my inner geek [firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
>Good news, Philips just announced a light bulb
>that lasts for 2 years. Oh joy. Maybe in 2015 they'll spill the
>beans on their 1968 patented lightbulb that lasts 200 years.
Well, given that patents only last about 20 years, why don't you go out, get a copy of the patent, and start selling 200-year lightbulbs? Or is this just another of those mythical patents that the evil corporations bought up so no-one could use them?