I've invented, patented and will be offering a new tool to the public
soon. I just thought I'd give this forum the heads up. It's a one
repeating ruler printed on clear tape that doesn't pull up the
when removed. The printing on the tape is red and the name of the
product is Red Tape.
I think it depends on how you define "invent". For common usage I
don't think it's a stretch. Before I made a product I did research
tape, measuring devices and all similar inventions. I didn't want to
infringe on any existing patents or submit a patent when a similar
claim had been made. The patent is pending and my research suggests
that most inventions are variations on a theme. I wouldn't go so far
as to claim I invented a measuring device where none existed before.
In fact, rulers date back prior to 1500 BC (Indus Valley). More
accurate forms of measurement exists and people have gotten by without
my product without loosing a limb. But there are instances where this
simply works better than existing tools. I could not buy this product
before I produced it, thus invent really isn't too wild a claim.
a fern is a tool?
according to my wife, you're supposed to use the carving knife for a
phillips-head screw; the pointy part goes into the little cross better than
the butter knife, which is used to open the paint cans.
If there's a market and you believe in the idea, go for it. :-) If
you were taking a jibe I think a better one might have been "I think
I'll invent a milk jug with quart marks on it." Or, perhaps, "I think
I'll invent a shoe with self guiding laces." hehehehehe.
Labelling each and every quarter inch increment with it's fractional
description looks a bit clumsy to me. I'm guessing that you put some
thought into this, maybe along the premise that it is easier for complete
neophyhtes to use, but I think it's a bit overkill for anyone who has ever
used a linear distance measuring device.
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