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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.”



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.


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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