Donald Duck: Patent Foiler

Nuno J. Silva nunojsilva at
Sun Feb 20 10:31:09 CET 2011

August Yang <wintermute at> writes:

> Apparently, someone figured out a way to raise sunken ships using
> "smaller, more buoyant bodies" and was awarded patents in 1965 in the
> UK and Germany.  They tried to get a Dutch patent as well, but the
> Dutch refused the patent because there was "prior art": a 1945 Carl
> Barks Donald Duck story.

In this case, I suppose any science-fiction story which happened to use
and describe that method would fit as prior art. It is fun, thanks for

Nuno J. Silva

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