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Microsoft Patent Happy? Su-Don't Say...

Aug 24, 2004, 16:00 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chuck Talk)

The Inquirer: Microsoft Patents the Essence of a Unix Command

"Kiwi news wire Econz alerts us to another case of Microsoft patent gazumping. And this time it appears to be interested in what essentially seems to be the Unix 'sudo' command..."

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OrangeCrate: Patently Stupid

"If there is anything that should invalidate an invention, it is a little thing called prior art. According to this story from the The Inquirer, Microsoft has essentially patented the sudo command. How such a thing as a command that has been in practice for several decades can be considered an invention is beyond me. If anything, this 'invention' points out the problem inherent in the way that the patent office works.

"The problem with the US Patent and Trademark Office is that there is no incentive to deny a patent. Patent filers simply have to have enough money to file, and suffer no apparent consequences for filing patents that patent 'obvious' inventions that have been used by prior art for years (if not decades). That alone is a problem in the way that patents are granted..."

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Thanks to poogle for this link to the actual patent:

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