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December 15, 2013
by Axel
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A chair for geeks

US Design Patent D0694534 published this week. Looks like a perfect gift for geeks.

November 18, 2012
by Axel
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National Security Agency gives rare insight into their inner workings

This weeks I stumbled across what seemed like a very old-fashioned design for a slide rule. Curious, who would seek patent protection for something seemingly outdated, I found – our government. More specifically, the super-secret National Security Agency. Seems the … Continue reading

December 17, 2011
by Axel
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How to overcome design patent rejections

I always found that studying Office Actions and their responses by other patent practitioners is a great way to learn. This week I looked through the prosecution history of US Design Patent D650355 to Apple.  It covers the Design of an iPod, … Continue reading

November 30, 2011
by Axel
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Patented Financial Freedom

This week it was a design patent on a game board that caught my attention.  Seems somewhat complicated, but surely the goal is prominently displayed: “Financial Freedom”. Seems you have to make it through various stages in life from school … Continue reading

November 24, 2011
by Axel
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Toilet flush foot pedal

Looking at this design patent makes me wonder if the prosecuting patent attorney was simply trying to get his client “a patent” for an invention with apparent utility, but modest ornamental value… Either way:  Congratulations on Design Patent D649,233.

November 6, 2011
by Axel
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LED Lighting Designs

LED lighting must be booming. At least that’s what the number of design patents relating to this new technology  that are granted every week suggests. This week alone LG Innotek was awarded 10 design patents for various aspects of LED lamps. … Continue reading

October 8, 2011
by Axel
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Recent Design Patents awarded to Steve Jobs

I used our search (http://search.designpatents.us) to look for design patents issued to Steve Jobs.  Got about 100 results.  Many of them clearly carry the handwriting of this remarkable inventor / designer.  The results also shows how involved Steve was in … Continue reading

September 10, 2011
by Axel
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Resources to Learn about Design Patents

Robert Oake just made me aware of his website http://designpatentschool.com/.  Great resource for anyone who wants to learn about design patents. I highly recommend it. Anyone who considers filing a design patent application “pro-se” should also review the USPTO’s Guide to … Continue reading

September 6, 2011
by Axel
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What’s this icon?

Microsoft was just awarded design patent D644654 for icons, that somehow look like liquid-filled balls. Any guesses what those may be meant for?