Joseph McArthur, a resident of Dowagiac, Michigan, was granted U.S. Design Patent No. 113,611 for the “ornamental design”, i.e. body shape, of the Punkinseed lure for a term of 14-years.
He then assigned the patent to the world’s leading tackle manufacture of the era, James Heddon’s Sons. The length of the patent may have been one of the reasons that Heddon was thrilled about the design and possibilities of the Punkinseed as part his company’s many unique lure designs.
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