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New “Ribbon Copy” Style for U.S. Letters Patent.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 14, 2018

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Ward Law Office received the first of the “new style” Ribbon Copy or Letters Patent this past week for one of our clients (U.S. Patent No. 10,015,955).  This new style commemorates the recent issuance of the Ten Millionth U.S. patent.  It is the first time the design has been changed by the USPTO in more than 30 years.

They Invented What? (No. 55)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 12, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,025,810:  Hyper-light-speed antenna.

JW Note:  Thanks again to Michael Barclay at WSGR for bringing this one to our attention. 

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Background:

All known radio transmissions use known models of time and space dimensions for sending the RF signal. 

The present invention has discovered the apparent existence of a new dimension capable of acting as a medium for RE signals. Initial benefits of penetrating this new dimension include sending RF signals faster than the speed of light, extending the effective distance of RF transmitters at the same power radiated, penetrating known RF shielding devices, and accelerating plant growth exposed to the by-product energy of the RF transmissions.

The following describes, in simple terms, what the present invention actually does. The present invention takes a transmission of energy, and instead of sending it through normal time and space, it pokes a small hole into another dimension, thus, sending…

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1st Richland Idea Audition, October 16, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 6, 2018

Don’t miss the 1st Richland Idea Audition, October 16th. Deadline to enter-August 30th! Get more info at tinyurl.com/y87cn72o.

They Invented What? (No. 54)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 4, 2018

JW Note: Wishing you a Safe and Happy Fourth of July, 2018!

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U.S. Design Patent No. D463998:  Lighted American flag.

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JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July, 2007!

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6th Annual Michigan Inventors Expo by Michigan Inventors Coalition.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 27, 2018

Join the Michigan Inventors Coalition on Thursday, September 6th at the Kellogg Conference Center in Lansing, MI for our 6th Annual Michigan Inventors Expo! Come showcase your product and network with fellow inventors & business professionals. Booth space is limited to 50 this year, so be sure to sign up early. We look forward to seeing you there!

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They Invented What? (No. 53)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 26, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,329,672:  Metal wire paper clip structure.

JW Note:  The paper clip – patented in 1994.  Many thanks to Michael Barclay at WSGR for bringing this one (and many others) to our attention! 

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We claim:

1. A metal wire paper clip comprising 

         a unitary length of spring-quality metal wire bent into an elongated configuration presenting an elongated U-shaped inner loop, an elongated U-shaped outer loop, and an arcuately-curved interconnecting portion therebetween;   

          each such U-shaped loop having an open end, a closed end, and a pair of longitudinally-extending legs;

         such closed end of the elongated U-shaped outer loop defining one longitudinal end of such bent wire elongated configuration, such inner loop being nested within such outer loop with such open end of each such U-shaped loop facing in the same longitudinal direction;

         such pair of longitudinally-extending legs of each such U-shaped loop including a free leg having a…

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They Invented What? (No. 52)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 22, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,645,677: Process for removing flatulence-causing sugars from bean products.

MD Note: I think we would all agree this solves a long-felt need. 

Abstract:

Flatulence-causing sugars can be removed from beans that contain such sugars through ultrafiltration. An ultrafiltration membrane system with a molecular weight cut-off between 30,000 and 100,000 daltons will permit the sugars to permeate through it, but it will retain most proteins.

Claims:

What is claimed is:

1. A method of processing navy beans, including the steps of:

(a) grinding the beans to produce a particulate bean product;
(b) suspending the particulate bean product in water to produce a filterable feed, the water to bean product ratio being between approximately 10:1 and 60:1 by weight;
(c) ultrafiltering the filterable feed using an ultrafiltration membrane system which as a molecular weight cut-off between approximately 30,000 and 100,000 daltons, thereby producing a permeate and a retentate…

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INVENTORS REQUEST CORRECTION TO COVER OF 10 MILLIONTH PATENT

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 19, 2018

Via press release from US Inventor today:

INVENTORS REQUEST CORRECTION TO COVER OF 10 MILLIONTH PATENT

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced issuance of the 10 millionth patent. But inventors complain that the language on the face of the new patent design is legally incorrect. They say the patent includes a false promise – that the patent grants to inventors “having title to this patent the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention.”

In a petition filed under the Administrative Procedures Act, they remind new USPTO Director Andrei Iancu of the 2006 Supreme Court decision in Ebay which eliminated the right to injunctive relief for patent holding inventors. This error was further highlighted by the recent Supreme Court decision Oil States which held that patents are not property rights with the right to exclude, but are instead “public franchise rights” like the right to erect a toll bridge, which can be given or taken at the pleasure of the federal agency, without a judge or jury. The petition goes on to ask the Director to correct the wording so that inventors are no longer misled into believing that their U.S. patent provides an exclusive right to their invention.

“I hope that Director Iancu will continue to lead the USPTO to increase the reliability of the patent grant, first and foremost by being truthful,” US Inventor President and petition signatory Randy Landreneau said. “The Supreme Court has said that a patent is not a right to exclude. Until Congress restores to inventors the right to injunctive relief, the words on the patent, while being in agreement with the US Constitution, are legally incorrect.”

The petition is also signed by Gary Stecklein (Inventor and President of Inventor’s Association of South Central Kansas), Stephen Lyon (Inventor and President of Inventor’s Network of Minnesota), Adrian Pelkus (Inventor and President of San Diego Inventors Forum), Tom Woolston (Inventor from Virginia and CEO of MercExchange), Joachim Martillo (Inventor and Patent Agent from Massachusetts), Josh Malone (Inventor from Texas), and Paul Morinville (Inventor from Indiana).

The petition is posted at http://www.usinventor.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Patent-Text-Correction-Rulemaking-Petition.pdf.