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____/ Homer on Friday 07 Oct 2011 21:21 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee that Chris Ahlstrom spake thusly:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>>> Steve Jobs Patents OS X Dock Day Before his Death
>>> This is innovation?! Solaris had that ages ago. Apple just copied and
>>> patented Edison style.
>> The patent text at that link reads like something Bucky Fuller or 7
> He had to repeat the same sentence 40 times, reworded slightly each
> time, to make it seem like his "invention" had any substance.
> Seriously though, How can anyone even call that an "invention"? It's an
> animated icon, for Christ's sake. Big freakin' deal. They had them on
> Amigas in 1985, whilst Jobs was unemployed and trying to build another
> ten grand computer that nobody wanted.
> Mind you, this is from the same company that claims to have "invented"
> "rounded rectangles" and a "green phone icon", so why should I be
> What galls me is that the USPTO actually accepts this bullshit. When did
> the bar get set so low? Do they even /have/ a bar? If I walked through
> their office door with a "squared circle", would they accept that for
> patenting? Is this a purely financial transaction, or do I need to be
> married to a senator's daughter before they'll accept my submission?
> Does the USPTO actually do any patent validation at /all/, or do they
> just employ a lone clerk who grabs cash with one hand and stamps papers
> with the other?
The problem with the system in its current state is that patent
examiners make more money by approving everything (and then making
more money for re-examination if it goes to court).
The USPTO should be rebooted or scraped. It's a fox-henhouse scnario.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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