Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 5)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 24, 2016

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 4,022,227: Method of concealing partial baldness


I claim:

1. A method for styling hair to cover bald areas using only the individual’s own hair, comprising separating the hair on the head into several substantially equal sections, taking the hair on one section and placing it over the bald area, then taking the hair on another section and placing it over the first section, and finally taking the hair on the remaining sections and placing it over the other sections whereby the bald area will be completely covered.

2. A method as in claim 1 wherein the hair on a person’s head is folded over the bald area beginning with the hair from the back of the head, and then from first one side and then the other.

3. A method as in claim 2 wherein after the hair from the back of the head is folded…

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Presenting at Braintree Business Development Center on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – June 16, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 23, 2016

You Don’t Need a Patent If: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs.

The Braintree Business Development Center will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Thursday June 16, 2016 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.  The seminar will be held at the Braintree Business Development Center, 201 East Fifth Street Mansfield, OH 44902.

In considering IP protection, one type of IP generally comes to mind – patents.  However, while often valuable, patent protection is sometimes inappropriate for the circumstances.  Other forms of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, can sometimes better serve an entrepreneur.  This seminar will discuss various scenarios in which patent protection may not be necessary, and how other types of IP can be used to greater effect.  Key distinctions between patents and the other types of IP will also be discussed.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, will present the seminar. The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.  Space is limited, so please RSVP at the provided link, or contact Mr. Bob Cohen at 419-525-1614 or

Presenting on IP Law for Entrepreneurs at University of Michigan-Flint’s Maker Day: May 19, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 4, 2016


Calling all do-it-yourselfers to MAKER DAY
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
University of Michigan-Flint

Spend the day with inventors and makers, and those who support them, at the UM-Flint Innovation Incubator on May 19.
If you make things, and want to know how to produce, market and protect your inventions, this is the event for you!

  • 10 am Check-in and light refreshments
  • 10:30-11:45 am Presentation: Getting your Product to Market, with Marty Sovis, Inventors Council and Doug Prehoda, Mott Community College FabLab
  • 11:45 am-1:15 pm “Maker: The Movie” with lunch and discussion
  • 1:15-2 pm Presentation: Flint Steamworks: Open community of makers, artists, and inventors, with Mike Wright, Flint Steamworks
  • 2:15-3:30 Presentation: Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Entrepreneurs, with Jacob Ward and Bill Ziehler, Registered Patent Attorneys

No charge, but advance registration required at
Limit of 30 participants.