US Patent No: 7,340,990

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Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20040187695

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A cartridge containing one or more beverage ingredients and being formed from substantially air- and water-impermeable materials, said cartridge comprising a storage chamber containing the one or more beverage ingredients, characterised in that the aspect ratio of the vertical height of the storage chamber to the breadth of the storage chamber is between 0.10 and 0.43.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
KRAFT FOODS R & D, INC.NORTHFIELD, IL72

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ballard, Colin Cheltenham, GB 18 104
Halliday, Andrew Hook Norton, GB 56 357

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NESTEC S.A. (22)
4,724,752 Machine for the automatic preparation of a beverage 47 1986
4,806,375 Method for the extraction of sealed cartridges for the preparation of beverages 44 1987
5,197,374 Apparatus for extracting cartridges containing coffee 88 1991
5,242,702 Extraction of coffee contained in sealed cartridges 94 1991
5,347,916 Device to assist extraction of beverage material in cartridges 74 1991
5,327,815 Device for use in beverage extraction machines 54 1992
5,398,595 Devices for extracting beverage materials in cartridges 83 1992
5,637,335 Capsule package containing roast and ground coffee 57 1992
5,287,797 Brew basket 70 1993
5,398,596 Extraction device for preparation of a beverage 73 1993
5,343,799 Devices for use with espresso machines 63 1993
5,649,472 Extraction of a substance contained sachet 85 1994
5,897,899 Cartridges containing substances for beverage preparation 97 1994
5,603,254 Apparatus for extracting substances contained in sealed pliant bags 40 1995
6,025,000 Beverage preparation from a substance compacted into a cake 41 1995
5,826,492 Apparatus for extracting a substance contained in a sachet 53 1996
5,794,519 Brewing head for coffee portion capsules of an espresso machine 83 1996
5,762,987 Process for extracting a substance contained in a sachet 46 1997
5,948,455 Cartridge having sheared thinned areas for promoting opening for beverage extraction 81 1997
6,068,871 Beverage preparation from a substance compacted into a cake and contained in a sachet 38 1998
6,347,725 Closed flexible sachet 41 2000
6,289,948 Refill cartridge for a drink dispensing device and device designed for such a cartridge 50 2000
 
KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, INC. (7)
6,142,063 Automated beverage brewing system 102 1999
6,182,554 Beverage filter cartridge holder 87 1999
6,607,762 Disposable single serve beverage filter cartridge 82 2001
6,645,537 Beverage filter cartridge 93 2001
6,606,938 Two step puncturing and venting of single serve filter cartridge in a beverage brewer 70 2002
6,655,260 Beverage filter cartridge holder 66 2002
* 6,644,173 Beverage filter cartridge holder 42 2002
 
BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION (5)
4,917,005 Beverage brewer with brewing temperature interlock 74 1989
5,303,639 Automatic brewer 56 1993
5,285,717 Brewer control 41 1993
5,375,508 Digital brewer control 91 1993
5,858,437 Methods of brewing reduced temperature coffee 69 1996
 
MARS UK LIMITED (5)
4,738,378 Beverage dispensing apparatus 60 1985
4,818,544 Beverage packages 83 1987
4,886,674 Beverage making cartridge 74 1988
D419821 Beverage dispensing machine 72 1998
6,358,545 Beverage-producing packages 32 2000
 
SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE S.A. (4)
D452107 Coffee machine 33 2000
D460653 Coffee machine 35 2002
D459628 Coffee machine 46 2002
D461358 Coffee machine 55 2002
 
VKI TECHNOLOGIES INC. (4)
5,349,897 Coffee brewer method and apparatus 34 1993
5,479,849 Lower chamber vent for the lower chamber of a brewing machine 33 1995
5,974,950 Electronic coded coffee packets sealed in a gas flushed envelope, a beverage brewing machine using same as well as a method for brewing 42 1998
6,117,471 Method for brewing using electronic coded coffee packets sealed in a gas flushed envelope and a beverage brewing machine 49 1999
 
