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Patent office so laughable that it's been Dilbertized



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Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 12:58:00 -0800
To: farber@cis.upenn.edu (Dave Farber), freematt@coil.com (Matthew Gaylor),
Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
From: Jim Warren <jwarren@well.com>
Subject: fwd: Patents and Dilbert

 >The PTO has so little software patent credibility that it has
 >been Dilbertized.  Monday's Dilbert comic reads as follows, with Dogbert
 >talking to Dilbert:
 >
 >      Dogbert:  My patent for no-click shopping was granted.
 >
 >      Dogbert:  I'm sure some whiners will say it's an obvious idea.
 >
 >      Dogbert:  You'd better click something or I have to ship you
 >                some books.
 >
 >Which begs the question that will never be answered - if someone actually
 >applied for a no-click shopping patent, would near-zero-obviousness-levels
 >PTO allow it in light of no-indication needed book/record/CD-of-the-month
 >club notices which unless you send back checked off, leads to the automatic
 >shipment to you of that month's selection?  Would the PTO be the Patent
 >Office or the Rejection Office?
 >
 >Greg Aharonian
 >Internet Patent News Service

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