America’s Pastime Patents
Cooling weather, changing leaves, and the start of holiday preparations – for many, these signs of the changing season are first in mind when autumn arrives.
But for me, the fall means something else. The crack of the bat, a 98 mph heater in the crucial 9th inning, and the champions of so many memorable World Series, including the 1979 Pirates, the 1983 Orioles, and the 1988 Dodgers. Along with all the memories and fun, baseball would also be less enjoyable without proper equipment to keep the players safe. And guess what, there are patents for all of that!
Note: This article is part of an ongoing series detailing some of the Inventors Eye staff’s favorite patents. For each article, the writer selects their five favorite patents under a given theme. This list is from Management and Program Analyst Bruce Mihalick.
This invention by George W. Harper of McNeil, Arkansas, was patented on July 12, 1932. While spiked shoes had been in use for quite some time, Harper’s baseball cleats changed the way sports footwear was designed. His innovation, was not only essential to running and the protection of a player’s foot, but also provided the traction necessary for stopping while being safer for defending players. As we all know, Ty Cobb had other (infamous) uses for the metal spike cleat prior to Harper’s invention.
Armor for Base-Ball Players
Having received a patent for this chest protector on July 7, 1908, former White Sox catcher Billy Sullivan was one of the few professional baseball players who actually invented equipment for the game he played and loved. I like this invention for obvious reasons: imagine unsuccessfully trying to catch a 95 mph fastball with no chest protection . . . ouch!
Other than the ball itself, a glove (or mitt) is the most basic and essential piece of equipment a baseball player needs. Most every kid who has played the game from little league on up has that favorite glove that they took months to break in just right. While players had been using gloves at least 50 years earlier, William L. Doak of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned a patent for this fielder’s glove on August 22, 1922. Doak’s glove uniquely employed a net between the thumb and the index fingers, an important innovation in glove design that is still used today.
Improvement in Masks (Catcher’s Mask)
Before the invention of this mask, which has been said to resemble a very sturdy birdcage, baseball catchers played bare faced. Even today, with all the refinements and improvements that have been made to face mask technology, catchers are injured more than any other player besides pitchers. Imagine trying to catch a curve, slider, or fastball and you miss and take it squarely on the mouth, or your nose, or in the eye! First introduced by Harvard University’s baseball team, this innovation was patented by Frederick W. Thayer, the team’s manager, on February 12, 1878.
Adjustable Batting Tee
Batting tees have been a training aid for many years and are key to helping youngsters learn the game of baseball. However, one of the primary challenges with many tees is that they are not height adjustable. This invention, patented by Roy C. Bird from Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 4, 1952, helped players set the tee’s height to find their correct swing plane. What better way to learn and develop hand-eye coordination and proper swing mechanics? No doubt this invention has been used by many a little leaguer dreaming of being the next Bryce Harper!
De l’European IPR Helpdesk: Intellectual property considerations for medical devices
Recommandé par All Things Pros: http://allthingspros.blogspot.ca/2014/06/ptab-search-decision-database.html
(merci à Dan Smith de BRP pour le lien)
Extrait du site:
Le kit d’enseignement contenant la formation de base à la PI et le kit d’enseignement sur les brevets regroupent tous deux les outils et les informations permettant de dispenser à des étudiants un cours d’une à deux heures sur la PI.
Lancée au début de l’année 2014, la formation de base à la PI se compose de modules couvrant les différents droits de PI, tandis que le kit d’enseignement sur les brevets, dont la dernière mise à jour date de 2011, est consacré au domaine des brevets.
Ces kits s’adressent en particulier aux enseignants en sciences naturelles, ingénierie, commerce et droit.
