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From: John De Armond
Date: Fri Apr 26, 2002  7:59 am
Subject:  OT: Check this patent out!

This is totally off topic but it pushes a hot button of mine. The Patent
Office is totally out of control, issuing patents rubber-stamp style. Don't
believe me? Go here:

and enter this number.


When you do, you'll find that a patent has just been issued for....

you're not going to believe this.....

The common tree swing.

Your tax dollars at work. And I thought it was bad a couple of years ago when
they issued a patent for getting a cat to chase a laser spot on the floor!
That one would be # 5,443,036

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