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[News] Britain Slashes Software Patents, Addresses "Patent Troll" Epidemic

  • Subject: [News] Britain Slashes Software Patents, Addresses "Patent Troll" Epidemic
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:22:20 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Inventor of revoked payment patent says UK system is a joke

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| A patent for the handling of gratuities in card payments has been revoked by 
| the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for being a business method 
| implemented by a computer program. The decision follows recently-revised 
| guidance on patentability.   
| One of the inventors told OUT-LAW today that his company spent more than 
| £100,000 trying to enforce and defend the patent before passing the rights to 
| another company, which he described as a "patent troll". He believes that 
| company will appeal this month's ruling.   


Here comes the Amazon patent system abuser:

Amazon Patents Net Present Value-Based Delivery Dates

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| theodp writes "Just in time for holiday shopping, the USPTO has awarded 
| Amazon a patent for Generating Current Order Fulfillment Plans Based on 
| Expected Future Orders, which explains how to use modeled net present value 
| to adjust an order's delivery date favorably or unfavorably based upon 
| expectations that the customer will have high-profit orders in the future..."    


Discrimination/tiering is now an Amazon Invention(R)(R)(R).


Amazon Sneaks One-Click Past the Patent System

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| By changing the word 'a' to 'the' and adding the phrase 'purchasable through 
| a shopping cart model,' lawyers for Amazon.com have apparently managed to 
| reinstate two of CEO Jeff Bezos' 1-Click Patent claims that were rejected a 
| month earlier.   


Patent Reformers O'Reilly, Bezos Mum on 1-Click

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| Equally untalkative was Bezos, who deflected questions on the damage done by 
| Calveley's DIY legal effort, telling a Wall Street analyst to 'refer to our 
| public filings' (although nothing on the subject appears in the 8-K and 10-Q 
| filings).   


USPTO Increases Scope Of Amazon's 1-Click Patent

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| It apparently found its way into the hands of a sympathetic (and impatient) 
| USPTO Examiner who had earlier defended his friends for approving 1-Click 
| in the first place and referred 1-Click naysayers to a letter to the WSJ 
| penned by the ex-Commissioner for Patents.


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