General Foods Limited (3)
4,853,234 Beverage packages 51 1987
4,920,870 Method for preparing beverages and beverage preparing machines 37 1989
4,990,352 Method for preparing beverages 44 1989
 
ILLYCAFFE' S.P.A. (3)
5,014,611 Coffee machine 55 1989
5,738,001 Coffee machine 48 1996
6,109,168 Espresso coffee machine 32 1999
 
U.S. PHILIPS CORPORATION (3)
5,455,887 Coffee-maker 38 1993
6,000,317 Coffee maker 52 1997
6,082,245 Apparatus for preparing beverages with end of brew phase detection 31 1999
 
BLOOMFIELD INDUSTRIES CANADA LIMITED (2)
5,704,275 Electronic brew control system 44 1996
5,862,738 Electronic brew control system 48 1997
 
KEURIG, INCORPORATED (2)
5,325,765 Beverage filter cartridge 124 1992
5,840,189 Beverage filter cartridge 117 1997
 
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (2)
6,021,705 Assembly for use in a coffee machine for preparing coffee 66 1998
6,240,832 Assembly for feeding prepackaged coffee portions to a brewing unit of a coffee machine 54 2000
 
Nuova Faema S.p.A. (2)
4,551,611 Espresso coffee machine control system displaying boiler temperature and pressure 40 1984
5,265,520 Automatic machine for dispensing black coffee, white coffee, and the like 49 1991
 
SARA LEE/DE N.V. (2)
5,178,058 Filterpan ring for brewing prepackaged dry beverages 35 1992
6,186,051 System and apparatus for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption 44 1997
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (2)
2002/0129,712 Beverage brewing system 72 2002
2003/0039,731 Beverage brewing devices 53 2002
 
APPLICA CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
4,838,152 Auto-off coffee brewing system 44 1988
 
Boyd Coffee Company (1)
2002/0048,621 Encoded coffee packet 55 2001
 
BRAUN GMBH (1)
5,639,023 Method of controlling the water temperature in a beverage-brewing apparatus 30 1995
 
C.M.A. S.P.A. (1)
5,921,168 Express-coffee-machine loadable with wafers 38 1998
 
CHEKIANG METALWARE FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED (1)
D489930 Juice dispenser 38 2003
 
COMPAGNIE MEDITERRANEENNE DES CAFES S.A. (1)
5,776,527 Package of ground coffee of the prefilled tablet type and espresso coffee machine using such a package 59 1996
 
CONAIR CORPORATION (1)
5,463,932 Coffee maker 59 1995
 
Estro S.r.l. (1)
5,186,096 Coffee brewing machine 44 1990
 
Fatia Industrial Co., Ltd. (1)
D479939 Coffee maker 38 2002
 
GENERATION BEVERAGE INC. (1)
5,472,719 Apparatus for the preparation of an edible liquid 124 1992
 
Grimac Royal Falcon Corp. (1)
5,531,152 Platen assembly for coffee maker using pre-dosaged coffee filter packets 60 1995
 
GT INVESTMENTS (BVI) LIMITED (1)
6,240,833 Automatic French Press beverage maker 48 1999
 
Hag GF Aktiengesellschaft (1)
5,082,676 Coffee cassette 53 1991
 
HAMILTON BEACH INC., A CORP. OF DE. (1)
4,744,291 Electric coffee maker 38 1982
 
HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V. (1)
D443792 Drink dispensing apparatus 48 2000
 
HOUSEWARE TECHNOLOGY GROUP LLC (1)
6,405,637 Fluid delivery system for generating pressure pulses to make beverages 48 2000
 
ILLY, FRANCESCO (1)
5,992,298 Coffee machine 71 1998
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
4,876,953 Siphon coffee maker 42 1989
 
KNUDSEN, JEANNETTE L. (1)
6,245,371 Method and apparatus for brewing a fluid extract using an inclined filter pouch containing flavor extractable particles 41 1999
 
KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V. (1)
6,009,792 Apparatus for preparing coffee 81 1998
 
LUNDAR ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (1)
D475567 Coffee maker 39 2002
 
