Patents by Inventor Michael Charles Cirigliano

Michael Charles Cirigliano 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: 8701549
    Abstract: An improved brewing basket, and receptacles for receiving the basket, collectively forming an improved brewing apparatus. A siphon is received within the receptacle aperture and is covered by a shroud depending from the floor of the basket. The basket is elevated with respect to the receptacle, preferably supported predominantly by the siphon. The apparatus of the invention is quite flexible, and by permitting use of a single basket for loose and filter pack teas, the complexity of manufacturing and sales is reduced. Other advantageous features include a stainless steel insert to assist in containing the siphon within the shroud, retaining tabs within the shroud to help secure the siphon, and one or more, preferably three or more, protrusions extending upwardly from the floor of the basket to assist in keeping any infusion bags from lying flat on the floor of the basket, and thereby to promote infusion. Preferably, the shroud is integral with the basket floor and extends both above and below the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Dominick Mordini, Michael Charles Cirigliano, Lucian Hite Lyall, III, Christopher Milner Enright
  • Publication number: 20120167774
    Abstract: An improved brewing basket, and receptacles for receiving the basket, collectively forming an improved brewing apparatus. A siphon is received within the receptacle aperture and is covered by a shroud depending from the floor of the basket. The basket is elevated with respect to the receptacle, preferably supported predominantly by the siphon. The apparatus of the invention is quite flexible, and by permitting use of a single basket for loose and filter pack teas, the complexity of manufacturing and sales is reduced. Other advantageous features include a stainless steel insert to assist in containing the siphon within the shroud, retaining tabs within the shroud to help secure the siphon, and one or more, preferably three or more, protrusions extending upwardly from the floor of the basket to assist in keeping any infusion bags from lying flat on the floor of the basket, and thereby to promote infusion. Preferably, the shroud is integral with the basket floor and extends both above and below the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventors: Mauro Dominick Mordini, Michael Charles Cirigliano, Lucian Hite Lyall, III, Christopher Milner Enright
  • Publication number: 20100086658
    Abstract: Low oil or fat consumer food products comprising a natural preservative system and method are disclosed. The preservative system has a mixture of aliphatic and aromatic isothiocyanates and is suitable for use in a variety of consumer products with staged refrigeration, as well as temperature cycling to achieve a low fat consumer food product that is microbiologically stable and safe while lacking undesirable mustard flavor and/or burn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Bernard Charles Sekula, Donald Joseph Hamm, Laura Anne Gallagan
  • Publication number: 20100068359
    Abstract: A method for preserving a food dressing composition is described. The method includes replacement of sodium chloride with potassium chloride or ammonium chloride in order to produce a food dressing composition free of spoilage and pathogens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventors: Bernard Charles SEKULA, Michael Charles CIRIGLIANO
  • Patent number: 7563434
    Abstract: Consumer products comprising a natural preservative system are described. The preservative system has a mixture of aliphatic and aromatic isothiocyanates and is suitable for use in a variety of consumer products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Charles Sekula, Michael Charles Cirigliano, Monika Maria Tobolewska
  • Publication number: 20080206414
    Abstract: A method for producing a microbiologically stable and safe food composition is described The method includes the step of mixing a food composition comprising an anionic polymer with a saturated preservative having an overall positive charge, whereby the saturated preservative is added in the last mixing step, in order to produce a food composition free of spoilage and pathogens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventors: Bernard Charles SEKULA, Michael Charles CIRIGLIANO
  • Publication number: 20080193615
    Abstract: Low oil or fat consumer food products comprising a natural preservative system and method are disclosed. The preservative system has a mixture of aliphatic and aromatic isothiocyanates and is suitable for use in a variety of consumer products with staged refrigeration, as well as temperature cycling to achieve a low fat consumer food product that is microbiologically stable and safe while lacking undesirable mustard flavor and/or burn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Conopco, Inc., d/b/a UNILEVER
    Inventors: Michael Charles CIRIGLIANO, Bernard Charles SEKULA, Donald Joseph HAMM, Laura Anne GALLAGAN
  • Patent number: 6994879
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus for brewing a beverage. The apparatus has a brew funnel, a key and an elevation device so that only one brand of beverage can be brewed to thereby prevent harm and confusion to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Unilever Bestfoods, North America, a division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Mauro Dominick Mordini
  • Patent number: 6805042
