About The Inventor:
Melanie Loomos spent 10 years as a court reporter / stenographer doing mostly criminal jury trials.
During jury trials, there were infrequent breaks. Trial motions were argued during lunch, which meant no lunch breaks. Sometimes testimony would be taken from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with very few chances to stand up.
After doing jury trials for a short period of time, Loomos developed hemorrhoids and learned that many court reporters suffer from hemorrhoids and cannot do trial work as a result. Loomos brought a doughnut pillow to court, and was mocked by a bunch of lawyers. She decided to invent a cushion for hemorrhoid sufferers with a hidden utility.
Two Patent Applications in 1998
In 1998, Loomos went to a company called Universal Consulting Service and submitted two patent applications:
- One was for the “Pillow with Cantilever Supports” which was filed by Patent Lawyer Joseph Breaux, Esq., Reg. No. 36,462, on 2/17/1999, Disclosure #: 441913.
- The second was for the “Carpal Tunnel Chair.” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (which causes wrist pain) is also something that many court reporters suffer with. On March 26, 1999, Disclosure Statement Number 453652 was submitted by Universal Consulting Service for the “Carpal Tunnel Chair.” She was told she did not get the patent for the “Carpal Tunnel Chair” by lawyer Joseph Breaux, Esq.
“Pillow with Cantilever Supports,” Patent No. 6,018,831 – 2/01/2000
Loomos’ first patent: The “Pillow with Cantilever Supports,” Patent No. 6,018,831 was issued February 1, 2000.
Article in Inventors’ Digest – July/August 2002
“Ergonomic Seating Cushion,” Patent No. 6,523,202 B2 – 2/25/2003
During R&D, over 100 years of research on ergonomics was discovered and included in Loomos’ second patent, which was submitted by Michael Cesarano, Esq. of Akerman, et al. in 2002:
The Patented “Ergonomic Seating Cushion,” combines:
- reduction of sitting surface pressures;
- elevation of the peri-anal area; and
- maintenance of the natural curve of the spine
The utility of ergonomics for women during pregnancy was added with the help of research done by Darren Salinger, M.D., OB/GYN to the 9/2002 2002/0124318A1* “Ergonomic Seating Cushion” Patent submission resulting in Patent No. US 6,523,202 B2 issued on February 25, 2003.
Ergosoft (TM) Ergonomics Software – 2003
Loomos also invented Ergosoft (TM) Ergonomics Software to remind people to take stand breaks at least once each hour while learning about OSHA’s Ergonomics Standard.
Ergo-Tips (TM) pop up when it is time to take a break featuring a cartoon Ergo-Doc (Dr. Salinger), Ergo-Woman (Anka Rominsky) or Ergo-Man.
The Ergosoft (TM) CD was included with the purchase of a Patented “Ergonomic Seating Cushion.” Loomos would like to make Ergosoft (TM) a free, downloadable application in the near future.