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US Patent: 874,934

Fence Wire Tightener Patentees: Henry Broome - Springfield, Clark County OH , Charles J. Bowlus - Springfield, Clark County OH Granted:1907-12-31

Known example marked "PAT PEND," with the manufacturer's name. It is #695 in the Smith's "Collectors Guide For Fencing Tools." Staley & Bowman - patent attorneys
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US Patent: 140,111

Wrenches Patentee: Byron C. Bradley - Chicago IL Granted:1873-06-24

A sliding pivot point and a set of notches with a corresponding spur form the adjusting means on this pliers type wrench. Used with Bradley's Sept. 22, 1874 patent (no. 155,139) for a malleable iron adjustable wrench. One known example marked "PAT'D JUNE 24 72" matches the drawing in pat no. 155,139, with an alignment tongue on the handle with the gripping tooth. Other known examples bear names of farm implement companies. For the overall form, also compare patent nos. 166,020 and 206,733.
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Inventor info Chat

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues Thursday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. - noon ET with an “Overview of the Patent Examination Process.”Topics will include:
  • When to expect a response from the USPTO
  • What examiners consider
  • Talking to a patent examiner about your invention
  • Office actions
For more information, and to register for this free webinar, please visit our Inventor Info webinar event page.
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GB Patent: 181,403,799

Steam engine Patentee: John Urpeth Rastrick - Bridgnorth, county Salop (Shropshire) England Granted:1814-04-01

The inventor was one of the first steam locomotive builders, working with Richard Trevithick. At the time this patent was granted, Rastrick was a partner in Hazledean & Rastrick in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, but the partners had a troubled working relationship and the business was dissolved with a year or two. So far as we can determine, Hazledean & Rastrick never manufactured this engine. Rastrick was quite secretive, keeping his notes in code, and the patent specification apparently tried to avoid revealing enough to allow someone else to build his engine. A search has failed to turn up a patent drawing or specification. In any event, Foster Rastrick & Co. was formed a few years later to manufacture Rastrick's engines. In 1829 a famous early locomotive engine, the Sturbridge Lion, was produced, and was shipped to Honesdale, Pennsylvania. A trial run—on wooden tracks with wrought iron running surfaces attached by screws—was successful but it was recognized that the wooden tracks weren't suitable. The locomotive never saw active use and it was eventually dismantled. In 1889, the engine was partially reconstructed with as many original parts as could be found, and was on display for many years at the Smithsonian Institution. A full-scale replica is on exhibit at the Honesdale Museum. Meanwhile, another engine produced by Foster Rastrick in 1829, the Agenoria, stayed in England and was used by the Shutt End Railway for about thirty years.
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CA Patent: 1,001,907

Vernier type indicator indexing mechanism Patentee: Richard J. Newbould - Kenilworth NJ Granted:1976-12-21


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US Patent: 2,489,895

Release Mechanism for Articulated Lever Wrenches Patentee: Stephen M. Kash - Elkhart IN Granted:1949-11-29

The lock release operates by pulling toward the "fixed handle," with a spring to keep it normally nested in the lever handle. The jaws on a known example do not fully close, but that may be due to wear over decades of use. Kash Industries advertised the K-VISE in 1948. George D. Haight and Carl Hoppe - patent attorneys
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US Patent: 42,239

Improvement in Wrenches Patentees: Charles R. Thorn - Clinton Station NJ , Alfred Leigh - Clinton Station NJ Granted:1864-04-05

A ratchet head with an elliptical opening is the base for a double set of adjustable jaws. The end of the handle has a socket for a screwdriver bit.
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US Patent: 39,496

Ratchet Drill Patentee: Edward A. Raymond - Brooklyn NY Granted:1863-08-11

The working parts are enclosed. The drill was "reviewed" in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN; the article identified the manufacturer; Merrill's Ratchet Drill appears in hardware lists through the remainder of the 19th Century.
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US Patent: 40,522

Blacksmith's Clinchers Patentee: E. Warren - Marshall MI Granted:1863-11-03

Combined nippers and horseshoe nail clincher. A Dec. 26, 1863 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN writeup for the the tool includes one detail not mentioned in the patent specifications -- a motion limit stop between the handles so the nipper jaws do not dull each other during the nail clinching operation. The specifications do mention an optional spring to help open the jaws. Munn & Co. attorneys Warren was offering to sell the patent rights in early 1864 issues of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. Patent no. 42,918 is an improved version of the tool.
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US Patent: 2,473,596

