Patent of the Day

Just another site

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 7 other followers

  • Find Innovative IP on Facebook

  • Advertisements

Posts Tagged ‘design patent’

NASA, Home to Preeminent Inventors

Posted by innovativeip on April 29, 2011

Today’s Patent of the Day coincides with and celebrates today’s Space Shuttle launch.  What better topic than some space shuttle patents?  Not only are they very interesting, but they offer a view of a professional path of product and intellectual property development. 

First, we see the early stage embodiment, with generally broad claims protecting the concept, even though development continues.  This first patent is described by some as the “lunar capsule with wings”, but surely it is the precursor to the shuttle:  

U.S. Patent 3,576,298, Filed in 1967

By 1978, the technical details of the launch were ready for disclosure and protection:

U.S. Patent 4,265,416, Filed in 1978

Finally, after decades of development, the sexy design was completed, and protected:

U.S. Patent D302,148, Filed in 1986

 There are, of course, numerous patents related to the shuttle, and many, many that have resulted from space exploration.  Today, with the final launch of Endeavor, Innovative IP says “hat’s off” to NASA innovators. 
If you’d like to take a look at these patents in detail, click over to where you can find all of the “Patent of the Day” patents.  I suggest, give a quick read, and take in the launch this afternoon.  I’ll be watching from my boat.  Science, Law, History and boating all in one day!  Enjoy!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

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, and you will find them on the “Of Interest” page.  Enjoy!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

“Try Not. Do.”

Posted by innovativeip on August 10, 2010

If you know who said “Try Not.  Do,” then you can guess the subject matter of today’s Patent of the Day.  U.S. Design Patent no. D265,754, issued August 10, 1982, to George Lucas and his co-inventors.

Today's Patent of the Day

 Yes, this design patent is for none other than Yoda, the Super Jedi Master himself.  Who doesn’t like Yoda?  Personally, my favorite Yoda scene is when he kicks Count Dooku’s butt in the Clone Wars, and the “Try Not.  Do.” line is my favorite, as he instructed Luke Skywalker.  How about you?  If you’d like to see the entire patent, please visit  Enjoy!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Patents Aren’t Necessarily Rocket Science

Posted by innovativeip on August 4, 2010

In case you are wondering, two common types of U.S. patents are utility and design.  Utility patents protect functionality, and have a 20 year term, and design patents protect appearance, and have a 14 year term.  Today’s Patent of the Day is a design patent, and so essentially has no text, only images.

Today's Patent of the Day

U.S. Patent no. D218,264, issued August 4, 1970, for the design of a “toaster”.  I find this interesting for a few reasons.  First, it brings back memories of college life, where a toaster oven that looked just like this was a staple for cooking up frozen pot pies (6/$1.00!), and even before that, memories of my friend Lois and her sweet mother who used this toaster oven to make us cheese toast on late, lazy pre-teen sleepover mornings.  Good times.  Second, it exemplifies that “ornamental” (in the design patent world) does not have to mean “ornate”.  Simplicity can be a distinguishing feature.  And, I’m a fan of simplicity.  There are no additional pages to this patent, but you are invited to visit to see all of the Patent of the Day patents at your leisure.  Enjoy!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”

Posted by innovativeip on July 23, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is a design patent for a cut of diamond.  U.S. Patent no. D460711 has a beautiful subject matter, issued July 23, 2002 to Shlomo Cohen.

Today's Patent of the Day

This is the first “design” patent for the Patent of the Day.  A design patent grants the rights to the specific ornamental appearance shown for a period of 14 years.  You can view the rest of the disclosure at  Enjoy!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »