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USPTO Independent Inventors Online Chat Transcripts.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 13, 2008

The U.S. Patent Office regularly schedules On-line Chats for independent inventors to ask questions about the patenting process.  The transcript from the chat held on February 28th, 2008 is now available here.  Transcripts from each of the chats held from October 2004 to the present may be found here.

The next USPTO on-line chat is scheduled for April 15, 2008. 

They Invented What? (No. 90)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 12, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. PP17610:  Papaver plant named ‘Miss Piggy’.


What is claimed is:

1. A new and distinct cultivar of Papaver plant named ‘Miss Piggy’, as illustrated and described.

Importance of Patentability Searching.

Posted in General Commentary, Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on March 9, 2008


The Patent Prospector has a well written post today that creatively ties the USPTO’s recent comments concerning the plummeting allowance rate to the advantages of performing a good prior art search prior to preparation of a patent application.  A highly suggested read if you have a few minutes to spare. 

They Invented What? (No. 89)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 5, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,380,237:   Snowman accessory kit.



What is claimed is:

1. An accessory kit for a snowman having a head, an upper torso body and a lower torso body, all made of packed snow, which comprises:
     a) a set of decorative articles having a circumference and a longitudinal axis;
     b) means for inserting each of said decorative articles into the packed snow of the head, the upper torso body and the lower torso body, to enhance the appearance of the snowman; and
     c) retaining means on each of said articles having a plurality of appendages, each of said appendages being circumferentially spaced from every other appendage and each of said appendages further being longitudinally spaced from every other appendage whereby when an article is inserted into said snowman and turned, each of said appendages follows the same insertion path in a corkscrew-like manner, thus retaining said article in said snowman.