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12 Cat-Related Patents That Are Really Quite Bizarre

To visit Google’s patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions—a surprising number of which are for your feline friends. From toys meant to encourage exercise to systems that deliver live birds for food, here are 12 really weird cat patents. 1. “Method of Exercising a Cat” If you watch [...]

A System to Allow Tankers to Fire Their Biological Waste at the Enemy

Tank crewmen under fire can’t just step outside for relief. They have to keep their, uh, waste inside their tanks. But that may change, thanks to a patent filed by Aleksandr Georgievich Semenov: Here’s how the patent describes the scene, with numbers referring to specific items in the drawing: “A military man (3) puts the wastes (8) into [...]

Patent Trolls Cost the Economy $29 Billion in 2011

Troll lure, Patent D378308 by Douglas R. Roe et al. Patents are supposed to protect inventors from having the results of their blood, sweat, and tears from being stolen by others, but recently, [...]

Black Patent Leatherette Hello Kitty Backpack

Black Patent Leatherette Hello Kitty Backpack – $44.95 (sold individually) Attention Hello Kitty fans! Behold the very chic Black Patent Leatherette Hello Kitty Backpack from the NeatoShop. This wonderful backpack is made of shiny black patent faux leather and features a subtle embossed Hello Kitty design. This delightful bag looks even better in person. Be sure to [...]

Gorgeous 19th Century Patent Models

A model of an electromagnetic engine. Rothschild Patent Model Collection, Scherzi Photography Inventors today have got it easy. If they want to patent something, all they have to do is file some paperwork. [...]

Whiz Kids: 5 Amazing Young Inventors

Here are the stories of four young inventors who have already made their mark on the world, and one who hopes to in the years to come. 1. Chester Greenwood: Easy on the Ears All 15-year old Chester Greenwood wanted to do was ice skate. But the bitter cold of winter in Farmington, Maine, was hard [...]

Self Defense Fashion From The US Patent Office

The US Patent Office sees the a lot of strange inventions coming through their submission process, hoping to get a patent. However who knew that there was a whole category of “Self Defense Fashion?” This collection of real life inventions submitted to the Patent Office includes a pendant that is filled with pepper spray to [...]

Courts Fine Troll Lawyers for Filing Phony Lawsuits

Real life “trolling” has taken the form of corporations who file many patents on products that they don’t actually produce in an effort to file patent lawsuits against others in hopes of getting large out of court settlements. In this case however justice came down on the right side by fining the phony company and [...]

Microsoft Developing a Shape-Shifting Touchscreen

This week, Microsoft filed a patent for a new type of touchscreen that can display variable textures: Whereas previous screens produced only an illusion of texture, Microsoft proposes producing a real texture, using pixel-sized shape-memory plastic cells that can be ordered to protrude from the surface on command.[...] Microsoft’s named inventor, Erez Kikin-Gil at the firm’s Redmond [...]

Got a Baby? Got a Window?

This “baby cage” was marketed for families living in tenements without easy access to outdoor spaces. Suspended from the side of the building, the baby would have access to fresh air and sunlight through the cage’s wire frame, and still have sufficient room to play with toys, according to a patent filed in 1922 by an [...]