Patent Pending?

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Recently, my door refused to accept the key betrothed to her as her lifelong soul-mate. I could have easily unhinged and thrown out the offending she bit, but I chose to do the inevitable for some; fix it. Well that and the fact that when things get busted around here, most of the guys lingering about do just that, linger…

See I wanted to understand why this she bit had taken this unusual course of key rejection, in the process subjecting one to the serious crime of preventing access to thy slumber chamber!

So bit by bit I unhinged this she bit (that pink part of the diagram) and upon unscrewing the lock, was pleasantly surprised by the sheer genius within.

To most folks, the simple door handle and its various connectors deserves no thought. After all most of us Arts ladies dropped kicked physics/sciences at the first opportunity. But I beg to differ. It took about an hour to figure out where the misplaced cogs on the bottom section would go, and even then, I still couldn’t for the life of Einstein get the bugger to work.

Ladies (and dudes who act like ladies when things get busted), do take an interest in how things work especially when they stop working. Do not be afraid to open them with caution to understand how someone configured the contraption to make your life easier.

That someone sat down and figured out how to keep nosy people out of any chamber with the use of a key and lock embedded on a piece of wood using a design that has stood the test of time. This is more amusing only when an internal inspection is explored to reveal those internal workings of a lock.

My greatest test in knowing whether I can add any value to intellectual property is by asking: If I was to be warped back momentarily to 10 B.C, what things around me presently could I recreate in those tough Neanderthal times?

Better yet, if you were to be warped 200 years into the future, what things around presently can be modified or created to make life easier?

Get inventing and lets see some of those patents pending.

Patent Please…

Julian Hakes:Mojito Shoes

Julian Hakes:Mojito Shoes

In my first year at Law school I came up with a brilliant (or so I thought) idea for a ladies shoe. It was truly way before its time! I received a letter through my door on a random winter day about a company in Europe which did research and development on innovative products. With the naivety of youth, I happily posted them my drawings and a brief description of how the invention worked.

It took six months before I got a response stating that they had assessed the product of my virtuoso and all they needed was $500 to do a thorough market research. With my malnourished pockets, this was someone’s idea of a sick joke. Poof! Went my dreams.

Fast forward 8 years later and there on my T.V screen is a story on CNN about the same shoe (the spawn of my creative genius) being peddled around New York!

Those were rookie days when Intellectual Property sounded like a corporation selling smart houses. In this day and age, we are a lot more aware about how to protect the expression of our ideas and inventions. But, there are many naïve mini ME’s still being bewitched by such trickery.

Protect your creation at all costs. If it is an invention by all means find out how to patent it. If you can’t afford this, then by all means ‘Do Not’ put it out there until you can.