Christians all over the world will soon be celebrating Easter. In honor of the upcoming holiday, here’s a look at a few Easter related patents. Since Easter is a holiday that celebrates spring and renewals, it’s appropriate that it can also inspire new inventions.
Broadly speaking, our Easter-related patents include both design patents for something ornamental – such as the design of an Easter Egg – and utility patents, for an invention that does something, such as a tool to help color Easter Eggs, or a mechanical Easter Bunny that can lay a seemingly endless supply of Easter Eggs.
Easter-Related Utility Patents
US Patent Number 991,804, issued in 1911, is titled simply, “Easter rabbit.” The inventor, Carl Schmidt of Cincinnati, Ohio, claimed to “have invented a new and Improved Easter Rabbit.” Of course, this was before genetic engineering was around, so what he invented wasn’t an actual new and improved rabbit, but rather a toy rabbit which can produce a seemingly endless supply of Easter Eggs. Note the wonderful details in the drawing – the wide-eyed smiling child excitedly looking on, the expression on the rabbit’s face, even though the design of the rabbit was NOT what was protected by the invention. The patent office does not now, and didn’t have then, a classification specifically for Easter-related inventions; this one was classified under “Miscellaneous advertising or display means not provided for elsewhere incorporating moving display members.”
The inventor didn’t want to be limited to rabbits, however. To make clear that the same mechanism could also be used in a variety of other types of animals, he included a drawing of a chicken using his patented technology:
Another inventor, B. Wilmsen, came up with a “new and useful improvement in Easter-Eggs.” He was granted US patent number 419,391 back in 1890 for a way to form an Easter Egg with silk or other thread or yarn wound in such a way as to conceal the surface of the body of the egg, covering the openings, to make it look like a solid Easter Egg made from silk thread. Interestingly, this invention was categorized under “Artificial Christmas Trees” even though it is specifically described as an “Easter Egg.”
Children (and many adults) enjoy drawing elaborate decorations on Easter Eggs, and that can be a tricky thing to do since eggs aren’t the easiest shape to draw on. There have been many inventions over the years intended to assist in this task. We chose this invention, US Patent 3,848,564, issued to L Kull in 1974, because we like the detailed drawings of the mechanism.
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Easter-Related Design Patents
In addition to utility patents, there are many design patents related to Easter. One of the more unusual we came across was this “Pumpkin shaped embossed Easter egg,” for which inventor Darcie Cobos received US Patent D762,516 in 2016. It does raise the question of what makes something an “Easter Egg” since this design is not remotely shaped like an egg.
Another Easter-themed design patent is US Patent D703,277 for a “Set of toy bunny Easter egg ears.” The patent was granted in 2014 to Brad Scott. Note that the patented design is just the ears – this is also indicated in the drawing by the broken lines for the bunny itself.
The creative mind knows no limits and will find inspiration in everything from the mundane to the holy. Whether your invention is something low tech such as a prettier Easter Egg, or something high tech such as a quantum computer, we’re here to help with your patent drawing needs. Contact us for more information.