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Keep Calm and Keep Inventing!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 2, 2020

Keep Calm WLO

Friends, Inventors, Entrepreneurs, lend me your ears.

Ward Law Office sends our continued support and best wishes for a full recovery to everyone who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are troubling times in which we find ourselves. Certainly, a time to care for your loved ones, and to put thoughts of health and safety for yourself and your neighbors above all else.

If history teaches us anything, it is that this dire situation too shall pass. Both our everyday lives and our businesses, which for many are currently paused, will eventually return to normal. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

With that said, we encourage all entrepreneurs and inventors to take this time of quarantine and self-isolation for contemplation about what comes next.

  • Do you have an interesting idea for how to help address the current and future pandemics?
  • Did you ever invent something and just didn’t have the time to take it to the next step?
  • Have you ever dreamed of starting a new business?
  • Do you have a creative hobby, which you now have time to explore more fully while self-isolating?

If so, then this may be an opportune time to learn more about intellectual property as a tool for business and entrepreneurs, and how you might use it to emerge from these times in a position of strength.

There are many free educational resources available for this purpose. We recommend checking out the education pages at both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and our website. You may also enjoy watching our free online video series called “Patently Good Ideas,” which contains helpful information about initial steps that should be taken by inventors before securing patent rights.

Our firm also participates in the Patent Pro Bono Program at the USPTO. This is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that offer inventors and small businesses free legal assistance in preparing and filing patent applications. Likewise, our professionals are available for free consultations by email, phone or videoconference. We are always happy to chat, bounce ideas around, and provide guidance on the basics of intellectual property protection.

Keep inventing friends! Together, we shall pull through these unprecedented times and make a better world.

Warmest regards,

Ward Law Office LLC
Registered Patent Attorney
Telephone: (419) 408-5500

USPTO announces extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 31, 2020

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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.


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.


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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Ward Law Office Recognized in Top 100 Member Firms of The PCT Network.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 25, 2020


Ward Law Office is excited to have been recently named as ThePCTNetwork Top 100 Member Firm of 2019. We are proud to be among the firms who exemplify excellence in the five core values of The Network: quality, integrity, transparency, professionalism, and community.

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Presenting on IP Basics to “Tech Talk Initiative: IP and Biz Startup” at Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio – March 19, 2020.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 24, 2020


Do you have questions about protecting your ideas and potentially starting a business? Join us for a discussion on these topics at NSCC!

About this Event

Jake Ward, registered U.S. Patent Attorney, and Lisa Becher, entrepreneur and business faculty at Northwest State Community College will be on campus to discuss intellectual property and business startup!

Join us for their presentations and a Q&A session.

Pizza will be provided!

Date and Time
Thu, March 19, 2020
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Northwest State Community College
22600 Ohio 34
Archbold, OH 43502

New Web Series – PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS, Best Practices for Inventors and Entrepreneurs Beginning the Patent Process.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 23, 2020

Check out this new video series titled “Patently Good Ideas” for best practices in inventing: