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Comment: Re:Content of the patents in question: (Score 1) 109

by Dread Pirate Skippy (#31737722) Attached to: Microsoft Sues UK's Datel Over Controllers
I don't claim to be an expert on patent law, but I'd say no. I believe you're only infringing on a design patent if your cosmetic changes are applied to the same general class of product. So if I make a PS3 controller that looks exactly like an xbox controller, that's no good, but if I want to make a bar of soap that looks like an xbox controller, I'm in the clear (unless MS has also patented the design as a bar of soap, which is unlikely). That might be incorrect, but it's my understanding of the situation.

Comment: Re:Well it is the same thing.. (Score 1) 109

by Dread Pirate Skippy (#31735704) Attached to: Microsoft Sues UK's Datel Over Controllers
Design infringement is exactly what the case is about, way to not bother looking beyond the 'Microsoft sues x' portion of the article. 'D' before a patent number means you're talking about a design patent. Functionality isn't the issue here, the issue is that Datel clearly ripped off Microsoft's patented cosmetic designs.

Comment: Content of the patents in question: (Score 4, Insightful) 109

by Dread Pirate Skippy (#31735670) Attached to: Microsoft Sues UK's Datel Over Controllers
I love all the insightful comments people are making on this article. It's nice to know folks are making sure their positions are valid, not just deciding that Microsoft is always wrong, and that this is no exception. Anyway, the patents are all valid and Datel is clearly at fault, unless prior art exists that proves the patents are invalid in the first place, which is unlikely. MS is not claiming to have invented controllers or lights on controllers, that's stupid and you're stupid for thinking it. All six patents mentioned in the article are design patents. They have nothing to do with the actual functionality of the controller. Rather, they've patented the 'ornamental design for an object having practical utility', like the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle, or a new font. If I create a font and obtain a design patent, I'm not claiming to have invented text, only to have made a cosmetic change that does not have any impact on the functionality of the original invention. Even that PS3 controller that some other poster linked above infringes, because the design is what's in question, NOT the functionality.
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+ - Second Life - wretched hive of scum and villainy

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Dread Pirate Skippy (963698) writes "The BBC reports today that investigators in Germany will be cracking down on child pornography in the virtual world of Second Life. From the article, "The investigation follows a report by a German TV news programme which uncovered the trading group and members who pay for sex with virtual children." It doesn't stop there however, as it goes on to state, "Members of this group also offered to put [reporter Nick Schader] in touch with traders of real child pornography.""

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