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They Invented What? (No. 31)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 18, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,687:  Elephant-shaped car cleaner and air pump.

elephantvac 

Background:

Vacuum cleaners are widely used today for cars, but portable car air pumping devices are seldom seen. If a car tire should be found to be short of air pressure on a highway, such a portable air pumping device might be very convenient for a driver, especially if it would be combined together with a vacuum cleaner, making use of the same motor used in the cleaner. So this car cleaner and air pump has been shaped as an elephant for an attractive appearance.

Claims:

I claim: 

1. An elephant-shaped car vacuum cleaner and air pump, including: an elephant-shaped cover, a dirt suction device consisting of an inlet passage, a motor, an impeller driven by the motor, and a dirt bag; an air pumping device consisting of said motor, a transmission consisting of a worm gear rod, a…

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Job Posting – Associate Attorney – Tiffin, Ohio.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 11, 2018

Ward combined logo

Ward Law Office LLC is a boutique intellectual property law firm, located in Tiffin, Ohio.  The firm is growing and has an immediate full-time opening for an associate patent or trademark attorney.

Qualified candidates must work well independently, be highly motivated, possess initiative, and have strong research and writing skills. Preference will be given to candidates with either an undergraduate or advanced degree in science or engineering, or relevant experience and a strong mechanical aptitude.  USPTO registration is preferred, but is not required.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes by email to info@wardpatent.com.  For more information about the firm, visit our website.

They Invented What? (No. 30)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 5, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,745,395:  Hat with display device.

  hat

What is claimed is:

1. A head apparel, comprising: a loop structure sized to engage a person’s head; a brim secured to the loop structure, the brim comprising at least two series of interleaved sections arranged in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series are viewable; and graphics on a plurality of sections of each series, the graphics defining a composite image or a plurality of related images that are viewable from the respective directions.

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Happy Holidays from Anticipate This!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 21, 2017

JW Note: Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2018!

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U.S. Design Pat. No. D428,199:  Christmas tree soap.

  christmas soap

JW Note:  Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you in 2007!

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They Invented What? (No. 29)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 18, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,960,975:  Space vehicle propelled by the pressure of inflationary vacuum state.

   antigravship

What is claimed is:

1. A space vehicle propelled by the pressure of inflationary vacuum state is claimed comprising:

     a hollow superconductive shield,

     an inner shield, the inner shield disposed inside said hollow superconductive shield, said inner shield comprising an upper shell and a lower shell,

     a support structure, the support structure disposed between said hollow superconductive shield and said inner shield concentrically to said hollow superconductive shield, said support structure comprised of an upper rotating element and a lower rotating element,

     upper means for generating an electromagnetic field, the upper means for generating an electromagnetic field disposed between said hollow superconductive shield and said upper shell, affixed to said upper rotating element at an electromagnetic field-penetrable distance to said hollow superconductive shield,

     lower means for generating an electromagnetic field, the…

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They Invented What? (No. 28)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 16, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,681,244:  Portable bar.

  portablebar

Background:

The present invention relates to an improved portable bar, that is a portable device that is used for mixing cocktails or the like. The portable bar of the present invention is adapted to be worn by a person as a hat and is intended to be both useful and entertaining.  

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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.

  watch

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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