Outrageous patents filed by famous companies — Peter Zieve

Peter Zieve
2 min readSep 23, 2021

The rise of new technology brought in a wave of possibilities, and for a lot of companies, a way to cash in their ideas. This is why corporations create think tanks and submit patents for their ideas . However, not all ideas are groundbreaking. Some patents filed by famous companies come off as ridiculous, or even ludicrous at times. Here are some outrageous patents filed by well-known companies.

The creators of Candy Crush took over the mobile gaming industry by storm. However, their ambitions got too ahead of themselves when they filed to trademark the word “candy” in 2014. Weird enough, it was initially approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company would eventually abandon the trademark.

As if blimps weren’t invented yet, Amazon submitted a patent for an airborne fulfillment center, which was basically a blimp that can deploy drones to deliver packages. This airborne facility will also have charging facilities for drones between deliveries. The company has also filed patents for underground delivery systems made of conveyor belts and vacuum tubes.

More Google ads are seen nowadays than actual commercials airing on TV. And it wouldn’t be surprising for Google to file a patent for an ad-related invention. But what the company filed for was something quite unique — weather-triggered ads or advertisements based on weather conditions. This technology would detect the weather around a person and send them a targeted ad. For example, a person who just flew in from Miami to Toronto would get ads for jackets or probably coffee.

Peter Zieve is a devoted husband, father, entrepreneur, engineer, and leader. As an inventor-innovator, he is the owner of 223 patents. He is also the CEO of Electroimpact, Inc., a world leader in design and manufacturing of aerospace tooling and automation. For more insightful reads on patents and inventions, visit this blog.

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Peter Zieve

Peter Zieve founded Electroimpact in July 1986 after receiving a Ph.D. degree from the University of WA in Mechanical Engineering.