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Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 23, 2006

U.S. Design Pat. No. D428,199:  Christmas tree soap.

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JW Note:  Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you in 2007!

They Invented What? (No. 244)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 24, 2015

U.S. Patent N0. 6,053,798: Structural improvement of toy Christmas tree.

JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2016!

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What is claimed is:

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1. A toy Christmas tree, comprising:
a base having an interior portion;
a foundation unit installed on top of said base;
branches disposed on an outside of said foundation unit to simulate an exterior appearance of a Christmas tree;
a power source disposed inside said base;
a control circuit board coupled to said power source and having a control circuit;
a transmission device installed at a lower part of said foundation unit, said transmission device including:
a motor coupled to said control circuit board, said control circuit causing said motor to intermittently switch on and off, said motor being fixed to one side of the lower part of said foundation unit, said motor having a rotatable shaft that is intermittently caused to rotate as said motor is intermittently switched on and off, said shaft having teeth;
a reduction gear in engagement with the teeth of said shaft, and being rotatably driven by said shaft as said shaft rotates;
a pushing rod eccentrically located on a side of said reduction gear, said pushing rod being caused to move as said reduction gear is rotated; and
a spring linked to said pushing rod, said spring being stretched when said motor is switched on and said reduction gear is rotated in a first direction, said spring retracting when said motor is switched off thereby causing said reduction gear to rotate in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction;
a lower jaw part located at a front of the lower part of the foundation unit, and including:
a jaw plate extending away from the foundation unit; and
a support plate disposed at a bottom of the jaw plate, said support plate having a middle section serving as a hinge, the jaw plate being attached to a top of said support plate in front of the hinge, said support plate having a slide channel disposed at a rear of the hinge, said slide channel being penetrated by said pushing rod; and
an eyebrow part located at the front of an upper part of the foundation unit, and including:
two eyeballs respectively fitted to two sides of the foundation unit;
an eyebrow rod;
an L-plate pivotally connected to the front of the upper part of the foundation unit, said eyebrow rod being connected to a front end of the L-plate; and
a driving rod linking a rear end of said L-plate to said pushing rod, said driving rod being driven by said pushing rod as said reduction gear is rotated;
wherein the on-and-off rotation of the motor is controlled by pulses emitted by the control circuit board, so by means of the rotation of the pushing rod via the reduction gear and the stretching and retracting of the spring, the jaw plate and the eyebrow rod will be intermittently driven to move up and down.

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They Invented What? (No. 242)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 11, 2014

U.S. Patent Appl. Pub. No. 20080299533: Naughty or nice meter.

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BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION:

Undoubtedly, the abstract and background show the uniqueness of the product of this invention. The “Naughty or Nice Meter”, although initiated from the Christmas Holiday season, is a product that allows a visual representation of being “Naughty or Nice”. The product honors and exemplifies the time-honored traditional saying as to whether you have been “Naughty or Nice”. It also transcends the original Christmas Holiday Season to all Holiday seasons and perhaps even birthdays or even a day-to-day “Naughty or Nice Meter.” It could not be said enough that the “Naughty or Nice Meter” is a visual product designed to calibrate if you have been “Naughty or Nice”. No other product exists.

CLAIMS:

1. A “Naughty or Nice Meter” grading product comprising of 12 behavioral questions, a calculator and a “Meter” numbered in a range from Zero (0) to Sixty (60).

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They Invented What? (No. 237)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 13, 2013

U.S. Patent No.8,147,323: Gaming machine with visual and audio indicia changed over time.

