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They Invented What? (No. 13)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 26, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No.6,637,447:  Beerbrella.


We claim:

1. A combined beverage container and shading apparatus, comprising: a beverage container, for containing a beverage; a means for removably attaching the apparatus to the beverage container; a shaft, coupled to the means for removably attaching the apparatus, and extending vertically with respect to the beverage container; an umbrella, coupled to the shaft at a point above the means for removably attaching, so as to shade the beverage container, wherein the means for removably attaching comprises a clip provided to attach to the beverage container by means of spring action and friction.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the umbrella comprises a small umbrella approximately five to seven inches in diameter.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the umbrella comprises a small paper-like umbrella with balsa framing.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the umbrella comprises a solid…

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They Invented What? (No. 12)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 7, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,360,693:  Animal toy.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Brad Bower at Duke University for tipping me off to this one. 



An apparatus for use as a toy by an animal, for example a dog, to either fetch carry or chew includes a main section with at least one protrusion extending therefrom that resembles a branch in appearance. The toy is formed of any of a number of materials including rubber, plastic, or wood including wood composites and is solid. It is either rigid or flexible. A flavoring (scent) is added, if desired. The toy is adapted to float by including a material therein that is lighter than water or it is adapted to glow in the dark, as desired, by the addition of a fluorescent material that is either included in the material from which the toy is made or the flourescent material…

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Ward Law Office helps inventors obtain patents, trademarks

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 4, 2017

Seneca Success

20170316_143837Meet registered patent attorney Jake Ward and his staff at Ward Law Office LLC. Jake works alongside his wife and Business Manager, Kristi; Office Manager, Jenn; and Associate Attorney, AJ, in their office on the second floor of the Laird Arcade building, in downtown Tiffin. The patent and trademark law firm opened their doors this January, although Jake has been practicing patent law for over 12 years.

Quite simply, “We help inventors.  That’s our job,” Jake explains. They have opened over fifty new cases, with more than ten new clients, since January. The firm represents independent inventors and businesses locally, and across the United States.  Local companies include Cooper Tire, Ballreich’s, Ralph’s Joy of Living, and Creative Plastic Concepts. The firm also helps many foreign companies, in countries such as the UK, Brazil, China, Israel, and Canada.

Usually, patent attorneys congregate in large cities, and you pay a premium. …

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Presentation to Akron Inventor’s Club – March 9, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 9, 2017

The Akron Inventor’s Club is hosting a seminar on “Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs” on Thursday, March 9, 2017.


Registered Intellectual Property Attorney Jacob “Jake” Ward will talk about “New Patent Rules for 2017”. Included in talk he’ll explain the different types of intellectual Property, what they cover and how to obtain protection. 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. Jake is also the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!”


[ 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 “New Patent Rules for 2017!”
[ 7:00 – 7:30 pm ]  Inventors Forum.

For more information, or to RSVP for the seminar, go to:

New Attorney Announcement – AJ Wenn

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 1, 2017

Ward Law Office is pleased to announce that Anthony “AJ” Wenn has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney, effective March 1, 2017. Mr. Wenn is a Registered Patent Attorney and admitted to the bar in Illinois. AJ holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a Minor in Chemistry, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was the Intellectual Property Law Society President, AIPLA Representative, and participated in Intellectual Property Moot Court. He has also previously worked as a Staff Attorney in Columbus, Ohio, performing quality control for large electronic discovery cases. We are pleased to welcome AJ to the growing intellectual property practice at Ward Law Office.

Ward Law Office LLC

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 2, 2017


The Anticipate This! blog is pleased to announce the formation of Ward Law Office LLC, 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. We are also flexible to meet your unique needs.

Our clients range from independent inventors and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The law firm has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide variety of technical disciplines, including mechanical, chemical, and electrical. We are also experienced in the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications.

Furthermore, Ward Law Office fosters close relationships with intellectual property law firms in many foreign countries. Through these relationships, we are able to provide clients with IP services both in the United States and worldwide.

Ward Law Office LLC was founded to provide an unparalleled level of service in intellectual property protection. It is our goal to both educate our clients on how to secure valuable patent and trademark protection, and to provide high quality services at rates affordable to independent inventors and businesses.

For more information, please visit the firm’s website at, or call the office at 419-408-5500.  Thank you.

They Invented What? (No. 11)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 6, 2016

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,004,596:  Sealed crustless sandwich.

596 FIG 1 


A sealed crustless sandwich for providing a convenient sandwich without an outer crust which can be stored for long periods of time without a central filling from leaking outwardly. The sandwich includes a lower bread portion, an upper bread portion, an upper filling and a lower filling between the lower and upper bread portions, a center filling sealed between the upper and lower fillings, and a crimped edge along an outer perimeter of the bread portions for sealing the fillings therebetween. The upper and lower fillings are preferably comprised of peanut butter and the center filling is comprised of at least jelly. The center filling is prevented from radiating outwardly into and through the bread portions from the surrounding peanut butter.


We claim:

1. A sealed crustless sandwich, comprising:

a first bread layer having a first perimeter surface coplanar…

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They Invented What? (No. 10)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 15, 2016

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U.S. Published Application No. 20060071122:  Full body teleportation system.


A pulsed gravitational wave wormhole generator system that teleports a human being through hyperspace from one location to another.


1. A full body teleportation system consisting of: generating a pulsed gravitational wave which propagates through a magnetic vortex wormhole generator; and generating a wormhole with the magnetic vortex generator whereby the pulsed gravitational wave traverses through the wormhole and enters into hyperspace where the wave is enormously magnified due to the lower speed of light in that dimension.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of generating the pulsed gravitational wave comprises: using two granite stone obelisks; mounting monochromatic-wave toroidal waveguides on top of each obelisk to create a rotating, twisting, propagating gravitational wave through the vertical axis of each obelisk; and creating a cylindrical compression and expansion in each obelisk to produce a…

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