Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

Ward Law Office at the USPTO – July 21, 2017.

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

Ward Law Office had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on July 21, 2017.  After some successful Examiner Interviews, had some spare time before the return flight.  So we decided to visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Was a great (albeit scorching hot) day!

 

They Invented What? (No. 18)

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

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 4,233,942:  Animal ear protectors. 

 dogearprotectors

I claim:

1.  A device for protecting animal ears comprising:

     a pair of generally tubular protectors each of which is formed of a sheet of self-biasing material which in their free state tend to form themselves into said generally tubular protectors;

     each of said protectors being longitudinally openable to allow easy insertion of one of said animal ears; and

     positioning means for flexibly joining one end of one protector in spaced apart relationship with one end of the other protector and for securing said device to the head of said animal such that the longitudinal axis of each protector and a portion of each ear of said animal, are held generally horizontally and approximately perpendicularly to the head of said animal whereby the ends of said animal ears are separated by a distance greater than the width of…

View original post 5 more words

Presenting to Muskegon Inventors Network on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – July 26, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 13, 2017

PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Muskegon Inventors Network (MIN) will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks and copyrights on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The seminar will be held at the Muskegon Innovation Hub at Grand Valley State University 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, Michigan 49440.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office LLC, will present the seminar. The seminar is free and open to the public.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.

Presenting at Tolloty Technology Incubator on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – August 3, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 13, 2017

PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Small Business Development Center at Kent State Tuscarawas will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks and copyrights on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The seminar will be held at the Tolloty Technology Incubator, 1776 Tech Park Drive NE, New Philadelphia OH 44663.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office LLC, will present the seminar.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.

Presenting at Ashland University on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – August 8, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 13, 2017

PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Braintree Business Development Center is sponsoring a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The seminar will be held at Ashland University, Dauch College of Business and Economics, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office 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 419-610-5924 or bcohen@braintreepartners.org.

USPTO Elijah J. McCoy Detroit Office Grand Opening Gala.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 13, 2017

Today is the 5th Anniversary of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Patent Office. Seems like the gala was only yesterday!

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

JW Note:  Attended the USPTO Elijah J. McCoy Detroit Office Grand Opening Gala yesterday evening at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.  Met a number of new Patent Examiners and Administrative Patent Judges (APJs).  Excited to have a satellite patent office located nearby!  This is a great opportunity for Detroit and the surrounding region.

View original post

They Invented What? (No. 17)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 12, 2017

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,175,571:  Glasses with subliminal message.

 specs

The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:

1. A pair of subliminal imaging spectacles adapted to be worn on the head, in front of the eyes, and comprising:

a pair of lenses adapted to be located in front of the eyes of the subject,

and, a pair of subliminal message images on said respective ones of said pair of lenses said message images covering a predetermined area in front of each eye and located upwardly of the normal line of sight, and spaced apart a predetermined distance whereby to take advantage of the stereoscopic effect of human vision thereby effectively causing said two images to merge as one.

2. A pair of subliminal imaging spectacles as claimed in claim 1 wherein said glasses comprise sunglasses having tinted lenses.

3…

View original post 130 more words

They Invented What? (No. 16)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 8, 2017

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,443,036:  Method of exercising a cat.

 catercise

What is claimed is:

1. A method of inducing aerobic exercise in an unrestrained cat comprising the steps of: (a) directing an intense coherent beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus to produce a bright highly-focused pattern of light at the intersection of the beam and an opaque surface, said pattern being of visual interest to a cat; and (b) selectively redirecting said beam out of the cat’s immediate reach to induce said cat to run and chase said beam and pattern of light around an exercise area.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein said bright pattern of light is small in area relative to a paw of the cat.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein said beam remains invisible between said laser and said opaque surface until impinging on said opaque surface.

4…

View original post 39 more words