August 14, 2006

Delphion, a provider of online research tools and related products, has made its "Gallery of Obscure Patents" available free to the public. This compilation of "strange or intriguing" patents is periodically updated and visitors may also nominate a patent for inclusion on the list. Some patents of note include the "Santa Claus Detector" stocking device (U.S. Patent No. 5,523,741), the "Hat simulating a fried egg" (U.S. Patent No. 5,457,821), and the "Flushable vehicle spittoon" (U.S. Patent No. 4,989,275). Approximately 50 patents are highlighted in this gallery, which was recently named the "Website of the Week" by the Voice of America. Delphion also has a "Gallery of Historic Patents" available, currently highlighting a number of prominent historical patents including "Barbed Wire" (U.S. Patent No. 157,124), "Velvet type fabric and method for producing same" (Velcro) (U.S. Patent No. 2,717,437), and "The Electric Light Bulb" (U.S. Patent No. 223,898).

Delphion’s Gallery of Obscure Patents Website: LINK
Voice of America Article: LINK
Gallery of Historic Patents Website: LINK

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