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They Invented What? (No. 76)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 5, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,707,114:  Vehicle wheel.

JW Note:  The spoked wheel . . . application filed in 1995.  Many thanks again to Michael Barclay for the submissions.

  wheel

What is claimed is:

1. A spoked wheel comprising:

an annular rim having an inner diameter;
a central hub;
a plurality of spokes running between the rim and hub, with each spoke having width to thickness ratio of at least 2:1, wherein said spokes have spoke portions including inside spoke portions in fixed relationship to the hub and outside spoke portions in fixed relationship to the rim, and wherein said spokes extend radially outwardly between the hub and rim;
an encircling member affixed to at least one of the inside and outside spoke portions and included with at least one of the annular rim and the central hub, said encircling member defining a hollow annulus;
a fastener for affixing said spokes…

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They Invented What? (No. 75)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,213,778:  Painting kit and related method.

  rearpaint

What is claimed is:

1. A method of painting using the posterior of an infant, said method comprising the acts of:

providing a background media;
providing a paint supply;
dipping the posterior of the infant in said paint supply; and
stamping the posterior on said background media to create stamping prints.

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They Invented What? (No. 74)

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

JW Note: Happy Thanksgiving 2018 from Anticipate This!

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,134,971:  Live fowl conveyor.

JW Note:  Happy Thanksgiving 2007 from Anticipate This!

  turkeyconveyor

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for conveying live fowl to be inoculated, inseminated, debeaked, or to have another operation performed on them, comprising:

(a) a base;
(b) a pair of spindles, one spindle mounted at each of opposite ends of said base;
(c) a generally horizontally-disposed, moving conveyor surface supported by said base and defined by an endless web encircling said spindles, said conveyor surface for receiving thereon fowl which are to have an operation performed on them; and
(d) means for holding a bird in a defined position on said conveyor service, said holding means including:
(i) a first elongated member, disposed generally parallel to said conveyor surface, spaced upward a desired distance from a lateral edge of said conveyor surface;
(ii) a second elongated member, disposed generally parallel to said first…

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90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s First Appearance on Steamboat Willie.

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

Via the USPTO today – Today marks the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s first appearance on Steamboat Willie.

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They Invented What? (No. 73)

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

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,571,201:  Toy gun convertible into robotic-humanoid form.

 toyrobogun

What is claimed is:

1. A combination toy gun and robotic-humanoid assembly that can be reconfigured from a gun configuration to a robot configuration at the option of the user comprising:

          a handle member;
          a cylinder assembly;
          a gun barrel member attached to the cylinder assembly;
          a trigger assembly positioned adjacent the handle member and beneath the cylinder assembly, the handle member, cylinder assembly, gun barrel member and trigger assembly being connected together for simulating the configuration of a gun in a first position, and
          a robot head member movably connected to the trigger assembly, the handle member being configured to simulate the robotic legs of a humanoid robot when moved to a second position, a portion of the cylinder assembly being movable relative to the handle member and configured to simulate the…

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They Invented What? (No. 72)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 9, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 1,142,326:  Combined scarecrow and advertising device.

 scarecrow

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

1.  A scare crow comprising a horizontal bar pivoted upon an upright axis, a vane thereon whereby the bar will be turned around its pivot by the wind, and a garment hanger carried by said bar.

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County in Mount Vernon, OH on November 8, 2018.

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

Thursday, November 8, 2018 — 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County – 201 N. Mulberry St, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Understanding intellectual property (IP) as a business tool is important for both established companies and entrepreneurs. Every established business has IP, in one form or another. IP also has value for entrepreneurs and start-ups, as a way to secure funding and grow new businesses. Licensing of IP can also be an effective way of monetizing new ideas and inventions.

In this seminar, Registered Patent Attorney Jake Ward will provide an overview of IP law, and explain the differences between patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He will be available to answer your questions about these important topics. The service is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the library at 740-392-2665 ext. 243 or communityrelations@knox.net

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, OH on November 7, 2018.

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

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 — 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Marysville Public Library – 231 S Plum St, Marysville, Ohio 43040

Understanding intellectual property (IP) as a business tool is important for both established companies and entrepreneurs. Every established business has IP, in one form or another. IP also has value for entrepreneurs and start-ups, as a way to secure funding and grow new businesses. Licensing of IP can also be an effective way of monetizing new ideas and inventions.

In this seminar, Registered Patent Attorney Jake Ward will provide an overview of IP law, and explain the differences between patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He will be available to answer your questions about these important topics. The service is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the library at (937) 642-1876 or ask@marysvillelib.org.