might imagine, the staff at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has seen some
real doozies over the years in the form of applications. An RF Cafe visitor who is a registered
patent agent sent a note about his office's reaction of hilarity to United States Patent
20040161257 . The link goes directly to the official document on
file with the USPTO, so it is real. Look at number nine (9) on page 16 in the opening "Claims" section:
"9. The method of providing user interface displays in an image forming apparatus
which is really a bogus claim included
amongst real claims, and which should be removed before filing [emphasis
added]; wherein the claim is included to determine if the inventor actually read the
claims and the inventor should instruct the attorneys to remove the claim."
U.S. Patent Applications include an Oath/Declaration, SIGNED by the inventor, that states,
"I hereby state that I have reviewed and understand the contents of the above-identified
specification, including the claims, as amended by any amendment referred to above."
When reviewing the signed application, the attorney quickly filed an amendment to
have it amended, but the original remains as submitted. I laughed, too, but the truth
is I have published equally stupid oversights, so for me this is a case of misery loving
company and hoping that it never happens again.
Here is the
page in case you cannot view the images.
Posted April 5, 2021
(updated from original post on 8/22012)