Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 232)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 24, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 7,104,865: Apparatus for cat’s cradle game.

JW Note:  This TIW? should be filed under “Creepy Kid’s Toys”.


What is claimed is:

1. A self-play cat’s cradle toy that permits a single user as a first player to manipulate a string loop, comprising: a base; a first arm supported in a first position relative to the base; a second arm moveably supported relative to the base; a set of digits supported by each of the first and second arms; a resiliently-biased, manual actuator positioned along the base and physically coupled to the second arm to effect movement of the second arm toward the first position in response to pressure on the actuator, the manual actuator resiliently returning to a rest position in response to the restoring force of the bias; and a surface of at least a portion of the digits in the set of digits being configured to resist release of the string loop as the second arm is moved away from the first position in order to bring the string loop into a taut condition, wherein the first and second arms are surrogates for a second player; and wherein the base, arms, actuator and surface cooperate as a device to permit the single user to self-play cat’s cradle.


The Daily Show Episode on Patent Lawyers.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 13, 2013

They Invented What? (No. 231)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 13, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 6,206,000:  Canine scuba diving apparatus.


I claim:

1. An underwater self-contained breathing apparatus for use by a canine, comprising:

a transparent rigid helmet having a skirted opening for the wearer’s neck, the helmet being sufficiently large to avoid contact with the face or nose of the canine user;

a regulator for supplying a breathable gas attached to the helmet;

a means of adjusting a position of a demand valve in the regulator to pressurize the helmet at no less than ambient pressure;

a harness attached to the helmet;

means for fastening the harness around the wearer’s torso; and

one or more pockets in the harness for receiving ballast weights.


They Invented What? (No. 230)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on September 11, 2013

U.S. Patent No. 230,067:  Method of precipitating rain falls.

JW Note:  It’s so crazy, it might just work!


I Claim–

The mode herein described of producing rain-fall, said mode consisting in conveying and exploding torpedoes or other explosive agents within the cloud-realm, substantially as described.