Monday, December 31, 2007

Develope & Market Your Product Idea

Developement & Market Your Idea, On Your Own:
Product Development / Positioning 1.Distinguish Your Product From Competition in a Consumer-Relevant Way. 2.Capitalize on Key Corporate Competencies / Brand Strengths. 3. Develop and Market to People’s Needs and Habits. 4. Market to Long-Term Trends, Not Fads. 5. Don’t Ignore Consumer Research… But Don’t Be Paralyzed By It
Introductory Strategy. 6.Make Sure Your Timing is Right. 7. Be a Marketing Leader, Not a Distant Follower. 8. Offer a Real Value to Consumers. 9. Determine the Product’s Short- and Long-Term Sales Potential. 10. Gain Legitimacy and Momentum for the Brand. 11. Give the Trade As Good a Deal as the Consumer
Communicating the Product Proposition. 12. Clearly Define, Understand, and Talk to Your Target. 13. Develop and Communicate a Distinctive and Appealing Brand Character… And Stick To It. 14. Spend Competitively and Efficiently, Behind a Relevant Proposition.
Use a search engine such as; WWW.GOOGLE.COM or WWW.YAHOO.COM
Follow-Up Strategy 15. Make Sure the Consumer is Satisfied… and Stays That Way
For Patent information contact: WWW.GAPATENTS.COM

