For Dispensing Or Serving Patents (Class 426/115)
  • Patent number: 11987421
    Abstract: The present invention is a method featuring containers for consumable products which have removable sample compartments to facilitate reuse, product returns post-trial, and product resale. The sample compartments are filled with the same product as the main compartment so that consumers may sample the product without damaging a tamper-proof seal on the main compartment. The used sample container may be refilled or replaced with a new sample container. Use of these containers may reduce waste by preserving the product in the main container in a sealed condition. Use of these containers may also minimize the return expense of products sold online by giving the consumer a chance to try the product and return the main container if they are unsatisfied, ultimately reducing the overall the cost per product and reducing the waste of both product and container or container materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Anatolia Liliana Marghitoiu
  • Patent number: 11963644
    Abstract: A portable hand washing device that is configured to provide cleansing of a user's hands. The present invention includes a storage member having a first wall and a second wall secured along a perimeter edge forming an interior volume therebetween. The storage member is manufactured from a durable flexible material such as but not limited to plastic. The first wall has formed therein a discharge area that includes a plurality of apertures that are configured to allow fluid from the interior volume egress therefrom. A surfactant reservoir is formed in the first wall and is configured to store a liquid surfactant therein. A sealing member is releasably secured to the first wall and is movable from a first position to a second position. The first position of the sealing member provides a seal and coverage of the surfactant reservoir and discharge area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Slobodan Savic
  • Patent number: 11958251
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system comprising at least one electronic nose (e-nose) is provided. The e-nose may comprise a housing and gas sensors. The housing may have an air channel. The active sensor portion of the sensors are positioned in the air channel. The housing may be mounted to an extruder head of an additive manufacturing device. The system may also comprise a processor. The processor may determine whether there is an abnormality in an additive manufacturing process based on one or more combinations of outputs from the gas sensors received during the additive manufacturing process input into a deployed machine learning model; and generate a report for the additive manufacturing process containing the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Ilia N. Ivanov, Eric S. Muckley
  • Patent number: 11890817
    Abstract: Methods and systems according to the invention may be used to modify a manufacturing plan for an object manufactured by an additive manufacturing process. A digital representation of a desired object and a manufacturing plan may be compared to manufacturing information generated via an evaluation of such an object. Based on that comparison, the manufacturing plan may be modified so that that object or a subsequent object is highly similar to the desired object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: PostProcess Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Joshua Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 11844465
    Abstract: A product preparation system and method for processing a container including a cup body and a cup closure assembly configured for removable operative engagement with the cup body, the cup closure assembly including a hinged spout cover and a user-removable multi-function restricting portion integrally formed as part of the cup closure assembly and detachable therefrom, the user-removable multi-function restricting portion being operative, when integrally attached to the cup closure assembly to prevent normal user opening of the hinged spout cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: BLIX LTD.
    Inventors: Ariel Sterngold, Marcel Hendrikus Simon Weijers, Dorian Capuano, Dagan Recanati, Refael Kshntovsky, Andreas Jacobus Louis Nijsen, Johannes Gabriel Kuster, Joris Bronkhorst, Hans Constant Dikhoff, Sybren Yme Leijenaar, Krijn Maltha
  • Patent number: 11839837
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed which relate to using containers with a multitude of nucleation sites covering a major portion of the inside wall of the container to enable rapid and nearly complete removal of soluble gases from fluid samples, including carbonated beverages and other carbonated fluid samples. A fluid sample is rapidly poured into the described container initiating a catastrophic release of the soluble gas from the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: INNOVAPREP, LLC
    Inventors: David Scott Alburty, Michael Lee Hornback, Bryan Charles Long, Andrew Edward Page
  • Patent number: 11832755
    Abstract: A brewing material container for a beverage brewer includes a receptacle and a lid. The receptacle is configured to receive and hold beverage brewing material and to be placed in a brewing chamber of the beverage brewer, and includes a base, and a sidewall extending from the base and terminating in an open end. The lid is configured to engage with the open end of the sidewall to at least partially cover the open end. The lid includes a number of lid openings configured to receive a corresponding respective number of injection nozzles of the beverage brewer. The receptacle base and/or the receptacle sidewall includes a receptacle opening configured to allow fluid flow from an interior of the receptacle to an exterior of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 11825981
