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The IP Section: A Comedy Series

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 15, 2019

JW Note: A number of people have recently asked me about this new series.  All about a patent lawyer who dreams of being a stand-up comedian. Some very funny stuff – check it out!

Via the IP Section Website:

The official trailer for a new comedy series about a patent attorney who decides to secretly pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Created by and starring a real patent attorney, Wes Austin, who dreams of being a stand-up comedian.

Trademark Funny: SpongeBoy Ahoy?

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 14, 2019

SpongeBoy

Via Wikipedia, a story on the importance of trademark clearance searches:

Initially, Hillenburg wanted to use the name SpongeBoy—the character would have had no last name, and the series would have been called SpongeBoy Ahoy![33][39]However, the Nickelodeon legal department discovered—after voice acting had been completed for the original seven-minute pilot episode—that the name “SpongeBoy” was already in use for a mop product.[39]A character of the same name was also already trademarked by Flaming Carrot Comics creator Bob Burden.[40]In choosing a replacement name, Hillenburg felt that he still had to use the word “Sponge”, so that viewers would not mistake the character for a “Cheese Man”. He settled on the name “SpongeBob”. “SquarePants” was then chosen as a family name after Kenny saw a picture of the character and remarked, “Boy, look at this sponge in square pants, thinking he can get a job in a fast food place.”[34]Hillenburg loved the phrase upon hearing Kenny say it and felt that it would reinforce the character’s nerdiness.[34][41]

They Invented What? (No. 94)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,344,424:  Anti-eating face mask.

facemask

 

What is claimed is:

1. A face mask for preventing the introduction of substances into the mouth of the wearer comprising in combination;

a cup shaped member conforming generally to the shape of the mouth and chin area of the wearer’s face below the nose, said cup shaped member formed of rigid material with openings to allow breathing therethrough,

means for mounting said cup shaped member over the mouth including plural straps extending from said cup over the head of the wearer,

one of said straps provided with a means for separation to allow for placement and removal of said face mask, and a lock at said separation means to prevent removal of said face mask, said mounting means further including a hoop member of rigid material adapted to extend over the user’s head and chin and a flexible strap having…

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They Invented What? (No. 93)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,799,399: Burial structure for the interment of human remains and significant memorabilia.

 pyramid

Having, thus, described the invention, what is claimed is:

1. A burial structure for the interment of human remains and any associated memorabilia therewith while forming a lasting memorial structure thereby to those therein interred, the burial structure comprising: (a) a plurality of individual burial units to hold the human remains, each individual burial unit comprising: (1) an outer container having a plurality of side walls and a bottom formed perpendicular to the plurality of side walls, the side walls and bottom cooperating to define at least one chamber formed therein, the plurality of side walls and bottom defining within each of the at least one chamber an upper opening and a lower opening; (2) an inner container fitted into each of the at least one chamber of the outer container, the inner…

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They Invented What? (No. 92)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,255,452:  Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.

 antigravshoes

JW Note:  Michael Jackson, yes that Michael Jackson, is listed as a co-inventor on this patent.

I claim:

1. A system for engaging shoes with a hitch mans to permit a person standing on a stage surface to lean forwardly beyond his or her center of gravity, comprising:

          at least one shoe having a heel with a first engagement means, said first engagement means comprising a recess formed in a heel of said shoe covered with a heel slot plane located at a bottom region of said heel, said heel slot plate having a slot formed therein with a relatively wide opening at a leading edge of said heel and a narrower terminal end rearward of said leading edge, said recess being larger in size above said terminal end of said slot than is said terminal…

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They Invented What? (No. 91)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 21, 2019

They Invented What? (No. 90)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 14, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. PP17610:  Papaver plant named ‘Miss Piggy’.

 mspiggy

What is claimed is:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Papaver plant named ‘Miss Piggy’, as illustrated and described.

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They Invented What? (No. 89)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,380,237:   Snowman accessory kit.

 snowman

What is claimed is:

1. An accessory kit for a snowman having a head, an upper torso body and a lower torso body, all made of packed snow, which comprises:
     a) a set of decorative articles having a circumference and a longitudinal axis;
     b) means for inserting each of said decorative articles into the packed snow of the head, the upper torso body and the lower torso body, to enhance the appearance of the snowman; and
     c) retaining means on each of said articles having a plurality of appendages, each of said appendages being circumferentially spaced from every other appendage and each of said appendages further being longitudinally spaced from every other appendage whereby when an article is inserted into said snowman and turned, each of said appendages follows the same insertion path in a corkscrew-like manner, thus…

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