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[2]: Why
by kwan_e on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 03:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Why"
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

Did the devil design the patent system?


Even worse: it was designed by committee.

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RE[3]: Why
by orfanum on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 11:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Why"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

The committee members being Satan, Beelzebub and Baphomet, chaired by Mammon.

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