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing assembly may include a brewing body and a lid, as well as a contact pin or dispersion head. The brewing body may define a brew chamber to receive a brew pod. The brewing body may extend along the rotation axis between an upper end and a lower end. The brewing body may define an outlet at the lower end. The lid may be rotatably attached to the brewing body at the upper end to rotate about the rotation axis between a first position and a second position. The first position may secure the lid to the brewing body and restrict access to the brew chamber. The second position may release the lid from the brewing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Danister Abeygunawardana, Jianwu Li, Gregory Scott Carr, Brent Alden Junge, Michael C. Watanabe, Richard Devos
  • Patent number: 11820563
    Abstract: An outer container forms a windowed conduit holding an inner tray aligned within the windowed conduit. A containment membrane is supported in the tray window. A pair of frangible sheathes covering each end of the windowed conduit. The containment membrane is filled with content(s) to be delivered and the membrane secured within the inner tray. The tray is held within the outer container such that the containment membrane is positioned within the container such that it may be eventually delivered through a first outer window. The first outer window is positioned on one side of the container and covered with a first frangible element. A second outer window is aligned with the first window at the opposite side of the container forming the conduit. A second frangible element covers the second window such that the containment membrane sits between the pair of aligned windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Maria T. Diaz
  • Patent number: 11805946
    Abstract: A coffee machine including a grinder configured to grind coffee beans, and a coffee machine made to return a grinder falling into an abnormal state to a normal state. The grinder configured to grind the coffee beans by a predetermined rotation operation in the normal state, and an operation portion are provided, when the grinder is in the abnormal state (bean clogging state) in which the predetermined rotation operation cannot be performed, if the operation portion is operated, the reverse rotation operation is executed in a direction opposite to that of the predetermined rotation operation, and in the normal state, the reverse rotation operation is not executed even if the operation portion is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: DAITO GIKEN, INC.
    Inventors: Toshio Saito, Takayuki Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 11807421
    Abstract: A flame mitigation device (FMD) contained within the neck of a container and configured to allow the fuel nozzle to pass through the FMD. The FMD forming a barrier in the neck of the fill port and capable of constricting the fuel nozzle upon passing through the FMD to inhibit external debris from entering the interior of the portable container and to inhibit fuel from flowing back out of the fill port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Brad Ouderkirk, E. Jex Heaton, Steven F. Brown
  • Patent number: 11805934
    Abstract: A brewing material container for a beverage brewer includes a receptacle and a lid, The receptacle is configured to receive and hold beverage brewing material and to be placed in a brewing chamber of the beverage brewer, and includes a base, and a sidewall extending from the base and terminating in an open end. The lid is configured to engage with the open end of the sidewall to at least partially cover the open end. The lid includes a number of lid openings configured to receive a corresponding respective number of injection nozzles of the beverage brewer. The receptacle base and/or the receptacle sidewall includes a receptacle opening configured to allow fluid flow from an interior of the receptacle to an exterior of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 11723374
    Abstract: A computer numerically controlled flow resistance system based on container features and properties of food ingredients comprises a mixing chamber, a stirring element, a pushing plate and a resetting element. The mixing chamber is communicated to sources of food ingredients of various colors, and the stirring element is disposed in the mixing chamber for stirring the food ingredients of various colors, so that the food ingredients after mixing have a desired color. The pushing plate is used to extrude the stirred food ingredients in the mixing chamber to a pastry tip of a pastry extrusion head. The resetting element makes a piston cylinder move to an extruding position according to an extrusion signal of a controller, and when the pushing plate stops displacing, the resetting element makes the piston cylinder move to a flow resistance position according to a flow resistance signal of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventor: Jo-Peng Tsai
  • Patent number: 11679450