Friday, December 28, 2007

United States Patent (WWW.USPTO.GOV)
7,094,969
In
August 22, 2006
Sliding and locking safety cover for electrical outlets
Abstract
An electrical outlet safety cover is provided that includes a sliding cover plate and spring-loaded catches to limit children's access to electrical outlets but to offer quick and easy access to users. The base plate on the safety cover replaces a conventional electrical outlet plate. It includes apertures for electrical outlets and for an attaching screw, and a top panel with two catches and a slot for an opposing catch. The vertical sides of the base plate fit into matching grooves on the vertical sides of a cover plate, which also includes a catch and slots for the catches on the base plate. When the catches are released, the cover plate can thus slide down the base plate, revealing the electrical outlets for use. To prevent access to the outlets, the cover plate can be slid up the base plate until all three catches securely lock.
Inventors:
In; Chanthim (San Jose, CA)
Appl. No.:
11/224,342
Filed:
September 12, 2005
Current U.S. Class:
174/66 ; 174/67; 220/241
Current International Class:
H02G 3/14 (20060101)
Field of Search:
174/66,67 220/241,242
References Cited [Referenced By]
U.S. Patent Documents
4293173
October 1981
Tricca
4950842
August 1990
Menninga
D346949
May 1994
Comerci et al.
6916989
July 2005
Broussard, Jr.
Foreign Patent Documents
1220119
Dec., 1958
FR
1198670
Jul., 1970
GB
Primary Examiner: Patel; Dhiru R. Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP (WWW.GAPATENTS.COM)
Claims
What is claimed is:1. An electrical outlet safety cover, comprising an apertured base plate to replace the conventional face plate on an electrical outlet, the base plate comprising a top panel that matches the dimensions of a cover plate such that the top panel and cover plate join when the cover plate is in the closed position to limit access to the electrical outlet; a cover plate that in the closed position substantially covers the base plate; a sliding means, such that the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate; and a locking means, comprising at least one spring-loaded catch with a finger release mounted on the top panel of the base plate; at least one slot on the top panel of the base plate; at least one spring-loaded catch with a finger release mounted on the cover plate, such that at least one spring-loaded catch with a finger release on the cover plate fits lockably into at least one slot on the top panel of the base plate; and at least one slot on the cover plate, such that at least one slot on the cover plate fits lockably over at least one spring-loaded catch with a finger release on the top panel of the base plate. 2. The base plate of claim 1, wherein the base plate comprises at least one aperture that may be placed over an electrical outlet, and at least one aperture through which a screw may be inserted. 3. The aperture that may be placed over an electrical outlet of claim 2, wherein the aperture that may be placed over an electrical outlet comprises two apertures that may be placed over the two sockets on a conventional electrical outlet. 4. The sliding means of claim 1, wherein the sliding means comprises a groove on each vertical edge of the cover plate such that each vertical edge of the base plate can be fit into a groove on the cover plate, and the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate. 5. The sliding means of claim 1, wherein the sliding means comprises a groove on each vertical side of the base plate such that a tongue on each vertical edge of the cover plate can be fit into a groove on the base plate, and the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate. 6. An electrical outlet safety cover, comprising an apertured base plate to replace the conventional face plate on an electrical outlet; the base plate comprising a top panel that matches the dimensions of a cover plate such that the top panel and cover plate join when the cover plate is in the closed position to limit access to the electrical outlet, at least one aperture that may be placed over an electrical outlet, and at least one aperture through which a screw may be inserted; a cover plate that in the closed position substantially covers the base plate; a sliding means, such that the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate; and a locking means for locking the cover plate to the base plate such that the cover plate can be locked into a closed position that substantially covers the electrical outlet, the locking means comprising two spring-loaded catches with finger releases mounted on the top panel of the base plate; one slot on the top panel of the base plate; one spring-loaded catch with a finger release mounted on the cover plate, such that the spring-loaded catch on the cover plate fits lockably into the slot on the top panel of the base plate; and two slots on the cover plate, such that the slots on the cover plate fit lockably over the spring-loaded catches with finger releases on the top panel of the base plate. 7. The aperture that may be placed over an electrical outlet of claim 6, wherein the aperture that may be placed over an electrical outlet comprises two apertures that may be placed over the two sockets on a conventional electrical outlet. 8. The sliding means of claim 6, wherein the sliding means comprises a groove on each vertical edge of the cover plate such that each vertical edge of the base plate can be fit into a groove on the cover plate, and the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate. 9. The sliding means of claim 6, wherein the sliding means comprises a groove on each vertical side of the base plate such that a tongue on each vertical edge of the cover plate can be fit into a groove on the base plate, and the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate. 10. An electrical outlet safety cover, comprising an apertured base plate to replace the conventional face plate on an electrical outlet; the base plate comprising a top panel that matches the dimensions of a cover plate such that the top panel and cover plate join when the cover plate is in the closed position to limit access to the electrical outlet; two apertures that may be placed over the two sockets on a conventional electrical outlet; and an aperture through which a screw may be inserted; a cover plate that in the closed position substantially covers the base plate, the cover plate comprising a groove on each vertical side such that each vertical edge of the base plate can be fit into a groove on the cover plate, and the cover plate can be slid along the vertical edges of the base plate; a locking means for locking the cover plate to the base plate such that the cover plate can be locked into a closed position that fully covers the electrical outlet, the locking means comprising two spring-loaded catches with finger releases mounted on the top panel of the base plate; a slot on the top panel of the base plate; a spring-loaded catch with a finger release mounted on the cover plate, such that the spring-loaded catch on the cover plate fits lockably into the slot on the top panel of the base plate; and two slots on the cover plate, such that the slots on the cover plate fits lockably over the spring-loaded catches on the top panel of the base plate.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The present invention relates to safety devices for controlling access to electrical outlets and more particularly to an electrical outlet safety cover with a sliding and locking outer plate. BACKGROUND Electrical outlets for supplying electrical power to appliances and machines are common fixtures in homes and buildings. A persistent danger associated with electrical outlets is that children may insert their fingers or other objects into the openings of electrical outlets and be injured or killed or may cause injury to their surroundings. This is a particular risk when nothing is plugged into the openings of the outlets, making them inviting targets for children's curiosity. Because of this danger, many safety devices have been created to limit children's access to the openings in these outlets. For example, plastic safety plugs with prongs that fit snugly into the openings are readily available on the market. Typically parents or other responsible persons insert the safety plugs into electrical outlets, and the plugs fit securely enough that small children have difficulty removing them from the openings with their fingers. Unfortunately one should never underestimate the resourcefulness of small children, who may remove safety plugs with scissors, knives, paperclips, or other tools and so place themselves in danger. Merely by being visible, safety plugs may themselves be taken as a challenge for removal by some children. Other safety devices for electrical outlets are known in the art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,950,842 for Menninga provides a base plate with apertures to replace the conventional face plate of an electrical outlet and a box-like outer cover that locks over the base plate, with openings for passage of an electric cord. A stop bar blocks access to the outlet by children, and the locks on the device are covered by the outer cover and can be released only by an external, magnetic force. Although this device offers substantial protection for children, it may be difficult and awkward to use in some circumstances. For example, a user may need to remove the outer cover quickly to insert a power cord but may not have the required magnetic force at hand. Therefore there is a need for an electrical outlet safety cover with a sliding plate and spring-loaded catches to securely limit children's access to the empty openings in an electrical outlet but to offer quick and easy access to responsible users. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE The following explanation describes the present invention by way of example and not by way of limitation. It is an aspect of the present invention to provide an electrical outlet safety cover with a sliding plate and spring-loaded catches to securely limit children's access to the empty openings in an electrical outlet but to offer quick and easy access to users. These and other aspects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and associated drawings. In accordance with the present invention, an electrical outlet safety cover is provided that comprises a sliding cover plate and spring-loaded catches to limit children's access to electrical outlets but to offer quick and easy access to users. The base plate on the safety cover replaces a conventional electrical outlet plate. It comprises apertures for electrical outlets and for an attaching screw, and a top panel with two catches and a slot for an opposing catch. The vertical sides of the base plate fit into matching grooves on the vertical sides of a cover plate, which also comprises a catch and slots for the catches on the base plate. When the catches are released, the cover plate can thus slide down the base plate, revealing the electrical outlets for use. To prevent access to the outlets, the cover plate can be slid up the base plate until all three catches securely lock. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The following embodiments of the present invention are described by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a sliding and locking safety cover for electrical outlets with the cover plate fully opened; FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a sliding and locking safety cover mounted to an electrical outlet; and FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a sliding and locking safety cover for electrical outlets with the cover plate fully closed.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Recently Issued Patent

