Friday, February 2, 2007

20 Celebrity Patent Holders Include Only 1 Member of Legal Profession

Abraham Lincoln.  That's it.  For Patent #6,469 — [Method of] Buoying vessels over shoals.  And he 651756_mr__lincoln_1 did not even attend a top-14 law school.

Now that Google introduced a patent search feature, the website Ironic Sans found it easy to compile a list and patent illustrations of Celebrity Patent Holders, including Prince, Zeppo Marx, Julie Newmar, Eddie Van Halen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Houdini, Mark Twain, Gary Burghoff [not for radar], Harry Connick Jr., and Marlon Brando.  My count: the only lawyer is Abe, though Connick's dad was DA.  (No professional credit for gelled cranberry sauce, but inventor Marcus Urann was no American Idol either, I concede.)  Folks, we can do better!

Penn Jillette, too.  For basically a hot tub sexual stimulator.  In confirming that he does not happen to be a lawyer (so confirmed), I did find out that his daughter is named Moxie CrimeFighter Patentmichaeljackson Jillette.  Hedy Lamarr (that's Hedly!) for a crypto device that has become the basis for modern CDMA cellphone technology.  And Michael J. Jackson patented the moon walk; claim 1 begins: "A system for engaging shoes with a hitch means to permit a person standing on a stage surface to lean forwardly beyond his or her center of gravity...."  Jackson is not a lawyer but has been amply supportive of the profession relevant to this blog.

I could not get some of the links to work, including Abe's (others worked intermittently--likely the beta aspect of Patent Search), so maybe Sans is putting us on.  [Update:  Abe works now, honest.] I don't think so, because the weirdest ones are definitely there.  And many of the comments after, FWIW, confirm these achievements and add to them--e.g., "Dude, you totally missed Tom Scholz from the band Boston. He has patents for the Polaroid One-step camera and the Rockman guitar amp!"   Whoa, Dude, take it easy, and don't look back so much.  That's more than a feeling you're showing there.

[Alan Childress; Hat Tip to the Electronic Ephemera blog]

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