Archive for the 'Fun Stuff' Category

Interesting TM Oppositions

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

In addition to my periodic postings about fun trade-marks, I thought it might also be amusing to see what new trade-mark oppositions are being filed.

Looking back through CIPO’s database for the last couple of weeks, I note the following interesting new oppositions and proposed oppositions:

FACEBOX - 1,316,122, by Incrowd […]

Fun Trade-marks

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

This week’s (pdf) and last week’s (pdf) Trade-marks Journal had a number of amusing trade-mark applications advertised:

NAKED MINERALS - 1,336,605, by Yem Inc. for cosmetics and mineral make-up that, according to their website, is so light and comfortable a wearer won’t know she/he is wearing it and will […]

Free Patent Calendar for 2008

Monday, November 26th, 2007

PATSCAN’s Bizarre Patent Calendar for 2008 (pdf) is now available.

I like the entry for December (i.e. US 6,490,999) for a leash and collar combination to walk one’s snake. It even includes a feature for reducing the snake’s concertina movement through the collar

For more details on this particular invention, see the inventor’s website at […]

Fun Trade-marks

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Fun Trade-marks posting, but both this week’s (pdf) and last week’s (pdf) Trade-marks Journal had a number of amusing trade-mark applications advertised:

GETTING DIRTY IS GOOD - 1,341,164, by Unilever Canada Inc. for proposed use in relation to laundry detergent. Seems like […]

More on Patenting One’s Godly Powers

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Further to my earlier posting, about patenting one’s Godly Power’s, I just received a nice email from Scott Davidson at Furman Kallio.

Scott noted that Chris Roller, the inventor of that U.S. patent application, has his own website at where the inventor mentions his pending patent application (along with an opportunity to have […]

Patenting One’s Godly Powers

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Don’t you wish you’d filed a patent application for your special powers.

See U.S. Patent Application 11/161,345 “Godly Powers” (published as 2007/0035812).

Wacky Invention Video Now Available On Google

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Howard Smith’s 1977 documentary entitled Gizmo, about whacky inventions and bizarre feats of human strenght etc., is now online at Google video.

It features fun inventions like the an ornithopter, an automatic moisture detector for baby diapers, a neck collar to keep secretaries from dozing off while typing, rollerskating waitresses to speed up food delivery, a […]

Happy World IP Day!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Tomorrow, April 26th, will be World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.

Declared in 2001 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this is World IP Day’s seventh anniversary. This year’s theme is Encouraging Creativity.

I think that Jeremy Phillips, from the blawg IPKat, was rather creative in his World IP Day posting “Cloning breakthrough announced for World […]

Fun Trade-marks

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

This week’s Trade-marks Journal (link to pdf) had a couple of amusing and interesting trade-mark applications advertised:

HOOTER’S MILK - 1,290,861, by Elizabeth Grant International Inc. in relation to face creams, body lotions, cleansers and bath gels. Not to be confused with the other HOOTERS or their trade-mark registration in relation to […]

Fun Trade-marks

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

This week’s Trade-marks Journal (link to pdf) had a few amusing and interesting trade-mark applications advertised, including:

BIKER MICE FROM MARS - 1,258,883, by Brentwood Television Funnies, Inc. in relation to a variety of wares and services, including the provision of animated television programs. See the official TV Series website […]

Fun Trade-marks for Wine

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Larry Munn, over at the Canadian Trademark Blog has a neat post yesterday about the increasing number of creative trade-mark applications that are being advertised in the Trade-marks Journal for use in relation to wine.

I too have noted that various bottlers and brewers of alcoholic beverages are starting to adopt more and more creative and […]

Greatest Canadian Invention

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Voting has now started on CBC’s website for the greatest Canadian invention.

There are 50 Canadian inventions that made the list, including:

The zipper, invented by Gideon Sundback (see CA 519,222).
The pacemaker, invented by John Alexander Hopps.
The light bulb, by Canadian inventors Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans who patented the first electric light bulb, subsequently selling […]

Corner Gas - Coming to a Corner Near You?

Friday, August 18th, 2006

It looks like Prairie Pants Productions Inc., producers of the Canadian comedy series Corner Gas, might be thinking about opening up some actual CORNER GAS service stations.

This weeks Trade-marks Journal had the mark CORNER GAS advertised in relation to gasoline, lubricants, automotive fluids, tires, batteries and the like; and also in relation to the […]

Patent for Rubberband Guy

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Apparently a couple of months ago, the USPTO issued a design patent for a Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands (the word Homunculus is Latin for “little man”).

I wonder where one can buy these Homunculi? Hmmm, maybe try Only $16.95 Canada.

The little Rubberband Homunculus reminds me of the large blue rubberband ball […]

New Discovery Channel (Canada) Series on Odd Patents

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Apparently the Discovery Channel will be running a new 11-episode series starting this month called “Patent Bending: Mad Ideas and Modern Science.”

The Discover Channel’s Patent Bending team scours books of patents from the past 100 years to find the seemingly greatest, strangest or most fantastically odd ideas that never got off the page. […]