United States Patent Application 20070266855 Kind Code A1 Fleisher; Aaron L. November 22, 2007 ---------------- AIRPLANE AIR PURIFIER Abstract ---------------- Inventors: Fleisher; Aaron L.; (Las Vegas, NV) Correspondence Name and Address: Galasso & Associates, LP P.O. Box 26503 Austin TX 78755-0503 US Serial No.: 437557 Series Code: 11 Filed: May 19, 2006 United States Patent Application 20070266855 Kind Code A1 Fleisher; Aaron L. November 22, 2007 ---------------- AIRPLANE AIR PURIFIER Abstract An airplane air purifier employs high voltage electrostatic ionic air charging grid and precipitator plates for the removal of particulates and contaminants, together with germicidal capabilities provided by an ultraviolet wavelength band UVC illuminator within the purifier. The purifier is adapted to operate from the aircraft passenger cabin electrical supply or alternately from replaceable or rechargeable batteries. The purifier provided with one or more nozzle adapters to removably and supportively install the air purifier to the typical varieties of aircraft passenger air vent nozzles. The air purifier is small in size and light in weight so as to be easily carried onboard the flight and installed without issue to the air vent nozzle, whereby the air purifier purifies the ducted cabin air in the plane before diffusing into the passenger's breathing air space. ---------------- Inventors: Fleisher; Aaron L.; (Las Vegas, NV) Correspondence Name and Address: Galasso & Associates, LP P.O. Box 26503 Austin TX 78755-0503 US Serial No.: 437557 Series Code: 11 Filed: May 19, 2006 U.S. Current Class: 96/16; 96/55; 96/77 U.S. Class at Publication: 096/016; 096/055; 096/077 Intern'l Class: B03C 3/016 20060101 B03C003/016 ----------------

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Patents/Trademarks Record Highs

