Imagination vs innovation vs patents

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BY JAGANNATHAN ARUMUGAM

WHAT? A card for paying money?”

This is how people might have reacted when they were first introduced to the concept of debit card in the utopian science fiction novel “Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887” by Edward Bellamy (Though it was called as a credit card in the novel).

One may be wondering if this could be considered as prior art. Of course, any published information can act as prior art, however, this information did not stop inventor James R Johnson from obtaining a patent (US 3,152,901 A) when he filed a patent application for a credit card.

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