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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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    abc gum, 29 Dec 2010 @ 10:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Er...

    "Are there lots of people trying to build pyramids? Will this patent prevent anyone from building a pyramid if they wanted to? Will the patent holder become a patent troll and start suing lots of other companies that build pyramids?"

    The answer to all three is - probably not. So are you suggesting that the USPTO should grant all patents that we think will not impact anyone? Wouldn't this dilute the validity of other patents?

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