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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).

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  1. 1700inTraining said, on July 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

    The Patent & Trademark Office currently has an exhibit on Michael’s legacy in intellectual property. Check it out in the PTO Museum in the Madison Building; 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA.

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