Monday, 31 July 2006

Labor Saving Device

To be patented, an invention must be novel, non-obvious, and useful. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean that someone must be capable (or willing) to use it. In 1965, George and Charlotte Blonsky patented their "Apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force" — U.S. Patent No. 3,216,423.

The entire patent is worth reading, as is Mark Abrahams' column in The Guardian ("Special Delivery"). The drawings submitted with the application are an education in themselves:

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