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Alain Ravet wrote:

The US patent office will never stop amazing me :

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,629,267.WKU.&OS=PN/6,629,267&RS=PN/6,629,267


I wonder who's got a patent on "use to cancel the current action
whatever it is".

Gosh, we're fried.


Really? Hmmm. I'm sure there is some prior art out there somewhere.
It's really not that big a deal, but if the last company I worked for
will patent how shelf strips are printed out (which BTW, I am listed
as an inventor for), then people will patent anything.

The whole process is overblown, and in its current incarnation, I believe
it is broken.

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Really? Hmmm. I'm sure there is some prior art out there somewhere.


I've read somewhere that there is some prior art on mainframe... and
everybody knows mainframes aren't new ;)
And I've seen this error reporting feature elsewhere already on some other
IDEs.

The whole process is overblown, and in its current incarnation, I believe
it is broken.


If someone patents the buttons on trousers, nobody will have the right to
close his/her trousers ;)

Guillaume Laforge


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The filing date is listed as May 15th, 2000. I'm certain Netscape was using
their TalkBack error reporting software, which AFAICT is absolutely
identical to what is being claimed in the patent, before then. All it would
take to prove it is to find an old copy of Netscape Communicator. So I don't
think there's any way that this patent would ever be enforceable.

Interestingly, most of the other patents cited seem to be rephrasings of
exactly the same idea. Just goes to show... :(

Vil.

Guillaume Laforge wrote:

>>Really? Hmmm. I'm sure there is some prior art out there somewhere.


I've read somewhere that there is some prior art on mainframe... and
everybody knows mainframes aren't new ;)
And I've seen this error reporting feature elsewhere already on some other
IDEs.

>>The whole process is overblown, and in its current incarnation, I believe
>>it is broken.


If someone patents the buttons on trousers, nobody will have the right to
close his/her trousers ;)

Guillaume Laforge


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Guillaume Laforge wrote:

>>The whole process is overblown, and in its current incarnation, I believe
>>it is broken.


If someone patents the buttons on trousers, nobody will have the right to
close his/her trousers ;)


Well, that's not true. We'd just have to pay a fee to do it.

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If someone patents the buttons on trousers, nobody will have the right to
close his/her trousers ;)


actually i hold that patent, and i'm drafting a bill to all
pantholders, and a suit against IBM.

sumit :)

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I'm not sure intellij's or netscapes is exactly the same. The MS patent says it will automaticallly download or refer you to a site to download patches for the specific error you are getting. Idea and netscape is strictly a reporting mechanism

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