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Top 5: Pumpkin Patents

October is almost here, and coffee shops have already rolled out their pumpkin-flavored specialty drinks and treats. So this week, we’re highlighting 5 pumpkin-related patents! 1) Pumpkin Carving Kit  A necessity of the fall season, pumpkin carving kits provide a variety of tools and sometimes stencils to turn pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. 2) Spiral Coil Candle Holder Read more…

Top 5: Dessert Patents

For all the sweet-tooths out there, we’ve rounded up five patents and inventions involved in creating people’s favorite treats. 1) Machine for Spinning Sugar Cotton candy is a street-fair and amusement park staple, since it’s pretty easy to make with this machine. Liquified sugar turns into the soft “cotton” through the centrifugal spinning force of Read more…

Top 5: Women Inventors 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re putting the spotlight on 5 female inventors this week. 1) Joyce Chen Chen’s patent is for a flat-bottom wok with a handle, also known as a stir fry pan. Her patent, however, only hints at Chen’s impact on the American culinary scene; Chen pioneered the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet Read more…

Top 5: Supermarket Patents

This week’s Top 5 list takes a look at some of the patented technology applied to the supermarket. 1) Computerized Shopping Cart with Storage and Distribution System According to this patent’s literature, the aim of this invention is to create a computerized shopping cart “with services of check-out counter queue elimination, shopping information, emission of Read more…

Top 5: Thanksgiving Food Patents

Thanksgiving may be over, but we can still dream about all the delicious food we consumed! This week’s list picks out food-related patents. 1) Meat and Poultry Roaster Place your food on the center column of this roaster and pop it in the oven for an even roast all around. The dish-like bottom catches any Read more…

Top 5: Cooking Patents

Improve your skills in the kitchen with our latest Top 5 patent list! 1) Throw-Away Portable Stove A stove of any kind is essential for cooking a variety of meals. This portable stove from the ’60s holds “a container of solidified fuel inside a ventilated housing,” which when removed and inverted can be used to Read more…

Top 5: BBQ Patents

With the weather (finally) warming up, it’s barbecue season! So fire up the grill and check out this week’s Top 5 patent list. 1) Kebob Tongs Kebobs for a grill are usually made out of some type of metal, and therefore can be hot to the touch. These tongshelp to turn the kebobs evenly and Read more…

Top 5: Food Preparation Patents

Food and cooking are a big part of many cultures around the world. So we’ve taken a look at a few patents that deal with food prep, storage, and serving. 1) Temperature Controlled Picnic Box This patent from the 80s improves on the generic picnic basket with its introduction of a “thermoelectric heat exchanger and air Read more…

Top 5: Tea Patents

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s time to cozy up with a hot drink! This week’s Top 5 focuses on tea. 1) Teapot The teapot differs from the tea kettle in that the pot is where the tea is brewed and poured from. While the first “official” teapot is from the 1500s, this patent Read more…

Top 5: Apple-Picking Patents

Apple-picking season is upon us! So for this week’s Top 5, we’ve selected a few patents related to all the processes related to apple-picking. 1) Accurate Fertilization Method for Apple Tree This patent from China focuses on fertilization methods used to enhance the quality and production of apple trees and apples in China. The patent Read more…


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