[oclug] Ouch (MS word processing patent)
wisq-oclug at wisq.net
Fri Mar 18 19:48:40 EST 2005
On Fri, Mar 18, 2005 at 03:09:09PM -0500, Mike Roy wrote:
> I also understand that these 'frivolous' patents were stopped by the
> U.S. patent office and that, in future, any patents had to be based
> on 'real money' issues, i.e.: the patent holder had to show the
> possibility of a 'real profit' and not just the claim to 'an idea'
> or some other profitless 'element' (the sound of a motorcycle).
I disagree -- the distinctive sound of certain motorcycle brands is
pretty desirable by those who buy them. 'Owning' their sound would
provide some real profit, in terms of coming up with a new popular
sound and then locking out their potential competitors (the basic
aspect of patents).
Where I think this falls down is in the 'originality' and perhaps the
'prior art' categories, as well as that (IMO) sounds should be
Unfortunately, the U.S. Patent Office in particular has a terrible
track record researching applications and enforcing their own rules.
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