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  1. 6

    I think it’s hilarious that the inventor is from Texas.

  2. 5

    Looks like the abstract idea of killing rodents with a gun implemented by conventional trap elements. Patent ineligible.

    1. 5.1

      … trap elements implemented with a gun fails eligiblity…..?

      I am pretty sure that you were attempting a jest, but I don’t think that you quite made it.

      1. 5.1.1

        Yes, I was.

  3. 4

    If this was still from the era in which the Patent Office required a working model, being an examiner could be a dangerous job.

  4. 3

    Ring. Ring. PETA calling . . .

  5. 2

    My favorite line from the spec:

    “The invention may also be used in connection with a door or a window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.”

    He may not have sold any mousetraps, but he surely inspired a whole genre of bar examination questions.

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    2. 2.2

      And more than one episode of “24”.

    3. 2.3

      Not just bar exams. Looking at that cord tied to the trigger, how often have we seen that as a plot device in novels and films?

      Always presuming, of course, that “animal” in the title of the patent includes “human”.

      1. 2.3.1

        … I don’t see anything tied to the trigger…

  6. 1

    Trap? More like atomizer, or vaporizer.

    One drawing, and a one-page spec with a single claim.

    I’ll venture he didn’t sell a lot of those “traps”.

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