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DrQuine
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
DrQuine   2/18/2013 3:20:15 AM
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Yes, when I received my 40th patent, a friend cited this swing patent as an example of the fact that patents can be trivial. In this case, the kid who invented it may have thought he invented something new - and the examiner must have been enough of a geek never to have played on a swing and discovered the prior art himself. Nevertheless, as eng_steve observed, the patent was quickly reversed. It is unfortunate that the patent reversal appears as the final page of the patent so the casual reader may miss it. Maybe overturned patents need a big "X" across the first page.

Tom_nickname
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
Tom_nickname   1/31/2013 11:17:59 PM
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The patent office were thinking "if this idiot wants to give us a few thousand dollars to get a completely useless patent why should we think for more than 10 seconds before taking his money?"

BrianBailey
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
BrianBailey   1/28/2013 8:12:28 PM
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Good to hear it. Thanks for letting us know.

BrianBailey
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
BrianBailey   1/28/2013 8:12:20 PM
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Ahhh. Done that one. Would have to find patent. It was for a revolving cone that would allow certyain lick patterns to be made in the ice cream!

Garcia-Lasheras
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
Garcia-Lasheras   1/28/2013 6:05:38 PM
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I completely agree. And the point is that the author get it... just as Brian is widely acomplishing this goal too with the last "what were they thinkink" patent related post series!!

eng_steve
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
eng_steve   1/28/2013 5:11:41 PM
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Good news. This patent was reexamined in 2003 and all claims were cancelled.

GordonScott
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
GordonScott   1/28/2013 4:30:47 PM
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Fortunately it's a fairly weak patent that doesn't outlaw Lissajous patterns or strange attractors. I presume what the author was thinking was to demonstrate how silly the system can get. The Patent Office alone know what they were thinking (if anything). Next patent "method for licking an ice cream"

David Ashton
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
David Ashton   1/26/2013 10:21:54 PM
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Better just shoot them first (before Obama's gun control laws take effect....) :-)

BrianBailey
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
BrianBailey   1/26/2013 6:55:04 PM
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Ah yes - I wonder how many politicians and even presidents have fallen foul of the law on these! We should ask them before letting them take office!!

Garcia-Lasheras
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re: What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
Garcia-Lasheras   1/26/2013 10:11:22 AM
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Uff!!... So if you are eating a crustless sandwich while swinging in a swing, you can really get in serious trouble. Thousands of children around the world are incurring in this double patent infringement, somebody should advice them before being too late!!



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