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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Ramon F Herrera
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: 7 May 2004 22:05:27 -0700

"Paul Hovnanian P.E." <> wrote in message 
> This could be an interesting tactic on the part of various companies
> with too much cash and not enough actual work to do. Swamp the patent
> office with crap. If the reviewers are buried in garbage, maybe they'll
> just start rubber stamping them to clear out their in baskets.

Another tactic that an indicted illegal monopolist would do
is to grease the wheels of bureaucracy at the Patent Office,
i.e. bribing federal employees to fast track patent applications
that come from Seattle, Washington, in order to process them
without much delay or scrutiny.

That would explain the patent erroneously issued to
Microsoft for an apple:


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