Chapter

The Rush to Patent

Solly Angel

in The Tale of the Scale

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195158687
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849826 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.003.0008
The Rush to Patent

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There was no doubt that California and the New York metropolitan area at the close of the twentieth century were the most inventive and creative places, in terms of generating patented inventions. As a result, Solly Angel chose New York as his base of operations. He did not yet have a working prototype of the thin scale, but he was in a rush to patent. He hated the idea of someone else getting there before him. In early 1988, the only way he could hope to be remunerated for his untiring efforts was by getting a patent for his invention—a thin personal scale embodying the idea of a sandwich plate. Marc Gross, a patent lawyer, was of the view that he could either apply for a design patent or a utility patent. He then submitted the patent application to the Patent Office and received a reply in promptly rejecting all of his claims because of “obviousness in combination”. He sent the application back to the examiner and by mid-August, Marc announced that the patent was allowed in its entirety and in record time, less than six months after the initial application.

Keywords: patent; New York; sandwich plate; thin scale prototype; Marc Gross; Solly Angel

Chapter.  5029 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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