Being a patent attorney, I was very interested in how much truth there was to it. So I did some research on this story.
It turns out that
a) the Duck story would have been novelty-destroying prior art: given the story, any Patent Office would have rejected Kr?yer's patent application.
b) there's no evidence that the Duck story has *actually* been used to refuse a patent application.
All this and more details on my website at
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