Top 6 Summer Inventions for 2019

For kids summer means freedom from school and endless fun in the warm sun, for adults it seems like life gets messier and busier. For others it’s a time of inspiration and innovation. Consider investing in some of these innovative summer inventions to help keep your Summer as cool and smooth as possible.

Bite Helper Bug Bite Itch Solution

No one likes the incessant itching that come with mosquito bites. The Bit Helper Bug Bite Itch Solution is a summer must-have to soothe the discomfort. The Bite Helper has a thermo-pulse metal tip on the end. Simply place the device on top of the bug bite and the thermo-pulse technology applies concentrated heat to the area and neutralizes the itching in seconds. Bite Helper is both drug and chemical free, and gentle for kids as young as 4-years-old. The compact device makes it easy to carry on all your summer adventures.


Picnic Backpack

No one enjoys stumbling in the summer heat with picnic baskets, blankets, and dishes, but this picnic backpack can make the whole process more enjoyable. Because of its convenient design, you can be sure that everything you need is one place. From food to plates to glasses to blankets, everything is tucked in neatly. Unlike picnic baskets, this backpack allows you to free your hands and gives you more mobility so you can hike to that perfect view for your romantic picnic.

Portable BBQ Suitcase

No picnic is truly completely without some juicy meat right off the grill. Luckily, with this Portable BBQ Suitcase you can bring the grill with you wherever you go, hassle-free. This portable charcoal grill is made out of high-grade stainless steel and has a convenient mess-free ash catcher. It can only accommodate cooking for two, so this is best used for an intimate event rather than a family reunion at the beach. The Portable BBQ Suitcase locks and closes securely for easy transport. This will definitely impress your picnic date.


Recycled Swim Shorts

If you think paper straws are an ingenious way to save underwater creatures, you’ll love these fashionable recycled swim shorts. These shorts are made by taking nylon waste and depolymerizing it. The material is then transformed into nylon 6 yarn. The yarn is then used to make these eco-friendly swim shorts. Not only will you look stylish splashing into the pool, but you can swim at ease knowing you are saving the planet.

Motorized Luxury Pool Lounger

Does laying on your back for hours while sunbathing bore you? Well, with this motorized luxury pool lounger you can get your summer tan going while having fun zooming through the water. This motorized lounger has twin propellers, and allows you to maneuver left, right, forward, and backward with ease. It’s dual push-button controls make it simple to use, and the lounger is easily assembled in a matter on minutes. The built-in cup holder ensures your cold drink stays safe as you zoom circles around your friends and family.


Mini Desktop Cooling Fan

There is nothing worse than sitting at your desk trying to meet an upcoming deadline but keep getting distracted by the sweat dripping down your face. This Mini Desktop Cooling fan is here to solve that problem this summer. The fan has three adjustable levels of power, and allows you to choose how to distribute the air flow. A single charge powers this small but mighty fan for 6.5 hours, ensuring you have enough breeze to get you through that deadline. The fan has a strong clamp that can easily attach to the edge of your desk, or even your laptop. No more suffocating feeling with the overwhelming heat, this fan will ensure you stay cool all summer long.


Summer is a great time to enjoy friends and family, and hopefully with these inventions summer 2019 will be the best one yet.

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Jeff received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2005. He was an engineer for a number of years at a number of large corporations before pursuing his law degree. He graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) with a J.D. in 2010. By combining his education and prior work experience into the field of intellectual property law, Jeff has developed key skills to fully assist clients.

What or who is the inventor?

When someone has a great idea, it’s natural for them to want to claim ownership over it by filing a patent application. For a single individual who comes up with an invention and reduces it to practice, the concept of inventorship is straightforward.

However, several people frequently work on an invention. Perhaps one, two or even more people will make a significant intellectual contribution, which may make them joint inventors on the patent application.

Other people also may have a hand in the process, but they are not necessarily inventors. For instance, a worker may be asked to build a prototype of the invention. While this worker has participated in the process, they did not make a contribution to the development of the concept.

When several inventors are involved, how do companies and individuals working together decide who is entitled to identification as an inventor on a patent application?


Who Conceived the Idea?

Just because someone builds a prototype of an invention or conducts tests of the prototype does not make them an inventor. If in the process of their work, they introduce significant changes that improve the functionality of the invention, then they may need to be listed as an inventor on any patent application.

