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. 82) January 18, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 5,832,911:  Less lethal weapon attachable to lethal weapon. JW Note:  To quote Miracle Max from The Princess Bride, “It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.”    What is claimed is: 1. A less lethal weapon including a barrel…
  • They Invented What? (No. 81) January 9, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 7,108,178:  Method of stopping a stolen car without a high-speed chase, utilizing a bar code.   What is claimed is: 1. A stopping method of a stolen car, without high speed chasing, comprised of three steps of: 1) scanning the barcode of…
  • They Invented What? (No. 80) January 6, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 7,016,828:  Text-to-scene conversion.   Abstract: The invention relates to a method of converting a set of words into a three-dimensional scene description, which may then be rendered into three-dimensional images. The invention may generate arbitrary scenes in response to […]
  • They Invented What? (No. 79) January 6, 2019
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 5,023,850:  Clock for keeping time at a rate other than human time. JW Note:  Wishing you a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2008!   What is claimed is: 1. A clock for keeping animal time, wherein animal time is defined as human…
  • They Invented What? (No. 78) December 19, 2018
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 5,523,741:  Santa Claus Detector. JW Note:  Wishing a Happy Holidays to all!  See you in 2008!   What is claimed is: 1. A children’s novelty device for detecting when an entity enters a dwelling comprising:           a decorative Christmas stocking having a…