|Perhaps it was inevitable...
||[Nov. 4th, 2005|10:32 pm]
Those of you on my JF f-list have probably already seen this on fandom_rant.. Those of you who aren't, pay attention:|
A "lawyer" has apparently submitted an application to the U.S. Patent Office...to patent a plotline.
Forbes, among others, has picked it up, so -- while not ruling out the possibility of an elaborate hoax -- it seems that this is a real attempt, and one that, in an inexplicable disregard for the law, which exempts most forms of literary intellectual property from patent laws, is apparently being taken seriously.
The man's website is here
Think hard about the implications of the legal right to patent storylines and plot elements, regardless of the difficulty in meeting the criteria.
Though I would take fiendish delight in patenting a plot that mirrored his own exact quest to get his plotline patented. Said plotline, incidentally, as I noted elsewhere, shamelessly rips off Rip van Winkle and dozens of crime/suspense novels.
(p.s. I should note that they do have copyright protections in place to keep people from ripping off other peoples' work. But that's not the same as patenting a basic plotline or plot elements by any stretch of the imagination.)