---

In Which I Get a Lesson in Patents

“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…”

Complete
Story