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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Prepares for Possible Government Shutdown.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on April 7, 2011

Per this press release today from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

USPTO Prepares for Possible Government Shutdown

In the event of a government shutdown on April 9, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open and continue to operate as usual for a period of six business days – through Monday, April 18, 2011 — because the USPTO has enough available reserves, not linked to the current fiscal year, to remain in operation until then. Should a shutdown occur and continue longer than the six-day period, we anticipate that limited staff will be able to continue to work to accept new electronic applications and maintain IT infrastructure, among other functions. More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. Thank you.

They Invented What? (No. 199)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 7, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 4,343,045:  Shoulder garment.

What is claimed is:

1. A garment comprising a main body section adapted to extend over the upper chest and shoulders of the wearer, a fringe area secured along the entire lower edges of said main body section and depending downwardly therefrom, said fringe area comprising a plurality of threads or cords, a pair of strap members detachably secured to the inner surface of said garment, said pair of strap members extending below the arm pits of the wearer thereof and extending to the back portion of the garment and detachably secured thereto, said strap members maintaining the garment in proper position on the upper chest area and the shoulders of the wearer of the garment.