Flying carpet theorist refused a patent
Written by Yangyang Li on 30 October 2009« Return to Reading Room
Professor Zagyansky, who says Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is wrong and claims to have discovered a new magnetic force that appears to support flying carpets and perpetual motion, has been refused by the European Patent Office (EPO) for failing to describe a patentable invention.
Zagyansky argued that his 'invention' should be patentable because the EPO had failed to find any evidence of prior art. The EPO disagreed and said that it could not understand what Professor Zagyansky was talking about in what he called a "revolutionary scientific theory of century (sic)."
The EPO’s Board of Appeal decided it was more theory than invention and said that the EPO "cannot be a discussion forum for new physical theories unless these are unambiguously proven, are of a technical nature and capable of industrial application".
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