It is that time of the year for Americans to give thanks for all the many things we have and enjoy — family, friends, country and of course patents! Here is hoping that everyone has a restful, peaceful and very Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Embossed Insert for Baking Pan
US Design Patent No. D527,217
Issued August 29, 2006
Turkey Fryer Wind Barrier
US Design Patent No. D585,234
Issued January 27, 2009
By way of public service announcement, if you plan on using a turkey fryer (with or without above wind barrier) be sure to remember that deep frying a frozen turkey can be a disaster! While some say that deep frying a frozen turkey will cause it to explode (see Deep Fried Turkey Safety from the City of Vancouver, WA), even if it doesn’t explode you are guaranteed to have a mess on your hands. There is a lot of truth to oil and water not mixing, particularly when you are talking about hot oil! Also be sure you do not fill the oil up to the top of the fryer and then put the turkey into the oil. While this is self evident to many, every year there are some who fail to comprehend displacement. The result is hot oil overflowing the fryer. Talk about a mess, burning yourself and setting fire to your porch is no way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
US Design Patent No. D581,208
Issued November 25, 2008
Hunting Decoy Device
US Patent No. 7,231,737
Issued June 18, 2007
According to the patent this invention “relates generally to gaming and observation of animals.” What a sanitary way to say it relates to hunting. I guess you are observing the turkey right before you shoot it, so no harm, no fowl! Alright, that was a pathetic patent attorney attempt at humor. In any event, the invention is a device that mimics the movement of tail feather of a live turkey. The invention is really the tail feathers, and the above image, Fig. 5 from the patent, shows how the decoy will appear when a turkey body is positioned in front of the feather array.
Last, but not least, here is the Thanksgiving Patent from last year – Holiday Patent: Process for Deboning a Turkey.
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Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and the founder of the popular blog IPWatchdog.com, which has for three of the last four years (i.e., 2010, 2012 and 2103) been recognized as the top intellectual property blog by the American Bar Association. He is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.