US 11,653,793 B2
Blender system with rotatable blade assembly
Daniel Stephen Potter, Seabrook, NH (US); and David M. Audette, Webster, MA (US)
Assigned to SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC, Needham, MA (US)
Filed by SharkNinja Operating LLC, Needham, MA (US)
Filed on Apr. 9, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/226,729.
Application 17/226,729 is a division of application No. 16/036,613, filed on Jul. 16, 2018, granted, now 11,166,596.
Application 16/036,613 is a division of application No. 13/261,801, granted, now 10,064,520, issued on Sep. 4, 2018, previously published as PCT/US2012/048339, filed on Jul. 26, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/526,398, filed on Aug. 23, 2011.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/511,614, filed on Jul. 26, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2021/0219784 A1, Jul. 22, 2021
Int. Cl. A47J 43/00 (2006.01); A47J 43/07 (2006.01); B01F 27/86 (2022.01); B01F 27/1123 (2022.01); B02C 18/12 (2006.01); B02C 18/20 (2006.01); A47J 43/08 (2006.01)
CPC A47J 43/0722 (2013.01) [A47J 43/0716 (2013.01); B01F 27/1123 (2022.01); B01F 27/86 (2022.01); B02C 18/12 (2013.01); B02C 18/20 (2013.01); A47J 43/085 (2013.01)] 4 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A blender system, comprising:
a container, comprising:
a bottom section;
one or more container walls extending upward from the bottom section and defining an interior volume of space forming a work chamber for processing one or more food products, the one or more walls terminating at a top section opposite the bottom section and having an opening providing access to the work chamber;
a rotatable blade assembly disposed in the work chamber and operable for processing food contained within the work chamber through rotational action;
a keeper disposed in the top section; and
a slidable actuator shaft extending between the bottom section and the top section configured to slide between a first position and a second position;
a lid sized and dimensioned to cover the opening in the top section when positioned on top of the container, the lid comprising: a hinged actuator lever with at least one locking tab sized, dimensioned, and oriented to engage with the keeper to mechanically lock the lid to the container when pivoted from a first position to a second position;
a detent disposed in the hinged actuator lever and sized, dimensioned, and oriented to intersect with the slidable actuator shaft of the container when the lid is positioned on top of the container and the hinged actuator lever is pivoted to the second position; and
a motorized unit disposed in a base configured to receive and couple with the container in such a way as to mechanically couple the motorized unit with the blade assembly to supply rotational energy thereto, the motorized unit activated by a mechanical switch;
wherein when the detent of the lid intersects with the slidable actuator shaft of the container, the slidable actuator shaft slides from the first position to the second position in such a way as to mechanically intersect with and move the mechanical switch from an off position to an on position, thereby activating the motorized unit and causing the blade assembly to rotate.