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing apparatus includes a housing which provides a manufacturing space for additive manufacturing, a linear drive arranged in the manufacturing space and having a base body, which is movable along a movement axis of the linear drive in the manufacturing space, and a tool holder for taking up a tool unit. The tool holder is attached to the base body so as to be rotatable about a rotation axis and is moved with the base body along the movement axis of the linear drive. The tool holder further comprises a clamping device having an unclamped operating state for taking up and taking out the tool unit and a clamped operating state for fixing the received tool unit. Furthermore, the additive manufacturing apparatus has a tool store, which is arranged in the manufacturing space and provides a plurality of tool places for tool units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: TRUMPF Laser-und Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Pieger, Felix Linder
  • Patent number: 11661259
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, a cosmetic arrangement can be provided, which can include a first structure that can enclose a cosmetic active ingredient(s), a second structure that can enclose a solvent solution, a third structure(s) that can separate the solvent solution from the cosmetic active ingredient(s), a medium that can be configured to absorb a mixture of the cosmetic active ingredient(s) and solvent solution, and an indicator structure that can be configured to indicate whether the cosmetic active ingredient(s) and the solvent solution have come in contact with one another. Upon an application of a particular amount of pressure on a portion(s) of the arrangement, the cosmetic active ingredient(s) and the solvent solution can be caused to come into direct contact with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Steven Wang
  • Patent number: 11649105
    Abstract: The invention is drawn to a container comprising a bottom wall and at least one sidewall extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The sidewall terminates in an edge and has an inner and an outer surface. The bottom wall and the at least one sidewall form a container interior. A flexible bag having an open end is disposed within the interior of the container and over the top edge of the container. A slide ring extends at least partially circumferentially about the outer surface of the sidewall and is affixed to the open end of the bag and frictionally engaged with the outer surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Trevor Price
  • Patent number: 11578293
    Abstract: A carbon dioxide and nitrogen infused wine product includes wine infused with both carbon dioxide and nitrogen. A ratio of carbon dioxide to nitrogen in the wine can be in a range of 80% CO2/20% N2-60% CO2/40% N2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventor: Steven M. Dubois
  • Patent number: 11573242
    Abstract: Systems and methods that enable automated spray deposition of biological specimens carried on microscope slides are described herein. Aspects of the technology are directed, for example, to automated specimen deposition systems and methods of generating high-quality, reproducible specimen-bearing microscope slides in automated processing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignees: NanoCytomics, LLC, Northwestern University
    Inventors: Jarema Czarnecki, Justin Derbas, Sergey Rozhok, Hariharan Subramanian, Parvathi Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 11571077
    Abstract: The hamburger holder comprised a main body, a lift, and a stand. The hamburger holder may hold a sandwich and may prevent condiments and toppings from falling out of the sandwich as the sandwich is eaten. The sandwich may be a hamburger, the condiments may be mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, and barbecue sauce, and the toppings may be lettuce, tomato, pickles, bacon, cheese, and onions. The main body may hold the sandwich together while the sandwich is eaten. The left may push the sandwich out of the main body to expose more of the sandwich for consumption. The stand may be a base to allow the main body to stand freely when the main body is n not being held. The main body, the lift, and the stand may be decoupled from each other for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventor: John Solis
  • Patent number: 11548722
    Abstract: A portion capsule for producing a beverage includes a base element having a cavity in which a beverage raw material is provided and which is closed by a membrane fastened to the base element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: K-FEE SYSTEM GMBH
    Inventor: Marc Krüger
  • Patent number: 11491569
    Abstract: Devices and methods to assist wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) are provided. A non-contact, multidirectional synchronized ultrasonic device can include multiple ultrasonic probes mounted on a nozzle of a WAAM robotic arm. The probes can include one normal probe and a plurality of lateral probes configured to rotate on a parabolic frame. The ultrasonic probe in the normal direction can act by its continual high-frequency oscillation in the arc plasma to enhance the arc push force, while the lateral probes can act on the shape of both sides of the deposit. The combined effect of the probes can generate ultrasonic waves and cavitation in the molten pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Abderrachid Hamrani, Arvind Agarwal, Tanaji Paul
  • Patent number: 11490632
    Abstract: A liquid edible dip that includes a first lactose-based composition, a second lactose-based composition, at least one spice, and a cucumber extract based bitter-blocking agent that can block the bitter tastes present in certain edible foods. The cucumber extract based bitter-blocking agent can modify, reduce, or block the bitter taste present in some edible foods. The first lactose-based composition may be a strained yogurt and the second lactose-based composition may be an evaporated milk powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Joshua V. Young
