Ep #9: Patent Stars- Celebrities Get Patents Too

  • Ep #9: Patent Stars- Celebrities Get Patents Too

    This week IP Goes Pop! goes on a star-studded journey of celebrity inventors and patent holders.

    This episode is dedicated to the music and memory of Eddie Van Halen, an innovator and inventor who changed rock music and the guitar as we know it. Eddie is a named inventor on multiple guitar patents.

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In this episode, host Michael Snyder strolls down Hollywood Boulevard and discusses some directors, actors, and musicians that have surprising and interesting patents.

Eddie Van Halen guitar patent


02:42   Even stars get patents

Patent Act, “§101. Inventions patentable,” 35 USC § 101

03:28   Episode Dedication to Eddie Van Halen

            “National Museum of American History Receives Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstein Replica” Guitar (Smithsonian, February 7, 2011)

06:28   Eddie Van Halen, Genius Innovator and Inventor

            07:30 US4656917A, Musical instrument support

            11:35 US7183475B2, “Stringed instrument with adjustable string tension control” 

            12:21 US10115383B2, “Humbucking pickup and method of providing permanent magnet extending through opposing coils parallel to string orientation”

            13:19 USD388117S, “Guitar peghead”                     

            EVH Wolfgang Guitar

14:16   Prince, “Can you make that in purple?”

USD349127S, “Portable, electronic keyboard musical instrument”

15:46   Michael Jackson, “Annie, are you novel and nonobvious?”
            US5255452A, “Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion”

19:13   Abraham Lincoln, star of the movie “Lincoln”

            US6469A, “Buoying vessels over shoals”

20:36   Harry Houdini, “Use your illusions”

            US1370316A, “Diver's suit”

20:58   Patents – the “Contract with America “

22:57   Walt Disney, “I’ll draw that!”

             US2201689A, “Art of animation”

23:23   Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), “I invented WiFi in my spare time.”

            US2292387A, “Secret communication system”

24:46   Jamie Lee Curtis, “Cleanup, aisle this baby”

            US4753647A, “Infant garment”

25:35   James Cameron, “Under the sea…”

            US4996938A, “Apparatus for propelling a user in an underwater environment”

26:48   Christie Brinkley, “Uptown girl, I’m an educating Uptown girl…”

            US4998883A, “Educational Toy”

27:28  Marlon Brando, “Stella! Stella! Check out this invention!”

            US6812392B2, “Drumhead Tensioning Device and Method”

28:45  Gallagher (Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr.), “Watermelons... Always watermelons…”

            US7972210B2, “Electronic Slot Machine”

30:11   Steven Spielberg, “Action! Cut! Print! I like saying things!”

            US8091028B2, “Method and Apparatus for Annotating a Line-Based Document”

31:28   Conclusion

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