Today’s A.Word.A.Day from wordsmith is infundibuliform, a neat word for funnel-shaped. The word has been used in at least two dozen patents and in the claims of five: 6,276,549, 4,747,343, 4,416,404, 4,288,982, 4,054,970. In U.S. Patent No. 4,747,343, claim 6 is directed to the infundibuliform shape of the end of an auger, which is described in the specification:
One can imagine circumstances where a fancy word like infundibuliform might enhance the prestige of an invention, but for most applications good old “funnel-shaped” is probably the best choice
It’s always rewarding to stumble across the perfect word to describe or claim an invention, and today’s word from a word a day has that potential: aciniform, which means shaped like a cluster of grapes. This word has been used in 48 patents, and has been used in the claims of four patents.
In claiming a separator for a lithium ion battery, U.S. Patent No. 8,192,873 claimed the ceramic particles forming the separator has having an aciniform shape:
In describing carbon black, U.S. Patent 9,580,606 (Col. 5, lines 19-23) explained it was an aciniform, prudently adding a parenthetical definition given the vagaries of construing patents:
The word of the day for December 14 from Wordsmith.org is ensiform, meaning sword-shaped, which is a potentially useful work for patent prosecutors, and in fact has been useful to at least a few:
U.S. Patent No. 9,061,129:Col. 15: 21-25. U.S. Patent No. 5,489,406:
Col. 3, lns. 36-47. Lastly, U.S. Patent No. 5,460,842:
Col. 8, lns. 7-18 is a virtual thesaurus for words describing stabby things. The English language is so rich in descriptive words that patent drafters don’t always have to make up their own.