract: A concentrate/extract cartridge for dispensing a liquid concentrate/extract is provided. The cartridge includes a hollow body and a dispensing tube that contains a pumping device. The cartridge includes a valve having a valve stem that passes through a port of a valve seat connected to the dispensing tube. A piston is located at a first end of the valve stem and a valve body is located at a second end of the valve stem in removable contact with the valve seat for alternately opening and closing the port. The piston can also includes a membrane positioned on a side facing the valve stem configured to permit a flow of fluid into the dispensing tube when the valve body is in contact with the valve seat and to permit the fluid to be forcibly expressed from the dispensing tube when the valve body is moved from its contact position. A liquid dispenser suitable for numerous applications, having a removably insertable concentrate/extract cartridge and a method of dispensing a liquid are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT COFFEE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Publication number: 20080173705
    Abstract: An improved concentrate/extract cartridge is provided for dispensing a liquid in an accurate and repeatable manner. The cartridge includes an electromagnetically actuated piston connected to a valve. The piston includes an exterior ring supported by a hollow interior web that is configured to permit a flow of fluid into the dispensing tube when the valve body is in contact with the valve seat. A membrane is located below the web and is in sealing contact with the internal ring when the piston is activated. This allows a precise and repeatable amount of the liquid to be dispensed with each stroke. Dispensers for dispensing the liquid from the cartridge for a number of applications are also provided. The dispensers each include an actuating coil into which the dispensing tube is inserted. A controller is connected to the coil for controlling the actuation of the piston/valve assembly for dispensing the fluid in the cartridge as required for the particular application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: INTELLIGENT COFFEE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Nasser Pirshafiey, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay, Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald, Paul Van Den Hoonaard
  • Patent number: D574258
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay
  • Patent number: D593355
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Intelligent Coffee Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Girard, Mario E. Vassaux, Heather B. Kay