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____/ Mark Kent on Monday 20 April 2009 11:23 : \____

> ["Followup-To:" header set to comp.os.linux.advocacy.]
> Barry Margolin <barmar@xxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> In article <6utgb6-0ho.ln1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>>  Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Doug Mentohl <doug_mentohl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> > 'Proxy engine for custom handling of Web content'
>>> >
>>> > 'Electronic program guide displayed simultaneously with television
>>> > programming'
>>> Teletext (BBC invented, 1970s/80s), offered electronic programme guides
>>> from the start, and virtually all Teletext capable sets were able to
>>> display the programme guide and the image simultaneously.  This idea
>>> dates back at least 25 years, and there are literally millions of sets
>>> which are/have been sold which could do this.
>>> I really wish someone would put a stop to this ridiculous game.
>> A patent covers HOW you do something, not WHAT you do. So unless
>> Microsoft's EPG is implemented in essentially the same way as
>> Teletext's, it's not necessarily prior art.
> and the word "essentially" is meaningless... which is why such kinds of
> patents are clearly daft.
> The title can be reduced to "method for displaying two data streams on
> the same display", which is what television programming and EPGs are -
> it's trivial, and silly.

"As such" (Brimelow, EPO).

Silly legalese to defend intellectual monopolies.

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