Milling machine feed mechanism Patentees: Harry C. Kemper - Goshen Township OH , Richard K. Le Blond - Cincinnati OH Granted:1949-06-21

This is the feed gearing for the machine of patent 2,338,121.
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US Patent: 1,122,426

Combination Tool Patentee: Henry F. Schmitt - St. Louis MO Granted:1914-12-29

From the specifications: "The tool of my invention comprises eight distinct elements, namely, a tack-puller, screw-driver, hammer, stove-lid lifter, pan-lifter, a device for removing bottle-caps, a pipe-wrench, and a nut-wrench." A known example is marked "PAT PEND."
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US Patent: 1,344,569

Gage Patentee: Judson Switzer - Portland OR Granted:1920-06-22

Judson Switzer is back with an improvement to his 1917 butt gage patent (1,223,531). The tool is substantially the same, but instead of lockingthe various marking members in place with set screws this gage provides thumb-wheels for adjustment. I'm not sure the improvement here is actually a step up. While the new adjustment feature is certainly more clever and gadgety, it seems like it would be very easy to accidentally knock the points out of alignment.
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US Patent: 390,556

Wire Stretcher Patentee: James Halstead Birch - Plattsburg MO Granted:1888-10-02

The components are the ring, curved side slots, claw extending at a right angle to the plane of the tool body, and an eccentric cam and post wire clamp. The ring serves as holder for a lever (e.g. pole, etc.). Known examples do not include the cam & post wire clamp. The major features are nearly identical to similar features appearing in the "ATOMIC" fence stretcher based on patent no. 2,483,193.
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Patent Quality Chat

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series kicks off 2018 on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from noon – 1 p.m. ET to discuss “Unlocking Open Data for our Patent Customers." We recently released our most comprehensive dataset of over 4.4 million office actions onto our Open Data Portal. USPTO data experts will discuss how you can leverage this data in bulk or by using new application program interfaces (APIs) that focus on citations used by examiners to reject claims using prior art and particular types of rejections used by examiners, such as rejections under 35 U.S.C. 101 or 35 U.S.C. 103.The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is presented as a part of the USPTO’s continuous efforts to improve patent quality.  More information is available on the chat event page.
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GB Patent: 154,507

Improvements in or relating to brush lifting and short circuiting means for induction motors Patentee: Albert Parkinson - Guiseley, Leeds England Granted:1920-12-02

Seen on a 2 HP 3 phase motor made by F. & A. Parkinson Ltd. of Leeds.
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US Patent: D132,891

Tool Handle Patentee: David Chapman - Chicago, Cook County IL Granted:1942-06-30

Term of patent 7 years.
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Meet the Patent Experts - Class 2


The Meet the Patent Experts will be held on January 17, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, CT at the USPTO-Texas Regional Office. This is Class 2 of the 4-part series and part of our ongoing outreach to independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to learn about provisional applications and key aspects of filing.
Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-patent-experts-class-2-tickets-39578865452
If you are unable to come to the Texas Regional Office in Dallas, TX, this event will be webcasted to Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.  Please click HERE to find the PTRC nearest to you.  Please call ahead to ensure the seminar is being shown at your particular PTRC.
For inquiries about the event: please email TXROevents@uspto.gov, visit us at the https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/uspto-locations/dallas-texas, or call us at 469-295-9000.
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Meet the Trademark Experts

The Meet the Trademark Experts will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, CT at the USPTO-Texas Regional Office. This is part of our ongoing outreach to independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to learn about trademark and the trademark process along with how to file a trademark application.
Registration:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-trademark-experts-tickets-40109203708
If you are unable to come to the Texas Regional Office in Dallas, TX, this event will be webcasted to Patent & Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs) in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.  Please click HERE to find the PTRC nearest to you.  Please call ahead to ensure the seminar is being shown at your particular PTRC.
For inquiries about the event: please email TXROevents@uspto.gov, visit us at the https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/uspto-locations/dallas-texas, or call us at 469-295-9000.
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US Patent: 2,255,792

Torque Measuring Wrench Patentee: Willard C. Kress - Kenmore NY Granted:1941-09-16

Deflection bar torque wrench with scale that can be rotated to either side of the main bar, or folded in line for compact storage or to better fit in tight spaces. Described as improvement to the design in patent no. 2,167,720. Fraser, Myers & Manley - patent attorneys
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US Patent: 556,248

DATAMP Wacky Patents - January 2, 2018 - 9:12am
Saluting Device Patentee: James C. Boyle - Spokane WA Granted:1896-03-10

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 18,691 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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