Most people think that only scientists, zany inventors, and large corporations hold patents, but many there are many celebrities with patents, too! This list contains photos and information about celebrities who hold a patent (or, in some cases, multiple patents), loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and authors hold patents for their inventions. Some of these celebrities are always creating innovations in their field, but other famous people who hold patents may surprise you.
Who is the most famous person who has a patent? Michael Jackson tops this list. Michael Jackson holds a co-inventor patent for an anti-gravity stage illusion. Other musicians who have patens include Prince, who designed a new portable keyboard, and Eddie Van Halen, who designed a device to help his support his guitar while he goes nuts on a sick guitar solo during shows. Harry Connick, Jr. also holds a patent; he developed a new electronic system for reading sheet music.
Several famous celebrity women also hold patents. Christie Brinkley holds the patent for an educational toy which helps kids learn their ABCs and Jamie Lee Curtis holds a patent for a diaper with pockets containing wipes (yes, really!). Other famous people with patents include Neil Young, George Lucas, and Marlon Brando.Which celebrity inventions do you think are the most useful? Which famous people who have patents were you most surprised bye? Take a look at this list and share your opinion in the comments section!
Michael Jackson holds a co-inventor patent with two of his costume designers for specially designed shoes that gave the illusion that he was leaning beyond his center of gravity. The shoes were created along with the famous moonwalk dance move (which is not patented) for his 1988 music video, Smooth Criminal.
Source: US 5255452 A
Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
Cause Of Death: Cardiac arrest, Homicide
Place Of Death: Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Children: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.
Medical Conditions: Mysophobia
Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory
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Christie Brinkley holds the patent for an educational toy which helps kids learn their ABCs.
Source: US 4998883 A
Birthplace: Monroe, Michigan, United States of America
Profession: Pin-up girl, Model, Designer, Supermodel, Actor
Children: Alexa Ray Joel, Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook, Jack Paris Taubman
Credits: Entertainment Tonight, The Hamptons, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, Safety in Paradise
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Steven Spielberg holds a co-inventor patent for a Dolly track switch.Source: US D401951 S
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more
Children: Destry Allyn Spielberg, Sasha Spielberg, Mikaela George Spielberg, Max Spielberg, Sawyer Avery Spielberg, + more
Medical Conditions: Kidney cancer
Credits: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, A.I. Artificial Intelligence
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Paula Abdul invented a more mobile mic stand.Source: US 20090196451 A1
Birthplace: San Fernando, California, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Choreographer, Actor, Music video director, + more
Medical Conditions: Bulimia nervosa
Credits: American Idol, Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2, Brüno, The X Factor
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