Drowning nail designs in a backyard?
Never heard of it?
If so, you might want to rethink your thinking.
That’s because the word “design” is defined in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as “an instrument or device for the production of an ornament or decoration by the use of a mechanical process or apparatus.”
That definition was recently expanded to include any process that requires the use or modification of materials to achieve a result.
A patent for a device that uses a mechanical system to make nail designs float on the surface of a pool was filed in 2007, according to the patent application.
The technology could be used to make the designs float by attaching a string to a nail or by attaching an elastic band to the end of a nail.
“This design patent is very novel in that it’s the first to involve the use, modification, and fabrication of an object to make a design float,” says Daniel B. Lissauer, a patent attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the first patent application for this technology.
Lislauer also noted that the technology could allow a person to design or build an object from scratch using materials that can be reused in the future.
“It’s an interesting way to use technology to achieve something that has been done before, which is that of making an object float,” Lissau says.
In this example, a man makes a floaty, pink nail design by attaching string to an object.
The design floats and is attached to the object by a string.
The inventor says that his invention is a way to create “a more interesting and original design.”
But the patent also says that “the invention will provide for a design for floating nail designs.”
The Patent and Patent Office does not define what that means.
The word “designed” is used to describe the process by which a design is created or created with an object in mind, according a patent application from 2007.
In the new patent, the inventor says his invention involves making a design that can float on a surface.
He describes a system for attaching a rope to an nail, which can then be attached to an elastic ring, which floats, and the two objects are attached together, with the two rope ends attached to a string that can then float.
“The invention also includes a device for making an elastic design float by providing a string, such as a string with a loop end, to attach the design to a surface, such that the design is held up by the elastic design,” the patent reads.
Lillerser’s patent also mentions the use in this example of “a plastic nail design” and suggests that it could also be used for other purposes, such a “balloon design” or a “glider design.”
The patent application also describes an additional invention that can use a device such as the invention for creating a “pink design” by attaching two strings to a plastic nail.
Lollerser says his design is the first that uses this method.
“I have been using the invention to make some pink nail designs and I am really pleased with the result,” he says.
But he admits that it is not perfect.
“If you have the ball in your hand and you hit a nail, you can get a pink nail,” he admits.
Littler says he will be working with his engineering and product design students to get the design right.
He says that he is also working with the designers to come up with a better design, but that it may take some time.
“When we are done, we can talk to them about a possible final product,” Littlerser says.