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The new Patents site (launched yesterday) is listed as 2011 years, 8 months old on the main Stack Exchange page.

Patents Age

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Interesting, is this an easter-egg type thing? –  Adel Sep 21 '12 at 16:49
    
So patent has had history of over 2000 years old, wait... What? –  nhahtdh Sep 21 '12 at 16:51
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@Adel If it were an easter egg, I'd expect the Christianity site to be right around the same age. ;) –  Bill the Lizard Sep 21 '12 at 16:51
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Just SE preparing to sue Apple I guess. "Patents? We had patents way before you did. We have patents on patents" –  Bart Sep 21 '12 at 16:54
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@BilltheLizard and Judaism to be even older ^_^ –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Sep 21 '12 at 17:22
    
There can be no prior art for us... Er, nice catch - we're on it. –  Jaydles Sep 21 '12 at 17:30
    
It's only dated that way so no one can claim a patent on sites on patents –  bobobobo Sep 21 '12 at 17:39

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

This is actually an API bug, we're not returning a launch date for patents since it never went through Area 51.

This will be fixed in the next API deploy (should be a handful of minutes from now), and when the site stats fall out of cache on stackexchange.com everything should make sense again.

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