In re Patentability of the Peltzer Inventions

13 Pages Posted: 29 May 2019

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law

Date Written: April 15, 2019


The motion picture Gremlins (1984) stars Hoyt Wayne Axton (1938-1999) as Randall Peltzer, a prolific inventor with persistent cash-flow problems. Among other things, the motion picture discloses many of Peltzer’s inventions, including the “Bathroom Buddy,” the “Peltzer Smokeless Ashtray,” and the “Peltzer Pet.” This essay takes the form of an opinion letter evaluating the patentability of Peltzer’s inventions.

Keywords: Patent, letter, patentable subject matter, novelty, motion picture

Suggested Citation

Frye, Brian L., In re Patentability of the Peltzer Inventions (April 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Brian L. Frye (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky - College of Law ( email )

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Lexington, KY 40506-0048
United States


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