Re: [OT] Re: Geoworks and their patent
> bad out there. It is very unlikely that any entrepreneur who wants to build > and sell software can avoid infringing a couple of dozen horse-[expletive deleted] US > patents. I think the situation is more extreme: its probably impossible for one to write *any* functional computer program without infringing upon at least one patent in the US. Luckily most of these patents don't get enforced--- in contrast to Trademarks one does not need to enforce a patent. > > Einstein used to be a patent inspector in Switzerland. Clearly the US > office maintains a lower standard. -T. I think one needs to understand the rules inspectors are working under: The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.html see especially Chapter 21 http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/21.txt Even when an inspector finds an appication to be "horse [expletive deleted]", I've been told by several inspectors at US and European agencies, they still issue if the basic formal criteria are met. Today's "true inspectors" are thus the courts so its a battefield for lawyers and not inventors.. -- ______________________ <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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