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Quick-Release and Re-Attach Bag System (Parker): International Patent Portfolio

We all carry a lot of stuff with us, and that includes our wallets and smart phones. We often need a larger bag for our larger stuff, and a smaller bag for our smaller, but often more valuable, stuff. Many folks carry a pocketbook, backpack, or briefcase, and inside there is a wallet with credit cards and cash as well as a smart phone. When one needs to perform a financial transaction, he or she has to open the larger carryall and remove the smaller pouch that contains the smart phone, photo ID, credit cards, cash, and other items. And then, of course, once the transaction is completed, he or she has to remember to replace everything.

Shouldn’t there be an easier way to grab a wallet or smart phone? A faster way to access it when needed? There is. This patent portfolio creates a quick-release latch that enables an accessory bag or item to be securely attached to the exterior of a larger bag. The smaller item can be easily detached and reattached to the larger bag, or any other bag with the same latch system, in less than a second. The user releases the latch to free the attached item from the carrier bag to access it, then quickly and easily re-attaches the accessory to the side of the larger bag where it is held securely until needed again.

This is not the only application for this technology. It can be used by anyone who has to access a smaller bag or item on a regular basis. It could be used to attach a bag of golf balls and tees to a golf bag, to attach medical devices to a gurney for quick access by medical personnel, to attach a critical tool to a tool box or tool belt, to attach a pencil and crayon case to a child's backpack, to attach a water bottle to a bike or sports bag, to attach a diaper bag to luggage, and so on and so on. There are virtually unlimited applications for a latch assembly that can connect multiple bags and stationery items together, and mix or match detached accessories as needed for quick transitions, versatility, and on-the-go portability.

International Patent Portfolio

This portfolio includes an open continuation that will enable its acquirer to further modify the technology. This portfolio will enable any manufacturer of pocketbooks and wallets, attaché cases, brief cases, computer bags, backpacks, or dozens of other devices to add significant value and user convenience to their product lines.

Height-Adjustable Child Car Seat (Chapman): Two U.S. Patents

Car seats and seat belts save lives and reduce injuries. However, there is a special challenge when putting a seat belt on a child. It is very important that the seat belt cross the child’s chest and shoulder – not the child’s neck. A child that is too low in the seat will have a seat belt that is too high so it crosses over the child’s neck. In the event of a collision, the child could suffer severe neck and head injuries! So, as your child grows, how do you make sure he or she is correctly belted in?

This patent family addresses exactly that need. It creates a child booster car seat with a base that can be easily raised or lowered so the child is always at the proper height for the seat belt. This height adjustment can be manual or motorized. As the child grows, the parent gradually reduces the height of the booster seat until the child no longer needs it. And the adjustable booster seat can be easily lowered or raised for a second or third child. This patent family creates the perfect product to fill the gap between a child seat that includes belts to hold the child and the time when that child is tall enough that he or she can use the regular seat belt.

U.S. Patent Nos. 8,870,284 and 8,876,207 for an “Adjustable booster seat” would enable any car seat manufacturer to offer its customer base a new product to use when their children outgrow the car seat.

Secure Lap Support for Infants (Hinderliter): Two U.S. Patent Family

Babies are just wonderful. They come out of womb complete with eyelashes and fingernails. Some are bald, but the hair grows in pretty quickly. They are, however, very fragile. As they learn their way around this crazy world into which they were born, they turn this way and that, crying when they are hungry or need to be changed. The one thing that none of us wants to do is drop a baby! But keeping an infant secure – while you need your hands for something else – is not always easy.

This patent family directly addresses that challenge by creating a device that holds an infant on an adult’s lap so he or she cannot roll off. It starts with a base that is a soft material that rests on the adult’s lap and directly under the baby. The base is secured with straps and quick-release buckles that secure the base to the adult’s legs. An additional strap keeps the baby from rolling off the platform. This device can be used as a portable changing platform in tight spaces or when no such surface is available. The device will enable its user to watch TV or talk on the phone or do a dozen other things with the baby right in front of him or her, safe and secure. When flying and holding an infant on your lap, this product will be indispensable!

U.S. Patent Nos. 8,375,491 and 10,849,439 for an “Infant lap support” will enable any baby products manufacturer to introduce a new market segment to the baby products sector. What a great gift for expectant parents and grandparents!

