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They Invented What? (No. 7)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 26, 2016

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 4,465,208:  Chewing Gum Dispenser.



“While difficulty in removing the gum from the sheath occurs initially, and while subsequentially having to deal with loosened sticks of gum may not be a pressing problem, it can, however, be a nuisance, and even dangerous. It can be dangerous, for example, if the habitual gum chewer attempts to provide himself with a stick of gum while driving an automobile. The need to use two hands to remove the initial sticks of gum from the sheath, or the need to look away from the road in an effort to locate a loosed stick, can have serious consequences.”


We claim:

1. A dispenser for dispensing sticks of chewing gum, which sticks have a given thickness, one at a time, comprising, in combination:

a container having a bottom wall, two side walls, two end walls, and a top…

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