February 11, 2016
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seems like an opportune time to take a look at some romantic intellectual property. If you don’t think that patents can be romantic, then you should definitely check these out.
1. Love Tester Display Plate
This 1931 design patent covers the face of the well-known love tester machines that used to be found in arcades across the country and around the world. At the price of just one penny, measuring your personal sex appeal has never been easier or more affordable.
2. Eharmony.com Method and System Patent
The television commercials for Eharmony.com are certainly ubiquitous, and their claims about the millions of marriages that have resulted from the use of their website inspire even more people to join every day. Apparently, there is quite a bit of science and research behind the Eharmony.com approach to matchmaking, which is detailed in the patent for a Method and System for Identifying People Who are Likely to Have a Successful Relationship.
3. Method and Instrument for Proposing Marriage to an Individual
Anyone who feels the least bit of uncertainty about the success of their marriage proposal may want to review the disclosure of this published patent application. The inventor, Ryan Grace of Omaha, Nebraska, failed to respond to an Office action, which means that this method and instrument was never actually patented. Steps in the method included meeting an individual, exchanging names with the individual and then dating the individual, which the specification says is “not necessary.” When it comes to the actual proposal, the inventor puts forth the notion that a government document, such as a patent application, should be drafted and shown to the other individual. Romantic, no?
4. Heart-shaped Umbrella
This design patent can keep you smiling even on the rainiest Valentine’s Day. Whether you buy a heart-shaped umbrella for your sweetie or yourself, you’ll always be delighted with this romantic design.
5. Heart-shaped Plants
If you think Valentine’s Day is all about hearts and flowers, then you won’t be able to resist these plants that are shaped like hearts. The patent specification requires at least two living plants with each plant forming one side of the heart.
6. Lover’s Gift Bag
Why celebrate your love on just one day every year? This patent makes it easy to offer love and support 365 days a year. This gift bag for maintaining an emotional connection or conveying a show of support is exactly what you need to tell your dear one how you feel even on an ordinary August afternoon.
Whether they are romantic or not, your ideas deserve to be protected. Contact Texas patent attorney Jeff Williams to learn all about intellectual property and how you can defend your rights.