Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 51)

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

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

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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