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The Most Iconic (and Patented) Games

Several years ago we profiled the Top 10 Iconic (and Patented) Toys in our Christmas Eve edition. This year we decided to profile the most iconic and patented …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
2 months ago 1

Santa Claus: A Patent History

There is no doubt that Santa Claus contributes greatly to the staggering 2017 predictions for holiday spending... Indeed, after reading all these patents (and the many others I …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 1

Santa Claus Trademark: A Legal Opinion

Dear Mr. Claus: You recently contacted this office to confirm the availability of your proposed "SANTA CLAUS" trademark for use in your business and, if this mark …
By Howard Zaharoff
2 months ago 4

Process for de-boning a turkey

This year on Thanksgiving I find myself recovering from back surgery, so in addition to my annual thank you message to readers — your reading makes this all …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 1

Trademark a Band Name: What’s in a Rock Band’s Name?

While it is possible to copyright the design of a band logo, the band name itself is not copyrightable (see here and here). Band names are protectable …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
6 months ago 0

My Top 25 Songs of All Time

I took Gene’s request to heart and really tried to capture my top 25 songs. To be honest, however, I had a very difficult time narrowing the …
By Russell Slifer
8 months ago 8

Why Gene Simmons Abandoned His ‘Devil Horns’ Trademark Application

Earlier this month, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons filed to trademark the "Devil Horns" hand gesture, but this unusual application was soon after abandoned. The application listed the …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
8 months ago 0

Nintendo trademark, Universal patent applications shed light on future of Super Nintendo World

The trademark application also gives some idea as to how immersive an entertainment experience Nintendo is hoping will be built at its themed areas in Universal parks. …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 0

Emergy Labs Wins LES Foundation’s 2016-2017 International Business Plan Competition Grand Prize

The LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition, now in its 13th year, focuses uniquely on the intellectual property (IP) aspects of business strategy. For the first 11 years, …
By Renee C. Quinn
8 months ago 1

The Story of Phyllis Schlafly’s Devotion to Patents and Inventors

Phyllis Schlafly was a true friend of and advocate for the American inventor. Mrs. Schlafly’s life-long admiration of inventors was deeply felt and well-founded. Her biographer …
By James Edwards & Peter Harter
9 months ago 2

Special Report: The Santa Transport Patent

The solution to this intractable puzzle was provided by Santa in the Patent, which describes a grid of enormous, land-based wind turbines running back and forth between …
By Howard Zaharoff
1 year ago 7

Mark Twain: Celebrated American novelist, inventor and champion of a strong patent system

One of Twain’s more strongly held beliefs was that the people of the United States had a unique drive and propensity for innovation, which made this …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Turkey Patent Review 2016: U.S. Turkey Innovation Plummets

Since our last turkey patent report over Thanksgiving 2015 there have only been 5 U.S. patents issued with the word “turkey” in the title, which suggests a steep …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 8

Disney theme park and resort tech includes interactive projector for hotel rooms

The theme park innovations do not stop at the rides themselves, however. Recently, the Orlando Business Journal picked up on a patent issued to Disney by the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Conversational Commerce: How Technology Raises the Bar for Customer Interaction

Now with smartphones always-on and within reach 24/7, the way businesses need to communicate information to customers is through their mobile devices. And statistics show that the preferred …
By Derek Handova
1 year ago 0