Ah, America, land of the attorney. And here I was under the impression you couldn’t patent something if the details were published before the patent was applied for, or if the details were sufficiently straightforward enough that almost anyone could figure them out.
It always takes a foreigner to point out those things concerning America which we, as CITIZENS, don’t have the good sense to investigate ourselves.
CC is correct. I looked up the patent law and it states, in pertinent part:
Any person who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent,” subject to the conditions and requirements of the law.
So this patent seems to be contrary to law inasmuch as the concept of is not NEW.