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Increase in Wikipedia Citations During Examination.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on February 19, 2009

The Patent Librarian has an interesting post this week on the increasing number of Wikipedia citations during patent prosecution, by both applicants and examiners (despite the ban by the USPTO).  Specifically, the Patent Librarian has stated:

Back in September 2006, the USPTO ordered examiners to stop using Wikipedia as a source of information for determining the patentability of inventions. However, examiners and applicants continue to cite it. The number of patents issued in 2008 that cited Wikipedia articles nearly doubled to 477.



See also our previous post titled Arbitrary and Capricious, where the U.S. Court of Federal Claims discussed the dangers of relying upon Wikipedia as a source of “reliable” information in the legal practice.

They Invented What? (No. 129)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 19, 2009

U.S. Pat. No.6,926,629:  Attachment for blade of hockey stick.



A hockey stick is a structure that can hit an object, such as a hockey puck, with great force, with great control, and over a relatively great distance. For example, when hit by a hockey stick, a hockey puck can fly from one end to another end of a hockey rink at 100 mph or more precisely into a desired corner of the net.

Yard waste often includes undesirable refuse such as rotten hornet-infested crab apples and dog waste. Such refuse is undesirable for a number of reasons, including the consistency of the refuse such as its relative hardness or softness and the odor given off by the refuse. If the waste is being picked up by an apparatus, the apparatus may not have features permitting one to fling the waste to a desired spot such as a compost heap, and the apparatus may not have a sufficient length permitting a spacing of one from the waste. If the waste is being picked up by hand, one must bend down relatively close to the waste that may have an undesirable smell. If the waste is to be flung by hand to a desired location such as a compost heap, the waste may crumble upon the head of one who throws the waste.


What is claimed is:

1. An attachment for a blade of a playing stick, wherein the playing stick includes a proximal end portion with a handle and a distal end portion with the blade, wherein the blade includes an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the attachment comprises:
          a) a base portion engaging the blade;
          b) a floor extending from the base portion and comprising a leading edge, with the floor extending generally from the lower edge of the blade;
          c) whereby the leading edge can be slipped under an object which then can be played by the blade having the base portion;
          d) and further comprising the playing stick, wherein the playing stick is a hockey stick.