It was seen that the works of founders of States, law-givers, tyrant-destroyers, and heroes cover
but narrow spaces and endure but for a time; while the work of the inventor, though of less pomp,
is felt everywhere and lasts forever.          - Francis Bacon Preface to a Treatise on Interpreting Nature

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Monday, April 30, 2012

April 2012

(Thanks to Dave Zedonis for reporting this presentation.)

Mr. Cedric D’Hue (patent attorney with Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; 317-635-8900; discussed the recently passed America Invents Act.

The Act is a step toward creating a single worldwide system of patent law that would simplify and decrease the cost of getting and enforcing a patent.  Among other things, the Act specifies a new requirement for getting a patent from the United States government.  Now, a patent is awarded, by the U.S. to the first inventor of an invention who within a reasonable time applies for a patent, and by almost all other countries to the inventor of an invention who first applies for a patent.  The U.S. now awards a patent to an inventor who is the first to document imagining the invention and who diligently embodies the invention, either as a working model or as a patent application that alleges that the invention works as intended.  As of March 2013, the U.S. will join almost all other countries in awarding a patent to an inventor who first embodies the invention as a patent application, regardless of whether that inventor was the first to document imagining the invention.

Both now and under the Act, a provisional application for a patent is a useful tool that holds your place in line for getting a patent.  This kind of application can not itself lead to a patent, but is a relatively inexpensive way to get at-first-glance priority over other true inventors seeking a patent for the same invention.  The application must describe the invention in enough detail to enable one of ordinary skill in the technology to make and use the invention that will be eventually claimed in a nonprovisional application, which can lead to a patent.  Now, but even more so under the Act, an inventor will tend to file a provisional application for each inventive increment of an invention, rather than to file an application for only the finished invention.  Within 1 year after filing the first provisional application, an inventor who still wants to devote the time and resources needed to get a patent will roll all of the provisonal applications into one nonprovisional application.

Thank you for helping us understand the new Act, Mr. D’Hue!

Patent Drawings by Richard McVicker

Some inventions patented by our members:

Bob Brand
3,179,907 Tuning system for television receivers
3,219,933 Television tuner switching system
3,241,072 Tuning control system
3,538,466 Television tuner cast housing with integrally cast transmission lines
4,503,740 Optical cutting edge locator for a cutting apparatus
4,503,896 Dog system for veneer slicer
4,601,317 Veneer slicing system
5,511,598 Veneer-slicer with remotely controllable blade angle adjustment
5,562,137 Method and apparatus for retaining a flitch for cutting
5,590,700 Vacuum flitch table with self-cleaning vacuum valve
5,678,619 Method and apparatus for cutting veneer from a tapered flitch
5,680,887 Veneer slicer with timing belt
5,694,995 Method and apparatus for preparing a flitch for cutting
5,701,938 Method and apparatus for retaining a flitch for cutting
5,819,828 Method and apparatus for preparing a flitch for cutting
5,868,187 Method and apparatus for retaining a flitch for cutting
7,395,843 Method and apparatus for retaining a flitch for cutting
7,552,750 Method and apparatus for cutting veneer sheets from a flitch

Rick Hanson
6,240,579 Unitary pedal control of brake and fifth wheel deployment via side and end articulation with additional unitary pedal control of height of patient support
6,253,397 Deployable siderails for a wheeled carriage
6,256,812 Wheeled carriage having auxiliary wheel spaced from center of gravity of wheeled base and cam apparatus controlling deployment of auxiliary wheel and deployable side rails for the wheeled carriage
6,264,006 Brake for castered wheels
6,507,964 Surgical table
D474,446 Sterilizable battery component

Bob Humbert
4,281,368 Keyhole illuminating apparatus

Ron Jackson
4,886,110 HVAC zone control system
4,943,039 Adjustable clamp
4,987,409 Level sensor and alarm
5,132,669 Level sensor with alarm
5,381,989 Adjustable spring clamp
5,944,098 Zone control for HVAC system
6,145,752 Temperature monitoring and control system
6,322,443 Duct supported booster fan
D347,596 Audible security alarm
D376,747 Door security device

Jerry McQuinn
D689,343 Universal Nutcracker

Richard McVicker
3,261,937 Three position snap switch utilizing interference blade means
3,319,477 Timer Escapement
3,332,704 Manually propelled treadmill vehicle
4,625,616 Thumb pick
6,309,076 Light barrier, screen or reflector
D240,237 Sculpture or the like
D356,653 Yard light
8389839 Thumb pick

Bill Pangburn
5,943,831 Device for Hauling Objects

Al Robbins

3,882,960 Ride quality control for surface effects craft
3,946,689 Air dynamo pressure regulation and modulation device for surface effect ships and air cushion vehicles
6,588,702 Lighter-than-air device having a flexible usable surface

Matt Thie
4,844,446 Multiple-compartment currency stacker-sorter
4,940,162 Rolled coin dispenser
7,298,280 Lighted fluid flow indication apparatus
7,617,826 Conserver

Richard Tucker
5,833,751 Powder coating booth having smooth internal surfaces
6,840,367 Material handling and manufacturing system and method
6,976,835 Manufacturing system and process
7,018,579 Manufacturing system and process

Don Walls
D707090 Torque key lever
RE36209 Door lock apparatus

Dave Zedonis
5,637,926 Battery powered electronic assembly for wheel attachment

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