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 @ 10:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Er... yes, this is exactly the thing Mikes needs to be called on.

    also, it does not matter if the patented method was the one used before that makes no difference.

    Seriously? You're actually going to say that? I dare say any patent lawyer on the planet would disagree with you. A method not having been used by anyone else before you apply for it is a fundamental requirement for method patents.

    Further, if you're going to claim just having the idea is sufficient for patentable material, you have two severe problems.

    First, if the standard for a patent is having the idea then the standard for prior art is having the idea.

    Second, you face everyone who has ever speculated on how they might have been built. That's hundreds of years of archaeologists and architects alone. Both of which have published countless theses on exactly this subject.

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