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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.


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