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Title:
COOKING APPLIANCE WITH INTEGRAL DRAIN
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/103949
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A cooking appliance with an integral drain is disclosed that has at least one burner and an inclined surface adjacent to the burner that terminates with a strainer and drain pipe. This allows one to drain a pot of hot liquid without the dangers of transporting the pot of hot liquid from the stovetop to the sink. A novel drain pot may also be used with the cooking appliance with an integral drain. The drain pot is a cooking vessel with a drain valve. The drain valve can be opened to allow hot liquid in the vessel to drain directly into the integral drain of the cooktop without the need to move or lift the pot. The cooking appliance with an integral drain serves to drastically reduce the risk of burns from mishandled, dropped or spilled pols full of boiling hot liquids such as water.

Inventors:
CUSIMANO, Chad Michael (95 Saginaw Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623, US)
Application Number:
US2018/061723
Publication Date:
May 31, 2019
Filing Date:
November 19, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CUSIMANO, Chad Michael (95 Saginaw Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623, US)
International Classes:
E03C1/264; A47J27/21; A47J37/06; F24C3/08; F24C3/12; F24C7/06; F24C7/08; F24C13/00; F24C15/10; F24C15/14
Foreign References:
CN201119682Y2008-09-24
JP2006241971A2006-09-14
US5713265A1998-02-03
US3034419A1962-05-15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GUNDERMAN, Robert D. (Patent Technologies, LLC20 Office Park Way,Suite 12, Pittsford NY, 14534, US)
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Claims:
What is claimed is: 1 , A cooking appliance with integral drain comprising:

A generally planar surface having at least one burner there through;

an inclined surface adjacent to the at least one burner;

the inclined surface having ah originating elevation,, a terminating elevation and an opening;

the terminating elevation of the inclined surface joining with a strainer;

the strainer formed to the opening of the inclined surface and capable of connecting with a drain pipe.

2, The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim I , further comprising controls for adjusting heat that is released from the at least one burner, 3. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 2, wherein the controls are horizontally mounted,

4. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 2, wherein the controls are vertically mounted.

The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim L wherein the inclined surface is surrounded by a drain perimeter.

6. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 5, wherein said drain perimeter forms a rectangular trough.

7. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 5, wherein said drain perimeter is a vertical wait to contain liquid that is poured within the drain perimeter.

8. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 5, further comprising a drain grating over the drain perimeter.

9. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 1, further comprising a drain grating over the strainer,

10. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 1. wherein the at least one burner is a gas fired burner.

1 1.T he cooking appliance with integral drain as recited In claim \ , wherein the at least one burner is an electric burner. 12. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 1, further comprising a cooktop perimeter surrounding the at least one burner and the strainer,

13, The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited to claim i, further comprising a strainer basket capable of insertion in the strainer to prevent food particles from entering the drain pipe.

14. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim I, further comprising a water connection for cleaning the inclined surface and the strainer. 13, A cooking appliance with integral drain comprising:

A generally planar surface having at least one burner there through;

an Inclined surface adjacent to the at least one burner;

the inclined surface having an originating elevation, a terminating elevation and an opening;

the terminating elevation of the inclined surface joining with a strainer;

the strainer formed to the opening of the inclined surface and capable of connecting with a drain pipe; and

a drain pot comprising a vessel for heating food and water, a drain valve placed through a lower portion of the vessel, a drain outlet fluidically coupled to the drain valve, and a drain handle mechanically coupled to the drain valve.

16. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 55, wherein the inclined surface is surrounded by a drain perimeter.

17. The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 16. wherein said drain perimeter forms a rectangular trough. 18, The cooking appliance with integral drain as recited in claim 16, wherein said drain perimeter is a vertical wall to contain liquid that is poured within the drain perimeter.

19. The cooking appliance with Integral drain as recited hr claim 16, further comprising a drain grating over the drain perimeter, 20. A cooking appliance with integral drain comprising;

A generally planar surface having at least one burner there through;

an inclined surface adjacent to the at least one burner;

the inclined surface having an originating elevation, a terminating elevation and an opening;

the terminating elevation of the inclined surface joining with a strainer;

the strainer formed to the opening of the inclined surface and capable of connecting with a drain pipe; ami

an oven.

Description:
COOKING APPLIANCE WITH INTEGRAL DRAIN

Chad Michael Cusimano

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED PATENT APPLICATIONS

This application Claims priority to United States Patent Application Serial No.

62/589,998 filed November 22, 2017 entitled“'Cooking Appliance With Integral Drain" by Chad Michael Ciisimano, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference as permissible by national or regional laws.

TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates generally to cooking appliances, and more particularly to a. cooking appliance with an integral drain.

BACKGROUND ART

Cooking appliances have existed for many years, with both electric and gas cooktops and cooking appliances being commonplace today. With the advent of these modern cooking appliances, the layout of kitchens in most homes, while advancing in terms of size and finishing materials, has really not changed that much. Nearly all modem day kitchens have a refngerator/freez.er, countertops, a stove or range, an oven, and a sink. These are considered to be the basic essentials needed to prepare meals in the home. Of course there are a multitude of accessories related to appliances, lighting, and physical features that can be incorporated with these kitchen fundamentals. In addition, there are a significant number of choices related to the basics of refrigerator/freezer combinations, countertops, cooking appliances and sinks.

One of the more recent“advances” in some of the more high-end kitchens is the installation of a pot filter near the cooktop. The pot filler is a glorified faucet hav ing a hose or similar adjustable extension so that a pot piaeed on the cooktop can he filled with water without the need to carry the pot over to the sink, fill it with water, and then carry it back to the cooktop for use. At roughly eight pounds per gallon, while a pot full of water is not significantly heavy, it can he challenging or inconvenient for some to move from the sink area of a kitchen to the cooktop.

While the movement of cold tap water from the sink to the cooktop can be inconvenient for some, the movement of boiling hot water from the cooktop to the sink for draining and disposal can not only be inconvenient, it can he dangerous for many, especially foe elderly or those with limited physical abilities. The larger the pot, the more dangerous the transfer of boiling water from the cooktop to the sink becomes. Not only is there snore boiling liquid contained in the larger pot, it weighs more and the boiling contents are more apt to move around as the pot is moved.

W hat is needed Is an arrangement where the pot or cooking vesse l can be drained of hot liquid without the need to pick it up from the cooktop and move it across the kitchen to the sink for disposal of the hot liquid contained within. Such an arrangement could be used in conjunction with a pot filler faucet to neatly eliminate the movement of a full pot between the sink and the cooktop, or could be used in conjunction with traditional approaches to filling a pot from the sink based faucet. Either way, eliminating the need to carry a pot of boiling hot liquid from the cooktop to the dram will prevent many burn injuries and the secondary result of a kitchen mess.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present, invention, there is provided a cooking appliance with an integral drain comprising a generally planar surface having at least one burner there through; an inclined surface adjacent to the at least one burner; the inclined surface having an originating elevation, a terminating elevation and an opening; the terminating elevation of the inclined surface joining with a strainer; the strainer formed to the opening of the inclined surface and capable of connecting with a drain pipe.

The foregoing paragraph has been provided by way of introduction, and is not intended to limit the scope of the following claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF TFIE DRAWINGS

The invention will be described by reference to the following drawings, in which like numerals refer to like elements, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a cooking appliance with integral drain;

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a cross sectional view of the cooking appliance with integral drain taken along line A -A of Figure 2:

Figure 4 is a side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure i ;

Figure 5 is an alternate side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure I;

Figure 6 is a rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure I ;

Figure 7 is an alternate rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance w ith integral drain of Figure I ; Figure 8 is a perspective view of a further embodiment of the cooking appliance with integral drain;

Figure 9 is a perspective view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8 but with a grate removed;

Figure 10 is a top plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Fi gure 8; Figure l i is a cross sectional view of the cooking appliance with integral drain taken along line B-B of Figure 10;

Figure 12 is a side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8;

Figure 13 is an alternate side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8:

Figure 14 is a rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of

Figure 8;

Figure 15 is an alternate rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8:

Figure 16 is a perspective view of a further embodiment of the cooking appliance with integral drain:

Figure 17 is a perspective view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16, but with a grate removed;

Figure l 8 is a top plan view of the cooking; appliance with integral drain of Figure 16;

Figure 19 is a cross sectional view of the cooking appliance with integral drain taken along line C-C of Figure 18;

Figure 20 is a side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16;

Figure 21 is an alternate side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16;

Figure 22 is a rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16; Figure 23 is an alternate rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16; and

Figure 24 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the cooking appliance with integral drain depicted in use with a drain pot of the present invention .

The present invention will be described in connection with a preferred embodiment, however, it will be understood that there is no intent to limit the Invention to the embodiment described. On the contrary, the intent is to cover ail alternatives, modifications, and equivalents as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by this specification, drawings, and appended claims.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

The cooking appliance with integral drain is described and depicted herein by way of several examples, as further illustrated in the atached figures. These examples are to be considered as just that, examples and not limitations. Other embodiments, variations and versions may be determined after reviewing this specification with the attached figures, these embodiments, variations and versions being included in the spirit and broad scope of the present invention.

