Patents by Inventor William M Bostic

William M Bostic 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: 6989517
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater. The container includes a housing forming an interior area and an opening. The opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article from outside the container to within the interior area, and from within the interior area to outside the container. The heater is provided for placement within the interior area for heating the article. The heater includes an electrically conductive coil for providing an electric current when exposed to a magnetic field, and an electrical resistance heating element for generating heat. The electrical resistance heating element is provided in electrical connectivity with the electrically conductive coil. A delivery apparatus assembly is provided which includes an induction range for generating a magnetic field. A heater and a method for delivering food are provided by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 6861628
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater. The container includes a housing forming an interior area and an opening. The opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article from outside the container to within the interior area, and from within the interior area to outside the container. The heater is provided for placement within the interior area for heating the article. The heater includes an electrically conductive coil for providing an electric current when exposed to a magnetic field, and an electrical resistance heating element for generating heat. The electrical resistance heating element is provided in electrical connectivity with the electrically conductive coil. A delivery apparatus assembly is provided which includes an induction range for generating a magnetic field. A heater and a method for delivering food are provided by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M Bostic
  • Publication number: 20030106889
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater. The container includes a housing forming an interior area and an opening. The opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article from outside the container to within the interior area, and from within the interior area to outside the container. The heater is provided for placement within the interior area for heating the article. The heater includes an electrically conductive coil for providing an electric current when exposed to a magnetic field, and an electrical resistance heating element for generating heat. The electrical resistance heating element is provided in electrical connectivity with the electrically conductive coil. A delivery apparatus assembly is provided which includes an induction range for generating a magnetic field. A heater and a method for delivering food are provided by the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Publication date: June 12, 2003
    Applicant: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 6555789
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater, and an enunciating device for displaying temperature conditions within the container. The container includes a plurality of walls forming an interior area and an opening, wherein the opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article and the heater from outside the container to within the interior area of the container. The container includes a flap for selectively covering and uncovering the opening to allow access to the interior area of the container. The heater is constructed and arranged for placement within the interior area of the container and is provided for heating the article. The enunciating device includes a temperature sensor for sensing temperature within the container, a temperature display for displaying temperature conditions within the container, and a power source for operating the enunciating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 6555799
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater. The container includes a housing forming an interior area and an opening. The opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article from outside the container to within the interior area, and from within the interior area to outside the container. The heater is provided for placement within the interior area for heating the article. The heater includes an electrically conductive coil for providing an electric current when exposed to a magnetic field, and an electrical resistance heating element for generating heat. The electrical resistance heating element is provided in electrical connectivity with the electrically conductive coil. A delivery apparatus assembly is provided which includes an induction range for generating a magnetic field. A heater and a method for delivering food are provided by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Publication number: 20020175159
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater, and an enunciating device for displaying temperature conditions within the container. The container includes a plurality of walls forming an interior area and an opening, wherein the opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article and the heater from outside the container to within the interior area of the container. The container includes a flap for selectively covering and uncovering the opening to allow access to the interior area of the container. The heater is constructed and arranged for placement within the interior area of the container and is provided for heating the article. The enunciating device includes a temperature sensor for sensing temperature within the container, a temperature display for displaying temperature conditions within the container, and a power source for operating the enunciating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 6486443
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus comprising a container and a heater is provided for holding an article in thermally conductive contact with the heater. The heater includes a heating grid constructed to provide a output watt density of greater than 2.5 watts per square inch. A heat sink is provided in thermally conductive contact with the heating grid for receiving and storing heat energy from the heating grid. The heater also includes a cover and a power cord. In another embodiment a delivery apparatus includes a controller. The controller provides information to the user about the status of the delivery apparatus by changing the state of a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Bostic, Byron Owens
  • Patent number: 6433313
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater, and an enunciating device for displaying temperature conditions within the container. The container includes a plurality of walls forming an interior area and an opening, wherein the opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article and the heater from outside the container to within the interior area of the container. The container includes a flap for selectively covering and uncovering the opening to allow access to the interior area of the container. The heater is constructed and arranged for placement within the interior area of the container and is provided for heating the article. The enunciating device includes a temperature sensor for sensing temperature within the container, a temperature display for displaying temperature conditions within the container, and a power source for operating the enunciating device. A method for delivering food and an enunciating device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Publication number: 20020096513
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater. The container includes a housing forming an interior area and an opening. The opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article from outside the container to within the interior area, and from within the interior area to outside the container. The heater is provided for placement within the interior area for heating the article. The heater includes an electrically conductive coil for providing an electric current when exposed to a magnetic field, and an electrical resistance heating element for generating heat. The electrical resistance heating element is provided in electrical connectivity with the electrically conductive coil. A delivery apparatus assembly is provided which includes an induction range for generating a magnetic field. A heater and a method for delivering food are provided by the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Applicant: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Publication number: 20020092838
