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Michael Jackson, King of Pop and Patentee.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 1, 2009



Per Dave McClaughry’s post at his new music industry-related patent blog, the recently deceased Michael Jackson was listed as a co-inventor on U.S. Pat. No. 5,255,452, titled “Method and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion”.  As stated in the post, Jackson’s patent “expired before he did, for failure to pay the 3rd maintenance fee”.   There is also a nice video at the post of the invention being used in a music video for his song “Smooth Criminal”.

Jackson’s patent was previously featured in our “They Invented What?” series of posts here (TIW? No. 92).

They Invented What? (No. 143)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 1, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 3,656,459:  Excrement receptacle device for animals.


I claim:

1. An excrement receptacle device for an animal comprising: a harness for support of the device on an animal, a hollow conduit tube having forward and rearward portions and constructed of a material which provides a normal self-sustaining shape for said tube in which an open tubular passageway is formed in the tube extending from the said forward to the said rearward portion of the tube, means on said harness for supporting said conduit tube in a fixed operative position in which the said forward portion of the tube is adjacent the anal region of the animal and entirely below the tail thereof, a flexible container, means attaching the flexible container to the conduit tube such that the flexible container extends from the said rearward portion of the tube and is in communication with the interior of the tube, said conduit tube including an upper portion made of flexible resilient material for yieldably collapsing when contacted by the animal’s tail and resuming its original normal shape when the animal’s tail is raised in the act of defecating to provide said open passageway in the tube to the container.