Subject: Re: Novel anti-software-patent article
From: Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 23:30:11 -0500

Stephen writes:

> I think [the patent office] probably try very hard; but they can't
> afford enough specialists or Edison-level generalists.

How silly would a patent have to be, to make you wonder if they're
using any selectivity at all?  Here's a method for entertaining a cat
with a laser pointer:

	http://www.patents.ibm.com/cgi-bin/viewpat.cmd/US05443036__

Anyone know the percentage of patents denied for other than process
and paperwork reasons?


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