Monthly Archives: April 2018

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Patent Attorney Review of Water Pipe Bowl Assembly

Patent Attorney Review of U.S. Patent 9,930,911 Tucker Law has long discussed patents related to marijuana.  For example, one can obtain a patent on a marijuana plant, but not on a product solely directed to an illegal use, such as smoking marijuana.  Nevertheless, most marijuana related patents can be used for things other than an illegal purpose.  This is the case of Patent Number 9,930,911.  In reality, nobody smokes cigarettes out of a water bong; instead water bongs are the product of choose for inhaling a large amount of weed. On April 3, 2018, Week 14, Number 1449-1, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,930,911.  The patent describes, inter alia: According to the principle of the invention, in a water pipe including a water container coupled between a drawtube and a smoke inlet tube, improvements therein include a bowl assembly including a hollow adapter and a hollow bowl fixture. The hollow adapter has a first section connected to the smoke inlet tube and an opposed second section, and a bowl support extends radially outward from hollow adapter between the first and second sections. The second section includes an inner end near the bowl support, a closed outer end, and an opening through second section between the inner end and the closed outer end. The hollow bowl fixture is positioned on the bowl support and over the second section. The hollow bowl fixture includes a continuous sidewall that extends from an inwardly-directed upper flange encircling the closed outer end of the second section on an outer side of the opening to an inwardly-directed lower flange encircling the inner end of the second section on an inner side of the opening, [...]

By | 2018-04-25T15:20:48+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Patent Attorney Review of Water Pipe Bowl Assembly

Communication Cables Incorporating Twisted Pair Components

U.S. Patent 9,922,754 I know a thing or two about running internet/communication cables.  As a hands on electrical engineer patent attorney, I have wired a number of internet connections.  This invention titled “Communication Cables Incorporating Twisted Pair Components” appears on first glance of the drawings to be six internet cables packaged in one cord.  However, after reviewing the additional figures, it may relate to any time of communication cables.  If I’m correct, this makes a lot sense.  It would be much cleaner to run cables if six cables (or whatever number of cables) were packed together.  Less mess and less clutter.  It also appears that heat transfer is the scope of the patent.   The patent makes twenty claims directed towards the channel running down the center of the cable. On March 20, 2018, Week 12, Number 1448-3, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,922,754 in the electricity Section H.  The patent describes A wide variety of different types of communication cables incorporate twisted pair conductors. In a wide variety of applications, when a twisted pair cable is installed and utilized, relatively higher amounts of heat may be generated in certain portions of the cable. For example, with a cable installed in a data center, portions of the cable situated in relatively close proximity to electronic equipment and/or equipment cabinets (e.g., portions of the cable near terminating ends) may become hotter than other portions of the cable. Additionally, electronic equipment connected to or near the termination ends of the cable may generate heat. The heat may negatively impact both the electrical performance of the cable and the performance of electronic equipment associated with the cable. Further, when a plurality of [...]

By | 2018-04-07T18:04:35+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Communication Cables Incorporating Twisted Pair Components

Patent on Camera Shooting Method for 3D modeling

U.S. Patent 9,921,054 On March 20, 2018, Week 12, Number 1448-3, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,921,054.  The patent was issued to Samsung Electronics.  The patent was published for all patent attorneys to see as US 2014/0354784.  It appears on first glance to show a camera shooting method for three dimensional modeling using multiple images. The purpose of the invention appears to be using a shooting method for creating three-dimensional camera modeling.  The camera senses a position of the electronic device, calibrates the sensors, and stores the position information as metadata for each captured image. The patent claims provide, inter alia: A shooting method for three dimensional modeling in an electronic device having at least one sensor for sensing position information and an image sensor for image capture, the shooting method comprising: calibrating the at least one sensor; obtaining position information used for the three dimensional modeling using the at least one sensor; identifying a least number of required images to be used for the three dimensional modeling of a target object; displaying a guide including a field of view of the image sensor and indicating an optimized position information of the image sensor for capturing an image based on the obtained position information and the least number of required images, wherein the optimized position information includes height information of the electronic device, relative angle information between the electronic device and the target object, and relative distance information between the electronic device and the target object; capturing multiple images according to the least number of required images of the target object based on the displayed guide; and storing the position information as metadata of each captured image. FIG. [...]

By | 2018-04-07T18:15:37+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Patent on Camera Shooting Method for 3D modeling

Patent for an Office Chair

U.S. Patent 9,913,539 Yesterday we looked at a Buzz Lightyear straw patent that had an immediate cool factor.  Today, we look at an office chair that has none of the same.  While this office chair certainly doesn’t excite like a Buzz Lightyear straw, it definitely appears to provide some great ergonomic support for the person sitting in the chair.  It visually looks as though the main cruz of the patent is related to a slidable member that run vertical along the chair back.  Commonly when we discuss patents with new clients, a chair is the common patent example to explain patents in a simple manner.  I doubt this would make it into our new patent client discussion, but we wouldn’t hesitate to try this chair out in our office. On March 13, 2018, Week 11, Number 1448-2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,913,539.  The patent describes an office chair with what appears to this patent attorney to be some type of moveable back support.  Reviewing the other figures, it appears that the inventor has attempted to cove a number of different chair shapes without the movable central back support member. FIGS. 1-27 are directed to: an aspect of the office chair 10 including a back support structure 12 including a pair of generally vertical support posts 18, and a plurality of support arms 21 extending outwardly from the support posts 18. FIGS. 1 and 1A show views of a completed version of the chair 10. The chair generally includes a chair frame 20, a back support structure 12, a seat support 15, and an armrest assembly 22 extending from the chair frame 20. The chair frame 20 may [...]

By | 2018-04-07T15:00:55+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Patent for an Office Chair

Buzz Lighter Year Straw Patent

U.S. Patent 9,913,554 Some patents just need pictures to appreciate the cool factor.  This patent is one of them.  The patent claims a novelty straw.  However, the straw appears to be a buzz lightyear star with expandable wings connected to the straw.  The patent attorney that drafted the patent had fun with this one.  Judging by the figure—before even reading the patent—it is obvious that when the child sucks through the straw, the Buzz Lightyear wings go up and when the child stops drinking, the wings go back down.  It is obvious based on the arrows in FIG. 1 in conjunction with the position of the wings in the figure.  This invention could clearly be extended "up up and beyond" Buzz Lightyear as it is not clear if the inventor has a license to use the trademark/copyright of Buzz Lightyear. On March 13, 2018, Week 11, Number 1448-2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published issued U.S. Patent Number 9,913,554. In the background section, the patent attorney describes how drinking stars also exist that move novelty items that are external to the straw.  The patent attorney provides examples of such prior art such prior art straws are exemplified by U.S. Pat. No. 3,332,622 to Lombard, entitled Drinking Straw, U.S. Pat. No. 2,811,808 to Briese, entitled Drinking Tube, and U.S. Pat. No. 6,129,292 to Leung, entitled Novelty Drinking Straw. With such prior art, the liquid passing through the straw is used directly to create the mechanical motion. As such, the mechanisms within the straws are hydraulic in nature. The patent attorney identified a problem shared by all such prior art straws is that since the mechanisms are hydraulic, the mechanisms become contaminated by the flowing [...]

By | 2018-04-07T15:01:44+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Patents, What's Patenting|Comments Off on Buzz Lighter Year Straw Patent