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The holiday season is upon us, and we are fast approaching that magical time of year when our favorite Star Wars® characters sing poor-man versions of Randy Newman songs to us. That day, of course, is Life Day. Life Day is the day where Wookies gather around a large, Styrofoam prop tree and growl songs with Luke, Han, Lei, C3PO, and R2D2, to pre-emptively punish George Lucas for Jar Jar Binks and the aliens in Indiana Jones 4. In honor of Life Day, here are the best Star Wars®-related patents!
1) Hand-holdable toy light tube – US 6,641,280 A
Who doesn’t love lightsabers? Any kids could play in the backyard for hours with this toy…until they poke someone’s eye out.
2) Robot – US D458318
This almost-R2D2 gives you immediate street-cred as you can say it is a prototype for the new Star Wars movie that will never get made, Star Wars 7 – The Final Chapter 3D (contains 100% CGI, no actors were paid in the making of this film).
3) Action figure and accessories – US 7,588,478 A
Your fake R2D2 wouldn’t be complete without a fake CP3O.
4) Action figure stands – US 2007/0087651 A1
You can’t have a proper Life Day without at least one Wookie, and this stand keeps your Chewbacca upright and ready for display. Just make sure you keep everything in the original packaging.
5) Methods for Managing Content for Consumer Electronic Devices – US 2010/0186053 A1
Watch Star Wars on-demand at any time. Sorry, the original versions are not allowed, nor can you get the censored version of The Phantom Menace, where Jar Jar is always muted and covered by a black box.
This post was contributed by Registered Patent Agent Dan Wolka and edited by Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.