U.S. Pat. No. 5,016,559
by fros1y, published
"The combination bookmark and writing instrument holder includes a generally planar marking strip and an integrally molded retaining clip at one end of the marking strip. In the preferred embodiment, the retaining clip includes a pair of generally symmetrical, outwardly jaws that together present a writing instrument retaining channel. The channel includes a writing instrument retaining portion, and an outwardly flared mouth portion for guiding the writing instrument into the retaining portion."
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Likewise you'd think U.S. Pat. No. 5,839,168 (http://www.google.com/patents/... would have been obvious in 1998. *DONT_KNOW*
You can patent "anything under the sun that is made by man," but you'd have thought this particular gem would have been obvious in 1989.
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