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RE[4]: This is blasphemy
by Soulbender on Tue 18th Sep 2012 00:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This is blasphemy"
Soulbender
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Yes, Searching for goods on the internet is patented.


Heh, I read that just for fun and ...holy crap.
This is the first "claim":
A method to identify a supplier of goods or services over the Internet comprising: accessing a home page stored on a server and accessible to a user via the Internet wherein the home page comprises at least one link to a directory Web site for a class of goods or services having a directory Web site address wherein a portion of the directory Web site address textually describes the class of goods or services for the directory Web site; selecting a class of goods or services having a link to a selected directory Web site corresponding to the selected class of goods or services; activating the link to a selected directory Web site corresponding to the selected class of goods or services, wherein a portion of the directory Web site address of the selected directory Web site defines the selected class of goods or services; and receiving a display of the selected directory Web site, wherein the selected directory Web site contains a plurality of supplier links individually corresponding to and linking to a supplier's Web site wherein the corresponding supplier offers the goods or services of the selected class of goods or services and a rollover window that individually displays information corresponding to more than one of the suppliers corresponding to the plurality of supplier links in the same rollover window and wherein the rollover window does not obscure other content on the directory Web site; the rollover window is positioned proximate at least one of the plurality of supplier links; the rollover window displays information about a first pre-selected supplier when a user pre-selects a first supplier link; and the same rollover window displays information about a second pre-selected supplier when a user pre-selects a second supplier link.

Yes, it's all in ONE sentence and I have no idea what the hell it is trying to claim.
What, if you write long enough sentence that no-one understands they'll just grant your patent out of exhaustion?
I kinda gave up when reaching claim 10, which is another marathon sentence, but from I can gather this patent is utterly retarded and should never have been granted.

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