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10 Fun Love Patents for Valentine’s Day

Posted: Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 @ 10:15 am | Written by Stewart Walsh | Comments Off
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Valentine’s Day is again upon us, a day for lovers to express their undying affection for one another by giving gifts of chocolates, flowers, and love coupons. It’s also a day for inventors to strap on their thinking caps and come up with new ways to bring a little more love into the world. For your inspiration, here are 10 fun patents and applications for the lover in all of us. Happy Valentine’s Day!

1. Improved Telegraphy

Alexander Graham Bell’s Improved Telegraphy patent is not particularly romantic, but for the fact that it happened to be filed on Valentine’s Day 1876. With a coincidence, it’s easy to jump into a bit of musing about early love messages sent via Morse code: – .  .- — —

 

2. Love Tester

The early 20th Century’s Men of Science believed that along with the smashing of the atom and the triumph over engine knock (with leaded gasoline), all the universe’s mysteries might one day be solved. Even the Mysteries of Love. This is a design patent for the face of a love tester machine.  Just one penny and you could get reliable data about the “Measure of Your Sex Appeal.”



Valentine’s Day Gifts, with a Patent Twist

Posted: Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 @ 8:30 am | Written by Gene Quinn | 1 Comment »
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. In fact it is only one week away, so if you don’t already have any plans in the works consider this a warning shot across the bow!

There is a lot riding on the proper selection of gift on Valentine’s Day. If you pick a gift like a kitchen gadget, no matter how cool, even if it is a counter-top paper towel holder on wheels or a bagel slicer shaped like a bagel (see Successful Inventions) you should anticipate sleeping on the couch or in the dog house or on the couch in the dog house!

With this in mind we thought we might point to a couple tried and true holiday gifts that are sure to win the heart of your significant other, or at least insure that you don’t wind up with an awful lot of explaining to do.

Of course, upon identifying the proper category of gift we then turn to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to find patent references to help further explore. And who said patents can’t be fun?



Beware of Viruses When Looking for Love Online

Posted: Friday, Feb 13, 2009 @ 11:43 am | Written by Gene Quinn | 1 Comment »
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PC Tools, a leading security software vendor with offices in Sydney, San Francisco, London, Shannon (Ireland), Melbourne, Kiev, and Boulder,  today issued a warning  to caution Internet users that virtual venues for dating, social networking, and adult entertainment all present dangerous digital risks from computer viruses, spyware and phishing, and with Valentine’s Day tomorrow the holiday is likely lead cybercriminals and cyber-vandals to attempt to cause serious damage.  PC Tools is urging the digitally active consumer to use comprehensive behavior-based security protection against love-themed Web 2.0 threats this Valentine’s Day.



Obscure Patent: The Love Box

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 @ 3:10 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | Comments Off
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Love Box
US Patent No. 4,194,629 [ PDF ] [ HTML ]
Issued March 25, 1980

While this patent is perhaps not wacky, I think it certainly qualifies as obscure. And in honor of Valentine’s Day an appropriate addition here.