BILLINGSGATE POST: In a special ruling issued yesterday, United States Patent Judge Willard "The Rat" Helmsley, declared that the so called "selfie stick" violated the patent issued to Dr. Viscount Billingsgate for his invention of the "Montana Pole."
The Montana Pole might be called the early predecessor of the selfie stick. In Dr. Billingsgate's Spoof profile it was described as a pole with a mirror attached to one end that was placed in front of a sheep's face so that a sailor might check to see if the sheep were smiling as he mounted the sheep from the rear.
Although the selfie stick is now being used as an extension tool for taking pictures of oneself with a smart phone or a camera, it doesn't differ enough from the original concept that the judge
would rule otherwise.
It is estimated that more than 3 billion of these have been sold worldwide over the past ten years by hundreds of different retailers, including Amazon. The damages to Dr. Billingsgate have yet to be declared. However, it is estimated that it might run into the billions if justice is served.