Funny patents: Spiral patent office

A building for housing an ordered collection of items-for example, a library, archive, or patent office-places the items along a spiral arm (1), and makes the items easily movable with wheeled cases, so that the collection can grow. Preferably the spiral is housed in a spiral building arm starting at a central building (2) and winding outward, with interconnecting legs (2) providing access to the far reaches of the arm. The building never becomes too small because the end (E) of the building can be extended gradually. As the collection grows, the cases are merely pushed along to make room as needed. The collection never gets out of order.

Full text: US5855098 Spiral patent office

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Comment by Lipa Roitman on October 20, 2009 at 5:36pm
OK, I just realized this patent has a horizontal flat floor plan, unlike the other ones I've seen where the spiral goes upward. Still the novelty is questionable.
Comment by Lipa Roitman on October 20, 2009 at 5:30pm
Spiral floor plans have been in existence for years! Example: A shopping center in Tel Aviv, and a museum, also in Tel Aviv have them. One has a spiral balcony inside a cylindrical building, the other has a spiral floor between two cylindrical walls. That patent is invalid!

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