Merry Christmas: Christmas Patents 2008
|Written by Gene Quinn
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Posted: Dec 24, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
There were 21 US patents issued with the word “Christmas” in the title during 2008, with 7 being utility patents and 14 being design patents. Without further ado, here are some of the better Christmas patents for 2008, and a few that just kinda made me scratch my head.
Design Patent No. 578,034
Issued October 7, 2008
Modified Christmas tree
US Design Patent No. 571,251
Issued June 17, 2008
Water ease for Christmas trees
US Patent No. 7,367,157
Issued May 6, 2008
Christmas tree ornament hazard detector
US Patent No. 7,443,307
Issued October 28, 2008
While some of the inventions definitely seem to be related to Christmas, others are not so clearly relevant. For example, US design patent D562,725 for Cactus Christmas tree, which issued on February 26, 2008, looks nothing like a Christmas tree to me. Similarly, US design patent D565,294 for a Christmas tree container, which issued on April 1, 2008, looks like a storage unit that could be used for anything really, althought he bottom is wider than the top. And US design patent D576,070 for a Christmas icicle light, which issued on September 2, 2008, seems interesting I have to wonder whether the use of the word “Christmas” in the title was more of a marketing ploy.
About the Author
|Eugene R. Quinn, Jr.
President & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
US Patent Attorney (Reg. No. 44,294)
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
L.L.M. in Intellectual Property, Franklin Pierce Law Center
About the Author
Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney, law professor and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had many millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, CNN Money, NPR and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.