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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 29 Dec 2010 @ 11:14am

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

    Since most patents don't make it to market, why is this one any different or special?

    Why bother with a post at all? Because someone sent it in?

    This is the lazy way for techdirt to fill its pages. Like I said, I know techdirt can do better.

    "So are you suggesting that the USPTO should grant all patents that we think will not impact anyone?"

    No. This post isn't really about the USPTO anyway, this is WIPO. You know there are patents that have nothing to do with the USPTO, right?

    "Wouldn't this dilute the validity of other patents?"

    No, patents are independent from each other. Let's say that you graduated from the top of your class, does the fact that someone else graduated at the bottom of the class dilute the validity of your education?

    What do they call an MD that graduated at the bottom of his/her class? Doctor.

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