Our patent system is a joke. If you can come up with a confusing enough description, you can get anything patented in the United States. Word processing, gasoline refining, air filtration, air, trees, pavement, cities, dogs, cats, pants, anything. All you have to do is offer the Patent Office the correct mix of confusion and misdirection. This is an unfortunate side effect of having ordinary people interpret and assign rights to extraordinary ideas and inventions, but substitute "ordinary people" for "bureaucrats" and it becomes simply ridiculous.This comment was edited on Aug 13, 2009, 14:19.
Huh? I'm sorry, I was thinking about cake.