Sunday, September 25, 2011

Patenting Frosty

Life imitating The Onion.

Yes, Frosty the Snowman, or more correctly, snowmen and snowwomen as a whole, have been patented. If you look at the 8,011,991th United States Patent, you will see the “Apparatus for Facilitating the Construction of a Snow Man/Woman,” granted to inventor Ignacio Marc Asperas of Melville, NY.  
The patent was filed on New Year’s Eve, Jan. 31, 2006 but was just granted on Sept. 6, 2011.
So does this mean that I'm technically supposed to pay Mr. Asperas a royalty every time I build a snowman (not that I build many snowmen but that's beside the point), just as required whenever Happy Birthday is sung in public?

 Don't count on it.

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