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 a NYT best-selling author of iWOZ, the biography of Steve Wozniak. She is a vet tech journalist and chief of the geek tech site, aNewDomain.net.