For a general understanding of the present invention, reference is made to the drawings.

In the drawings, like reference numerals have been used throughout to designate identical elements.

Figure I is a perspective view of a cooking appliance with integral drain 100. Figures I - 7 depict this first embodiment. A surface 101 , in most instances a generally planar surface to conform to a countertop or the like, can be seen. This surface 101 may be made from a material such as stainless steel, porcelain enamel coated steel, or the like, and may be formed by stamping and pressing or similar fabrication techniques. Placed through or formed with the surface 101 are burners 103. The burners may be gas fired burners, electric burners, or the like, and are operated from controls 105 that control the amount of heat provided to the burners 103. The controls 105 may be horizontally or vertically mounted, or may, in some embodiments of the present invention, be mounted in other orientations or locations. The cooking appliance may also comprise an oven to accompany the burners, and may In some embodiments be considered a range. Adjacent to at least one burner Is a drain surface 107 that pitches downwardly toward a strainer 109 or similar drain feature by way of an inclined surface 1 1 1. The inclined surface has an originating elevation, a terminating elevation and an opening. The terminating elevation is lower than the originating elevation to allow liquids such as water to flow down the Inclined surface into the strainer 109 or similar drain feature. The strainer 109 may be, for example, a traditional stainless steel device that is atached to or otherwise formed to the opening in the inclined surface and has a threaded portion to allow attachment of a drain pipe. The strainer 109 may also be a drain feature that is integrated with the inclined surface, for example, pressed or machined directiy into the inclined surface. The strainer joins the terminating elevation of the inclined surface 11 1 to allow- for proper drainage of liquids and the like. As seen in Figure 1. in this embodiment the drain surface 107 forms an inclined surface 1 11 leading to the strainer 109 and associated drain. The surface of the cooktop 101 simply forms a drain surface 107 through inclination of the surface as it approaches the strainer 109, hi some embodiments of the present invention, the strainer 109 may comprise an upwardly vertical structure such as a funnel or guide; such a structure being permanently, removably or retractabfy attached to the strainer 109,

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 1. The placement of the drain surface 107 close to at least one burner 103 can be seen. This allows for ease of draining of hot liquids such as water from a pot, or use of a drain pot as will be further described herein, A strainer basket 201 can also be seen placed within the strainer 109 to catch food debris. The strainer basket 201 is removable, contains holes or other such openings to allow water or liquids to pass, and is made from a metal, a plastic, or the like.

Figure 3 Is a. cross sectional view of the cooking appliance with integral drain taken along line A-A of Figure 2. While the incline of the drain surface is subtle and may be difficult to discern in Figure 3, in some embodiments of the present invention the incline is more pronounced as it approaches the strainer 109, In some embodiments of the present invention, the incline may be absent entirely and the strainer 109 may be the sole receiver of liquid to be drained. Further, in some embodiments of the present invention the strainer 109 or other drainage feature may be larger or of differing geometries than that depicted by way of example In the figures. The drainage feature may be slotted, rectangular, or a long narrow opening at the bottom of a single pitch inclined surface. In figure 3, a drain pipe 301 can be seen connected to a lower portion of the strainer 109. Such a drain pipe would be placed and connected during installation of the cooktop with integral drain.

Figure 4 is a side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 1 and Figure 5 is an alternate side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 1 , Figure 6 is a rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 1. Figure 7 is an alternate rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 1.

As another example. Figures 8-15 depict a cooking appliance with integral drain with a drain perimeter 817 to encompass and contain any liquids poured into the drainage area of the cooktop.

Figure 8 is a perspective view of a further embodiment of the cooking appliance with integral drain which shows a drain perimeter 817 that may, in some embodiments of the present invention, comprise a vertical or angled wait to contain liquids within the drain surface 815, down the inclined surface 81 1 and out the strainer 809 or other similar drain arrangement

