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This Inventor’s Full of It

Posted by innovativeip on February 5, 2011

Today’s Patent of the Day, a Manure Loader, was invented by Charles D. Ricketts of Vernon, Kansas, about 100 years ago. 

U.S. Patent 938401, Issued February 7, 1911

If you read the description, the device first impales the manure, and then an ejection bar pushes the manure from the tines.  I’m not sure what alternatives were in use at the time, but I’m picturing a pitch fork and some back breaking and all around disgusting work.  Mr. Ricketts, your hands off approach was likely a great improvement.  

Although I’ve never before considered the topic, apparently manure remains big business.  If you’d like to know more crap about it, check out www.manuremanager.com.  Seriously, an online and print magazine that is totally full of it.

If you’d like to read the entire Patent of the Day, click over to  http://www.innovativeip.us/ofinterest.html, and you’ll find it, along with previous posts.  Enjoy!

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Another Century-Old Invention Still In Use…

Posted by innovativeip on January 28, 2011

I love old patents, and I especially love “antique” inventions that remain relevant.  One has to wonder what portion of today’s innovations will remain in use 100 years from now?

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent 982,593, issued January 24, 1911, to J.G. Griesinger for a “Loose Leaf Binder”. 

Issued January 24, 1911

This is not today’s discount store school supply three-ring binder, but is a sturdy spring post binder still common to professionals, such as for organization of real estate or other legal documents, or for sample books, such as for invitations.  The binders allow for page removal and replacement, yet deliver a “bound” experience during routine page perusal.  A simple, yet effective design.  Timeless qualities.

If you’d like to read the patent text, it is posted at http://www.innovativeip.us/ofinterest.html, along with previous “Patents of the Day”.  Enjoy!

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One to many horror movies?

Posted by innovativeip on January 20, 2011

Today’s Patent of the Day is a doll, invented 100 years ago.  A fully articulated, come-alive-when-you-are-sleeping doll, if you ask me. 

Yes, I probably have seen more than my share of horror movies.  But, after you take a look at this patent, number 980,096, issued January 17, 1911  (the entire patent may be found at www.innovative-ip.net)

Jointed Schoenhut Doll Patent

take a look at the actual doll that was the subject of this patent, offered for sale online, and tell me you can’t just hear her eyes clicking open in the dark as she turns her head ever so slowly…  http://www.rubylane.com/item/301281-0807SG241/Doll-Schoenhut-11-Wood-Wooden.  I love old patents.  The subject matter is so diverse.  It never ceases to interest me.  I hope you, too, Enjoy!

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I have tried to use a screwdriver as an opener…

Posted by innovativeip on January 14, 2011

It is true.  I have tried to use a screwdriver both as a can opener and as a bottle opener, each time during that crazy first day or two after a move when you can’t find anything.  Although I don’t recall great success, I do remember successfully using a Phillips head to punch a hole in a soup can.  Necessity may just really be the mother of invention.

Actually, without knowing it, in reaching for a screwdriver, I was apparently regressing 100+ years.  Yes, today’s Patent of the Day is entitled “Screwdriver” but it sure seems to be a can opener to me.  What’s more, the simple design remains generally unchanged and is on the market still today.

U.S. Patent no. 981202, Issued January 10, 1911

Reportedly, the tin can was invented about 100 years earlier, in London in 1810, but a hammer and chisel were used for opening.  Seems I wasn’t so far off with my screwdriver after all! 

If you’d like to read more about this or a past Patent of the Day, click over to http://www.innovativeip.us/ofinterest.html.  Enjoy!

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Innovative IP Welcomes 2011!

Posted by innovativeip on January 9, 2011

After a long hiatus, I am pleased to return to the Patent of the Day, and with a new plan for 2011.  I’ve missed perusing and reporting on interesting, astounding, and sometimes funny patents.  The New Year offers a perfect opportunity for a new start, and a new format.  In the past, daily entries were not only challenging to keep up with on my end, but readers reported the same, and so, the 2011 Patent of the Day subject matter will become a weekly feature.

