Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7340990
APP PUB NO 20040187695A1
SERIAL NO

10763761

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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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KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.UTRECHT, NL118

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ballard, Colin Cheltenham, GB 12 231
Halliday, Andrew Hook Norton, GB 41 848

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
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4921712 Automatic low volume beverage brewing system 84 1988
5072660 Automatic infusion-beverage apparatus 76 1990
5259295 Container for the preparation of hot drinks 44 1993
5440972 Portable beverage brewing device 66 1994
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5638741 Group module for coffee machine 79 1996
5967021 Food appliance and a coding system therefor 48 1998
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BRAUN GMBH (1)
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LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A. (1)
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PLACEMENTS PIERRE MERCIER INC. (1)
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WING SHING PRODUCTS (BVI) CO., LTD. (1)
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PI-DESIGN AG (1)
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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (1)
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KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
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Chekiang Metalware Factory Company Limited (1)
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VICKER, WAYNE ALBERT (1)
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NUOVA FAEMA S.P.A. (2)
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U.S. PHILIPS CORPORATION (3)
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Fatia Industrial Co., Ltd. (1)
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The Procter & Gamble Company (2)
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KEURIG CANADA INC. (2)
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NESTEC S.A. (22)
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5637335 Capsule package containing roast and ground coffee 76 1992
5287797 Brew basket 81 1993
5398596 Extraction device for preparation of a beverage 105 1993
5343799 Devices for use with espresso machines 92 1993
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5897899 Cartridges containing substances for beverage preparation 135 1994
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5948455 Cartridge having sheared thinned areas for promoting opening for beverage extraction 105 1997
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GENERATION BEVERAGE INC. (1)
5472719 Apparatus for the preparation of an edible liquid 165 1992
 
BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION (5)
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KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, INC. (7)
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ILLY, FRANCESCO (1)
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TUTTOESPRESSO S.P.A. (1)
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M. SCHAERER AG (1)
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CONAIR CORPORATION (1)
5463932 Coffee maker 71 1995
 
MARS UK LIMITED (5)
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4886674 Beverage making cartridge 92 1988
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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (1)
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MARS, INCORPORATED (1)
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HOUSEWARE TECHNOLOGY GROUP LLC (1)
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Boyd Coffee Company (1)
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Grimac Royal Falcon Corp. (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
POLYONE DESIGNED STRUCTURES AND SOLUTIONS LLC (1)
9114902 Methods and systems for use in forming an article from a multi-layer sheet structure 0 2011
 
NESTEC S.A. (2)
* 7878108 Disposable packaging for the distribution of a liquid preparation pumped by a venturi-effect device 8 2004
* 2006/0233,921 Disposable packaging for the distribution of a liquid preparation pumped by a venturi-effect device 4 2004
 
Kraft Food R & D, Inc. (1)
8852659 Cartridge for the preparation of beverages 0 2012
 
Inventum Group B.V. (1)
* 2008/0202,612 Apparatus For Preparing A Beverage 3 2004
 
PEPSICO, INC. (6)
8740020 Post-mix beverage system 3 2009
* 2010/0055,252 Post-Mix Beverage System 15 2009
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* 2011/0166,910 POST-MIX BEVERAGE SYSTEM 21 2010
8590753 Post-mix beverage system 1 2012
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KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V. (13)
8887622 Machine for the preparation of beverages 4 2008
* 2010/0107,887 Machine For The Preparation Of Beverages 8 2008
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8950317 Beverage preparation machines 2 2008
8567304 Beverage preparation machines 3 2008
* 2011/0070,348 Beverage Preparation Machines And Methods For Operating Beverage Preparation Machines 5 2008
8771768 Beverage cartridge 0 2008
8168247 Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages 12 2009
9101163 Sealed cartridge containing beverage concentrates 0 2010
9113654 Beverage concentrates 0 2013
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BARRY CALLEBAUT AG (6)
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The Coca-Cola Company (2)
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* Cited By Examiner

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