Voir le rapport de l’OMPI “Technologies vertes : nouvelle étude sur la croissance de l’activité en matière de brevets” http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/fr/stories/green_tech.html
Voir le lien suivant: http://www.pijip.org/non-sdo-patent-commitments/
Une trentaine de présentations pour comprendre ce qui se passe dans la tête d’examinateurs de l’Office européen des brevetsJune 11, 2014
Search Matters 2014
The 2014 conference took place in April, when about 40 EPO examiners from a wide range of technical fields described their search strategies and techniques at 26 workshops held over two days. Altogether, Search Matters 2014 comprised 26 workshops and 7 plenary lectures. This e-learning module includes all the plenary lectures and workshops, some of which were recorded and can be watched in their entirety.
Nouvel accès international aux File Wrapper EPO et SIPO http://www.epo.org/searching/free/register/20140605.html
Le service pourrait s’étendre à d’autres bureaux…
Des brevets de Disney, Lucasfilms entre autres à voir ici: http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/independent/eye/201404/index.jsp#ieye-article3
Extrait du site suivant (mais dont le contenu change à chaque jour): http://financialservicesinc.ubs.com/staticfiles/faw/adobe/all/cashin_comments.pdf
Et voici un lien vers de brevet de Colt: https://www.google.com/patents/USX9430
(Un brevet avec un numéro X prédate le système de numérotation actuel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Patent)
On this day (-1) in 1836, the government of the United States granted a patent on a device that would become the prototypical American weapon. And, by accident, its development would become a prototypical story of American invention.
The patent, of course, was awarded to Samuel Colt for his “single barrel pistol with a six chamber revolving breech.” You and I (as well as Hoppy, Roy and Gene) knew it as a “six shooter.”
Colt’s idea was not entirely unique. Several patents for revolvers had been granted earlier (one of the earliest was for a “12 shooter” but it, like the others, didn’t work well). But Colt, who was 22 when he got the patent, showed his gun was practical (and at the time….it was the only way a man on horseback could get several shots off successfully). Therefore, it seemed like a good idea and Colt found backers who helped him open “The Patent Arms Company” in Paterson, N.J. But despite rave notices for the weapon, sales were slow and the factory closed in 1842. Colt slipped closer to bankruptcy.
Then in 1846, fate took another weird turn. The U.S. was going to war with Mexico. And the Texans they were fighting for, suggested to the American Secretary of War that many of them were very happy with Mr. Colt’s six shooter. So the Secretary of War ordered lots of them.
That left Mr. Colt with several problems. 1) He had no factory. 2) He didn’t have a six-shooter left to his name.
He attacked the second one first. He advertised for samples of his own gun. Gun owners thought the ads meant the revolver was now a collector’s item…..so they refused to sell. Colt was reduced to hiring a gunsmith to work from Colt’s own original diagrams (with suggestions from the famous Texas Ranger – Sam Walker). Finally…..when they had developed a prototype…..Colt needed to hurry things up. So he hired…..who else…..the son of Eli Whitney to implement the concepts of mass production and interchangeable parts. Within a decade the Colt .44 was the gun that was winning the West.
La Cour suprême du Canada se penchera sur le critère d’utilité en brevets où la pratique canadienne semble diverger par rapport aux autres paysJanuary 31, 2014
Un dossier à suivre au cours des prochains mois: voir le dossier sur le site de la Cour suprême
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Top Design Patent Classes
U.I. MENUS 400
SMART PHONES 207
VEHICLE LAMPS 194
TELEPHONE HANDSETS 184
ELECTRIC LIGHT BULBS 156
GRAPHIC U.I. 135
APPAREL (SHOES) 133
AUTO WHEELS 130
Some patents that stood out in 2013
404 Claims – Number of Claims in patent US8401902 by Function Media.
10,386 Words – Number of words in Claim 1 of patent US US8558011.
6,916 Days – Pendency Filed in 1994 US8357513 took almost 19 years to grant!
3,594 Citations – Number of Reverse Citations by patent US8612159!
525 Members – Largest Patent Family in 2013, by Qualcomm Inc.
834,641 Words – Number of words Patent US8431139 (would take about 3 weeks for average reader to read).
36 Inventors – Number of inventors SAP named on patent US8606723.
39 Citations – Number of Forward Citations earned by patent USD673561!