Patents by Inventor Ralf Kamerbeek

Ralf Kamerbeek 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: 10231571
    Abstract: A capsule for holding an extractable product for dispensing a beverage is disclosed. The capsule comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom, a lid, and an entrance opening portion and an exit opening portion for letting fluid in the capsule and draining prepared beverage from the capsule, respectively, of which at least one opening portion is closed to prevent fluid from passing. The circumferential wall, the bottom and the lid of the capsule enclose an inner space that comprises an extractable product, and the capsule further comprises at least one moveable portion of the capsule that extends at a distance from a respective opening portion, and that is arranged to open the respective opening portion by being moved with respect to the respective opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Patent number: 10206534
    Abstract: A system, device and method for the brewing of a capsule. The device comprises a first chamber portion and a second chamber portion movable with respect to each other to be moved between an open position and a closed position. The device further comprises a capsule handler arranged to enable insertion therein of the capsule and to position said capsule in a brewing position, wherein the capsule handler retains the capsule in the brewing position when the capsule handler is in a ready position. When the first chamber portion and the second chamber portion are moved with respect to each other from the closed position to the open position, the capsule can fall freely from the brewing position under the influence of gravity when the capsule handler is in an ejection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Favero, Guiseppe Fin, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Publication number: 20180305117
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage with a beverage brewing device is disclosed. The beverage brewing device comprises a receptacle for receiving the capsule. The capsule comprises a cup comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom closing the circumferential wall at a first end, and a lid in use connected to the cup at a second end of the circumferential wall opposite the bottom. The wall, bottom and lid, in use, enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. At least a portion of a surface of the capsule conceived to, in use, interact with the receptacle is provided with at least one projection for forming a sealing engagement with the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20180297776
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which is provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The sealing member comprises a separate crushable element provided on the surface of the outwardly extending flange opposite the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND
  • Publication number: 20180297775
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which is provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The capsule comprises a bearing for the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device if the capsule is positioned in the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device and the enclosing member is closed by means of a closing member of the beverage preparation device, said bearing enclosing at least a portion of the free contact end of the annular element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND
  • Publication number: 20180289201
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which may be provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The sealing member is integral with the outwardly extending flange and comprises at least one projection projecting from the outwardly extending flange. The projection comprising a projection top and is configured such that its projection top exerts a radial force on the free contact end of the annular element if the capsule is positioned in the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device and the enclosing member is closed by means of a closing member of the beverage preparation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND, Andrew Michael HALLIDAY, Nicholas Andrew HANSEN
  • Publication number: 20180290825
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a beverage by supplying a fluid under pressure into the capsule. The capsule has an aluminum capsule body with an outwardly extending flange and a cover sheet attached to the flange and hermetically closing off the capsule. A deformable sealing ring portion of the flange projects axially from base portions of the flange, to which said cover is attached. The deformable sealing ring portion has an inner wall portion extending from and contiguous with an inner base portion of the flange, an outer wall portion extending from and contiguous with an outer base portion of said flange and a bridge portion interconnecting the inner wall portion and the outer wall portion. The bridge portion is located axially spaced from the base portions of the flange. A support member is arranged between the inner and outer wall portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND
  • Publication number: 20180290824
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a beverage has an aluminum capsule body and a cover sheet hermetically closing off the capsule. The capsule body has a flange with a deformable sealing ring portion with an inner wall portion extending from and contiguous with an inner base portion of the flange, an outer wall portion extending from and contiguous with an outer base portion of the flange and a bridge portion interconnecting the inner wall portion and the outer wall portion. The bridge portion is located axially spaced from the base portions of the flange. In radial cross-sectional view, a top of the bridge portion axially most remote from the base portions of the flange is flat or has a center plane curved with a radius of curvature larger than two times a wall thickness of the top of the bridge portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND
  • Publication number: 20180273286
    Abstract: A capsule containing a substance for the preparation of a potable beverage. The capsule comprises an aluminum capsule body having a side wall and an outwardly extending flange and a sealing member at the outwardly extending flange for providing a fluid sealing contact with an enclosing member of a beverage preparation device. The beverage preparation device comprises an annular element having a free contact end which may be provided with a plurality of radially extending open grooves. The sealing member is integral with the outwardly extending flange and comprises at least one projection projecting from the outwardly extending flange. The projection comprising a projection top and is configured such that its projection top exerts a radial force on the free contact end of the annular element if the capsule is positioned in the enclosing member of the beverage preparation device and the enclosing member is closed by means of a closing member of the beverage preparation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Hielke DIJKSTRA, Arend Hendrik GROOTHORNTE, Erik Pieter van GAASBEEK, Marc Henrikus Joseph OTTENSCHOT, Ralf KAMERBEEK, Armin Sjoerd EIJSACKERS, John Henri FLAMAND, Andrew Michael HALLIDAY, Nicholas Andrew HANSEN
  • Patent number: 9944456
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage with a beverage brewing device is disclosed. The beverage brewing device comprises a receptacle for receiving the capsule. The capsule comprises a cup comprising a circumferential wall, a bottom closing the circumferential wall at a first end, and a lid in use connected to the cup at a second end of the circumferential wall opposite the bottom. The wall, bottom and lid, in use, enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. At least a portion of a surface of the capsule conceived to, in use, interact with the receptacle is provided with at least one projection for forming a sealing engagement with the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Publication number: 20170369231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The receptacle comprises bottom piercing means intended for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating at least one entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule according to the invention comprises an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product there through.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel, Ralf Kamerbeek, Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 9815616
