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CH Patent: 7,024

Verstellbarer Schraubenschlüssel Patentee: M. Schmetz - Aachen Germany Granted:1893-07-15

Spring-loaded cam levers on each side of the movable jaw clamp on the sides of the shank to hold the adjustment. The drawing shows coil springs; the drawing for parallel German patent DE-69619 granted with effective date January 19, 1893 shows flat springs.
This is one of 67,228 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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DE Patent: 26,723

Schraubenschlüssel mit Gelenkverbindung Patentee: Johann Carl Bauer - Bathurst Gambia Granted:1884-04-16

German patent corresponding to British patent GB-188302968, U.S. patent 313,571, etc. The German patent (like the British) shows several different forms of wrench with a connecting link. The German patent gives a different address for Bauer. German patent Klasse 87 (a) Gruppe 10. The form shown in Figs. 1 & 2 was produced in Britain and the U.S. -- see the entries for those patents for production details.
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DE Patent: 32,747

Schraubenschlüssel mit verstellbarer Maulweite Patentee: Theodor Clarfeld - Iserlohn Germany Granted:1885-08-28

A set screw and ring connects the "fixed" jaw to the handle. The interior of the handle is threaded; the "movable" jaw has a flat sided shank with threads. German patent law provided for patents issued to companies; the individuals are not named. Another source identified Clarfeld as the patentee. The wrench was advertised in the late 1880s and early 1890s, with an image including the patent number. German patent Klasse 87 (a) Gruppe 7.
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US Patent: 18,691

DATAMP Wacky Patents - October 19, 2020 - 2:48pm
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.
This is one of 67,184 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 2,552,905

Film Identifying Means for Photographic Camera Film Holders Patentee: James S. Panosian - Rochester, Monroe County NY Granted:1951-05-15

This patent is on the Graflex Riteway Film Holder. Original application filed 03 Jan., 1948, now patent #2,497,270. Divided and this application filed 14 Dec., 1949.
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US Patent: 556,248

DATAMP Wacky Patents - October 18, 2020 - 2:48pm
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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US Patent: 363,037

DATAMP Wacky Patents - October 16, 2020 - 2:44pm
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.
This is one of 67,125 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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DE Patent: 149,498

Rohrzange Patentee: Granted:1904-03-11

Tongs type pipe wrench. The patent was issued to a company; no individual is identified. German patent Klasse 87 (a) Gruppe 14.
This is one of 67,103 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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Oct. 21: A USPTO Speaker Series fireside chat with Dr. Marian Rogers Croak

See and hear inventor Dr. Marian Rogers Croak at the next all-virtual installment of the USPTO Speaker Series Wednesday, October 21, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Croak, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, and the audience will discuss her decades of work on advanced technologies for voice and data networks and the internet. The conversation will cover her career, what inspired her, and the future of innovation. Register for this special event and watch the discussion online.

Dr. Croak holds more than 200 patents and has more than 100 pending patent applications. Her many achievements include:

  • Pioneering work advancing the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) with inventions that made internet phone calls more reliable and secure.

  • Text-to-donate technology inspired by Hurricane Katrina that revolutionized how people give to charitable organizations.

  • Work on the telephone network and voting system used for American Idol.

Dr. Croak is now vice president for site reliability engineering at Google, Inc., where she works on initiatives such as the Loon project, which seeks to use high-altitude balloons as cell towers for WiFi access to trains in rural India and other parts of the world.

If you would like to submit a question to Dr. Croak in advance, please send it to directorspeakerseries@USPTO.GOV.

The USPTO Speaker Series is a regularly occurring program featuring American inventors and entrepreneurs who share their remarkable personal stories of invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, or leadership. View past Speaker Series programs on the USPTO’s YouTube channel.

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CA Patent: 86,524

Wrench and Thread Cutter Patentee: Charles Benesh - Wahpeton ND Granted:1904-04-12

Double alligator wrench with threading dies corresponding to U.S. patent 720,554. Local historians note the address for Hawkeye Wrench Company was the same as Marshall Oil Company, and surmise the tools were produced elsewhere under contract. Charles Benesh's signature on the drawing was dated in March, 1903.
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US Patent: 490,964

DATAMP Wacky Patents - October 14, 2020 - 2:40pm
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: 92,379

DATAMP Wacky Patents - October 13, 2020 - 2:37pm
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.
This is one of 67,067 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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Oct. 20: How the U.S. government can help you protect and enforce your IP in China

 Register to attendthe latest in a series of USPTO webinars focused on intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement in China. This free program, “How the U.S. government can help companies protect and enforce their IP in China,” will take place Tuesday, October 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. ET.

The webinar has been tailored to address the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and new-to-market firms, and it will include presentations by China IP specialists from several U.S. government agencies.

