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City Kitty Cat Toilet Training Seat on Shark Tank

Rebecca Rescate’s Citi Kitty cat toilet training set is doing well.  With over $1.4 million in sales though her website alone, you could say she’s doing very well. But Rescate thinks she can do better, so she hit the set of ABC’s Shark Tank seeking help from the investors.  In the end, she agreed to [...]

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Onesole Interchangeable Shoes on Shark Tank

When I saw pharmacist Dominique McClain Barteet presenting her Onesole interchangeable shoe invention on Shark Tank, the first thing I thought was, “Hmm, where have I seen this before?”  Then I remembered – USA Network’s now-dead show Made in the USA featured a collapsible and interchangeable shoe idea back in 2004. On the USA show, the [...]

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“Due In” Maternity T-Shirts by Samson Martin on Shark Tank

Kim Preis appeared on this week’s Shark Tank with her line of maternity t-shirts featuring the phrase “Due in.”  As in, “My baby is Due In November,” or “I am Due In September.” Preis said that her company, Samson Martin, has sold $1.4 million worth of these shirts, but that sales have declined in recent [...]

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“Fridge Fronts” Magnetic Appliance Covers Appear on Shark Tank

Jan Anderson and Jason Augenstein took their magnetic appliance covers to the Shark Tank last week. The invention is simple: it’s a magnetic, decorative sheet that can be applied to the surface of an appliance to dress it up a bit. Anderson explained that the idea came to her while she was living in military [...]

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Pawn Stars shows Antique Curta Calculator

Last night’s episode of Pawn Stars featured an Antique Curta Calculator. Introduced in 1948 by Austrian Curt Herzstark, this mechanical device was the world’s first handheld four-function calculator. Herzstark filed for U.S. patent protection in October 1949 for his “Independent Actuator Tens Transformer” invention.  Patent #2,588,835 issued to Herzstark in 1952. As Rick Harrison mentioned [...]

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Apple Filed Patent Application For Mobile Device Tracking

The recent discovery that Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices track their owner’s movements and store that information in a database shocked privacy advocates.  Apple quickly issued a statement denying the claims, explaining that they are tracking the device’s location, not the owner’s location.  Get that?  They’re not tracking you, they’re tracking something you always carry [...]

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Pocket Bra Inventor Claims Patent Infringement

Pocket Bra Inventor Claims Patent Infringement

Wisconsin resident Tammy Pintor has filed suit against fellow Wisconsinite Leslie Van Dorf and her company Purse-Les for allegedly violating her US Patent on the Pocket Bra. From the Chicago Tribune: Tammy Pintor, owner of TJ Secret in Menomonee Falls, has a patent for a brassiere that holds and conceals electronic devices, cosmetics, money or [...]

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Qubits Construction Toy Featured on Shark Tank

Qubits Construction Toy Featured on Shark Tank

Architect and Inventor Mark Burginger pitched his Qubits construction toy on Season 1 of ABC’s Shark Tank. Billed as “The Construction Toy of the Future,” Burginger describes Qubits as a building-block toy superior to others on the market because if its ability to form curved structures. Burginger’s invention is disclosed in US Patent #7036277, titled [...]

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Waterphone instrument makes appearance on Storage Wars

Waterphone instrument makes appearance on Storage Wars

A recent episode of A&E’s Storage Wars television show featured a show participant acquiring a strange musical instrument known as a Waterphone. While the instrument itself is not familiar to most, chances are you’ve heard this instrument in any number of Hollywood horror movies, usually right before something really, really scary happens.   On the [...]

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Kraft Foods takes exception to Teacher’s “Kick the KD” program

Kraft Foods takes exception to Teacher’s “Kick the KD” program

In the US, we call it “Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner,” or “Mac and Cheese.”  In Canada, the same product is known simply as “Kraft Dinner,” or “KD” for short. Seems that a college professor has run afoul of Kraft’s legal department with his healthy-cooking class entitled “Kick the KD.”  Kraft’s legal department took exception [...]

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