Patents by Inventor Olivier Fond

Olivier Fond 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: 20030077359
    Abstract: A sachet for preparation of a beverage. The sachet has a compact roast and ground coffee cake having first and second cake opposed surfaces extending between to a peripheral cake edge. The first opposed surface is substantially convex and configured for ensuring leaktightness in an extraction chamber that is configured for injecting water and extracting the coffee. The peripheral edge has a peripheral surface that is generally normal to the opposed surfaces. An outer sheet of a flexible material is impermeable to oxygen and water vapor and contains and impermeably seals the cake therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Applicant: NESTEC, S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Jean-Pierre Pleisch, Roland Rossier, Jacques Schaeffer, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 6068871
    Abstract: A powdered substance, which is suitable for preparation of a beverage with an extraction fluid, is extracted for preparation of a beverage. The substance which is compacted in a form of a cake, is contained within a sachet between two sachet sheets which, prior to extraction of the substance, protect the substance against oxygen and water vapor and which extend to sealed edges for containing the substance within the sheets prior to and during extraction. In effecting extraction, one sheet is perforated to provide at least one opening for injection of extraction fluid, and extraction fluid is injected under pressure into the sachet for contacting and deforming the compacted substance cake and for extracting the substance in the sachet, and the other sheet is deformed against a surface having portions forming, upon deformation of the second sheet, local breakages in that sheet for opening that sheet for flow of extracted beverage substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Jean-Pierre Pleisch, Roland Rossier, Jacques Schaeffer, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 6025000
    Abstract: A powdered substance, which is suitable for preparation of a beverage with an extraction fluid and which is compacted in a form of a cake, is extracted for preparation of a beverage. The compacted substance cake is contained within a sachet between two sachet sheets which, prior to extraction of the substance, protect the substance against oxygen and water vapor and which extend to sealed edges for containing the substance within the sheets prior to and during extraction. In effecting extraction, one sheet is perforated first to provide at least one opening for injection of extraction fluid, and extraction fluid is injected under pressure into the sachet for contacting the substance and for extracting the substance in the sachet, and the other sheet advantageously is deformed against a surface having portions forming, upon deformation of the second sheet, local breakages in that sheet for opening that sheet for flow of extracted beverage substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Jean-Pierre Pleisch, Roland Rossier, Jacques Schaeffer, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5897899
    Abstract: A sealed cartridge, which need have no marks for weakening and inside which, no filter is needed, contains a substance, such as roasted and ground coffee, for being extracted under pressure. The cartridge has a cup having a base and a lateral wall extending from the base to a lip which extends laterally away from the wall about a cup opening, and the cartridge has a cover sealed to the lip to cover the opening. Either the cover or the base provides a tear face which is torn under stress during extraction of the substance under pressure for preparation of a beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Fond
  • Patent number: 5826492
    Abstract: An apparatus for extracting a substance contained in a sachet for preparation of a beverage has a first member having raised and hollow portions for forming a flow zone and a second member for cooperating with the first member to form a chamber to contain the sachet for extraction of the substance and to grip the edge of the sachet to ensure fluid-tightness upon being tightened, each member being configured for forming substantially half of the chamber for containing and ensuring a specific sachet shape. In one embodiment, the second member has provision for perforating an upper surface of a sachet for introducing water into the sachet. In another embodiment, the first member has an injector member which projects beyond the raised portions for perforating and introducing water into the sachet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Gerard Lavanchy, Jean-Pierre Pleisch, Jacques Schaeffer, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5762987
    Abstract: A substance for preparation of a beverage contained in a sealed flexible sachet is extracted with a device which provides a chamber formed by two members configured so that they each form a cavity which is substantially one-half of the chamber and so that when brought and fastened together, they form the chamber containing the sachet and provide for penetrating the sachet for subsequent injection of water for extraction of the substance. One member has a base which has a surface from which raised portions project and holes for flow of extract therethrough, and this member and the sachet are configured so that upon placing the sachet on the member, one sachet sheet is supported by the raised portions and a sealed peripheral sachet edge extends onto a rim of the member. Upon bringing and fastening the two members together, the members grip the sachet edge for fluid-tight sealing and shape the sachet uniformly and confine the substance within the sachet within the cavities, and the sachet is penetrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Gerard Lavanchy, Jean-Pierre Pleisch, Jacques Schaeffer, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5656311
