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: James Cameron
Known For: Cameron wrote and directed his way to fame, beginning with the 1980s sci-fi thriller The Terminator. After that he pumped out some more hits -- Aliens, Terminator 2, True Lies -- throughout the 80s and early 90s.
And then there was Titanic, which basically broke the box office. As if grossing over $600 million weren't enough, the film went on to tie Ben-Hur for the most Academy Awards (11) given to one film, including the Best Picture award, making it one of the highest-grossing Best Picture Oscar winners.
And, while the movie cost around $200 million to make, it was well worth it because for 12 years it held the title as the highest-grossing movie of all time. That was until another super-expensive, super-successful James Cameron film -- Avatar -- knocked it down to number two.
Even though Cameron is pretty good at making critically-acclaimed blockbuster films, after Titanic's success, it took him 12 years to release his next directorial project. What exactly was Cameron doing for all of those years?