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Comment Obviousness (Score 5, Insightful) 115

IAAPA (I am a patent agent)- My take on the matter is that software patents pass the threshold for patent eligibility, but not for patentability, which is quite different. Most software-implemented subject matter is certainly patent-eligible, but ought to be struck down under 35 U.S.C. 103 (non-obviousness). Courts have said that 101 is a threshold inquiry, and in my opinion I don't see why slashdotters would have a problem with striking down software patents not because as a class of subject matter they are ineligible, but because the vast majority are obvious.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 264

Maybe the "Regular" people wouldn't be subject to the whims of the "Really Rich" people if the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, a government agency, didn't charge so much for licensing of taxi services to begin with. The barrier of entry is huge, and only serves to enrich the NYC government and a few taxi monopolies. The end result is the same: it ultimately hurts all of us because the cost of a taxi ride is artificially high.

Comment Re:Concurrent COI (Score 1) 271

Don't forget that there's a wide range of punishment types, ranging from disbarment to a slap-on-the-wrist probationary period. So yeah, they'll get in trouble, but how much trouble depends on lots of factors. The state bar will probably err to the severer side of punishment since this is public.

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