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They Invented What? (No. 3)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 9, 2015

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,553,327: Hat made from cardboard beverage container and method of making the same


We claim:

1. A method of making a hat, comprising the steps of:

(a) cutting a plurality of hat elements from cardboard product container material including graphics disposed on an exterior surface thereof, wherein the cutting step comprises the steps of:

(1) cutting a brim, first and second side members, first and second connecting members and a top member from the material according to predetermined patterns, wherein the side members include top, bottom, front and rear edges; and

(2) forming an aperture in the brim; and

(b) assembling the hat elements to form a hat, wherein the graphics printed on the exterior surface of the container material are disposed on visible exterior surfaces of the hat, and wherein the assembly step includes the steps of:

(1) joining bottom edges of the first and second…

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