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DE Patent: 120,218

Schraubenschlüssel mit einem die bewegliche Backe festklemmenden Keil Patentee: Oskar Schach - Altenburg Germany Granted:1901-05-15

A sliding collar with wedge extension provides the means to set the adjustment of the movable jaw.
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US Patent: 305,102

DATAMP Wacky Patents - October 12, 2020 - 2:34pm
Illuminating device for frightening rats and mice Patentee: John H. Nelson - South Lima NY Granted:1884-09-16

1 of 12 patents in the Parker Brothers Inventor's Game. Another is 92,379 Here as part of Russ Allen's MWTCA Gadgets, Gizmos, and Mechanical Marvels display.
This is one of 67,067 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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US Patent: 2,362,941

Penetrator chuck retainer Patentee: David F. Sklar - Brooklyn NY Granted:1944-11-14

Improvements to a portion of patent 1,885,972.
This is one of 67,053 patents currently in the database at datamp.org

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DE Patent: 24,000

Neuerung an verstellbaren Schraubenschlüsseln Patentee: Otto Leber - Bielefeld Germany Granted:1883-10-05

The movable jaw is held in adjustment by a sliding wedge. In one form, the wedge is operated by a side lever and eccentric cam shaft. German patent Klasse 87 (a) Gruppe 9.
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US Patent: 2,598,480

Power-operated saw having oppositely reciprocating saw blades. Patentee: John W. Wright - Bridgeport CT Granted:1952-05-27

This patent number was seen on a pneumatically-powered reciprocating saw from Power Saw & Tool Corporation. The restoration of this saw can be seen in a YouTube video on the "Hand Tool Rescue" channel; see link.
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USPTO releases report on artificial intelligence and intellectual property policy

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released a report titled “Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy.” It takes a comprehensive look at a wide variety of stakeholder views on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) across the intellectual property (IP) landscape, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret policy, as well as developing issues about database protection. The new report represents the agency’s firm commitment to keeping pace with this rapidly changing and critical technology in order to accelerate American innovation.

"On February 11, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order 13859 announcing the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative, our nation’s strategy on artificial intelligence," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "As artificial intelligence technologies continue to advance, the United States will not cede leadership in global innovation. The Department of Commerce recognizes the importance of harnessing American ingenuity to advance and protect our economic security."

"The USPTO has long been committed to ensuring our nation maintains its leadership in all areas of innovation, especially in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence," said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. "We appreciate the thoughtful comments our stakeholders have made to assist the USPTO in this endeavor. We will continue to work closely with the innovation community and experts in AI to encourage innovation and to strengthen the predictability and reliability of IP rights relating to AI technology. We want to ensure that significant innovation in and around this critical area continues."

"New AI technologies demand careful consideration in light of current intellectual property laws," added Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. To that end, the USPTO proactively solicited public input through two formal Requests for Comments published in the Federal Register. In response, the agency received approximately 200 unique comments from a broad range of experts in foreign patent offices, bar associations, trade associations, academia, law firms, and companies in the electronics, software, automobile, medical, and pharmaceutical industries.

As the report indicates, the majority of commenters believe the U.S. legal system is well equipped to handle the emerging issues raised by AI. However, many commented that the USPTO and IP stakeholders must keep a close eye on legal and scientific developments in AI to ensure the United States keeps up with this critical technology.

See the full report online. For more information, see the USPTO's Artificial Intelligence webpage.
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Fee schedule updates


The USPTO has made several changes to the fee schedule. 

Changes effective October 1PCT fees to foreign offices:

  • 1701: International filing fee (first 30 pages—filed electronically without ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file)—fee increase from $1,236 to $1,337

  • 1710: International filing fee (first 30 pages—filed electronically with ePCT or PCT-EASY .zip file)—fee increase from $1,136 to $1,229

  • 1702: International filing fee (first 30 pages)—fee increase from $1,337 to $1,446

  • 1703: Supplemental fee (for each page over 30)—fee increase from $15 to $16

  • 1705: Handling fee—fee increase from $201 to $217

  • 1706: Handling fee—90% reduction, if applicant meets specified criteria—fee increase from $20.10 to $21.70

More information is available on the PCT fees page of the USPTO website.

Changes effective October 2—FY 2020 final patent fee rule:

On October 2, the first patent fee increase in almost three years became effective. As a reminder, the surcharge for non-DOCX filings will be effective on January 1, 2022. To learn more about the fee changes, please visit the Summary of FY 2020 Final Patent Fee Rule page.

The fee schedule provides information and fee rates for products and services provided by the USPTO. For more information, call the USPTO Contact Center at 571-272-1000 or 800-786-9199.

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