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[News] USPTO Makes Chaos, More Legal Mess

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DVDPlay sues Redbox, Coinstar for patent infringement

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| In a bold move, DVDPlay filed a lawsuit today against Redbox and Coinstar 
| (separately) for patent infringement. 
| I dug into this a bit, and found that DVDPlay filed for this patent on May 
| 25, 2000, and it was just issued today (Oct 28, 2008). So, it has been over 8 
| years since the patent application was filed.  


USPTO = piece of s*. Here's more proof:

Disk dispensing and retrieval system and associated methods 

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| A kiosk dispenses and receives recorded optical disk media using an 
| interconnected system central server computer through an Internet Service 
| Provider.  


Took 8 years for this garbage. Submarine patent?

Peer to Patent discussed in Information Week article about Patent Reform

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| exerpt from article: "...With patent reform legislation stalled in Congress 
| and the courts clogged with cases, Peer-to-Patent’s stringent, open patent 
| examination process is something Yahoo and other companies, particularly 
| those engaged in Internet-based businesses, think is sorely needed. They’re 
| concerned about patents being issued for overly broad or obvious inventions, 
| ones that overlap with previous patents, or ones that represent technologies 
| already in common use.      
| And they’re particularly worried about questionable patents in the hands of 
| so-called patent trolls, companies that build businesses around obtaining 
| patents and suing others to extract licensing fees..."  


Where's the innovation? This is corruption, not innovation.


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| Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
| of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
| make more money.
| One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
| defiance of the treaty that set it up.

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