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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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The Unbearable Stupidity of Some Patents

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If I told you that I had just filed a patent for “a system to sell equity in domain names”, I’d expect you to laugh at me.  I haven’t ranted and raved against software (and business method) patents for a while because I got bored of doing it.  The PTO has gotten so far behind on responding to patent applications that the whole notion of a four year cycle to get a software patent approved just underscores how ridiculous the whole thing is given the pace of innovation in software.

But – today’s silly patent popped up somewhere and I just couldn’t resist poking fun at it. Go Daddy has filed a patent for a method of selling equity in domain namesI can’t wait to see what the SEC has to say about this one.

I sure do hope the new regime in Washington D.C. has the balls to address the software patent issue this time around and end this madness.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jason4307 Jason Mendelson

    You Blow Daddy, Go Daddy

  • http://www.dealhorizon.com John Sharp

    I suspect they may run into a prior art problem. Or Mark Cuban. Or both. ;-)

    You've given me an idea, Brad. I'm going to apply for a patent to cover the method of applying for a software-based patent. You're welcome to join me as co-author. That should tie things up nicely – for the next four years.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      There’s a bunch of prior art for that <g>.

  • Bill Mosby

    I've said before, I'm going to file a patent application on the operation symbolized by "+", with a separate claim for each number base. This time I mean it!

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