    Abstract: A cartridge which contains a substance for preparation of a beverage has a cover membrane member which covers an opening of a container body for containing the substance within the container interior. The body has a base and a sidewall which extends from the base to define a container interior, and the sidewall defines the opening at a position opposing the base. The membrane is affixed to a rim which extends from the sidewall in a direction away from the sidewall. An interior container surface of either the base or the cover membrane member contains a plurality of perforations which define openings which provide localized absence of a plurality of portions in the base or cover membrane member to provide a plurality of localized portions of reduced thickness so that when a fluid pressure for extraction of the substance for preparation of a beverage is applied, the localized portions of reduced thickness tear and open for beverage passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Fond
  • Patent number: 5656316
    Abstract: Fluid comestibles are prepared from substances, particularly roast and ground coffee, contained in cartridges by supporting a peripheral portion of a first surface of a sealed cartridge with a holder which has a base which includes a grille and relief surface element so that the remainder portion of the first surface is positioned adjacent the relief surface element. An opposing cartridge surface is pierced for injection of water into the cartridge while maintaining the base in the position adjacent the first surface, and while maintaining the base in a fixed position, water is injected under a pressure of greater than atmospheric pressure into the cartridge to deform the first surface remainder portion against the relief surface element first to press the first surface against the relief surface element and to wet and compact the substance and then to tear and open the remainder portion of the first surface for flow of fluid comestible from the cartridge and through the grille in a plurality of streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Gerard Lavanchy, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5649472
    Abstract: A substance for preparation of a beverage contained in a sealed flexible sachet is extracted with a device which has two members which are configured to each form a cavity which is substantially one-half of a chamber so that upon being tightened together for holding the sachet for extraction of the substance, the sachet is provided with a desired shape and is perforated to enable injection of water for extraction of the substance. Upon perforation, water is injected which deforms a surface against raised portions of one of the members and then tears the sachet to allow flow of beverage from the sachet through holes of the member containing the raised portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Gerard Lavanchy, Jean-Pierre Pleisch, Jacques Schaeffer, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5637335
    Abstract: A capsule package which contains roast and ground coffee for preparation of a coffee beverage has body and membrane components. The body has a base portion capable of allowing flow of a coffee beverage therethrough, an annular sidewall portion which extends transversely from the base about a package body interior space and defines an opening which opposes the base portion, and a rim portion which extends about the opening and transversely from the sidewall portion in a direction away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Petr Masek
  • Patent number: 5603254
    Abstract: A bag-holder and an extraction machine for enabling extraction of a substance for preparation of a beverage contained in a pliant bag having at least one linear edge weld. The bag-holder has a housing configured to provide a cavity for containing the bag and an area which provides a grid of raised and indented elements and flow holes, the grid area providing for tearing the bag and for flow of extract from the housing during extraction. The bag-holder also has provision for securing the edge weld of the bag to keep the bag in the holder. The bag-holder also contains a bore in the area of the outflow grid for accepting a hollowed needle therethrough for penetrating into a bag for introducing extraction fluid into the bag and wherein the needle, during extraction, extends from an extraction machine which also has a part for, upon placement of the bag-holder together with the extraction machine, enabling sealing the part and the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Petr Masek
  • Patent number: 5402707
    Abstract: Systems for preparing comestibles, particularly beverages, from substances contained in sealed cartridges have a water injector, a support for a cartridge holder and a cartridge holder which includes a flow grille and relief surface element so that upon introducing water under pressure into the cartridge to prepare a beverage, a face of the cartridge adjacent the relief surface element and flow grille is deformed and then torn to enable a fluid comestible to be removed from the cartridge and pass through the relief surface element and grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Gerard Lavanchy, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5398595
    Abstract: Devices for being fitted to a beverage making machine extraction head have a ring member which has a wall which extends to define a hollowed interior portion suitable for being fitted about a periphery of a coffee machine water injection system extraction head which surrounds a water injection passage. The hollowed interior is defined further by a base connected to and disposed transversely with respect to the wall. The base may be a ring wall portion which provides a grill and which has projections extending therefrom, or may be a ring wall portion which has a hole therethrough and which has projections extending therefrom, or may be a ring wall portion which has a centrally disposed needle portion which contains at least one opening so that upon the ring member being fitted about the extraction head, the base is positioned adjacent a base of the extraction head, and so that the projections or needle are positioned to extend away from the extraction head base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: NEstec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5398596
