06/29/2012 09:49 am ET Updated Jun 29, 2012

19 Patents Invented By Ingenious Celebrities

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted well over 8 million patents, so it would stand to reason that at least of few of them were authored by people with a certain degree of fame. Like Lawrence Welk, for instance. Yes, the '70s-era polka king was somewhat of a tinkerer. So was Kurt Vonnegut. And Harry Houdini.

But Gallagher the prop comedian? Or Paula Abdul? Where’s the barrier to entry, USPTO? Read further for an inside look at the inscrutable world of celebrity patents. If we knew it was this easy to win a patent, Gadget Lab would have thrown down too.

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