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Someone Should Patent a Fax Rotator So the USPTO Can Read Upside-Down Faxes

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Do you know what type of organization that would deny you a fax—by sending you back another fax—to tell you the first fax you sent was upside down?

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If you guessed the US Patent & Trademark Office, you probably work at the US Patent & Trade Office, or deal with them regularly. The relevant text is:

The faxed submission was received upside down. We are unable to continue processing these images.

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So we have a few assumptions we can make about the setup over at the USPTO. They either still take manual faxes, as in stuff prints out in reams of paper over in the bowels of some bleak office structure, or they take faxes digitally and don't have the expertise to use an image rotation program to rotate the damn image so it's right-side-up. Either way, it's hard to think of a situation that reflects worse on the people who are supposed to be judging our society's technological advancements based on merit. [BNET]

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Well to be perfectly honest, if you are both so out-of-date that you fax your patent application in, and so dumb that you can't figure out how to use a damn fax machine, you ought to have whatever brilliant idea you came up with denied just on principle. I fully side with the USPTO on this one. They have enough crap to do without having to deal with your dumb ass.