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They Invented What? (No. 154)

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

JW Note: Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2020!

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U.S. Pat. No.5,896,810:  Poultry frying apparatus.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2009!

 

I claim:

1. A poultry frying apparatus comprising:
          a liquid retaining vessel having a bottom surface and a first diameter;
          a raised rack comprising a support base and a central rod extending upwardly from the support base to terminate in an upper end thereof;
          the support base having an overall dimension smaller than the first diameter;
          the upper end of the central rod including an attachment portion; and
          a handle for selectively engaging the attachment portion for removal and insertion of the rack from the vessel;
          the support base including a spacer portion for spacing at least part of the support base from the bottom surface of the vessel when the support base is inserted in the vessel.

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They Invented What? (No. 145)

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

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U.S. Patent No. 3,307,285:  Pneumatic method for catching or scaring fish.

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What is claimed is:

1.  A method of preventing movement of aquatic organisms in a body of water toward a prohibited region thereof comprising:  placing at least one pneumatic shock wave generating device in said body of water between said prohibited region and said aquatic organisms; and actuating said device to explosively release high pressure gas, thereby producing a shock wave in said body of water rising to an initial pressure peak within 25 five milliseconds and propagating at high velocity.

JW Note:  Will be out over the next week for my annual fishing trip – so today’s TIW? theme seemed appropriate.  Will be thinking about patents only occasionally next week, for example, during those times when the walleye are not jumping into my boat!

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They Invented What? (No. 144)

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

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U.S. Patent No. 6,854,374:  Explosion containment net.

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I claim:

1. A system capable of minimizing an explosive force of an explosive-laden device, the system comprising: a net manufactured from an explosion containment material, the net having an outer periphery, a central point and a nozzle located at the central point; a gun capable of propelling the net; a first tank having a fire suppressant agent therein; a conduit extending between the first tank and the nozzle via the gun; and wherein the gun propels the net at the explosive-laden device and the fire suppressant agent is discharged out through the nozzle under control of the gun once the gun propels the net, and such that the net acts as a containment system that contains the explosive force from the explosive-laden device and the fire suppressant agent minimizes the explosive force.

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They Invented What? (No. 177)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,917:  Musical instrument support.

JW Note:  We make note of the inventor named on the patent – Mr. Edward L. Van Halen.  Rock on!

 

What is claimed is:

1. A stringed musical instrument comprising an instrument body having front and rear surfaces, sound producing means extending over a portion of said front surface, and a device mounted onto said rear surface for positioning said instrument body at an angular orientation to a player’s body, said device including attachment means movable between an inoperative position overlying said rear surface and an operative position at an angle to said rear surface, a pair of spaced-apart mounting blocks attached to said rear surface and support means coupled to said mounting blocks for rotationally supporting therebetween said attachment means, said attachment means engaging said player’s body when in said operative position for maintaining said instrument body in said angular orientation…

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“Ask the Expert – Trademark Law” a live web-chat hosted by the SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas – October 8, 2020 at Noon.

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

The SBDC invites you to join Jake Ward as he discusses Trademark Law. This one hour, live “Ask the Expert” web-chat was created for business owners and professionals who want more information on the Trademark process and Intellectual Property.

Ask the Expert – Trademark Law”

Jake Ward live web-chat – October 8, 2020 at Noon.

Discussion points will include:

  • Every existing business has Intellectual Property (IP), in one form or another, and this IP usually includes trademarks. 
  • Trademarks serve as a source identifier, and have inherent value as a form of property, which can be leveraged to ward off competition, or monetized by sale or license.
  • Trademarks prevent others from profiting on the good will and reputation associated with your business. 
  • This webinar will discuss how to identify and select valuable trademarks, and the steps that business, entrepreneurs, and inventors can take to secure their rights.

When: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: Noon- 1 pm

Price: No Cost

Register on our website at https://www.sbdcksut.org/register-webinars to receive your meeting invite and access link.

Michigan Inventors Coalition – Virtual Summit and Expo to be held September 10th-12th.

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

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This year’s Michigan Inventors Coalition Expo will be held virtually on Thursday, September 10th-12th! This virtual summit will help you gain new ideas and help you invent your way out of a pandemic! For more details, click on the link! https://bit.ly/3k8TIMN

About this Event

Please note: This is an online event! Access details will be provided prior to the event date. The program will run on September 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM, September 11th 1 PM to 4 PM, and on September 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. All times are Eastern Standard.

Scheduled speakers include:

– Jake Ward / Patent Attorney – Ward Law Office

– Kedma Ough, MBA / Business Development and Business Funding Expert

– Karen Waksman – Founder of Retail MBA

– Mary Cozin / Chicago Toy Show

– Aimee Carroll / Edison Nation

– Representative / US Patent and Trademark Office

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Michigan Inventors Coalition – Virtual Summit and Expo to be held September 10th-12th.

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

This year’s Michigan Inventors Coalition Expo will be held virtually on Thursday, September 10th-12th! This virtual summit will help you gain new ideas and help you invent your way out of a pandemic! For more details, click on the link! https://bit.ly/3k8TIMN

About this Event

Please note: This is an online event! Access details will be provided prior to the event date. The program will run on September 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM, September 11th 1 PM to 4 PM, and on September 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. All times are Eastern Standard.

Scheduled speakers include:

– Jake Ward / Patent Attorney – Ward Law Office

– Kedma Ough, MBA / Business Development and Business Funding Expert

– Karen Waksman – Founder of Retail MBA

– Mary Cozin / Chicago Toy Show

– Aimee Carroll / Edison Nation

– Representative / US Patent and Trademark Office

– Karen Smoots / Inventor – Green Glove Dryer

USPTO Nearing 17 Million Utility Patent Applications.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2020

JW Note: Hat tip to fellow patent attorney @RyanAlley on Twitter for noticing this milestone yesterday.

Those in the patent practice know that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) assigns patent applications numbers based on a series code and a serial number. In general, these patent application numbers are assigned chronologically to patent applications as they are filed at the USPTO.

A rough guide and some application serial numbers are shown on the USPTO website here. For utility patent applications, the first series code “1” was assigned in the year 1915. The serial number begins at 000,000 and ends at 999,999. Therefore, the completion of each series involves the filing of one million applications.

It now appears that the USPTO either has, or shortly will be, moving on to the series code “17.” This means that there have now been 17 million utility patent applications filed since 1915. Quite a milestone.