Subject: Re: Novel anti-software-patent article
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <turnbull@sk.tsukuba.ac.jp>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2000 13:35:15 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Brian" == Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com> writes:

    Brian> Stephen writes:

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

    Brian> How silly [...]

Brian, I'm just a generous kind of guy.  As you know, I give you credit
for trying to understand economics.

BTW, "silly" doesn't matter, as long as the application fits the
rules.

Nor should it.  Do you really want _anybody_ in government making
decisions about anything on the basis of their judgement about what's
"silly"?  That gives me the shivers.

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