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They Invented What? (No. 1)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 2, 2015

Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog:

U.S. Pat. No. 3,963,275Method of breaking free-standing rock boulders

 

What is claimed is:

1.)  The method of fragmenting a free-standing boulder comprising

determining the average diameter of said boulder to determine the time required for sound to traverse said average diameter,

determining the compressive strength of said boulder,

selecting a projectile having a mass which will establish an impact stress within said boulder greater than the compressive strength of the boulder, when impacted upon said boulder with a velocity which causes an energy transfer to said boulder within a time less than said determined time,

loading said cannon with said selected projectile,

loading said cannon with a charge which when detonated will cause said projectile to impact upon said boulder with said velocity,

aiming said cannon at said boulder, and

detonating said charge.

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Inventing to Nowhere Documentary.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 19, 2014

JW Note:  Very interesting documentary video on Youtube relating to the importance of a strong patent system.  Hat tip to the PatentlyO blog.

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.

JW Note: Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2015!

For more holiday TIW? from years past, click here.

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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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A Statue for Toulmin.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 10, 2014

Jake Ward:

A top post at the AT! Blog recently – and one of my favorites over the past several years. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog:

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In the small city of Springfield, Ohio, now stands an 8-foot statue dedicated to the Wright Brother’s patent attorney, Harry Toulmin.  Mr. Toulmin was the patent lawyer who prepared and prosecuted the patent for Wilbur and Orville Wright’s flying machine . . . yes, the original airplane.

According to this article at Law.com, Toulmin helped the Wright brothers apply for five patents, including the 1906 flying machine’s patent (U.S. Pat. No. 821,393 or the ‘393 patent).  Other Wright patents also include U.S. Pat. Nos. , , , , and ,

The above article fails to mention, however, that the brothers only turned to Toulmin after the original application they had drafted themselves was rejected by the USPTO.  The ‘393 patent drafted by Toulmin had broad claims covering methods of controlling a flying machine, regardless of whetherthe machine was powered.  In particular, the patent described a system that allowed the aircraft to be controlled in flight, and specifically a…

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Washington Redskins Trademark Registrations are Cancelled

Posted in General Commentary by Kristen Fries on June 19, 2014

Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six of the Washington Redskins’ trademarks, all of which involved the term “redskins.”  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) concluded that “Redskins” was disparaging of Native Americans.

The full opinion of the TTAB can be found here.

The USPTO also issued a media fact sheet explaining what the decision means and what the decision does not mean.

Welcome Kristen Fries to Anticipate This!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 16, 2014

We are pleased to welcome Kristen Fries as a contributing author at Anticipate This!

Kristen is a patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Fries practices in the area of intellectual property and technology law, including prosecution of patent applications, in various technical fields.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Miami University and is a registered Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Kristen earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law. As a law student, she served as Note and Comment Editor for Law Review.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Fries worked in the building materials industry as a project engineer for a manufacturing facility

We look forward to reading Kristen’s thought-provoking commentary on all things IP.  Enjoy!

2014 Winter Olympics – Team USA Trademark.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 7, 2014

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JW Note:  Hat tip to the USPTO Facebook page for bringing this registered trademark to our attention.

This Day In History – Roller Coaster Patented on January 20, 1885.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 20, 2014

U.S. Patent No. 310,966: Roller coasting structure.

JW Note:  Although there is some debate (at least on Wikipedia) as to whether LaMarcus Adna Thompson truly invented the roller coaster, there is no doubt that he was a prolific inventor who contributed greatly to his field.  

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