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Presenting at Braintree Business Development Center on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – June 16, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 29, 2016

You Don’t Need a Patent If: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs.

The Braintree Business Development Center will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Thursday June 16, 2016 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.  The seminar will be held at the Braintree Business Development Center, 201 East Fifth Street Mansfield, OH 44902.

In considering IP protection, one type of IP generally comes to mind – patents.  However, while often valuable, patent protection is sometimes inappropriate for the circumstances.  Other forms of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, can sometimes better serve an entrepreneur.  This seminar will discuss various scenarios in which patent protection may not be necessary, and how other types of IP can be used to greater effect.  Key distinctions between patents and the other types of IP will also be discussed.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, will present the seminar. The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.  Space is limited, so please RSVP at the provided link, or contact Mr. Bob Cohen at 419-525-1614 or bcohen@braintreepartners.org.

Presenting at Ashland University on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – April 6, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 10, 2016

Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at North Central State College, and the Ashland Area Council for Economic Development, will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on April 6, 2016 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM.  The seminar will be held at Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business, Room 102, 401 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, will present the seminar. 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.  The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program may be found here.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to Michalina Lacy at the SBDC by calling 419-755-9011 or by emailing mlacy@sbdc6.com.

They Invented What? (No. 244)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 24, 2015

U.S. Patent N0. 6,053,798: Structural improvement of toy Christmas tree.

JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2016!

For more holiday TIW? from years past, click here.

What is claimed is:

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1. A toy Christmas tree, comprising:
a base having an interior portion;
a foundation unit installed on top of said base;
branches disposed on an outside of said foundation unit to simulate an exterior appearance of a Christmas tree;
a power source disposed inside said base;
a control circuit board coupled to said power source and having a control circuit;
a transmission device installed at a lower part of said foundation unit, said transmission device including:
a motor coupled to said control circuit board, said control circuit causing said motor to intermittently switch on and off, said motor being fixed to one side of the lower part of said foundation unit, said motor having a rotatable shaft that is intermittently caused to rotate as said motor is intermittently switched on and off, said shaft having teeth;
a reduction gear in engagement with the teeth of said shaft, and being rotatably driven by said shaft as said shaft rotates;
a pushing rod eccentrically located on a side of said reduction gear, said pushing rod being caused to move as said reduction gear is rotated; and
a spring linked to said pushing rod, said spring being stretched when said motor is switched on and said reduction gear is rotated in a first direction, said spring retracting when said motor is switched off thereby causing said reduction gear to rotate in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction;
a lower jaw part located at a front of the lower part of the foundation unit, and including:
a jaw plate extending away from the foundation unit; and
a support plate disposed at a bottom of the jaw plate, said support plate having a middle section serving as a hinge, the jaw plate being attached to a top of said support plate in front of the hinge, said support plate having a slide channel disposed at a rear of the hinge, said slide channel being penetrated by said pushing rod; and
an eyebrow part located at the front of an upper part of the foundation unit, and including:
two eyeballs respectively fitted to two sides of the foundation unit;
an eyebrow rod;
an L-plate pivotally connected to the front of the upper part of the foundation unit, said eyebrow rod being connected to a front end of the L-plate; and
a driving rod linking a rear end of said L-plate to said pushing rod, said driving rod being driven by said pushing rod as said reduction gear is rotated;
wherein the on-and-off rotation of the motor is controlled by pulses emitted by the control circuit board, so by means of the rotation of the pushing rod via the reduction gear and the stretching and retracting of the spring, the jaw plate and the eyebrow rod will be intermittently driven to move up and down.

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They Invented What? (No. 243)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 19, 2015

U.S. Patent No. 7,908,676Shacket™

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JW Note:  Thanks to Mr. Andrew Custer for bringing this one to our attention. Interesting for use of the (TM) symbol in the title of the patent.

