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They Invented What? (No. 48)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 23, 2018

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U.S. Pub. App. No. 2006/0134273:  Method and apparatus for making a sandwich.

JW Note:  Per David McClaughry . . . “a method of making twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheeseonionspicklesonaseasemeseedbun.”  Thanks for all the submissions, Dave!

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1. A method of filling an order for a sandwich comprising: toasting a bread component for the sandwich for less than about 1 minute in response to the order in a first heating device; and initiating and completing the heating of a sandwich filling for the sandwich from about 40° F. or less to about 120° F. or more in a second heating device, while the bread component is heating, in response to the order.

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They Invented What? (No. 47)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 16, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,872,145:  Solo-operable seesaw.

JW Note:  Per David McClaughry at HD&P, this invention “takes all the fun out of the teeter-totter.”  Enjoy.

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What is claimed as new and what is desired to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. A seesaw movable between ground and elevated positions and comprising: a base member having oppositely spaced side sections and a back section integral therewith and spaced therebetween, said side sections having respective bottom edge portions for engaging a ground surface and further having respective top edge portions for defining an apex of said base member, said base member further including a plurality of elongated braces having opposed end portions connected thereto and for maintaining said side sections at substantially stable positions; an elongated plank having a first end portion engaged with said base member and being selectively pivotable thereabout, said plank further having an oppositely…

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They Invented What? (No. 46)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 10, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,293,874: User-operated amusement apparatus for kicking the user’s buttocks.

JW Note:  Many thanks to David McClaughry at HD&P for bringing this one to our attention.

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Having thus described the aforementioned invention, I claim:

1. An amusement apparatus operated and controlled by a user, comprising:

     a platform having a first end and a second end;

     first post and second posts detachably mounted on said platform, said first post positioned toward said first end and said second post positioned toward said second end of said platform at a distance from said first post sufficient to permit the user to locate therebetween, facing said first post;

     said first post having a crank positioned at a height thereon which requires the user to bend forward toward said first post while grasping said crank with both hands, to prominently present his buttocks toward said second post;

     said…

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They Invented What? (No. 45)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 3, 2018

JW Note – The No. 45 “They Invented What?” in our series – the KSR v. Teleflex patent! Hard to believe this SCOTUS opinion is over ten years old.

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,237,565:  Adjustable pedal assembly with electronic throttle control.

JW Note:  In honor of the KSR v. Teleflex opinion issued this week . . . actually, isn’t “TIW?” what the Supreme Court said?

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What is claimed is:

1. An adjustable pedal assembly for a vehicle comprising;

a support (18) for mounting to a vehicle structure;

an adjustable pedal assembly (22) having a guide member (62) rotatably supported by said support (18) for pivotal movement about a pivot axis (26); and

a pedal arm (14) supported on said guide member (62) for rectilinear movement in fore and aft directions relative to said support (18), said guide member (62) and said pivot axis (26) between various adjusted positions;

an electronic control (28) supported on said support (18) and responsive to pivotal movement of said pedal arm (14) and said guide member (62) about said pivot axis (26),

said electronic…

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They Invented What? (No. 44)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 25, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,505,207:  Character distinguishing sized blood pressure cuff system.

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We claim:

1. A series of blood pressure cuffs of predetermined known serial sizes; each cuff comprising, at least in part, an inflatable bladder having at least one port for inflation and deflation thereof, attachment means provided on the cuff to permit its attachment about the limb of a patient through circumferential wrapping of the limb of the patient, at least two indicators of size on the cuff, a first size indicator being a sequential indication and a second indicator being a size indication provided by predetermined caricatures representing subjects of different size present on the cuffs wherein the second indicator is a series of animal depictions and the animals depicted increase in size as the cuff size increases in size, each of the animals depicted belonging to a different species.

2. The blood pressure cuff according…

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TODAY: US INVENTORS TO HOST INNOVATION LEGISLATION PANEL ON CAPITOL HILL

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

(WASHINGTON, DC) – US Inventor, a national organization of thousands of American inventors, joins Inventor’s Project and Inventors Group of America in DC this week for Innovation Legislation, where inventors will meet with members of Congress for a panel discussion about three pro-patent bills. FIFTY inventor leaders from 26 states will be in attendance.

On Tuesday, Andrei Iancu, the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) surprised presidents of inventors clubs from across the country during their conference at the USPTO. His most remarkable message to inventors was to share their stories to inspire others as they have a critical role to play in innovation.

US Inventor fellow Josh Malone is hopeful Iancu’s message will spread positivity in the world of innovation. As the inventor of the most popular summer toy in America, “Bunch o Balloons,” Malone has fought for years to enforce his patents against a rank infringer – often fighting the previous leadership of the patent office.

“I look forward to Director Iancu’s efforts to create a more pro-innovation dialogue and increasing the reliability of the patent grant,” Malone said. “Wednesday’s panel is our way of sharing our stories and promoting pro-inventor bills.”

Washington bureau reporters who wish to interview a visiting inventor from a regional media market or to speak with US Inventor leadership, please contact Shannon Polvino at (716) 597-5188. Learn more about US Inventor at www.USInventor.org.

INNOVATION LEGISLATION: A Discussion of Three Pro-Inventor Bills April 18, 2018, 4-7PM 2247 Rayburn House Office Building

IGA National Conference – April 17-19, 2018

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 16, 2018

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Innovation is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Who drives innovation? Individuals.

This April, the recently formed not-for-profit Inventors Groups of America (IGA) will host two-dozen grassroots leaders for its inaugural three-day conference. At the United States Patent & Trademark Office, on Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the IGA will advocate for the interests of independent inventors and small business owners in regards to intellectual property.

Ward Law Office is a proud sponsor of IGA, and believes that independent inventors and small businesses alike will benefit by strengthening the U.S. patent system.

For more information about IGA, or to find an inventors group near you, visit the IGA website here.

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They Invented What? (No. 43)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 1,781,541:  Refrigeration.

JW Note:  A type of refrigerator co-invented in 1926 by Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd.  Enjoy.

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