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They Invented What? (No. 22)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 24, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,125,480:  Vehicle mounted toilet seat.

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What is claimed is:

1. A frame for supporting a toilet seat, comprising a horizontal extension member having a first end and a second end,
a horizontal back rail connected to the extension member second end, the back rail having a first and second end, the back rail connected to the extension member at a point between the back rail’s first and second end,
the back rail having mounting apertures,
said mounting apertures being approximately five and one half inches part,
a left arm extending from the back rail first end,
a right arm extending from the back rail second end,
the extension member is a 2 inch square tube,
the back rail is a 1.5 inch square tube,
the extension member second end having a 1.5 inch notch, and
the back rail seated in the notch.

2. The frame according…

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They Invented What? (No. 20)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 12, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 3,150,641:  Dust cover for dog.

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Having described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

          1. A pliable plastic cover of the character described, comprising a body portion, terminating at one end in a hood-like portion arranged to cover a substantial portion of the head of an a[n]imal, said hood portion having an opening therein, bound with an elastic element, the opposite end of said body porition having an extension for receiving the tail of an animal, reinforced leg poritions depending from said body portion, a longitudinal opening in said body portion, a slide fastener for closing said longitundinal openeing, and a plurality of vent elements arranged in spaced relation in said body portion and said leg portions.

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Marion Area Business Plan Competition hosted by The Forge.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 11, 2017

We had the honor of being a judge for the Marion Area Business Plan Competition hosted by The Forge Business Accelerator yesterday evening.  This was an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas to the community and to win a grand prize of $2,500 for the best business idea.  There were a total of seven pitches given throughout the evening.  Congratulations to the winner, Cindy Binns, with the winning business plan for the Children’s Museum of Marion!

Ashland University – Dauch College of Business Presentation – August 8, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 8, 2017

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We had the pleasure of speaking at the Ashland University – Dauch College of Business and Economics this morning in Ashland, Ohio.  Lots of great questions from the attendees about intellectual property law.  Thanks again to Ashland University, and also the Braintree Business Incubator, for the invitation to speak. Look forward to visiting again in the future!

Presenting at Ashland University on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – August 8, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 7, 2017

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PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Braintree Business Development Center is sponsoring a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The seminar will be held at Ashland University, Dauch College of Business and Economics, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office 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…

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Tolloty Technology Incubator Presentation – August 3, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 4, 2017

We had the pleasure of speaking at the Tolloty Technology Incubator at Kent State University at Tuscarawas yesterday morning in New Philadelphia, Ohio.  A good group of entrepreneurs was in attendance, and asked some excellent questions about patents and trademarks!  Thanks again to the SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, and also the Braintree Business Incubator, for the invitation to speak. Look forward to visiting again in the future!

Presenting at Tolloty Technology Incubator on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – August 3, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 1, 2017

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PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Small Business Development Center at Kent State Tuscarawas will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks and copyrights on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The seminar will be held at the Tolloty Technology Incubator, 1776 Tech Park Drive NE, New Philadelphia OH 44663.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office LLC, will present the seminar.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.

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They Invented What? (No. 19)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 27, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,356,330:  Apparatus for simulating a “high five.”

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Background:

During a televised sporting event, a “high five” is commonly shared between fans to express the joy and excitement of a touchdown, home run, game-winning basket, birdie or other positive occurrence. Unfortunately, as known in the art, a “high five” requires the mutual hand slapping of two participants, wherein a first participant slaps an upraised hand against the elevated hand of a second participant. As such, a solitary fan is unable to perform a “high five” to express excitement during a televised sporting event.

Claims:

1. An apparatus for simulating a “high five” comprising:

     a first, movable arm portion for simulating a forearm, said first arm portion having a simulated hand secured thereto;

     a second, immovable arm portion for simulating an upper arm;

     a mounting arrangement for mounting said second arm portion to a…

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