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PPA (Provisional Patent Application) Common Questions Answered – with Patent Attorney Jake Ward

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 28, 2020

Part 3 – PPA – How are your international rights affected when you file a PPA?

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 5, 2021

Happy New Year 2021!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 31, 2020

JW Note: Wishing a Happy New Year to all (including our soon-to-be robot overlords)!

Part 2 – PPA Common Questions Answered – with Patent Attorney Jake Ward

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 29, 2020

They Invented What? (No. 154)

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

JW Note: Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2020!

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U.S. Pat. No.5,896,810:  Poultry frying apparatus.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2009!

 

I claim:

1. A poultry frying apparatus comprising:
          a liquid retaining vessel having a bottom surface and a first diameter;
          a raised rack comprising a support base and a central rod extending upwardly from the support base to terminate in an upper end thereof;
          the support base having an overall dimension smaller than the first diameter;
          the upper end of the central rod including an attachment portion; and
          a handle for selectively engaging the attachment portion for removal and insertion of the rack from the vessel;
          the support base including a spacer portion for spacing at least part of the support base from the bottom surface of the vessel when the support base is inserted in the vessel.

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They Invented What? (No. 145)

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

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U.S. Patent No. 3,307,285:  Pneumatic method for catching or scaring fish.

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What is claimed is:

1.  A method of preventing movement of aquatic organisms in a body of water toward a prohibited region thereof comprising:  placing at least one pneumatic shock wave generating device in said body of water between said prohibited region and said aquatic organisms; and actuating said device to explosively release high pressure gas, thereby producing a shock wave in said body of water rising to an initial pressure peak within 25 five milliseconds and propagating at high velocity.

JW Note:  Will be out over the next week for my annual fishing trip – so today’s TIW? theme seemed appropriate.  Will be thinking about patents only occasionally next week, for example, during those times when the walleye are not jumping into my boat!

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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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