I just read the following on another board, then checked it out. I didn't have the patience to read the full patent disclosure, but the idea of patenting a trading strategy seems ridiculous. For those who never heard of Kim Snider she offers a 2-day seminar to teach her Snider Investment Method (SIM) at a cost of $3000+. For more info on Kim and the seminar you can visit her website at: http://themethod.kimsnider.com A patent application for SIM was published in Sep 2005. Those interested can read the patent at the US Patent Office website. Click the link below to search on a patent number http://appft1.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html then enter the patent number 20050216390 It's strange that she requires all seminar attendees to sign a non- disclosure agreement, and has very little info about her method on her website, other than the results, but then files a patent application, which is publicly available, disclosing the method. The patent doesn't contain all the details, but any experienced trader can fill in the blanks. It'll be interesting to see if the patent is granted. If so, it could spell trouble for any other covered call vendors out there.