Combination Shopping Cart and Basket (Trasgate): U.S. Patent No. 11,046,343

Shopping – especially grocery shopping – is not easy. For starters, more and more states are outlawing plastic grocery bags, so shoppers have to purchase re-usable grocery bags – and remember to bring them to the store! You load your groceries in a shopping cart, transfer them onto the check-out belt, put them into bags, put the loaded bags into a grocery cart, wheel the cart out to your car, unload each bag and put it in your car, drive home, carry all the bags of groceries into the house, and unpack them. Whew! And whether you buy a week’s supply of groceries or just pick up a few items, the process is the same.

This patent creates a combination basket and cart that is super convenient. It has legs with wheels that fold up when not in use and drop down when you need them, and a carrying handle that folds up when you need it and down when you do not. With the legs folded up, it can be carried by its fold-up handle, and can be easily placed on a belt, table, or counter, or in the truck or wayback of an SUV. The legs drop down to provide easy transport of the basket through a store, across a parking lot, or up a driveway. A product based on this patent could be sold by stores to their customers just as re-usable grocery bags are, or they can be sold by third parties to shoppers who are looking for added convenience. It would be an especially useful product for young adults and senior citizens who just buy a few items when they go grocery shopping.

U.S. Patent No. 11,046,343 for a “Device for transporting items” would enable a manufacturer of plastic and metal products to offer a highly convenient product to a broad cross section of the populace!

High-Rise Building Emergency Escape Parachute (Liao): International Patent Portfolio

Buildings are getting taller and taller. There are now 21 buildings that are 100 floors or more! We learned a tragic lesson on September 11 – just how deadly a high-rise office building can be. A fire can trap thousands of people and result in thousands of deaths.

This international patent portfolio creates a totally out-of-the-box solution for safely escaping from a high-rise building. It creates a parachute that has double layers – one filled with helium – that will reliably and gently take its passenger from the floor of any building to the ground. It has an air flow guiding round nose while a second outer layer traps the up-rising airflow into the outer canopy of the parachute to control the speed of descent. A worker or resident in a high-rise building would buy this product and keep it in his or her office or apartment should it ever be needed. In the event of a fire or other disaster, the employee or resident would strap on the parachute and jump off a balcony or out a window. The device will automatically fill with air to slow the descent and remain upright until the parachutist reaches the ground.

Patent Portfolio

This portfolio, or select patents from the portfolio, can be used to create a product for workers or residents in high-rise buildings that will absolutely save lives! They can be individually purchased by those who work or live in high-rise buildings, or supplied to employees or tenants of the building by their employers or building management.

Size-Adjustable Dog and Cat Boot (Goldberg): U.S. Patent No. 10,856,526

The dog, it is said, is “Man’s best friend.” In reality, dog owners love their dogs and cat owners love their cats. Dogs and cats are members of the family. They eat with us, sleep with us, go on vacation with us, and go on walks with us. While on those walks, some pet owners want to protect their pet’s feet from salt, chemicals, and other contaminants they will come in contact with on neighborhood streets and roads. But what is missing from the market at current is boots for a pet that adjust to the size of the cat or dog’s feet. Just as we want our shoes to fit correctly, we want our pets to have boots that fit correctly.

This patent creates a boot for a cat or dog that is size-adjustable. A series of loop-and-hook fastening straps hold the boot securely around the pet’s foot and a second strap holds the boot around the pet’s ankle so it does not slide off. The boots easily slide on over the pet’s foot, and the straps are then tightened to hold the boot snuggly. When the walk is over, the straps are released and the boots easily slide off. Your dog will give that “Gee, I’m so lucky to have you as my owner” look while your cat will give you that “I’m not impressed” look.

U.S. Patent No. 10,856,526 for a “Size-adjustable animal paw boot and method for donning” will give any manufacturer of pet supplies the opportunity to offer the first boot for pets that adjusts to the pet’s foot, stays on while on walks, and is easily slipped on and slipped off.

Travel Head and Neck Rest (Hungerford): Three U.S. Patents and U.S. Trademark

Everyone has tried to sleep on an airplane – or a bus or a train. First of all, the seat does not really “recline” – it just tilts back a few degrees from vertical. Your head is still straight up, so you either wake up every time you nod off and your head drops down, or your head falls sideways onto a passenger or into the aisle. You may actually manage to fall asleep with your head titled forward and wake up with a stiff neck. So much for glamorous air travel!

