Continue reading to learn how to make your very own David Kapp-o’-lantern, so you can celebrate an IP-themed Halloween!
Gathering the Materials: Pumpkin Carving Patents
First, we need to find the most cutting-edge pumpkin-carving technology. I went to Google Patent to search for “pumpkins” and limited the results to granted US patents. Here are the latest pumpkin-carving gadgets that you should stock up on before attempting to carve the Kapp-o’-lantern:
- 6655032 – Pumpkin cutting apparatus
- D600512 – Pumpkin scraper
- 4689885 – Apparatus for cutting out a face in a pumpkin
- 5491007 – Carvable artificial pumpkin and method
- 5918964 – Pumpkin illumination device
- 6722042 – Pumpkin decorative surface carving tool
- 6342175 – Method of carving shapes in a pumpkin shell
Creating the Kapp-o’-lantern
Now that we have our high-tech carving tools, we need the raw materials:
- A print-out of your favorite picture of David Kappos (in this case, the picture from his official biography on the USPTO website).
- A large pumpkin.
Next, you can use a cooking skewer to punch holes along the main lines of the picture, creating an outline of the face in the pumpkin.
Finally, use the high-tech gadgets that you’ve acquired to cut, scrape, and carve the pumpkin, using the outline as a guide. Put in your pumpkin illumination device, and you now have your own David Kapp-o’-lantern!
Do you have any ideas for IP-themed Jack-o’-lanterns? Let us know in the comments section, and have a happy Halloween!
This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.