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Re: Amazon Patents Getting Numbers Off a Check

From: AES/newspost
Subject: Re: Amazon Patents Getting Numbers Off a Check
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 08:09:20 -0700
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In article <>,
 "I approved this message" <> 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.

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