Re: [OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent
> 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. > The key to understanding the current situation is the observation that one can patent nearly anything if it meets certain formal requirements (which for the USPTO is increasingly too a free-for-all to include not just algorithms, natural laws, natural life forms but such things as business models). The patent offices--- and this is not restricted to the USPTO--- have elected given "a complexity of the material" to "...let the courts decide". In many ways the USPTO have just taken the logical step to declare itself ill-suited to judge the difference between a business plan, a machine or an animal. Given the (potentially quite high) costs of a patent suit this has effectively flip-floped the original motivations of patents. -- ______________________ <A HREF="whois://rs.internic.net/ecz">Edward C. Zimmermann</A> <A HREF="http://www.bsn.com/">Basis Systeme netzwerk/Munich</A> Cellular: +49 (179) 205-0539 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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