I’m off to visit the Supreme Court tomorrow, so I thought I’d share some law news for a change. In a landmark patent decision, Federal Circuit Judge Richard Posner has ruled that the sex toy shown above is “obvious.”
You can read the explanation at Patently-O, but suffice it to say that the gap between the legal sense of the word “obvious” and its colloquial sense may be as wide as the gap for “theory” (as in, “but evolution is just a theory.”) Honestly, I would not have known this was a sex toy if I hadn’t been told. It looks like a bottle opener. Perhaps the dry design schematic leaches all the kink out of it?