U.S. patent law uses the idea of “conception” to identify inventors. The test for determining conception is whether or not the idea was permanent and concrete enough in order for the idea to be communicated to another person who is skilled in the art so they can understand the invention.

A general goal or a plan for researching a solution to a problem is not sufficient to rise to the level of inventorship. Instead, an investor must have a settled idea with specific details to demonstrate a solution to a particular problem. Any individual who contributes to the conception, whether their contribution is large or small, is entitled to be a named inventor on a patent application.

It’s never appropriate name someone who was not an inventor in an application for patent. Doing so may be caused to invalidate the patent later. Accordingly, the company’s CEO or a major shareholder should never be named as an inventor unless they actually made concrete and specific contributions to the new device.

Assigning Rights to the Owner of the Technology

U.S. patent law further states that an inventor must be a person. Accordingly, it is not possible for a company or other entity to be an inventor. Many companies nonetheless own patents, but there is a significant difference between being an inventor and owning a patent.

In situations where the inventor or inventors also are the owners of the patent, all of the inventors own an equal share of the property regardless of the size of their contribution to its creation. Any of the inventor-owners may be able to make, use import, sell and otherwise capitalize on the invention.

Frequently, an invention is made by employees of a business entity. In these cases, the people who created the concept are still the inventors, but the business may wish to own the patent rights. This means that the inventors will have to assign their rights in the invention to their employer.

Assigning patent rights typically is accomplished by means of a straightforward assignment document. These documents may be part of the worker’s employment agreement. Alternatively, a fresh assignment document may be drafted for each individual invention, typically at the time that a patent application is filed.

The assignment may be recorded with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office so that the patent owner is identified to the public. Moreover, the names of the inventors and the owner will be printed on the cover page of any patent that issues from the application.

An intellectual property attorney can help individuals determine whether or not they are inventors and ensure the proper assignment of rights to a business entity.

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Author: Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams is an experienced mechanical engineer and lawyer that consults closely with clients in a straight forward and clear manner. He brings a particular set of strengths and unique perspectives of the firm.

Jeff received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2005. He was an engineer for a number of years at a number of large corporations before pursuing his law degree. He graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) with a J.D. in 2010. By combining his education and prior work experience into the field of intellectual property law, Jeff has developed key skills to fully assist clients.

The End of Innovation? Inventor Protection Act


What is the Inventor Protection Act?

The proposed Inventor Protection Act, otherwise known as H.R. 6557, is sponsored by Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California. Ostensibly, it is designed to protect individual inventors and their rights to the innovations they create, and backers say that it will promote further innovation in the future.

Essentially, the Inventor Protection Act is aimed at counteracting portions of two decisions that were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years. Both of these decisions are thought to have limited the legal remedies that patent owners can seek when they allege infringement. Moreover, they may limit some options that patent owners used to have when filing a patent infringement case. Specifically, the proposed bill mentions that using an injunction to prohibit others from using a patent’s technology was eliminated in the eBay vs. MercExchange case of 2006. The proposed legislation also mentions that filing patent infringement lawsuits in the patent owner’s jurisdiction was made virtually impossible thanks to the outcome of TC Heartland vs. Kraft Foods Group Brands in 2017.

What Would the Bill Do?

The proposed law is primarily aimed at inventors who are patent owners. Being able to use an injunction and file a lawsuit in their own jurisdiction would be of enormous benefit to these entrepreneurs.

The proposed law further takes aim at many other issues in the patent world. In simple terms, the bill is meant to protect the rights of small inventors. This is a reaction to the feeling that the patent world is one in which only the big players have a viable chance of succeeding. It is an idea that is not entirely unfounded with many multi-national corporations hoarding patents and suing for infringement at the drop of a hat. Individual inventors simply do not have the deep pockets and legal resources that are readily available to large companies. This means that when big business alleges infringement, most small inventors cannot fight.

Accordingly, the proposed law is supposed to protect the rights of inventors who also are patent owners. This means that the inventor has not assigned the rights to their patent over to a business entity, as is a common practice. The reality is that most patents are granted on inventions that employees create in the course of their employment. Usually, these rights are formally transferred to the employer by means of an assignment agreement. This makes the entity the owner of the patent and essentially places responsibility for dealing with any infringement accusations or other matters that may arise on the company.

