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Extra-strong, natural rubber bands with patented wood closure pins organize everything from electronic and computer cables, to extension cords, power tools, and more.

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Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. PhotonDetector says:

    They patented a girth hitch and a piece of wood? Seriously? Cool? Yes. Novel and non-obvious? No.

  2. cylver says:

    The “patented wood closure pins” look a whole lot like two golf tees with the tips cut off, and glued together.

  3. dj_nme says:

    Patent on a rubber band with a toggle?
    I thought that patents were only supposed to be granted for novel items, how could an obvious use for an elastic band be patentable?
    Natural rubber is a bad choice for holding for long-term strapping, simply because it will perish fairly quickly.

  4. ad_astra says:

    Well, the Supreme Court just ruled that the lower courts have been applying a far too easy-to-pass obviousness standard, which might explain how this sort of thing happens…at least now it’ll be easier to invalidate stuff like this.

  5. volkemon says:

    “with patented wood closure pins”

    Makes me think the patent is on some innovative aspect of the toggle itself, not the process in total.

    Indeed, natural rubber is a poor choice, but sounds really ‘green’….