Thursday, August 16, 2007

I'd hate to work at the Patent and Trademark Office

United States Patent Number 6,368,227 (filed November 17, 2000):
Method of swinging on a swing: A method of swing on a swing is disclosed, in which a user positioned on a standard swing suspended by two chains from a substantially horizontal tree branch induces side to side motion by pulling alternately on one chain and then the other.

...The user may even choose to produce a Tarzan-type yell while swinging in the manner described, which more accurately replicates swinging on vines in a dense jungle forest. Actual jungle forestry is not required.
Fortunately "licenses are available from the inventor upon request," giving us renegade Tarzans atleast some legal recourse.

[HT: David K. Levine]

2 comments:

Kelly Mahoney said...

Keep in mind some attorney had to devise this patent. I used to work for such an attorney, but we patented mecahnical manufacturing items and fastners. Not as fun.

FizzMaster said...

Also keep in mind that the method of swinging patent expired on April 9, 2006, for a failure to pay maintenance fees.