Monday, April 1, 2019

A new color has been patented!

Milwaukee, WI. -- Rufus Chromaphile, spokesperson for John the Math Guy, LLC announced today the issuance of US Patent 10,244,600, assigned to John the Math Guy, LLC for a new color. "This patent represents a great leap forward for fashion, for design,  for art, and most important, for color science. John TheMathGuy has truly demonstrated thinking outside the rainbow on this one!"

When asked to comment, TheMathGuy explained the brilliant Aha! that led to this invention. 

"I was pondering about how it's not possible to stimulate only the M cones in the human eye. If you go to the edge of visible light at the infrared end, you can effectively stimulate only the L cones, and you will see red. If you go to the ultraviolet edge, you can stimulate only the S cones and see a lovely violet. Unfortunately, all visible light which stimulates the M cone (the one in the middle) will also stimulate the L or the S cones. What if we could see a color which only stimulated the M cones?"

TheMathGuy reasoned that he had to use light similar to ultraviolet and infrared to get this effect, but obviously it couldn't be either of them. The Aha! moment came when he started thinking about the compliments of these two colors, ultrared and infraviolet. He rushed to his lab to dig out a darkon generator (which generates anti-photons) and a monochromator (which isolates a single wavelength of light). After a quick trip to American Science and Surplus, he developed a way to combine ultrared and infraviolet.

The resulting color was so mind-blowing that it sent him to the emergency room, but not before he emailed a quick description to his patent attorney. 

The name of this new color? Ubergreen. 

Simulated Ubergreen


  1. This patent is in clear violation of US9,012,542, assigned to J. Reinert Nash and A. Kapoor, describing VantaGreen. Expect a call from my barrister, sir.

  2. How terrible to read that as from today, the green will truly be greener on the other side of the Atlantic :-(

  3. I believe this and the Nash patent are both in violation of my patent, which covers "any color that can reasonably be described with an arbitrary spectral power distribution." If not that, then my other patent, covering "any color found within the CIELAB color space."

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