You Can Stand Under My Umbrella Patent

Umbrella comes from the Latin word “umbra” which means shadow. http://inventors.about.com/od/uvstartinventions/a/Umbrella.htm. It is believed that umbrella’s are over 3500 years old. They were used not just for rain but to shield powerful sunrays in Egypt, Assyria Greece, and China. I personally think they may be older. I’m visualizing our ancestors picking out the largest palm leaves and deciding they could serve as fans or umbrellas depending on the weather. Because I’m no umbrella expert, you can go to umbrellahistory.net, a site dedicated to the history of the umbrella, and learn about umbrellas that range from elegant Japanese parasols to plastic umbrellas found at your local drug store when in a bind.

Umbrellas of the west and closer to our time (1600s and 1700s is closer right?) were considered an accessory for women. “Then the Persian traveler and writer, Jonas Hanway (1712-86), carried and used an umbrella publicly in England for 30 years, he popularized umbrella use among men. English gentleman often referred to their umbrellas as a “Hanway.”” http://inventors.about.com/od/uvstartinventions/a/Umbrella.htm

As one can imagine, there are United States and International umbrella patents. Just to give an idea of the infinite amount of them-know that the United States Patent Office has four full-time examiners just for umbrella patents! “As of 2008, the office registered 3000 active patents on umbrella-related inventions.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbrella Six plus years have passed so one can only imagine how many additional umbrella patents have been filed and/or granted since then.

And then there are umbrella accessories including but not limited to: umbrella anchors, umbrella stands, umbrella tables, an umbrella that’s also a walking stick, an umbrella with a handle bracelet, an umbrella with a flashlight at the end, and you can guess several of the rest. If you are really interested you can visit Songxia, China. According to local estimates, about half a billion umbrellas, or 30% of China’s production, are made here, supplied by more than 1000 factories. One single worker makes about 300 umbrellas a day.http://mentalfloss.com/article/75124/8-mind-expanding-facts-about-umbrellas.

Some more numbers to pour down on you: In the United States alone, the annual market for umbrellas is around $350 million. This comes down to 33-35 million umbrellas. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/11-interesting-things-about-the-umbrella/244754/.

When it’s raining cats and dogs you can buy an umbrella for yourself or just for your cat or and dog: https://www.google.com/patents/US6871616. Whether or not you would like to invent a new type of umbrella or a new line of dog and cat rain gear, the Mohr IP Law team is ready to help. You can stand under our umbrella. And remember these wise words from Rihanna:

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’d be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath I’m a stick it out ’til the end


Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh)

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