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In Which I Get a Lesson in Patents

Oct 17, 2007, 15:45 (3 Talkback[s])
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"I wanted to share with you a conversation I've been having with a retired EU patent attorney with hands-on experience with the US patent system as well. He was in the pharmaceutical field, where patents are All, of course, and so he presented me with a wonderful opportunity to learn. I asked him if I could please share what I'm learning with you, and he said I could.

"I don't know about you, but I find it very hard to compute when the date is that marks the precise year before which we need to find prior art to knock these patents out. And when do the patents expire? So when he sent me an email, expressing some disappointment that a patent infringement lawsuit had been filed against Red Hat and Novell, I saw a chance to learn..."

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