During the struggle against software patents, many people used the example of plotlines and concrete stories to demonstrate the difference between patents (= plotlines) and copyright (=the actual story).
Like the "imagine Beethoven had gotten a monopoly on ‘musical pieces with two flutes and a cello’ — would that have served the ‘music innovation’?" example, it also served to show how ludicrous patents are in some areas.
But real life never seems to miss an opportunity to catch up with idiotic ideas in imagination. As read on "The Register", someone now actually filed a patent on a movie plotline for a Zombie flick.
This — forgive the pun — is entirely braindead.