This patent family creates a super-convenient, light, compact device that slides over the top of the seat and adjusts to the width of the seat. It includes a padded arm that slides under your chin and adjusts to the most comfortable position. It enables you to fall asleep without your head falling forward - and either waking you up or giving you a stiff neck. It is lightweight and it folds up so you can carry it in a handbag, briefcase, or laptop case. It is lighter, more compact, and infinitely more comfortable than a cumbersome neck pillow that does not support your head.

U.S. Patent Nos. 9,079,520; 9,399,422; and 9,956,895 for a “Side headrest with chin support and clamp” would enable its acquirer to offer flyers and other travelers a solution to getting some sleep on an airplane, train, or bus. Included with the patent family is the U.S. Registered Trademark “FlySmart Sleeper.”

360-Degree Shower and Dryer (Gadde): U.S. Patent Nos. 11,375,857 and 11,70,0977

The modern shower was invented in 1767 by William Feetham. Showers came into wide usage during the Civil War when the Union Army provided portable showers for soldiers in the field. Over the last century, showers have become more sophisticated and ornate. Showerheads now offer multiple spray patterns, and some shower stalls feature multiple shower heads. The latest innovation is the digital shower.

This patent family takes the shower to a new level of performance. Rather than one or even several shower heads, this patent family creates the first 360-degree shower that sprays water at the bather from all sides at the same time. A wrap-around 360-degree spray of water is mounted on a ring that raises up and down, spraying water at the bather from top to bottom (or bottom to top). A combination of brushes can be added for a total cleaning experience. It can also blow air to thoroughly and quickly dry the body! For the person who wants a quick in-and-out shower, or the elderly or disabled who need assistance, or for washing children, this shower is a real-world solution. It offers the clientele at gyms, health clubs, spas, and hotels a premium showering experience, and will enable hospitals, nursing homes, and elder-care facilities to provide an improved shower for its patients.

A faster shower uses less water and less energy to heat the water, saving valuable resources. Automated post-shower tasks such as drying the body, applying moisturizers, or administering medicated ointments, can be done by this device, reducing labor costs for the healthcare facility. Waterless UV sanitizing can be used to kill bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses for subjects that have been exposed to such contaminants.

U.S. Patent No. 11,375,857 and U.S. Patent No. 11,700,977 for an “Automatic system for providing full body shower to a user” would enable any shower manufacturer to leapfrog the technology of all of its competitors and offer the next-generation in shower luxury and performance!

Control Module Sliding Mount (Ugapo): U.S. Patent No. 11,291,300

Adjustable-height desks are growing in popularity. In fact, they are the fastest-growing segment of the desk market. Being able to work standing, and to adjust the desk to the most comfortable height for the user, has many benefits including less back pain, increased mobility and alertness, and elimination of the problem of limbs “falling asleep” on the user. The height-adjustable desk does, however, come with one drawback. The desk comes with a height-adjustment control unit that is never in the right location!

This patent fixes that problem by creating a track that holds the control unit and enables it to be slid to the most convention position for the adjustable-height desk user. A right-hand user will want it on the right, while a leftie will want it on the left. There is also the issue of where the monitor, keyboard, mouse, telephone, and other items will be on the desk, and where the power and network cables are. The device created by this patent enables the desk user to place the control unit in the most convenient position. And when the desk is assigned to another employee, that employee can quickly and easily move the control unit to the most convenient position for him or her.

U.S. Patent No. 11,291,300 for a “Sliding control mount assembly” would enable any manufacturer of height-adjustable desks to offer its customer base a more user-friendly desk that is clearly superior to what is offered by the competition.

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Filters (Gerlach): U.S. Patent No. 11,426,695

There is a price we pay for our modern conveniences. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have been rising since the Industrial Revolution as fossil fuel use continues to grow. In response to increased carbon dioxide levels, governments around the world have committed to Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) programs that involve large-scale and expensive operations at industrial sites. However, this is a way that every homeowner and business can contribute to reducing carbon dioxide levels.

