#StanleyCupPlayoffs are starting this week – a new #beer can design #patent for the occasion…

April 14, 2015

Infographic on carrying out US Patent Searches

April 10, 2015

Brevet du 1er avril – A great April 1st Patent Application

April 1, 2015



Statistiques de dépôt de marques et de brevets de grandes organisations en R&D

March 17, 2015

Un rapport conjoint de la Commission européenne et l’OECD

Voir: World Corporate Top R&D Investors: Innovation and IP bundles (March 2015)


Avec des statistiques du genre:  Composition of patenting companies’ trademark portfolio, 2010-12/ A3.1 Top 4 trademark classes associated with patented technologies, USPTO


Comprehensive database of IP law in Europe and China

March 16, 2015


Ingrédients pour une invention brevetable: beaver fur, black velvet and chicken wire…

March 16, 2015


Extrait pertinent:

It all started with beaver fur, black velvet and chicken wire.

That’s what Chester Greenwood, an inventive 15-year-old, gave his grandmother to sew together to help him ice skate longer in the Maine winter.

After three years of improvements, he patented the contraption as the “Champion Ear Protector,” or “ear-mufflers,” on March 13, 1877.

Before Mr. Greenwood died in 1937, his company was churning out 400,000 earmuffs annually at its peak — many of them for the U.S. military.

But he didn’t stop with earmuffs. He had more than 100 patents and inventions, including the steel-tooth rake, a teakettle with a special bottom, a pipe vise and an umbrella holder for mail carriers.

Chester Greenwood Day is still celebrated in Maine each December.

Drone Technology Patent Landscape – Portrait de technologies brevetées pour les drones

February 13, 2015


Formation sur les applications mobiles et les brevets

February 4, 2015


USPTO donne d’autres exemples en informatique pour déterminer si une idée est abstraite ou brevetable

January 28, 2015

http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/abstract_idea_examples.pdf (avec des exemples plus en informatique)

qui a été ajouté à la page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/interim_guidance_subject_matter_eligibility.jsp

Un site américain pour aider avec la commercialisation d’inventions brevetées

January 26, 2015


a new U.S. Patent Utility service that allows companies to find underused patents for technology they can put into commercial use


https://uspatentutility.com/  (le site offre des rabais de frais de service pour les startups)

The most interesting “BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION” section I have read in a long time

January 21, 2015



Just three days before he died in a plane crash outside of Madison, Wis., Otis Redding recorded the number one hit “The Dock of the Bay” about a person that was fed up with a hectic life in Georgia and traveled to the San Francisco Bay to just sit on a dock. There is just something alluring about docks, some element that captivates our attention, draws us in, and triggers some distant emotion that is embedded deeply within. The allure may be tied to the merging aspect of a dock that allows us to move from land to sea, to experience the water from a more intimate perspective. However, I don’t think anyone can really put their finger on exactly what it is, although many have spoken of this allure through song, poetry, paintings and other forms of art. In fact, if you do a GOOGLE search on “poetry about docks” you find more than 1.2 million hits.

So, whether you have left your home in Georgia and are “sittin’ on the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away, watching the ships roll in”, simply “wastin’ time”, hosting a barbeque or securing your boat down for the evening, there are certainly things that are important about your dock. One such matter of importance is that you generally don’t want your experience of the water to include falling into the water as the deck collapses. More specifically, in constructing docks, especially those that are accessible to the public, safety and longevity are of utmost concern. Unlike Darwin’s theory that chaos moves towards order, items that are constructed, such as docks, decks, etc, generally decay or degrade over time due to wear-and-tear, weather stress, use stress, rust, or the like. As a result, a dock that may have originally been constructed in accordance with stringent safety requirements, may deteriorate to a point at which the dock is simply unsafe. To prevent such deterioration, the dock should be periodically maintained. However, it is desirable to construct docks and other items in a manner that maintains the structural integrity and safety with a minimum amount of maintenance or up keep.

One of the developments in industry that addresses this need in the art was the application of aluminum in the construction of docks and decks. Aluminum is truly the ideal structural material for dock systems. Aluminum demonstrates excellent weathering characteristics as a result of its rust prohibiting properties and exceptional structural strength. This combination of properties virtually eliminates maintenance and greatly increases the longevity of a dock or deck. Moreover, when used for decking, aluminum flooring is cool to the touch and splinter free. Thus, aluminum docks never require sanding, sealing, staining or painting.

When building a dock or a deck out of wood, the required building blocks are readily accessible in most large scale home improvement centers such as LOWES or HOME DEPOT. The supply of treated two-by-fours, four-by-fours, six-by-sixes, one-by-six planks, etc., can be easily purchased and cut as necessary to construct the dock or deck. However, to construct a dock or deck out of aluminum components is a different story. Unlike the lumber industry, there are no standard building blocks that are readily available for constructing such a structure out of aluminum. Further, working with aluminum is completely different than working with lumber. Working with aluminum requires different tools and most likely even requires welding. All of these factors have tended to remove aluminum construction from the hands of the typical do-it-yourself handy-man. What is needed in the art is a technology that enables the construction of aluminum structures, such as decks and docks in a manner that is safe, efficient and structurally sound. In addition, it is desirable for such a solution to also include a standard set of components that can be easily inventoried in a supply store without overwhelming the retail companies with larger number of components. Furthermore, it is desirable for such a solution to enable the do-it-yourself handy-man to build a structure out of aluminum.

Un brevet bien utile lorsqu’il fait -22C le matin

January 14, 2015

Voir: https://www.google.ca/patents/US186962

Système et méthode pour ouvrir une bouteille de champagne pendant le temps des fêtes

December 24, 2014


(En fait, j’ai combiné les enseignements du brevet https://www.google.ca/patents/US8500569 avec le brevet https://www.google.ca/patents/US8087217 pour créer l’animation)

Improvements in tools to search for industrial designs

December 11, 2014

Denmark, Mexico, Morocco, Norway and the Russia Federation join Designview : https://secure2.gov.mt/ipo/Intellectual_Property_Office_Malta/News.aspx?newsid=184&ct=1

Fact Sheet on Intellectual property management in open innovation

December 11, 2014

From European IPR Helpdesk: https://www.iprhelpdesk.eu/node/2827?pk_campaign=Newsletter344&pk_kwd=News1

European IPR Helpdesk Factsheet: Intellectual Property and business plans

December 2, 2014

Leaders des multinationales en termes de brevets voir le site interactif: Patent Power 2014

November 20, 2014

Leaders des multinationales en termes de brevets voir le site interactif: Patent Power 2014 http://bit.ly/1vtfZsr via @IEEESpectrum

Description: Each scorecard below is an interactive table containing the top 20 companies in each industry segment.

Study analyzes patent data and scientific literature for clues to the next decade’s biggest breakthroughs

November 11, 2014

Communiqué de presse:  http://thomsonreuters.com/press-releases/062014/Thomson-Reuters-Predicts-Innovations-2025

Les prédictions: http://sciencewatch.com/tags/2025

Article de survol des lois sur les secrets de commerce aux États-Unis

November 11, 2014


Extrait du Inventor’s Eye du USPTO Automne 2014: des brevets de baseball

November 7, 2014

U.S. Patent Number 4,910,814

Patents Pick-5
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.

Baseball Cleats
U.S. Patent No. 1,867,219

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
U.S. Patent No. 925,851

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!

Fielder’s Glove
U.S. Patent No. 1,426,824

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)
U.S. Patent No. 200,358

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
U.S. Patent No. 2,616,692

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!

Bruce Mihalick : Office of Innovation Development


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