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Posted November 17, 2004
I found 'Patently Absurd' by Christopher Cooper a very entertaining book, though because of its small size it did not have many selections in the category of 'totally impossible.' Although the USPTO rejects patent applications for some items, such as flying saucers, and perpetual motion machines, none of the issued patents of such items were included. I am sorry it didn't include Siphon Hydroelectric Generator (U.S. Pat. No. 6,359,347, March 19, 2002 (Wolf).) I have also come across a patent for a saucer-shaped flying machine, but don't recall the inventor. I think Mr. Wolf must be laughing (or howling?) all the way to the bank! Another invention of absurd dimensions is Furner's 72-channel sound system, one of the longest patents ever issued (U.S. Pat. No. 4,251,688). I was surprised by the number of recent patents included, some as late as 2003. Evidently, there are still a few inventors out to get a laugh by patenting something that is, as the title says, 'patently absurd!' I'd like to see an expanded volume with more and similar examples.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.