Silly Patent #1: Banana Protective Device

When we think of patents, we think of inventions like the latest mobile phone feature or a groundbreaking diagnostic test for HIV. By the nature of intellectual property law, patents intend to incentivize innovation that would otherwise be unattractive to pursue. Yet not-so-innovative products are awarded patents. One silly patent that I found is US6612449B1, or a "Banana Protective Device".

The Banana Protective Device patent is one over a container comprised of two covers, hinged together, designed with pads to cushion an protect a banana.

The claimed device is argued as inventive because though their is prior art concerning banana containments, this prior art does not consider protecting the banana with dual cover, padded design.

That said, there is indeed some utility to this invention, but it seems fairly obvious. 

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