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):