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 Braintree Business Development Center on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – June 16, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,058,833: Spaceship to harness radiations in interstellar flights
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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U.S. Pat. No. 5,553,327: Hat made from cardboard beverage container and method of making the same
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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U.S. Pat. No. 6,368,227: Method of swinging on a swing
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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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.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,963,275: Method 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.