Donna Ford from Malibu, California and her son Jack have received a new patent (8,146,614) on a cup holder for crutches. The invention was inspired by Ms. Ford's own difficulty carrying around her coffee after an injury.
The Inventor was on crutches for approximately 4 months and needed to carry coffee to the office and around the home while on crutches without the use of hands, without relying on others to carry items for her, and with minimal spillage. With assistance from her 8 year old son Jack, who wants to be an inventor when he grows up, the Inventor used packing tape on her first day on crutches to hold a plastic cup holder from her son Jack's seat in the family van, and modified the holder to use temporarily while on crutches.
Jack and the Inventor are very excited about their first invention and Jack insisted that inventor file for a patent on the new invention created by her with her son Jack's assistance.
Eventually, the two inventors hired a patent attorney, who ensured that Jack signed the formal documents required to be named as an inventor.
The patent attorney also helped make the arguments that the Fords' patent should be granted even though theirs wasn't the world's first crutch-mounted cup-holder. But, being a patent attorney, he couldn't resist the urge to take out the fun part of the application -- Jack's excitement about the packing-tape prototype -- and replace it with unhelpful background information.
Crutches are known in the prior art. Crutches are often used to aid the mobility of a person with a temporary disability, such as a broken leg.