Posts Tagged: obscure patent

The Hamdog is only one of many unusual U.S. patents covering bizarre foods

There are few foods which are more iconically American than hot dogs and hamburgers. The idea to mix the two together, however, comes from an Australian innovator …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0

Near Miss Patents: Looking back at almost milestone innovations

People tend to focus on these nice, round numbers when looking at significant points in history. Here, however, we want to have a little fun with numbers …
By Steve Brachmann
7 years ago 0

Beware Infringing the Beer Dispensing Patent!

I find this patent so exasperating because the patented method essentially breaks down to nothing more than chilling a container to at least -5° C and then …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 25

Cooler Innovations

It is still extraordinarily hot throughout most of the United States today. Some relief is on the horizon for tomorrow, at least for the greater Washington, DC …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 6

Cool Wearable Innovations to Help You Beat the Summer Heat

It is fair to say that the eastern half of the United States is experiencing prolonged heat like few can ever remember. With that in mind I …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 4

Old Patents That Could Have Set the World Aflame!

When it comes to patentability, safety is not necessarily a major factor in the equation. The Patent Office only cares if an invention is sufficiently inventive. Whether …
By Stewart Walsh
9 years ago 3

Obscure Patent: Combined Cigar Lighter and Perfume Ejector

Just in time for Mothers Day, finally a gift suitable for both Mothers Day and Fathers Day. In keeping with the age-old tradition of inventing by juxtaposition, …
By Stewart Walsh
10 years ago 3

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
11 years ago 22

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
11 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
11 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
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
12 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
12 years ago 6

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
12 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
12 years ago 0