Father’s Day 2021

America’s ingenuity for celebrating is well documented in the U.S. patent collection, and technology for celebrating our Fathers is not an exception.

Take, for instance, the Expectant Father System patented by Ashley Svopa on June 1, 1999 as U.S. Patent No. 5,908,108:

Then there’s literally a Father Figure in U.S. Patent No. D803720, patented by Eytan and Irina Silboni on November 28, 2017:


Congress has passed, and President Biden has now signed, legislation making June 19th — Juneteenth — a national holiday. June 19th is the anniversary of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. President Lincoln’s January 1, 1863, Emancipation Proclamation officially outlawed slavery in the rebelling states, but enforcement in remote Texas was spotty at best. Ironically, after June 19th 1865, slavery remained legal in two Union states – Delaware and Kentucky – for another six months until the December 6, 1865, ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery nationwide.

Only one U.S. patent to date references Juneteenth — Ivy Antrinette Marlonia’s U.S. Patent No. 8,136,962, on Remote Controlled Hideaway Holiday and Party Lighting. According to Ivy, her party lighting can be used to celebrate a number of occasions, including Juneteenth:

Flag Day 2021

June 14th is Flag Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, and on August 3, 1949, Congress established June 14 as National Flag Day, although it was not made an official federal holiday. The U.S. patent collection provides a number of suggestions of ways to display your flag:

U.S. Patent No. 1,571,581, issued February 2, 1926 discloses a Holder for Flags or the Like
U.S. Patent No. 1,374,921, issued April 19, 1921, disc;loses a Mechanically Waved Flag
U.S. Patent No. 696597, issued April 8, 1902, discloses a Flag Cane.
U.S> Patent No. D22035, issued December 6, 1892, discloses a Handle for Spoon with a flag motif.

However you decide to display the flag today, have a great day.

Easter Patents

Another holiday celebrated though the records of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Happy Easter to all who celebrate it (or just like candy).

U.S. Patent No. 3,848,564 covers a Rotating Egg Coloring Device
U.S. Patent No. 5,878,698 covers an Ornamental Pet Collar Cover.
U.S. Patent No. 2,102,329 covers a Package
U.S. Patent No. D349,470 covers an Easter Greenhouse
U.S. Patent No. 4,124,135 covers a Hinged Plastic Easter Egg
U.S. Patent No. D338,139 covers Bunny Tongs

March 17, 2021

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and a good time to review how it is celebrated in the records of U.S. Patent Office.

U.S. D505846 Covers a Shamrock Shaped Bottle Opener
U.S. Patent No. D460716 covers a Shamrock Decoration
U.S> Patent No. D529549 covers a Shamrock Bingo Dobber
U.S. Patent No. D445315 covers a Shamrock Cookie Die
U.S. Patent No. 7,393,113 covers an Illuminating Necklace with shamrock lights
U.S. Patent No. 10092020 covers Non-Contact Printed Comestible Products and Apparatus and Method for Producing Same which can include a shamrock design
U.S. Patent No. D454613 covers a Shamrock Fountain
U.S. Patent No. 3,128,724 covers [Shamrock-Shaped] Gelatin Molds

Good Friday 2020

There is all sorts of valuable information in the U.S. Patent collection, and from U.S. Patent No. 6,325,691, we learn all about the Easter Egg tradition, including the incredible investment potential of Good Friday eggs:

U.S. Patent No. 6,325,691.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone could use a wee bit of the luck of the Irish. Here are collection of shamrock design patents to bring a little luck to you on St. Patrick’s Day 2020:

U.S. Patent No. D460716 covers a Shamrock Decoration.
U.S. Patent No. D505846 covers a Shamrock Shaped Bottle Opener.
U.S. Patent No. D445315 covers a Shamrock Cookie Die.

Finally, what says “lucky” more than a Shamrock Shaped Bingo Dobber:

U.S. Patent No. D529549 covers a Shamrock Bingo Dobber.

International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day . It is appropriate to recognize trail blazer Mary Dixon Kies, who on May 5, 1809, became the first woman to receive a U.S. Patent. Unfortunately here patent was destroyed in the Patent Office fire of 1836. Her invention, a new technique of weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats, was less frivolous that it might seem today and until fashions changed, bolstered New England’s hat industry, which had been faltering due to the Embardo Act of 1807. In 2006, she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.