What is claimed is:

1. A sheltering device comprised of: a free standing skeletal structure comprised of two sets of flexible poles; a plurality of pole pockets adapted to receive and secure the ends of said flexible poles in an arced position; a dome structure having a fitted jacket component comprised of at least one separately assembled front panel, at least one separately assembled back panel, at least two separately assembled sleeved side panels; and a false hem for concealing at least one dome wall extension component; wherein said at least one separately assembled front panel, at least one separately assembled back panel and at least two separately assembled side panels are selectively attached by at least one closure device concealed by a zipper concealing panel; at least one dome wall inserts consisting of material fabric used for forming the walls of said dome sheltering device and adding additional surface area; a dome wall extension component comprised of material fabric adapted to form walls of said sheltering device; a dome structure frame comprised of a plurality of lightweight, selectively attachable pole components which are configured to form at least two flexible dome-support poles; at least four pole pockets for securing the ends of said at least two flexible dome-support poles so that said at least two flexible dome-support poles arc to support a dome-shaped structure; and at least two channel pockets for securing said at least two arced flexible dome-support poles; at least one back-centered pole pouch for storing said plurality of lightweight, selectively attachable pole components along the plane of a wearer’s back; at least one visibility component of a material selected from the group consisting of plastic, mesh, any material adapted to allow light into said dome sheltering device and combinations thereof; and at least two sleeve sealing components for sealing the sleeves when said fitted jacket component is used as said dome sheltering device.

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They Invented What? (No. 4)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 20, 2015

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,058,833: Spaceship to harness radiations in interstellar flights

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What I claim is:

1. A craft for flight in the atmosphere or space, comprising a cylindrical body having a front end and a rear end, propulsion means positioned in said rear end, and a propeller mounted about a shaft extending from said front end, said propeller being rotatable about and independent of said shaft.

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They Invented What? (No. 3)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 9, 2015

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,553,327: Hat made from cardboard beverage container and method of making the same

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We claim:

1. A method of making a hat, comprising the steps of:

(a) cutting a plurality of hat elements from cardboard product container material including graphics disposed on an exterior surface thereof, wherein the cutting step comprises the steps of:

(1) cutting a brim, first and second side members, first and second connecting members and a top member from the material according to predetermined patterns, wherein the side members include top, bottom, front and rear edges; and

(2) forming an aperture in the brim; and

(b) assembling the hat elements to form a hat, wherein the graphics printed on the exterior surface of the container material are disposed on visible exterior surfaces of the hat, and wherein the assembly step includes the steps of:

(1) joining bottom edges of the first and second…

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They Invented What? (No. 2)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 6, 2015

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,368,227: Method of swinging on a swing

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I claim:

1. A method of swinging on a swing, the method comprising the steps of:

     a) suspending a seat for supporting a user between only two chains that are hung from a tree branch;

     b) positioning a user on the seat so that the user is facing a direction perpendicular to the tree branch;

     c) having the user pull alternately on one chain to induce movement of the user and the swing toward one side, and then on the other chain to induce movement of the user and the swing toward the other side; and

     d) repeating step

     c) to create side-to-side swinging motion, relative to the user, that is parallel to the tree branch.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the method is practiced independently by the user to create the…

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Google Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion – May 8-22

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 29, 2015

From the Google Public Policy Blog, with some traction in the news this week-

Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion

We invite you to sell us your patents. The Patent Purchase Promotion is an experimental marketplace for patents that’s simple, easy to use, and fast.

Patent owners sell patents for numerous reasons (such as the need to raise money or changes in a company’s business direction). Unfortunately, the usual patent marketplace can sometimes be challenging, especially for smaller participants who sometimes end up working with patent trolls. Then bad things happen, like lawsuits, lots of wasted effort, and generally bad karma. Rarely does this provide any meaningful benefit to the original patent owner.

So today we’re announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion as an experiment to remove friction from the patent market. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015. If we contact you about purchasing your patent, we’ll work through some additional diligence with you and look to close a transaction in short order. We anticipate everyone we transact with getting paid by late August.

By simplifying the process and having a concentrated submission window, we can focus our efforts into quickly evaluating patent assets and getting responses back to potential sellers quickly. Hopefully this will translate into better experiences for sellers, and remove the complications of working with entities such as patent trolls.

There’s some fine print that you absolutely want to make sure you fully understand before participating, and we encourage participants to speak with an attorney. More detailed information about the Patent Purchase Promotion is available on our Patent Website, including all the fine print, the form to make a submission (which won’t go live until May 8), and details about what happens if Google agrees to buy your patent. Throughout this process, Google reserves the right to not transact for any reason.

We’re always looking at ways that can help improve the patent landscape and make the patent system work better for everyone. We ask everyone to remember that this program is an experiment (think of it like a 20 percent project for Google’s patent lawyers), but we hope that it proves useful and delivers great results to participants.

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