U.S. Patent No. 7,908,676: Shacket™
JW Note: Thanks to Mr. Andrew Custer for bringing this one to our attention. Interesting for use of the (TM) symbol in the title of the patent.
What is claimed is:
1. A sheltering device comprised of: a free standing skeletal structure comprised of two sets of flexible poles; a plurality of pole pockets adapted to receive and secure the ends of said flexible poles in an arced position; a dome structure having a fitted jacket component comprised of at least one separately assembled front panel, at least one separately assembled back panel, at least two separately assembled sleeved side panels; and a false hem for concealing at least one dome wall extension component; wherein said at least one separately assembled front panel, at least one separately assembled back panel and at least two separately assembled side panels are selectively attached by at least one closure device concealed by a zipper concealing panel; at least one dome wall inserts consisting of material fabric used for forming the walls of said dome sheltering device and adding additional surface area; a dome wall extension component comprised of material fabric adapted to form walls of said sheltering device; a dome structure frame comprised of a plurality of lightweight, selectively attachable pole components which are configured to form at least two flexible dome-support poles; at least four pole pockets for securing the ends of said at least two flexible dome-support poles so that said at least two flexible dome-support poles arc to support a dome-shaped structure; and at least two channel pockets for securing said at least two arced flexible dome-support poles; at least one back-centered pole pouch for storing said plurality of lightweight, selectively attachable pole components along the plane of a wearer’s back; at least one visibility component of a material selected from the group consisting of plastic, mesh, any material adapted to allow light into said dome sheltering device and combinations thereof; and at least two sleeve sealing components for sealing the sleeves when said fitted jacket component is used as said dome sheltering device.
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.
JW Note: Very interesting documentary video on Youtube relating to the importance of a strong patent system. Hat tip to the PatentlyO blog.
From the USPTO Director’s Forum Blog on Monday, December 15, 2014:
Following the valuable feedback that we received from the public through written comments and multiple public meetings over the last several months, we are issuing new examination guidance on subject matter eligibility under § 101 in view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Alice Corp., Myriad, and Mayo. You can find the guidance in a Federal Register notice officially published on December 16, 2014, entitled “2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility.” Claim examples have been developed to illustrate the analysis set forth in the guidance. A set of examples relating to nature-based products are posted on the USPTO website and a set of examples relating to abstract ideas will be released shortly. This guidance is the latest –but not necessarily the last –iteration of our ongoing implementation of these Supreme Court decisions….
First, the guidance explains the USPTO’s interpretation of subject matter eligibility requirements in view of the Alice Corp., Myriad, and Mayo Supreme Court decisions and sets forth an integrated approach for patent examiners in making determinations regarding subject matter eligibility. This guidance incorporates principles emphasized in Alice Corp. and provides more details than our initial examination instructions issued immediately after the Alice Corp. decision.
Second, the guidance reflects a significant change from the examination guidance previously issued in response to Myriad and Mayo. The changes were triggered by the feedback we solicited and received from the public, as well as refinements necessitated by the Alice Corp. decision.