What’s the weirdest technology/IP related celebrity endorsement you’ve seen? This was the question that popped into IPcopy’s mind this morning when one of our work proximity associates messaged us from their holiday in San Francisco to tell us they’d seen an advert on TV of George Foreman promoting an inventor service company (advert below).
A quick straw poll, among an admittedly statistically insignificant sample of the office, revealed that George Foreman was regarded only as the “inventor” of a sandwich grill, the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling MachineTM and not as a retired professional boxer and two-time world heavyweight champion.
Further digging into the George Foreman Grill suggests that George Foreman made far more money endorsing the grill than in the ring! The grill was patented as US5606905 (espacenet entry here) but sadly it seems George Foreman wasn’t involved in the R&D and just the PR*….
So, to return to the question posed above, what’s the weirdest celebrity endorsement of a tech/IP product or service you’ve seen?
George Foreman Advert
Mark Richardson 12 June 2015
*which unfortunately means that the excellent Otis Lee Crenshaw (aka Rich Hall) song “George Foreman Grill” is factually incorrect.