IP: Patents

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Hairy-Visor Infringement Update!

A reader (Prof. Steve Kass) who was intrigued by yesterday's intellectual-property tale did a little research and uncovered some potentially relevant evidence. First, as you may recall, the plaintiff is seeking a declaratory judgment that it did not infringe on a…




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U.S. Pat. No. 430,388: The Crooked Baseball Bat

The inventor continued: The object of my invention is to provide a ball-bat which shall produce a rotary or spinning motion of the ball in its flight to a higher degree than is possible with any present known form of…


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“Your Honor, First of All, I’m Not Smoking Crack”

This is something you'd really prefer to get through your entire legal career without having to say. From a report today in Ars Technica: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—Testimony in the giant Apple v. Samsung patent trial is entering its final hours, and nerves…


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Patent No. 5,443,036: Method of Exercising a Cat

Some days I'm just too tired to jiggle a piece of string. If only there were an easier and more convenient way to get my cat to engage in voluntary aerobic exercise…. Utilizing the method set forth in this patent,…



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Patent No. 7,117,611: The Chair That Dries Your Business

The body hair and feet drying chair has a base portion having a generally hollow interior, there being a motor-driven fan contained within the hollow interior. A seat is disposed on the top of the base portion. … A plurality…