03-19-2015, 05:11 AM
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Some of the patents I run across can best be categorised as "bleeding obvious" - to the point where I have to wonder how they could be granted... such as this one from 2004:
Quote:The present invention provides in two embodiments a cap for use with a shaving cream container. The cap has a top portion and a sidewall which defines an interior space. A mirror having a reflective side is positioned in the cap so that the reflective surface may be viewed from either the top or the bottom of the cap. In addition, the shaving cream container may have a mirror surface located thereon.
Or in short; let's glue a mirror to the cap and/or bottom of the can of goo...

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The patent application makes a couple of valid points and one I can't wrap my head around though:
Quote:It has been long known that people often shave in the shower using a hand held mirror as an aid. However, there is competing need to economize the number of items used in the shaving process. For example, when traveling it is often difficult to carry a mirror or to store a mirror in the shower area. Further, using a glass mirror in the shower presents a safety concern.
Economizing the number of items used for shaving is pretty much the opposite of what I like to do... well, each to their own.

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 03-19-2015, 05:26 AM
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I have to agree, why would they grant a patent on that.  Maybe I should patent putting a mirror on the bottom of my shave mug or on top of my MWF lid.

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 03-19-2015, 06:30 AM
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As a patent attorney I've seen things you wouldn't believe being patented (even a sexual position!).

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 03-19-2015, 01:20 PM
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(03-19-2015, 06:30 AM)cegadede Wrote: As a patent attorney I've seen things you wouldn't believe being patented (even a sexual position!).

I'm appealed, but not terrible surprised after spending some time browsing patents. I'm also very, very sure I do not want to know what part of that they figured was novel and worthy of patenting.

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 03-20-2015, 06:50 AM
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(03-19-2015, 06:30 AM)cegadede Wrote: As a patent attorney I've seen things you wouldn't believe being patented (even a sexual position!).

Was it a process patent claim, such as,

1.  A process of inducing sexual release by stimulating the the ear canal.
2.  The process of claim 1, wherein the participants promise never to tell another about it.

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 03-20-2015, 08:29 AM
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(03-20-2015, 06:50 AM)Teddyboy Wrote:
(03-19-2015, 06:30 AM)cegadede Wrote: As a patent attorney I've seen things you wouldn't believe being patented (even a sexual position!).

Was it a process patent claim, such as,

1.  A process of inducing sexual release by stimulating the the ear canal.
2.  The process of claim 1, wherein the participants promise never to tell another about it.
I'm really not at liberty to discuss the details, I'm sorry!

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 03-20-2015, 08:45 AM
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(03-19-2015, 05:11 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: The patent application makes a couple of valid points and one I can't wrap my head around though:


Quote:It has been long known that people often shave in the shower using a hand held mirror as an aid. However, there is competing need to economize the number of items used in the shaving process. For example, when traveling it is often difficult to carry a mirror or to store a mirror in the shower area. Further, using a glass mirror in the shower presents a safety concern.
Economizing the number of items used for shaving is pretty much the opposite of what I like to do... well, each to their own.

It is clearly a space issue. Kind of like the hones that are double sided. Why have a greater number of items than needed when one can have multiple functions?  That is the rationale at least.

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