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US Patent: 1,503,888

Ratchet Wrench Patentee: John E. Erickson - Rockford IL Granted:1924-08-05


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US Patent: 221,855

DATAMP Wacky Patents - April 20, 2021 - 11:08pm
Improvement in fire-escapes Patentee: Benjamin B. Oppenheimer - Trenton TN Granted:1879-11-18

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 305,102 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 293,957

Pawl and ratchet Patentee: Robert C. Ellrich - Plantsville CT Granted:1884-02-19

Ellrich Hardware Manufacturing Co. made a straight ratchet screwdriver that used this patent. Peck, Stow & Wilcox used this Patent on braces, Sample marked ,'No. 1002,P S & W Co'. Ellrich had many Patents used by Peck, Stow & Wilcox.
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US Patent: 730,918

DATAMP Wacky Patents - April 17, 2021 - 9:52pm
Eye protector for chickens Patentee: Andrew Jackson Jr. - Munich TN Granted:1903-06-16

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 1,175,513 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 17,494

Miter box Patentee: George L. Chapin - Perrysburg NY Granted:1857-06-09


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US Patent: 18,691

DATAMP Wacky Patents - April 16, 2021 - 9:51pm
Improvement in methods of floating horses, &c., across rivers Patentee: Samuel P. Heintzelman - Newport Barracks KY Granted:1857-11-24

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 730,918 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 976,296

Miter Box Patentee: Alexander Robbins - Kalamazoo MI Granted:1910-11-22

A complicated compound miter box.
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Happy 200th birthday to Eunice Foote, hidden climate science pioneer

 

Inventor and suffragist Eunice Foote held patents for non-squeaking shoes and improved paper mills. She was also the first to explain the concept of global warming. Her experiments in the 1850s demonstrated the thermal effects of carbon-dioxide-rich air when exposed to sunlight.  Although Foote published the results of her experiments, she was not properly credited with this discovery. A male colleague had to present her findings at the 1856 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the society omitted her work in their annual report. No further recognition and no complete report of Foote’s findings appeared until the latter part of the 20th century. Foote shifted her focus to invention and innovation, receiving her two patents in 1860 and 1864.  Learn more about Foote’s work in #climate science from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): https://bit.ly/3uwM8A1
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COVID fast-track appeals pilot program

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will soon accept petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals for COVID-related inventions. There is no cost for appeals related to COVID-19 in this pilot program, which starts on April 15, 2021.

A COVID-related appeal for eligibility into the pilot program must relate to a product or process that is subject to an applicable U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for COVID-19 use.

Petition grants for fast-track review of COVID-related ex parte appeals will be limited to a maximum of 500, and the USPTO has a goal to issue a decision for these appeals within six months of entry into the pilot program. In order to keep appeals on schedule, oral hearings under the program will be expedited and, once scheduled, will not be rescheduled or relocated.

For additional information on the pilot program, visit the COVID fast-track appeals pilot program page on the USPTO website.

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US Patent: RE8,489

Improvement in self-balancing centrifugal machines Patentee: David M. Weston - Boston MA Granted:1878-11-12

This invention builds on the inventor's previous patented centrifuge which was intended for drying sugar, patent 63,770 and reissued as RE2,845. The major change is to suspend the shaft from the bottom rather than the top. Like the previous patent, this one uses a spring to provide a yielding support for the spring so that it can rotate about its center of mass. This improved centrifuge was manufactured by American Tool & Machine Co. and was popular with textile manufacturers in dying, bleaching and finishing processes.
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Boardside Chat: PTAB webinar about remote hearings

Join the next Boardside Chat webinar on Thursday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, for a discussion about remote hearings.

Chief Clerk Erica Swift will address procedural and technical aspects of video and telephonic hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Lead judges Georgianna Braden and Jessica Kaiser, Deputy Chief Clerk Kulunie Cannon, and PTAB practitioners David McCombs (Haynes and Boone, LLP) and Pauline Pelletier (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.) will provide their perspectives and recommendations for presenting effective oral arguments in remote hearings.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. Please send questions in advance or during the webinar to PTABBoardsideChat@uspto.gov.

