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Australian Lawyer Patents Wheel

By Digital Journal Staff     Jul 3, 2001 in Technology
CANBERRA, Australia — It may have been around for centuries, but an Australian lawyer has patented the wheel, The Age newspaper reported Monday.
Melbourne lawyer John Keogh took out the patent to prove that a new patent system introduced by the government is flawed.
The government stopped requiring patent lawyers because of complaints that it was too expensive — making it possible to patent anything, Keogh said.
``The patent office would be required to issue a patent for anything,'' he said. ``All they're doing is putting a rubber stamp on it.''
Keogh said he has no immediate plans to patent fire or crop rotation.
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