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Re: Amazon Patents Getting Numbers Off a Check

From: Christopher C. Stacy
Subject: Re: Amazon Patents Getting Numbers Off a Check
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 03:42:27 GMT
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>>>>> On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 20:28:03 -0500, Isaac  ("Isaac") writes:

 Isaac> On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 08:09:20 -0700, AES/newspost <> 
 >> 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.

 Isaac> Or alternatively because he has no real interest other than
 Isaac> academic and would not spend the money challenging the patent
 Isaac> even if he had it.

He might have an interest in the potential liability and marketability of
an invention that he might be contemplating, translating to a decision of
whether to make a major investment of personal time and resources.
It would be terrible for to suppose that all inventions must be initiated
by only the very few mega-corporations.

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