U.S. Pat. No. 5,016,559

by fros1y, published

U.S. Pat. No. 5,016,559 by fros1y Apr 8, 2012
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A 3D model of U.S. Pat. No. 5,016,559. Cutting edge 1989 bookmark / pen holder technology from the original Thingiverse--the U.S. PTO.

"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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We had fabric bookmarks with a slit for holding a pencil or pen way before this thing was patented.

I have to say, I'm amazed at what is patentable.

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.

Likewise you'd think U.S. Pat. No. 5,839,168 (http://www.google.com/patents/US5839168)http://www.google.com/patents/... would have been obvious in 1998. DONT_KNOW