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They Invented What? (No. 123)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 21, 2019

JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all! See you in 2020!

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,258,592:  Santa Claus visit kit.

JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2009!


What is claimed is:

1. A kit for creating an illusion that suggests a Santa Claus visit in a premises, said kit comprising:
         a) items revealed to a child audience comprising
                    i) a displayer Christmas diorama that, when assembled, at least partly bounds a region in which small items can be placed, said diorama having a plurality of panels, a first image being imprinted on one of said panels;
                    ii) amusement items for use by at least a member of said child audience in carrying out steps that said child audience is invited to believe will assist Santa Claus in making said visit; and
          b) items at least temporarily concealed from the child audience, said concealed items comprising means for making boot print…

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Ward Law Office launches video series for inventors, small businesses

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 16, 2019

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Information provided by Ward Law Office

Ward Law Office, located in the Historic Laird Arcade in Tiffin, has recently launched a new video series for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, Patently Good Ideas

The initial set of videos explains the three basic steps that every inventor should takebeforefiling a patent application, namely: 1) properly document your invention; 2) avoid the public disclosure; and 3) do a prior art search. Links to all the videos can be found at or on the firm’s Youtube channel.

Founding partner Jake Ward, Registered Patent Attorney, believe these videos are a must-see for all inventors and entrepreneurs, and especially those who are new to the patenting process. There is lots of valuable (and free) information in these videos explaining what actions can and should be taken before ever speaking with a patent attorney. If these three basic steps…

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They Invented What? (No. 122)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 11, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,432,545:  Non-lethal cock fighting system.



What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for conducting and scoring cock fights between two combating birds, said apparatus comprising, in combination:
          (a) individual switch means mounted upon each leg of each bird in place of or in covering relation to the natural spur, each of said switch means including a member movable along the axis of the natural spur in response to a blow struck substantially along said axis and by a distance commensurate with the force of said blow;
          (b) means for generating an individual electrical signal upon each movement of said member by at least a minimum increment of said distance, said signal having a parameter distinctive to each of said switch means and to a plurality of distinct increments of said distance;
          (c) means attached to the skin of each bird in a…

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Presenting “You Don’t Need a Patent If…” to the Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) in Grand Rapids, MI, on December 10, 2019.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 4, 2019


December 10th Meeting

You Don’t Need a Patent If…  

Do you need a patent to be a successful inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner? Must you have a patent to protect your intellectual property? Patent Attorney Jacob M. Ward will introduce us to some scenarios of where an inventor just might not need a patent! Join us as Jake presents an informative program “You Don’t Need a Patent If…”.

This month’s guest speakers is Jake Ward. Mr. Ward is a founding partner of Ward Law Office LLC. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney, and also a registered Canadian Patent Agent, non-resident. Jacob is the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!,” as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law where he teaches courses in both Patent Law and Patent Practice.

Come prepared to learn and ask questions that will help you learn more about patents!

New Meeting location
This month we will be holding the meeting at GRCC
There is limited parking UNDER the Wisner-Bottrall ATC (enter from Ransom St.) available on a first-come basis at no charge. Handicapped parking is located here. Additionally, there is ramp parking available for $6.00 after 5:00 PM, which can be paid by cash, credit/debit at the ramp exit machines.
Free street parking after 6 pm
Map of GRCC

They Invented What? (No. 121)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 4, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,113,911: Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity.


What is claimed is:

1. A system for enabling verbal communication on behalf of a local entity with a nearby user, the system comprising:
         user equipment, intended to be carried by a user, comprising a wireless communication subsystem, and a contact-data input subsystem for receiving contact data;
          a contact-data providing arrangement located at the local entity for making available to a user near the local entity or to the user equipment carried by that user, contact data identifying a voice service associated with the entity but separately hosted;
          a communications infrastructure comprising at least a wireless network for communicating with the wireless communication subsystem of the user equipment;
          an audio output arrangement forming part of the user equipment, or located in the locality of the local entity and connected to the communication infrastructure;

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