12 Strange and Amazing Patents

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Welcome to the Wild and Wonderful World of Patenting

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a no-nonsense place. The 13-step patent submission process not only seems daunting, but also can take years to complete. If you're considering patenting a new invention, don't be discouraged: The U.S. Patent Office has approved some truly strange products before. We've dug into the archives to find some of the nuttier patents on file at the USPTO, with the hope that maybe—just maybe—they'll inspire courage to file your own patent. (Or at least make you smile.)