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Appointment of Former Commissioner for Patents Nicholas Godici to USPTO Consultant Position.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 8, 2009

Per a USPTO press release issued earlier today:

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Takes Key Step to Address Patent and Trademark Office Challenges

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced the appointment of former USPTO official and long-time patent professional Nicholas Godici to look at ways to strengthen the management structure of the USPTO and provide an up-to-date assessment of the challenges the office faces. Godici, hired by current Acting Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director John Doll at Locke’s request, will work with USPTO officials to identify areas of concern and to assist in the transition to a new director. He will serve as a consultant for a period of up to 180 days.

President Obama nominated David Kappos, a patent professional with more than 20 years of experience, to be the next USPTO director on June 18.

“I’m counting on Nick to use his decades of experience to help us strengthen the management of the USPTO and identify the areas most in need of attention by the new director,” Locke said.

A biography for Mr. Godici may be found at the USPTO website here.

JW Note:  Mr. Godici will speaking at the upcoming 2nd Annual Quad City IP Symposium titled “Pushing the Envelope on IP Reform”.  The event will be held at the University of Dayton School of Law in Dayton, Ohio, on July 17, 2009.  Registration information for the event may be found here.

Michael Jackson, King of Pop and Patentee.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 1, 2009



Per Dave McClaughry’s post at his new music industry-related patent blog, the recently deceased Michael Jackson was listed as a co-inventor on U.S. Pat. No. 5,255,452, titled “Method and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion”.  As stated in the post, Jackson’s patent “expired before he did, for failure to pay the 3rd maintenance fee”.   There is also a nice video at the post of the invention being used in a music video for his song “Smooth Criminal”.

Jackson’s patent was previously featured in our “They Invented What?” series of posts here (TIW? No. 92).

They Invented What? (No. 143)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 1, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 3,656,459:  Excrement receptacle device for animals.


I claim:

1. An excrement receptacle device for an animal comprising: a harness for support of the device on an animal, a hollow conduit tube having forward and rearward portions and constructed of a material which provides a normal self-sustaining shape for said tube in which an open tubular passageway is formed in the tube extending from the said forward to the said rearward portion of the tube, means on said harness for supporting said conduit tube in a fixed operative position in which the said forward portion of the tube is adjacent the anal region of the animal and entirely below the tail thereof, a flexible container, means attaching the flexible container to the conduit tube such that the flexible container extends from the said rearward portion of the tube and is in communication with the interior of the tube, said conduit tube including an upper portion made of flexible resilient material for yieldably collapsing when contacted by the animal’s tail and resuming its original normal shape when the animal’s tail is raised in the act of defecating to provide said open passageway in the tube to the container.