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The Tale of the ScaleAn Odyssey of Invention$
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Solly Angel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.001.0001

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The Rush to Patent

The Rush to Patent

(p.59) 8 The Rush to Patent
The Tale of the Scale

Solly Angel

Oxford University Press

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

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