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They Invented What? (No. 27)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 8, 2017

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JW Note:  One would likely find the “resetting” feature to be most useful.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,031,161:  Life expectancy timepiece.

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Background: 

Life expectancy has been a major concern of people throughout the ages . . . .   Heretofore, there has been no way of automatically monitoring one’s own life expectancy, based on factors such as actuarial tables, contemporaneous events and heredity. . . .   It would also be advantageous to provide a timepiece that would allow one to be apprised of the probable time remaining in one’s life.  It would also be advantageous to monitor the probable remaining time left in one’s life on a yearly, hourly, and even seconds basis.  It would also be advantageous to provide a lifetime monitoring timepiece that could be resettable by the user.

Claims:

1. A time monitoring apparatus for monitoring and displaying an approximate time remaining in a lifespan of…

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They Invented What? (No. 26)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,455,816: Pedal operated mower.

What is claimed as new is as follows:

1. A pedal operated mower assembly comprising a tricycle frame having a front wheel mounted in a fork, a central frame mounting a pedal sprocket and a wide fork frame at the rear supporting a reel-type mower assembly, the mower assembly having spaced support plates mounted on the wide fork frame, the support plates supporting a shaft having a rear sprocket about a midpoint of the shaft for chain engagement with the pedal sprocket, separate arrays of cutter blades spaced about the shaft on opposite sides of the rear sprocket respectively, said arrays of blades being mounted upon the shaft for rotation therewith and defining a gap therebetween in which is located the rear sprocket, a drive chain connecting the pedal sprocket and the rear sprocket, the drive chain being received in said gap, and…

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They Invented What? (No. 25)

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

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JW Note:  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! 

U.S. Pat. No. 6,877,267:  Turkey decoy tiltable counter-balanced support base.

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I claim:

1. A turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base, comprising: a circular base having a generally curved bottom surface with a small flat central portion, a top surface connecting to said curved bottom surface, said top surface including a central cone having a hole therein, said central cone extending above said circular base, a rod including a proximate end extending vertically through said central hole cooperatively engaging means for holding disposed within said circular base and a distal end extending from said circular base, and means for weighing disposed therein positioned at selected locations around said rod for counter-balancing said circular base; a mountable molded turkey body comprising a synthetic material and having an opening in a bottom surface; said rod extending upward through said opening…

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at University of Michigan – Flint on November 16, 2017.

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

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Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – November Events.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 5, 2017

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law to Marion Area Chamber of Commerce on November 9, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 5, 2017
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DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2017     Add to Calendar
   
TIME: 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
   
PLACE: Marion Area Chamber Inside Harding Centre 267 West Center Street Marion, OH Garden Room
   
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PRESENTER: Jacob Ward, Registered Patent Attorney
   
TOPIC: PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS
   
DESCRIPTION: 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.
   
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Happy Halloween 2017 from Ward Law Office!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 31, 2017

We have made a number of Halloween “They Invented What?” posts at the AT! blog over the years.  Who knew patents can be scary, right?

These various Halloween TIW? posts can be seen here.  Enjoy!

 

Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at University of Michigan – Flint on November 16, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 25, 2017

Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs

With Registered U.S. Patent Attorney Jacob M. Ward

Thursday, November 16, 2017
1:00-3:30 p.m.

Flint Ferris Wheel
615 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502
Third floor

Are you an artist, writer, inventor or entrepreneur who wants to protect ownership of your work?

  • Learn why it is important to protect ideas and intellectual property
  • Learn about trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents
  • Learn how to navigate complicated legal structures
  • Discover why protecting your ideas is as important as the idea itself

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Downtown Flat Lot $1/hr, 125 E. Kearsley St., Flint, 48502
Or metered parking on the street, $1/hr

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This free seminar is presented by Ward Law Office LLC,  University of Michigan-Flint EDA University Center100K Ideas, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

For more information, visit https://www.umflint.edu/cced/intellectual-property-law.