The Frosty Reexam Continues
It's Christmas Eve. At Way Better Patents it's time for our annual reexamination of our claim on Holiday Greetings from Frosty the Article Holding Figurine (cue Burl Ives singing Holly Jolly Christmas.)
1) A method of communicating holiday greetings comprising a representational snowman-like article holding figurine offered in combination with a social expression communication associated with an occasion, holiday, or event; delivered via a communication network wherein the communication network comprises a computer connected to a telecommunications device that facilitates exchange of greetings via the Internet through posts on a weblog, a weblog being a web-based journal that contains periodic posts usually in reverse chronological order.
2) The method of claim 1 wherein the displaying of an dapper air of holiday spirit by the representational snowman-like article holding figurine accompanied by donning of the gay apparel in the form of a hat, cap, or other shaped covering for the head worn for warmth, or for it's decorative and fashion value.
A dude made of snow is probably making a fashion statement and not interested in keeping warm. Office Action to follow.
Frosty the Article Holding Figurine with his preferred embodiment article, the jacket, casually thrown over his shoulder and the inscrutable yet determined look on the upper orbital section of the facial structure is no ordinary a snowman shaped object, he is a figurine of action. He strikes a dashing pose with his top hat-like structure affixed to the upper portion of the preferred embodiment snowman-like shape. The representational human visage let's us know this article holding figurine is no victim of the politically correct as represented by the corn-cob pipe like smoking apparatus clinched in dual elliptical indents designed to represent a notional mouth. In other embodiments he may use a smoke-free electric pipe.
In the preferred embodiment he is on the way to a festive holiday gathering to join his other patented figurine, ornamental, and decorative cohorts including the snowman shaped Christmas tree, in celebration of the calendar appropriate holiday season.
In yet other embodiments, Frosty, the Article Holding Figurine, an ornamental fellow in deed, further comprises a variety of features, including, but not limited to, one or more means for attachment to a Christmas Tree. In the preferred embodiment, the ornaments are provided with a piece of metal or other material, curved or bent back at an angle, for catching hold of or hanging things on (a hook) whereby our man Frosty may be hung from a Christmas tree.
Alternatively, he may be placed on a flat surface, such as a fireplace mantel,a structure of wood, marble, or stone above and around a fireplace, where such display is intended as a Christmas display. In the fireplace mantel embodiment tunes, preferably Christmas carols, joyful religious songs celebrating the birth of Christ, are provided to enhance the social occasion experience.
Nowhere within the prior art, to the best of applicant's knowledge, is there found a more sincere wish for a happy and healthy holiday season to all of our family, friends, and colleagues. (Note the use of the patentesque Oxford comma.)
A Quick Update
We did hear from the Examiner at USPTO informing us that the business method claims have to go. The whole idea of a computer implemented method on an e-commerce site to send digital greetings to your supporters and friends, aside from being a little obvious, is one of those pesky "do it on a computer" claims so the has to go if we want to move forward with our prosecution.
We're also waiting to see which Cooperative Patent Classification symbols show up on the application. Stay tuned.