Spring's patents pick 5 article

Alas, it’s spring!

Patrick T. Coates Jr., Office of Innovation Development

Congratulations you’ve made it through yet another winter! So long winter sweaters and snow boots; say hello to the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of spring!

Combined picnic bag and tablecloth
U.S. Patent No. 4,337,812

With longer days and temperatures rising, this invention is perfect for any outdoor activity, from camping to an intimate outdoor dinner for two. U.S. Pat. No. 4337812 granted to Eileen Trinkner on July 6, 1982, was designed to provide a pleasurable experience for those who choose to dine away from the customary support facilities. A combined picnic bag and tablecloth allows for efficient organization and transportation of silverware, plates, food, and drink, while also serving as a table cover.

Miniature Rose Plant named “Kay Denise”
U.S. Plant Patent No. 10,946

April showers bring May flowers. The Kay Denise plant is a new, miniature rose plant distinguished by buds and blooms in shades of coral-pink with a paler reverse. Blooms are usually borne one to a stem with hybrid tea form, and in sprays of three to five or more. The bush is vigorous, well-balanced, and produces moderate to heavy blooms. On June 8, 1999, Cecilia Lucy Daphene Bennett was granted Pat. No. 10,946 for this beautiful invention!

Kink resistant hose for spraying water
U.S. Patent No.5,682,925

Having trouble watering your plants? Peter H. Seckel invented a hose with connector end fittings for carrying pressurized fluid. This hose has longitudinally displaced internal ribs which run along the internal walls of the hose to prevent inking or compression. On November 4, 1997 Pat. No. 5682925 was granted.

Charcoal Grill
U.S. Patent No. 3,209,743

Don’t burn the burgers! This charcoal grill was invented by Karl E. Stewart and Theodore H. Erwin and patented May 10, 1965. This outdoor cooking device is a staple appliance for summer grillers. Their invention allows users to safely and efficiently ignite charcoal.

Insect repellent
U.S. Patent No.5,589,181

Buzz buzz! Insect repellent fends off irksome, disease-carrying pests. For those who have summers a-buzz with outdoor activities, patent no. 5,589,181 is a must. Simply applying the repellent to skin allows users to enjoy summer activities without constantly being bugged by insects. Granted on December 31, 1996 to Franz Bencsits.

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