Legal Blogs

Mr. Ward is the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!” which provides light commentary on the practice of patent law, trademark law, and science & technology.

He is also the Webmaster for the Toledo Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA).

  • They Invented What? (No. 122) December 11, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 4,432,545:  Non-lethal cock fighting system.     What is claimed is: 1. Apparatus for conducting and scoring cock fights between two combating birds, said apparatus comprising, in combination:           (a) individual switch means mounted upon each leg of each bird in place […]
  • Presenting “You Don’t Need a Patent If…” to the Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) in Grand Rapids, MI, on December 10, 2019. December 4, 2019
    December 10th Meeting You Don’t Need a Patent If…   Do you need a patent to be a successful inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner? Must you have a patent to protect your intellectual property? Patent Attorney Jacob M. Ward will introduce us to some scenarios of where an inventor just might not need a patent! Join […]
  • They Invented What? (No. 121) December 4, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 7,113,911: Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity.   What is claimed is: 1. A system for enabling verbal communication on behalf of a local entity with a nearby user, the system comprising:          user equipment, intended to be carried by a user,…
  • They Invented What? (No. 120) November 27, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 4,934,420: Gravy separating device. JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday.   What is claimed is: 1. A device for separating liquids having different specific gravities, comprising:           a funnel-like separating member having a funnel section, an o […]
  • They Invented What? (No. 119) November 20, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 5,320,571:  Dummy for use as sham passenger in car.   What is claimed is: 1. A dummy for use as a sham passenger in a car, comprising: a head, limbs, and a trunk; wherein said trunk comprises a neck containing therein a…