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Novelty Items; Gag Gifts

Steve Wallerstein

Novelty Items; Gag Gifts
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:00:26 PM »
I have an idea for a novelty/gag gift item that is a takeoff or satire of an existing object.  How do I protect this idea and any other ideas for silly or satiric items?  Thanks

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Re: Novelty Items; Gag Gifts
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 07:26:04 AM »
Hi,

Does the object function in a different way?  If so, a "utility patent" may be best.   Does the object function in a traditional way but have a new/different look or appearance?  If so then a "design patent" may be best.

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Nathan

Re: Novelty Items; Gag Gifts
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 01:33:10 PM »
Hi Brad,

What if the product functions in the traditional way and has a similar appearance, but for the sake of comedy it claims to do something different/magical.  A silly (and not terribly funny) example might be a gag gift noise maker (maybe an air horn) that satirically claims to scare away giant, killer mosquitoes...    So, the fog horn works in a traditional way, the appearance would be similar except for the graphics, but how would you patent the ideas around the silly, comedic, magical claims?   Thanks for any light you can shed.

Nathan
« Last Edit: January 01, 2018, 08:16:03 AM by Brad »

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Re: Novelty Items; Gag Gifts
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 08:17:57 AM »
Sorry a patent cannot be used to make new claims for things like new/silly ideas.   If the product already exits its unlikely you will get a patent approved on it even if you are the first one to think of a funny/silly way to use it.

You may want to consider other forms of IP protection such as a trademark on the name or use or maybe a copyright on the instructions on how to use it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark



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