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“Santa Claus Detector” Patent Expires

December 9, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as December marches on.  And the holidays are the subject of a recent intellectual property alert issued by the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.   David J. Hill, who heads the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, reports in “Santa, You’d Better Watch Out!” that children may have a better chance at nabbing Santa Claus this year: it seems that Thomas Cane, inventor of the Santa Claus Detector, has neglected to pay his maintenance fees, which rendered his patent expired as of June 4, 2000.

Hill writes that the device “comprises a modified stocking that is adapted to hang from a mantle” with a tripwire strung across the fireplace, such that Santa’s entrance activates a switch that flips on the lights and turns on a music generator.

Read more of the latest in the world of intellectual property, and in dozens of other practice areas, by visiting our Law Firm Memos page.  And, as Hill writes, “hang your Santa Claus Detector stockings by the chimney with care.”

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