In a move sure to send shockwaves through government, the Supreme Court affirmed the claims by an Illinois man for his ownership of the patent rights for taxation.
Patent # 406-11-02B asserts that William
MacJeffrey invented "A method of extracting money from citizens in order to fund governmental operations".
The patent suit, long stalled in various courts, has finally been decided. While this particular proceeding was initiated against the State of New Jersey, MacJeffrey plans to file suits throughout the country seeking royalties and punitive damages from any entity that has collected taxes over the past 75 years that the patent has been in force.
"I have worked for this all my life" cheered the 92 year old MacJeffrey, " I will die a rich man".
Rich indeed, as the potential royalties from his patent stagger the imagination.
Government officials are expectedly crying foul and calling for the closure of the Patent and Trademark office. A 1916 law required the PTO to issue patents regardless of "obviousness", thus planting the seed for many of todays major litigations.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule this month
on the "Method of transporting liquid through pipes" patent, and the case of Melinda Vs The Lutheran Church where the claimant claims the Church did not provide "everlasting life" to her deceased husband.