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[4]: Why
by Kochise on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 20:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why"
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Yeap, either it's just an application of mathematics and/or common sense. So in fact patents are just rewarding the first who filled the patent and de facto providing him with a monopolistic position. Thankfully, there is a twist to the patent system, what is called "fair use", you know, the stuff that allows a third party to "license" the technology at a bargain price.

There is patents, and copyrights. The later the worst. Disney characters should soon fall into the public domain ? Not so fast, let's trick the system, make new laws being voted, extend the copyright duration, etc... Even already public domain stuffs has been recently re-copyrighted due to these "extensions" that do not benefit the author's grandchilds, just the majors (music, books, ...)


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