Posts Tagged: holiday


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
4 months ago 1

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
5 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
1 year 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
1 year ago 8

USPTO Director Lee sued for declaring federal holiday, allowing IPR filing after statutory deadline

It was only going to be a matter of time before Director Lee declaring a federal holiday without any statutory authority came back to haunt the USPTO. …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 21

The USPTO Director can legally extend filing deadlines for emergencies

In retrospect, the proper thing for Director Lee to have done would have been to declare an emergency under the powers vested in her by 35 USC 21(a). …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 15

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
2 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
2 years ago 5

Amazon hiring 100,000 seasonal workers, reflects role of e-commerce in holiday retail

Retailers always top the list of seasonal and holiday hiring sprees but one of the largest employer of seasonal workers the past few years doesn’t own …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

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
3 years ago 2

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
4 years ago 7

Christmases Past: Lighting Decoration Patents 1927 – 1938

Frequent readers of IPWatchdog know that we look for any excuse to talk about patents and holidays provide an opportunity to discus thematically relevant patents for interesting …
By Angel Krippner & Gene Quinn
5 years ago 1

Christmases Past: Sleigh Patents of the 1880s & 1890s

My review of the state-of-the-art sleigh technologies shows that during the early 1880s more comfortable sleigh rides were on the minds of many an inventor, and by …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 2

Merry Christmas: Christmas Tree Patents

This year I asked Glen Kotapish of Planet Patent if he could provide me some examples of interesting or bizarre US patents that somehow relate to "Christmas …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 1

Merry Christmas: Christmas and Santa Patents 2009

The device is explained to be a structural improvement of toy Christmas tree. The lower part of the foundation unit has a motor with intermittent off-and-on rotation …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 7