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They Invented What? (No. 144)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 25, 2020

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U.S. Patent No. 6,854,374:  Explosion containment net.

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I claim:

1. A system capable of minimizing an explosive force of an explosive-laden device, the system comprising: a net manufactured from an explosion containment material, the net having an outer periphery, a central point and a nozzle located at the central point; a gun capable of propelling the net; a first tank having a fire suppressant agent therein; a conduit extending between the first tank and the nozzle via the gun; and wherein the gun propels the net at the explosive-laden device and the fire suppressant agent is discharged out through the nozzle under control of the gun once the gun propels the net, and such that the net acts as a containment system that contains the explosive force from the explosive-laden device and the fire suppressant agent minimizes the explosive force.

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They Invented What? (No. 177)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 6, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,917:  Musical instrument support.

JW Note:  We make note of the inventor named on the patent – Mr. Edward L. Van Halen.  Rock on!

 

What is claimed is:

1. A stringed musical instrument comprising an instrument body having front and rear surfaces, sound producing means extending over a portion of said front surface, and a device mounted onto said rear surface for positioning said instrument body at an angular orientation to a player’s body, said device including attachment means movable between an inoperative position overlying said rear surface and an operative position at an angle to said rear surface, a pair of spaced-apart mounting blocks attached to said rear surface and support means coupled to said mounting blocks for rotationally supporting therebetween said attachment means, said attachment means engaging said player’s body when in said operative position for maintaining said instrument body in said angular orientation…

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“Ask the Expert – Trademark Law” a live web-chat hosted by the SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas – October 8, 2020 at Noon.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 6, 2020

The SBDC invites you to join Jake Ward as he discusses Trademark Law. This one hour, live “Ask the Expert” web-chat was created for business owners and professionals who want more information on the Trademark process and Intellectual Property.

Ask the Expert – Trademark Law”

Jake Ward live web-chat – October 8, 2020 at Noon.

Discussion points will include:

  • Every existing business has Intellectual Property (IP), in one form or another, and this IP usually includes trademarks. 
  • Trademarks serve as a source identifier, and have inherent value as a form of property, which can be leveraged to ward off competition, or monetized by sale or license.
  • Trademarks prevent others from profiting on the good will and reputation associated with your business. 
  • This webinar will discuss how to identify and select valuable trademarks, and the steps that business, entrepreneurs, and inventors can take to secure their rights.

When: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: Noon- 1 pm

Price: No Cost

Register on our website at https://www.sbdcksut.org/register-webinars to receive your meeting invite and access link.

Michigan Inventors Coalition – Virtual Summit and Expo to be held September 10th-12th.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 7, 2020

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This year’s Michigan Inventors Coalition Expo will be held virtually on Thursday, September 10th-12th! This virtual summit will help you gain new ideas and help you invent your way out of a pandemic! For more details, click on the link! https://bit.ly/3k8TIMN

About this Event

Please note: This is an online event! Access details will be provided prior to the event date. The program will run on September 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM, September 11th 1 PM to 4 PM, and on September 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. All times are Eastern Standard.

Scheduled speakers include:

– Jake Ward / Patent Attorney – Ward Law Office

– Kedma Ough, MBA / Business Development and Business Funding Expert

– Karen Waksman – Founder of Retail MBA

– Mary Cozin / Chicago Toy Show

– Aimee Carroll / Edison Nation

– Representative / US Patent and Trademark Office

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Michigan Inventors Coalition – Virtual Summit and Expo to be held September 10th-12th.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 25, 2020

This year’s Michigan Inventors Coalition Expo will be held virtually on Thursday, September 10th-12th! This virtual summit will help you gain new ideas and help you invent your way out of a pandemic! For more details, click on the link! https://bit.ly/3k8TIMN

About this Event

Please note: This is an online event! Access details will be provided prior to the event date. The program will run on September 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM, September 11th 1 PM to 4 PM, and on September 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. All times are Eastern Standard.

Scheduled speakers include:

– Jake Ward / Patent Attorney – Ward Law Office

– Kedma Ough, MBA / Business Development and Business Funding Expert

– Karen Waksman – Founder of Retail MBA

– Mary Cozin / Chicago Toy Show

– Aimee Carroll / Edison Nation

– Representative / US Patent and Trademark Office

– Karen Smoots / Inventor – Green Glove Dryer

USPTO Nearing 17 Million Utility Patent Applications.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

JW Note: Hat tip to fellow patent attorney @RyanAlley on Twitter for noticing this milestone yesterday.

Those in the patent practice know that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) assigns patent applications numbers based on a series code and a serial number. In general, these patent application numbers are assigned chronologically to patent applications as they are filed at the USPTO.

A rough guide and some application serial numbers are shown on the USPTO website here. For utility patent applications, the first series code “1” was assigned in the year 1915. The serial number begins at 000,000 and ends at 999,999. Therefore, the completion of each series involves the filing of one million applications.

It now appears that the USPTO either has, or shortly will be, moving on to the series code “17.” This means that there have now been 17 million utility patent applications filed since 1915. Quite a milestone.

They Invented What? (No. 143)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,656,459:  Excrement receptacle device for animals.

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I claim:

1. An excrement receptacle device for an animal comprising: a harness for support of the device on an animal, a hollow conduit tube having forward and rearward portions and constructed of a material which provides a normal self-sustaining shape for said tube in which an open tubular passageway is formed in the tube extending from the said forward to the said rearward portion of the tube, means on said harness for supporting said conduit tube in a fixed operative position in which the said forward portion of the tube is adjacent the anal region of the animal and entirely below the tail thereof, a flexible container, means attaching the flexible container to the conduit tube such that the flexible container extends from the said rearward portion of the tube and is in communication with the interior of…

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They Invented What? (No. 142)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,805,607: Scented doll with the appearance of an aged person.

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What is claimed is:

1. A doll comprising: a permeable body covering, wherein said permeable body covering includes a torso portion, a pair of arm portions, a pair of leg portions, and wherein said permeable body covering is sewn to form a closed structure; an internal structure within said closed structure of said permeable body covering emitting a perfume fragrance through said permeable body covering; and a head portion including a core and a flexible cover stretched over said core, wherein said flexible cover includes a lower portion stretched and gathered together to form a narrowed neck attached to said torso portion, and wherein said flexible cover includes external folds emulating an appearance of an aged person including folds formed within said lower portion of said flexible cover.

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