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Are You Smarter Than a Dolphin?

Posted by innovativeip on August 17, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. design patent no. D494,652, issued August 17, 2004 for a “Dolphin Fin Swimming Accessory.”

Today's Patent of the Day

 At first glance, I had two thoughts.  (1) Cute enough that a child could potentially appreciate it; and (2) Wearing it while swimming in the water at a public beach would probably not be a good idea (adverse crowd reaction/panic).  But, upon looking more closely, I noticed that the inventor states that the device is ” intended to be worn while swimming with dolphins in the wild, to assist the swimmer in imitating the underwater maneuvers of the dolphins.”  I’m no dolphin specialist, but I don’t think the dolphins are going to be fooled. 

If you’d like to consider the patent more closely and see what you think, you can find the patent at http://www.innovativeip.us/images/patd494652.8.17.pdf.  Enjoy!

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