An Australian man has registered a patent for a "circular transportation facilitation device" - more commonly known as the wheel. Melbourne patent lawyer John Keogh said he registered the patent to show flaws in an intellectual property law that came into effect in May, the Australian newspaper The Age reported.
"The patent office would be required to issue a patent for anything. All they're doing is putting a rubber stamp on it."
But Commissioner of Patents Vivienne Thom said: "To obtain the patent the applicant must make a declaration that they are the inventor.
"Obtaining a patent for the wheel would require a false claim, which would certainly invalidate the patent," she added.
Lawyer moves to patent wheel, by the BBC
Oh well, I guess all is in the "certainly".
[from this /. thread on Microsoft patenting RSS in Vista]