Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jul 2012 11:52 UTC
Legal "The nation's top patent court has stopped a lower court from throwing out four patents on financial software, used to sue a bank dealing in foreign currency exchanges. The controversial opinion, countered by a blistering dissent by one member of the three-judge panel, shows that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is in disarray about just what is patentable. An 'abstract idea' can't win a patent, but the judges on the court are in disagreement about just what that is." It seems that US judges are getting more and more vocal about the US Patent Mess. Interesting.
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Comment by Gone fishing
by Gone fishing on Sat 14th Jul 2012 17:52 UTC
Gone fishing
Member since:
2006-02-22

The Federal Circuit is going back to allowing patents that are not only abstract, they are "literally ancient


The same point I made recently about slide to lock. Doing something on a computer does not make it inventive innovation.

I am optimistic that in the long run the law will resolve this problem and common sense will prevail. But how much harm and damage will be done? I mean damage to ordinary people in the real world. Unfortunately unethical companies, personal greed, corporate greed and shyster lawyers are a toxic mix.

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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by ilovebeer on Sat 14th Jul 2012 22:05 in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

I'm less optimistic than you are. When, throughout history, has common sense ever prevailed? Things are done for either financial or political reasons, never common sense.

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RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing
by kwan_e on Sun 15th Jul 2012 01:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by Gone fishing"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

To paraphrase a saying:

Common sense prevails when all else has failed.

Edited 2012-07-15 01:26 UTC

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

My optimism is down to Common Law - a product of the struggles of people dating back to Magna carta, and as a mechinism by which common sense and justice ultimately prevail.

kwan e puts it well

To paraphrase a saying:

Common sense prevails when all else has failed.

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