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No Parking

Posted by innovativeip on July 29, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 2,844,954, issued July 29, 1958 to Frank Marugg of Denver, Colorado, and entitled “Wheel Clamp”.  Today, the device is commonly known as “The Boot”, a versatile term that also sometimes performs as a verb, “I got booted”.

Today's Patent of the Day

While I can unfortunately admit to having been victim of a parking violation tow once in downtown Indianapolis (where I now know that some legal streetside parking places become illegal promptly at 4:00pm), I’m pleased to say I’ve not ever been “booted”.  Apparently, use of the device began in Denver in January, 1955, and it is reported that $18,000 in parking fines was collected during the first month.  No wonder the boot is still in use.

If you’d like to read more, you can download the patent at http://www.innovativeip.us/ofinterest.html, along with all of the other “Patent of the Day” patents.  Enjoy!

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