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Posts Tagged ‘inventor’

Proud Display of the Stars and Stripes

Posted by innovativeip on May 20, 2011

With Memorial Day approaching, I, like many U.S. citizens, feel fortunate and choose to take the opportunity to revisit the meaning of patriotism.   According to, a Patriot is “a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and defends its interests with devotion,” with devotion defined as “profound dedication; consecration”.  

Out of respect and admiration for those American Patriots who sacrificed their lives on behalf of our Country, the subject matter of today’s Patent of the Day is a device for proud display of the Stars and Stripes, appropriately invented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Patent 1,646,467

 The patented device extends the canvas of the Flag and maintains a flat plane display, preventing furling.  In considering Flag display, I realized that had forgotten the meaning of the colors of our Flag, so I decided to look them up.  According to, “White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”  It strikes me that these words that define the colors of our Flag also perfectly define those that we honor this Memorial Day.

Inventor’s create because they see a need.  Mr. Walton, in 1926, saw a need to enable everyone to look upon the complete image of our Flag.  Not a bad idea, Mr. Walton.  We could all probably benefit from spending a few moments in contemplation, doing just that.

Please visit if you’d like to read the entire patent.  With respect for all who have served, and gratitude for all of those fallen, Innovative IP wishes all of America a safe Memorial Day holiday.  Enjoy!


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Intermittent Windshield Wipers

Posted by innovativeip on August 31, 2010

If you saw the movie “Flash of Genius”, then you are already familiar with today’s Patent of the Day, U.S. Patent no. 3,602,790, issued August 31, 1971, to Robert W. Kearns, for an “Intermittent Windshield Wiper System”.

Today's Patent of the Day

The Gary, Indiana Ph.D. engineer/inventor and holder of this and a couple of other patents on the technology, sued Ford Motor Company for patent infringement, reportedly settling for $10 million, and took Chrysler Corporation to trial, acting as his own attorney for over 20 years,  ultimately receiving about $30 million in damages from Chrysler.   His story was the basis for the “Flash of Genius” movie, and his legal case is still cited as precedent in recent caselaw regarding the issue of obviousness. 

If you’d like to read this patent, you can find it at  Enjoy!

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BUBBLE WRAP – a Great Inventor Success Story

Posted by innovativeip on July 28, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Patent no. 3,142,599, issued July 28, 1964.  The patent title is “Method for Making Laminated Cushioning Material”, otherwise known under the trademark BUBBLE WRAP. 

Today's Patent of the Day

 What a great success story for the inventor, Marc Chavannes.  After filing his patent application in 1959, he garnered $85,000 in backing and formed Sealed Air Corporation, introducing bubble wrap to the world.  Today, the company operates in 52 countries , with more than $4 Billion in annual sales.  You can read his story at, and you can download the entire patent at to learn just how they make those plastic sheets we love to pop.  Enjoy!

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It’s the Weekend…Cocktails Anyone?

Posted by innovativeip on July 17, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is US Patent no. 1966611, issued July 17, 1934 for a Cocktail Shaker.  It could be the first patented cocktail shaker design, but perhaps even more noteworthy, it was filed during Prohibition.  Hmmm.   Inventor Ray Cobel must have had a secret or two.

Today's Patent of the Day

 If you’d like to read more, you can download today’s patent on the “Of Interest” page at  I think I’m going to read this one with a martini in hand!  Enjoy!

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