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Know of a quake-related product or patent? Tweet about it

August 24, 2011 |  1:29 pm

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Perhaps the folks at the U.S. patent office don't have enough to do, or more likely they're trying to use the novelty of the Tuesday's East Coast earthquake to call attention to their operations.

The office invited followers on its Twitter page to identify quake-related patents and trademarks -- such as the earthquake-proof sleeping place, earthquake alarm clock and Quake cereal.

"So what are the cool earthquake-related patents you can think of?" Paul Rosenthal, who manages the social media program for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, tweeted after the earthquake.

"We have serious things that we'd like to inform the public about," Rosenthal said in an interview. But he said his job was also about educating the public. "Patents and trademarks can be fun. They tell us about American history, about popular culture."

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Photo: Quick! Think of a quake-related patent or trademark. Then Tweet about it. The folks at the patent office would be pleased to know you're paying attention. Credit: Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images

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