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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law to the Inventors’ Association of Metropolitan Detroit – February 15, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 23, 2018


The Inventors Association is a non-for-profit association established to educate inventors of all levels to navigate through the inventing process.  In addition to being an important resource center, IAMD serves as a support group for inventors, who can exchange information, experiences and other advice on how to successfully complete a project.

Come join us at our next meeting!

February Meeting: Jacob Ward- Registered Patent Attorney admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, before the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also registered as a patent agent, non-resident, in Canada.

Date: Thursday February 15, 2018

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Lawrence Tech University, Engineering Building, ​21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48075

There is a $5 guest fee to attend the meetings (but your first visit is free and annual membership is $30).

For more information, visit the IAMD website here.

They Invented What? (No. 32)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 23, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 2,801,929:  Method of making canned chinese food.


Having thus described my invention, what I claim is: 

A method of preparing a Chinese food package which comprises, placing substantially raw, unseasoned Chinese food vegetables in a can, sealing the can while the vegetables are in the unseasoned and substantially raw state, sterilizing the can containing the vegetables which are unseasoned and substantially raw whereby they maintain their individual crispness and taste, preparing a separate, cooked sauce for the Chinese food vegetables, seasoning the sauce to an extent to provide substantially all the seasoning for both the sauce and the vegetables when the two are admixed, canning and sterilizing the sauce, and then packaging the sauce and vegetables together for sale as a single unit.

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They Invented What? (No. 31)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 18, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,687:  Elephant-shaped car cleaner and air pump.



Vacuum cleaners are widely used today for cars, but portable car air pumping devices are seldom seen. If a car tire should be found to be short of air pressure on a highway, such a portable air pumping device might be very convenient for a driver, especially if it would be combined together with a vacuum cleaner, making use of the same motor used in the cleaner. So this car cleaner and air pump has been shaped as an elephant for an attractive appearance.


I claim: 

1. An elephant-shaped car vacuum cleaner and air pump, including: an elephant-shaped cover, a dirt suction device consisting of an inlet passage, a motor, an impeller driven by the motor, and a dirt bag; an air pumping device consisting of said motor, a transmission consisting of a worm gear rod, a…

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Job Posting – Associate Attorney – Tiffin, Ohio.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 11, 2018

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Ward Law Office LLC is a boutique intellectual property law firm, located in Tiffin, Ohio.  The firm is growing and has an immediate full-time opening for an associate patent or trademark attorney.

Qualified candidates must work well independently, be highly motivated, possess initiative, and have strong research and writing skills. Preference will be given to candidates with either an undergraduate or advanced degree in science or engineering, or relevant experience and a strong mechanical aptitude.  USPTO registration is preferred, but is not required.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes by email to  For more information about the firm, visit our website.

They Invented What? (No. 30)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 5, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,745,395:  Hat with display device.


What is claimed is:

1. A head apparel, comprising: a loop structure sized to engage a person’s head; a brim secured to the loop structure, the brim comprising at least two series of interleaved sections arranged in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series are viewable; and graphics on a plurality of sections of each series, the graphics defining a composite image or a plurality of related images that are viewable from the respective directions.

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