Takeaway: Japanese women, avatars, divorcees, Jeff Bezos, and the ability to walk through walls are some of the subjects featured in Gina Smith’s gallery of weird patents and patent applications.
Think the patent field is dry? Not so much. Take a gander at my TechRepublic slideshow that features 10 wild, weird, and wacky tech patents and published patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Many of the items are owned by the tech companies you work with most. Avancept’s Thomas E. Ewing, who is an IP attorney, forensics specialist, and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) author, came along for the ride to add some juicy additional commentary for your reading pleasure. Enjoy the gallery: 10 weird tech patents and patent applications!
This image for patent application 20110194230 covers Walking Through Walls. Thankfully, for the sake of all the world’s sanity, the inventor finally abandoned it. (Image credit: USPTO)
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Gina Smith is an award-winning tech journalist and New York Times best-selling author of iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It (WW Norton, 2006). Her latest book, co-authored with former AIG Europe chief, Herta Von Stiegel, is The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons For Your Climb to the Top (McGraw, 2011). She was among the first five employees at CNET in the early 1990s and most recently led the relaunch of BYTE.