If you do a
search in Google for "silly patents", you will find pages
and pages of wacky ideas that actually got patented.
It should then
come to no surprise that the patent office has granted a 7 year
old boy, the patent to swinging sideways on a swing! If only I was
Read the news
article here and read the actual patent here.
The father had
filed the patent to teach his kid about the patent process. If it
weren't for all the patent abuse cases, this news item would have
been cute and funny.
Everything" is what you can hear being whispered in your ear
by the little patent attorney sitting on your shoulder.
A lawsuit coming
to a playground near you!
I believe this patent was invalidated by the USPTO themselves due to public outcry at the ridiculousness of granting this patent.