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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Alun
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: 10 May 2004 03:13:22 GMT
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Barry Margolin <> wrote in news:barmar-

> 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.

Certainly. You can do this provided you give the best mode of practicing 
the invention.

Alun Palmer, US Patent Agent, Registration No. 47,838

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