This patent offers a passive carbon dioxide reduction solution that can be used at the residential and commercial level. It addresses this problem by creating filters that adsorb and remove carbon dioxide from the air as it passed through them. An olivine, fayalite, forsterite, or serpentine silicate mineral is combined with the fiber of the filter, and as CO2 passes through the filter, it is adsorbed by the silicate additive. This patented technology is ideally suited for HVAC filters in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities, as well as other filtered environments such as home air purifiers, health care facilities, clean rooms, computer centers, and laboratories. When the filters are disposed of, the carbon extracted from the carbon dioxide is returned to nature.

U.S. Patent No. 11,426,695 for “Media and air filters for carbon dioxide sequestration” would enable any filter manufacturer to add value to its product line and create a new market segment. Many consumers and businesses – given the option to buy filters that help reduce CO2 levels – will choose filters based on this patent!

Fashionable and Convenient Face Mask (Jackson-Gannon): U.S. Patent No. 11,484,733

Wearing a face mask has, unfortunately, become an increasingly common and sometimes necessary event. In addition to the fact that they are not very comfortable, they are not attractive either. And you can never seem to find your mask when you need it. Wouldn’t it be a better world if face masks were comfortable and attractive, and they never got lost?

This patent addresses exactly that need. It creates a face mask that is made from fabric, so it is much more comfortable than the sterile paper and plastic masks currently in use. The mask is also attractive thanks to the fabric – not paper or plastic – that is used to construct it. In fact, you can own several masks in different colors so you will always have one that coordinates with what you are wearing. Best of all, the mask folds up and becomes a pendant that hangs from your neck – so you always have your mask when you need it. If we have to wear these masks, let’s at least make them as comfortable, attractive, and convenient as possible. The pendant may include beading, logos, initials, and other decorative features.

U.S. Patent No. 11,484,733 for a “Pendant face mask” would enable any clothing or accessories manufacturer to offer face masks that are not only comfortable and attractive, but they never get lost!

Tool for Retrieving Dropped Metal Objects (Collard): U.S. Patent No. 11,484,992

We’ve all been there. A nut, bolt, washer, screw, paper clip, scissors, screwdriver, wrench, or other item slips out of our hand and drops down into a location where we cannot reach it. Arrrggg! This problem is especially common today for auto mechanics because the engine, alternator, AC compressor, water pump, and other components are crammed under the hood of today’s cars with no room to reach down and retrieve something. How do we retrieve that dropped item?

This patent creates a tool for exactly that purpose. It has a flexible arm so it can be maneuvered through tight spaces and a magnetized head that will attract any magnetic metal object. The magnetized head has a through hole so it can, for example, be slid over a bolt to remove or place a washer or nut. Several products in different sizes and configurations can be made from this patent, creating products that every auto repair, aircraft maintenance, and machine shop will want to have in its tool kit. It will also be a practical tool for the home, office, warehouse, or factory. Any item made of iron, nickel, or cobalt – or steel, stainless steel, or any other alloy containing these metals – can be retrieved with this tool.

U.S. Patent No. 11,484,992 for a “Tool for retrieving magnetic objects” will enable any tool manufacturer to add a highly useful and practical tool to its product line.

Tree Trunk Protection (Lolio): U.S. Patent No. 9,890,536

We all love trees. They are quiet and majestic. They provide shade and elegance. In addition to their beauty, they pull cardon dioxide out of the air and return oxygen for us to breath. A tree is the original “green” product! Ironically, the only serious enemy a tree has is not from nature – it is the lawnmower and edger! There must be a way to protect our trees from the lawnmowers that bump into them and damage the trunk, and the over-active edgers that strip off bark.

The solution is a patented trunk guard that wraps around the base of a tree or shrub and protects it from damage. Mechanical fasteners hold the trunk guard together so it can adjust for any diameter trunk. For trees with larger trunks, two or more units can be linked together to provide 360⁰ protection. Additionally, there are spaced bosses that maintain an air space between the surface of the tree trunk and the trunk guard ensuring the health of the tree or shrub.

U.S. Patent No. 9,890,536 for a “Silicone rubber universal fit flexible tree trunk guard” would enable any garden products manufacturer to offer a product that provides real value to homeowners and property managers.

Pop-Up/Collapsible Gaming/PC Workstation (Werxco): International Patent Portfolio

Space is tight today. Many gamers, students, and at-home workers do not all have a permanent place where they can play their videogames, do their homework, or work from home. Using a table for your videogame or PC puts the unit at the wrong height, but many folks do not have room for a dedicated desk. Until now.

