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Wouldn’t God, Him/Herself, Count as Prior Art?

godlyPowers.jpgChristopher Anthony Roller, of Minnesota, has filed a rather interesting patent application. Although it was filed in July ‘05, it only just came to my attention via one of the folks over at Fark. Citing to both God and David Copperfield, Roller’s patent application seeks to give him the exclusive right to … ahem … godly powers.

The application’s abstract explains it better than I can, sort of:

Christopher Anthony Roller is a godly entity. “Granters” had been given my powers (acquired my powers) (via God probably). These “granters” have been receiving financial gain from godly powers. These “granters” may be using their powers without morals. Chris Roller wants exclusive right to the ethical use and financial gain in the use of godly powers on planet Earth. The design of godly-products have no constraints, just like any other invention, but the ethnic consideration of it’s use will likely be based on a majority vote of a group, similar to law creation. The commission I require could range from 0-100% of product price, depending on the product’s value and use.

The claims in this patent application read like … well, they read like the ramblings of a crazy man. You can check them out here.

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Fuck that! I called dibsies on Godly powers. I will smite his ass on grounds of blasphemy.

Cute, it was placed in technology class 359/337.1 Optical: systems and elements; Optical amplifier; Correction of deleterious effects; Spectral gain flattening or equalization

Or in other words "Let there be light"

So...if my house is destroyed in a bizarre accident, and the insurance co won't pay because it's an "act of God," does this mean I could legally come after Mr. Roller for the damages?