Dovetail implementation patent

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Forum topic by A.W. "Pappy" Ford posted 10-18-2007 10:29 PM 1258 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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A.W. "Pappy" Ford

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10-18-2007 10:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: patent dovetail

I was Googling the U.S. Patent database today looking for a patent held by my father. As usually happens, I got sidetracked on a tangent and discovered the following patent. If I’m reading this correctly this guy actually got a patent for using a dovetailed joint as a mounting brace so that individual letters, characters or devices can be mounted onto curved or flat surfaces.

Here’s the patent details:

By default I believe a patent only lasts for 14 years, so this is no longer in effect (filed in 1964), but it’s interesting to see exactly what little real invention is required to acquire a patent.

-- --==[ Pappy ]==--

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#1 posted 10-19-2007 01:02 AM

Yes, it is surprising what patents have been granted. Even more surprising is some of the things people went through the trouble to patent. I investigated the possiblity of getting a patent for the wheelchair crib I developed and the cost and grief convinced me not to bother. It is neither an easy nor inexpensive process.

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#2 posted 10-19-2007 01:43 AM

Know what you mean, Russel. I work in a very niche software sector, and there is only one patent lawyer that covers my niche in the entire state. They wouldn’t represent me because of conflict with their other clients. Nor would any of the lawyers specific to this sector anywhere on the west coast – they were already all hired by the same one company that my patent would be in competition with. Talk about an easy way to hold the competition out of the market – between the expense and the various degrees of specialization it is a royal pain.

(Although I’m learning there are ways around the patent lawyer problem – not easy ones, but certainly far cheaper)

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