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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on February 14, 2006.
Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems
patent#: US 6997070
I've never seen a patent on a technique for selling mattresses. And, perhaps I've been awake too long, but is this David Hasselhoff in the illustration? Knight Rider using jiu-jitsu to sell a mattress? Only the Hoff could be such a bad ass. He will grab you buy the arm, measure your resistive force, and send you home with a Posturepedic. Assuming of course, that once he's laid hands on you, you have any resistive force left.
Comments on Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems
hagiograph | Dec 6, 2005 8:01 AM
I disagree with earlier posters...in some cases you should NOT tell specifically what the patent is for. In my years of reading patent literature I have learned two things: 1. Often times the actual purpose of the patent is a mystery...even to the author 2. Half the fun of making fun of patents is to try to figure out what the hell the inventor/assignee is trying to get at.
hairz | Dec 6, 2005 2:01 AM
that abstratc explains everything.
hairz | Dec 6, 2005 2:01 AM
A method for selecting a sleep system comprises positioning a person on a mattress in a lying position. One of the person's arms extends generally perpendicular to the person's torso. A first pillow is positioned underneath the person's head, and a force is applied to the person's arm in a direction generally toward the person's feet. An amount of resistive force supplied by the person's arm is estimated and used to determine whether the proper combination of mattress and pillow is achieved.
Ralph | Dec 6, 2005 2:01 AM
Dan, I've enjoyed your site. Here's a suggestion for making it a little better. Before putting in your comments about the patent, make sure what it does is explained adequately. For example, something like this: This patent is for a procedure that is supposed to help prospective mattress purchasers choose a mattress. It is a series of movements that, repproduced on different mattresses, let the customer feel the firmness of each product. Hope that helps!
Al | Dec 6, 2005 2:01 AM
Why don't you explain what the device or patentable action is supposed to do? That would make the article more insteresting.
tiny | Dec 6, 2005 1:01 AM
I read the patent and I still don't get it!!! Does a mattress salesperson have to pay the inventor to use this patented "technology"???
Noah | Dec 6, 2005 1:01 AM
Only in patent land will a real life news caster come and hold your hand while you sleep
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