Friday, November 04, 2005

Patent Office Follies

Via 3quarksdaily

Andrew Knight, a rocket engine inventor, registered patent agent, and graduate of MIT and Georgetown Law, was awarded the first patent on a fictional story idea. This patent covers any use of the idea, including motion picture manufacturers and distributors, book publishers and distributors, television studios and broadcasters, and movie theaters.

Unbelievable. I don't know whether this guy is a money-grubbing jerk, or if he's trying a reductio ad absurdum of the idea of intellectual property.

[Update] I guess he's after the money; he has a company dedicated to storyline patents. I'm thinking of patenting the idea of the plucky hero who faces overwhelming obstacles to win the girl of his dreams.


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