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USPTO Nearing 17 Million Utility Patent Applications.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

JW Note: Hat tip to fellow patent attorney @RyanAlley on Twitter for noticing this milestone yesterday.

Those in the patent practice know that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) assigns patent applications numbers based on a series code and a serial number. In general, these patent application numbers are assigned chronologically to patent applications as they are filed at the USPTO.

A rough guide and some application serial numbers are shown on the USPTO website here. For utility patent applications, the first series code “1” was assigned in the year 1915. The serial number begins at 000,000 and ends at 999,999. Therefore, the completion of each series involves the filing of one million applications.

It now appears that the USPTO either has, or shortly will be, moving on to the series code “17.” This means that there have now been 17 million utility patent applications filed since 1915. Quite a milestone.

They Invented What? (No. 143)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,656,459:  Excrement receptacle device for animals.

 dogdungcollector

I claim:

1. An excrement receptacle device for an animal comprising: a harness for support of the device on an animal, a hollow conduit tube having forward and rearward portions and constructed of a material which provides a normal self-sustaining shape for said tube in which an open tubular passageway is formed in the tube extending from the said forward to the said rearward portion of the tube, means on said harness for supporting said conduit tube in a fixed operative position in which the said forward portion of the tube is adjacent the anal region of the animal and entirely below the tail thereof, a flexible container, means attaching the flexible container to the conduit tube such that the flexible container extends from the said rearward portion of the tube and is in communication with the interior of…

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They Invented What? (No. 142)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,805,607: Scented doll with the appearance of an aged person.

  olddoll

What is claimed is:

1. A doll comprising: a permeable body covering, wherein said permeable body covering includes a torso portion, a pair of arm portions, a pair of leg portions, and wherein said permeable body covering is sewn to form a closed structure; an internal structure within said closed structure of said permeable body covering emitting a perfume fragrance through said permeable body covering; and a head portion including a core and a flexible cover stretched over said core, wherein said flexible cover includes a lower portion stretched and gathered together to form a narrowed neck attached to said torso portion, and wherein said flexible cover includes external folds emulating an appearance of an aged person including folds formed within said lower portion of said flexible cover.

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They Invented What? (No. 141)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 260,379:  Grave-signal.

 gravehelp

Having thus fully described my said invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is –

1.  A grave signal the essential features whereof are a tube leading to the coffin or casket, a signal-flag therein, a spring by which said signal-flag may be forced vertically upward above the top of said tube, and means for releasing said spring which may be operated from the inside of the coffin, substantially as set forth.

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