Bullet dodging patent withdrawn … but downloadable here for your viewing pleasure

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The IBM bullet dodging patent story, which originally broke on this blog after being discovered by reader Daniel E. Watters, created quite a lot of noise on the internet.

Noah at Danger Room noticed that the patent has since been withdrawn. It seems odd to go to all that work writing a patent, paying lawyers, only to withdraw it after news of its existance hits the internet days later. Anyone know if this happens frequently?

I had already used pat2pdf.org to convert the patent to a PDF. So here is patent number 07484451 hosted on scribd for your viewing pleasure 🙂

The lesson here is that you cannot deleted stuff off the internet, someone, somewhere, has a copy.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Deathbunny Deathbunny on Feb 28, 2009

    They should call it the "Twist and Shout" because that's not going to be pleasant to be on the receiving end of.

    All they need is one joker with a paintball auto using radio-opaque paintballs making some VIP do the funky chicken on TV and... yeah.


  • Matthew Morris Matthew Morris on Feb 13, 2012

    My guess, they realized it was too expensive and overall not cost effective. Why they wouldn't have figured that out BEFORE hiring a bunch of lawyers is beyond me. But their lawyers are probably always on retainer or something.

    They also could have just gone through with the patent just so they have it, instead of a competitor having it.

    Honestly, I really want to know why they aren't working on this, because this is a project I was incredibly interested, and maybe would want to be involved in someday (I'm an electrical engineer).