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Happy Halloween 2017 from Ward Law Office!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 31, 2017

We have made a number of Halloween “They Invented What?” posts at the AT! blog over the years.  Who knew patents can be scary, right?

These various Halloween TIW? posts can be seen here.  Enjoy!

 

They Invented What? (No. 241)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 23, 2014

U.S. Patent No. D250,901:  Toy figure.

JW Note:  A spooky TIW? in view of the upcoming Halloween holiday.  Hat tip to the Creepy IP series at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

lagoonmonster

The ornamental design for a toy figure, substantially as shown.

They Invented What? (No. 222)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 31, 2012

U.S. Patent No. 2,095,511:  Anesthesia demonstration device.

JW Note:  Wishing our readers a Safe and Happy Halloween 2012!  Hat Tip to the USPTO Facebook page for bringing this “scary” patent to our attention!

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed and desired secured by Letters Patent is: —

1. A device for demonstrating local anesthesia comprising: a model of a portion of the human body; electrical contacts concealed below the surface of said model at points corresponding to nerve location in the human body; a signal system in circuit with said contacts; and a probing member in the circuit of said system so that when the probing member is inserted through the surface of the model, an indication will be given provided one of the contacts is contacted by said probing member.

They Invented What? (No. 221)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 5, 2012

U.S. Patent No. 110,760:  Precautionary attachment for bottles containing poison.

JW Note:  An old patent (circa 1871), but located just in time for the Halloween season!  Hat tip to the United States Patent and Trademark Office Facebook page for bringing this one to our attention.  LIKE!

Claim

A band for poison-bottles, etc., consisting of an elastic ring with projecting spikes, as described.

Patent Zombie (No. 2).

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 31, 2011

 

Reproduced with the permission of the author

Timothy J. Riesen
Patent Draftsman
(440) 985-8252
Tim@patentlawdesigns.com

JW Note:  Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween 2011!  

They Invented What? (No. 152)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 28, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 5,878,931:  Halloween backpack.

JMW Note:  Wishing all a Happy and Safe Halloween 2009!

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What is claimed is:

1. A Halloween backpack for a child comprising:
          a hollow container having an outer surface, said hollow container adapted to be worn as a backpack on the back of a child, 
         means for releasable mounting of said hollow container on said back of said child,
         a hollow chute mounted onto said hollow container, said chute defining a passageway along said chute between a frontal chute opening in said chute and an aperture into said hollow container thereby forming a cooperating passageway between said frontal opening and a holding cavity in said hollow container, said chute opening, said passageway, and said aperture sized to accept Halloween treats said chute being formed of a shape retaining material such that the shape of said frontal chute opening remains constant,
          said chute extending upwardly of said hollow container so as to extend above a shoulder of said child when said child is wearing said hollow container as a backpack,
          said chute shaped to present said frontal chute opening for access from a frontal position facing the front of said child whereby a Halloween treat may be deposited into said hollow chute from said frontal position or by said child.

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They Invented What? (No. 117)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on October 30, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 6,754,472: Method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body.

JW Note:  Hoping you have a scary and safe Halloween!

 

What is claimed is:

1. A network of devices comprising:

          a first device for generating a first electrical signal;
          a second device including first circuitry requiring an electrical signal from an external source to operate, wherein the second device generates initialization information including at least power requirement information; and
          a body of a living creature for coupling the first device to the second device and for conducting the electrical signal from the first device to the second device and the initialization information from the second device to the first device, wherein the first and second devices establish a master and a slave relationship there between.

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The Little Shop of Patent and Trademark Horrors.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 22, 2008

 

In surfing for a Halloween-themed TIW? patent this morning, we happened across the following USPTO website, titled The Little Shop of Patent and Trademark Horrors.

At first blush, one might think this is a clandestine USPTO department responsible for scaring practitioners and developing ghoulish regulations, such as the presently enjoined claims and continuations rules (did you feel the room just get colder?).

However, the website is actually part of the USPTO Kids’ Pages, designed to generate interest amongst K-12 students in patents and trademarks.  It appears to have games, puzzles, and other fun and creative links for kids to explore.  If you know a teacher, or have kids of your own, this might be a fun website to check out.