Germany denies patent to Saudi's killer chip

Germany denies patent to Saudi's killer chip Munich  - A Saudi inventor's proposal to implant semiconductors under the skins of visitors and remotely kill them if they misbehave will not be granted a patent in Germany, officials in Munich said Friday.

A German Patent Office spokeswoman said the application was received on October 30, 2007 and published 18 months later, as required by law, in a patents database. But inventions that are unethical or a danger to the public are not be recognized.

Reporters said the document proposed that tiny semiconductors be implanted or placed by injection under the skin of people so their whereabouts could be tracked by global-positioning satellites. This could be used to prevent immigrants overstaying.

A model B of the system would contain a poison such as cyanide, which could be released by remote control to "eliminate" people if they became a security risk. The document said this could be used against terrorists or criminals. (dpa)