The inaugural 2011 patent was selected from those issued 100 years ago, the first week of January, 1911.  U.S. Patent no. 980207 was issued January 3, 1911 for a baseball game:

Issued 100 years ago this week

Antique games and toys are so much fun, and if you are a fan of any of the reality television shows that focus on the market values of such collectibles, you likely wish one of these had been passed down.  If you’d like to read the entire patent, just click through to the “of interest” page at http://www.innovative-ip.net.  Should you happen across one of these at a yard sale or thrift shop, check for the patent marking.  How exciting would it be to stumble on such a 100-year-old find?  Enjoy!

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Yesterday, Utility…Today, Design

Posted by innovativeip on September 25, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. D52473, issued September 24, 1918, for a trumpet design.

Today's Patent of the Day

Not being a trumpet player, I am unable to easily discern which features of this trumpet are utilitarian, and which elements are aesthetic.  Perhaps someone can comment on that.  I find it noteworthy that the inventor, Mr. Couturier, is also the inventor of yesterday’s Patent of the Day, a utility patent for a coronet that issued a few years before this design patent.  Even in the early 1900’s, it appears that the strength of a diverse portfolio was appreciated, at least by Mr. Couturier, wherein he sought protection for both the appearance of his instruments, as well as the functional distinction thereof.

If you’d like to read either of Mr. Couturier’s instrument patents, please visit www.innovative-ip.net, and you will find them on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!

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A Musical Patent of the Day

Posted by innovativeip on September 23, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 1,073,593, issued September 23, 1913 for a cornet.

Today's Patent of the Day

Musical instrument patents are enjoyable subject matter, I find, because their purpose is to enable beautiful sound.  I would love to hear from a horn player regarding the concept of this invention, which is self-described as improving sound by changing the dynamics of the region between the mouthpiece and the bell.  It seems logical, as described, but sound can be a tricky subject. 

If you’d like to read the details of the cornet in this Patent of the Day, please visit www.innovative-ip.net, and you can download the patent on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!

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Hey Batter, Batter, Batter

Posted by innovativeip on September 21, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 5,246,226, issued September 21, 1993, for a ball batting practice device.

Today's Patent of the Day

The device is a batting tee adapted with an accessory arm with a hanging ball.  Apparently, when the batter strikes the ball, the ball swings around vertically in a 360 degree rotation. 

T-ball, Softball, Baseball…all very popular across America, for kids of all ages.  If you’d like to take a closer look at this patent, please visit www.innovative-ip.net, where all of the Patent of the Day patents are located on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!

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File Conversion…A Necessary Task

Posted by innovativeip on September 21, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 6,947,162, issued September 20, 2005, and entitled “Systems and Methods for Converting the Format of Information,”

Today's Patent of the Day

This Patent is assigned to Hewlett Packard, and although it issued only five years ago, it was filed about nine years ago.  With hindsight, the idea seems simple enough, but when you think back 9 years, we were in an entirely different technology realm regarding ease of conversion.  Today, in 2010, not a day goes by when I don’t come into contact with a file that needs to be converted from one format to another.  Today’s Patent of the Day is thus interesting  to consider because (1) file format conversion is a critically important function for efficient data processing, and (2) the patent is an example of a “successfully issued” method patent. 

If you’d like to read the details of the process, please visit www.innovative-ip.net, where all of the Patents of the Day are posted on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!

 

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America’s First Female Corporate CEO

Posted by innovativeip on September 19, 2010

After having missed out on a Patent of the Day for a few days thanks to a computer failure, I’m pleased to be back up and running.   I hope we didn’t miss a stellar invention, but if so, we’ll have to catch it next year when the days roll around again.

In the mean time, today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 182,346, issued September 19, 1876 for a carpet sweeper. 

Today's Patent of the Day

The patent was issued to Melville R. Bissell, who passed away just a few years after the Bissell Company was founded, BUT, it was his wife, Anna Bissell, who took over as America’s first female corporate CEO all the way back in 1889.  She led the company to become an international success story.  And, not only is the company still going strong, I still see people using the type of carpet sweeper described in this patent from time to time, usually in restaurants as closing time approaches and quiet clean up begins.  A product design that can continue to be relevant for over 125 years, and the first female CEO…both great achievements.

If you’d like to read the patent details, please visit www.innovative-ip.net where you will find all of the Patent of the Day patents on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!

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