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(The Register)   The US Patent Office thinks that talking to no one in particular is a novel invention   ( theregister.co.uk) divider line
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8613 clicks; posted to Main » on 20 Mar 2013 at 11:57 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-03-20 12:34:21 PM  
3 votes:
Umm, doesn't that patent describe Usenet?

Or for that matter, any public posting service like a blog or, a web site?
2013-03-20 11:38:12 AM  
2 votes:
Um, Patent Office, I think Angry Women were already long patented
2013-03-20 12:52:35 PM  
1 vote:
It's original classification was wrong.  What a surprise.  Which means it was assigned to an examiner who examines things other than network and messaging BS on a regular basis.  After cursory review of claim 1, my immediate impression is that there's an RSS system that anticipates it.
2013-03-20 12:44:41 PM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: Fark it, just approve 'em all and let the lawyers sort it out.

Pretty much this.  Patent examiners don't have time to examine, so they outsource to the highest bidders.
2013-03-20 12:24:58 PM  
1 vote:
Hasn't prayer been around for millennia?
2013-03-20 12:24:28 PM  
1 vote:
One of my favorite Dilberts is where the pointy-haired boss is asking for a product name to allow twits write blogs using their cellphones.   The secretary suggests Twitter.
2013-03-20 12:22:00 PM  
1 vote:
Guess you don't have to be an Einstein to work at a patent office these days.
2013-03-20 12:12:44 PM  
1 vote:
Fark it, just approve 'em all and let the lawyers sort it out.
2013-03-20 12:07:10 PM  
1 vote:
Does this patent cover graffiti as well? Because that certainly is one way I never considered combating it.
2013-03-20 12:01:26 PM  
1 vote:
Patent's coming out.
2013-03-20 12:01:22 PM  
1 vote:
Does this mean the patent office is filled with, or devoid of philosophers? hmmm...
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