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Old 04-02-2016, 09:11 AM
Francis Vaughan Francis Vaughan is offline
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Originally Posted by UncleFred View Post
...The oft-given example is "You can't patent sticking an eraser on a pencil" although that would seem to be untrue. Perhaps the rules for patent were more lenient back then.
As I noted above, the patent was overturned for just this reason a couple of years later.

It seems that the laxness of the patent office has never changed, and unpatentable things are allowed patents all the time, and remain so patented until a legal challenge points a spotlight on them.