Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Patently Silly - The Humor of Invention

During the recent RIM court fight over their patent, I started wondering why the Patent Office was so busy. Research does take time. Understanding the intent of the patent application could be a challenge. Then this week I found a news article about a patent issued for a cordless jump rope.
Yes, cordless jump rope.
But doesn't jump rope imply there is indeed some sort of cord or rope there?
Yes, but there are those who get tangled in the rope and would prefer to get the exercise without getting tangled.
Ah, so the cordless jump rope!
Yes, there is such a thing: Patent # 7037243
and Alcoholic Beverages Derived from Animal Extract: Patent # 7037541
and Magic Bean Wishes: Patent # 7024817
If you would like to explore the silliness of some patents that have been issued, check out this site.
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