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2012-07-09 11:15:07 AM
Apple receives patent for detecting water

Well, yeah, in the same way that Toyota received a patent on a car or Monsanto has received a patent on a seed. Any description that short should make you automatically say, "okay, it's in the field of detecting water, but what particular improvement does their patent really cover?"
 
2012-07-09 11:17:10 AM
Have they patented the USB port or a flash player yet?
 
2012-07-09 11:39:27 AM
Columbus discovered America.
 
2012-07-09 11:41:33 AM
Odd, but for some reason this article reminded me of when I first got my iPhone and found that the App Store was 75% full of fart apps.
 
2012-07-09 11:50:46 AM
So...wait...lemme get this straight...

Did they invent the actual color-changing paper? No? They just stuck the paper inside the phone behind a window? And THAT got a patent?

How would this be any different than, say, getting a patent on placing a touch-screen in a car? Or on putting a clock display on a phone? Or on taping a radio to your toaster? I mean seriously...wtf is this sh*t?!

How does Apple keep getting these idiotic f*cking patents?
 
2012-07-09 11:59:07 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: So...wait...lemme get this straight...

Did they invent the actual color-changing paper? No? They just stuck the paper inside the phone behind a window? And THAT got a patent?


Not quite. You have to actually go through the links and read the patent, and not just look at the picture (which isn't really representative of the claims anyway). In fact, if they put the color-changing paper behind a window like you said, then how exactly is water going to get to it? Your version wouldn't actually work.

This is more about a headphone connector that includes the paper, because then it's visible without opening the phone, but not replaceable by a user trying to commit insurance fraud.
 
2012-07-09 12:03:38 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: So...wait...lemme get this straight...

Did they invent the actual color-changing paper? No? They just stuck the paper inside the phone behind a window? And THAT got a patent?

How would this be any different than, say, getting a patent on placing a touch-screen in a car? Or on putting a clock display on a phone? Or on taping a radio to your toaster? I mean seriously...wtf is this sh*t?!

How does Apple keep getting these idiotic f*cking patents?


Because the USPO basically just rubber stamps all patent applications they receive. This will probably go against the Fark conventional wisdom, but Apple isn't even a particularly egregious offender here. This is standard business practice. Pointing fingers at any single corporation is, at the end of the day, missing the point: the patent system is broken and can only be fixed by legislative action. Until then, *all* companies are going to continue behaving this way.

So, feel free to hate Apple with the heat of a thousand suns. But... then direct some of that energy towards Congress, please. It'll be much more useful.
 
2012-07-09 12:12:31 PM
Peach works better than apple.

www.waterencyclopedia.com
 
2012-07-09 01:14:19 PM

illegal.tender: Because the USPO basically just rubber stamps all patent applications they receive.


Actually, the PTO rejects 89% of all patent applications they receive. So, yes, they rubber stamp them.
www.legalpradvice.com

So, feel free to hate the USPTO with the heat of a thousand suns. But... realize that your hate is based off FUD.
 
2012-07-09 01:26:57 PM

dryknife: Peach works better than apple.

[www.waterencyclopedia.com image 335x222]


We just had somebody come out and witch a water well for us with a peach branch. Well, he used to have a peach branch, now he just has a piece of peach wood on the end of some stiff wires.

For our farm, he is 5 out of 5 with that damn thing (and good quality wells at that).

/its crazy to watch
 
2012-07-09 01:39:04 PM

Theaetetus: illegal.tender: Because the USPO basically just rubber stamps all patent applications they receive.

Actually, the PTO rejects 89% of all patent applications they receive. So, yes, they rubber stamp them.
[www.legalpradvice.com image 240x244]

So, feel free to hate the USPTO with the heat of a thousand suns. But... realize that your hate is based off FUD.


1) I'm not all that confident in your linked source, but am having a hard time finding anything which either rebuts or supports it. Granting your point.

2) The broader issue -- that the patent system is broken -- remains.

For the record: I don't want *anyone* to hate the PTO, nor do I think such things are helpful. I just want to see it fixed.
 
2012-07-09 02:17:48 PM

illegal.tender: Theaetetus: illegal.tender: Because the USPO basically just rubber stamps all patent applications they receive.

