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They Invented What? (No. 6)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 6, 2016

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 6,865,843:  Portable Electrical Mouse Trap. 

mousetrap 

What is claimed is:

1. A portable electrical mouse trap for capturing and killing a mouse, comprising: a housing in the shape of a cat having a head with a pair of eyes and a mouth defining an interior cavity, the mouth forming an entrance to the interior cavity; a primary motion sensor near the entrance to the interior cavity for selectively closing the mouth; a retractable primary gate in electrical communication with the primary motion sensor; a collection chamber within the interior cavity for holding a plurality of captured mice; a reservoir of a mouse-attracting fragrance that automatically dispenses within the interior cavity; a secondary motion sensor near an entrance to the collection chamber; a retractable secondary gate in electrical communication with the secondary motion sensor; and a vacuum source in communication with the collection chamber, wherein the primary…

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