This portfolio creates a unique state-of-the-art workstation that is ideal for gaming or working on a PC or laptop where a large screen is required. A key unique feature is that the user’s computer screen remains securely fixed and connected at all times, even when stowed away. Within seconds, it folds to a flat, vertical form on rollers that uses up very little floor space, so it can be rolled out when needed and rolled back into storage when not in use. Since it occupies little floor space, it can be stored in a closet, behind a sofa, or in any unused space. When the workstation is put into use, the work surface folds out and down, and a support rises up to support the display. This patented invention creates a practical solution for schools, universities, gamers, apartment dwellers, students in dormitories, or any PC user that has limited space.

The portfolio consists of U.S. Patent No. 11,457,726; Australian Patent 2021104938; and PCT Patent Application 2021237302 for “Stowable workstations” and would be a critical acquisition for any office or computer furniture manufacturer. The acquirer can use the open PCT Patent Application to apply for additional national patents.

Water-Diverting Downspout Extension (Lolio): U.S. Patents 9,598,868

Water or dampness in the basement is a common problem for any homeowner who has a basement. While run-off from rain and melting snow are contributory to water in the basement, much of the water that ends up in the basement came off the roof of the house! The gutters catch the rain and direct it into downspouts that dump the water right against the walls of the foundation and that water seeps into the basement. Not good. The roof water coming down those downspouts needs to be directed away from the foundation so it does not end up into the basement.

This patent directly addresses that need. It creates a flexible silicone rubber extension that fits snuggly over the bottom of the downspout. It directs the water away from the foundation so it does not end up in the basement. It is rugged enough that it will not be chewed up by the edger when the lawn is mowed and edged. It is a major improvement over the current generation of downspout extensions that are made from a rigid plastic that makes them difficult to fit over the bottom of the downspout and easily knocked loose by a lawnmower, edger, pet, children, or anything else that bumps into them. The product created by this patent is easy-to-install, practical, reliable, durable, effective, and affordable.

U.S. Patent No. 9,598,868 for a “Water diverting silicone rubber universal fit downspout extension” will enable any household accessories manufacturer to offer a practical solution to keeping rainwater out of the basement.

Sponge with Scrubber Insert (Stirworks): U.S. Patent 10,986,979

When washing dishes, pots, and pans, most people use a sponge. But sometimes you need a little more friction – more abrasion that will clean off cooked-on food and hard-to-remove material. You can put down the sponge, and switch to a scrub pad, but that switching back and forth is inconvenient, and it makes doing what is already a very unpopular task take even longer. Why can’t you have a sponge when you need a sponge, and an abrasive pad when you need more scrubbing power, without switching back and forth between two products?

You can. This patent covers a sponge that includes an abrasive pad. When you are washing a dish or bowl or pot or pan, and you come across an area that needs to be scrubbed, you push down on the upper side of the sponge, and the abrasive pad that is inserted in the sponge is pushed down to provide the abrasion needed to clean off whatever the sponge itself will not remove. The action of pushing down on the top of the sponge becomes intuitive for the user. When the sponge is not removing baked-on material, the instinct is to push down on the sponge. But rather than just using the sponge to clean, the abrasive section comes down and scrubs away the baked-on material. No more switching from sponge to scrubber to sponge to scrubber to sponge!

U.S. Patent No. 10,986,979 for a “Scrub sponge with selectively accessible abrasive region” will enable any manufacturer of kitchen cleaning products to offer the next generation in sponges, creating and owning a new market segment.

On-the-Go Toothbrushing (Chavez): U.S. Patent No. 11,278,109

We’ve all found ourselves wishing we had a toothbrush and toothpaste so we could pop into the closest restroom and brush our teeth. You had corn-on-the-cob, or barbeque, or any spicy or garlicky food for lunch, and you really don’t want to go into that afternoon meeting with the remnants of that very tasty lunch in your mouth and on your breath. Those tacos for breakfast were great, but what about the people at work you have to talk to? Or you just had an especially tasteful dinner and you don’t want your breath to knock out your date just when things get romantic. There has to be a way to quickly, conveniently, and effectively clean your teeth anywhere at any time. Chewing gum and mints help, but just a little bit, and not for very long, so they are far from solving the problem.

