Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 15:31 UTC
Legal Joel Spolsky killed a Microsoft patent application in just a few minutes - he found prior art and submitted it, and the USPTO examiner rejected the patent because of it. "Micah showed me a document from the USPTO confirming that they had rejected the patent application, and the rejection relied very heavily on the document I found. This was, in fact, the first 'confirmed kill' of Ask Patents, and it was really surprisingly easy. I didn't have to do the hard work of studying everything in the patent application and carefully proving that it was all prior art: the examiner did that for me." This is all under the umbrella of 'Ask Patents'.
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RE: Why
by Soulbender on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 17:04 UTC in reply to "Why"
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To invalidate a patent, you have to read it. If you read a patent and CANNOT invalidate it, you may now be in willful infringement, which triples the damages.

That's just...fucking INSANE. Please, for the love of all that is holy, that can not be how it works. Did the devil design the patent system? Ok, that's perfectly possible that he did but that's still crazy even for the devil.

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