The Elsing Museum Located on the Oral Roberts University Campus, the Elsing Museum calls itself “God’s Natural Art Museum." A showcase of priceless minerals and crystal formations, the museum is dedicated to sharing some of the most spectacular stones that have ever been pulled from the earth.... read more
PBS recently aired a terrific documentary on the life and career of Jim Henson. But did you know that Jim Henson and his future wife Jane Nebel filed for design patents in 1958 for their design of the puppets “Wilkins” and “Wontkins” used in coffee commercials – early precursors of what became the... read more
The above image is Figure 1 from the patent publication for a “Pop-Up Device for Deterring an Attacking Animal Such as a Bear.” Sadly, now abandoned. The device can be carried in a backpack and, when activated, deploys a quickly inflated figure (see above) and may emit noises, odors, smoke, and... read more
Hats off to Uncle Milton Industries and inventor Mr. Poesch for this entertaining patent (U.S. 7,338,340). Each toy starts as a stereotypical character with a set of sayings spoken in a character-specific manner (e.g. a policeman, skateboarder, soldier, infant, athlete, cheerleader, pirate,... read more
Whether or not you can have a float today, at least enjoy this patent for a “Root Beer Float Strainer and Method of Reducing Foam.” I want one of these! read more
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?   To celebrate I decided that a perfect blog post is a discussion about ice cream and intellectual property litigation.  So, this post is dedicated to “ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”   There have... read more
Childhood is full of science. It’s the chemistry experiment of combining your strawberry scented shampoo and your watermelon scented conditioner to see if you can make your own delicious 2-in-1 combo. It’s the engineering lessons of building giant sand cities, reinforced by cardboard to prevent... read more
In honor of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, we’re sharing this Canine Cleanroom Suit patent.So if you work in a testing lab for highly contagious material, you and your dog are good to go! (Disclaimer – this is not an endorsement for taking your rambunctious pup into a laboratory full of... read more
September 5, 2012, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came to a decision regarding one of the most closely watched cases in trademark law, Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent. The Court of Appeals reversed the lower court decision which stated that a single color could not be trademarked in the... read more
In case there were any doubts, Entertainment is a big bucks industry. The endless focus on Hollywood mega salaries distracts from the reality that the entertainment industry provides hundreds of thousands of production and distribution jobs for Americans in every state. An impact map by... read more
The Ignite phenomenon is bubbling up throughout the world and it is happening within the state of Oklahoma as well (yes, even Oklahoma!) Last week was the first Ignite Tulsaevent and our own Emily Campbell dove into the fray with a talk entitled “How Not to be Waldo: Brands that Stand Out in a... read more
Want to be a part of something cool in Oklahoma City? Well - come help us prepare for IgniteOKC.  We will provide some snacks and drinks - you provide your brain and creativity. What is Ignite, you ask?  Ignite is a community intellect exchange - it is an open forum to share your... read more
Just a warning – this may sound a little snarky. So, you may or may not have heard – although I find it tough to believe you haven’t heard – but Google received a patent on the familiar search page interface we all know and love. It’s been a hot topic on Twitter the last two days – and I would... read more
Maybe … Well, they probably don’t want to – but an inventor has developed a way to do so – all while you seat securely in your seat. United States Patent 6,933,851Hahne, et al. August 23, 2005 Air travel security method, system and device A method of providing air travel... read more
So, it is turning out that today is interesting teenager inventor Friday at PHOSITA.  This time we are thankful to Rachel Gilbert for developing feline false teeth. Seventeen year old British college student Rachel Gilbert has reached the final of a national competition, the Ideas... read more