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Comment Re:It's About Time (Score 4, Informative) 368

You might be "+5 Insightful," but you're also wrong. Inventors have a 1-year window after publishing in which they can file their application. This is true under both the old laws and the new. I love how the people with mod points don't let a little thing like not knowing anything about patent law get in the way of their pronouncing a post that (incorrectly) tries to explain a point of patent law as "insightful."

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 185

Really? You think there are sites already doing this?

Claim 1 is:1. A method for representing ownership of an asset in a social network environment, the method comprising: receiving a request from a first user of the social network environment to purchase the asset for a second user; recording information about a purchase of the asset from a vendor; associating, by a server for the social networking environment, the purchased asset with a profile of the second user; sending for display to a viewing user an association between the purchased asset and the second user on a feed display page; sending for display to the viewing user, in connection with the association between the purchased asset and the second user, information indicating that a third user, with whom the viewing user has established a connection in the social network, owns the asset, and information including a name of the first user who gave the asset to the second user, on the feed display page.

So please, by all means tell me what sites are already doing this. Since you think there are lots of sites already doing this, it should be quite easy for you to list a few. I can't wait...

Comment Re:/. is prior art... (Score 1) 114

No, it's not. Slashdot's mod up/down system would only be relevant prior art if it was able to automatically rate new comments by analyzing the ratings of similar previous comments. But I love how it's impossible for there to be a patent story on slashdot without a hoard of people shouting "prior art! prior art!" about irrelevant bullshit because they haven't actually read the patent...

Comment Summary is terrible (Score 1) 114

The summary of the patent does not actually describe what the patent is about. I know, it's shocking to think that such a thing could happen on slashdot.

Claim 1 is: 1. A computer-implemented method of approving a document, the method comprising: analyzing content of a first document to identify one or more first portions, wherein the first portions are visual, textual, or audio portions; identifying one or more second documents that are similar to the first document, wherein the one or more second documents have second portions that are visual, textual, or audio portions; based upon computer code that describes the first portions and the second portions, determining whether any of the first portions are substantially identical to the second portions that have been predetermined to be unacceptable; and approving the first document only if none of the first portions are substantially identical to the second portions that have been predetermined to be unacceptable.

But let's not do anything crazy like actually reading the patent before we start discussing it...

Comment Re:"Backed by Obama and business groups..." (Score 1) 205

I do NOT see how this would help the backlog. It's not going to speed up the examination process any. And under a first-to-file system, companies are encouraged to file an application for every tiny little incremental improvement, rather than a single application at the end of their R&D cycle. It will probably greatly increase the number of applications.

Comment First to file makes sense (Score 1) 205

The bargain inherent in the patent system is that you get patent protection in exchange for teaching your idea to the world. If you invent something but keep it secret, you haven't fulfilled your part of the bargain and you don't deserve anything, because you haven't actually benefited society yet. It makes sense that the patent system would reward the first person to actually teach their invention to the world, rather than rewarding someone who invented something and then sat quietly on it.

Submission + - TSA: Nailclippers are more dangerous than guns. (redstate.com) 1

HungryHobo writes: When faced with hundreds of soldiers on a military charter carrying assault rifles,pistols and machine guns the TSA personnel decided that while all the guns weren't dangerous the nail clippers one soldier was carrying needed to be confiscated in case he used them to take over the plane.

"approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns–but nothing that could have been used as a weapon."

Comment Re:Patently Mad Re:Obvious things (Score 1) 122

The PTO has about a 25% allowance rate, so assuming IBM's applications are "average," they would have to file about 20000 applications to get those 5000 patents. Of course, they might have a strategy of filing tons of very narrow (and so easy to get) applications rather than fewer broader (and so harder to get) applications.

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