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Sunday, 10 April 2005


Ever think the patent system was completely bananas? Well then, this month’s IPKat Patent of the Month (courtesy of is for you. The “banana protective device” will spare your valuables from foul-smelling sticky yellow deposits and will ensure that you have a healthy and delicious mid-afternoon snack. The mechanism is simple. The banana is encased in a double-layered case. The inside of the case is cushioned to avoid unsightly bruising and the whole thing fastens with a clever little latch for your security and piece of mind.


The IPKat is sure that purchasers of this device will get years of fruitful use from it.

Go bananas here, here, here and here

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