Happy Thanksgiving from IPWatchdog

By Gene Quinn
November 26, 2015

Since last Thanksgiving there have been 11 U.S. patents issued with the word “turkey” in the title. They are:

  1. U.S. Patent No. 9,180,730, titled Turkey mount and process
  2. U.S. Design Patent No. D741,210, titled Combination turkey call
  3. U.S. Patent No. 9,155,422, titled Turkey flipper and method for making and using
  4. U.S. Patent No. 9,131,712, titled Turkey blanket/lifter
  5. U.S. Design Patent No.D737,568, titled Turkey pack
  6. U.S. Design Patent No.D731,229, titled Turkey fryer
  7. U.S. Patent No. 9,016,190, titled Turkey fryer with complete splatter protection
  8. U.S. Patent No. 8,986,987, titled Herpesvirus of turkeys vectored vaccine against avian influenza in poultry
  9. U.S. Patent No. 8,927,270, titled Turkey herpesviruas vectored recombinant containing avian influenza genes
  10. U.S. Patent No 8,925,240, titled Turkey decoy
  11. U.S. Design Patent No. D720,122, titled Hat accessory turkey foot

What does this tell us? That there isn’t a lot of patented innovation in any given year dealing with turkeys. Of course, that really isn’t the point of this article.

For years now I have used this yearly Thanksgiving column to remind readers about the dangers of deep-frying a turkey, as something of a public service announcement I suppose. Several years ago I wrote:

[W]hatever you do, if you are going to deep fry your turkey remember 2 things (at least).  First, make sure the turkey is thawed, you don’t want to put something frozen into a pot of boiling oil!  Second, for goodness sakes don’t fill the turkey fryer to the top with oil and then put in the turkey!  Let Archimedes be your guide.  If you fill the fryer to the top with oil the boiling oil that overflows the cooking vessel will be equal in volume to that of the turkey you just dropped into the cooking vessel!

So if you are going to deep fry your turkey this year be careful, and don’t be a statistic! Every year 900 homes are destroyed as the result of turkey fryer accidents, with 5 deaths and 60 injuries, not to mention $15 million in property damage. See Top 5 states with most turkey fryer accidents.

But the point of this article isn’t just to remind you to let Archimedes by your guide, or to identify a handful of recent patents that deal with turkeys. Rather, the point of the article is to simply say THANKS! Thank you for reading IPWatchdog.com.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

The Author

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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There are currently 5 Comments comments.

  1. Paul Cole November 26, 2015 2:22 am

    Very best holiday wishes to Gene and Renee, and also to the contributors and readers of this blog.

  2. David Stein November 27, 2015 1:37 am

    It’s been a great year! More to come – hopefully with more gravy than turkeys from the courts this year…

  3. EG November 27, 2015 9:16 am

    Hey Gene,

    Hope you and Renee had a most Blessed Thanksgiving. “Frying” turkeys is most definitely NOT in our family’s lexicon or tradition.

  4. Night Writer November 27, 2015 1:56 pm

    Happy Holidays Gene! You do a great job and it is our privilege to read your blog.

  5. Night Writer November 27, 2015 1:57 pm

    Maybe Steve could do an article on the IP of the Duck Dynasty.