Just when you think the patent system can’t get any worse

I am not making this up: the patent office is currently considering issuing a patent on “Process of relaying a story having a unique plot“. Here’s the abstract:

A process of relaying a story having a timeline and a unique plot involving characters comprises: indicating a character’s desire at a first time in the timeline for at least one of the following: a) to remain asleep or unconscious until a particular event occurs; and b) to forget or be substantially unable to recall substantially all events during the time period from the first time until a particular event occurs; indicating the character’s substantial inability at a time after the occurrence of the particular event to recall substantially all events during the time period from the first time to the occurrence of the particular event; and indicating that during the time period the character was an active participant in a plurality of events.

That’s right, the applicant is trying to patent a story idea.

More details at Groklaw.

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