At least as early as September, 1999, multiple companies sold screws for use inassembling eyeglass frames to temples
(the “prior art screws”). The prior art
screws consist of athreaded portion and a breakaway, non-threaded portion. For years prior to the filing of the
application that matured into the ‘403 Patent, t
he screws were available in different threadlengths. The screws are designed to be operated and have the portions separable by hand.11.
The prior art screws were known and/or used by others in this country, and/orpatented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country, and/or were in publicuse or on sale in this country, at least as early as 1999.12.
On or about August 9, 2008, Tedeschi filed Application No. 12/187,254 in theUnited States Patent and Trademark Office (the
The application described thepurported invention, in part,
as “a screw having a head and elongated stem, adapted to be easilymanipulated by a user when using the screw as a fastener in a hinge or joint.”
During the two and a half years the application was pending in the PTO, Tedeschinarrowed the scope of the claims in the
‘403 Patent numerous times in response to examiner
On December 6, 2011, Application No. 12/187,254
matured into the ‘403 Patent.
Upon information and belief, Tedeschi assigned the ‘403 Patent to Eyeego.
claims of the ‘403 Patent
contain the limitations of a screw head, an elongatestem with a threaded portion and a non-threaded portion where the threaded portion ispermanently coupled to the head and where the non-threaded portion is releaseably coupled tothe end of the threaded portion.