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Microsoft Patents Sudo?!!

Nov 11, 2009, 21:03 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"And how do you like the final wording of the patent?:

""Although the invention has been described in language specific to structural features and/or methodological steps, it is to be understood that the invention defined in the appended claims is not necessarily limited to the specific features or steps described. Rather, the specific features and steps are disclosed as preferred forms of implementing the claimed invention."

"Please don't ever again write to me that software patents are good for us because they include full disclosure, so others can build on the "invention".

"And to the USPTO, whose representative just argued in oral argument in Bilski that software should be patentable and that software can make a regular computer a special use computer, and all that drivel, please put those thoughts together with this patent, and consider the market implications of giving anyone that kind of monopoly, and especially the implications of giving it to a monopoly named Microsoft. It's like giving a serial killer his very own machine gun, stronger than any gun his intended victims are allowed to purchase. You have to ask, what were you thinking?"

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