July 19, 2003

For Your Entertainment

The August 2003 issue of Scientific American brings you gems from the US Patent Office:

The holders of the following selection of patents--a continuation of last month's column on out-of-the-ordinary issuances from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office--will probably not have to worry too much about having to mount an aggressive program to protect their intellectual property.

Method of treating chest pain.....This inventor has patented lime juice to replace nitroglycerin as a treatment for chest pain such as angina pectoris.

Process for phase-locking human ovulation/menstrual cycles, patent 6,497,718, assigned to the secretary of the U.S. Air Force.

There are more. Go read the details and be entertained both by what people are spending their time doing and by the output of the patent office.

Posted by Steve on July 19, 2003
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