Patents by Inventor Julia B. Burke

Julia B. Burke 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: 20210325106
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet and a surround lighting feature. The vacuum insulated cabinet includes a liner disposed within a wrapper, which are interconnected by a thermal bridge to form a vacuum cavity therebetween. A wall covering assembly includes a top wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner. The wall covering assembly also includes a rear wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. In assembly, the liner and the wall covering assembly cooperate to define a refrigerator compartment. A cavity is formed between liner and the wall covering assembly. A surround lighting assembly is disposed around an opening into the refrigerator compartment and is powered by a wiring system concealed by the wall covering assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Abhay Naik
  • Patent number: 11079171
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet and a surround lighting feature. The vacuum insulated cabinet includes a liner disposed within a wrapper, which are interconnected by a thermal bridge to form a vacuum cavity therebetween. A wall covering assembly includes a top wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner. The wall covering assembly also includes a rear wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. In assembly, the liner and the wall covering assembly cooperate to define a refrigerator compartment. A cavity is formed between liner and the wall covering assembly. A surround lighting assembly is disposed around an opening into the refrigerator compartment and is powered by a wiring system concealed by the wall covering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Abhay Naik
  • Publication number: 20200378678
    Abstract: A storage structure for an appliance, such as a refrigerator, is disclosed. The storage structure includes a metal frame coupled to the appliance, and in some cases welded to a door of the appliance. A storage bin is disposed within the metal frame and movable between an open and closed position. In some cases, a top wall of the metal frame may define the floor of a storage cavity disposed above the storage structure. The storage cavity may also include an upper retaining portion that is movably coupled to the appliance to adjust the size of the storage cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julia B. BURKE, Daniel CHOW, Mark W. SCHULZ, Daniel V. CLEMENTS
  • Publication number: 20200309448
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet including a first shelf defining a U-shape, wherein the U-shape is off-center so that a first side of the U-shape is wider than the an opposite, second side of the U-shape, a second U-shaped shelf having left, right and back portions located in a horizontal fashion above the first shelf, and a mounting structure for supporting the first and second U-shaped shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Juan F. Flores, Todd Tunzi
  • Publication number: 20200284499
    Abstract: A wall panel for an appliance is disclosed. The wall panel includes a substantially planar surface disposed within the interior of an appliance and extending the full height and width of an appliance wall. The wall panel may be disposed between the appliance cabinet structure and the internal storage structures, such as shelves, drawers and the like, to create a fully integrated appearance. In addition, the wall panel may serve to hide refrigeration components such as air vents, internal refrigeration coils, or water lines. In some cases, the surface of the wall panel is a three-dimensional molded pattern to provide structure and create a perception of greater depth within a compartment of the appliance. In other cases, the wall panel is a lighted panel that activates when a user interacts with the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Daniel V. Clements, Rebecca M. Goesling, Mark W. Schulz
  • Patent number: 10704825
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet including a first shelf defining a U-shape, wherein the U-shape is off-center so that a first side of the U-shape is wider than the an opposite, second side of the U-shape, a second U-shaped shelf having left, right and back portions located in a horizontal fashion above the first shelf, and a mounting structure for supporting the first and second U-shaped shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Juan F. Flores, Todd Tunzi
  • Publication number: 20190310011
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet and a surround lighting feature. The vacuum insulated cabinet includes a liner disposed within a wrapper, which are interconnected by a thermal bridge to form a vacuum cavity therebetween. A wall covering assembly includes a top wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a top wall of the liner. The wall covering assembly also includes a rear wall disposed adjacent to and spaced-apart from a rear wall of the liner. In assembly, the liner and the wall covering assembly cooperate to define a refrigerator compartment. A cavity is formed between liner and the wall covering assembly. A surround lighting assembly is disposed around an opening into the refrigerator compartment and is powered by a wiring system concealed by the wall covering assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giulia Marinello, Alberto R. Gomes, Lynne F. Hunter, Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Abhay Naik
  • Publication number: 20180283770
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet including a first shelf defining a U-shape, wherein the U-shape is off-center so that a first side of the U-shape is wider than the an opposite, second side of the U-shape, a second U-shaped shelf having left, right and back portions located in a horizontal fashion above the first shelf, and a mounting structure for supporting the first and second U-shaped shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Juan F. Flores, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 10018409
    Abstract: A refrigerator cabinet including a plurality of U-shaped shelves is provided. Each of the plurality of U-shaped shelves includes left, right and back portions located in a horizontal fashion with one shelf above another. A mounting structure is provided for supporting the U-shaped shelves; and a removable shelf is located within one or more of the U-shaped shelves. In addition, a tuck shelf is mounted in at least one of the plurality of U-shaped shelves, the tuck shelf being disposed either against at least a back portion of the at least one U-shaped shelf or between the removable shelf and a portion of the at least one U-shaped shelf that is closest to a user of the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Juan F. Flores, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 9989232
    Abstract: A height-adjustable shelving system for an appliance includes an appliance having a plurality of walls that define an interior cavity. The appliance has an electrical system that extends into at least one of the walls of the appliance. A shelf is selectively disposed within the cavity and includes a lighting fixture. A shelf support system in communication with the electrical system includes at least one rotatable body operable between a plurality of support positions, the at least one rotatable body removably receiving and supporting the shelf, wherein each of the support positions of the rotatable body corresponds to a different shelf height. The removable engagement between the shelf and the rotatable body in any of the plurality of support positions places the lighting fixture in communication with the electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Juan F. Flores, Michael T. Moore, Douglas Pohl, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 9835372
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided that includes a crisper system having one or more moveable and removable drawers. The drawers include rollers extending downwardly and outwardly from the drawers to provide maximum storage volume. The rollers are configured to work with channels formed in a support system, which may be integrally formed with a bottom floor of a compartment of the refrigerator. Therefore, the rollers and channels of the support system provide easy access and removability of the drawers of the crisper system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald E. Haltmeyer, Anant Ravindra Karanjikar, Bill J. Koons, Dean A. Martin, Julia B. Burke
  • Patent number: 9803913
    Abstract: A tiered storage system for refrigerator door bins is established by providing an insert between opposing side walls of the bin, with the insert including a raised platform arranged spaced from a bottom wall of the bin. The insert is positioned such that the platform extends only part way from a rear wall to a front wall of the bin and maintained in this operational or in-use position by retainer structure acting between the bin and the insert. The insert also includes an upstanding front panel extending upward from a front end portion of the platform, with the upstanding panel extending between the opposing side walls of the bin, to prevent food containers stored on the platform from toppling upon movement of the refrigerator door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Todd J. Tunzi
  • Patent number: D807930
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah
  • Patent number: D808445
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: D808446
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D809572
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D810795
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: D839321
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: D883348
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan
  • Patent number: D926235
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Mansour Ourasanah, Daniel H. Quinlan