- Name: Chris Lisk
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- Patent: Self-Contained Swimming Pool, a design for a complete mobile swimming pool with a heater and filtration system, built into a roll-off dumpster for easy transport. Sometimes clad in themed wooden designs (like a fire truck or pirate ship).
I would never say I’m a smart man. I’m a very simple labor guy. My dad’s an electrician, my brother’s a pool guy. So that right there explains the entirety of how I came up with the whole idea.
Actually, I’ll give you exactly what it was. I had worked for Coachella kind of since the beginning, around 2003. It wasn’t technically a real job. I was one of the first people to show up in an RV. They put me in this back area behind these oleanders and said, “Stay over here and if anybody else shows up in an RV, we’ll send them over to you and you can tell them where to park.” Every year it escalated. More RVs, bigger parties, more pools. First a kiddie pool. Then the six-foot pool. The 15-foot pool. I was like, okay, how do I top myself next year?
I started thinking of really rich-kid birthday parties. I grew up dirt poor in Orange County, California, but I see everything that’s going on. What does an Orange County soccer mom want? She wants a theme. She wants some sort of theme. The pirate ship is probably my favorite.
One of the people, one of my best friends, was like, “You absolutely have to patent that.” Patents and patent lawyers are using lawyer language. I can show them a picture of the deep end and the shallow end. They go through and say, “The longitudinal distance between the shallow end is 3.7 feet, whereas the deep end . . .”
I got the patent in the mail. I haven’t actually opened it yet. My patent lawyer laughed and told me, “This is your first patent, so I’m sending you the physical copy, but here’s the digital version.” The physical version is kind of for novelty. But I was able to tell all my friends I got it. That was the exciting point—the bragging rights.
There’s no money to build a business out of it. Like I said, I’m just average Joe.
I did a music festival in 2008 and 2009, LiskFest. I feel like such an idiot saying it. It was going to be called WestFest, but there became such folklore after I talked about it for four or five years that all my friends in these bands were like, Nope, we’re not playing it unless it’s called LiskFest. And that’s kind of how the pool happened. I had enough friends who said, Hey, that’s a great idea, I’ll pitch in on that! You get 25 friends and they each pitch in $1,000 apiece and it’s not that big of a hit for them. And it’s something they’re a part of that’s just cool.
This appears in the October 2018 issue. Tell us your patent story at [email protected]