M. SCHAERER AG (1)
5,408,917 Appliance for preparation of hot drinks 37 1994
 
MARKETING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
6,279,459 Coffee maker 33 2000
 
MARS, INCORPORATED (1)
5,272,960 Dispensing machine 42 1990
 
MICROMERITICS INSTRUMENT CORPORATION (1)
4,873,915 Beverage preparing machines 39 1989
 
NESTLE S.A. (1)
4,846,052 Device for the extraction of cartridges 84 1987
 
NEWCO RESEARCH CORPORATION (1)
5,063,836 Coffee making machine and components thereof 78 1989
 
OPEM S.P.A. (1)
5,649,412 Apparatus for making, starting from a continuous film, coffee round or not round coffee wafers, for espresso-coffee making machines 34 1996
 
PI-DESIGN AG (1)
6,178,874 Device for preparing hot beverages and method for preparing hot beverages using the device 29 1999
 
PLACEMENTS PIERRE MERCIER INC. (1)
6,612,224 Method and apparatus for the preparation of hot beverages 47 2002
 
SIMATELEX MANUFACTORY CO., LTD. (1)
5,549,035 Coffee making machines 52 1995
 
SUNBEAM PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,183,998 Apparatus and method for heating water for infusion and the like 79 1990
 
SUTTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (1)
4,653,390 Apparatus for making tea or coffee 34 1985
 
TEASHOT.LLC (1)
5,895,672 Product and process for preparing a tea extract 71 1998
 
TUTTOESPRESSO S.P.A. (1)
D423863 Coffee maker 38 1999
 
UNOPER S.R.1. VIA SAN GIUSEPPE 3, GATTINARA (VERCELLI) ITALY AN ITALIAN LIMITED COMPANY (1)
4,471,689 Disposable cartridge for use in beverage extracting and dispensing machines 88 1982
 
VICKER, WAYNE ALBERT (1)
5,134,924 Automatic coffee or like beverage making machine 57 1990
 
WELLS BLOOMFIELD, LLC (1)
6,095,031 Computer controlled brewing apparatus 52 1999
 
WING SHING PRODUCTS (BVI) CO., LTD. (1)
6,006,653 Coffee maker 26 1998
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
4,382,402 Portable coffee maker 67 1981
4,484,515 Automatic espresso coffee machine 58 1983
4,787,299 Detection and display device for automatic service expresso coffee machine 31 1988
4,921,712 Automatic low volume beverage brewing system 62 1988
5,072,660 Automatic infusion-beverage apparatus 59 1990
5,259,295 Container for the preparation of hot drinks 35 1993
5,440,972 Portable beverage brewing device 54 1994
5,531,604 Electric connector 33 1994
5,638,741 Group module for coffee machine 67 1996
5,967,021 Food appliance and a coding system therefor 41 1998
6,170,386 Food preparation 41 1998
6,062,127 Portable espresso maker 40 1999
6,173,117 Heated beverage machine 53 1999
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
KRAFT FOODS R & D, INC. (4)
8,887,622 Machine for the preparation of beverages 0 2008
8,567,304 Beverage preparation machines 0 2008
8,771,768 Beverage cartridge 0 2008
8,168,247 Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages 4 2009
 
BARRY CALLEBAUT AG (3)
* 8,440,244 Concentrate of an instant chocolate drink and uses for same 0 2004
8,603,946 Process for producing a beverage comprising cocoa material with enhanced polyphenol levels 0 2008
8,609,174 Method for producing a soluble cocoa product from cocoa powder 0 2009
 
PEPSICO, INC. (2)
8,740,020 Post-mix beverage system 0 2009
8,590,753 Post-mix beverage system 0 2012
 
Kraft Food R & D, Inc. (1)
8,852,659 Cartridge for the preparation of beverages 0 2012
 
NESTEC S.A. (1)
* 7,878,108 Disposable packaging for the distribution of a liquid preparation pumped by a venturi-effect device 6 2004
 
The Coca-Cola Company (1)
* 8,327,754 Coffee and tea pod 6 2005
* Cited By Examiner

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