Register in advance. The webinar is free and open to all.

More information is available on the PTAB Boardside Chat page of the USPTO website.

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Maintenance filings, COVID-19, and excusable nonuse (Trademark)

Are you a trademark owner with an upcoming deadline for a registration maintenance filing? If COVID-19 has directly impacted you or your business and temporarily prevented you from using your trademark, you may request to be temporarily excused from using your trademark. 

If you think this applies to you, when you file your section 8 or section 71 declaration, you must provide a statement that includes the following:

  • An explanation of how COVID-19 has affected you or your business and caused you to temporarily stop using your trademark for the products and services covered by your registration
  • The date your trademark was last used
  • The steps you're taking to resume use, and
  • The approximate date you expect to resume using your trademark.

For more information on excusable nonuse, please see Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) sections 1604.11 and 1613.11, and our Keeping your registration alive webpage for general information on how to maintain your trademark registration.

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TEAS and TEASi unavailable Saturday, April 24

What's happening 

The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and the Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi) will be unavailable due to system maintenance on Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. We're updating the online forms to fix bugs and incorporate enhancements based on customer feedback. 

What you should do 

To avoid losing work, submit any completed and saved TEAS and TEASi forms, including e-signature forms, by 7:59 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 24. You will not be able to access previously saved forms or e-signature forms after the system maintenance.  

Next steps

To find out more about changes we’re making to TEAS and TEASi, read the release highlights on the TEAS and TEASi maintenance and enhancement page of the USPTO website. 

See the USPTO systems status and availability page on the USPTO website for the latest information on the operating status and availability of our online business systems.

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US Patent: 404,057

Micrometer Caliper Patentee: Morris F. Smith - New Haven CT Granted:1889-05-28

This 6 inch Micrometer was #128 in the Starrett catalog. This is a 0-1" micrometer mounted on a bar with a pin and a set of precision bushings. Of the 6 possible positions in the example shown (image #2), only one was .001" off. The rest were less than that. My invention relates to that class of micrometer-calipers, which measures distances greater than one inch by means of moving a slide, which carries one of the caliper-points. The objects of my invention are accurate and expeditious adjustment of the slide and improved means for taking up the wear of the micrometer-screw. To enable others to make and use my improved calipers, I will give a description of the same in detail, reference being had to the drawings hereto annexed. The beam A, Fig. 1, has the two parts a and &. The part a is rectangular and of equal size throughout its length and the part 5 integral with the part a is bent at a right angle to it and terminates in the cylindrical enlargement c, which is tapped to receive the screw B. The part a is perforated in two lines parallel and near to the sides of the beam, into which hardened-steel bushings d are forced. These bushed holes are arranged to operate in conjunction with the bushed holes in the slide, so that when bushings having like numbers are brought in line the micrometer-screw being in the position shown in Fig. 1, the distance between caliper points C and D will be as many inches or units of measure as the number on the coincident bushings indicates. Thus in Fig. 1 bushings 3 are in line, and the distance between points C and D is three units. Fractional measurements are obtained in the same manner as in the ordinary micrometers. The screw B is reduced in size where it protrudes from the beam, and is chamfered at the end C, and forms one of the caliper-points. The slide E is a rectangular box fitted to the beam, except on the lower side, where room enough is left for the shoe or gib g to fill. On its lower side a circular boss is raised, which is tapped to receive the thumb-screw which passes through the lower side of the slide and comes against the shoe g. The shoe g is turned up at each end at right angles to hold it in place when the screw is released. On the upper side of the slide extends upward, the arm e, terminating in the cylindrical enlargement , which is tapped to receive the part F. When the slide is in place on the beam A, the axes of the threaded parts c and are in line. The wider sides, h, of the slide are perforated in two parallel lines, which are in the same planes as the lines of the holes in the beam, and the holes are equal in number. Into these holes, bushings i are forced, and are ground out, as is hereinafter explained. The pin G-, with the knurled head, is fitted to these bushings and holds the slide from endwise movement when the tool is in use.
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US Patent: 363,037