A surface 80S , in most instances a generally planar surface to conform to a countertop or the like, can be seen. This surface 801 may be made from a material such as stainless steel, porcelain enamel coated steel, or the like, and may be formed by stamping and pressing or similar fabrication techniques. Placed through or formed with the surface 801 are hunters 803. The burners may be gas fired burners, electric burners, or the like, and are operated from controls 805 that control the amount of heat provided to the burners 803. The controls 805 may be horizontally or vertically mounted, or may. In some embodiments of the present Invention, be mounted in other orientations or locations. Adjacent to at least one burner is a drain surface 815 that pitches downwardly toward a strainer 809 or similar drain feature by way of an inclined surface 81 1- The inclined surface has an originating elevation, a terminating elevation and an opening, The terminating elevation is lower than the originating elevation to allow liquids such as wafer to flow down the inclined surface into the strainer 809 or similar drain feature. The strainer 809 may be. for example, a traditional stainless steel device that i.s attached to or otherwise formed to the opening in the inclined surface and has a threaded portion to allow attachment of a drain pipe 819, The strainer 809 may also be a drain feature that is integrated with the inclined surface, 'for example, pressed or machined directly into the inclined surface. The strainer joins the terminating elevation of the inclined surface 81 1 to allow for proper drainage of liquids and the like. As seen in Figure 8, in this embodiment the drain surface 815 is surrounded by a drain perimeter 817 to contain liquid as it travels down the inclined surface 811 to the strainer 809 and associated drain. The surface of the cooktop 801 has a cooktop perimeter 807 that surrounds the burners and the drain surface. The drain surface 815 may be adjacent to a burner 803, and may, in some embodiments of the present invention, be rectangular, square, or the like. The drain surface 815 may also, In some embodiments of the present invention, be covered by a drain grating 813 that may also be, in some embodiments of the present invention, removable. The drain grating 813 may be made from a metal or other heat resistant material, and may, in some embodiments of the present in vention, be similar to the gratings applied to the burners 803 in the ease of gas fired burners.

Figure 9 is a perspective view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8, but with a grate removed. As can be seen, the drain surface in this example is rectangular and the drain perimeter 817 has a generally vertical wall with a step or recess to accommodate the drain grating 813 (shown in Figure 8). The strainer 809 can also be clearly seen with an inclined surface 8.11 leading towards it

Figure 10 is a top plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8. The placement of the drain surface 8.15 close to at least one burner 803 can be seen. This allows for ease of draining of hot liquids such as water from a pot, or use of a drain pot as will he further described herein. A strainer basket can also be seen placed within the strainer 809 to catch food debris. The strainer basket is removable, contains holes or other such openings to allow water or liquids to pass, and is made from a metal, a plastic, or the like.

Figure 1 1 is a cross sectional view of the cooking appliance with integral drain taken along line B-B of Figure HI While the. incline of the drain surface is subtie and may be difficult to discern in Figure 1 1 , in some embodiments of the present invention the incline is more pronounced as it approaches the strainer 809, In some embodiments of the present invention, the incline may be absent entirely and the strainer 809 may be the sole receiver of liquid to be drained. Further, in some embodiments (if the present invention the strainer 809 or other drainage feature may be larger or of differing geometries than that depicted by way of example in the figures. The drainage feature may be slotted, rectangular, or a long narrow opening at the bottom of a single pitch inclined surface. In figure 1 1 a drain pipe 819 can be seen connected to a lower portion of the strainer 809. Such a drain pipe would be placed and connected during installation of the cooktop with integral drain. A strainer basket 1 101 can also be seen within the strainer 809.

Figure 12 is a side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8 and Figure 13 is an alternate side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8. Figure 14 is a rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 8. Figure I S is an alternate rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of F igure 8.

As another example, Figures 16-23 depict a cooking appliance with integral drain with a drain perimeter 1617 to encompass and contain any l iquids poured into the drainage area of the cooktop and a drain grating 1613 with parallel grate elements.

