Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 35)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day 2018 from AT!

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 6,024,386:  Aroma-generating greeting card



This invention relates generally to greeting cards, and more particularly to a mailable card which not only conveys a greeting and a message related to the greeting, but also an aroma associated with the occasion for the greeting. . . .

By way of example, we shall assume that the occasion for a greeting card in accordance with the invention is Valentine’s Day. This day which is celebrated annually on February 14, is a holiday in which it is customary to exchange romantic messages, called Valentines. While in the United States, the first Valentine’s Day greeting card was produced in 1840, today millions of such cards are sold annually.

When a gentleman personally delivers or has delivered a Valentine’s Day greeting card to a lady, it is traditionally accompanied by a gift in the form of a bouquet of roses packaged…

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