"electron magnifying glass"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Jan 2 21:12:35 UTC 2013

The USPTO does not get any hits, but the WIPO yields four, two of which have "electronic magnifying glass" in the abstract. Both of them have 2009 application dates and 2010 publication dates:



The first is a literal translation from the Japanese, and the second from the German.

Searching the USPTO on "electronic magnifying glass" yields two hits:



Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Jan 2, 2013, at 12:58 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:

> I was surprised to find this in a newspaper today.  It's not in the
> OED, but does appear occasionally in Google Search and perhaps 4
> times in Google Books, perhaps starting in the 1970s, perhaps
> earliest in someone's translation from Japanese (S. Isogawa,
> "[Recently developed scanning electron microscope (an electron
> magnifying glass)]").  I did not quickly find anything that would
> explain whether an "electron magnifying glass" is the same as or
> different from an "electron microscope".
> " 'I have read the bill and can't find the spending cuts -- even with
> an electron magnifying glass,' said Representative Trey Gowdy of
> South Carolina, who generally votes against budget bills."  [AKA
> Harold Watson; "Trey" apparently is a nickname.]

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