Patents by Inventor Richard D. Boozer

Richard D. Boozer 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: 10517436
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. The blending system may include a base including a motor, a blade assembly selectively and operably engaged with the base, where the motor drives the blade assembly, and a container having an inner and outer layer. The blending system may also include a magnet positioned between inner and outer layers of the container, and a sensor positioned in the base, where the magnet in operative proximity to the sensor permits operation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20190298109
    Abstract: A blending system is disclosed herein. The blending system may comprise a blender base, a container and a blending volume reduction device. The blending volume reduction device may be removably inserted into the container of the blender system at various positions. The positions may alter the working volume of the container when the blending volume reduction device is inserted in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Mark F. Fleming, David J. Kolar, Stephen Hosey, Fred H. Mehlman, Jonathan Emerson, Brian Harvanec, Richard D. Boozer, Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Patent number: 10399047
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 10321785
    Abstract: A blending system is disclosed herein. The blending system may comprise a blender base, a container and a blending volume reduction device. The blending volume reduction device may be removably inserted into the container of the blender system at various positions. The positions may alter the working volume of the container when the blending volume reduction device is inserted in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Mark F. Fleming, David J. Kolar, Stephen Hosey, Fred H. Mehlman, Jonathan Emerson, Brian Harvanec, Richard D. Boozer, Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Publication number: 20190117005
    Abstract: A blender system includes a base and a steamer basket. The basket is inserted into a container. The container has interior pillars. The basket contacts and rests on the pillars. The pillars keep the basket above blades disposed in the container. The basket receives foodstuff. The base includes a motor and a housing. The container is attached to the housing. The motor drives the blades to interact with contents within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Phonesacksith Guy Kettavong, Jack W. Gee, II, Stephen P. Rukavina, Stephen Hosey, Richard D. Boozer, Corey Walker
  • Patent number: 10172373
    Abstract: A modular blending system is shown and described. The modular blending system may include a storage device capable of storing a plurality of flavoring products, and an ice shaving mechanism removably attached to the storage device, the ice shaving mechanism including an ice dispenser. The modular blending system may also include a fluid dispensing unit in fluid communication with the flavoring products, where the fluid dispensing unit is separate from the ice dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Joseph Hobbs, Susan Mayer, Fred Mehlman, Richard D. Boozer, Casey Zale
  • Patent number: 10172496
    Abstract: A retaining element is provided for coupling a blade assembly to a container of a blender apparatus that includes a main body portion, an overmolded portion, and a threaded portion for threadably coupling the blade assembly to the retaining element about a rotational axis to couple the blade assembly to the container. The retaining element further includes an optional locking projection configured to inhibit rotation of the retaining element about the rotational axis when the blade assembly is coupled to the container by way of the retaining element. The overmolded portion comprises the locking projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Andy Lamb
  • Patent number: 10051998
    Abstract: A container of a blending system is shown and described. The container may include a carrier formed from a first material, the carrier configured to engage a base of the blending system. The container may also include a liner positioned in the carrier a distance apart from the carrier, wherein the carrier generally circumscribes the liner, where the liner is formed from a second material different from the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Timothy J. Greszler
  • Patent number: 10045664
    Abstract: A blade assembly is provided that includes a base portion that is removably coupleable to a blender base and an aperture extending through the base portion. The blade assembly further includes a drive shaft rotatably coupled to the base portion, the drive shaft extending through the aperture and rotatable about a rotational axis. The blade assembly further includes one or more blades fixedly coupled to the drive shaft and a coupling member for removably coupling a container to the blade assembly. The blade assembly further includes a guard member extending from the base portion such that the guard member circumscribes the one or more blades about the rotational axis. Further, the guard member circumscribes a portion of the container about the rotational axis when the container is removably coupled to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, James P. Bascom
  • Publication number: 20180140137
    Abstract: A blending container for retaining foodstuff to be blended by a blender, the blending container may include an outer sleeve having an inner surface and at least one interlock tab extending therefrom. An inner liner having a wall that extends from a perimeter of a bottom to define a cavity to retain the foodstuff to be blended, wherein at least a portion of the wall of the inner liner frictionally engages against a portion of the inner surface of the outer sleeve. The inner liner may be made from a disposable material. The inner liner may include a rim that defines an opening such that the rim is configured to abut against a blade base. The inner liner may include a size of at least one of 8, 12, and 16 fluid ounces and the outer sleeve may be configured to receive the inner liner of various sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: John K. Barnard, Eugene J. Kozlowski, Richard D. Boozer
