At Lavery, we spend a lot of time searching patent databases on behalf of our clients. Occasionally, we come across certain patents/applications whose cleverness and creativity make a lasting impression. At this time of year, our attention is naturally drawn to those that are holiday themed.
And so, in the spirit of the holidays, we thought it would be nice to share some of them with you. We hope that the following examples can help lift your spirits (or at least make you smile).
CA 2500690 (application): Christmas tree watering system
This setup is likely easier to use by those in the health-care sector.
CA 2114854 (application): Santa claws
No family member is left behind these holidays—here is a stocking to hang by the fireplace for Santa to leave some treats for your special pet.
US 20200329896 (application): Christmas tree with blades rotated by wind power
This application is for a Christmas tree that has a “blade unit” that is mounted to a pole and is detachable. The blades are rotated around the pole by means of natural wind power, “thereby improving the fun of the Christmas tree.”
US 6497071: Christmas tree self-watering system
This patent is for an “improved watering system for a Christmas tree,” where the Christmas tree's watering basin can be refilled by filling up a nearby water-resistant container. The clever twist? The water-resistant container is disguised as a Christmas present.
US 7258592: Santa Claus visit kit
This patent is for a kit for creating an illusion that suggests Santa Claus visited a home. The claimed kit includes items such as “a letter professing to be from Santa Claus” and the “means for making boot prints.”
The patent even discloses a rather complicated set of instructions, with steps such as “removing a portion of the drink and/or snack” and, if your home has no chimney, “leaving a toy key outside.”
US 5523741: Santa Claus Detector
This patent was for a “children's Christmas Stocking device useful for visually signalling the arrival of Santa Claus by illuminating an externally visible light source having power source located within said device.” Santa Claus is described as “a plump, white-bearded and red-suited gentleman who delivers presents to ‘good’ children at Christmas time.”
US 3494235: Devices for dispensing tinsel and the like adaptable for decorating Christmas trees
Faster decorating for sure—a gun-shaped device for dispensing tinsel.
All the best wishes for a patently wonderful holiday season!