  • Patent number: 11490649
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing with an inlet for a pasty product to be aerated and an outlet for the aerated product. The apparatus includes at least a first set of a rotor and a stator and a second set of a rotor and a stator. The apparatus further includes a gas injector for injecting, upstream of the first set of the rotor and the stator, a gas into the pasty product to be aerated. The apparatus further includes an intermediate mixing chamber provided in the housing between the first and the second sets of the rotor and the stator . A secondary product introduction member protrudes into the intermediate mixing chamber so as to issue into the intermediate mixing chamber. A method for aerating a pasty product is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Luis Clavier, Rafael Marcilla, Jean-Francois Chevalier
  • Patent number: 11464366
    Abstract: A coffee scoop system includes a scoop having a handle and a bolt. The system also includes a bolt chamber into which the scoop can be selectively secured. The scoop system also includes accessories, including a tamper accessory and a cleaner accessory that can be removably connected to the bolt of the scoop. The chamber includes connection features configured to allow a user to secure the chamber to a wide variety of surfaces and structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: 11th Celt, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick T. Quinn
  • Patent number: 11465806
    Abstract: A beverage container arranged to dispense a measured amount of a beverage is disclosed. The beverage container is adapted to be stored on the neck of the vessel and detached from the vessel to dispense the beverage either into the vessel or another vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Vincent Sitwell, Kamila Sitwell, Lucas Karel Johannes Van Den Broek
  • Patent number: 11445850
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for mixing with water the ingredients for yerba mate, tea, or similar beverages. The device has two connected compartments, a first sealed compartment connected to a second compartment. The first compartment is also connected to a duct on the bottom which can draw water from a common disposable bottle. The second compartment is also connected to a suction nozzle that protrudes from the top. The device is designed so that when the suction nozzle supplies suction water is drawn from the bottle through the first compartment and into the second. The beverage ingredient, such as yerba mate, is placed in the first compartment and is kept there by an input filter placed at the entrance to the first compartment and an output filter placed at the connection between the first compartment to the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Bruno Gambarini Spagnolo
  • Patent number: 11412879
    Abstract: An infusion chamber has a top perimeter cover that defines an aperture to pass air to an air vent and receive fluid from fluid outlets. The infusion chamber has an outer chamber and an inner chamber positioned within the outer chamber, where the spacing between the outer chamber and the inner chamber defines a void. An air manifold is positioned at the base of the inner chamber. The air manifold includes air inlet channels, air exit channels and an interior solids filter. The infusion chamber also has a base housing positioned at the bottom of the infusion chamber, and a plunger positioned in the base housing to selectively evict liquid from the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Allen M. Han, Eric Nguyen, Jerilynn Ng, Tsai I Hsuan, Huang Wan Ting
  • Patent number: 11401105
    Abstract: Kit for the preparation of a beverage in a centrifugal brewing device comprising a capsule by feeding liquid in the capsule and rotating the capsule along a central axis to produce centrifugal forces on the liquid traversing the capsule thereby forcing the beverage out of the capsule by such centrifugal forces, wherein the capsule comprises containment walls forming a main cavity of central axis containing beverage ingredients; wherein said kit further comprising an insert which is separate from the capsule and comprising a ring-shaped portion intended to form a valve engaging portion engaging against a valve means of the centrifugal brewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Abegglen, Amaud Gerbaulet, Jean-Francois Tinembart, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 11383921
    Abstract: A system and method is presented wherein a disposable pod having two chambers, each of which can be either wet or dry and contain a variety of substances, is sized to fit distinct brewing systems offered by third parties, such that the puncturing and water dispensing functionality of such brewing systems cause the mixture of the variety of substances in the two chambers resulting in a wide range of beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Mark Scialdone
  • Patent number: 11304559
