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Ward Law Office expands in Laird building

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 18, 2019

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Office has tripled in size

TIFFIN, OHIO – Nov. 18, 2019 – Since opening nearly 3 years ago,
Ward Law Office has expanded to be the largest tenant in the Historic Laird
Arcade in Downtown Tiffin. The firm, which specializes in patent and trademark
law, has tripled in size since opening and now has more than 300 clients.

While the firm files patent and trademark applications for
clients in Seneca and surrounding counties, much of their work is global. Ward
Law Office also specializes in small businesses and independent inventors. The firm
employs 11 people around the world, six of whom have offices in the Laird
building in Tiffin.

Living and working in Seneca County, Ward Law Office is able
to take advantage of the low cost of living. Technology allows its staff to operate
in a global marketplace.

“We like being downtown; we love the sense of community here

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They Invented What? (No. 118)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 9, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,508,049: Pizza pie with concentric rings of crust.

 pizzapizza

What is claimed is:

1. A pizza pie, comprising:

          a substantially flat piece of cooked pizza dough having a predetermined peripheral configuration,
          said piece of cooked pizza dough having a surface which includes a plurality of concentric raised ridges of crust formed at predetermined distances from a linear geometric axis which passes through a center of the pizza dough in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the substantially flat piece of cooked pizza dough, with one of said concentric raised ridges of crust being adjacent a peripheral outer edge of the pizza pie.

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They Invented What? (No. 117)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 31, 2019

JW Note: Hoping you have a scary and safe Halloween 2019!

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,754,472: Method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body.

JW Note:  Hoping you have a scary and safe Halloween!

 

What is claimed is:

1. A network of devices comprising:

          a first device for generating a first electrical signal;
          a second device including first circuitry requiring an electrical signal from an external source to operate, wherein the second device generates initialization information including at least power requirement information; and
          a body of a living creature for coupling the first device to the second device and for conducting the electrical signal from the first device to the second device and the initialization information from the second device to the first device, wherein the first and second devices establish a master and a slave relationship there between.

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An Update from the USPTO: OCTOBER 29, 2019 | 12:00 —1:00 PM | 1.0 GENERAL CREDIT HOUR

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 27, 2019

Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)

TIPLA Members,

We are pleased to share information regarding an upcoming CLE opportunity sponsored by TIPLA and the TBA.

**TIPLA will be covering the fees for all TIPLA members that attend the program.

**Lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Please RSVP to this email if you plan to attend. Additionally, the TBA would appreciate it if you register online as indicated in the brochure.

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Where: Toledo Bar Association, 2nd floor
311 N. Superior Street
Toledo, OH 43604

The program has been approved for 1 hour of general CLE credit. More details concerning the event can be found in the attached brochure.

Damian Porcari, Director of the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will provide an update from the USPTO covering topics such as patent subject matter eligibility and computer implemented…

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They Invented What? (No. 116)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 17, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,103,585:  Cricket gun.

 

 

What is claimed is:

          1. A cricket gun for holding and dispensing crickets comprising a holding container and an intergral chamber with dispensing means; said holding container comprising a removable cap at one end, and a funnel at the opposite end with a wide portion of the funnel intergral with the holding container, a rod inside the holding container, a cork attached to a first end of the rod inside the holding container, and the opposite end extending through the removable cap and attached to a handle; a narrow portion of said funnel having an opening and including a chamber, said dispensing means adjacent said chamber and including a sliding carriage and a trigger;
          whereby said cork abutts the funnel to keep crickets in the holding container, said handle is operated to displace the rod and cork allowing a cricket…

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Presenting “You Don’t Need a Patent If ….” at the Ferris Wheel in Flint, MI – October 10, 2019.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 7, 2019

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They Invented What? (No. 115)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 2, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,776,687:  Haunting aid.

 

What is claimed is:

1. An entertainment prop comprising: a substantially flat or low-relief backing depicting at least a head of a being and a pair LEDs to simulate eyes, each LED comprising a base positioned adjacent a portion of said backing, each LED further comprising a pair of electrodes passing through an opening in said backing, an electrical connection crossing said backing between at least one of each of said pair of electrodes wherein said LEDs are connected in electrical parallel to hold a battery between said electrodes, said crossing connection, in cooperation with each said LED base, securing said LEDs to said backing.

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They Invented What? (No. 114)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 30, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,612,440:  Banana protective device.

 

I claim:

1. A banana protective device comprising:
          a container having a first cover member and a second cover member being hingedly attached to said first cover member, said first and second cover members defining an interior for receiving and storing a banana therein, each of said first and second cover members having a substantially concave inner side;
          pad members each being mounted on the inner side of one of said first and second cover members for protecting and cushioning the banana when the banana is received in said interior; and fastening members being attached to said first and second cover members for fastenably closing said first and second cover members together;
          wherein each of said first and second cover members has an elongate wall which has a lateral U-shaped cross-section and which is longitudinally curved and banana-shaped…

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