Patenting The Geophysical Center Of Europe?

On Friday, Mike Masnick posted this on Techdirt (the story also appeared on Slashdot today):

Bas Grasmayer points us to the claim that the Austrian town of Frauenkirchen has apparently tried to patent the fact that it represents the geographical midpoint of Europe.

Mike filed the story in the category “from the this-is-a-joke,-right? dept”, so I figure he didn’t buy it entirely. But the story goes to show how screwed up the patent system is, so to hell with it—why not post it anyway, right?

I dug deeper and it turns out that the patent thing was added to the German Wikipedia page on January 3, 2006 by an anonymous user. Here’s the full edit, translated to English by me (emphasis is mine):

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