DATAMP Wacky Patents - April 13, 2021 - 9:48pm
Means and apparatus for propelling and guiding baloons Patentee: Charles Richard Edouard Wulff - Paris France Granted:1887-05-17

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 560,351 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 1,361,923

Wrench Patentee: William M. Stovall - Clallam Bay WA Granted:1920-12-14

A cam on the handle provides force to close the jaws. The patent includes provision for alternate interchangeable jaw forms, etc. Corresponding Canadian patent CA-227,047 was granted with effective date Dec. 12, 1922. Stovall produced a simpler form of cam action self-adjusting wrench bearing this patent date; production information is only known from markings on an example.
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GB Patent: 304,060

Improvements in Grinding or Abrading Machines Patentee: Cincinnati Grinders, Inc. - Cincinnati, Hamilton County OH Granted:1929-01-17

Abstract: In a grinding machine, the work pieces are presented to opposed grinding and regulating wheels by means of a rotating carrier which steadies the workpieces but allows freedom for their automatic adjustment on the work rest and the periphery of the grinding- wheel. The grinding-wheel 10 has a periperal arcuate groove 11 and the regulating wheel D is mounted on a slide C adjusted by a screw E which is connected by lever mechanism G to a rotary cam 12 to impart reciprocating movement to the regulating wheel in order to feed the blanks to the grinding-wheel. A slide I mounted beneath the slide C carries a bracket 13 provided with a work-rest 14 which projects between the grinding and regulating wheels and supports the spherical heads of the work-pieces 15 during the operation. The grinding-wheel rotates downwardly toward the work-support while the regulating wheel is moved slowly upwardly to rotate the work by frictional contact. The work carrier comprises a disc 23 rotating on a spindle 21 and provided with peripheral openings 24 to receive the shanks of the work-pieces. A plate 25 has a flange 26 which limits the movement of the workpieces into the sockets. Intermittent movement is imparted to the carrier to bring the work-pieces successively into position by means of a ratchet wheel 27 engaged by a pawl 28 which is rocked through lever mechanism, Fig. 4, from a rock shaft 33. The indexing movement is effected at the required time by means of a lug on the cam disc 12, which coacts with a rack rod and pinion to actuate the shaft 33. The cam disc is driven through a belt 43 and worm gearing 42 from a motor 44. The finished work-pieces are ejected by means of a member 46 actuated by an arm 50 on a rock shaft 51. This shaft is operated from a lug 58 on the cam disc 12 through a lever arm 54 and a trigger device. The ejecting movement may force the finished work-piece into a discharge tube 60, whence it may slide out of the machine. In a modification, Fig. 7, the work carrier is fitted with positioning bushes 61 having a portion 62 which fits the shank of the work-piece and a recess 63 to receive the ball end. In this case the ejector forces the ball end into the recess 63, after which the carrier is indexed. When the work-pieces reach the bottom of the carrier they fall out by gravity into a suitable receptacle.
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US Patent: 490,964

DATAMP Wacky Patents - April 11, 2021 - 9:46pm
Combination clothes brush Patentee: Thomas W. Helm - Danville VA Granted:1893-01-31

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 1,159,804 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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US Patent: 1,456,480

Pipe Wrench Patentee: George D. Becker - Saginaw MI Granted:1923-05-22

Gripping wrench for pipe intended to be non-marring. Bushings to compensate for variation in pipe circumference are part of the patent. Brief notice in trade literature indicate Becker was planning to produce the wrench at Saginaw.
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US Patent: 92,379

DATAMP Wacky Patents - April 10, 2021 - 9:45pm
Rocking Chair Patentee: Charles Singer - South Bend IN Granted:1869-07-06

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 490,964 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
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