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They Invented What? (No. 122)

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

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

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

 cockfight

 

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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