Algerian Gets Patent On Building Pyramids?

from the say-what-now? dept

Someone who prefers to be anonymous passed on this short, and not very detailed blurb, claiming that a doctor in Algeria, Assia Bennouar-Abdedaim, figured out "the secret of pyramid building techniques" and has now received a patent on it. Again, the description is lacking in a lot of details, but it says the patent was granted by the National Institute of Industrial Property, but that the doctor also "received recognition" from WIPO for the patent. It also says that both organizations were initially skeptical, but have since been convinced. Unfortunately, the reporting does not give any details for what's actually in the patent -- or if it's some sort of new method for building a pyramid. Of course, the claim that this was uncovering "the secrets" of pyramid building techniques certainly suggests it's not a new method at all, which makes us wonder why there should be any patent. Anyway, we look forward to someone presenting some of the pyramids of Egypt as prior art.

Filed Under: algeria, patents, pyramids

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    The Mighty Buzzard (profile), 29 Dec 2010 @ 10:18am

    Re: Because something exists does not mean that method is prior art

    A new method would be patentable, yes. Egyptian style pyramids though? There is basically one way to do it without making it insanely difficult on yourself, so it fails horribly on obviousness.

    Add to that thousands of years of speculation on the part of everyone who's ever heard of pyramids. Judging by your support of some of the things you've supported on these boards, you believe the idea itself is the key and actually implementing it is superfluous. Which means everyone who ever thought the same idea is an instance of prior art.

    In the end though, you're speaking more of a method to preform a method. Such as using a camel on the front of the rope the slaves are pulling a block with. That may even pass the patent sniff test lately. That it might only underscores the need for patent reform though.

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