Number of US Patents & Trademarks Record High: USPTO 2007 Fiscal Year-End Results Demonstrate Trend of Improved Patent and Trademark Quality Production at all-time record levels Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (WWW.USPTO.GOV <http://www.USPTO.GOV> ) today released record breaking year-end numbers that reveal historic improvement in the quality of patent and trademark reviews and subsequently the quality of issued patents and registered trademarks. The quality numbers are part of the agency's FY 2007 Performance and Accountability Report, also released today. "The sustained trend of quality improvements are a tribute to the internal quality initiatives of our managers and employees," said USPTO Director Jon Dudas. "Of course, the quality of patent and trademark examination is a shared responsibility that begins with the application." Patents - Quality and Productivity at Historic Highs: Sustained Focus on Quality Garners Results In FY 2007, USPTO's patent examiners * Examined 362,227 applications - the highest number in history. * Quality compliance was 96.5 percent - equaling last year's results, the best in a quarter century. * Patent examiner decisions were upheld by the USPTO's patent appeals board 69 percent of the time, up from 51 percent in 2005. Trademarks - Exceeding Expectations for a 2nd Record-Breaking Year For the second year in a row, the USPTO has exceeded all of its trademark-related performance goals. * USPTO's trademark examining attorneys examined a record 323,527 applications. * Quality was 97.4 percent. * The quality results exceeded fiscal year 2007 targets. * The average time from filing an initial trademark application to a preliminary decision from an examining attorney (first action) was below 3 months. "American businesses depend heavily on trademark protection for their brand names and service identities," noted Director Dudas." A trademark is often a company's most valuable asset. Consumers also rely on trademarks to help them decide among competing products and services. Thus, I am pleased we are contributing to American commerce by ensuring high quality timely trademark protection." Patent Initiatives - Poised to Make the Process Even Better For more patent & Trademark information contact: WWW.GAPATENTS.COM <http://www.GAPATENTS.COM>

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Patent Rights Information

What Are Patent Rights:
A patent is not a right to practice or use the invention. [1] Rather, a patent provides the right to exclude others [1] from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention for the term of the patent, usually 20 years from the filing date. A patent is, in effect, a limited property right that the government offers to inventors in exchange for their agreement to share the details of their inventions with the public. Like any other property right, it may be sold, licensed, mortgaged, assigned or transferred, given away, or simply abandoned. A Search Engine such as: WWW.GOOGLE.COM can be used to find more patent information, or contact: WWW.GAPATENTS.COM
The rights conveyed by a patent vary country-by-country. For example, in the United States, a patent covers research, except "purely philosophical" inquiry. A U.S. patent is infringed by any "making" of the invention, even a making that goes toward development of a new invention — which may itself become subject of a patent. In contrast, Australian law permits others to build on top of a patented invention, by carving out exceptions from infringement for those who conduct research (e.g. for academic purposes) on the invention.[2]
A patent being an exclusionary right does not, however, necessarily give the owner of the patent the right to exploit the patent. [1] For example, many inventions are improvements of prior inventions which may still be covered by someone else's patent. [1] If an inventor takes an existing patented mouse trap design, adds a new feature to make an improved mouse trap, and obtains a patent on the improvement, he or she can only legally build his or her improved mouse trap with permission from the patent holder of the original mouse trap, assuming the original patent is still in force. On the other hand, the owner of the improved mouse trap can exclude the original patent owner from using the improvement.
Some countries have "working provisions" which require that the invention be exploited in the jurisdiction it covers. Consequences of not working an invention vary from one country to another, ranging from revocation of the patent rights to the awarding of a compulsory license awarded by the courts to a party wishing to exploit a patented invention. The patentee has the opportunity to challenge the revocation or license, but is usually required to provide evidence that the reasonable requirements of the public have been met by the working of invention.
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Monday, December 17, 2007

How to Search for Patent Attorneys

To Search for Patent Attorneys and Agents by Last Name:

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Enter a last name in the Last Name entry field. (Note that the Exact match radio button is checked by default. Therefore you must spell the last name of the patent attorney or agent correctly.)
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Friday, December 14, 2007

ILS/WIPO Information

The International Liaison Staff (ILS) acts in an advisory capacity for the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, and provides international technical support at several levels.
These include:The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
There are several focal points of ILS activities at WIPO:
WIPO's Standing Committee on Information Technologies (SCIT). ILS provides technical input and representation to SCIT working groups, principally the Working Group on Standards and Documentation. In the Standards and Documentation Working Group, ILS provides US expertise and representation on the proposal and negotiation of patent document, data and information standards, which are of key importance to USPTO operations. With their backgrounds in international patent standards development, ILS personnel are uniquely qualified for supporting USPTO goals in this technically demanding field.
International Patent Classification (IPC). In the USPTO view, the IPC is at a critical juncture. Its role and ability to respond to patent offices' needs in an increasingly automated environment is tied to the successful implementation of IPC reform, which is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2006. ILS provides a lead role in development and implementation of the reformed IPC. They coordinate related efforts to ensure that USPTO data delivery (WWW.USPTO.GOV), storage and search systems are developed or modified to take maximum advantage of the reformed IPC.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Inventors Information

