Patents

Rarely considered, patents give us an extensive look into the design decisions made by manufacturers with each patent showcasing several pages of descriptions and illustrations. Better yet, patents provide a historical insight through their declared inventor, assignee and filing dates.

Each patent has been sorted by its manufacturer and given a brief description to explain its context. Additionally, a link provided to each patent’s US Patent and Trademark Office claim page for more information.

Bayshore Industries

Patent Number D204464

Filed 05/04/1965

Issued 04/19/1966

Although sold by Barton’s Candy Corporation as the “Whistle Nose Pumpkin”, this pumpkin is believed to have been manufactured by Bayshore Industries, but remains unconfirmed.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Patent Number 2666206

Filed 05/26/1952

Issued 01/19/1954

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Patent Number 2606324

Filed 12/05/1951

Issued 08/12/1952

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Patent Number 2666204

Filed 12/05/1951

Issued 01/19/1954

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Come Play Products

Patent Number 5984754

Filed 12/02/1996

Issued 11/16/1999

Unlike many battery powered candy pails produced by other manufacturers, Come Play Products opted to illuminate at least some of their candy pails with a patented glow stick holder in the center of the candy pail.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Empire

Patent Number 3681588

Filed 11/16/1970

Issued 09/01/1972

This patent sheds light on how Empire’s 5 Lite Candoliers worked whilst being illuminated with only a single bulb instead of one per candle.

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Patent Number 5911501

Filed 12/23/1996

Issued 06/15/1999

This patent describes and illustrates the mounting and lighting system for Empire’s “Tree Light Topper” and “Pathway Light Topper” style blow molds (as both replacement tops and stake mounted).

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Holiday Hues

Patent Number D349359

Filed 01/11/1993

Issued 08/02/1994

Contributed by B Weis

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Patent Number D345621

Filed 01/11/1993

Issued 03/29/1994

Contributed by B Weis

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Patent Number D345435

Filed 01/11/1993

Issued 03/22/1994

Contributed by B Weis

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Integrated Plastics

Patent Number D419910

Filed 03/03/1999

Issued 02/01/2000

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Patent Number D388360

Filed 01/02/1997

Issued 12/30/1997

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Patent Number D380171

Filed 02/16/1996

Issued 06/24/1997

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Patent Number D388358

Filed 09/25/1996

Issued 12/30/1997

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Patent Number D378361

Filed 01/05/1996

Issued 03/11/1997

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Patent Number D388359

Filed 09/25/1996

Issued 12/30/1997

While patented, no blow molds have yet to been found matching this design. It is assumed, but unproven, that the design was never produced.

Unlike many of Donald Shaw’s other patents, Integrated Plastics Limited is not declared as the assignee.

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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L.A. Goodman

Patent Number 2632724

Filed 01/10/1948

Issued 03/24/1953

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Miller Electric

Patent Number D169324

Filed 06/20/1952

Issued 04/14/1953

Although plainly named as “Figurine”, this patent describes Miller Electric’s iconic “Hi-Ho Santa on Reindeer”.

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Santa's Best

Patent Number D423982

Filed 06/26/1995

Issued 05/02/2000

A unique and slightly unnerving patent describing the design and attachment mechanism of the inserted eyes used by Santa’s Best products.

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Patent Number 5605314

Filed 02/09/1995

Issued 02/25/1997

A patented staking system using three specially designed stakes for use with Santa’s Best products.

Contributed by Nick Kraelew

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Sun Hill Industries

Patent Number 5436817

Filed 12/23/1993

Issued 07/25/1995

This patent extensively describes and illustrates various design, electrical and mounting elements of Sun Hill Industries' light kits.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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Wherl

Patent Number 1246037

Issued 12/06/1988

This Canadian issued patent describes a “battery-powered lantern which is used by a child to collect Halloween treats.” Other notable uses include its use as an illuminated ornament or novelty toy.

Contributed by Mel Fischer

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