Patents Gone Wild: Chinese New Year 2017 is a Fire Rooster


In Chinese astrology, every 12 years there is a Rooster year. Each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. This year, as in 1957, the element is fire making this the year of the Fire Rooster.


The Last Year of the Fire Rooster: Major Events & Inventions

1957 brought many major news stories including the USSR launching Sputnik 1, Toyota began selling cars in the US, Elvis Presley purchased Graceland, and the first nuclear reactor plant opened in Pennsylvania. This year also brought us over 44,000 patents and applications being filed in 1957. One of which brings out my inner biology geek – US2969057A Nematodic swab by Vaughan P. Simmons for the W.H. Brady Company (known as Brady Corporation now). This invention was designed to collect and preserve specimens for viewing under a microscope…particularly to diagnose pinworm infestations. Now I loved looking at cells and blood under a microscope but pinworms? I’ll leave that for you to check out.

Famous Roosters

People born in a Year of the Rooster are hardworking, resourceful, talented, popular, and loyal. Some actors/singers/producers include Groucho Marx, Hans Zimmer, Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake, and Quincy Jones. Surprising fact - Quincy Jones, best known for producing music with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, has a US patent (US8942385) and a continuation-in-part application (US20150131809A1) that are currently active within the USPTO. Both inventions relate to audio equipment, like headphones, for adjusting the quality of sound delivered to the earpiece.

Add Fire to that Rooster

I wouldn’t be doing my blog justice without having a patent search dedicated to the two terms, Fire and Rooster. Chinese patent CN104757497A Braised Rooster Flavoring and Preparation Method Thereof comprises of a spice seasoning mix to flavor a rooster then gives details on how to roast the rooster. Mmmm…sounds tasty!

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