They have revoked the patent for the wheel

I have begun blogging about Improbable Innovation (a very broad category, that!) for the Boston Globe‘s web site. My first report there begins:

Re-inventing the wheel: Why not? Many do.

Despite the warning “Don’t re-invent the wheel”, people continue to reinvent the wheel. Some of those people file patent applications. Patent offices even approve some of those applications.

I discovered today that the Australian patent office has — quietly — revoked the patent it granted, in the year 2001, for the wheel. The patent office had awarded Innovation Patent #2001100012 to John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

I plan to link, here on the Improbable Research web site, to my BetaBoston items that are appropriate.

One Response to “They have revoked the patent for the wheel”

  1. TheBlackCat13 Says:

    The link that is supposed to go the patent actually goes to IG Nobel Prize page.

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