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They Invented What? (No. 5)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 24, 2016

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,022,227: Method of concealing partial baldness

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I claim:

1. A method for styling hair to cover bald areas using only the individual’s own hair, comprising separating the hair on the head into several substantially equal sections, taking the hair on one section and placing it over the bald area, then taking the hair on another section and placing it over the first section, and finally taking the hair on the remaining sections and placing it over the other sections whereby the bald area will be completely covered.

2. A method as in claim 1 wherein the hair on a person’s head is folded over the bald area beginning with the hair from the back of the head, and then from first one side and then the other.

3. A method as in claim 2 wherein after the hair from the back of the head is folded…

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Presenting at Braintree Business Development Center on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – June 16, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 23, 2016

You Don’t Need a Patent If: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs.

The Braintree Business Development Center will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Thursday June 16, 2016 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.  The seminar will be held at the Braintree Business Development Center, 201 East Fifth Street Mansfield, OH 44902.

In considering IP protection, one type of IP generally comes to mind – patents.  However, while often valuable, patent protection is sometimes inappropriate for the circumstances.  Other forms of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, can sometimes better serve an entrepreneur.  This seminar will discuss various scenarios in which patent protection may not be necessary, and how other types of IP can be used to greater effect.  Key distinctions between patents and the other types of IP will also be discussed.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, will present the seminar. The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.  Space is limited, so please RSVP at the provided link, or contact Mr. Bob Cohen at 419-525-1614 or bcohen@braintreepartners.org.

Presenting on IP Law for Entrepreneurs at University of Michigan-Flint’s Maker Day: May 19, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 4, 2016

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Calling all do-it-yourselfers to MAKER DAY
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
University of Michigan-Flint

Spend the day with inventors and makers, and those who support them, at the UM-Flint Innovation Incubator on May 19.
If you make things, and want to know how to produce, market and protect your inventions, this is the event for you!

  • 10 am Check-in and light refreshments
  • 10:30-11:45 am Presentation: Getting your Product to Market, with Marty Sovis, Inventors Council and Doug Prehoda, Mott Community College FabLab
  • 11:45 am-1:15 pm “Maker: The Movie” with lunch and discussion
  • 1:15-2 pm Presentation: Flint Steamworks: Open community of makers, artists, and inventors, with Mike Wright, Flint Steamworks
  • 2:15-3:30 Presentation: Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Entrepreneurs, with Jacob Ward and Bill Ziehler, Registered Patent Attorneys

No charge, but advance registration required at https://formassembly.umflint.edu/3978.
Limit of 30 participants.

Presenting at Ashland University on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – April 6, 2016.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 10, 2016

Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at North Central State College, and the Ashland Area Council for Economic Development, will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on April 6, 2016 from 9:00AM to 10:30AM.  The seminar will be held at Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business, Room 102, 401 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney with the law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, will present the seminar. All businesses have intellectual property in one form or another.  Entrepreneurs and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend.  The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program may be found here.  Space is limited, so please RSVP to Michalina Lacy at the SBDC by calling 419-755-9011 or by emailing mlacy@sbdc6.com.

They Invented What? (No. 4)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 20, 2015

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,058,833: Spaceship to harness radiations in interstellar flights

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What I claim is:

1. A craft for flight in the atmosphere or space, comprising a cylindrical body having a front end and a rear end, propulsion means positioned in said rear end, and a propeller mounted about a shaft extending from said front end, said propeller being rotatable about and independent of said shaft.

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They Invented What? (No. 3)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 9, 2015

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,553,327: Hat made from cardboard beverage container and method of making the same

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We claim:

1. A method of making a hat, comprising the steps of:

(a) cutting a plurality of hat elements from cardboard product container material including graphics disposed on an exterior surface thereof, wherein the cutting step comprises the steps of:

(1) cutting a brim, first and second side members, first and second connecting members and a top member from the material according to predetermined patterns, wherein the side members include top, bottom, front and rear edges; and

(2) forming an aperture in the brim; and

(b) assembling the hat elements to form a hat, wherein the graphics printed on the exterior surface of the container material are disposed on visible exterior surfaces of the hat, and wherein the assembly step includes the steps of:

(1) joining bottom edges of the first and second…

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They Invented What? (No. 2)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 6, 2015

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,368,227: Method of swinging on a swing

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I claim:

1. A method of swinging on a swing, the method comprising the steps of:

     a) suspending a seat for supporting a user between only two chains that are hung from a tree branch;

     b) positioning a user on the seat so that the user is facing a direction perpendicular to the tree branch;

     c) having the user pull alternately on one chain to induce movement of the user and the swing toward one side, and then on the other chain to induce movement of the user and the swing toward the other side; and

     d) repeating step

     c) to create side-to-side swinging motion, relative to the user, that is parallel to the tree branch.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the method is practiced independently by the user to create the…

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Google Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion – May 8-22

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 29, 2015

From the Google Public Policy Blog, with some traction in the news this week-

Announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion

We invite you to sell us your patents. The Patent Purchase Promotion is an experimental marketplace for patents that’s simple, easy to use, and fast.

Patent owners sell patents for numerous reasons (such as the need to raise money or changes in a company’s business direction). Unfortunately, the usual patent marketplace can sometimes be challenging, especially for smaller participants who sometimes end up working with patent trolls. Then bad things happen, like lawsuits, lots of wasted effort, and generally bad karma. Rarely does this provide any meaningful benefit to the original patent owner.

So today we’re announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion as an experiment to remove friction from the patent market. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015. If we contact you about purchasing your patent, we’ll work through some additional diligence with you and look to close a transaction in short order. We anticipate everyone we transact with getting paid by late August.

By simplifying the process and having a concentrated submission window, we can focus our efforts into quickly evaluating patent assets and getting responses back to potential sellers quickly. Hopefully this will translate into better experiences for sellers, and remove the complications of working with entities such as patent trolls.

There’s some fine print that you absolutely want to make sure you fully understand before participating, and we encourage participants to speak with an attorney. More detailed information about the Patent Purchase Promotion is available on our Patent Website, including all the fine print, the form to make a submission (which won’t go live until May 8), and details about what happens if Google agrees to buy your patent. Throughout this process, Google reserves the right to not transact for any reason.

We’re always looking at ways that can help improve the patent landscape and make the patent system work better for everyone. We ask everyone to remember that this program is an experiment (think of it like a 20 percent project for Google’s patent lawyers), but we hope that it proves useful and delivers great results to participants.

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