So, it is that time of year when many people have Christmas on their mind and to go with it there are many crazy people who think they have the new, best thing that everyone will want - not!
Holiday related patents are often quite interesting and by now you would think that everything imaginable had been patented. But this year there were 20 new patents issues that had Christmas in the title and hundreds more that mentioned Christmas in the body. One very popular category is of course converting every idea known to man to use LEDs and the new possibilities that they create.
Living in the Pacific Northwest of the US, where “Christmas Trees” grow like weeds, I do perhaps have a cynical side when it comes to fake trees, and it is amazing how creative people can get (that includes their writing). Take this abstract as an example:
An outdoor Christmas tree assembly includes a cone-shaped frame formed of frustum-shaped frame segments detachably stacked one on top of the other. Each frame segment includes annular frames and slanted lateral frames. One or more frame segments are formed of end-to-end detachably connected arc-shaped frame sections. Tree branches are detachably mounted on the annular frames. Each tree branch may include at least one set of lights, an electric socket, and an electric plug. A harness cord system runs from top to bottom along a lateral side of the frame, and has socket outlets for electrically coupling to the electric plugs of the tree branches. Harness cords are secured to the frame by clamps. The frame may be supported on a base structure having therein a working platform. The outdoor Christmas tree assembly is also applicable for indoor use.
Well, I am sorry, but that is not a tree, and it is not going in my house! Well, perhaps a rotating Christmas tree stand,
or a self-watering one,
or one to prevent a pet from getting into the tree. If you think that would stop my cat or most of the cats I have known then the inventor must be used to sedentary animals!!
But the one that takes the biscuit for me is a watering tube. Yup, it is a length of tubing with a funnel on the end and that is supposedly patentable. Good grief!!!
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