Patents Include Garden Hose Storage Unit, Crystal Frets for Guitars, Stylized Christmas Tree

November 14, 2012

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Leyendecker & Lemire, LLC, an intellectual property and business law firm providing Intellectual Property (IP) and business-related legal services to entrepreneurs, individual inventors, and businesses of all sizes, has announced three recent patentees whose inventions include a garden hose storage unit, a stylized Christmas tree and crystal frets for guitars.

Patentee Leslie Broick (U.S. patent number 8,281,946) has invented a garden hose storage unit in the form of a decorative planter. The invention consists of a hose concealing device adapted to contain and conceal a coiled hose within an inner cavity. The inner cavity resides beneath a planting receptacle, which is equipped with a drainage means that permits water to drain from the planting receptacle rather than accumulating within it. The drainage means is adapted to collect excess water from the planting receptacle and prevent the water from dripping onto or otherwise contaminating the coiled hose.

Patentee Erich Papenfus aka Erich Stone (U.S. patent number 8,269,083) has invented string instrument frets and an associated fret optical apparatus, which is an instrument comprising a body, a neck and a plurality of strings. The neck comprises a first end having a headstock, a fretboard, at least one mineral fret coupled to the fretboard, and a second end one of coupled and integrated to the body. The mineral fret may be generally transparent.

“Crystal Frets is a patented process for giving a guitar amazing tone and improved sustain,” said Papenfus. “By replacing standard metal frets with natural quartz crystal, even less of the string vibration is dissipated. Harder than steel, the natural properties of the quartz allows the string energy to be amplified throughout the body, resulting in a warm, resonant tone and increased sustain.” For more information, visit

Patentee Matthew Bliss (U.S. patent number D668,174) has patented an ornamental design for a stylized Christmas tree that is remarkable as a piece of art decor and a definitive modern take on the holiday tree. “The tree is easy to put up and take down, and it collapses flat for space saving storage,” said Bliss. In addition to ease of use and storage, Bliss’ stylized Christmas tree is visually stunning. Bliss invented his tree in part to honor his grandfather, Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, who designed his own version of a decorative Christmas tree in the mid-1960s. For more information and to view photos of the holiday tree, visit

“Our law firm is very proud and honored to announce these new patents on behalf of our clients,” said Founding Partner Kurt Leyendecker. “Leslie, Erich and Matt are individuals who are representative of the wonderfully creative technological and artistic endeavors going on in our community, and their respective inventions are incredibly valuable to the particular market segment to which each pertains.”

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