Figure 16 is a perspective view of a further embodiment of the cooking appliance with integral drain which shows a drain perimeter 1617 that may. in some embodiments of the present invention, comprise a vertical or angled wall to contain liquids within the drain surface 16.15, down the inclined surface 161 1 and out the strainer 1609 or other similar drain arrangement. A surface 1601, in most instances a generally planar surface to conform to a countertop or the like, can be seen. This surface 1601 may be made from a material such as stainless steel, porcelain enamel coated steel, or the like, and may be -formed by stamping and pressing or similar fabrication techniques. Placed through or formed with the surface 1601 are burners 1603. The burners may be gas fired burners, electric burners, or the like, and are operated from controls 1605 that control the amount of heat provided to the burners 1603. The controls 1605 may he horizontally or vertically mounted, or may, in some embodiments of the present invention, be mounted in other orientations or locations, Adjacent to at least one burner is a drain surface 1615 that pitches downwardly toward a strainer 1609 or similar drain feature by way of an inclined surface 161 1 , The inclined surface has an originating elevation, a terminating elevation and an opening. The terminating elevation is lower than the originating elevation to allow liquids such as water to flow down the inclined surface into the strainer 1609 or similar drain feature. The strainer 1609 may he, for example, a traditional stainless steel device that is attached to or otherwise formed to the opening in the inclined surface and has a threaded portion to allow attachment of a drain pipe 1619, The strainer 1609 may also be a drain feature that is Integrated with the Inclined surface, for example, pressed or machined directly into the inclined surface. The strainer joins the terminating elevation of the inclined surface 161 1 to allow for proper drainage of liquids and the like. As seen in Figure 16, in this embodiment the drain, surface 1615 is surrounded by a drain perimeter 1617 to contain liquid as it travels down the inclined surface 161 1 to the strainer 1609 and associated drain. The surface of the cooktop 1601 has a cooktop perimeter 1607 that surrounds the burners and the drain surface. The drain surface 1615 may be adjacent to a burner 1603. and may. in some embodiments of the present invention, be rectangular, square, or the like. The drain surface 1615 may also, in some embodiments of the present invention, be covered by a drain grating 1613 that may also be, in some embodiments of the present invention, removable. The drain grating 813 may be made from a metal or other heat resistant material, and may, in some embodiments of the present invention, comprise a plurality of grating elements that may. In some embodiments oftbe present invention, be parallel to each other.

Figure 1.7 is a perspective view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16, but with a grate removed. As can be seen, the drain surface in this example is rectangular and the drain perimeter 1617 has a generally vertical waii w ith a step or recess to accommodate the drain grating 1613 (shown in Figure 16). The strainer 1609 can also be clearly seen with an inclined surface 161 1 leading towards it. f igure 18 is a top plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of f igure 16. The placement of the drain surface 1615 close to at least one burner 1603 can be seen. This allows for ease of draining of hot liquids such as water from a pot, or use of a drain pot as will be further described herein. A strainer basket 1801 can also be seen placed within the strainer 1609 to catch food debris. The strainer basket is removable, contains holes or other such openings to allow water or liquids to pass, and is made from a metal, a plastic, or the like.

Figure 19 is a cross sectional view of the cooking appliance with integral: drain taken along line C-C of Figure 18. While the incline of the drain surface is subtle and may be difficult to discern in Figure 19, in some embodiments of the present invention the incline is more pronounced as it approaches the strainer 1609. In some, embodiments of the present Invention, the incline may be absent entirely and the strainer 1609 may be the sole receiver of liquid to be drained. Further, in some embodiments of the present invention the strainer 1609 or other drainage feature may he larger or of differing geometries than that depicted by way of example in the figures. The drainage feature may be slotted, rectangular, or a long narrow opening at the bottom of a single pitch inclined surface, in figure 19, a drain pipe 1619 can be seen connected to a lower portion of the strainer 1609. Such a drain pipe would he placed and connected during installation of the cooktop with integral drain. A strainer basket 1801 can also be seen within the strainer 1609.

Figure 20 is a side plan view of the cooking appliance with Integral drain of Figure 16 and Figure 21 is an alternate side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16. Figure 22 is a rotated side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of figure 16. Figure: 23 is an alternate rotated, side plan view of the cooking appliance with integral drain of Figure 16.

Lastly, Figure 24 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the cooking appliance with integral drain depicted in use with a drain pot 2400. The drain pot illustrates how to use the cooking appliance with integral drain, however, a traditional pot or cooking vessel can also be used, with unwanted liquid being poured into the drainage surface either directly, or through a colander, strainer, or the like. The drain grating 1613 allows the colander or strainer to sit above the drain while cooked food is poured into the colander or strainer for removal of liquid.

The drain pot 2400 is a cooking vessel for heating food and water. A drain valve 2403 is placed through a lower portion of the vessel. The drain valve 2403 may be a hail valve, stem valve, or the like. A "drain outlet 2407 is fluidically coupled to the drain valve 2403. A drain handle 2405 is mechanically coupled to the drain valve and allows a user to move the drain valve 2403 from closed to open and vice versa. The drain outlet 2407 may be angled or otherwise formed to direct hot liquid downward Into the drain arrangement of the cooktop of the present invention. The drain pot 2400 may also have handies 2409 for ease of use.

It is, therefore, apparent that there has been provided, in accordance with the various objects of the present invention:, a cooking appliance with integral drain. While the various objects of this invention have been described in conjunction with preferred embodiments thereof it Is evident that many alternatives, modifications, and variations will be apparent to those skilled in the art. Accordingly, it Is intended to embrace all such alternatives, modifications and variations that fall within the spirit and broad scope of the appended claims.