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooking noodles is disclosed herein. The apparatus permits a user to cook lasagna noodles safely and effectively, while minimizing danger and minimizing the amount of work that the user must perform. More specifically, the apparatus of the present invention is for a sleeve with an interior pocket that can accommodate a lasagna noodle. Once a noodle is placed within the sleeve, the sleeve can be placed in a pot of boiling water to cook the noodle. The sleeve ensures that the noodle cooks appropriately in a variety of different pots, including smaller pots without causing the noodle to break. Moreover, the sleeve prevents the noodles form sticking to each other and to the pot. Once cooked, the noodles may be easily removed from the sleeve for consumption or additional preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Eltedric Alonzo Greenprice
  • Patent number: 11179332
    Abstract: Packaged frozen cubes of Cannabis juice purée having decarboxylated cannabinoids are provided. First, raw Cannabis material is collected. Next, the Cannabis material is blended with water, fruit juice, or vegetable juice and thickening agent to form Cannabis juice purée. Next, the purée is poured into molds having an identical size and shape. Decarboxylated/non-decarboxylated high concentrate Cannabis extract or decarboxylated Cannabis infusion is added to the molds. Next, the tray is frozen to obtain frozen cubes of Cannabis juice purée. Next, the cubes are removed from the tray and are packaged in a vacuum sealed bag. A dispensary can store the package in a freezer until distribution. The package includes a label describing amounts and types of cannabinoids present in each cube. A consumer opens the package and deposits a desired amount of cubes into a blender along with other ingredients to form a beverage with non-decarboxylated cannabinoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jeff Nordahl
  • Patent number: 11149728
    Abstract: A system for installing replacement plungers in plunger pumps used in the hydrocarbon industry includes an elongated, cylindrical plunger body with an elongated circular tube disposed around the cylindrical plunger body. An end wall having an aperture encloses one end of the tube with an axially movable plate adjacent the end wall between the end wall and an end of the plunger body. A removable cap is mounted to the opposite end of the tube to enclose the plunger body within the tube. The outer diameter of the tube fits in the plunger bore of a pump. To install the replacement plunger, the cap is removed and the tube is inserted into the plunger bore until the tube abuts packing within the tube. Once positioned, an axial force is applied to the movable plate to urge the plunger body from the tube and into engagement with the packing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Justin Lee Hurst, David Mark Stribling
  • Patent number: 11039700
    Abstract: A hand-actuated container used for mixing liquids contains a compression platform with release holes and walls with convolution areas. The convolution areas are convoluted when the container is in a state of compression. These features form a compressible cavity body that, when filled with liquid and compressed, push liquid at high pressure through a nozzle into a liquid reservoir. Vacuum backflow occurs through the release holes and the nozzle as the compressible cavity body returns to its original shape. In some embodiments, a double level platform allows a user to dial in the amount of backflow through the release holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Maluki Takumah
  • Patent number: 10926946
    Abstract: Capsule intended for receiving a substance for preparing a beverage using a coffee machine or infusion machine, to be held by a piston during the passage of the extracting liquid after piercing of the base by the pins of the piston. The capsule made from injected plastic material has a base (1) and a side wall (3) together forming part of a frustrum of a cone, as well as a rim (4) covered by a lid (5) after the filling of the capsule with the substance. The side wall (2) is shaped as a single cone frustrum between the rim (3) and the open (12) base (1), formed as a flattened ring (11), connected to the side wall (2). The side wall (2) is covered by a label (23) and the open base (1), including the ring (11) thereof, is covered by a sealed lid (14) inside the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Brain Corp SA
    Inventor: Olivier Brivois
  • Patent number: 10899536
    Abstract: In hot beverage cannabis related products, such as single use coffee systems as well as other coffee systems, the cannabinoids are not being infused into the beverages, such as coffee, during the brewing process. To solve this problem, a cannabinoid delivery system is provided. The cannabinoid delivery system includes various systems and methods of positioning cannabinoids and/or cannabis plant matter in locations and forms such that the cannabinoids are properly infused into the beverages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Drive Foods Corp
    Inventor: Rory Chesley Patrick Millikin
  • Patent number: 10842160
    Abstract: A food product gathering and dispensing system is disclosed. The food product is generally a flat disc shaped article dispensed onto a consumable strip of food product conveyer material. The food product is fed to single, or series related, spools that wind up the consumable conveyer material and food product into a removable roll or stack. The roll or stack is placed into a dispenser pack, optionally subject to further environmental treatment, and refrigeration. The pack is then installed within a refrigerated dispenser system where the food product and consumable material are collectively unwound and/or separated, as the food product is fed into a processing system, i.e., a cooking device. The consumable conveyer material is collected and separately discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Gregg A. Martin, Thomas Ivy, Andre Richards
