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, NL167

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ballard, Colin Cheltenham, GB 12 279
Halliday, Andrew Hook Norton, GB 41 1014

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
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4921712 Automatic low volume beverage brewing system 90 1988
5072660 Automatic infusion-beverage apparatus 80 1990
5259295 Container for the preparation of hot drinks 47 1993
5440972 Portable beverage brewing device 72 1994
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5967021 Food appliance and a coding system therefor 52 1998
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LUIGI LAVAZZA S.P.A. (1)
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Nestle S.A. (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 (1)
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NUOVA FAEMA S.P.A. (2)
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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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5287797 Brew basket 85 1993
5398596 Extraction device for preparation of a beverage 113 1993
5343799 Devices for use with espresso machines 103 1993
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5897899 Cartridges containing substances for beverage preparation 146 1994
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GENERATION BEVERAGE INC. (1)
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BUNN-O-MATIC CORPORATION (5)
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MARS UK LIMITED (5)
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MARS, INCORPORATED (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
STURM FOODS, INC. (1)
* 2011/0183,048 Soluble Coffee Product 18 2010
 
NESTEC S.A. (2)
* 7878108 Disposable packaging for the distribution of a liquid preparation pumped by a venturi-effect device 9 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
 
STARBUCKS CORPORATION (1)
9783361 Stretchable beverage cartridges and methods 0 2014
 
SPARTECH LLC (2)
9114902 Methods and systems for use in forming an article from a multi-layer sheet structure 0 2011
9669992 Methods and systems for use in forming an article from a multi-layer sheet structure 0 2015
 
INVENTUM GROUP B.V. (1)
* 2008/0202,612 Apparatus For Preparing A Beverage 3 2004
 
PEPSICO, INC. (7)
8740020 Post-mix beverage system 6 2009
* 2010/0055,252 Post-Mix Beverage System 16 2009
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* 2011/0166,910 POST-MIX BEVERAGE SYSTEM 24 2010
8590753 Post-mix beverage system 5 2012
9260284 Post-mix beverage system 0 2014
9708109 Post-mix beverage system 0 2015
 
KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V. (16)
8887622 Machine for the preparation of beverages 5 2008
* 2010/0107,887 Machine For The Preparation Of Beverages 12 2008
9386877 Beverage preparation machines and beverage cartridges 0 2008
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8950317 Beverage preparation machines 3 2008
8567304 Beverage preparation machines 3 2008
* 2011/0070,348 Beverage Preparation Machines And Methods For Operating Beverage Preparation Machines 7 2008
8771768 Beverage cartridge 0 2008
8168247 Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages 13 2009
9101163 Sealed cartridge containing beverage concentrates 0 2010
9113654 Beverage concentrates 0 2013
9451847 Cartridge and method for the preparation of beverages 0 2014
9668606 Machine for the preparation of beverages 0 2014
9730547 Beverage preparation machines 0 2014
9723944 Machine for the preparation of beverages 0 2015
 
BARRY CALLEBAUT AG (6)
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* 2009/0263,556 METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SOLUBLE COCOA PRODUCT FROM COCOA POWDER 3 2009
 
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY (2)
* 8327754 Coffee and tea pod 22 2005
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* Cited By Examiner

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