  • Publication number: 20180117548
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Publication number: 20180042427
    Abstract: A drive coupling for a blending system is attachable to a drive shaft of a motor. Rotation of the drive shaft rotates the drive coupling. The drive coupling includes a drive socket that receives a shaft of a blade assembly, and an elastomeric insert disposed between the drive socket and the drive shaft of the motor. The elastomeric insert absorbs vibrations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: Richard D. Boozer
  • Patent number: 9855535
    Abstract: A blending system is shown and described herein. A blending system may include a base including a motor and a first shell that encases the motor. The blending system may also include a container that is removably coupled to the blender base. The blending system may also have a second shell selectively attached to the first shell. The blending system may also have a wall positioned within the base to direct airflow from the fan along a volute-shaped path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Arnett, James Philip Bascom, Scott Christopher Bly, Richard D. Boozer, Kolman Juhasz, David Kolar
  • Patent number: 9844302
    Abstract: A blender base is generally described. The blender base includes a base frame. An outer shell may be connected to the base frame. A motor housing is supported by the base frame and positioned inside the outer shell. The motor housing is isolated from direct connection with the outer shell to reduce the transfer of noise and vibration from the motor to the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: VITA-MIX MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard D. Boozer
  • Publication number: 20170354940
    Abstract: A blender system may include a base including a motor, a container, and a blade assembly. The blade assembly may include a gear drive. The gear drive may include an input and an output. The input may receive a drive shaft of a motor. The output may drive blades of a blade assembly. The gear drive may alter a rotational speed of the blades relative to a speed of the drive shaft of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: David J. Kolar, Richard D. Boozer, Fred Mehlman, Rebecca L. Hammond
  • Patent number: 9635981
    Abstract: A food processing assembly (20) includes a base member (21), a container (22) and a cover (23). The base member (21) has a platform portion (26) adapted to carry the container (22) and a housing portion (25) for a motor. A wall (29) of the housing (25) has a plurality of air inlet slots (35) and a gutter (37) protects the slots (35) from receiving any liquid which might be on the base member (21). The container (22) has a sidewall (52) with an open top that has a peripheral rim (57). A cover (23) includes a tab assembly (73) that has a notch (70) to receive the rim (57). The vertical lifting of a handle portion (77) of the tab assembly (73) removes the cover (23) from the container (22). A spout (61) and a handle (60) are formed near the top of the container (22). A heat shield (62) includes a body portion (63) which is attached to the sidewall (52) at a location under the spout (61), and it also includes a flap (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Corporation
    Inventors: John K. Barnard, Richard D. Boozer, Eugene J. Kozlowski, Fred H. Mehlman, Robert M. Ulanski
  • Publication number: 20160143483
    Abstract: A retaining element is provided for coupling a blade assembly to a container of a blender apparatus that includes a main body portion, an overmolded portion, and a threaded portion for threadably coupling the blade assembly to the retaining element about a rotational axis to couple the blade assembly to the container. The retaining element further includes an optional locking projection configured to inhibit rotation of the retaining element about the rotational axis when the blade assembly is coupled to the container by way of the retaining element. The overmolded portion comprises the locking projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, Andy Lamb
  • Publication number: 20160045073
    Abstract: A blending system is disclosed herein. The blending system may comprise a blender base, a container and a blending volume reduction device. The blending volume reduction device may be removably inserted into the container of the blender system at various positions. The positions may alter the working volume of the container when the blending volume reduction device is inserted in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kozlowski, Mark F. Fleming, David J. Kolar, Stephen Hosey, Fred H. Mehlman, Jonathan Emerson, Brian Harvanec, Richard D. Boozer, Stephen P. Rukavina
  • Publication number: 20160007802
    Abstract: A blade assembly is provided that includes a base portion that is removably coupleable to a blender base and an aperture extending through the base portion. The blade assembly further includes a drive shaft rotatably coupled to the base portion, the drive shaft extending through the aperture and rotatable about a rotational axis. The blade assembly further includes one or more blades fixedly coupled to the drive shaft and a coupling member for removably coupling a container to the blade assembly. The blade assembly further includes a guard member extending from the base portion such that the guard member circumscribes the one or more blades about the rotational axis. Further, the guard member circumscribes a portion of the container about the rotational axis when the container is removably coupled to the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Richard D. Boozer, James P. Bascom
  • Patent number: D822437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Vita-Mix Management Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Hosey, Stephen Rukavina, Corey Walker, Richard D. Boozer