1) “Rotisserie Turkey Deep Fryer”
– (US Application No. 15/923,578)

Filing Date:               March 16, 2018
Published:                September 20, 2018

This patent pending invention may look similar to other home fryers, but this patent application’s background makes it clear that “[w]hile a number of prior art devices are capable of deep-frying whole turkeys, registration guidelines . . . limit the amount of cooking oil that can be used in a countertop deep fryer . . . [making] it more difficult to accommodate whole turkeys.” This device ”meets the cooking oil volume limitations . . . while still providing for effective and safe cooking of whole turkeys.”

US. Application No. 15/923,578 is currently being examined by a Supervisory Patent Examiner whose historical patent data shows he has allowed only 35.6 percent of the patent applications he examined to issue. Moreover, the assigned patent examiner requires an average of 3.6 office actions prior to patent issuance or abandonment. As delicious as deep-fried rotisserie turkey sounds, this patent applicant is likely in for a long and difficult patent prosecution journey.

2) “Hand Held Masher Device”
– (Patent No. US 8,672,250)

Filing Date:                 October 10, 2012 (PCT 11/29/11)
Priority Date:              November 28, 2010 (AU201224689)
Issue Date:                 March 18, 2014

Look closely at this patented masher device and you will notice it is equipped with a rotating skirt that functions to extrude “mashed potato and similar food stuff” through the skirt’s apertures. This invention’s skirt is an essential element of the ‘250 patent, and sets the apparatus apart from other mashing devices. Having a unique design and having been assigned to a patent examiner with an 81.4 percent allowance rate, this patent had little trouble being granted by the USPTO.

3) “Apparatus for Roasting Corn”
– (US Application No. 14/499,089)

Filing Date:         September 27, 2014
Published:          March 31, 2016
Abandoned:        May 29, 2017

This patent application was unable to issue, but one must respect the inventor’s desire to simplify the corn roasting process. Having spent almost three years in prosecution, this invention was ultimately rejected by the USPTO for being “nonobvious” based primarily on another patent application that was eventually abandoned (Application No. 14/118,896), which also described a corn roasting apparatus with cylindrical slots for roasting whole corn cobs.

4) “Dispensing Device”
– (US Application No. 14/555,046)

Filing Date: November 26, 2014 (one day before Thanksgiving)
Priority Date: May 2, 2012
Published: March 26, 2015
Abandoned: August 13, 2015

The “dispensing device” patent application envisioned people passing around palm-sized pouches filled with liquids such as cranberry sauce, gravy, and hot sauce at the Thanksgiving table. Each pouch (below, left) dispenses a bit of its contents through a dispensing port when squeezed. Unfortunately, this invention was determined to be fully anticipated by Patent Number US 8,418,883 (“Packet for Viscous Material, Kit and Method,” seen below, right) – a patent granted after overcoming four office actions, two Requests for Continued Examination, and almost four-and-a-half years in patent prosecution.

5) “Highly Stable Aerated Oil-In-Water Emulsion”
– (US Application No. 15/669,060)

Filing Date: August 4, 2017
Published: September 8, 2018

Probably not the most appetizing title for a patent application, however, the invention it describes is essentially a presumably delicious topping or filling. The application claims very specific proportions of water, oil cyclodextrin, saccharides, polysaccharides, and other edible ingredients to produce emulsions that are “very stable under ambient conditions and can withstand elevated temperatures.”

This patent application is currently assigned to a patent examiner whose historical patent statistics show a mere 30.8 percent allowance rate and a grant of less than 15 patent applications per year. A patent is not likely to issue from this application without considerable amendments and expense, but we have our fingers crossed that this patent applicant will develop an effective patent prosecution strategy.

6) “Sleep Assist Device for Seated Persons”
– (US Application No. 15/344,517)

Filing Date: November 6, 2016
Published: April 27, 2017

This invention could be useful after a long day of Turkey Day stuffing – simply place the device on your lap, lean over, and take a hard-earned nap. Having been evaluated by a patent examiner with patent data showing plenty of examination experience, short prosecution lengths in general, and a grant of over 150 applications per year on average, this “Sleep Assist Device for Seated Persons” received a Notice of Allowance on July 11, 2018 and could be available to you soon.

All patent filings addressed above were discovered using the LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform. USPTO historical data and statistics are provided by LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent prosecution tools. Changing how users approach the patent process, TotalPatent One® and PatentAdvisor™ enable efficient and effective patent prosecution so that users can take more time to enjoy the company of friends and family in this and future holiday seasons.

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