Stupid Patent of the Month

If you haven’t already run across the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Stupid Patent of the Month “award,” I can recommend checking it out so you can be entertained by each month’s winner. The EFF even has a “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents”. The most recent month’s selection for Stupid Patent of the Month is US 9,069,648, which the EFF outlines as follows:

The patent describes sending “motivational messages,” based “on the current or anticipated activity of the user,” to a “personal electronic device.” The patent provides examples such as sending the message “don’t give up” when the user is running up a hill. The examples aren’t limited to health or exercise. For example, the patent suggests sending messages like “do not fear” and “God is with you” when a “user enters a dangerous neighborhood.” [Link]

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