    Abstract: A device for the extraction of a beverage material contained in a cartridge has a surface member of which at least a portion has a flat surface and a size at least sufficient to overlay and cover at least a peripheral surface of a cartridge, which contains a beverage to be extracted and which is positioned adjacent the member, to effect imperviousness between the flat surface of the surface member and the cartridge during extraction of the beverage material contained in the cartridge. The device also has an injector which extends through the surface member for piercing into the cartridge. The injector extends longitudinally perpendicular to the flat surface of the surface member and has outlets disposed for directing water ejected from the injector for extraction of the beverage material at an angle of from 90.degree. to 65.degree. with reference to a longitudinally extending portion of the injector at the outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Fond
  • Patent number: 5347916
    Abstract: A device for assisting extraction of a material contained in a cartridge for preparation of a beverage has a wall which forms a hollowed enclosure which has an interior surface which defines a frustoconically shaped cavity for containing the cartridge. A rim intersects and extends laterally from the interior surface of the wall to form a peripheral rim base surface which intersects the wall for supporting a cartridge contained by the interior wall surface. A plurality of fins integral with the rim extend from the rim laterally, with respect to the interior wall surface, to converge and connect at an area which is centrally disposed, with respect to the interior wall surface and rim, and displaced at a distance away from a plane defined by the intersection of the interior wall and rim base surfaces so that the area of convergence is displaced away from a cartridge contained and supported by the wall and rim base surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Mario Pasquali, Bernard Pierre
  • Patent number: 5343799
    Abstract: Devices for extraction of a beverage material contained in a cartridge include an extraction head and a water distributing grill, a cartridge holder and a cartridge holder support which engages tightening ramps of a tightening ring of the extraction head to support the holder. Projecting elements extend from the grill in a direction away from a base of the extraction head. The cartridge holder has a frustoconical inner shape and has a seal incorporated in a rim extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Fond
  • Patent number: 5327815
    Abstract: Devices for use in a water injection coffee extraction machine are in a form of a hollowed ring which may be fixed about the base of the extraction head of the coffee machine, and a grill or other member, which allows passage of extraction water therethrough, is positioned transversely within the interior of the ring so that upon fitting the ring about the extraction head base, the grill or other member is positioned adjacent the base of the extraction head. The grill may have projections which extend in a direction away from the extraction head, and the member may have a centrally disposed portion which has a form of a needle which also contains at least one hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Alfred Yoakim
  • Patent number: 5242702
    Abstract: Roast and ground coffee, which is contained in a sealed frustoconically shaped cartridge between a first cartridge face and a filter which separates the coffee from a second cartridge face, is extracted by first placing the cartridge in a holder to hold a rim of the cartridge so that the second face is adjacent a finger. The filter has a strength sufficient to withstand, without tearing, the pressure in the cartridge upon extraction, and the second face has a strength sufficient to deform and withstand, without tearing, a pressure in the cartridge upon extraction of greater than 1 bar but less than 10 bar. After placement of the cartridge, the first face is pierced with an injector, and a mixture of water and air is injected from the injector under a pressure of from 1 bar to 10 bar to deform the second face in a direction away from the filter and towards the finger to apply the second face against the finger to tear the second face to enable extraction liquid to flow from the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Fond
  • Patent number: 5197374
    Abstract: A device for extraction of coffee contained in a cartridge has a sealing member, an injector member, a cartridge holder member and a tightening ring member. The sealing member has a surface which has a size sufficient to overlay and cover a surface of a cartridge containing coffee to be extracted. The injector member extends through the sealing member and sealing member surface and has outlets disposed for directing water ejected from the injector at an ascending angle with respect to the sealing member surface. The holder member has a first portion for enveloping and containing sides of a cartridge for supporting a cartridge, for enabling positioning a cartridge surface adjacent the sealing member surface and for enabling fluid-tight sealing of an edge of the cartridge surface to the sealing member surface. The holder also has a base having openings for enabling extracted coffee to flow out of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Fond
  • Patent number: 5096232
    Abstract: A device for attaching a pipe (A) to an opening 2) in a curved wall (B). The device includes a connector (1), and a gasket (12). The connector (1) has a tubular inner surface to receive the pipe (A), a central portion (11) surrounded by the gasket (12), and a plurality of teeth (10) extending axially outwardly from the central portion (11) with ledges on the teeth extending radially outward and at least two of the teeth facing each other and being of equal length. The teeth (10) are adapted to fit into the curved wall opening (2). The connector has a shoulder (13) at an end opposite the teeth, with an inner ledge on the shoulder facing the ledges on the teeth and adapted to compress the gasket (12) between the shoulder inner ledge and an outside surface of the curved wall adjacent the opening (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Degremont
    Inventors: Olivier Fond, Jean-Louis Brunet