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!