I Don't Know Who Is More Morally Bankrupt
Check out this article where Uri Geller (slight fame in 1970's for trying to convince people he could bend spoons with his mind... of course it turned out to be a hoax) claims to have invented, and is attempting to patent, the idea of a reality show where people compete to win a baby they can adopt. Sounds stupid right... who would want to infringe that patent and actually show an adoption reality TV show? Fox, Maybe. Or TLC (as a sort of fucked up "Baby Story"). No, "respectable" news show 20/20!
Curious person that I am, I looked up the patent application, just for shits and giggles, and there are a few reasons I don't think Uri is going to win here:
First, you can't collect damages on a patent application. You can only sue on an issued patent... and his application hasn't issued yet. Since the show is airing tomorrow night and Uri's patent hasn't issued, Uri's screwed.
Second, although technically anything that can be made, sold, or used (including a process of a realty TV show) can be patented, as a matter of public policy I hope the patent office rejects this idea just on general principal, and because the only real difference between Uri's process and a normal, multi-couple adoption process, is that his process is done on a TV program... which on its own should not be enough to be patentable. An process that is not new does not suddenly become new because you put it on TV.
Third, he filed the application in 2001, and it still hasn't issued. Although some patent applications do take 3 years or more to get through, this generally means that the patent office is saying "No."
Forth, Uri's a freakin' idiot. I hope his attorney charged him a lot of money to write the application.
Speaking of his attorney, I really can't believe he would take on this case without at least a little bit of guilt for his part in the degradation of society. Let's hope so.
I can't really figure out who is worse, 20/20 for airing a show where a 16 year old choosing the adoptive parents of her bastard child, or Uri Geller, who's trying to patent the idea.