Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 43)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 18, 2007

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.

 Einsteinfridge

Busy busy busy.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 6, 2007

Many apologies to our readers, but we haven’t had much time lately to post (for the typical, and welcomed, work-related reasons).  However, below are five of our earlier postings that we find particularly interesting.  If you are a newcomer to this blog you might not have read them yet.  Enjoy.         

          1.)  A Species of the Anticipation Genus. 

          2.)  Just What Do You Think You’re Rejecting, Dave?

          3.)  To Specify A Further Limitation.

          4.)  A Statue for Toulmin.

          5.)  200 Year Terms?

They Invented What? (No. 42)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 4, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,545,069:  Illuminable toys and simulations with replaceable illuminable edibles.

  easter egg

What is claimed is:

1. An illuminable toy comprising:

(a) at least one light source;

(b) at least one battery, said battery being electrically connected to said at least one light source;

(c) a switch, said switch being electrically connected to said at least one light source and said at least one battery, said switch providing an on/off adjustment for energizing and de-energizing said at least one light source with said at least one battery;

(d) a base, said base containing said at least one light source and said at least one battery and said switch, said base having at least one light permeating portion for allowing passage of light emitted from said at least one light source, said switch being adjustable from an exterior of said base;

(e) at least one holder, said at least one holder being attached to said base;

(f) at least one replaceable, illuminable edible having a three dimensional form, being attached to said at least one holder, and being illuminated by light emitted from said at least one light source; and

(g) a cover attached to said base and covering said at least one, replaceable, illuminable edible and having a three dimensional configuration, wherein said cover and said base simulate an eggshell, said cover being divided longitudinally into two portions at a joint extending from a top of said cover to just above a top support surface of said base, said division at said joint simulating a crack line.
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