Ted (merovingian) wrote,

Zero Public Domain

I think I've mentioned in previous posts that I'm working at a patent law office. It's been a few weeks now. Until today it's been great, but, well, there's this thing.

See, my firm got a new client - he's the Sumerian equivalent of a mummy. His body was embalmed and preserved, and his vital organs were kept fresh by means of some kind of time-traveling canoe. I don't know the details, and the whole mummy thing isn't the problem. It's the evil he's trying to bring to the world.

The mummy - or whatever he is - I sort of assume that mummies are just Egyptian - is that narrow minded? - claims to have invented the concept of the number zero, and he wants to sue those who are using this concept, for royalties and intellectual control.

I've been assigned to find legal precedent to support the claims of the mummy (or whatever). If I can't find them, I've been "subtly encouraged" to canoe back in time and invent some.

I only feel enthusiastic about a job when I feel that, in some small way, I'm making the world a better place.

Tyrannical intellectual property claims, especially from archaic cultures, don't really stir my enthusiasm. I need some advice.

What should I do?
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