Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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RE[2]: No.
by transami on Thu 5th Jul 2012 06:45 UTC in reply to "RE: No."
transami
Member since:
2006-02-28

Under Bush the USPTO was given a requirement to be financially self-sustainable. In effect, it was forced to become a for-profit business instead of a government service. The USPTO really had no choice but to start granting every nuance of patent under the sun.

Some of the patent's they have granted since then are mind numbing. I came across one for using `*` charcter for pattern matching... granted in 2009!

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RE[3]: No.
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jul 2012 11:23 in reply to "RE[2]: No."
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Bush wasn't president in 2009.

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RE[4]: No.
by Morgan on Thu 5th Jul 2012 12:11 in reply to "RE[3]: No."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Your bio places you in Texas, so you should already know this by now, but:

Policies set in place by recent past presidents often remain in place under new presidents. This is especially the case with policies that the majority of the public doesn't know or doesn't care about, such as the patent office. If Obama saw an opportunity to gain something by reforming the patent office, he might have done something about it. Given that he seems to be in the pocket of several corporations who stand to gain from an unchanged patent office attitude, I'd say he has zero incentive to make changes.

I would love to see Obama step up and push for patent reform, he could even spin it as a hand up to the small business entrepreneur who wants to move forward with a great idea without the fear of being crushed by a patent suit. But it's an election year, and any policy change right now would be ripped apart by the other side no matter the intention or outcome.

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RE[4]: No.
by JAlexoid on Fri 6th Jul 2012 09:54 in reply to "RE[3]: No."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Bush wasn't president in 2009.


That is where you are factually wrong.

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

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RE[3]: No.
by dsmogor on Thu 5th Jul 2012 20:11 in reply to "RE[2]: No."
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

This is ridiculous, a private company having right to set legally enforceable acts.
What's next, commercial courts?

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RE[3]: No.
by bert64 on Sat 7th Jul 2012 09:51 in reply to "RE[2]: No."
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

They should start fining companies that file bogus patents, that would be a very good revenue stream for them...

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