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[News] Google Sued for Patent Violation and USPTO is Very, Very Broken, Embarrassing

  • Subject: [News] Google Sued for Patent Violation and USPTO is Very, Very Broken, Embarrassing
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 20:38:12 +0100
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Frontier Communications sues to block Google Voice


As Google Voice Opens For All... It's Hit With Patent Infringement Claims

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| Oh, and if you want to see how continuation 
| patents are abused, you can check out the 
| original patent application, which focuses 
| on something quite different than the 
| eventual patent. It's much more about 
| switching calls from one line to another. 
| It's only in the later patent (not filed 
| until well after Google Voice was widely 
| established in the market), that Frontier 
| made the patent sound a lot more like what 
| Google Voice actually does.


USPTO Grants Bezos Patent On '60s-Era Chargebacks

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| theodp writes "Chargebacks on computing 
| resources are certainly nothing new, dating 
| to the '60s. But five decades later, the 
| USPTO has deemed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' 
| invention â Dynamic Pricing of Web Services 
| Utilization â worthy of a new patent. From 
| the patent: 'Utilization of a storage 
| resource may be measured in terms of a 
| quantity of data stored (e.g., bytes, 
| megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB), etc.) per 
| unit of time (e.g., second, day, month, 
| etc.). Similarly, communication bandwidth 
| utilization may be measured in terms of a 
| quantity of data transmitted per unit of 
| time (e.g., megabits per second). 
| Processing resource utilization may be 
| measured as an aggregate number of units of 
| processing effort (e.g., central processing 
| unit (CPU) cycles, transactions, etc.) 
| utilized, or as a rate of processing effort 
| utilization per unit of time (e.g., CPU 
| cycles or transactions per second).' Sound 
| familiar, Greyglers? Another example of why 
| it's not wise to grant software patents 
| when people don't know much about computer 
| history."



Making online orders with a nod or a smile? Bezos seeks patent

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| Amazon.com is famous for its 1-Click ordering
| system. But what about 1-Nod ordering? Amazon
| CEO Jeff Bezos is seeking a patent on a
| system that would let people make purchases
| with a nod, a smile or even a raise of the
| eyebrow.
| Called "Movement recognition as input
| mechanism," it envisions a computing device
| that could interpret certain facial
| expressions and enhance or potentially
| replace "conventional input devices such as
| keypads and touch screen."


Patent Office Proposes Speed Lane (And Slow Lane) For Patents; Treating The Symptom, Not The Disease

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| Of course, none of this will help. It just
| means that companies with more money to
| spend will jump to the fast lane, clogging
| that fast lane, and lengthening the wait
| times for those who don't want to spend
| that much money. It's difficult to see how
| that helps. The real issue is vastly
| cutting back on what is considered
| patentable. Move way from having companies
| feeling the need to patent anything and
| everything and get them back to focusing
| on competing in the marketplace. If there
| must be a patent system, let it be limited
| to the rare cases where there is actual
| proof that the gov't granted monopoly
| makes sense (if those exist) and where
| there's no likelihood of independent
| invention coming up with the same thing at
| about the same time (a key point that
| should determine obviousness).


Google, US Patent Office Partner To Offer Bulk Data Downloads


Update: Patent office head describes three-track system


USPTO unveils patent fast-track plan


PTO Proposes Pay to Play


Patent Fast Track Proposed


Coming Soon: A Faster Patent Application Process?


Patent Office Proposes Pricey, Expedited Review


PTO Proposes Three-Track Patent Examination Process

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| The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
| Thursday unveiled a new initiative aimed
| at giving patent applicants more control
| over how quickly their applications will
| be processed.

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