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Presenting “You Don’t Need a Patent If…” to the Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) in Grand Rapids, MI, on December 10, 2019.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 4, 2019

GRIN

December 10th Meeting

You Don’t Need a Patent If…  

Do you need a patent to be a successful inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner? Must you have a patent to protect your intellectual property? Patent Attorney Jacob M. Ward will introduce us to some scenarios of where an inventor just might not need a patent! Join us as Jake presents an informative program “You Don’t Need a Patent If…”.

This month’s guest speakers is Jake Ward. Mr. Ward is a founding partner of Ward Law Office LLC. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney, and also a registered Canadian Patent Agent, non-resident. Jacob is the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!,” as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law where he teaches courses in both Patent Law and Patent Practice.

Come prepared to learn and ask questions that will help you learn more about patents!

New Meeting location
This month we will be holding the meeting at GRCC
There is limited parking UNDER the Wisner-Bottrall ATC (enter from Ransom St.) available on a first-come basis at no charge. Handicapped parking is located here. Additionally, there is ramp parking available for $6.00 after 5:00 PM, which can be paid by cash, credit/debit at the ramp exit machines.
Free street parking after 6 pm
Map of GRCC

They Invented What? (No. 121)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 4, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,113,911: Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity.

 talkingplant

What is claimed is:

1. A system for enabling verbal communication on behalf of a local entity with a nearby user, the system comprising:
         user equipment, intended to be carried by a user, comprising a wireless communication subsystem, and a contact-data input subsystem for receiving contact data;
          a contact-data providing arrangement located at the local entity for making available to a user near the local entity or to the user equipment carried by that user, contact data identifying a voice service associated with the entity but separately hosted;
          a communications infrastructure comprising at least a wireless network for communicating with the wireless communication subsystem of the user equipment;
          an audio output arrangement forming part of the user equipment, or located in the locality of the local entity and connected to the communication infrastructure;
         …

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They Invented What? (No. 120)

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

JW Note: Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday!

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,934,420: Gravy separating device.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday.

 gravyseparator

What is claimed is:

1. A device for separating liquids having different specific gravities, comprising:
          a funnel-like separating member having a funnel section, an opening in an upper end of said funnel section and conduit means coupled to and extending down from a lower end of said funnel section for supplying liquid from said funnel section;
          said separating member being at least partially transparent to permit viewing of liquids therein;
stop cock means positioned in said conduit means for selectively permitting passage of liquid through said conduit means;
          a container having an open upper end;
cover means removably mounted on said container in covering relation to the open upper end of said container, said cover means having an opening therein for receiving said conduit means so as to support said…

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They Invented What? (No. 119)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 20, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,320,571:  Dummy for use as sham passenger in car.

 dummy

What is claimed is:

1. A dummy for use as a sham passenger in a car, comprising: a head, limbs, and a trunk; wherein said trunk comprises a neck containing therein a retaining disk provided with a serrated portion, a V-shaped connection rod having a support rod attached thereto in a manner such that said support rod passes freely through the retaining disk and is substantially perpendicular to an underside of said retaining disk, said connection rod having two ends, each of which is fastened to one end of a biasing means having another end that is fastened to a fastening ring which is attached to the retaining disk, said serrated portion of said retaining disk being so arranged as to mesh with a pinion having a shaft coupled with a rotating piece extending into a…

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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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