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The patent for a time machine has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by one Dr. Marvin B. Pohlman of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

By creating an artificial wormhole time travel is possible. At first glance, such a thing might be too fantastic a notion to believe, yet Pohlman does hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, an MBA from Lexington Business School, and a PhD in computer science from Trinity University. He's also a member of Portland Mensa, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems security professional. Perhaps he invented the time machine because he discovered he hasn't enough time to squeeze in everything he wants to accomplish?

Does anybody know if US 2006/0073976 A1 describes how to build a time machine? And how it is possible that this patent was filed without any issues?


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Anyone can file an application for a patent with whatever material they wish. No actual patent has been granted in this case (it was rejected in 2007 and abandoned in 2008).

FYI, any publication number with the format US YEAR/7DIGITS (e.g., US 2006/0073976) is a pre-grant publication of an application as filed, not an actual patent.

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Thanks for a reply, so what's an actual patent format then? – kenorb Aug 18 '14 at 15:31
In the upper right of the document itself, the word "Patent No.:" rather than "Pub. No.:". Also an international convention says an "A?" at the end is an application and a "B?" is a patent. – George White Aug 18 '14 at 17:44

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