Thursday, August 28, 2014

Magical Drug Wins EFF’s Stupid Patent of the Month

"Good news everyone! The US Patent Office has granted a patent on a cure for cancer. Last December, the Patent Office issued Patent No. 8,609,158 on a “potent drug” that “rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer.”

"According to the patent, this drug cures a litany of other maladies. What is this wonderful invention, you ask? It is a combination of “evening primrose oil, rice, sesame seeds, green beans, coffee, meat, cheese, milk, green tea extract, evening primrose seeds, and wine.”

"The patent examiner could and should have rejected it on any number of grounds, including enablement, indefiniteness, and utility."

Simon Phipps Electronic Frontier Foundation

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