2006年03月20日

Michael Crichton on Patent absurdity

March 19, 2006

OpEd Contributor

This Essay Breaks the Law

By MICHAEL CRICHTON



[http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/opinion/19crichton.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print]



"I wanted to end this essay by telling a story about how current rulings hurt us, but the patent for "ending an essay with an anecdote" is owned. So I thought to end with a quotation from a famous person, but that strategy is patented, too. I then decided to end abruptly, but "abrupt ending for dramatic effect" is also patented. Finally, I decided to pay the "end with summary" patent fee, since it was the least expensive."
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