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Patent Zombie (No. 1).

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 21, 2011

Reproduced with the permission of the author

Timothy J. Riesen
Patent Draftsman
  (440) 985-8252

JW Note:  Above is the first of what I hope will be many contributions by patent draftsman Tim Riesen.  Tim has graciously agreed to allow the AT! blog to publish his work on the “Patent Zombie” series, which he plans to produce as a monthly comic editorial.  

As some of you may know, in addition to being a self-proclaimed geek (really, how many patent practitioners are not?), I am also a zombie fiction fan.   I hope you enjoy his work as much as I have!

On another note, Tim is an excellent patent draftsman . . . I highly recommend his work to any patent practitioners in our readership who may be looking for an illustrator! 

They Invented What? (No. 205)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on June 15, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 5,505,002: Versatile necktie tying aid gauge.

I claim:

1. A tie tying device for aiding a user in knotting a tie so that one end hangs to a desired length and has a knot having a predetermined length, comprising: a gauge comprising an elongated member having front and rear surfaces and top and bottom opposite ends, said elongated member containing an indicium thereon, the distance between said indicium and another predetermined part of said elongated member having a predetermined value equal to the length of tie material required to tie said knot.


They Invented What? (No. 204)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on June 1, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 4,872,422: Scratching and petting device for household pets.

What I claim is:

1. A mechanism for scratching and petting household pets comprising in combination:

an elongate base having means for mounting in a vertical position on a structural member;

an elongate “T” shaped petting arm leg extending a spaced distance from the base;

a compound petting arm carried by a petting arm bracket slidably disposed on the petting arm leg of the base and having means for adjustable vertical motion on the petting arm leg of the base, said petting arm being hingeably carried by said petting arm bracket and having an outer arm portion pivotally communicating with an inner arm portion with means to reciprocatably move said outer arm portion through a predetermined arcuate course relative to the inner arm portion; and

a petting element carried by the outermost part of the outer arm portion of the petting arm, said petting element biased to a horizontal position but pivotally movable in a vertical plane against such bias.