Mr. St. Clair, hard at work No record of improbable patents would be complete without a JQ St. C patent, so let's start there. Mr. St. Clair was a prolific filer-for-patents in the early years of the new millennium. I hesitate to call him an inventor, for reasons that will become apparent. To help understand … Continue reading The Inimitable John Quincy St. Clair
Month: October 2021
What is going on here?
Patent law lives in the uncanny valley, at the thermodynamic triple point between the real, the possible, and the absurd. The archives of the United States Patent and Trademark Office are nothing less than a dream journal of the mad, the ambitious, and those with more money than sense. This site will provide the reader … Continue reading What is going on here?
What are patents?
The Big Three of Intellectual Property are: Patents - Protecting new and non-obvious inventions and designsTrademarks - Protecting logos, brand names, and other source-identifying marksCopyrights - Protecting artistic expressions There are trade secrets as well, but we don't let them out after dark. Patent law focuses on inventions. It grants a monopoly over an invention … Continue reading What are patents?