Ridiculous patents

According to a study by the Boston University, 60% of the trials are made by patent trolls, and in 2011 in the USA the cost for businesses was of $ 30 billion. In order to make income, one comes to patent anything ...

Some examples...

Patent of a stick as a toy Patent 6360393. Filed Dec 2, 1999. Granted. Published March 26, 2002.

A toy made of wood for an animal, for example a dog.

The patent describes the object as shown on the image on the left.

Patent toastPatent 6080436. Filed July 14, 1999. Granted. Published June 27, 2000.

A method to refresh bread by baking at high temperature for more than a minute, i.e. a patent on toasted bread!
The figure on the left shows how the bread is toasted on the surface and not inside. This is also part of the invention!

Apple patent on rotating image Patent 7978182 - Filed in 2007. Granted to Apple. Published July 12, 2011.

Patent on the rotation of the image.

As shown in the picture to the left, the fact that an image goes from portrait to landscape mode would be an invention of Apple, when directed by thumbs. Look like they want to patent moves of the thumbs.

Patent on snowman

Patent 7963500. Filed Dec 6, 2006. Granted to Angela Holiday. Published Jun 21, 2011.

Snowman mold.

A mold for forming a snowman with spherical members comprised of plastic with overture to fill with snow.

Patent on haircut

Brevet 4022227. Granted to Frank & Donald Smith. Published Mai 10, 1977.

Method of concealing partial baldness.

A method of styling hair to cover partial baldness using only the hair on a person's head. The patent is very old, the patent joke is not something new.

Patent on swing

Patent 6368227. Granted to Steven Olson. Published April 9, 2002.

Method of swinging on a swing

"A user positioned on a standard swing suspended by two chains from a tree branch induces side to side motion by pulling alternately on one chain and then the other".

Swinging on a swing would be the invention of Steven Olson, age 5. His father beeing itself lawyer had no fee to paid, he wanted him to learn how the patent system is working. But did not expected the patent to be validated.

Patent on the cat

Patent 5443036. Granted to Martin Abbott & Kevin Amiss. Published Novembre 2, 1993.

Method of exercising a cat

"Consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser onto the floor or wall in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser in an irregular way fascinating to cats."

Therefore using a bright spot to a cat deserved a patent.

Patent page flip

Patent US20100175018. Application by Microsoft on January 7, 2009 (not granted yet).

Virtual page turn

"A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. "

Even if I have already seen such graphical effect on personal computers as older as the Apple II. Here is a video of BeOs showing this same effect.

Patent on ranking based on clicks

Patent 7788260. Filed 18/10/2004. Granted to Facebook. Published August 31, 2010.

Ranking search results based on the frequency of clicks on the search results

"Search results are generated in response to a query, and are marked based on frequency of clicks on the search results by members of social network. "

That makes Google jealous.

Take a shoot on a white background

Brevet 8676045. Filled Nov 9, 2011. Granted to Amazon. Published March 18, 2014.

Take a photo on a white background

"A studio arrangement and a method of capturing images and/or video... A front light source aimed at a background, an image capture position located between the background and the front light source... "

Photographers are tearing their hair: they can not put their headlights as they would like without infringing a patent! Directing light onto the wall (which I do every day) is an invention.

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