US Patent No: 7,340,990

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Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages

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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, IL69

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ballard, Colin Cheltenham, GB 18 98
Halliday, Andrew Hook Norton, GB 56 338

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NESTEC S.A. (22)
4,724,752 Machine for the automatic preparation of a beverage 46 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 87 1991
5,242,702 Extraction of coffee contained in sealed cartridges 92 1991
5,347,916 Device to assist extraction of beverage material in cartridges 73 1991
5,327,815 Device for use in beverage extraction machines 53 1992
5,398,595 Devices for extracting beverage materials in cartridges 82 1992
5,637,335 Capsule package containing roast and ground coffee 57 1992
5,287,797 Brew basket 69 1993
5,398,596 Extraction device for preparation of a beverage 71 1993
5,343,799 Devices for use with espresso machines 62 1993
5,649,472 Extraction of a substance contained sachet 84 1994
5,897,899 Cartridges containing substances for beverage preparation 95 1994
5,603,254 Apparatus for extracting substances contained in sealed pliant bags 39 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 52 1996
5,794,519 Brewing head for coffee portion capsules of an espresso machine 82 1996
5,762,987 Process for extracting a substance contained in a sachet 45 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 49 2000
 
KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, INC. (7)
6,142,063 Automated beverage brewing system 99 1999
6,182,554 Beverage filter cartridge holder 84 1999
6,607,762 Disposable single serve beverage filter cartridge 78 2001
6,645,537 Beverage filter cartridge 89 2001
6,606,938 Two step puncturing and venting of single serve filter cartridge in a beverage brewer 67 2002
6,655,260 Beverage filter cartridge holder 64 2002
6,644,173 Beverage filter cartridge holder 39 2002
 
BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION (5)
4,917,005 Beverage brewer with brewing temperature interlock 73 1989
5,303,639 Automatic brewer 55 1993
5,285,717 Brewer control 40 1993
5,375,508 Digital brewer control 89 1993
5,858,437 Methods of brewing reduced temperature coffee 67 1996
 
MARS UK LIMITED (5)
4,738,378 Beverage dispensing apparatus 59 1985
4,818,544 Beverage packages 83 1987
4,886,674 Beverage making cartridge 74 1988
D419821 Beverage dispensing machine 71 1998
6,358,545 Beverage-producing packages 32 2000
 
SOCIETE DES PRODUITS NESTLE S.A. (4)
D452107 Coffee machine 32 2000
D460653 Coffee machine 34 2002
D459628 Coffee machine 45 2002
D461358 Coffee machine 54 2002
 
VKI TECHNOLOGIES INC. (4)
5,349,897 Coffee brewer method and apparatus 33 1993
5,479,849 Lower chamber vent for the lower chamber of a brewing machine 32 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 41 1998
6,117,471 Method for brewing using electronic coded coffee packets sealed in a gas flushed envelope and a beverage brewing machine 48 1999
 
General Foods Limited (3)
4,853,234 Beverage packages 51 1987
4,920,870 Method for preparing beverages and beverage preparing machines 36 1989
4,990,352 Method for preparing beverages 43 1989
 
ILLYCAFFE' S.P.A. (3)
5,014,611 Coffee machine 54 1989
5,738,001 Coffee machine 47 1996
6,109,168 Espresso coffee machine 31 1999
 
U.S. Philips Corporation (3)
5,455,887 Coffee-maker 37 1993
6,000,317 Coffee maker 51 1997
6,082,245 Apparatus for preparing beverages with end of brew phase detection 30 1999
 
BLOOMFIELD INDUSTRIES CANADA LIMITED (2)
5,704,275 Electronic brew control system 43 1996
5,862,738 Electronic brew control system 46 1997
 
KEURIG, INCORPORATED (2)
5,325,765 Beverage filter cartridge 118 1992
5,840,189 Beverage filter cartridge 112 1997
 
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (2)
6,021,705 Assembly for use in a coffee machine for preparing coffee 65 1998
6,240,832 Assembly for feeding prepackaged coffee portions to a brewing unit of a coffee machine 53 2000
 
Nuova Faema S.p.A. (2)
4,551,611 Espresso coffee machine control system displaying boiler temperature and pressure 39 1984
5,265,520 Automatic machine for dispensing black coffee, white coffee, and the like 48 1991
 
SARA LEE/DE N.V. (2)
5,178,058 Filterpan ring for brewing prepackaged dry beverages 34 1992
6,186,051 System and apparatus for preparing a beverage suitable for consumption 43 1997
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (2)
2002/0129,712 Beverage brewing system 71 2002
2003/0039,731 Beverage brewing devices 53 2002
 
