Did You Know?


Hollywood director James Cameron always stands out when it comes for innovative scene creation. Very few people know himself as an inventor. Scenes from the movie ‘The Abyss’ captured with the help of his patented submersible equipment. The device is equipped with propellers which made the cameraman to easily handle the camera underwater to shoot the film without obstacles.1


Everyone must have watched Michael Jackson lean in defiance of gravity in the video for "Smooth Criminal". The shoes which he used for that video shoot is patented by him along with two other inventors, that made the exceptional dance move possible. 2


Apple owns a patent for its famous ‘Slide to unlock’ smartphone lock screen. In a court case against Motorola, apple argued that ‘A tap is a zero length swipe’. How are we supposed to operate our smartphone without infringing apple’s claim? 3


A patent filed at the USPTO by an attorney includes the following claim, to test his client/inventor’s reading skills,
“The method of providing user interface displays in an image forming apparatus which is really a bogus claim included amongst real claims, and which should be removed before filing; wherein the claim is included to determine if the inventor actually read the claims and the inventor should instruct the attorneys to remove the claim.” 4
How watchful you are with your patent draft?

1. US Patent no 4996938 titled ‘Apparatus for Propelling a User in an Underwater Environment’.

2. ‘Method and Means for Creating Anti-gravity Illusion’ US Patent no. 5255452

3. https://gigaom.com/2012/06/08/famous-judge-spikes-apple-google-case-calls-patent-system-dysfunctional/

4. US Patent Application Publication no. 20040161257