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They Invented What? (No. 62)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 30, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,629,793:  Emoticon keyboard.

JW Note:  :-) . . . I guess I’m old-fashioned.

 smileyboard

What is claimed is:

1. A keyboard system for interfacing with an information processing system, comprising:

a keyboard including keys representing emoticons;
a keyboard processor in the keyboard, wherein the keyboard processor produces an enhanced scan code when a key representing an emoticon is pressed in the keyboard:
a keyboard driver on a computer system for interfacing with the keyboard, wherein the keyboard driver receives the enhanced scan code and determines at least one character that corresponds to the enhanced scan code; and
an application on the computer system for interfacing with the keyboard driver, therein the application receives the at least one character determined by the keyboard driver and displays an image corresponding to the at least one character.

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at Tiffin-Seneca Chamber of Commerce on September 13, 2018.

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

Tiffin-Seneca IP Seminar

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with SIEDC, will host a free seminar called “Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs.” The special event will take place Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm in the Chamber Building at 19 W. Market Street, Suite B, Tiffin, Ohio 44883.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney from Ward Law Office of Tiffin, will present the course. He will explain the basics of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and how businesses and entrepreneurs can use these business tools to their advantage.

Entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend. This seminar is free and open to the public. Please register by calling Ward Law Office at 419-408-5500 or by emailing info@wardpatent.com.

 

They Invented What? (No. 61)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 22, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,233,866:  Plant attachment device for killing obnoxious plants.

 plantkiller

What is claimed is:

1. A plant attachment device for chemically killing an individual plant comprising:

a herbicide carrier, said herbicide carrier including a housing having a chamber therein for encompassing a portion of a cut stem of a deeply rooted cut plant, said herbicide carrier having a first closed end and a second end;
a herbicide for killing a plant, said herbicide located in said chamber, said herbicide maintainable in said chamber;
a plant engagement member, said plant engagement member engaging the cut stem of the deeply rooted cut plant to maintain the herbicide carrier in position thereon to enable the herbicide to penetrate and kill the cut plant.

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They Invented What? (No. 60)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 15, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,142,424:  Gun holder for bicycles.

 bike gun

What is claimed as new is as follows:

A gun holder for attachment to a bicycle, comprising an integral sheet of material folded in half about its longitudinal axis so as to form an aperture tapered in cross-section from its widest portion adjacent the fold to its narrowest portion adjacent the meeting edges thereof so as to snugly receive a gun, means securing the meeting edges together, second means closing on end of the gun holder adjacent the meeting edge near the closed end, and an elongated tying means having extending ends and a center section thereof secured to the sheet of material by insertion through aligned holes in one of the sides of said sheet forming the tapered aperture, said gun holder being positionable on the rear wheel of a bicycle with the axle of the wheel extending through the aligned…

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They Invented What? (No. 59)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 8, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,859,682:  Pet robot charging system. 

robopet 

What is claimed is:

1. A pet robot charging system comprising a pet robot and a charging apparatus,

said pet robot comprising:
an image-capturing section for capturing an image of an object;
an image-capturing control section for controlling image-capturing by said image-capturing section in response to a predetermined image-capturing instruction;
a storage section for storing image data obtained by image-capturing by said image-capturing section;
a moving portion for autonomously traveling in a work space,
a battery as a power source;
a communication section for transmitting said image data, and for receiving charging position information representing a position to charge said battery, and a reception completion signal for transmission of said image data;
a setting section for setting an erasure confirmation state in order to input confirmation for erasure of the image data corresponding to the reception completion signal from the…

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USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on Priorities, Patent System Challenges.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 3, 2018

They Invented What? (No. 58)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 1, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,713,081:  Pantyhose garment with spare leg portion.

  pantyhose

Background:

Millions of women risk embarrassment daily by having to wear pantyhose that have developed runs and other damage to the leg portions thereof to important business and social engagements. Although many women carry a spare pair of pantyhose in a briefcase, purse or car, the spare pantyhose often do not match the outfit being worn. It would be a benefit, therefore, to have a pair of pantyhose that included a spare leg portion that could be quickly and easily switched with the damaged leg portion. It would be a further benefit, if the spare leg portion could be discreetly stored under the wearer’s clothing when not needed. 

Claims: 

1. A pantyhose garment with spare leg portion comprising:

          a panty member having three absorbent crotch members, each absorbent crotch member having a pocket formed therein; and 

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at Ashland University on August 2, 2018.

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

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Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs

With Registered U.S. Patent Attorney Jacob M. Ward

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Ashland University, COBE Building

Sponsored by: Grow Ashland Economic Development Office

Free and open to the public

Register by email to mlacy@sbdc6.com

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