Patents: Balding Guys Beware — The “Comb-Over” is Patented


It appears this famous soccer player did not follow the patent instructions.

Apparently, it’s not as hard to get a patent as people think:

U.S. Patent 4,022,227 is a patent for a “Method of concealing partial baldness,” described more particularly in the abstract as “[a] method of styling hair to cover partial baldness using only the hair on a person’s head. The hair styling requires dividing a person’s hair into three sections and carefully folding one section over another.”

Comb-over patent imagesIt even comes with diagrams:



Yep. It’s a valid U.S. patent for the dreaded “comb-over.”  We’ve all witnessed the results of this amazing invention, which works so effectively that no one notices the baldness, provided they are sight-impaired and at a distance of more than 200 yards.

U.S. Patent 4,022,227, May 10, 1977. Thanks to David Barman.

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