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USPTO’s 10 Million Patents Website

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 13, 2018

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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!

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They Invented What? (No. 51)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 13, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,107,620:  Electrified table cloth. 

 tablecloth 

Abstract:

An electrified table cloth for preventing crawling insects from gaining access to the consumer’s food or drink comprises a cloth formed of electrically insulated material which has at least one pair of parallel electrically conductive strips secured to the edge or border of the cloth to completely encircle the cloth and which are connected to a low voltage DC battery also secured to the cloth. The strips of electrical conductive material are spaced apart sufficiently to normally prevent completion of a circuit across the strips and for completion of a circuit across said strips through an insert’s body as the insect attempts to traverse the strips when crawling acorss the edge of the cloth. The current passing through the insect’s body is sufficient to produce a sensation which will discourage further travel across the edge of the cloth. A consumer…

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