Can you guess what delicious, heart-shaped food item is protected by patents around the world? Hint: it's not chocolate!
In honor of Valentine's Day, we dug deep into Google Scholar's patent library and found some weird and wonderful gems of intellectual property.
Google's dominance in academic search also extends to the world of patents and legal documents. The company's patent search product indexes patents from the major world patent organizations including the USPTO, EPO, and WIPO and provides a familiar Google search interface. Furthermore, foreign-language patents are automatically translated into English using Google Translate. (For example, check out this German flower holder or this strange "pungent and spicy" chocolate patent from China.)
Say what you will about the problem with patents (there are many), but it is pretty amazing to have such a wide-ranging and deep source of information at your fingertips.