Originally Posted by RyeBread
While I agree, that his patent is not likely to be granted per se' (there are several things that he could in theory be attempting to patent, and not knowing what specifically he has applied for is a limiting factor here) the rest of the statement is not entirely, technically true. In part:
quite often the US Patent office has granted patent rights to the first filer of a design. If I recall my history lessons from way back accurately (too lazy to google this) Alexander Graham Bell beat the next runner up to the patent office by a mere 90 minutes or so...
I have heard this before. We were recently introducing a new product at a show and our patent attorneys were adamant that we have the application filed before anyone outside the company saw it. They told me that we could not apply for a patent after it was introduced.