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Did the US Patent Office issue a patent for a stick?

To add to the two other good answers, the patent wasn't just for "a stick", it was for a stick shaped dog chew toy that acted like a real stick. This reads as a patent for a commercial ...
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Did the US Patent Office issue a patent for a stick?

The patent office did issue the patent, but later determined that none of the claims were patentable and therefore cancelled all the claims. From the "Legal Events" section: Date Code Title ...
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Did the US Patent Office issue a patent for a stick?

When you look at a patent you should check the claims, each claim represent an exclusive for the patent grantee. You should also take into account that a patent should not be something obvious to a ...
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Do software patents stifle creativity?

The accepted answer is a good one. Here I'd like to illustrate it by giving concrete examples from the field of data compression. LZW, the "GIF Patents" In the late 1970s, two fundamental ...
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Was a patent ever granted for a method of making lines thicker?

This answer doesn't require much more than a single link. US Patent 6930686: Method and apparatus for drawing thick black lines A graphics system and method with which thick graphic primitives are ...
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