PATENT 5,878,155: Star of David Tattoo

Robert S. Thau (
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 14:51:17 -0400 (EDT)

Rohit Khare writes:
> >A method is presented for facilitating sales transactions by
> >electronic media. A bar code or a design
> >is tattooed on an individual. Before the sales transaction
> >can be consummated, the tattoo is scanned
> >with a scanner. Characteristics about the scanned tattoo are
> >compared to characteristics about other
> >tattoos stored on a computer database in order to verify the
> >identity of the buyer.....
> >
> > Filed: Sept. 5, 1996

1996, eh? I could have sworn that the far right has had bar-code
tattoos in its world-government horror stories longer than that.
Would those count as prior art?