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They Invented What? (No. 136)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 27, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,415,807: Decoy hunting/observing blind.

 duckblind

I claim:

1. A blind comprising in combination:

a housing in the form of a hollow shell, said shell having segmental wall portions, and opposite sides of said shell terminating at a lower annular edge, said shell being sized to accommodate a hunter or observer in an upright position therein; said shell is a decoy having an external appearance simulating a fowl being hunted or observed; and shell-supporting means extending upwardly from ground level through said lower annular edge of said shell for mounting said shell above ground level.

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They Invented What? (No. 135)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 27, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,234,948:  Cheese-filter cigaret.

JW Note: The inventor observes that “it is preferred to use a hard cheese as exemplified by Parmesan, Romano or Swiss cheese . . . [however] Aged Cheddars and other “hard” cheeses may also be used”.

 cheesecigarette

I claim:

1. A cigaret filter capable of reducing materially the nicotine and tars in the tobacco smoke, said filter comprising small, well-defined porous particles of hard milk derived cheese having a fat content in excess of 20 percent but being sufficiently dry so that most of the fat is in the interior of the individual particles on the surfaces constituting the walls of pores with which the individual particles are provided and within which filtering occurs.

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They Invented What? (No. 245)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 19, 2020

U.S. Patent No. D881,473: Face mask

JW Note: Hat tip to Professor Sarah Burstein @design_law.  Filed last October, and just issued on April 14, 2020.

Claim: The ornamental design for a face mask, as shown and described.

facemask

They Invented What? (No. 134)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 6, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,756,555: Wing apparatus for skiers.

JW Note: Many thanks to Stephen Nipper at The Invent Blog for bringing this patent to our attention.

 skiflyer

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for creating aerodynamic lift to a downhill skier, comprising harness means adapted to be worn by said skier, a left wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, a right wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, connecting means carried by said harness means for operatively connecting said left wing structure as to thereby have said left wing structure operatively carried by said harness means and for operatively connecting said right wing structure as to thereby have said right wing structure operatively carried by said harness means, said left wing structure having a first longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of said skier, said right wing structure having a second longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of…

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They Invented What? (No. 133)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 6, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,488,244: Apparatus for skinning squirrels.

JW Note: We noticed this at the new 12:01 Tuesday patent law blog. Looks like a great new patent blog.  Check it out!

 squirrelskinner

What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus that aids in the skinning and cleaning of a squirrel comprising: (A) a base plate comprising a solid metal form with a bend at an angle to form a bent end and a non-bent end; (B) a toggle clamp comprising a base, a stationary arm, a pivoting arm, a metal plate and a handle wherein said stationary arm and pivoting arm are connected to said base using screws so as to form a 90 degree angle; and wherein said pivoting arm is connected to said metal plate using screws on one end and said handle is molded to said pivoting arm on the other end; (C) a first metal…

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They Invented What? (No. 132)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 19, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,688,105: Iceberg utilization process improvement.

 icebergmover

What is claimed is:

1. An improved method for the process of utilizing icebergs for supplying fresh water to arid geographical areas comprising the steps of selecting an iceberg, insulating the iceberg, moving the iceberg to its destination, and capturing melt water for distribution wherein improvements comprise:
          selecting a tabular iceberg up to 2 kilometers in length,
          growing buoyant and thermally insulating mats of seaweed in a sea bed,
          insulating said tabular iceberg with said mats by towing said mats under said iceberg and allowing the mats to float against the bottom and sides of said iceberg,
          providing a propulsion device fitted with large pusher plates for contacting said iceberg,
          pushing said iceberg with said propulsion device such that the resultant force vector is directed through the center of gravity of the iceberg, and
         …

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They Invented What? (No. 197)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 14, 2020

JW Note: In honor of Pi Day. We hope you celebrated on time (3/14 at 1:59 PM . . . Einstein’s Birthday).

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U.S. Pat. No. 2,294,569: Pie slice lifter.

JW Note:  In honor of Pi Day.  We hope you remember to celebrate on time (3/14 at 1:59 PM . . . Einstein’s Birthday).

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:

1. A pie slice lifter, comprising a substantially triangular blade, a handle connected to one of the straight edges of the blade at a point offset with respect to a line drawn transversely through the center of the edge of the blade to which the handle is connected.

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They Invented What? (No. 131)

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

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U.S. Pub. Appl. No. 2008/0172175: Funny/humorous/abusive GPS system or navigation system.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

GPS or navigation system is a gadget which with the help of a satellite guides you when you are driving a vehicle and gets you to your desired destination. When this gadget is turned on, it can locate where you are. When the address of the destination is entered in this little, computer operated machine, the driver can either look at the street map shown on its screen or can also turn on voice (audio) guided directions in addition. These directions are usually given very politely in a woman’s voice, some cases could be a man’s voice too. With my invention, there will be an extra feature added to the existing GPS systems. The drivers will be able to turn on or off this feature. Funny phrases like “YOU STUPID” OR “YOU SILLY” OR…

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