Merry Christmas: Christmas Patents 2008

By Gene Quinn
December 24, 2008

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.

Christmas tree
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.

Merry Christmas!

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and founder of Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and an attorney with Widerman Malek. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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