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus comprising a container and a heater is provided. The container is provided for holding an article in thermally conductive contact with the heater. The heater includes a heating grid constructed to provide a output watt density of greater than 2.5 watts per square inch. A heat sink is provided in thermally conductive contact with the heating grid for receiving and storing heat energy from the heating grid. The heater also includes a cover and a power cord. In another embodiment a delivery apparatus includes a controller. The controller provides information to the user about the status of the delivery apparatus by changing the state of a light source. A method of delivering food is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Applicant: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Bostic, Byron Owens
  • Patent number: 6384387
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus is provided by the invention. The delivery apparatus includes a container for holding an article to be delivered and a heater. The container includes a housing forming an interior area and an opening. The opening is provided with a size sufficient to allow movement of the article from outside the container to within the interior area, and from within the interior area to outside the container. The heater is provided for placement within the interior area for heating the article. The heater includes an electrically conductive coil for providing an electric current when exposed to a magnetic field, and an electrical resistance heating element for generating heat. The electrical resistance heating element is provided in electrical connectivity with the electrically conductive coil. A delivery apparatus assembly is provided which includes an induction range for generating a magnetic field. A heater and a method for delivering food are provided by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, Mark E. Van Hoy, William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 6353208
    Abstract: A delivery apparatus comprising a container and a heater is provided. The container is provided for holding an article in thermally conductive contact with the heater. The heater includes a heating grid constructed to provide a output watt density of greater than 2.5 watts per square inch. A heat sink is provided in thermally conductive contact with the heating grid for receiving and storing heat energy from the heating grid. The heater also includes a cover and a power cord. In another embodiment a delivery apparatus includes a controller. The controller provides information to the user about the status of the delivery apparatus by changing the state of a light source. A method of delivering food is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Bostic, Byron Owens
  • Patent number: 6300599
    Abstract: A wrap heater is provided. The wrap heater includes a first heating sleeve and a second heating sleeve. The first heating sleeve includes a first electrically conductive heating grid, a first stiffening layer for providing rigidity, a first thermostat, and a first cover for enclosing the components in the first heating sleeve. The second heating sleeve includes a second electrically conductive heating grid, a second stiffening layer, a thermostat, and a cover enclosing the components of the second heating sleeve. An extension is provided for separating the first heating sleeve and the second heating sleeve. The wrap heater is provided for heating at least two surfaces of a food product. A method for heating food product, such as pizza, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, William M. Bostic, Robert Mericle
  • Patent number: 6266972
    Abstract: A modular freezer pallet having an interior perishable item storage area is provided. The modular freezer pallet includes a heat sink material for maintaining the interior perishable item storage area at a desired temperature for storage of perishable items. The heat sink material preferably maintains the interior perishable item storage area at a temperature of less than about 38° F. for 48 hours in an ambient environment of one atmosphere and 70° F. A method for storing perishable items is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventor: William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 6121578
    Abstract: A wrap heater is provided. The wrap heater includes a first heating sleeve and a second heating sleeve. The first heating sleeve includes a first electrically conductive heating grid, a first stiffening layer for providing rigidity, a first thermostat, and a first cover for enclosing the components in the first heating sleeve. The second heating sleeve includes a second electrically conductive heating grid, a second stiffening layer, a thermostat, and a cover enclosing the components of the second heating sleeve. An extension is provided for separating the first heating sleeve and the second heating sleeve. The wrap heater is provided for heating at least two surfaces of a food product. A method for heating food product, such as pizza, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: Byron C. Owens, William M. Bostic, Robert Mericle
  • Patent number: 6062040
    Abstract: A lightweight, insulated chest and method are provided for transportation and storage of perishable and other items which require a temperature-controlled environment. The chest includes insulated side walls, bottom and a hinged cover which is pneumatically sealed to prevent tampering and for thermal security. The chest includes a fluid conduit within the cover for air evacuation and depressurization of the interior and also includes a conduit to provide a vacuum between the walls of the sides and bottom which contain a rigid polymeric foam insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Bostic, Stewart D. Glenn
  • Patent number: 6060696
    Abstract: A food delivery container is provided for pizza or other food items and includes a heating element having a phase change material such as a ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene which transforms from a solid to a semi-solid at approximately 248.degree. -275.degree. F. The heating element comprises a rigid envelope which is permeable to prevent gaseous buildup during heating. The heating element, when placed within a suitable insulated container, will maintain food warm for several hours during storage or delivery. In one embodiment of the heating element, an electric resistance grid is provided for supplying heat energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventor: William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 5918478
    Abstract: A lightweight, insulated chest and method are provided for transportation and storage of perishable and other items which require a temperature-controlled environment. The chest includes insulated side walls, bottom and a hinged cover which is pneumatically sealed to prevent tampering and for thermal security. The chest includes a fluid conduit within the cover for air evacuation and depressurization of the interior and also includes a conduit to provide a vacuum between the walls of the sides and bottom which contain a rigid polymeric foam insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventors: William M. Bostic, Stewart D. Glenn
  • Patent number: 5880435
    Abstract: A food delivery container is provided for pizza or other food items and includes a heating element having a phase change material such as a ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene which transforms from a solid to a semi-solid at approximately 248.degree.-275.degree. F. The heating element comprises a rigid envelope which is permeable to prevent gaseous build-up during heating. The heating element, when placed within a suitable insulated container, will maintain food warm for several hours during storage or delivery. In one embodiment of the heating element, an electric resistance grid is provided for supplying heat energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventor: William M. Bostic
  • Patent number: 5865037
    Abstract: A lightweight, insulated chest and method are provided for transportation and storage of perishable and other items which require a temperature-controlled environment. The chest includes insulated side walls, bottom and a hinged cover which is pneumatically sealed to prevent tampering and for thermal security. The chest includes a fluid conduit within the cover for air evacuation and depressurization of the interior and also includes a conduit to provide a vacuum between the walls of the sides and bottom which contain a rigid polymeric foam insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Vesture Corporation
    Inventor: William M. Bostic