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Too Much Free Time

August 16, 2010 17:29:50.461

I'd say that the authorities in this Austrian town have way, way too much free time on their hands:

the Austrian town of Frauenkirchen has apparently tried to patent the fact that it represents the geographical midpoint of Europe.

posted by James Robertson


Re: Too Much Free Time

[anonymous] August 17, 2010 15:10:22.241

The report is a load of bollocks, it's not a patent, it's a trademark. It's simple marketing, a slogan protected by trademark law, in the same way that only certain french regions can call their sparkly booze "Champaign", etc.

What's more interesting is: google for the trademark id "AM 7738/2003", and you'll find a whole stream of news sites that repeat this nonsense as if it was news or relevant. Hell, for all we know some clever marketer in Bad Frauenkirchen fired off a bunch of mails to get a bit of free PR...

Book tip: Nick Davies' "Flat Earth News".

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