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Protecting Creative Function: Film Spool US Design Patent D836423
Copyright protects creative design, but not when the design has function. Design Patents protect design elements and at a lower cost than a utility patent,, and thus work well to augment utility patents. This is Film Spool U.S. Des...

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Humans have been wearing footwear for many millennia (a recent find was over 5500 years old), but even in the 21st century, patents are important for shoe designers. Not long ago, Elephant Shoes created new designs and wanted patent protection. To be worn, shoes must abide by human foot contours ...

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Toothpaste has been in use for perhaps 7000 years. For most of history, people used available components for abrasiveness, with soap for cleaning, and often in powder sold in jars or tins. Herbs and other flavorings were sometimes added to overcome the taste and smell, and to treat bad breath.
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Typical manufacturing techniques shape stock material by cutting or by injecting liquid or semi-liquid stock material into molds. Cutting techniques waste stock material and require much time and resources of personnel and equipment to assemble the final product. Injection methods require expensi...

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US Patent 8757232 Monitoring and Changing Air Pressure in a Rotating Wheel
Riding a bicycle off-road can be bumpy and bouncy, but padded seats and spring and shock absorber devices designed for off-road use provide a bumpy and bouncy ride on smooth roads. Short of difficult to use and expensive a...

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U.S. Patents US8933323and US9054252 – A Bright Idea
Whether you enjoy the outdoors or live off the grid, here’s a Bright Idea for enjoying cooked food, make freshwater (with a collector), and if used with a heat block – warmth after sunset. Invented by California Sunlight and patented with two pa...

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Invention Promotion
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Going from idea to profit can be difficult and expensive (even Ben Franklin had problems) unless you know what to expect and do. Learning these is not expensive, but you should learn how to not spend a lot of money before...

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“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!” History records ice cream as invented by or for a royalty figure about 1400 years ago. The phrase has a recorded history only to 1927. Yet, the desire and cries for ice cream from children and adults alike highly suggest the phrase originated l...

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Protecting All Your Ideas Under the Sun

Gerald R. Prettyman is a Registered Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law. Some of the ideas turned into patents by Mr. Prettyman include eight patents for solar power conversion, six patents for a Device To Assist Paraplegics With Getting Dressed, five patents for an off-road goggle cleaning system, four patents for bottles, two shoe patents, two patents for devices to assist people needing assistance, plus patents for an electronic device charging station, a wine barrel sculpture, a travel pillow, a sewer cleaning apparatus and more. Mr. Prettyman performs patent and trademark searches, freedom to operate reports, prepares confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, assists client in starting companies, corporations and limited liability companies, and more.


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