Some celebrities aren't just pretty faces. A few of them are also touched with that Yankee prowess for tinkering and invention. In this weekly series, we introduce you to the Patents of the Rich and Famous. And maybe you learn a little bit about how patent literature works along the way.
Inventor: George Lucas
Known For: Oh, you know, creating the Star Wars franchise, which lucky Wars Heads -- for lack of a universally accepted moniker like Trekkies, we refer to Star Wars loving folk as "Wars Heads" -- will get to see on the big screen again, in 3-D!
Also, that Indiana Jones series.
And, as if that weren't mind-blowing enough, his film production company -- Lucas Film -- had a hand in creating the behemoth animation studio: Pixar.
Everything he touches, even thinks about, turns to movie making gold. Of course he invented something cool.
Along with the more notable Star Wars characters, like C-3PO and Yoda, he patented minor Star Wars stars Boba Fett -- the bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader to find the Millennium Falcon -- and the AT-AT walkers featured in the Empire Strikes Back fight scene, which took place on the ice-planet Hoth.