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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: Sun, 09 May 2004 21:27:05 -0400
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In article <c7midj$2o6$>, (Henry E Schaffer) wrote:

> In article <>,
> Barry Margolin  <> wrote:
> > ...
> >In any case, a patent doesn't just cover the end result, it covers the 
> >*method* used to obtain that result.  
>   I've read a number of patents which claimed the end result, and then
> included any method of accomplishing it giving one method as an example,
> and then saying that this was only an example and that there could be
> other methods.

Is that really a valid patent?  Can an IP professional comment on this?  
I didn't think you could patent a general idea, it has to be a 
particular method or device.

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA

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