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Comment Re:The continuing problem of patents... (Score 1) 475

if five companies hire five programmers to set out and do the exact same thing, the first one to make it to the patent office takes the cake

While this is true in essentially the entire world outside the US, here it's the first to invent that gets the patent. There is legislation pending to bring the US into line with the rest of the world and go first-to-file, though.

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