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Suppose that I had invented a pillow case with grommets around the opening that you could cinch closed, and that this invention was useful somehow (so utility was not an issue)... would this be patentable? Ie: could the addition of a cinching mechanism in this context (of bedding) be considered novel and non-obvious, even if something like a cinchable shopping bag would not..?

If grommets are a known closing element, such as for shopping bags, under the "obvious" standards, which were significantly raised a few years back by a Supreme Court ruling, in my humble opinion, your pillow case would not qualify as eligible for a U.S. utility patent.

Canada has their own rules, so you would have to check with a Canadian patent agent or attorney for Canada.

Best wishes on your project.

Beware of U.S. invention marketing promoters.

George H. Morgan
U.S. Patent Agent

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George H. Morgan, P.E., Patent Agent


U.S. Patent Law only, no copyright or trademark qualification. I was a volunteer in the past, but my homeland defense activities pulled me away at times, and I was dropped. If you want me back, I am willing to come back.


Thirty one years as a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and a lifetime in product and manufacturing process and methods development as well as sales and marketing of new products with a number of blue chip corporations.

Rotary, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Army Aviation Association, Registered Professional Engineer, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Indiana Guard Reserve Officer

Various Society of Manufacturing Engineers & Society of Automotive Engineers technical publications. Ref. my web site:

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design Option), L.S.U., Baton Rouge, Louisiana; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics Option), University of Missouri at Rolla, Missouri, Helicopter Maintenance Course, 18 weeks, Ft. Sill Army Aviation School, Troop Information and Education Leadership Course, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Numerous Society of Automotive Engineers Seminars, Dale Carnegie Management Training Instructors Course.

Awards and Honors
Bausch & Lomb Science Award, Indiana Homeland Defense Service Ribbon, 2003.

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