Actually, the PTO rejects 89% of all patent applications they receive. So, yes, they rubber stamp them.
[www.legalpradvice.com image 240x244]

So, feel free to hate the USPTO with the heat of a thousand suns. But... realize that your hate is based off FUD.

1) I'm not all that confident in your linked source, but am having a hard time finding anything which either rebuts or supports it. Granting your point.

2) The broader issue -- that the patent system is broken -- remains.

For the record: I don't want *anyone* to hate the PTO, nor do I think such things are helpful. I just want to see it fixed.


idk the litigous abuse of the patent laws seem more of a problem than hate for the Patent Office...
 
2012-07-09 02:27:42 PM

Virulency: illegal.tender: Theaetetus: illegal.tender: Because the USPO basically just rubber stamps all patent applications they receive.

Actually, the PTO rejects 89% of all patent applications they receive. So, yes, they rubber stamp them.
[www.legalpradvice.com image 240x244]

So, feel free to hate the USPTO with the heat of a thousand suns. But... realize that your hate is based off FUD.

1) I'm not all that confident in your linked source, but am having a hard time finding anything which either rebuts or supports it. Granting your point.

2) The broader issue -- that the patent system is broken -- remains.

For the record: I don't want *anyone* to hate the PTO, nor do I think such things are helpful. I just want to see it fixed.

idk the litigous abuse of the patent laws seem more of a problem than hate for the Patent Office...


Well, that's just reasonable. Litigators are dicks.
 
2012-07-09 06:22:07 PM

Theaetetus: Virulency: illegal.tender: Theaetetus: illegal.tender: Because the USPO basically just rubber stamps all patent applications they receive.

Actually, the PTO rejects 89% of all patent applications they receive. So, yes, they rubber stamp them.
[www.legalpradvice.com image 240x244]

So, feel free to hate the USPTO with the heat of a thousand suns. But... realize that your hate is based off FUD.

1) I'm not all that confident in your linked source, but am having a hard time finding anything which either rebuts or supports it. Granting your point.

2) The broader issue -- that the patent system is broken -- remains.

For the record: I don't want *anyone* to hate the PTO, nor do I think such things are helpful. I just want to see it fixed.

idk the litigous abuse of the patent laws seem more of a problem than hate for the Patent Office...

Well, that's just reasonable. Litigators (read: Apple and their legal team)are dicks.


Since they've initiated the most visible patent lawsuits using flimsy patents that should not have been granted, the above statement is true.
 
2012-07-09 10:40:42 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: How does Apple keep getting these idiotic f*cking patents?


they were just denied the 'swipe motion' on a flat-screen (or other device) to unlock it, in the UK.

/how do you like them apples?1

/+1 intentional
 
2012-07-09 11:03:41 PM
 
2012-07-10 10:36:58 AM

Theaetetus: tgambitg (favorite: has no problem with litigators who aren't working for Apple and will never, ever say anything bad about lawyers for Google, Samsung, Motorola, Microsoft, HP, Nokia, RIM, Intellectual Ventures, Patent Trolling Trolls R Us.com, Amazon, etc. and so is entirely, completely consistant and not a hypocrite):: (read: Apple and their legal team)are dicks.

I totally agree with you, friend.


Wow.... that's a lot of inferring on one comment there bub. The entire patent system is a mess and I've always said that. Apple just happens to be the most visibly worse culprit here. Motorola is no saint, Samsung is no saint, Microsoft sure as hell isn't. It's just that a good majority of the patents Apple is suing with are patents that NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN GRANTED. I'm sure that some of the countersuit patents are in the same area, and a lot of them are going to be misapplied to Apple's technology, but a lot of it is a defense mechanism.

And if you had actually READ MY COMMENT instead of just assuming I'm 100% against Apple, you wouldn't have jumped to your conclusion. You see anyone who can point out the absolute wrong that Apple is doing with it's patent applying and lawsuits as someone who hates Apple, and wants them destroyed. I WANT Apple around. Competition is GOOD. Suing someone because they have bigger marketshare than you and you want to punish them is BAD. You can't say that Apple isn't motivated in part by this. They didn't start suing Samsung and the rest until their dominance in the Smartphone arena was challenged.

Get off your high shill horse and realize that your favored company CAN do bad. They ARE.
 
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