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Wacky Patent of the Month


February 2007


U.S. Patent Number: 4,836,823

to Douglas J. Laven


Colitz Catchphrase:

“A Valentine with your heart in your hand.”




view - original patent

A novelty item having a heart shaped housing with a translucent window formed therein. The housing has two conductors formed on the exterior thereof. When the housing is held in a person's hand, a conductive path is formed between the two conductors, and one or more LEDs on the interior of the housing begin to flash on and off in symbolic representation of a beating heart. The flashing of the LEDs can be perceived through the translucent window. A stand can be provided to support the housing in a substantially upright position.