Happy Thanksgiving!

The "Turkey Pan."

The "Turkey Pan."

In honor of Thanksgiving, here is a short post about patents related to the holiday. Pictured above is patent #D581208. It is titled a "Turkey Pan" and is quite literally, just a pan that has multiple turkeys on it. The linked article has a few other patents, such as the "Turkey Fryer Wind Barrier." Read on to see more!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 

The Strangest Halloween Patents?

"Toy Mask" patent illustration from 1906.

"Toy Mask" patent illustration from 1906.

For the second part of our Halloween Celebration, we have found a list of 6 strange patents related to the holiday! See the featured article for the complete list.

As a few examples, there is a "Jack-o-Lantern Helmet," a "Combination Headdress and Face-mask," and a "Toy Mask" (shown above). If you look at the patent illustrations, you will see why we have labeled them as strange! 

The "Toy Mask", is essentially a patent for a "mask with movable features designed to delight and terrify. Basically, the mask itself is made of one material, while the parts, such as the eyes, are made of another material. If one would want to scare someone, all that they would have to do is blow into a pipe that is attached to the mask, and the parts, such as eyes or ears, would expand outward past the actual body of the mask. 

In the above patent from 1906 there are some serious details! Check out the hair on the man's head and the mechanism for how the features are inflated out of the mask. This shows the importance of a great patent illustration. Without one, details may be missed, such as the detail of the parts of the mask being blown outward. 

What Would We Do Without These Halloween Inventions?

"Illuminated Carrying Device" Patent Illustration from  

"Illuminated Carrying Device" Patent Illustration from  

Halloween is upon us once again and to celebrate, we will be posting about patent illustrations that are related to the holiday!

The linked article features a list of patents that are somewhat common place, but with a few twists. For instance, the patent illustration shown above depicts an "Illuminated Carrying Device" and fully depicts the invention in the way that the inventor wanted it to be seen. The patent, filed in 1998, provides safety in the form of lighted bag so that children can be seen while crossing the road to their next candy destination. It also provides practicality in that large amounts of candy can be carried. Variations of this idea can likely be found at every store that carries Halloween attire.

Remember, patent illustrations are important and without them your idea may be misconstrued.

Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!