POPQuiz #3: Riddles and Poetry, Intrigue and Innovation. And Patents. This One Has it All.

Riddles in the dark, dear searcher? What patent searcher  doesn't  like the challenge of a good conundrum?  Original version of image by  Arek Socha  from  Pixabay .

Riddles in the dark, dear searcher? What patent searcher doesn't like the challenge of a good conundrum?

Original version of image by Arek Socha from Pixabay.

POPQuiz #3: Riddles and Poetry, Intrigue and Innovation. And Patents. This One Has it All.


Today’s POPQuiz is a gift.

While you await the final results of POPQuiz #2, we have a new one for you, courtesy of one of your colleagues and fellow POPQuiz enthusiasts, Henk Pattyn.

Henk submitted quite a few vampire-themed patents to our last POPQuiz, and we featured just one of them in our last post. But he didn’t stop there. He also submitted a great suggestion for a POPQuiz challenge.

So here it is. We even wrote a poem for the occasion.


POPQuiz #3: The Challenge

To answer this POPQuiz, we will start you with a riddle. The answers - or the beginnings of them, anyway – may well be in plain sight.

On a shore that gave birth to a field

The love of a William revealed

A crack team of two

A cloak red + blue

And ideas: more breaking than making.

Given what you have learned from the above poem, can you answer the following questions?

1. Who are the two?

2. One of the two has patents: old, and new. What is the number of the most recently granted patent?

3. The other of the two does not seem to appear in the patent literature, despite an impressive record of successful innovation. What could make this person’s patents easier to find, if those documents existed?

4. What was the original career of the person in question 2?

5. Where are the two now?

How to Play

Since this POPQuiz has a specific set of answers, much like POPQuiz #1, we’ve turned off the comments on this post to reduce spoilers for those who visit the post on this blog.

Once again, two ways to share your answers

  1. Go to this SurveyMonkey link and fill out the answer form here. The address is:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PatentOlympiadPOPQuiz3.

  2. Share your answers to social media. Use the hashtags #POPquiz #patentolympiad and tag @patentolympiad so we can find them, or reply directly to our posts. If you’re feeling enthusiastic, add #POPquiz3. Our primary accounts are below:

You have until 23:59 AoE time on SUNDAY, September 1, 2019 to share your answers before we share ours. We won’t guarantee that we’ll look at answers posted after that time.

As usual, the POPQuiz works the following way:

  • anyone can play

  • there are no prizes

  • you can play along silently, or submit your answers to us so we see them by our deadline.

Check our introductory post for the full details.

We love hearing your suggestions

We really enjoyed receiving Henk’s suggestion. If you have ideas or suggestions for future POPQuiz challenges, we would love to hear from you, too. We can’t guarantee that we will be able to use all of them, but if we do use your suggestion, we will definitely give you a shout out (as long as you want one).

Just email us directly at info@patentolympiad.org.