Patents by Inventor Robert E. Kubicko

Robert E. Kubicko 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: 4872402
    Abstract: A coffee brewing unit is disclosed which enables a brew cycle to be initiated automatically upon insertion of a coffee receiving vessel into its coffee receiving position, but which prevents a brew cycle from proceeding if a number of required operating conditions are not implemented. If all operating conditions again become implemented after a brew cycle, once underway, is interrupted, the brew cycle continues on to completion. Visual signals indicate that a brew cycle is in progress and also when sufficient mineral deposits are present that cleaning of the unit is recommended. An insulated carafe is used as the vessel to receive brewed coffee thereby eliminating the need for a warmer plate. The unit may be mounted under a cabinet to thereby maximize usable countertop space and a coffee basket for the unit utilizes a dispensing valve which is opened by the carafe when inserted into position but which closes when the carafe is withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Assignee: Black & Decker Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Johnson, Robert E. Kubicko, Louis C. Martone, Gregory E. Moores
  • Patent number: 4838152
    Abstract: A coffee brewing machine utilizes an insulated carafe to receive the brewed coffee and automatically turns itself off a short time after completion of a brew cycle. The machine also turns off automatically a specified time after a brew cycle is initiated when calcification is so extreme that flow of water through the unit is totally prevented. Additionally, as a safety feature, the system also turns off automatically in the case of a "dry run", that is, a short specified time after accidental energization when no water is in the reservoir. A lamp is lighted when a brew cycle is in progress but is extinguished at other times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Black & Decker
    Inventors: Robert E. Kubicko, Gregory E. Moores, William H. Younger
  • Patent number: 4827837
    Abstract: For a coffee brewing machine, an indicating system which operates to notify the user when it is time to clean the water supply conduit of accumulated mineral deposits. When a self contained removable reservoir is inserted into its operative position connecting to the water supply conduit, it closes the contacts of a temperature sensitive switch. During normal operation, the switch opens when water is depleted from the reservoir and the brewing cycle is completed. However, if the switch opens while water remains in the supply conduit upstream of the heater mechanism, this is a sure indication that there is a substantial accumulation of mineral deposits in the supply conduit. Thus, a sensing mechanism is employed to detect the presence of water in the supply conduit after the temperature sensitive switch opens, and a lamp is energized to indicate the condition. In one embodiment, the sensing operation is performed by an electromechanical device, and in another embodiment by logic circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Johnson, Robert E. Kubicko, Louis C. Martone, Gregory E. Moores