Six patents key to case against Apple and Microsoft

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm not 100 % sure what this is all about. But it sounds like the basis of this revolves around "automatic" updates and downloads. I like to keep my systems (both Mac and PC) as up to date as possible. The last update I did, which was a few days ago, was NOT what I call "automatic". Every update or download I've ever done involved some kind of user input. Also, going to a web site and downloading a file that updates a program hardly constitutes technology.

    This is just my initial, uninformed take on this subject. I'll keep an eye on and see how it evolves.

    And by the way, I have a patent on technology that always a glass container to hold water. :)
  3. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Well, I've patented the mechanism to add liquid to a glass container as well as the technique of pouring liquid from said container into one's mouth. In additions, I've filed for wrapping patents covering the use of liquids in addition to water in glass containers. So you patents are useless without mine! Bwoo haa haa haa!


    I agree with the concept of patent law. But I think it's pretty clear that, in some areas, notably software and genetics, patents are granted in a less than intelligent way. They do not serve their original intent of fostering business by removing the desire to keep trade secrets.

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