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January 31, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 31, 1950, Lawrence Welk (ask your grandparents) received U.S. Patent No. D157,110, on a Lunch Box. Check out the accordion pleats...more

January 30, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 30, 1962, Les Paul was awarded U.S. Patent No. 3,018,680 on an Electrical Musical Instrument (the solid body electric guitar)...more

January 29, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 29, 1974, Roger Easton was awarded U.S. Patent No. 3,789,409 on a Navigation System Using Satellites and Passive Ranging Techniques (GPS)....more

January 28, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 28, 1873, Louis Pasteur was awarded U.S. Patent No. 135,245 on Brewing Beer and Ale....more

January 27, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison was awarded U.S. Patent No. 223,898 on an Electric Lamp, the first practical incandescent lamp....more

Five IP Pitfalls That Start-Up (and Grown-Up) Companies Can Easily Avoid

In business, there are numerous opportunities for pitfalls, mistakes and errors and they come up in all different legal areas – from basic formation issues to labor and employment to intellectual property. Mistakes and...more

January 26, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 26, 1965, Noah McVicker and Joseph McVicker received U.S. Patent No. 3,167,440 on Plastic Modeling Composition of a Soft, Pliable Working Consistency, know to millions of children as Play-Doh. The product was...more

January 25, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 25, 1870, G.D. Dows received U.S. Patent No. 99,170 on a Soda Fountain, to the delight of jerks (soda jerks, that is) everywhere...more

January 24, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 24, 1922, U.S. Patent No. 1,404,539 issued to Christian K. Nelson on a “Confection” that was marketed as the Eskimo Pie....more

January 23, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 23, 1849, the first U.S. patent for an envelope-making machine (U.S. Patent No. 6055) was issued to Jesse K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson....more

January 22, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 22, 1907, Thomas A. Edison received U.S. Patent No. 841677 on an Apparatus for Grinding and Separating Fine Materials....more

January 21, 2016 - Patent of the Day

Recognizing the snow storms across the country this week, the patent of the day is U.S. Patent No. 5,595,343, issued to George Marhelko on January 21, 1997 in a snow coloring device...more

January 19, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 19, 1905, U.S. Patent 1,125,476, issued to Georges Claude on a System of Illuminating by Luminescent Tubes....more

January 16, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 16, 1900, Theophilus Van Kannel received U.S. Patent No. 641,563 on the revolving door...more

January 18, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 18, 1977, actress Julie Newmar received U.S. Patent No. 4,003,094 on Pantyhose with Shaping Band for Cheeky Derrier Relief....more

January 17, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 17, 1899, U.S. Patent No. 617,778. issued to Charles D. Seeberger on an escalator....more

January 15, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 15, 1861, Elisha Graves Otis received U.S. Patent No. 31,128 on a Hoisting Apparatus (an elevator, to non patent attorneys)....more

January 14, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 14, 1964, U.S. Patent No. 3,118,022, issued to Gerhard Sessler and James West on the electret microphone....more

January 13, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 13, 1943, Henry Ford was granted U.S. Patent Nos. 2,269,451 and 2,269,452 on the construction of a plastic automobile....more

January 12, 2016

On January 12, 1960, Arnold Junker, was issued U.S. Patent No. 2,920,841 on a Helicopter with Body Attaching Means....more

January 11, 2016

On January 11, 1994, Elaine Rossignol and Michael Kominsky obtained U.S. Patent No. 5,277,148 on the Wearable Pet Enclosure. This was significant because it allowed crazy cat people to become mobile....more

January 10, 2016

On January 10, 1843, Charles T. Sage obtained U.S. Patent No. 2,906 on a syringe, much to the chagrin of enetophobics everywhere. Sage used the syringe to cure hernias, which is even scarier....more

January 9, 2016

On January 9, 1979, U.S. Patent No. 4,133,315 issued to Edward J. Berman and George A. Rowe for a Method and Apparatus for Reducing Obesity. Ed and George inflate a bag in your stomach to make you feel full. There has to be...more

January 8, 2016

On January 8, 1889, Herman Hollerith was issued U.S. Patent Nos. 395,781, 395,782, and 395,783, on the art of compiling statistics. Hollerith’s cards were first used in in processing the 1890 Census. He later founded The...more

USPTO Left Hand Doesn’t Know What the Right is Doing: An Unexpected Consequence of Recording Combined Declaration/Assignments

The America Invents Act (AIA) introduced several changes to inventor oath/declaration practice that took effect in 2012. One such change is the ability to incorporate an inventor’s required declaration statements into an...more

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