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: Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince aka The Artist Formerly Known as Prince aka that symbol over there on the right.
Known For: Very much a celebrity, not only has Prince produced lots of award-winning (Grammy, Golden Globe, Oscar) music, including 10 platinum albums and 30 top 40 singles, he has also led a high-profile love life, and been involved in high-profile celebrity feuds, including a recently-resolved spat with ex-lover Madonna. After the two musicians dated and then collaborated on Madonna's Like a Prayer, Madonna called Prince a "little troll," to which he dissed back, well, you've got a lot of kids. After almost 20 years of fighting, Rolling Stone reports that the two have resolved their issues this week.
But, even after legitimizing his career as a musician and icon, most remember the musician for his non-name name.
Invented Apparatus: "Portable, electronic keyboard musical instrument"