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What is claimed is:

1. A gaming system, comprising: a gaming terminal having a display for displaying (i) a basic game having a plurality of symbols that indicate a randomly selected outcome selected from a plurality of outcomes, (ii) one of a first group of bonus games in response to a special event occurring during the basic game within a first time period, (iii) one of a second group of bonus games in response to the special event occurring during the basic game within a second time period, the second time period occurring after the first time period, and (iv) one of the first group of bonus games in response to the special event occurring during the basic game within a third time period, the third time period occurring after the second time period; and a controller coupled to the gaming terminal and operative to (i) associate the first group of bonus games with the basic game during the first time period, (ii) associate the second group of bonus games with the basic game during the second time period such that, during the second time period, the second group of bonus games can be played but the first group of bonus games cannot be played, and (iii) associate the first group of bonus games with the basic game during the third time period such that, during the third time period, the first group of bonus games can be played but the second group of bonus games cannot be played.

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They Invented What? (No. 223)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 14, 2012

U.S. Design Patent No. D587161: Nativity scene decoration including Santa Claus and Rudolph.

JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2013!

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CLAIM

The ornamental design for a Nativity scene decoration including Santa Claus and Rudolph, as shown and described.

They Invented What? (No. 211)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 14, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 7,591,569:  Christmas holiday access, indicator, and mementos key method and apparatus.

JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2012!

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Children have believed in Santa Claus (under any the many known names) for hundreds of years. No matter what incarnation, whether it is the Magi King, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, etc., the tradition is still very much alive in the 21st century. One thing that has changed is children’s sophistication. The Santa legend evokes images of the jolly toy maker flying with the reindeer, landing on roofs, and entering homes via chimneys to deliver treasures on Christmas Eve. The problem is that children in modern times, living in an age of apartment complexes, condominiums, and a host of other domiciles without chimneys or fireplaces, tend to be more inquisitive, and want to know just how Santa Claus will pay them a visit if they don’t have chimney access. Will he have to break the door down or pick the lock and trip off the security alarm? Will their homes be bypassed and presents given to other children if Santa Claus can’t find a way in?

Accordingly, there is an established need for a Christmas decoration and associated method, that in addition to remaining true to the decorative parameters of bright, festive ornamentation during the holiday season, also provides children with an explanation for Santa Claus’s ability to enter their homes, allaying their fears and concerns over missing out on their presents on Christmas morning.

WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A holiday key entertainment method, the holiday key entertainment method comprising the steps of: illuminating an illumination source, wherein the illumination source is located within a holiday key, the holiday key being an oversized key shaped apparatus comprising a key handle section and a key blade section; securing the holiday key to an object on an outside of a residence; and informing a child that the holiday key is being placed outside such that a holiday persona can utilize the holiday key as a means for unlocking a door to the residence.

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They Invented What? (No. 191)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 15, 2010

U.S. Pat. Appl. Pub. No. 2002/0128081: Santa’s reindeer food.

JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2011!

What is claimed is:

1. A kit for supplying reindeer food to Santa’s reindeer, comprising (a) an article, adapted to be filled with a supply of reindeer food; and (b) a hoofprint maker for making reindeer hoofprints on the ground to indicate the reindeer having eaten the reindeer food.

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They Invented What? (No. 156)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 16, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 3,820,265:  Animated Display.

JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2010! 

This and other modifications of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art, and this invention includes all modifications falling within the scope of the following claims.

1. An animated display comprising support means including an elongated arm, a first figure attached to said support means, said first figure being shaped to represent a vehicle, a plurality of animal figures each pivotally attached to said arm, said animal figures being spaced in aline along said arm, each of said animal figures being shaped to represent a draft animal, linkage means interconnecting said animal figures together, and means for actuating said linkage means and thereby simultaneously rocking the entire line of animal figures about their pivotal attachment to the arm to simulate a galloping motion of said animal figures, said animal figures being pivotally attached to said arm in pairs abreast by means of U-shaped brackets which pass through openings in said arm, the upper ends of each U-shaped bracket being bent over to form support arms for a pair of said animal figures, there being a pair of animal figures attached to each pair of said bent over support arms, and the openings in said arm for said Ushaped brackets being spaced along said arm to form a line of said pairs of animal figures.

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