Holiday Gift List for Patent Attorneys and the Like

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is early in the holiday season, but not for mail-order… I'm also posting this list now to give you ample time to forward the list to potential gift-givers. Here are a dozen holiday gifts for patent law professionals.

  1. Knives? Yes patent attorneys can be excellent cooks if given the right tools and the right cook books. In my home, I use the very best unpretentious inexpensive knives on the market: Swiss Made Victorinox with Fibrox handles. A solid 8-inch chef knife sells for $26 at Amazon. The best cookbook is by Cooks Illustrated.Capture 103111_1657_HolidayGift1
  2. I have not tried this one — The Celluon Magic Cube Laser Projection Keyboard and Touchpad.  This futuristic device works according to independent reviews that I read.  The idea is that a little device wirelessly connects to your computer, phone, or tablet and then uses a laser to project a workable keyboard onto a flat surface! My photo here shows it in use with an iPad, but it works well with non-Apple equipment. $170. Watch it on YouTube.
  3. Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, by Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner.  
  4. Kindle is still a good bet. I'd go with either the Kindle Touch 3G (without special offers) or else the new Kindle Fire
  5. Digital Microscope with USB port to plug directly into the computer: Nature + Technology for $99.
  6. Utilikey 6-in-1 tool
  7. A Blue Laser Pointer.
  8. Really strong fridge magnets made of the rare earth metal neodymium. ($8 for 10).
  9. For those long nights at trial:
  10. Mini-Tripod ($3). MiniTripod
  11. BBQ Skewers: Link ($10)

(Special thanks to Erik Flom of Husch Blackwell for his help in compiling this list.)



33 thoughts on “Holiday Gift List for Patent Attorneys and the Like

  1. 26

    What happens if I have what I believe to be an answer to a very important Medical break through… (I may truly have the answer to something… maybe not) But if I do.. then because I am not skilled in this so called category.. I lose? That is not fair. My answer is not Genius.. It comes from thinking about how to correct a problem to make it work.

  2. 25

    So now it’s so understandable. They took my correspondence from the first dated Application and used it as if it was the dated CIP Application. They even obviously used the same trick by removing the numbers on the Drawings as in the first Application Boards they sent back to me, with also of course the Slotted Swim Platform Drawing that I waited a whole month to be corrected. So they now take the numbers off the second set of Drawings, and switched the one that is folded once as in the Drawings I sent that Easy Peasy claimed he never got. And he did this to hide that fact that he had gotten the Drawings that B pointed out to me.. And I responded… WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT DRAWING?
    Same trick. And obviously used the Drawing that was sent to me by Micheal Little. PROVING that they are the ones that changed it. And the only way they could have was to pull a B&E and change the Drawings. And this was of course done at Guerwoods. Where it more than likely was a go ahead just destroy Her. Finger Print from a ONE TRICK PONY..AKA HORSES A@@.

  3. 19

    I’ve had a Kindle Fire for several days. It appears to be a handy delivery platform for Amazon content. Aside from that, it has some usefulness as a tablet, but it’s not an iPad killer. Of course at $200, it isn’t meant to be.

  4. 18

    > You think Scalia a narcissist? Or is it just judges in general?

    Neither. Rather I was thinking that if you use the art tought in the book the judge would necessarily find it hard to find the arguments not persuasive.

    Quoting from such books can be rather amusing and in one case I know both parties quoted extensively from a well known book regarding patents laws until the judge exclaimed ‘stop quoting that book!’.

  5. 17

    Re: cooking as chemistry, check out Ratio – link to

    Great book on baking, distilled down to the simple ratios of ingredients. Taught me to make perfect popovers.

    If you want to spend more, there’s Modernist Cuisine – link to – by everyone’s favorite patent troll/innovative researcher, Nathan Myhrvold. It’s chemistry, physics, engineering, etc., and an invaluable tool if you want to take your cooking to the next level. I’ve got turkey wings in a 54c water bath preparing for Thanksgiving right now as a result of this book.

  6. 16

    This is very interesting. I actually enjoy your writing style and your word choice more than anything Smile..
    .At, our average staff member has been in promotional products or a related business for 6 years. So when we brainstorm about the best products to suggest, the best supplier sources for getting it done or the best solution for a challenge, there’s a lot of experience and brain power pulling for you. Our prices are very competitive, but the real added value is the expertise and dedication you get along with the products.

  7. 12

    Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges

    probably the best gift a normal patent attorney could give another normal patent attorney.

    Perhaps I might even get JD one.

  8. 8

    Those might be good gifts for patent folk doing mechanical or electrical, but how about the chemical or biotech practitioners? Unless counting cooking as chemistry, and microscope as bio.

  9. 7

    In my home, I use the very best unpretentious inexpensive knives on the market: Swiss Made Victorinox with Fibrox handles.

    Same here. Those are excellent knives for the price (lord knows you can pay a LOT more, if you want to, for a minimal amount of additional functionality — cooking equipment is a lot like stereo equipment in that respect).

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    5.Digital Microscope with USB port to plug directly into the computer: Nature + Technology for $99.

    SOLD OUT – some one placed a very large order for Crystal City

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    > 3.Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, by Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner.

    My first thought, on recognizing the author, was to tell the judge you have bought his books.

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