To mark this year's Standards and Patents Conference, which takes place on 16 and 17 November (programme and booking details here), the IPKat organised a competition, for which the prize was complimentary registration, two networking lunches, four networking breaks and two cups of registration coffee. The competition rules were simple: entrants only had to compose a limerick that began with the words "A crafty inventor called Fred".
These authors are anxious to conceal their identities since they fear reproach or reprisal from their employers yet, bravely and in some cases during office hours, they have risked all in order to provide some harmless enjoyment for the IPKat's readers. Just look at the quality of these ...
Patent people being what they are, the IPKat was not surprised that, having received this,
Was afraid to be found dead in his bed.
He devised an alarm
Which caused him much harm
And killed him at lunchtime instead.
Found a nice book which he read
On Heath-Robinson contraptions
And without any exceptions
He recreated them from A to Z [Note for American readers: "Z" has to be pronounced the English way, not as "Zee"].
A crafty inventor called Fred
Applied for an idea that he had
For perpetual motion
(whence got he that notion?);
This ended both quickly and sad.
A crafty inventor called Fredhe then received a request to file a divisional application for this ...
Novel thoughts bearing fruit in his head
Knows it takes many years
To patent his ideas
So he keeps them a secret instead
Thanks, fellas, say the Kats. We're so glad you took the trouble to brighten our day.So he'll sell you a licence instead.
A crafty inventor called FredNovel thoughts bearing fruit in his headKnows it takes many yearsTo patent his ideas