This patent has solved this dilemma by creating a small, bristled device impregnated with an antibacterial solution that you pop into your mouth. As you chew on it, the bristles knock loose the food debris clinging to your teeth or stuck between them, and the solution gets rid of bad-breath-causing bacteria. It may include luffa sponges, water-soluble films, or spheres with small amounts of mouth wash to aid the cleaning process. It can also have channels that, when they are bent, create a vacuum that holds the device tightly to the tongue so the user can direct it around the inside of his or her mouth. After the user has gently chewed on the device and circulated it around the inside of his or her mouth, and the mouth feels clean and fresh, he spits out the device and disposes of it as one would dispose of chewing gum. If the device includes mouthwash, the user can quickly rinse his or her mouth to get rid of any mouthwash residue. The product based on this patent would come in a blister pack or bag that you purchase and keep in your pocket, pocketbook, car, desk, or wherever it is handy so they are available when needed.

U.S. Patent No. 11,278,109 for a “Disposable device for oral hygiene” would enable any oral hygiene products manufacturer to both create and own a totally new market segment!

Preventing Electric Shock Drowning (Fournier): U.S. Patent No. 9,880,117

Thousands of Americans die every year from electric shock drowning. They went for a swim only to find that there was a deadly electric current running through the water. Milder electrical current in water causes skeletal muscular paralysis, so the victim cannot move or call for help and drowns. Stronger electrical current can actually electrocute the swimmer. Electrical current in water can come from several sources. In swimming pools, it comes from filtration equipment and lighting that is not properly grounded. In fresh water, it comes from electrical devices in boats and on docks. As a result, marinas often have electrical current running through the water. Electrical current in any body of water from a swimming pool to a lake to the ocean is totally invisible. Just two volts of AC electricity over a span of one foot in water can be lethal. And it can only be detected once a person is immersed in the water – and then it’s too late!

This patent addresses this issue head on by creating a device that detects electrical properties in water or any other liquid. It includes a probe that is dropped into the water, and it immediately detects if electrical voltage is present and displays the amount of current. The device is insulated to protect the user from shock or electrocution up to 600 volts. The device requires no power supply of its own, so it can be used anywhere at any time when needed.

U.S. Patent No. 9,880,117 for a “Measuring instrument for detection of electrical properties in a liquid” would be a strategic acquisition for any manufacturer of electrical measuring equipment or products for the nautical, boating, safety, or swimming pool markets. It would also create a device that would be essential equipment for every fire truck, ambulance, and rescue vehicle. A product based on this patent will create a totally new market segment for the acquirer of the patent.

Convenient Solution for Dispensing Dental Picks (HeyNow): International Patent Portfolio

The most recent and successful innovation for interdental cleaning between our teeth is the disposable plastic dental pick with rubber bristles. It is ideal for removing food particles after meals, removing plaque, orthodontic cleaning, and as an alternative to flossing. The dental pick market is growing with billions of units sold annually. But it is a highly competitive market segment with little product differentiation.

Dental picks are sold both retail and online, and the typical package includes 40 or 50 or more picks plus a simple storage case that holds five or more picks. However, it is not convenient to get each pick to the job site – into the mouth – because customers need to remove a sheet of picks, break one pick off, then put the sheet back into the case. Not good. What dental pick users really need to enhance their picking experience is a durable, multi-function storage case that organizes the connected picks, separates them (ideally all at once in a single, easy step), and dispenses each pick with ease – anytime, anywhere, when needed.

Patent Portfolio

This portfolio creates an accessory product for the dental pick market, giving the acquirer of the portfolio a distinct competitive advantage in terms of product differentiation, customer loyalty, innovation, and user convenience. The portfolio covers four different product embodiments that can be sold as a product differentiator, a premium or added-value upgrade, or an aftermarket product sold online.

Floor Drain Debris Filter (Hebert): U.S. Patent No. 8,679,328

It is a common site after heavy rain. Storm drains are clogged with leaves, branches, and other debris, totally defeating their purpose. The same thing happens to the floor drains at the bottom of stairs or a driveway going into a basement. Leaves and other debris build up on the grate, clog the drain, and the water that was supposed to be collected by the drain ends up in the basement, defeating the original purpose of the drain and making a mess.

