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Posted: 12/3/2007 8:52:30 PM EDT
What device would you like to own the patent on?

I'd choose the Jacobs Chuck, which is found in virtually every hand drill or drill press in the Western World.

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Windows operating system
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 8:56:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 9:02:32 PM EDT by kilgoretrout]

Originally Posted By swingset:
Neuticles


I CAN FINALLY ATONE!!!!!!!!!!!

ETA

Ikea.

Because Windows may not be around forever but people will alway buy cheap furniture.
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[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 8:59:23 PM EDT by Tim_the_enchanter]
Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:00:40 PM EDT
Blackpowder.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:00:55 PM EDT
The integrated circuit.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:02:51 PM EDT
Something mundane that has millions and millions made, like the paperclip or something.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:02:59 PM EDT
the AR-15. I would then be god among mere mortals
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:03:05 PM EDT
All patents involving the MP-5.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:04:04 PM EDT
coca cola.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:04:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:
Blackpowder.


I'm not sure the concept of "patent" had been invented, yet.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:04:53 PM EDT
toilet paper.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:06:49 PM EDT
The wheel

The inclined plane

Levers

Electricty

­Magnetism

Light

Time

Nuc­lear energy

Gravity

Quantum physics

Black holes

Personal computers

Buggy whips

A better mouse trap
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:07:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 9:08:22 PM EDT by fivepointoh]

Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
Windows operating system


AMEN

Or any of the fighter jets....or commercial airliners.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:08:51 PM EDT
the internet
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Oil...
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sybian..
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DOS
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:26:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fivepointoh:

Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
Windows operating system


AMEN

Or any of the fighter jets....or commercial airliners.



Where would you get the working prototypes to submit? IIRC, you do have to have a working prototype. Windows would be great, but I think getting the technical drawings of aircraft and the aircraft themselves would be a daunting task, if not impossible.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:28:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rich219:
the internet


That's a good one.

Somebody say cellphone so Al Gore doesn't get that one either it.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:28:42 PM EDT
The rick roll, think of the money i would have.
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Penicillin (even though I'm allergic to it)
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google
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[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 9:38:32 PM EDT by theBUBBAMANcan]
The cotton gin

ETA: Eli Whitney was a stud...he singlehandedly created the machine that turned the South into an economic giant...

Then he created the technology that won the war for the North...
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:32:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MissouriBob:
Penicillin (even though I'm allergic to it)


Same here...but I learned while in London that the man who invented it is not buried in Westminster Abbey but the man who made it famous is.

The inventor got hosed.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:33:53 PM EDT
The time machine

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Velcro .

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Just think if we went back in time en masse and ruled the world like we do today with cavemen around.

Oh I'm sorry I mean cavepeople. Cavemen is sexist.
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Playboy
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CONDOMS
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Women.

I don't know if I'd be loved or hated though.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:41:00 PM EDT
The Maxum machinegun. Followed by the Thompson sub-machinegun and anything designed by John M Browning.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:43:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gringopistolero:
coca cola.


+1
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:44:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 9:44:56 PM EDT by timpryor]
plastic its used in EVERYTHING err almost
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:47:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 45LongSlide:
CONDOMS


Why don't you invent/patent the condom that doesn't FEEL like you're wearing a condom...then you'll have something!

(you'll also cause a rapid decline in world population!)
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 9:47:31 PM EDT
Fire

I can't believe nobody has mentioned that yet.
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[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 9:59:10 PM EDT by mjmjr1312]
transistor, it is hard to think of any one product that is as important or used as often today

-Mike
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gasoline
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Flux Capacitor
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Paper
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The oil pump/well system
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:43:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Microsoft Windows operating systems.


Ide rather just go back enough to buy their stock when it came out.

and a few others..
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 5:15:26 AM EDT
Post-It note pads.
Stuff that simple and making whoever invented it so damn rich really makes me feel stupid.
Link Posted: 12/4/2007 5:16:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1Andy2:

Originally Posted By Spartanatheart:
Blackpowder.


I'm not sure the concept of "patent" had been invented, yet.


So the wheel is probably out too then?
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