Gutting a Patent Claim by Claim

Tom Evslin picked up my challenge to help invalidate the proposed patent in my post Have You Ever Coded a Progress Bar?  Tom has prior art going back to 1987 from a program he wrote called Desktop Express (Dow Jones Software). 

 

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He writes his thoughts and how he’s nailed 5 of the 20 claims in his post Patent Absurdity – A Possible Cure.  Tom got on the Peer-to-Patent site and entered a detailed challenge to five of the claims

Thanks Tom!  Anyone else game to play?

  • Remember, the only opinion that matters for patents is that rendered by the USPTO and the courts.

    • Correct. However, at some point, the Supreme Court is going to have to weigh in definitively on software patents and the more projects and content in the world explaining why software patents are stupid, the better.

      • LuWu

        Correct, But then, Google's success followed its backrub patent. Google and other companies like it seem to do okay with lots o' patent filings.

        • I don't think the patent had much of anything to do with Google's success. In addition – remember that Google settled a large patent dispute with Yahoo by paying Yahoo several hundred of millions of dollars.

  • LuWu

    Remember, the only opinion that matters for patents is that rendered by the USPTO and the courts.

  • Correct. However, at some point, the Supreme Court is going to have to weigh in definitively on software patents and the more projects and content in the world explaining why software patents are stupid, the better.

  • I don't think the patent had much of anything to do with Google's success. In addition – remember that Google settled a large patent dispute with Yahoo by paying Yahoo several hundred of millions of dollars.

  • LuWu

    Correct, But then, Google's success followed its backrub patent. Google and other companies like it seem to do okay with lots o' patent filings.