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TODAY: US INVENTORS TO HOST INNOVATION LEGISLATION PANEL ON CAPITOL HILL

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 18, 2018

(WASHINGTON, DC) – US Inventor, a national organization of thousands of American inventors, joins Inventor’s Project and Inventors Group of America in DC this week for Innovation Legislation, where inventors will meet with members of Congress for a panel discussion about three pro-patent bills. FIFTY inventor leaders from 26 states will be in attendance.

On Tuesday, Andrei Iancu, the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) surprised presidents of inventors clubs from across the country during their conference at the USPTO. His most remarkable message to inventors was to share their stories to inspire others as they have a critical role to play in innovation.

US Inventor fellow Josh Malone is hopeful Iancu’s message will spread positivity in the world of innovation. As the inventor of the most popular summer toy in America, “Bunch o Balloons,” Malone has fought for years to enforce his patents against a rank infringer – often fighting the previous leadership of the patent office.

“I look forward to Director Iancu’s efforts to create a more pro-innovation dialogue and increasing the reliability of the patent grant,” Malone said. “Wednesday’s panel is our way of sharing our stories and promoting pro-inventor bills.”

Washington bureau reporters who wish to interview a visiting inventor from a regional media market or to speak with US Inventor leadership, please contact Shannon Polvino at (716) 597-5188. Learn more about US Inventor at www.USInventor.org.

INNOVATION LEGISLATION: A Discussion of Three Pro-Inventor Bills April 18, 2018, 4-7PM 2247 Rayburn House Office Building

IGA National Conference – April 17-19, 2018

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 16, 2018

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Innovation is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Who drives innovation? Individuals.

This April, the recently formed not-for-profit Inventors Groups of America (IGA) will host two-dozen grassroots leaders for its inaugural three-day conference. At the United States Patent & Trademark Office, on Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the IGA will advocate for the interests of independent inventors and small business owners in regards to intellectual property.

Ward Law Office is a proud sponsor of IGA, and believes that independent inventors and small businesses alike will benefit by strengthening the U.S. patent system.

For more information about IGA, or to find an inventors group near you, visit the IGA website here.

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They Invented What? (No. 43)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 1,781,541:  Refrigeration.

JW Note:  A type of refrigerator co-invented in 1926 by Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd.  Enjoy.

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They Invented What? (No. 42)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 6, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,545,069:  Illuminable toys and simulations with replaceable illuminable edibles.

  easter egg

What is claimed is:

1. An illuminable toy comprising:

(a) at least one light source;

(b) at least one battery, said battery being electrically connected to said at least one light source;

(c) a switch, said switch being electrically connected to said at least one light source and said at least one battery, said switch providing an on/off adjustment for energizing and de-energizing said at least one light source with said at least one battery;

(d) a base, said base containing said at least one light source and said at least one battery and said switch, said base having at least one light permeating portion for allowing passage of light emitted from said at least one light source, said switch being adjustable from an exterior of said base;

(e) at least one holder, said at least…

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IGA National Conference – April 17-19, 2018

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 28, 2018

IGA Logo

Innovation is the backbone of the U.S. economy. Who drives innovation? Individuals.

This April, the recently formed not-for-profit Inventors Groups of America (IGA) will host two-dozen grassroots leaders for its inaugural three-day conference. At the United States Patent & Trademark Office, on Capitol Hill, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the IGA will advocate for the interests of independent inventors and small business owners in regards to intellectual property.

Ward Law Office is a proud sponsor of IGA, and believes that independent inventors and small businesses alike will benefit by strengthening the U.S. patent system.

For more information about IGA, or to find an inventors group near you, visit the IGA website here.

They Invented What? (No. 41)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 27, 2018

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U.S. Pat. App. Pub. No. 2007/0035812:  Godly powers.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Prof. Jeff Opperman for bringing this one to our attention.  Also, as a note to the less patent-savvy among us, this piece of work is merely a published application and not an issued patent.  Enjoy.

Abstract:

Christopher Anthony Roller is a godly entity. “Granters” had been given my powers (acquired my powers) (via God probably). These “granters” have been receiving financial gain from godly powers. These “granters” may be using their powers without morals. Chris Roller wants exclusive right to the ethical use and financial gain in the use of godly powers on planet Earth. The design of godly-products have no constraints, just like any other invention, but the ethnic consideration of it’s use will likely be based on a majority vote of a group, similar to law creation. The commission I require could range from 0-100% of product price…

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They Invented What? (No. 40)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 21, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,873,928: Nuclear-sized explosions without radiation.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Dr. Bill Ziehler for bringing this one to our attention!

  fakenuke

What is claimed is:

1. A method for producing a violent and destructive explosion having high shock energies comprising:

partially filling an expendible structure with an initial mixture of combustible gas and an oxidizer gas in concentrations rich in said combustible gas so that said initial mixture is incapabale of burning or exploding;

mixing additional oxidizer gas into said initial mixture after said initial mixture is in place and contained within said structure to thereby create an explosive mixture within said structure; and

detonating said explosive mixture to produce said explosion and thereby destroying said expendible structure.

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They Invented What? (No. 39)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 14, 2018

U.S. Pat. No.6,702,582:  Device and method for solving circles.

JW Note:  In honor of Pi Day.  We hope you celebrated on time (3/14 at 1:59 PM . . . Einstein’s Birthday).

 piday

What is claimed is:

1. A device for visually demonstrating a characteristic of a circle, comprising: a cylindrical container having a body and a lid fitted thereon with at least three projections, a first projection located at a point on a circumference of a circle defined by an upper surface of said lid, a second projection in a center of said circle, and a third projection on the circumference of said circle opposite said first projection and in linear alignment with said first and second projections across a diameter of said upper surface; and a string attached at one end to said lid adjacent said first projection and having a length at least equal to the circumference of said lid.
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