  • Patent number: 10743707
    Abstract: A capsule or cartridge (1) including a cup-shaped body (2) with a bottom wall (3), a lateral wall (4) and a flange-like top formation (5) which is essentially planar and extends transversely towards the outside, and a cover (6) fixed to the flange-like formation (5) of the body (2), such as to define a chamber (7) containing the material for the preparation of the beverage, in particular ground roasted coffee. The lateral wall (4) of the body (2) has a plurality of projections (8) and recesses (9) which as a whole define at least an identification of the capsule (1). The projections (8) and recesses (9) are aligned in an essentially rectilinear direction, belonging to a plane essentially parallel to the flange-like formation (5) of the body (2) of the capsule (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.p.A
    Inventors: Luca Bugnano, Alberto Cabilli, Denis Rotta, Danilo Bolognese
  • Patent number: 10737871
    Abstract: A portable food carrier is disclosed, including a flexible, compressible outer container body and an internal lift having a tapered bottom. The tapered bottom of the lift is particularly configured to allow a user to grasp the carrier and squeeze the container body at the location of the taper, causing the lift to move upward in the container, in turn pushing food product located above the lift toward an open, top mouth of the container, where the user may then access and eat the food product. The lift is configured to interact with the interior of the container in such a way so as to assist the user in maintaining smooth movement as the user squeezes the outside of the container, thus making it optimized for use with only one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Joel Shalowitz
  • Patent number: 10717592
    Abstract: A capsule (1) is described, for preparing infusion or soluble beverages, in particular coffee or milk or chocolate, comprising at least one containing body (2) made of a compostabile/biodegradabile and or material having at least one base (3) and at least one opening (4) opposite to the base (3) and adapted to be closed by least one cover (5), the containing body (2) comprising at least one internal volume (V) adapted to contain at least one substance to be infused or solubilized, the cover (5) being made by overlapping at least one first layer (5a) composed of at least one compostabile/biodegradabile and or polyester and of at least one second, insulating inert layer (5b) made of a compostabile/biodegradabile and or material, wherein the first layer (5a) is interposed between the second layer (5b) and the internal volume (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: COSSA PALIMERI S.R.L.
    Inventors: Carmine Di Fiore, Santolo Taglialatela Scafati, Davide Filomeno
  • Patent number: 10501259
    Abstract: Cans, bottles and/or other containers used to hold a carbonated beverage can include internal features to promote and/or control bubble formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Nicholson, Peter S. Given, Prasad V. Joshi, Wei Liu, Denise H. Lefebvre, Marcin Jankowiak
  • Patent number: 10421605
    Abstract: A capsule for preparing a beverage includes a capsule body made by forming a sheet of thermoformable plastic material, the capsule body having: a base wall and a first portion of side wall defining a cavity suitable for containing an initial product to be combined with a fluid to obtain a final product in the form of a beverage, a first opening of the cavity opposite the base wall, an upper edge extending from the first portion of side wall and surrounding the first opening, a second opening of the cavity made in the base wall, in which the first opening is closed hermetically by a covering element fixed to the edge, the covering element being perforable by a dispensing machine in which the capsule is usable, in which the second opening is closed hermetically by a closing element that is suitable for tearing when pressure inside the cavity exceeds a preset value, the capsule further comprising a chamber located opposite the base wall with respect to the cavity and defined by a second portion of side wall and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Bartoli, Davide Capitini, Mattia Solieri
  • Patent number: 10384923
    Abstract: Carbon dioxide, such as may be used for a carbonated beverage, is produced by microwave thermal decomposition of a starting material. An apparatus for the process includes a microwave generator, a microwave chamber, a capsule received in the chamber containing starting material(s) and one or more channel(s) for recovering CO2 generated in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SO SPARK LTD.
    Inventor: Pinchas Shalev
  • Patent number: 10370175
    Abstract: A receptacle (100) for containing and dispensing a solid medicinal pill (108), directly into the mouth of the user, comprising a container with a storage chamber (104) leading to a spout outlet (106) sized to be comfortably inserted between the lips of a user, said spout outlet being further provided with a displaceable sealing closure (112) having a normally closed position, and wherein displacement of said closure from said closed position, to enable the dispensing of at least one pill from said chamber, is actuated by the mouth of the user interacting with said spout outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: P.C.O.A. DEVICES LTD.
