Tuesday, March 27, 2012

U.S. patent No. 6,360,693

Did you know...... that today is Stick Invention Day? In 2002, a person received U.S. patent 6,360,693 . What was his amazing invention? An animal toy that includes an apparatus with a "main section with at least one protrusion ... that resembles a branch in appearance." In other words, a stick. ;-)

This is most curious to me. Doesn't it cost a lot of money to obtain a patent? What would be the motivation to do so? So many questions, so many sticks....

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Anonymous said...

I did once apply and got a U.S. patent and it was expensive. But why anybody would want to patent a stick ( it's sort of similar to the pet rock craze we had). That's a puzzlement.!

Anonymous said...

Because there are a bunch of folks who like to collect a steady
residual income.
So they make it their business to own something and then licence it
to others for pennies. Done enough times and it makes for a tidy
passive income.

You'd be surprised at the common everyday items that people have
tried to or have patents on.

Many basic computer functions have a patent and someone is trying to
collect a few pennies each time it is used.

Anonymous said...

Wow. All of us are anonymous.

The stick cartels have clearly won.

My Little Corner said...

Anonymous # 3 - very funny!