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus for brewing a beverage. The apparatus has a brew funnel with an elevation device that enables the end user to brew beverage, hot or cold, with a filter and loose beverage precursor and with beverage precursor packaged within a filter pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Unilever Bestfoods, North America, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Dominick Mordini, Michael Charles Cirigliano, Joseph Vaitkus
  • Patent number: 6786136
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus for brewing a beverage. The apparatus has a brew funnel, a key and an elevation device so that only one brand of beverage can be brewed to thereby prevent harm and confusion to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Unilever Bestfoods, North America, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Mauro Dominick Mordini
  • Publication number: 20040103792
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus for brewing a beverage. The apparatus has a brew funnel, a key and an elevation device so that only one brand of beverage can be brewed to thereby prevent harm and confusion to consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: Unilever Bestfood, North America
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Mauro Dominick Mordini
  • Publication number: 20030233946
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus for brewing a beverage. The apparatus has a brew funnel, a key and an elevation device so that only one brand of beverage can be brewed to thereby prevent harm and confusion to consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Applicant: Unilever Bestfoods, North America
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Mauro Dominick Mordini
  • Publication number: 20030209151
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus for brewing a beverage. The apparatus has a brew funnel with an elevation device that enables the end user to brew beverage, hot or cold, with a filter and loose beverage precursor and with beverage precursor packaged within a filter pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Applicant: Unilever Bestfoods N.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Dominick Mordini, Michael Charles Cirigliano, Joseph Vaitkus
  • Patent number: 6306449
    Abstract: A heterogeneous edible spread having a water-in-oil composition and a varigate composition is disclosed. The water-in-oil composition and the varigate composition have humectant concentrations that result in each of the compositions having substantially the same water activity, resulting in a spread having superior appearance, taste and texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Lipton, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Podutoori Ravinder Reddy, Thomas John Wajda, Jr., Michael Charles Cirigliano, Andreas Markus Keller
  • Patent number: 6171624
    Abstract: A heterogeneous edible spread having a water-in-oil composition and a varigate composition is disclosed. The water-in-oil composition and the varigate composition have humectant concentrations that result in each of the compositions having substantially the same water activity, resulting in a spread having superior appearance, taste and texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Lipton, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Podutoori Ravinder Reddy, Thomas John Wajda, Jr., Michael Charles Cirigliano, Andreas Markus Keller
  • Patent number: 6156362
    Abstract: A foodstuff is disclosed which also contains a sufficient amount of Natamycin in combination with reduced levels of selected chemical preservatives to prevent the outgrowth of yeast, mold and/or bacteria making the foodstuff significantly more organoleptically acceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Lipton, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Raymond Thomas McKenna, Andreas Markus Keller
  • Patent number: 6146675
    Abstract: A natural microbiocidal and/or microbiostatic composition wherein the sole antibiotic antimicrobiocidal agent is Natamycin which inhibits or destroys yeast and mold in selected foodstuffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Lipton, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Michele Alice Buchanan
  • Patent number: 6120823
    Abstract: A foodstuff having selected flavorant/antimicrobial compounds in an amount sufficient to result in a microbiologically stable foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Lipton, divsion of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Francis John Farrell, Raymond Thomas McKenna, Paul John Rothenberg
  • Patent number: 6120825
    Abstract: A method for preparing, handling, storing and dispensing tea at relatively mild temperatures is provided to eliminate or substantially reduce microbial outgrowth. A balance between the tea solids concentration and the storage temperature is achieved whereby the delicate flavor of the tea is not compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Thomas J. Lipton Co., division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, Mauro Dominick Mordini, Paul John Rothenberg, Raymond Thomas McKenna
  • Patent number: 6036986
    Abstract: An aqueous based tea solids containing beverage is taught which also contains a sufficient amount of cinnamic acid its salts and esters as a flavoring/antimicrobial compound and employs a hurdle approach with selected levels of water hardness, polyphosphate, sequestrants, pH adjustment, benzoic acid and sorbic acid to prevent microbiological outgrowth while simultaneously contributing to the pleasant flavor of the beverage thus making the beverage acceptable both organoleptically and microbiologically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Lipton, Division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Charles Cirigliano, William Conrad Franke, Meghan Mary Kemly, Raymond Thomas McKenna, Paul John Rothenberg