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They Invented What? (No. 140)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,421,089:  Fork with timer.

 forktimer

What is claimed is:

1. A fork with timer for providing a cue to a user after an elapsed period of time for indicating that another bite of food using the fork may be taken comprising, in combination:
         a rigid dinner fork having a head, four spaced and aligned tines extended from the head, and a handle extended from the head remote from the tines for allowing a user a firm grip for taking a bite of food;
         timer circuitry connected to the handle of the dinner fork and adapted for providing a cue after an elapsed period of time for indicating to user that another bite of food using the dinner fork may be taken, the timer circuitry further comprising:
          a countdown timer adapted for counting down a pre-programmed period of time, transmitting countdown signals in sequence during…

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