Discover Exclusive Toy Industry Patents with Verna Law, P.C.

At Verna Law, P.C., we specialize in patent filings tailored to the dynamic and innovative landscape of the toy industry. As leaders in intellectual property protection, our dedicated team has a proven track record of securing patents for toy companies, safeguarding their unique and groundbreaking creations.

Explore the World of Iconic Toy Patents

Curious about some of the most popular toy patents that have left a lasting mark on the industry? Delve into a curated list showcasing timeless innovations:

  1. LEGO Building Blocks:

    • Explore the myriad patents behind LEGO’s iconic interlocking brick design, fostering endless creative possibilities for builders of all ages.
  2. Rubik’s Cube:

    • Step back to the 1970s with Ernő Rubik’s patent for the Rubik’s Cube, a 3D puzzle that remains an enduring global phenomenon.
  3. Barbie Doll:

    • Witness the classic patent from the 1960s by Ruth Handler for the original Barbie doll, exemplifying the essence of timeless toy design.
  4. Nerf Foam Dart Blasters:

    • Dive into Hasbro’s collection of patents for Nerf blasters, a perennial favorite among toy enthusiasts for decades.
  5. Etch A Sketch:

    • Experience the brilliance of André Cassagnes’ patent from the 1960s, bringing to life the mechanical drawing joy of the Etch A Sketch.
  6. Furby:

    • Uncover the patent for the interactive robotic toy Furby, originally held by Tiger Electronics and later by Hasbro.
  7. Tamagotchi:

    • Travel back to the 1990s with Bandai’s patent for the Tamagotchi, a groundbreaking virtual pet simulation device that captured hearts worldwide.
  8. Super Soaker Water Guns:

    • Make a splash with Lonnie Johnson’s patents for the beloved Super Soaker water guns, an essential summertime companion.
  9. Tickle Me Elmo:

    • Recall the holiday sensation with Tyco Toys’ patents for the ever-popular Tickle Me Elmo plush toy, captivating audiences of all ages.

More thoughts on Tickle Me Elmo:

When I was in college (Case Western Reserve University class of 1999, B.A. Computer Science), one of my engineering projects was to take apart a Tickle Me Elmo and reuse the engine inside the toy.  My team in class reused the engine to help power a slow vehicle for indoor use for people who had problems walking.  It was a challenge to make this tiny engine power the vehicle, but we we able to do so because of the slower speeds needed indoors and big capacitors that helped not burn out the engine.

Some inventions are useful in more than one aspect.

Understanding the Toy Patent Landscape

Grasping the intricacies of the toy patent process is essential for inventors dedicated to shielding their innovations from copycats. This multifaceted voyage unfolds in carefully defined stages, each requiring diligent attention:

  • Conduct a Patent Search: Begin by thoroughly investigating existing patents. This critical step helps you understand the uniqueness of your toy and evaluates its patentability, laying the groundwork for a strong patent application.

  • Document Your Invention: Solid patenting starts with detailed documentation. Capturing your toy’s design, functionality, and unique elements in detail is foundational to a successful application.

  • Choose the Right Patent Type: Deciding whether your toy needs a utility patent for its functional aspects or a design patent for aesthetic qualities is pivotal. The correct choice directs your protection strategy efficiently.

  • File Your Patent Application: Submit a comprehensive application promptly to avoid being preempted by similar inventions. For global protection, consider filing a PCT Application simultaneously.

  • Navigate the Patent Examination Process: Your application will be rigorously examined for novelty and inventiveness. Be prepared for a dialogue with the examiner, responding to challenges with well-argued amendments. While awaiting examination, your invention is “patent pending,” offering a measure of security.

  • Achieve Patent Grant or Address Denial: Obtaining a patent grants you exclusive rights to your invention. Facing denial, you have options to appeal or to file a Continuation application to refine your claims and keep your patent family active.

  • Maintain and Vigorously Defend Your Patent: Paying maintenance fees is crucial to keep your patent active. Vigilance against infringement is key to protecting your market position.

Patent processes can differ internationally, highlighting the importance of understanding intellectual property laws in each target market.

Stay Ahead with Verna Law, P.C.

As the toy industry continues to evolve, securing intellectual property rights is more crucial than ever. Partner with Verna Law, P.C. to navigate the patent landscape successfully. Contact us today at or 914-908-6757 to safeguard your innovations and shape the future of play.