Patents Issued the Week of December 4-8


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U.S. Patent No. 11,832,692 entitled “Slack Reducing Device for Modeling a Watch” issued December 5, 2023 to William P. Ortale IV of Nashville, Tennessee. Also invented by William P. Ortale IV. Abstract: An apparatus for positioning between a wristwatch and a user’s wrist is provided to aid in modeling wristwatches. The apparatus includes a spacer and a connection means (e.g., a band, a magnet, or the like). The spacer is configured to be positioned between a lower watchband portion of the wristwatch and a lower wrist portion of the user’s wrist. The spacer may be resilient and may include an arcuate outer support surface configured to rest against an inner surface of a watchband of the wristwatch. The spacer is held in said position using the connection means. The band is implemented to create a passageway for receiving the user’s wrist for holding the apparatus securely around the user’s wrist. The apparatus may further include a cover configured to cover at least the spacer for hygienic, aesthetic, and non-slip purposes.