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(The Register)   The patent office wants to know what you think about their software patenting "system", also known as a "rubber stamp". No, really   ( divider line
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2013-01-05 04:15:20 PM  
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gingerjet: That's so cute. The only reason Apple is patenting every little thing is because a patent troll sued it - prior to the iPod - Apple patented very little.

The appropriate response to getting robbed is to become a robber
2013-01-05 03:58:24 PM  
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FormlessOne: 1. Hire a class of fifth graders.
2. Give them the patent, in its functional language form.
3. Ask if they've heard of something like that, or if they could draw it out.
4. If they've heard of it, there's prior art. If they could draw it out, it's obvious.
5. Go back and dopeslap Apple for submitting yet another obvious patent with clear prior art conflicts.

I had to laugh at myself the other day when I saw a story about Apple patenting curved glass on phones. I'm so used to bullshiat Apple patents I got into a internet commenting rage before reading the article. The patent turns out to be on a method for forming the glass using a new technique. I was so surprised that it looked like something that actually should be patented I didn't know what to do...
2013-01-05 02:27:18 PM  
1 vote:
There are a few software things which might have actually deserved a patent, stuff like the RSA algorithm or the MP3 codec which are non-trivial ways of doing things that you just couldn't do before. The overwhelming majority of them are garbage, like the idea of using exclusive-OR instructions to draw a cursor on the screen or the revolutionary idea that you could purchase a product by clicking once.

Oh, and the half-dozen or so software patents that have my name on them are really good ones too.
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