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Patents, Copyrights and the Constitution, Perfect Together

James Madison — the fourth President of the United States and the father of the U.S. Constitution — wrote the usefulness of the power granted to Congress in …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 9

The USPTO Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Barbershop Quartet IP Love Song

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is celebrating Valentine's Day with a special world premiere music video featuring a Barbershop Quartet singing the praises of — and …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 1

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
7 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
7 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
7 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
8 months ago 1

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
2 years ago 7

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
2 years ago 8

Christmas Kissing Creativity: Mistletoe Innovations

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at one of more fun holiday traditions — kissing under mistletoe. According to History.com, mistletoe is a …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 0

Happy Thanksgiving from IPWatchdog

Since last Thanksgiving there have been 11 U.S. patents issued with the word "turkey" in the title. What does this tell us, that there isn't a lot …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 5

3-14-15 brings a once in a lifetime Pi Day

The pursuit of pi, the numerical constant which represents the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference, is a subject which has driven mathematicians to …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

Christmases Past: Artificial Christmas Tree Patents 1911 – 1928

What kind of patents relating specifically to artificial Christmas trees exist? Plenty! Here are artificial Christmas tree patents from 1911 to 1928. U.S. Patent No. 1,654,427, issued December 27, 1927, is …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

How Thanksgiving Leftovers Lead to the Invention of LASIK

Sitting at the dinner table with his family on Thanksgiving in 1981, Srinivasan looked at his turkey dinner and a brilliant thought occurred to him: a leftover bone …

Top 10 Iconic (and Patented) Toys

Of course, it wouldn't be a traditional Christmas at IPWatchdog unless we spent some time profiling some cool innovations that relate to the holiday season. So today, …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 7

Thanksgiving Patents: Turkey Frying Safety

At this festive time of year we always profile a handful of turkey patents, because after all what better way is there to celebrate a holiday than …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 3

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