Posts Tagged: Museum of Obscure Patents


Apple Patents Glove for Use With Electronic Devices

Apple, the company known for such popular devices as the iPad, iPhone and the iPod, has obtained a patent on a glove. Yes, the company known for …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 22

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
10 years ago 1

The Strange Case of the Animal Toy Patent: Reexam Redux

Two months ago I wrote about one of my favorite patents --- The Animal Toy --- which is U.S. Patent No. 6,360,693. See Patent on a Stick: …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 30

Turkey Patents and Presidential Pardons

The pardoning of the Presidential turkey caught my imagination as I was trying to figure out what holiday patents to profile for this Thanksgiving, something I always …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 1

Patent on a Stick: Learning from the Animal Toy Patent

Claim #1, the broadest claim in this patent, says that this “animal toy” has a solid main section, at least one protrusion and is adapted for floating in …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 7

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
11 years ago 7

Obscure Patent: Doll Urn – Issued in 10 months!

Doll Urn United States Patent 7,627,935 Issued December 8, 2009 Filed February 5, 2009 This is straight from the “you have to be kidding me” file, and for more reasons than immediately …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 6

Obscure Patent: Disposable Rainwear

Disposable rainwear US Patent No. 6,658,665 Issued December 9, 2003 I have not been doing as many obscure patents as I once did, but I have been increasingly hearing from …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 6

Obscure Patents: These are SO much better than software

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at a few recently granted patents and see some of the far more important inventions that are …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 32

Happy Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving and Turkey Patents

It is that time of the year for Americans to give thanks for all the many things we have and enjoy — family, friends, country and of course …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 8

Happy Halloween: Halloween Patents

There are issued US patents for virtually ever occasion, and certainly for every holiday.  I like to try and profile holiday patents, which are always interesting if …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 1

Obscure Patents: Chastity Belts for Dogs

Perhaps I am missing something, but I do not see a huge market for animal chastity belts. We have a dog, and we are dog lovers. We …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 8

Obscure Patent: Squirrel Teasing Bird Feeder

Squirrel teasing hanger assembly for a bird feeder [PDF ] [ HTML ] US Patent No. 6,619,229 Issued September 16, 2003 The patent explains that several types of bird feeders have been designed …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 0

Obscure Patent: Scriptured Outdoor Furniture

Scriptured outdoor furniture [ PDF ] [ HTML ] US Patent No. 6,705,334 Issued March 16, 2004 I am almost speechless. This “invention” covers furniture with scripture passages displayed thereon. The broadest claim, however, …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 13

Patent Art: Interesting and Unique Patent Drawings

I will be officially on vacation from Monday July 27, 2009, through Sunday, August 2, 2009, and then Monday, August 3, 2009, is a travel day to get to Chicago for the last …
By Gene Quinn
11 years ago 4