USPTO to Hold Live On-Line Chat for Independent Inventors: Tuesday, December 11 from 2 to 3 PM (EST)
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Senior officials of the United State Patent and Trademark Office will be available live on-line next Tuesday, December 11, from 2 to 3 PM (EST). They will be answering questions and offering tips for independent inventors. Instructions for taking part in the on-line chat will be posted on the home page of the USPTO web site at 10 AM (EST) next Tuesday. Inventors can begin logging on for the chat at 1:30 PM.
The independent inventor on-line chat is part of the USPTO's continuing efforts to promote and protect America's independent inventors. This effort includes educating inventor-entrepreneurs about the risks of working with invention development companies.
We have transcripts http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/iip/onlineiip.htm and frequently-asked questions http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/iip/transcripts.htm from previous online available on the Inventors Resource pages. Check them out, your questions may have already been answered for you.
For more information contact: WWW.GAPATENTS.COM
If you missed this live chat, check the website: WWW.USPTO.GOV for the dates of the next live chat.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Copyright Information

What Is Copyright

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and
In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For further information, request Circular 40, Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts.
It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright law or write to the Copyright Office.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

USPTO National Trademark Expo Information

USPTO to Hold National Trademark Expo Apply Now to Exhibit:
http://www.uspto.gov/surveys/tmexpo2008.htm
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (WWW.USPTO.GOV) will host a showcase for trademarks at its Alexandria, Virginia headquarters April 10-12, 2008. The three day event is designed to engage the public’s interest and educate consumers about the vital role trademarks play in the global economy. Any company with a registered trademark may apply to exhibit. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2007.
Space is limited so apply now.
Potential exhibitors will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Brand recognition - How well-known is the mark.
Educational value of the proposed exhibit - How would the trademark holders participation help educate the public about trademarks.
Category diversity - Does the applicants participation help ensure the Expo has a wide selection of trademarks.
Those selected to exhibit will be notified by January 15, 2008.
>> Frequently Asked Questions About the 2008 USPTO National Trademark Expo
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Monday, December 3, 2007

2007- Record Number of Patents/Trademarks

Number of US Patents & Trademarks Record High:

USPTO 2007 Fiscal Year-End Results Demonstrate Trend of Improved Patent and Trademark Quality Production at all-time record levels
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) (WWW.USPTO.GOV) today released record breaking year-end numbers that reveal historic improvement in the quality of patent and trademark reviews and subsequently the quality of issued patents and registered trademarks. The quality numbers are part of the agency's FY 2007 Performance and Accountability Report, also released today.
"The sustained trend of quality improvements are a tribute to the internal quality initiatives of our managers and employees," said USPTO Director Jon Dudas. "Of course, the quality of patent and trademark examination is a shared responsibility that begins with the application."
Patents - Quality and Productivity at Historic Highs: Sustained Focus on Quality Garners Results
In FY 2007, USPTO's patent examiners
Examined 362,227 applications - the highest number in history.
Quality compliance was 96.5 percent - equaling last year's results, the best in a quarter century.
Patent examiner decisions were upheld by the USPTO's patent appeals board 69 percent of the time, up from 51 percent in 2005.
Trademarks - Exceeding Expectations for a 2nd Record-Breaking Year
For the second year in a row, the USPTO has exceeded all of its trademark-related performance goals.
USPTO's trademark examining attorneys examined a record 323,527 applications.
Quality was 97.4 percent.
The quality results exceeded fiscal year 2007 targets.
The average time from filing an initial trademark application to a preliminary decision from an examining attorney (first action) was below 3 months.
"American businesses depend heavily on trademark protection for their brand names and service identities," noted Director Dudas." A trademark is often a company's most valuable asset. Consumers also rely on trademarks to help them decide among competing products and services. Thus, I am pleased we are contributing to American commerce by ensuring high quality timely trademark protection."
Patent Initiatives - Poised to Make the Process Even Better
For more patent & Trademark information contact: WWW.GAPATENTS.COM