The invention covered by this patent fixes that problem by creating a cover that goes over the drain. It catches leaves, trash, and other debris and holds it suspended over the grate of the drain, so the water falls through and is carried away. No flooded basement because debris clogged the floor drain. The patent describes a one-piece device that includes parallel vertical chambers with cross members. The vertical chambers create space between the cross members so debris is captured while the water (or other liquids) flows through to the drain. The device can be removed, cleaned off, and replaced as needed.

U.S. Patent No. 8,679,328 for a “Floor drain cover” would be a valuable acquisition for any supplier of safety flooring products, plumbing supplies, or other DYI products for the home.

Body-Inflatable Doll (iPlush): U.S. Patent No. 6,960,113

There are inflatable dolls in which the entire doll – including the arms, legs, and other appendages – are inflated at the same time. They are essentially a large balloon. Then there are stuffed dolls in which the insides of the doll are filled with a soft and flexible mass at the factory. Inflatable dolls lack the soft touch and feel of stuffed dolls, but they are cheaper to ship and store. Stuffed dollars are warm and fuzzy, but are expensive to store and ship. This patent creates a solution. It creates a warm and fuzzy doll that is shipped flat to save on space and costs. Just the body of the doll – not the arms, legs, and appendages – are inflated to create a large, lovable, doll or toy of any size, shape, configuration, or theme.

U.S. Patent No. 6,960,113 for an “Inflatable plush toy” is currently being used to create just such a line of inflatable dolls and toys. Two Claim Charts are available upon request that illustrate evidence-of-use by a national retailer and a major importer of children’s toys.

Non-Trivia Board Game (Arduini): U.S. Patent No. 8,985,583

Money Magazine ranks Trivial Pursuit as the seventh best-selling board game of all time. This patent creates a board game that is the alter-ego of Trivial Pursuit and that could become its major competitor. This patent describes a “non-trivia” board game in which the questions are not about pop culture, but about everyday stuff that each of us needs to know. The question cards include hidden answers that can be viewed through a polarized filter that slides over the card. The game includes different sets of rules that determine the speed of the game, its difficulty, how many dice are used, use of different tokens, and different playing lanes on the board. The patent includes a card container with finger wells for cards, and a detailed description of the answer to each question is provided so players can gain depth of knowledge and greater understanding of the subjects covered by the game, and stimulate more interest in, and understanding of, the subject!

In addition to U.S. Patent No. 8,985,583 for a “Non-trivia game and method of play,” the U.S. Trademark for Non-Trivia Quest® and other IP is also available for acquisition. The company that acquires this patent and trademark will have an exciting new board game that is ready to go to market!

Water Pick/Flosser that You Just Pick Up and Use (Zhang): U.S. Patent No. 10,064,710

We have to floss. We all get it. And using a water pick to floss and clean between your teeth is very effective and contributes to dental health. No argument. But setting up all that equipment? You have to find a place to put it, fill the tank with water, and then find a place to plug it in. Once you are done, you have to empty the tank, unplug it, and put it away. Really? Who has time for that?

Someone should invent a water pick that you just pick up and use. NO tank to fill and then have to empty. NO device to find a place for, and then find a place to plug it in. NO equipment to have to put away when you are done. Someone ought to invent an effective and affordable water pick and flossing tool that you just pick up like a toothbrush, use it to clean thoroughly between your teeth and gums, and then just put it back when you are done so you can go on about your busy life! Why doesn’t someone invent something like that?

Someone did! U.S. Patent No. 10,064,710 for an "Oral Hygiene Apparatus" creates a tooth-flossing tool that attaches to the water line coming into your bathroom sink. You just pick it up and use it. And when you are done, you put it back and walk away! Nothing to make room for in your bathroom. No tank to fill. No tank to empty. Nothing to plug in. Nothing to unplug! No batteries to replace. No machine to put away when you are done! Based on the technology behind the spray attachment on a kitchen sink, this water pick and flossing tool uses the water pressure going into the bathroom sink to create a powerful jet spray that cleans between your teeth and gums. Just pick it up and use it as you would your toothbrush. And put it away when you’re done!

The invention can be configured with multiple heads for multiple users, or it can be configured to have multiple units at a single sink. This patent would be a critical acquisition for any oral hygiene products manufacturer looking to create and own a new market segment, or an opportunity for any bathroom fixtures company to create and own a new bathroom sink product line!

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