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They Invented What? (No. 19)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 27, 2017

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,356,330:  Apparatus for simulating a “high five.”

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Background:

During a televised sporting event, a “high five” is commonly shared between fans to express the joy and excitement of a touchdown, home run, game-winning basket, birdie or other positive occurrence. Unfortunately, as known in the art, a “high five” requires the mutual hand slapping of two participants, wherein a first participant slaps an upraised hand against the elevated hand of a second participant. As such, a solitary fan is unable to perform a “high five” to express excitement during a televised sporting event.

Claims:

1. An apparatus for simulating a “high five” comprising:

     a first, movable arm portion for simulating a forearm, said first arm portion having a simulated hand secured thereto;

     a second, immovable arm portion for simulating an upper arm;

     a mounting arrangement for mounting said second arm portion to a…

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Muskegon Inventors Network Presentation – July 26, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 27, 2017

We had the pleasure of speaking with the Muskegon Inventors Network (MIN) yesterday evening in Muskegon, Michigan.  A wonderful group of inventors were in attendance, and asked some great questions about patents and trademarks!  Thanks again to MIN for the invitation to speak, and look forward to visiting again in the future!