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Ward Law Office LLC

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 12, 2017

Ward Law Office LLC is a boutique law firm specializing in the practice of patent and trademark law. We are committed to providing inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses with personal and professional services.

To learn more, visit us at http://wardpatent.com/.

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They Invented What? (No. 21)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 12, 2017

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JW Note:  In light of the upcoming Halloween, I considered this an appropriate “TIW?”.  Enjoy!

U.S. Pat. No. 6,725,510:  Inclining coffin.

 coffin 

What is claimed is:

1. A coffin, comprising: a pair of longitudinally extending side walls, each having a top edge and a lower edge, a pair of end walls extending substantially perpendicularly between the side walls, the side walls and end walls together defining an internal volume for containing a deceased person, the side walls divided transversely by a seam to define a first longitudinal portion and a second longitudinal portion, the top edge and lower edge are substantially planar between the first longitudinal portion and second longitudinal portion when the coffin is selectively in a planar position; a pair of inclination hinges, each mounted at the top edge between the first longitudinal portion and a second longitudinal portion, the inclination hinges allow the first longitudinal…

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They Invented What? (No. 24)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 14, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,858,627:  Smoker’s hat.

 smokershat

What is claimed is:

1. A portable hat system for enabling the smoking of tobacco-type products without affecting the environment comprising:
         hat means for covering the head of a smoker; 
         means for intaking ambient air into the hat means, the intake ambient air flowing in front of the smoker’s face when the hat is worn by the smoker; 
         separate filter means for removing combustion products released by the smoker into the intake ambient air to produce filtered air; and
         means for exhausting the filtered air from the hat means. 

2. The portable hat system according to claim 1, further comprising a visor dependingly attached to said hat means and covering the face of the smoker when the hat means is worn by the smoker.

3. The portable hat system according to claim 2 further comprising staging means for supporting…

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Presentation at Putnam County District Library – September 18, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 11, 2017

Learn about Intellectual Property Law and Patents with Jacob M. Ward, Registered U.S. Patent Attorney

 

Monday, September 18, 2017 – 6:00pm

Ottawa Location: 136 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa, Ohio 45875.

Jacob Ward will be our guest speaker at the Ottawa location of the Putnam County District Library. He will be presenting an informative program on intellectual property, patents, trademarks , and copyrights, especially how it relates to DIY inventors and business entrepreneurs. He will cover various types, give examples and afterwards lead a question and answer session, please join us.

Registration recommended by calling 419-523-3747. For more information, you may visit the library website here.

Presentation to Akron Inventor’s Club – September 14, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 11, 2017

The Akron Inventor’s Club is hosting a seminar on “Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs” on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

SPEAKER:

Registered Patent Attorney Jacob “Jake” Ward will talk about the importance of Patents for the independent inventor and small business owner. Jake is a founding partner of Ward Law Office LLC in Tiffin, Ohio. He is also a registered Canadian Patent Agent as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law. He is the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This”. Prior to starting his legal practice, Jake was a Materials Chemist for Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.

SCHEDULE:

[ 5:30 – 6:00 pm ]  Doors Open.
[ 6:00 – 6:15 pm ]  Introduction by Craig Miloscia from Akron Inventors Club.
[ 6:15 – 7:00 pm ]  Jacob “Jake” Ward talk on “Patently Good Ideas”
[ 7:00 – 7:30 pm ]  Inventors Forum.

For more information, or to RSVP for the seminar, go to: https://www.meetup.com/Akron-Inventors-Club/

They Invented What? (No. 23)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 30, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,578,617:  Method and apparatus for making a drink hop along a bar or counter.barhop

What is claimed is:

          1. A system for conveying liquid in the interior of a building comprising a horizontal surface of a bar top, which horizontal surface is supported above ground level by at least one vertical leg and is adapted to be surrounded by seating and used as an eating and drinking surface to place food and drinks thereon; said surface having a receiving area;
          a conduit containing a liquid to be transported to said area;
          means for providing fluid pressure for moving the fluid in said conduit to a valving means;
          said valving means effective to cause a fluid stream to flow from said conduit though an opening in said surface in an arcuate stream into said area; and
          means for controlling said valving means.

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Presenting at Marion Area Chamber of Commerce on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – November 9, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 30, 2017

PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Marion Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, as part of their BAGELS & BUSINESS series.  The seminar will be held at the Marion Area Chamber, Garden Room – Inside Harding Centre, 267 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio.

All businesses have intellectual property in one form or another. Entrepreneurs and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office LLC, will present the seminar. The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.  Space is limited, so please RSVP at the provided link, or contact the chamber at 419-382-2181 or chamberstaff@marionareachamber.org.

They Invented What? (No. 22)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 24, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,125,480:  Vehicle mounted toilet seat.

  toilet

What is claimed is:

1. A frame for supporting a toilet seat, comprising a horizontal extension member having a first end and a second end,
a horizontal back rail connected to the extension member second end, the back rail having a first and second end, the back rail connected to the extension member at a point between the back rail’s first and second end,
the back rail having mounting apertures,
said mounting apertures being approximately five and one half inches part,
a left arm extending from the back rail first end,
a right arm extending from the back rail second end,
the extension member is a 2 inch square tube,
the back rail is a 1.5 inch square tube,
the extension member second end having a 1.5 inch notch, and
the back rail seated in the notch.

2. The frame according…

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