APPLICA CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
4,838,152 Auto-off coffee brewing system 43 1988
 
Boyd Coffee Company (1)
2002/0048,621 Encoded coffee packet 53 2001
 
BRAUN GMBH (1)
5,639,023 Method of controlling the water temperature in a beverage-brewing apparatus 29 1995
 
C.M.A. S.P.A. (1)
5,921,168 Express-coffee-machine loadable with wafers 37 1998
 
CHEKIANG METALWARE FACTORY COMPANY LIMITED (1)
D489930 Juice dispenser 37 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 57 1996
 
CONAIR CORPORATION (1)
5,463,932 Coffee maker 58 1995
 
Estro S.r.l. (1)
5,186,096 Coffee brewing machine 43 1990
 
Fatia Industrial Co., Ltd. (1)
D479939 Coffee maker 36 2002
 
GENERATION BEVERAGE INC. (1)
5,472,719 Apparatus for the preparation of an edible liquid 123 1992
 
Grimac Royal Falcon Corp. (1)
5,531,152 Platen assembly for coffee maker using pre-dosaged coffee filter packets 59 1995
 
GT INVESTMENTS (BVI) LIMITED (1)
6,240,833 Automatic French Press beverage maker 47 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 37 1982
 
HEINEKEN SUPPLY CHAIN B.V. (1)
D443792 Drink dispensing apparatus 47 2000
 
HOUSEWARE TECHNOLOGY GROUP LLC (1)
6,405,637 Fluid delivery system for generating pressure pulses to make beverages 46 2000
 
ILLY, FRANCESCO (1)
5,992,298 Coffee machine 69 1998
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
4,876,953 Siphon coffee maker 41 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 40 1999
 
KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V. (1)
6,009,792 Apparatus for preparing coffee 79 1998
 
LUNDAR ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (1)
D475567 Coffee maker 38 2002
 
M. SCHAERER AG (1)
5,408,917 Appliance for preparation of hot drinks 36 1994
 
MARKETING RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
6,279,459 Coffee maker 32 2000
 
MARS, INCORPORATED (1)
5,272,960 Dispensing machine 41 1990
 
MICROMERITICS INSTRUMENT CORPORATION (1)
4,873,915 Beverage preparing machines 38 1989
 
NESTLE S.A. (1)
4,846,052 Device for the extraction of cartridges 83 1987
 
NEWCO RESEARCH CORPORATION (1)
5,063,836 Coffee making machine and components thereof 77 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 33 1996
 
PI-DESIGN AG (1)
6,178,874 Device for preparing hot beverages and method for preparing hot beverages using the device 28 1999
 
PLACEMENTS PIERRE MERCIER INC. (1)
6,612,224 Method and apparatus for the preparation of hot beverages 46 2002
 
SALTON/MAXIM HOUSEWARES, INC. (DE CORP.) (1)
D255529 Coffee maker 38 1978
 
SIMATELEX MANUFACTORY CO., LTD. (1)
5,549,035 Coffee making machines 51 1995
 
SUNBEAM PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5,183,998 Apparatus and method for heating water for infusion and the like 76 1990
 
SUTTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (1)
4,653,390 Apparatus for making tea or coffee 33 1985
 
TEASHOT.LLC (1)
5,895,672 Product and process for preparing a tea extract 70 1998
 
TUTTOESPRESSO S.P.A. (1)
D423863 Coffee maker 37 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 87 1982
 
VICKER, WAYNE ALBERT (1)
5,134,924 Automatic coffee or like beverage making machine 56 1990
 
WELLS BLOOMFIELD, LLC (1)
6,095,031 Computer controlled brewing apparatus 51 1999
 
WING SHING PRODUCTS (BVI) CO., LTD. (1)
6,006,653 Coffee maker 25 1998
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
4,382,402 Portable coffee maker 66 1981
4,484,515 Automatic espresso coffee machine 57 1983
4,787,299 Detection and display device for automatic service expresso coffee machine 30 1988
4,921,712 Automatic low volume beverage brewing system 59 1988
5,072,660 Automatic infusion-beverage apparatus 58 1990
5,259,295 Container for the preparation of hot drinks 34 1993
5,440,972 Portable beverage brewing device 53 1994
5,531,604 Electric connector 33 1994
5,638,741 Group module for coffee machine 65 1996
5,967,021 Food appliance and a coding system therefor 39 1998
6,170,386 Food preparation 40 1998
6,062,127 Portable espresso maker 39 1999
6,173,117 Heated beverage machine 50 1999

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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
 
KRAFT FOODS R & D, INC. (3)
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
 
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

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