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Re: The patent process

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: The patent process
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 21:20:43 GMT
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> Sure, patent claims don't make light reading but then again neither does the
> documentation for a C compiler, the W3C XML specification, an ANSI or ISO
> standard, an RFC, or any application requirement specification.

There's a world of difference in intent: specs and docs strive to be precise
and understandable.  Precision is an enemy for patents because it reduces
the amount of IP potentially covered.  Understandability is also an enemy
because it mostly means to present things in the simplest possible way,
thus making it seem as obvious as possible to the seasoned practitioner.


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