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IGA National Conference – April 17-19, 2018

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 28, 2018

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Innovation is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Who drives innovation? Individuals.

This April, the recently formed not-for-profit Inventors Groups of America (IGA) will host two-dozen grassroots leaders for its inaugural three-day conference. At the United States Patent & Trademark Office, on Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the IGA will advocate for the interests of independent inventors and small business owners in regards to intellectual property.

Ward Law Office is a proud sponsor of IGA, and believes that independent inventors and small businesses alike will benefit by strengthening the U.S. patent system.

For more information about IGA, or to find an inventors group near you, visit the IGA website here.

They Invented What? (No. 41)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 27, 2018

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U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. 2007/0035812:  Godly powers.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Prof. Jeff Opperman for bringing this one to our attention.  Also, as a note to the less patent-savvy among us, this piece of work is merely a published application and not an issued patent.  Enjoy.

Abstract:

Christopher Anthony Roller is a godly entity. “Granters” had been given my powers (acquired my powers) (via God probably). These “granters” have been receiving financial gain from godly powers. These “granters” may be using their powers without morals. Chris Roller wants exclusive right to the ethical use and financial gain in the use of godly powers on planet Earth. The design of godly-products have no constraints, just like any other invention, but the ethnic consideration of it’s use will likely be based on a majority vote of a group, similar to law creation. The commission I require could range from 0-100% of product price…

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They Invented What? (No. 40)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 21, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,873,928: Nuclear-sized explosions without radiation.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Dr. Bill Ziehler for bringing this one to our attention!

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What is claimed is:

1. A method for producing a violent and destructive explosion having high shock energies comprising:

partially filling an expendible structure with an initial mixture of combustible gas and an oxidizer gas in concentrations rich in said combustible gas so that said initial mixture is incapabale of burning or exploding;

mixing additional oxidizer gas into said initial mixture after said initial mixture is in place and contained within said structure to thereby create an explosive mixture within said structure; and

detonating said explosive mixture to produce said explosion and thereby destroying said expendible structure.

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They Invented What? (No. 39)

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

U.S. Pat. No.6,702,582:  Device and method for solving circles.

JW Note:  In honor of Pi Day.  We hope you celebrated on time (3/14 at 1:59 PM . . . Einstein’s Birthday).

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What is claimed is:

1. A device for visually demonstrating a characteristic of a circle, comprising: a cylindrical container having a body and a lid fitted thereon with at least three projections, a first projection located at a point on a circumference of a circle defined by an upper surface of said lid, a second projection in a center of said circle, and a third projection on the circumference of said circle opposite said first projection and in linear alignment with said first and second projections across a diameter of said upper surface; and a string attached at one end to said lid adjacent said first projection and having a length at least equal to the circumference of said lid.
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USPTO’s 10 Million Patents Website

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

As we rapidly approach the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000, the USPTO is taking full advantage of the opportunity educate the public about the history and importance of patents to the United States, and to generate excitement about the U.S. patent system in general.

Check out this new website: https://10millionpatents.uspto.gov/, and the associated video show below!

 

New Patent Design Unveiled – March 11, 2018

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

The USPTO unveiled today the new patent grant cover at a special South by Southwest (SXSW) event, and discussed the significance and history of the document with intellectual property stakeholders and the press.  Below are images of the new patent grant cover taken at the presentation (left) and the previous cover (right).

This is only the second time in a hundred years that the USPTO has redesigned the patent grant cover.  The timing of the unveiling and new cover is especially significant, in that the USPTO will be issuing U.S. Patent Number 10,000,000 in the very near future!

They Invented What? (No. 38)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 9, 2018

JW Note – Yes, I sometimes still worry about the progress of science and the useful arts :-).

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JW Note:  Sometimes I worry about the progress of science and the useful arts.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,666,425:  Device for perfusing an animal head.

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Abstract: 

This invention involves a device, referred to herein as a “cabinet,” which provides physical and biochemical support for an animal’s head which has been “discorporated” (i.e., severed from its body). This device can be used to supply a discorped head with oxygenated blood and nutrients, by means of tubes connected to arteries which pass through the neck. After circulating through the head, the deoxygenated blood returns to the cabinet by means of cannulae which are connected to veins that emerge from the neck. A series of processing components removes carbon dioxide and add oxygen to the blood. If desired, waste products and other metabolites may be removed from the blood, and nutrients, therapeutic or experimental drugs, anti-coagulants, and other substances may be added…

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Empowering Innovation with the USPTO, hosted by the University of Toledo, College of Law – March 6, 2018

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 4, 2018

The Toledo Bar Association and Toledo IPLA are co-sponsoring a free CLE program with representatives from the USPTO on March 6, 2018, hosted by the University of Toledo, College of Law.  Details below.

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