To start off the New Year, the traditional PATSCAN calendar of bizarre patents presents some of the world’s most interesting inventions, celebrating the human creativity that began when the first hominids banged rocks together to make tools.
The theme for 2014 is patents for and about dogs. Dogs have been parasitic on humans since the Stone Age, and now dogs have reversed the relationship so that humans are dependent on them. is collection of patents illustrates the lengths dog people will go to shower loving care upon their canine friends.
As a high tech example, over two dozen patents have been filed for providing cellular phone service to dogs including Korean patent KR100614750 “MOBILE PHONE FOR INFORMING PET DOG'S FEELING” which may be a breakthrough in interspecies communications.