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Re: Amazon Patents Getting Numbers Off a Check


From: Isaac
Subject: Re: Amazon Patents Getting Numbers Off a Check
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 20:28:03 -0500
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On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 08:09:20 -0700, AES/newspost <address@hidden> wrote:
> In article <address@hidden>,
>  "I approved this message" <address@hidden> wrote:
> 
>> The problem with business method patents is that USPTO isn't so good at
>> searching the prior art in these fields.
> 
> The problem is, and continues to be, that it's way, way too cheap and 
> easy for an applicant (often jocularly referred to as an "inventor") to 
> get an undeserved and invalid patent, with little or no subsequent 
> downside for his/her having done so.
> 
> 
>> If you think the patent is invalid, why don't you challenge it?
> 
> Maybe because the system makes it inordinately difficult and expensive 
> to do so, with a highly uncertain outcome -- and maybe because the OP 
> simply doesn't have the deep pockets required to even initiate, much 
> less seriously pursue, a challenge.

Or alternatively because he has no real interest other than
academic and would not spend the money challenging the patent
even if he had it.

Isaac


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