The LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform makes it easy for inventors and patent practitioners to reflect the world’s patent history.
Summer is over, and fall is back again. It is time to enjoy falling leaves, warm seasonal drinks, and maybe a bonfire or two. There is certainly a lot to appreciate from this point on while the temperature steadily declines and the foliage steals the show, but it is also important to take a moment to appreciate the past and all of the events that made the present what it is. LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search tools take us on a walk down memory lane and highlight the patented differences between the inventions of today and the autumns of the past.

Patents for Yard Maintenance

Past – 1940
“Leaf Rake”

Present – 2018
“Leaf Blower Vacuum Yard Cart”

The times may not be as simple as they used to be, but they sure seem a lot easier.  On July 9, 1940, the USPTO published a patent application for a rake that we still know and use today.  The “leaf rake” claimed in US Patent Number 2,207,488 revolutionized raking technology by interweaving extensions to provide a “unitary mesh-like structure” that enhanced the tool’s ability to grab and hold onto leaves.

Today, we let our machines do most of the work.  Published on September 4, 2018, US Patent Number 10,064,527 claims a four-wheeled leaf blower/vacuum combination that can efficiently blow leaves from one area to another, and also vacuum yard waste into a paper bag for easy disposal.


Halloween Design Patents

Past – 1981
“Halloween Bag, or Similar Article”

Present – 2017
“Pumpkin Shaped Pillow”

Back in 1981, designers cashed in by patenting their designs for simple “trick or treat” bags. As Patent Number USD0258205 shows, a trick-or-treater could collect their goodies in style by carrying a Halloween-ornamented sack.

In 2017, Halloween bleeds into far more than a single night of trick-or-treating. The pumpkin-shaped pillow claimed in Design Patent Number USD0802335 suggests that Halloween now has a place both in the bedroom and in consumers’ dreams.

Functional Halloween Patents

Past – 1953
“Lighting Device for Jack-O’-Lanterns
And Other Halloween Toys”

Present – 2015
“Illuminated Halloween Candy Container”

The Jack-O’-Lantern is a seasonal icon, but in 1953 the USPTO granted Patent Number 2,631,224 – a patent that marked the shift from the time when the most common pumpkin lighting device was an ordinary candle, to a time when people use light bulbs and electricity to illuminate their gourds. Today, inventors have created pumpkin-shaped alternatives packed with a variety of features, such as the incorporated LED lights and digital media players described in 2015’s US Patent Number 9,022,595.

Reflecting on how far we have come casts new light on this year’s seasons. The TotalPatent One® patent search platform makes it easy for inventors and patent practitioners to reflect the world’s patent history. With access to over 100,000,000 patent documents from over 100 worldwide patent authorities, TotalPatent One users can look back on previous innovations to patent the inventions that will shape tomorrow.

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