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Archived updates for Friday, November 18, 2005

TGIF for Perpetual Motion Patents

Why The IPKat likes patents for perpetual motion machines:
"They shouldn't need to be expensive to examine once you rumble the concept, so the patent office should get good income from them. The inventor is happy because he's got his patent. The patent agent is happy because he gets his fees. Other manufacturers sleep soundly because, if the invention is contrary to the laws of nature, there's not much risk of infringing it. Merpel adds, there's not much sympathy for investors. They're prepared to sink a lot of money each year into patents that don't work even if they're not contrary to the laws of nature; if they don't do their due diligence, it's their own fault."
In the meantime, I/P Updates certainly won't lose any sleep over which form to use when submitting a client's working model to the USPTO.
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