We are excited to share that Dossey & Jones now joins the international law firm Withersworldwide!
Our new relationship with Withers offers us the opportunity to better serve our clients and to bring a whole new range of US and international services into play for our clients. We look forward to continuing our work together and to introducing you to our Withers colleagues! Our current address will remain the same, and our phone numbers and email addresses will temporarily remain the same as we work on completing our integration over to Withers.
>> Learn More Here <<

Michael Jackson's Patent

By: Jim Dossey, MS, MBA, JD
Michael Jackson’s Patent

In 1993, Michael Jackson, Michael L. Bush, and Dennis Tompkins filed for a patent on the “anti-gravity” shoes they invented. U.S. Patent and Trade Office patent No. 5,255,452 covers a "system for allowing a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue of wearing a specially designed pair of shoes." The shoes had a special grove cut in the sole that would attach to a bolt sticking out of the stage floor. Jackson used the anti-gravity shoes to wow audiences during his performance of “smooth criminal.”

Despite successfully obtaining the patent, the patent was deemed abandoned in 2005, after only 12 years, when Jackson failed to pay the required patent maintenance fees. In general, utility patents have a 20 year term starting on the day the application was filed. Design patents have a 14 year term starting on the day the patent is granted.



See how Dossey & Jones can help with your intellectual property needs!

Related Posts
  • The Four Categories of Trademarks Read More
  • Confidentiality Agreements: Do's and Don'ts Read More
  • Common Legal Issues Businesses Must Avoid Read More