    Inventor: Ilan Paz
  • Patent number: 10226153
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a drink container that includes a lower container having a void formed therein configured to hold a liquid, a divider disposed in the void of the lower container, the divider configured to form a plurality of compartments, each compartment being configured to separately hold a liquid, wherein each of the compartments has an open top portion, a film configured to seal the top portions of each of the plurality of compartments, a upper container configured to interact with the lower container and a cutter, the cutter being operably attached to an internal surface of the upper container at a first end, wherein a cutting edge of the cutter is nearer the film than the first end of the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fresh Twist, LP
    Inventors: Craig M. Trager, Chad Donella, Stuart Long
  • Patent number: 10106422
    Abstract: Carbon dioxide, such as may be used for a carbonated beverage, is produced by microwave thermal decomposition of a starting material. An apparatus for the process includes a microwave generator, a microwave chamber, a capsule received in the chamber containing starting material(s) and one or more channel(s) for recovering CO2 generated in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SO SPARK LTD.
    Inventor: Pinchas Shalev
  • Patent number: 10071844
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides multi-component food products having a wet food component and a dry food component. The multi-component food product is shelf-stable and does not include any artificial preservatives. Methods for providing a shelf-stable multi-component food product having a wet food component and a dry food component without artificial preservatives to a consumer are also provided, as are methods for marketing such a shelf-stable multi-component food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Russell Leon Chappell, Jr., Anthony Edward Dzikowicz, Jr., Jason Everett Mann, Dharmendra Kumar Mishra, Scott David Peterson, Michael John Sarachman
  • Patent number: 9888805
    Abstract: The brewing assembly (1) comprises a support structure (2) which is operationally stationary and in which the following are mounted: a movable part (4) including a cup-shaped body (5) in which there is defined a receptacle (6) suitable for receiving a capsule (C) or the like containing a substance for the preparation of a beverage; a cooperating locating part (9) provided with a member (10) for performing perforation and/or injecting water and/or steam; and a displacement mechanism (11) for causing displacement of the movable part (4) between an open position, remote from the locating part (9), in which the cup-shaped body (5) is in a position suitable for receiving a capsule (C) or the like, and a closed position, in which the cup-shaped body (5) is able to be coupled with the locating part (9) so as to define therewith a brewing chamber in which the capsule (C) is sealingly clamped, for preparation of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo De Mango
  • Patent number: 9745122
    Abstract: Capsule (9) for use in a beverage preparation machine (1), said capsule comprising side (10), bottom (12) and top (11) walls defining a closed chamber, said capsule further comprising a beverage dispensing wall able to open for releasing a beverage prepared from said ingredient and said fluid, said capsule comprising a separating wall (14) within the chamber that separates, in a leak-tight manner, an ingredient-containing compartment (15), and a fluid injection compartment (16), said separating wall (14) comprising a one-way valve (17) able to let fluid under pressure flow only from the injection compartment towards the ingredient-containing compartment, said valve being actuated in its open configuration by the injection element (22) of the machine, wherein the one-way valve is either: (i) a spring-mounted ball valve, or alternatively (ii) a flexible resilient O-ring valve mounted in a circular channel of the separating wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Nihan Dogan
  • Patent number: 9701454
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wrapper for rice covered with layer, which is used to wrap a lump of rice. The wrapper comprising, two films forming sealing parts that are sealed to each other at outer peripheral parts thereof and including laver therebetween, a first cutting groove including a lateral groove formed toward a lateral direction of the film for cutting the film toward a longitudinal direction at a longitudinal upper part of one of the two films, and a covering part attached to seal the first cutting groove. In this case, the first cutting groove is formed under the sealing part longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Myoung Ho Jeon
  • Patent number: 9505144
    Abstract: A piercing mechanism configured to pierce a sealing film of a bread ingredient box includes a bottom seat, a top seat disposed above the bottom seat for supporting the bread ingredient box, and a sawtooth blade disposed on an inner side of the bottom seat. A plurality of spaced-apart support units are disposed on the bottom seat, and each includes an outer support tube, an inner post inserted into the outer support tube and extending out of the bottom seat for abutting against a housing of a bread maker, an outer spring having two opposite ends respectively abutting against the top and bottom seats, and an inner spring having two opposite ends respectively abutting against the inner post and the outer support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhong-Hua Zhang