RE: [OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent
On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Bill dehOra wrote: > If the binomial theorem appeared last week say, I don't see why it couldn't > be patented, if it was rephrased as an algorithmic process from which > machines can be built. It's good that the innovative and the daring be > rewarded with protection for their ideas. If anything patents drive > invention by forcing further innovation. People worry too much about > patents. The Shockley patent didn't exactly kill the electronics revolution. > Geoworks' patent won't kill phone computing. Point of order: the purpose of patent law is *not*, contrary to popular belief, to reward inventors for simply creating inventions; the marketplace is entirely capable of doing that. Rather, it's to reward inventors for making the details of how their inventions work public rather than trying to keep them secret. The idea is to further innovation by making it possible to build on other people's work rather than having to re-invent everything. That, BTW, is the reason why to qualify for a patent, an invention must be novel, non-obvious and described in sufficient detail to be "capable of being reduced to practice by a skilled practitioner of the art." The details being disclosed have to be substantial enough that their disclosure actually advances the state of the art. The problem is that lately, the USPTO seems to be awarding patents that cover *all* possible means of achieving a particular outcome rather than specific implementations. Merely thinking up a desirable result doesn't provide much to build on. As someone once put it, it's like getting a patent on the broad concept of mechanically trapping mice rather than on the design of a particular mousetrap. xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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