Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
JefW
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
JefW   12/21/2012 10:18:46 AM
NO RATINGS
I thought you were joking - but no; I found a patent for "Method of swinging on a swing". http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=%22method+swinging+swing%22&OS=

does1230
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
does1230   12/20/2012 7:53:01 AM
NO RATINGS
Our products are developed using superior quality basic material, which are ensure their optimum performance at the clients' end for longer period of time. Because of that we are the most trusted, reliable and eminent manufacturers[url=http://www.drivesautomation.com/ac-drives.html]a1000[/url],[url=http://www.drivesautomation.com/ac-drives.html]v1000[/url]and [url=http://www.drivesautomation.com/ac-motor.html]ac motor[/url], suppliers and exporters of Industrial Products from the last 20 years. We build trust not only in india but also in Egypt, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Kenya, Koonkola and growing throughout the world. we are specialized in offering[url=http://www.drivesautomation.com/ac-drives.html]a1000[/url],[url=http://www.drivesautomation.com/ac-drives.html]v1000[/url]and [url=http://www.drivesautomation.com/ac-motor.html]ac motor[/url].

electrofun
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
electrofun   12/19/2012 2:25:57 PM
NO RATINGS
I realized that the USPTO had jumped the tracks when I saw a patent for "a method of swinging a swing."

ChrisJ555
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
ChrisJ555   12/17/2012 5:02:08 PM
NO RATINGS
Ha - I used something suspiciously like Fig. #5 years ago to water, er, well, fill an inaccessible brake fluid reservoir... got a funnel and a piece of tubing and went to it (no level monitoring though).

BrianBailey
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
BrianBailey   12/17/2012 3:41:08 PM
NO RATINGS
I think even better, the patent officer that accepted the last frivolous patent!

BrianBailey
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
BrianBailey   12/17/2012 3:40:36 PM
NO RATINGS
This was patented THIS year, meaning NO ONE has ever had this idea before (according to the patent office)!

bogdanbmcc
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
bogdanbmcc   12/17/2012 3:27:41 PM
NO RATINGS
Maybe there should stocks before the USPO where they could keep always one of the last frivolous patent filers

jjgray
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
jjgray   12/17/2012 10:09:34 AM
NO RATINGS
Well I am hoping the watering funnel is not a granted patent, but Larry is right: it is certainly the right balance of effectiveness v simplicity. About 30 years ago I made something similar for emptying buckets of water out of my parents' leaky attic and it still works. My 'funnel' was a cut-off plastic Coke bottle.

larussell
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
larussell   12/16/2012 11:34:59 PM
NO RATINGS
I have #5. It is the best solution for watering trees I have ever had. It also has a long pipette that slides down inside the watering tube to check how much water is in the stand. I've seen all kinds of complicated solutions to this problem including pumps with level monitoring, and siphons with remote filling tanks, etc., but sometimes the simple solution involving a bit of plastic is the best. This kind of innovation is why the patent system was created.

Battar
User Rank
Author
re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
Battar   12/16/2012 7:02:35 AM
NO RATINGS
You would be surprised - and saddened - to see how much "unpatentable" rubbish gets past the patent examiners and converted into patents.

Page 1 / 2   >   >>


Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Musings With Regard To Being a One-Armed Engineer
Max Maxfield
8 comments
I had a bit of a scare recently. It gave me pause for thought, and the thought at the forefront of my mind was: "If I were to lose my left arm, how would this impact my ability to create ...

Martin Rowe

Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
Martin Rowe
5 comments
Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

Rajaram Regupathy, Cypress Semiconductor

Add USB Battery Charging Protocols to an Android-Based Design
Rajaram Regupathy, Cypress Semiconductor
Post a comment
Editorial Note: Excerpted from Unboxing Android: A hands on approach with real world examples, by Rajaram Regupathy, the author takes you through the process incorporating effective power ...

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe will interview EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt.
Flash Poll