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[News] Proof That Patent Law Has Lost Its Cause

  • Subject: [News] Proof That Patent Law Has Lost Its Cause
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:22:21 +0000
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Why We Shouldn't Take Patent Law Seriously

,----[ Quote ]
| Because it takes well over 8 years of 
| litigation and thousands of dollars for an 
| Appeals Court to determine that attaching a 
| piece of memorabilia to a trading card is 
| 'obvious' and thus, not patentable.


Fils-Aime Feels 'Embarrassed' For Sony, Microsoft

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| Reggie Fils-Aime, President and Chief 
| Operating Officer of Nintendo of America, 
| has never really been one to mix his words 
| and he's given his honest opinion on both 
| Microsoft's Project Natal and Sony's 
| PlayStation Move in one stinging retort.
| When speaking to Kotaku on the subject of 
| Sony and Microsoft playing catch-up, he 
| said "I think we would have been 
| embarrassed to do what our competitors are 
| currently doing."


Microsoft Seeks to Patent the DLC Upsell

,----[ Quote ]
| A recent patent application describes a 
| process in which an Xbox Live gamer, 
| invited to a multiplayer session, but 
| missing a critical piece to play (a map, a 
| track, whatever), is offered and may buy it 
| without dropping the invitation.


News: Microsoft patents Xbox Live upsell idea


Microsoft watch: new 'upsell' idea patented for Xbox Live

,----[ Quote ]
| Dubbed the "Automated Direct Transaction and Delivery System", this new patent would automatically detect whether a player has the required content to play in a particular session, whether online or offline.



How Hard Is It To Realize That One-Click Buying Doesn't Deserve A Patent?

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| Amazon and Jeff Bezos (who a decade ago was
| a founder of a project to bust bogus
| patents) have aggressively fought to keep
| the patent alive. And so we've now entered
| the fifth year of the review process, which
| seems to involve some rather annoyed USPTO
| patent examiners, who are fed up with what
| appears to be Amazon simply dumping
| busywork on the examiners to avoid a final
| rejection of the patent.

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