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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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“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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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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What is the difference between a Patent Attorney and a Patent Agent?

What is the difference between a Patent Attorney and a Patent Agent?

This site uses the terms Patent Agent and Patent Attorney somewhat interchangeably.  However, there are differences between the two. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires that all individuals prosecuting patent applications be registered with the Office. (Though there is an exception that allows an inventor to prosecute his own application.) The USPTO [...]

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Why I Wish I Would Have Taken the Patent Bar Exam Earlier

I purchased the PLI home-study course in May. I watched the 40-some-odd hours of lectures over the next month, and was told at the end that I should spend another 150 hours studying for the exam. Seemed daunting, but OK. It also seemed reasonable. After all, this is difficult material, and there is a lot [...]

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Tips for Test Day

Tips for Test Day

The Patent Bar Examination is a tough test. You’ll need to know the material very well to get a passing score. And even if you do know the material well, you may simply have a bad day, “blank-out,” or get so caught up on a single question that you’ll blow your time allotment. I passed [...]

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