But, he also was a true inventor in the patent sense. In 1993, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Michael Jackson a patent: US Patent No. 5,255,452. The patent covered shoes he designed, as well as an "anchor" in the stage floor that, when engaged, allowed the wearer to lean forward beyond his center of gravity and to achieve the 45-degree angle required by the dance choreography. We all remember the video "Smooth Criminal."
Drawing from US Patent No. 5,255,452
Still Photo from Smooth Criminal
Interestingly, Michael Jackson heralded the beginning of an innovative generation of the 1980's where previously thought limits were regularly broken – from the creation of the personal computer with Apple, to the creation of Microsoft. Not only was he ready to take on the world to become the King of Pop, but the world was also ready to receive him and allow him to take his place as one of the most creative, dynamic and innovative entertainers of our time. He was in the right place at the right time.Sphere: Related Content