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They Invented What? (No. 113)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 18, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,687,752:  Dining table having integral dishwasher.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A dishwasher comprising:
          a washing basin having side and bottom walls and an open top;
          a rack assembly for carrying dishes, and that is vertically shiftable between a lower cleaning position wherein the rack assembly is disposed within the basin below the open top and an upper loading position wherein the rack assembly is disposed above the open top of the basin;
          a shifting mechanism coupled with the rack assembly for selectively shifting the assembly between the cleaning position and loading position;
          a lid member for covering the open top of the basin when the rack assembly is in the cleaning position; and
          a cleaning means for cleaning the dishes carried in the rack assembly when the assembly is in the cleaning position, said lid member being coupled with…

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They Invented What? (No. 112)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 8, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,300,473: Device for moistening the adhesive coating on postage stamps and envelopes.

 

What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for moistening adhesive coatings on postage material and the like, comprising:
         (a) an enclosure member;
         (b) an open top liquid container disposed within said enclosure member;
         (c) a spring biased linkage member pivotally mounted within the enclosure member and biased to a predetermined position;
         (d) a moistening member pivotally mounted to the linkage member, said moistening member being movable from a first position in which it is disposed within the open top liquid container to a second position in which it is extended outwardly from the enclosure member;
         (e) a plunger reciprocally movable within the enclosure member, said plunger engaging the linkage member for applying a force thereto non-coincident with the linkage member’s pivotal axis to overcome its spring bias; and

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They Invented What? (No. 111)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 2, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,675,103:  Non-lethal tetanizing weapon.

JW Note:  Set phase pistols to stun.

Definition : Tetanize = To affect with tetanic convulsions; produce or induce tetanus (a state of continuous muscular contraction, especially when induced artificially by rapidly repeated stimuli).

   

What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for applying a tetanizing electrical current to muscular tissue of a distant human target which comprises:
          means for generating a high-voltage pulsed electrical current modulated to closely replicate physiological neuroelectric impulses which control human striated, skeletal muscle tissue;
means for ionizing at least one channel of ambient air between said means for generating and the target; and
          means for inducing said tetanizing electrical current within said ionized channel wherein said means for generating and said means for ionizing have rated output powers capable of inducing a flow of pulsed electrical current through said tissue, said current being adjusted to…

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2019 Michigan Inventors Expo – Thursday, August 29th in Lansing, Michigan.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 28, 2019

If you are at the Michigan Inventors Expo 2019 tomorrow, August 29, 2019, stop by the Ward Law Office booth to say “Hi” to one of our attorneys. We will also be giving a talk on Trademarks for Entrepreneurs and Inventors in the morning. Hope to see you there!

Date and Time
Thu, August 29, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

For more information about the Michigan Inventors Expo, click here.

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2019 Michigan Inventors Expo – Thursday, August 29th in Lansing, Michigan

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 25, 2019

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They Invented What? (No. 110)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 25, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,411,156:  Odor testing apparatus.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A structure for testing small animal litter, comprising a plurality of animal confinement compartments in which the animals live and consummate their daily functions and in which litter for animal waste is placed for use by the animals, a compartment for enclosing a person testing the odors of the litter in particular animal compartments, port means near the bottom of each animal compartment, separate air flow conduits connecting said port means with the odor tester compartment for drawing air from the lower portion of the animal compartment into the tester compartment, a valve means for controlling each of said conduits, a fan for creating a flow of air from said animal compartments through selected port means and conduits and into said tester compartment, and an access door through which a tester can enter the tester compartment…

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They Invented What? (No. 109)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,346,899:  Board game featuring olympic sports.

 

What is claimed is:

1. An olympic sports game apparatus with elements of chance and tests of individual skill, for competitive play by a plurality of individuals, said game apparatus having
         a playing board,
         a closed primary playing course, for use by all players, at the periphery of said playing board, said primary course divided into a succession of contigious playing spaces that are inscribed with randomly unique information granting awards, imposing penalties, providing sanctuaries, and instructing game play,
         a plurality of distinctively marked secondary playing courses for individual and challenged play thereon, said secondary courses arranged upon a central area of said playing board, each said secondary playing course featuring a major classification of related olympic sports, each said secondary playing course being divided into a randomly oriented succession of numbered contigious playing spaces wherein…

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They Invented What? (No. 108)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,101,747: Athletic shoe having basketball hoop.

What is claimed is:

1. An athletic shoe assembly comprising
          an athletic shoe having a heel forming a back exterior surface,
          a miniature basketball backboard, means for affixing said backboard to said back exterior surface,
          a circular rim being affixed to the miniature basketball backboard, and
          a net hanging from said rim for allowing thrown objects to pass through.

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