When you file a patent application, you need to include enough information so that a person with expertise in that particular field could replicate your invention. Many inventors include illustrations to better explain their ideas, and without context some of those illustrations are a bit...odd.

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Context-Free Patent Art is a brilliant new Tumblr that highlights the weirdness of patent applications. Granted, some of these pieces of intellectual property art seem to be from video games, which would explain why they look so odd without any context, but I wonder: are cats an integral part of that claw machine?

Context-Free Patent Art [via Laughing Squid]