Archive: January, 2008

08

Jan2008
The close of another fiscal year at the USPTO brings forth some interesting statistics. For instance, the number of new patent applications filed in FY 2007 rose to 467,243; up over 4.8% from the 445,613 applications filed in FY 2006. (and those numbers don’t even include the 132,352 provisional ... Read More

07

Jan2008
IPLaw360 has reported that patent litigation increased by 6% in 2007, despite overall intellectual property litigation decreasing 8% in 2007. There were 2942 patent infringement cases filed in 2007 (up 6% from 2006, 9% from 2005, and 2% from 2004)! While it would be easy to say that the only ... Read More

06

Jan2008
I love inventions intended to reduce the number of lost golf balls… primarily because I can’t help asking myself the question… “how many golf balls would this device have to prevent me from losing just to pay for itself?” This week a patent application published (US Pub. No. 20080000364) with ... Read More

04

Jan2008
Remember those shrink-wrap decorative sleeves from the Fore Inventors Only show on The Golf Channel? The sleeves were referred to as ShaftSkinz and were designed to slide over your club’s shaft and shrink tight when exposed to the heat of a high-output hair dryer. While I don’t ever see ... Read More

03

Jan2008
You may recall from one of my prior posts titled “I Don’t Perform My Own Dentistry… “The Perfect Golf Tee” Patent Application Illustrates Why Most People Should Not Attempt to Draft Their Own Patent Applications” that some people are under the impression that applying for a patent is ... Read More

03

Jan2008
Yesterday I authored a post regarding irons with a nanocrystalline plating on their nonmetallic face. Keeping with the theme… an interesting “nano” related golf ball patent issued to Acushnet on January 1st. The patent is USPN 7314896 titled “Nano-Particulate Blends with Fully-Neutralized Ionomeric Polymers for Golf Ball Layers” ... Read More

03

Jan2008
A second counterfeit golf club bust in less than a month! (click here to read about a prior bust) The latest bust included a raid on December 14th in Plano Texas. Click here to check out the press release........ PS - Just my luck... I was actually playing golf ... Read More

02

Jan2008
Would you consider playing irons that have a non-metallic face? How about a non-metallic face plated with nanocrystalline material? Does it just sound too futuristic? Within the past 2 weeks Callaway had an interesting patent application publish directed to just such a set of irons. The published patent application is US ... Read More

01

Jan2008
'Tis the season of New Year resolutions. As we all know, New Year resolutions are rarely successfully carried out past March or April. Therefore, successful companies have New Year goals, not resolutions. Such goals are infinitely more likely to be successfully implemented if they are written down in a specific ... Read More