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June 27, 2009


A contribution to the media obsession surrounding the death of the King of Pop: In 1993, Michael Jackson was granted patent 5,255,452 for a "Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion." Specially designed shoes engaged with hitch members protruding through the stage, allowing the wearer to lean beyond their center of gravity. The illusion was used by Jackson in the music video for Smooth Criminal.

Posted by Mr. Platinum at June 27, 2009 8:57 AM | The Patent System


Except that it wasn't. The invention was used in his first on stage performance of that move. The original move (in the video) was done a much more conventional way: with a harness. Otherwise, the video might be a 102(b) reference for that application.

Posted by: mmm at June 29, 2009 8:50 AM