Thursday, February 10, 2011
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream
But an Invention From There Is Patentable!
Don't believe me? Check out this statute: 35 U.S.C § 105. So, if you invented something in a ship or space object under US control, you could file for a patent at the patent office.
However, what if you were 20 light years from Earth. Further suppose that the patent filed was accepted on the first shot without any revisions. By the time you found out, the patent life (20 years from the date of filing) would have expired. I don't think it matters in this case what time frame is used. No matter how you slice it, the patent won't be any good by the time you find out it has been approved.
It's amazing that lawmakers took the time to think of this stuff!