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They Invented What? (No. 145)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 30, 2009

U.S. Patent No. 3,307,285:  Pneumatic method for catching or scaring fish.


What is claimed is:

1.  A method of preventing movement of aquatic organisms in a body of water toward a prohibited region thereof comprising:  placing at least one pneumatic shock wave generating device in said body of water between said prohibited region and said aquatic organisms; and actuating said device to explosively release high pressure gas, thereby producing a shock wave in said body of water rising to an initial pressure peak within 25 five milliseconds and propagating at high velocity.

JW Note:  Will be out over the next week for my annual fishing trip – so today’s TIW? theme seemed appropriate.  Will be thinking about patents only occasionally next week, for example, during those times when the walleye are not jumping into my boat!

The Vendor-Client Relationship Video.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 30, 2009

As first seen at Peter Zura’s 271 Patent Blog here.  Absolutely hilarious, and shockingly familiar to many practitioners.  Enjoy!