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By Damian Joseph
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is drowning in a deluge of applications. On Mar. 16, Acting Director John Doll said that even if the office closed its doors, it would take almost two years to clear the backlog. With the agency understaffed and underfunded, it's no wonder some silly applications have slipped through the net. Here are some of the most absurd patents awarded in the past decade, courtesy of Totally Absurd. You'll find some choice statements from the actual patent applications (good luck deciphering some of the language), along with our, often incredulous, commentary.
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