Curious Patents

Below are links to patents that I’ve found particularly interesting. They are presented in no particular order. As I find stuff I like I will append it to the page.

US20060145019A1 Triangular Spacecraft


Another one that falls under the “unconventional spacecraft propulsion” category. This one is particularly odd given the backstory of the inventor and the specificity of the application.

Google Patent link for US20060145019A1

Inventor: John Quincy St. Clair

Abstract: A spacecraft having a triangular hull with vertical electrostatic line charges on each corner that produce a horizontal electric field parallel to the sides of the hull. This field, interacting with a plane wave emitted by antennas on the side of the hull, generates a force per volume combining both lift and propulsion.

US20060145019A1 Diagram #2

Looking through the patent, there’s a lot of detail and math there. I want to take it seriously, but alas, this is the same legendary inventor who among other wild inventions, filed a patent application for a “Walking through walls training system”. Seriously.

The patent is abandoned, but that can be for a variety of reasons including that the inventor simply didn’t pay the required maintenance fees to the USPTO.

Being abandoned does not necessarily mean that the invention is not workable. Perhaps someone should try to build one of these to find out. Perhaps someone already did.

US20160283197A1 – Artificial intelligence device and method responsive to influences of mind

With this patent the inventor proposes a more practical application of mind matter interaction (MMI) with a scheme that involves AI and advanced filtering methods that result in increased sensitivity when detecting the effect.

Google patent link for US20160283197A1

Inventor: Scott A. Wilber

Abstract: A device for detecting an influence of mind comprises a source of non-deterministic random numbers, SNDRN, a phase-sensitive filter, and a results interface. In some embodiments, the phase-sensitive filter comprises a complex filter. An artificial sensory neuron comprises a SNDRN. An analog artificial sensory detector comprises a plurality of analog artificial sensory neurons, an abstracting processor and a control or feedback unit. Some embodiments include an artificial neural network. An artificial consciousness network contains a plurality of artificial neural networks. One of the artificial neural networks comprises an activation pattern meta-analyzer. An artificial intelligence device comprises a cluster of artificial consciousness networks, a sensory input device to provide sensory input signals to the input of one or more ANNs, and an output device.

US20170313446A1 – Craft Using an Inertial Mass Reduction Device


Another odd patent granted to the mysterious Dr Pais. This one details how to reduce the inertial mass of an object by applying an “abrupt perturbation of the non-linear background of local spacetime”. Also from the patent description: “If we can engineer the structure of the local quantum vacuum state, we can engineer the fabric of our reality at the most fundamental level”.

Google patent link for US20170313446A1.

Abstract: A craft using an inertial mass reduction device comprises of an inner resonant cavity wall, an outer resonant cavity, and microwave emitters. The electrically charged outer resonant cavity wall and the electrically insulated inner resonant cavity wall form a resonant cavity. The microwave emitters create high frequency electromagnetic waves throughout the resonant cavity causing the resonant cavity to vibrate in an accelerated mode and create a local polarized vacuum outside the outer resonant cavity all.