A European court has ruled that popular toy brand maker Lego will not be allowed to trademark its characteristic toy plastic bricks. The Lego patent for the use of interlocking plastic bricks has long ago expired, and the company hoped that by trademarking the plastic brick design this would block competitors from using the exact same design. Disappointing this may be for Lego, the company has in recent years begun selling Lego blocks for purposes other than children’s toys. 10 examples are listed below.
1. The solar reflection tiles installed on the outside of the International space Station are made with Lego bricks dipped in Thompson’s water seal. Engineers working for NASA were surprised to find that Lego bricks are a lot more durable than other space-age polymer composites.
2. Much of the plastic inside of Apple’s popular iPhones and iPod’s are made from plastic recycled from used Lego bricks. Apparently, Steve Jobs loved playing with Lego as a kid and decided to make his company’s products out of the stuff.
3. Lego has discovered that it is possible to construct a freeway which will last for 200 years from more if it is built out of millions of small plastic Lego blocks which are then covered with a 1/8 inch layer of plastic. Such so-called, “Lego highways”, are being funded by Pres. Obama was stimulus package and make a whirring sound when drivn over.
4. Much of the new Berlin-Wall-style immigration barrier being built between Mexico and the United States will be constructed from Lego blocks which are glued together by Smurfs.
5. Toyota is building a light weight electric-gas-solar-steam powered hybrid which will be built-amazingly enough-out of Lego blocks. The car company discovered that melting Lego blocks together in the form of a car was a more efficient and green way to build a car, though the final product looks like it was designed by Salvador Dali.
6. As an homage to Lego toys, an exact replica of the Golden Gate bridge will be built in Manhattan by using 50 billion red Lego bricks.
7. An entrepreneur in South Dakota has figured out a way to make a customizable bed frame out of Lego blocks to help even the lightest sleeper get some much needed Z’s. Buyers of the bed simply “sculpt” the surface of the bed by using Legos, upon which a flexible mattress is placed.
8. Scientists working at Stanford have discovered that shrinking down Lego building blocks could be used to build even faster micro-chips if the building blocks are made out of carbon nanotubes coated with silly putty.
9. Boeing is investigating making experimental aircraft fuselages out of Lego blocks, however there remains a concern that during flight small children may start taking the plane apart.
10. In preparation for hosting the Winter Olympics, Russia has reportedly bought up all Lego blocks in stock at Lego Headquarters in Carlsbad California, and they will be used to build a gigantic Russian flag which will be visible from outer space.
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