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Mike Kokal Assists Local Inventor Make the News with Innovative Emoji Patent

Posted on June 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Michael Kokal

Springfield inventor Eli Goodman, M.D. was recently awarded a design patent for his innovative emoji named the “Rhetoricon.”

The full story appeared in the June 17th issue of the Illinois Times:

“Abraham Lincoln may be Springfield's most famous citizen to hold a patent. But, can Lincoln's patent hold a candle to Dr. Eli Goodman's patent of The Rhetoricon.

`The Rhetoricon punctuation mark is used at the end of a sentence, phrase, statement or comment that is both rhetorical and sarcastic; with or without a sense of double entendre,’ says Goodman. He was inspired to create The Rhetoricon after reading a Reader's Digest story about little known punctuation marks, such as the Interrobang, Acclamation Point, Snark Mark and Certitude Point. (You'll have to Google those, since you won't find them in Illinois Times, which follows the Associated Press Stylebook.) Goodman says his interest in language and punctuation comes from being a longtime reader of The New Yorker. . . .

Goodman enlisted the help of Springfield attorney Michael Kokal, a fellow Rotarian, to apply for the patent. Kokal specializes in intellectual property and is licensed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was filed Nov. 20, 2018, and approved June 1, 2021. Find out more about Eli Goodman at https://www.eligoodmanmd.com/.”

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