From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Grise)
Subject: Re: Overbroad Patent.
Date: 25 Sep 2002 18:39:41 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 26 Sep 2002 01:39:42 GMT
"Geraldo Sazias" wrote in message news:...
> "James Beck" wrote in message
> > ... The rest
> > of the "system" was off the shelf components that did nothing special.
> > We wrote a formal opinion of the patent and filed it with our suit and
> > had it sent off to his suit. That was two years ago.
> > I am just trying to recall some stats I heard a while back....the
> > average patent requires 12 million dollars to properly and diligently
> > enforce. That means if you have a million dollar idea you are already 11
> > million in the hole.
> It's just a waste of time, energy and (taxpayers) money to allow someone to
> claim such a patent. The FTC should disallow such useless patents which will
> get struck down by a court ruling anyway.
This reminds me of a story in some newspaper or magazine that my Dad pointed
out to me 30 or 40 years ago - some guy accidentally patented the wheelbarrow!
His actual invention was handles that could pivot when you want to dump the
wheelbarrow; presumably the wheelbarrow itself has been so obvious for so
many thousands of years that there was no prior art on the wheelbarrow itself.
Which segues us into a little story:
Some guy had been working at a factory of some kind for quite some time.
Every evening, when he went home, he had a wheelbarrow full of sand with
him. Well, the gate guard inspects the sand, every day, for 25 years or
so, and Sam hasn't concealed any valuables, so Joe lets him through.
So, when Sam retires, and he's on the way out the gate with no wheelbarrow
full of sand, Joe stops him and says, "OK, Sam, you're out of here -
nothing can happen. Tell me. What have you been stealing for all these
"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo Possum, ca. 1950's