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Informal Drawings is a comic-strip devoted to patent attorneys, examiners, and inventors. New comics are published weekly.

Prints and coffee mugs may be purchased at patentspace.net/informal-drawings.

The Author

Peter Sleman

Peter Sleman is a patent attorney and co-founding partner of Wei & Sleman LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, opinions and due diligence spanning a variety of technologies ranging from mechanical devices to electronic hardware and software. His specialty is medical devices. In addition to working with large medical device manufacturers, Peter has supported many physician entrepreneurs and startups. He is the author of The Physician Inventor: The Doctor's Handbook to Patenting Medical Devices and Methods, available on Amazon. As a creative outlet, Peter publishes Informal Drawings, a comic strip devoted to intellectual property.

For more information, please visit www.patentspace.net/peter-d-sleman.

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  1. Pro Say November 3, 2020 12:08 pm

    “I don’t see why we had to cut R & D.”

    Because others would steal our inventions from us with impunity due to SCOTUS and the CAFC denying us the patent protection our Constitution and Congress guaranteed us.

  2. Anon November 3, 2020 6:07 pm

    For Pro Say’s comment to apply, the cartoon should have been a panel with a second panel showing the square wheel folks knocking over the circle wheel and taking their wagon. Maybe they could have a caption in which they are saying that “circles are just math, right?”

  3. Pro Say November 4, 2020 11:06 am

    True dat Anon.

  4. Paul Cole November 6, 2020 2:07 pm

    It is not a complete solution, but octagonal wheels would probably be of great help to our two friends without risk of infringement. I think dodecagonal wheels would be too close to circular, but octagonal wheels would eliminate a lot of lifting effort and are still clearly polygonal and not circular.

    Unfortunately the round-wheeled barrow falls positively into the “machine” and “manufacture” categories, especially since it has a smooth forward motion eliminating the prior art rise and fall motion associated with polygonal wheels, and making the barrow easier to propel and control. The circular shape avoids the mere mathematical concept objection because the resulting barrow is a superior device, analogously to the molding press in Graham v John Deere.

  5. Progress of Useful aRRRts November 10, 2020 10:57 am

    Merely organizing human behavior.

  6. Anon2 November 20, 2020 9:57 am

    Nah, not math or organizing human behavior. But it IS just a mental process, can be practically performed in the human mind, without integrating into a “practical” application.

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