necessity, who is the mother of invention…

Harper’s Magazine breathlessly informs its readers that “Italian urologists increased the size and improved the function of test subjects’ penises with a device called the Andropenis.” By all appearances a simple traction implement, it does not seem to be eligible for patent protection. In this connection, herewith a choice of patents pertaining to the material bodily lower stratum:

ποιήσει δὲ αὐτήν, ὡς ἔοικεν, ἡμετέρα χρεία.