Article January 14, 2016

Dumbest patents of 2015

There is one thing that can be relied upon to persist throughout the years that is unfailing, constant and pervasive – human stupidity. You might think that in a field as technical and challenging as patent law there would be little sign of the phenomenon, but, rest assured, stupidity permeates everything.

Each month the Electronic Frontier Foundation (a pressure group dedicated to reforming the US patent system) publishes its “dumbest patent”. Vice Magazine has compiled these together to create a calendar of idiocy for 2015. The nominated patents include “method and device of interactive virtual control of sexual aids using digital computer networks”, a patent which basically seems to cover putting data onto a computer (novelty?) and, perhaps rather more controversially, a whole class of patents.

See the full list on Vice Magazine