Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 23)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 30, 2017

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,578,617:  Method and apparatus for making a drink hop along a bar or counter.barhop

What is claimed is:

          1. A system for conveying liquid in the interior of a building comprising a horizontal surface of a bar top, which horizontal surface is supported above ground level by at least one vertical leg and is adapted to be surrounded by seating and used as an eating and drinking surface to place food and drinks thereon; said surface having a receiving area;
          a conduit containing a liquid to be transported to said area;
          means for providing fluid pressure for moving the fluid in said conduit to a valving means;
          said valving means effective to cause a fluid stream to flow from said conduit though an opening in said surface in an arcuate stream into said area; and
          means for controlling said valving means.

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Presenting at Marion Area Chamber of Commerce on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – November 9, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 30, 2017


The Marion Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, as part of their BAGELS & BUSINESS series.  The seminar will be held at the Marion Area Chamber, Garden Room – Inside Harding Centre, 267 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio.

All businesses have intellectual property in one form or another. Entrepreneurs and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office 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 the chamber at 419-382-2181 or