The Concerns

It is easy to visualize numerous problems that may arise if the law passes as it now exists. Extending protections and options to small inventors is a good idea, but this particular law doesn’t seem to address the problem adequately. For instance, it does not take into account that most patents have more than one inventor. If one inventor falls out with the others, what becomes of the patent rights under the new law? One dissenting inventor can make it impossible to license or enforce an inventor-owned patent.

Moreover, if inventors instead of employers own patents, what happens to those rights when the employee seeks a job elsewhere? It may be that the inventor’s former co-workers will continue to build on the technology, which may lead to a continuation-in-part patent application. If one of the prior inventors no longer is employed at the same company, how is patent ownership divided? The answers to these questions may become increasingly complicated if this new law passes as written.

Innovation is important to America’s future, but the proposed legislation does not necessarily solve as many problems as it purports to do. Making it possible for inventors to file infringement lawsuits in their own jurisdiction certainly makes sense, but it is not necessarily a good idea for all of these benefits to only apply to patents that are owned by inventors. This is because many patents are assigned to small companies and startups that also do not have deep pockets and legal teams on retainer. Unless this law can be extended to protect more innovators than just independent inventors, it is unlikely to have the effect for which legislators are hoping.

If you need assistance with any patents please request a free consultation with the Law Offices of Jeff Williams PLLC.
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Author: Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams is an experienced mechanical engineer and lawyer that consults closely with clients in a strait forward and clear manner. He brings a particular set of strengths and unique perspectives to the firm.

Jeff received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2005. He was an engineer for a number of years at a number of large corporations before pursuing his law degree. He graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) with a J.D. in 2010. By combining his education and prior work experience into the field of intellectual property law, Jeff has developed key skills to fully assist clients.

Innovations that May Shape the Future

December 18, 2015

Surival Breeds Innovation

As Plato once opined, necessity is the mother of invention. New generations arise, and each one is confronted with a unique set of challenges. Whether they are faced with war, drought, famine or other difficulties, they strive to overcome these obstacles. While finding ways to survive, humans have also sought ways to make life better, easier and more efficient. It is in meeting these necessities that some of mankind’s greatest innovations have seen their genesis.

That spirit of invention continues to thrive today. Could anyone have imagined the prevalence or even the existence of smartphone technology a generation ago? Technological innovation moves quickly. What was new just a year or two before is obsolete now. We have become a people accustomed to newer, better and quicker everything, and the inventions just keep coming.

1. Google Smartwatch

One of the most interesting and potentially life-changing inventions that is now in development is a Google smartwatch that may help diabetics keep a better handle on blood sugar levels without using a needle. To use the device, a person places a detachable component of the watch over their finger. A microparticle is shot to the skin’s surface, neatly and painlessly taking a blood sample. The component is then reattached to the watch where it can precisely determine the user’s blood glucose levels. Google filed a patent application for this innovation. However, they decline to say whether or not the device will soon be on the market. If it should come to fruition, it’s clear that the apparatus would greatly improve the quality of life of the millions of people around the world who suffer from diabetes.

2. Engineered Farming

Another fascinating innovation comes from a network of university researchers from America, the U.K. and Australia. They are working to develop genetic tools that would enable the world’s farmers to boost crop yields to incredible levels. Scientists involved envision a world in which food shortages are a thing of the past thanks to the specialized engineering of plants that allows them to use sunlight far more efficiently. Dubbed C4 photosynthesis by researchers, the invention draws on the more efficient growth rates of sugarcane and corn, re-engineering them to make new varieties of rice and wheat that could potentially feed the world. With hunger a thing of the past, who knows what kinds of new inventions would be enabled?

3. Nanobots

Other researchers visualize a future in which nanobots can be deployed into the bloodstream in order to combat disease. Such nanobots might be used to deliver life-saving chemotherapy with only a fraction of the side effects or to create blood clots that might help with more efficient wound healing. Though still in the early stages, it’s easy to imagine how nanobots might revolutionize human health and longevity.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has been on the horizon for some time, but technology is finally catching up to the imagination of science fiction writers. Researchers are closer than ever to cracking the code that will enable them to “solve intelligence,” making it possible to create from silicon a consciousness that successfully mimics human sensibilities.

Each of these innovative ideas needs intellectual property protection in order to thrive. If you have inventions that are in development, then you need to protect them. Contact Texas patent attorney Jeff Williams to learn about how you can protect your ideas and get your free consultation.