The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just launched its
Patent Busting Project, a formidable effort toward breathing a little sanity back into the United States Patent System.
Looks like there's prior art on the infamous swinging patent that turned out to have been taken out by a seven year-old.
And we all know how amusing that can be. (Second only to banging your head against the wall...)
United States Patent: 6,293,874: User-operated amusement apparatus for kicking the user's buttocks.
Here are more details about the Method of swinging on a swing that I mentioned earlier this week -- which turns out to belong to a 7 year-old boy (courtesy of his savvy IP dad).
Patent turns playtime into pay time.
Let's hope the little boy who took out this patent isn't the only one that will learn from this experience.
Someone's patented a Method of swinging on a swing (United States Patent: 6,368,227).