Can You Patent a Fictional Storyline?
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get a patent. Or do you?
Andrew Knight, a rocket engine inventor, filed a patent 2 years ago for a fictional storyline. This month’s Ansible points to an article about the recent publication of Knight’s patent. What’s his story?
The fictitious story, which Knight dubs “The Zombie Stare,” tells of an ambitious high school senior, consumed by anticipation of college admission, who prays one night to remain unconscious until receiving his MIT admissions letter. He consciously awakes 30 years later when he finally receives the letter, lost in the mail for so many years, and discovers that, to all external observers, he has lived an apparently normal life. He desperately seeks to regain 30 years’ worth of memories lost as an unconscious philosophical zombie.
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