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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by pimentoLoaf, Jan 22, 2003.
Possibly affecting millions of sites, it's yet another reason the US Patent Office needs a rethink.
I can't imagine they will get away with anything so absurd. Then again, I say that about M$ all the time, and they continue to suprise me.
I'm all for the flogging of lawyers and their clients who perpetuate this sort of insanity.
The 34-page document sent to the site in question is here.
Why not Amazon.com (instead of a small-time operator), who claimed patent rights to 1-click shopping a few years ago? SBC could reap millions each year from them.
because amazon employs the same big ass lawyers and they'd probably never get a dime.
they simply do the same as other campanies in the same situation. go around, making a tidy profit taking smallish companies to their knees.
OMG, that's absolutely ridiculous.
I happened to have invented the rectangle. I'll get a patent on my invention, and then everyone who uses anything rectangular will owe me royalties! Thanks for the tip!
Sounds like SBC is trying to "frame" us.
Of course, they might be trying to "think outside the box".
Kind of like that TV set that does the "picture in picture" thing
Darn. I should have gotten a patent a few years back on the Forward and Back buttons in web browsers.
Also, the Cancel and OK buttons would be quite profitable as well.
yeah, i should have gotten a patent on the phrase "hit any key to restart". i'd have made millions from MS.
there's no way this could be enforced. ever. blah.
i'm thinking about patenting air-that way i can reap in royalties on every breath that someone takes.
In all seriousness though-this is up there on my list of stupid stuff in life. Do they really think that they will be able to hit everyone that has a website that uses frames? Maybe they happen to have a lot of commonly used patents that they bring up when they need some cash. "Hey, we've got a patent on all types of pencils-everyone who has ever made a pencil owes us 2 million"
Yeah the next time a big internet web site pops up I'll patent it and then sue them for Millions, heck why not ,
I swear they are taking this TOO far.
This is going to fall as flat on it's face as British Telecom's attempt to sue 'the internet' for using hyperlinks.
DAMN the back button on IE being so unresponsive!!
Sorry, double post.
Another abuse of the patent system
If you think the SBC story is absurd, wait till you read about this story:
That guy couldn't have invented Velcro -- I saw T'Pol walk into a patent office with Velcro-enclosed handbag and walk out with millions on an episode of Enterprise.
Vulcans invented Velcro.
Yeah, but do you know why? So we'd all get velcro straps on our shoes and never learn to tie the lace-up kind. If humans couldn't tie their own shoes, they certainly couldn't attempt space travel. Those Vulcans just wanted to keep us grounded on planet earth. And it's all the fault of the patent office!