Patents by Inventor Karol Renau

Karol Renau 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: 7820948
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for enabling control of the temperature of a receptacle in a satellite for containing a brewed fluid, so as to enable control of the temperature of the brewed fluid in the receptacle upon transfer of the brewed fluid from a brewing machine into the receptacle. The control of the temperature of the receptacle is responsive to contactless and wireless transfer of power and communication between the brewing machine and the satellite, and to generating, communicating, and processing fluid temperature measurement-enabling data between the brewing machine and the satellite, so as to enable control of the temperature of the brewed fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 7202449
    Abstract: A power management system for managing the power supplied to a plurality of warming elements in a brewing machine, so as to conform to pre-set power safety requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Publication number: 20050247206
    Abstract: An identity and possibly integrity based communication system is disclosed as a broad conceptual realization of a system especially useful with a disposable product packaging and its machinery which enables receipt of identification data incorporated into the packaging, or otherwise incorporated into the product. The receipt of information may be acknowledged to the user or surreptitiously acknowledged, and includes cases where the identification data carried may be either preserved, destroyed, or changed upon opening, or consumption of the contents in the package. The existence of the identification data may be either shown on the packaging or hidden from view regardless of whether the identification data is placed on the outside surface of the packaging, inside surface of the packaging, or within the packaging material. An integrated packaging used without further package removal is also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Applicant: Wilbur Curtis Company (CA Corporation)
    Inventors: Lucian Lyall, Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 6961630
    Abstract: A hybrid microcontroller system for controlling a function of a device in an apparatus. The system controls the switching of the device so as to inhibit the formation of an abrupt transient spike between a pair of current switching contacts. Also, the system enables an operator from outside the system to enter a command relating to a function of the device, and for indicating to the operator outside the system the nature of the command thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 6850850
    Abstract: A flowmeter for metering the volume of flow of a fluid through a filter, to enable the level of filter usage to be indicated. A preset level of metered fluid flow volume indicates a corresponding level of filter usage. The flowmeter is able to self-generate current responsive to the flow of the fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 6816670
    Abstract: In a system and method for exchanging heat with a fluid, for heating the fluid, the system includes a heat exchanger, for exchanging heat with a fluid so as to heat the fluid, adapted to store heat energy, and to enable heat energy to be exchanged with the fluid to heat the fluid. The heat exchanger enables the fluid to rapidly attain and maintain a stable heated fluid temperature, and a stable fluid dispensing temperature. The system further includes a fluid inlet, for enabling the fluid to flow into the heat exchanger, and a fluid outlet, for enabling the heated fluid to flow out of the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger has a channel therein, adapted to enable the fluid to flow thereinto and therefrom, and to enable the fluid to be retained therein for efficient and effective heating of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 6636772
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling the entry and indicating of a command relating to a function of a device, by an operator from outside the device, without the operator accessing the inside of the device. The system includes an entry element and an indicating element, and a processor for processing and implementing the entered and indicated command in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 6546944
    Abstract: In a system and method for sensing and controlling the level of a fluid in a tank, the system includes a fluid inlet, for enabling the flow of fluid into the tank, and a controller, for controlling the flow of fluid through the fluid inlet. The system further includes a sensor, for sensing the level of the fluid in the tank, for activating the controller responsive thereto, and for directing the flow of fluid out of the tank. The system also includes a connector for connecting the sensor to the controller. The sensor comprises a siphon outlet tube, comprised of a conductive material, including a downwardly depending portion which includes a leading edge having a substantial surface area for contact by the fluid upon reaching a preset level in the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 6214239
    Abstract: As apparatus for monitoring usage of a replaceable water filter is adapted to determine the extent of filter usage and indicate the need for filter replacement. It includes elements for processing the flow of water over time to determine the extent of filter usage, and elements for activating and deactivating the processing elements upon starting and stopping of water flow. It further includes elements for indicating the extent of filter usage as determined by the processing elements by comparison to preset levels. The elements include a single magnet which is freely movable within a housing channel whose movement is solely responsive to pressure changes brought about by the stopping and starting of the water flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 5835993
    Abstract: An apparatus for incrementally controlling actuation of an alternating current motor and rotation of the motor shaft, to incrementally control rotation of a rotatable member connectable to the motor shaft. The apparatus includes motor pulsing elements for controlling actuation of the motor and rotation of the motor shaft and rotatable member. The motor pulsing elements increase or decrease motor actuation and motor shaft and rotatable member rotation in increments of about ten percent, between about ten and one-hundred percent of full actuation and rotation, for correspondingly controlling a system controllable thereby, such as a beverage powder dispensing system in a beverage dispensing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Renau Corporation
    Inventor: Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 4849098
    Abstract: An automatic monitor for potable water quality which monitors total dissolved solids (TDS) in drinking water. Built into a faucet base are a pair of indicators in the form of one green and one red LED. A sensor in the form of a pair of spaced electrodes extends into the supply conduit for the faucet and measures the electrical resistances of the water in the conduit. A pulse power source powered by a battery supplies power to automatically periodically power the sensor and illuminate the green LED as long as the TDS level is below a preselected value. If the level exceeds the preselected value, the red LED is periodically illuminated. The duty cycle for operation and illuminating the LEDs is approximately 0.5% whereby battery drain is sufficiently low that months of continuous monitoring is possible using 4 AA batteries. No ON-OFF switch is needed. If neither LED illuminates once every two minutes, the batteries need replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventors: Anthony Wilcock, Karol Renau
  • Patent number: 4780621
    Abstract: A system for remotely controlling multiple light strings to achieve a wide variety of visual effects including, on the same string, variations in color, blink rate, and brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Assignees: Frank J. Bartleucci, Anthony Ciuffo
    Inventors: Frank J. Bartleucci, Karol Renau