Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Missed Patent? (Score 1) 224

by Geek Yid (#16607840) Attached to: Next Generation of iPods to have Wi-Fi?

At the least, the Penny Arcade comic, or anyone else who posted about Wi-Fi on a MP3 player can be prior art in a 35 USC 103 (obviousness) rejection. In my short time as a patent examiner, I rejected plenty of claims as obvious. The rejection requires disclosure of two or more items that, when combined, would amount to the claimed invention, plus some incentive to combine the parts as per the claims. The comic would, at least, provide the incentive to combine.

I do not think it matters, though. Doesn't ThinkGeek already sell a MP3 player that allows purchasing music over a WiFi connection (MusicGremlin)?

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.