$exytime: Thanks To An Easily Exploitable System, Three Lawyers Have 'Patented Sex'*
from the when-two-people-love-each-other-very-much-and-have-secured-licensing... dept
We all yearn for several things, among them true patent reform and the touch of another human being. Especially there. And there. But maybe not there... at least not without some... but I digress. The U.S. has long held to the notion of "first to invent," rather than "first inventor to file." Until recently, that is. The America Invents Act silenced critics who complained that "first to invent" made the system slightly harder to exploit. But that's all behind us now. As these three lawyers point out in their hilarious parody video, "first inventor to file" opens the door for some pretty devious behavior. (CAUTION: Probably NSFW. Contains sexual terminology, some light swearing and Patrick Leahy.)
There's a lot to love in the video, even if the opening is a little slow (but entirely necessary). If you're a patent wonk (does such a thing exist?), shout-outs to patent laws (PL 112-29, yo) and an appearance by David Kappos, the director of the USPTO, will provide a few thrills. If you're everyone else, there's a ton of sexual verbiage and Patrick Leahy, both Obamas and Michael Jackson all get name checked. Keep your eyes peeled for a distracted patent officer 'rubber-stamping' an application.
All in all, it's good
clean fun that takes a few jabs at the more ludicrous aspects of the patent process. I'd love to see them expand this idea out further, perhaps encompassing some of the research aspects, like somehow making Google's Prior Art finder harvest results from Google Images. Or checking a sexual partner for infringement by requiring a list of past partners and positions. Or maybe tackle the "patent troll" angle: the guy who patents sex but never actually performs the act.