    Abstract: A capsule for containing beverage ingredients may be designed for insertion in a beverage production device in which a liquid under pressure enters the capsule to drain a beverage from the capsule, wherein the capsule includes a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall, the first, second and third wall enclosing an inner space including the beverage ingredients, wherein the capsule includes a sealing member for achieving a sealing effect between the capsule and the beverage production device, wherein at least one of the first, second and third wall as such is configured to act as the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Patent number: 9808112
    Abstract: A system, device and method for preparing a beverage using a capsule. The capsule comprises a cup-shaped body, a lid and an actuating member. The device comprises a capsule holder, a fluid supply unit, and a flow control unit arranged for controlling a parameter of the fluid to be supplied to the capsule. The flow control unit is arranged for selectively operating in one of at least a first mode and a second mode. The flow control unit comprises a switching member movable between a first and second position, and arranged for being engaged by the actuating member of the capsule. The system is arranged such that the flow control unit is in the first mode when the switching member is in the first position, and such that the flow control unit is in the second mode when the switching member is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Favero, Guiseppe Fin, Ka Cheung Tsang, Ralf Kamerbeek, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Patent number: 9725231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The receptacle comprises bottom piercing means intended for piercing an entrance area of an alternative capsule for creating at least one entrance opening for supplying the fluid to the extractable product. The entrance area of the capsule according to the invention comprises an entrance filter for supplying the fluid to the extractable product there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel, Ralf Kamerbeek, Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Publication number: 20170183147
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The capsule includes a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, and a flexible sheet-shaped third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall, the third wall being at least one of perforate and porous. The first, second and third wall enclose an inner space including the extractable product. The third wall forms an outermost boundary of the capsule in an axial direction thereof. The third wall includes a filtering material. The second wall is one of a flexible porous sheet, a flexible foil provided with a plurality of entrance openings, and a substantially rigid wall that comprises a plurality of entrance openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post
  • Patent number: 9675201
    Abstract: A system for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage comprises an exchangeable capsule and a fluid dispensing device for supplying an amount of fluid to the exchangeable capsule, a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and an outlet arrangement for supplying the beverage to a container, such as a cup. The capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, a lid, an entrance area and a closed exit area. The circumferential wall, the bottom and the lid enclose an inner space that comprises an extractable product. The fluid dispensing device supplies fluid to the extractable product for preparing the beverage. In use, the outlet arrangement is in fluid communication with the exit area for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule. The capsule further comprises an opening element through the closed exit area for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Kon Euan Gerard Wong, Guido Brandt, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Ralf Kamerbeek, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Patent number: 9656798
    Abstract: Capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product, for instance roast and ground coffee, comprising a circumferential first wall, a second wall closing the circumferential first wall at a first end, a perforate and/or porous third wall closing the circumferential first wall at a second, open, end opposite the second wall arranged for draining the prepared beverage from the capsule, wherein the first, second and third wall enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product, wherein the extractable product in the inner space of the capsule has been, at least partly compacted. The invention further relates to a method for manufacturing such a capsule, a system comprising such a capsule for preparing a beverage and a method for preparing of a beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, Cornelis van Bergen, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 9611089
    Abstract: A capsule, system and method are usable for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage using an extractable product. The system includes a capsule comprising a cup having a circumferential wall, a bottom at a first end, and a flange-like rim at a second end. The capsule further includes a lid, in use, connected to the flange-like rim. The wall, bottom and lid, in use, enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The cup further includes a plurality of substantially concentric circumferential ridges extending outwardly of the cup, wherein the ridges are made of the same material as the cup. The system further includes a beverage brewing device comprising an enclosing member for enclosing the capsule. In use, at least one of the ridges abuts against at least a portion of the enclosing member, such that a sealing engagement between the capsule and the enclosing member is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling, Arend Cornelis Jacobus Biesheuvel
  • Patent number: 9604776
    Abstract: A system, method and capsule for preparing a predetermined quantity of beverage suitable for consumption using an extractable product is disclosed. The system comprises an exchangeable capsule, and an apparatus comprising a receptacle for holding the exchangeable capsule, and a fluid dispensing device for supplying a fluid to the exchangeable capsule. The exchangeable capsule comprises a circumferential wall, a bottom, and a lid. The wall, bottom and lid enclose an inner space comprising the extractable product. The bottom comprises an entrance area for supplying an amount of a fluid by the fluid dispensing device through the entrance area to the capsule. The lid comprises an exit area for supplying a prepared beverage through the exit area from the capsule to a container. The flow resistance of the entrance area of the capsule is lower than the flow resistance of the exit area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Kamerbeek, John Henri Flamand, Angenita Dorothea van Loon-Post, Hendrik Cornelis Koeling
  • Patent number: 9598231
    Abstract: A cup-shaped body comprises a circumferential wall and a first end wall. The first end wall comprises a deepened portion, forming a first recessed space. The first end wall further comprises a projection protruding from said deepened portion into said first recessed space. The body is formed such that identical specimens of the body are slidable into one another. The deepened portion is formed to comprise abutment structure having an abutment condition in which the extent of said slidability of a first one of said specimens into a second one of said specimens is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.
    Inventor: Ralf Kamerbeek