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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Not surprised it was Joel.
by lucas_maximus on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 22:12 UTC
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Joel is one of my heroes in the software development community. Everything he says is pretty much spot on and he backs everyone up with sound arguments.

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RE: Not surprised it was Joel.
by Soulbender on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 05:18 in reply to "Not surprised it was Joel."
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2005-08-18

Yeah, Joel's pretty great. I don't always agree with him but he always makes a good argument.

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