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They Invented What? (No. 174)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 1, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 4,194,629:  Love Box.

JW Note:  Why?  Because we love the Bilski decision.



A box for use as a token between lovers for assuring their love to each other; the box including an instruction sheet that states the box is filled with love, and no matter how often it is opened, it can never be emptied; and to get a little love, the box should be opened for a short time, while to receive all the person’s love it should be left open all the time; the box including a case and a removable cover.

What is claimed is:

1. A box for displaying a love message when closed or open, comprising a case having a bottom with an encompassing wall in combination with a cover pivoted at one end to said wall whereby said cover may be moved from a closed position abutting said wall to an open position providing access to said case, in combination with a love message and associated means for displaying said message in both closed and open positions, wherein said means comprise a flourescent substance deposited on the case bottom and including a card mounted in said case spaced from said material, said card having cut-out portions in the form of said message for display when the box is open and further cut-outs through said wall in the form of said message.

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  1. Gena777 said, on July 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Indeed, the Bilski ruling is growing on me. Nevertheless, it’s pretty easy to see that the issue of defining the limits of an “abstract idea” will likely be the focus of much patent litigation in the near future. I do rather wish that the Court had made more of an attempt to address this. Lacking guidance from above, lower courts will have to address the issue case-by-case, and we’ll likely end up with some kind of piecemeal, undefined, “I know it when I see it” means of determining which inventions are too abstract. I wouldn’t be surprised if the issue ends up going back up to the Supreme Court again very soon.

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