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T. Pro Harrison
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re: What were they thinking: Christmas patents
T. Pro Harrison   12/14/2012 9:32:50 PM
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Hey, I'm buying one of those in Figure 5 this weekend for our tree. They made their way into The Home Depot for $5, and I'm not paying $32 plus shipping to get the (probably also patented) Gift Box Tree Watering System (at least not this year). :-)

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BrianBailey   12/14/2012 11:16:15 PM
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I hope Home Depot is paying full royalties on this incredible invention that nobody else has ever thought about!

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Battar   12/16/2012 7:02:35 AM
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You would be surprised - and saddened - to see how much "unpatentable" rubbish gets past the patent examiners and converted into patents.

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larussell   12/16/2012 11:34:59 PM
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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.

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jjgray   12/17/2012 10:09:34 AM
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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.

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bogdanbmcc   12/17/2012 3:27:41 PM
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Maybe there should stocks before the USPO where they could keep always one of the last frivolous patent filers

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BrianBailey   12/17/2012 3:40:36 PM
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This was patented THIS year, meaning NO ONE has ever had this idea before (according to the patent office)!

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BrianBailey   12/17/2012 3:41:08 PM
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I think even better, the patent officer that accepted the last frivolous patent!

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ChrisJ555   12/17/2012 5:02:08 PM
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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).

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electrofun   12/19/2012 2:25:57 PM
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I realized that the USPTO had jumped the tracks when I saw a patent for "a method of swinging a swing."

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