From: "Dirk Bruere"
Subject: Re: Overbroad Patent.
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 03:01:33 +0100
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"Rich Grise" wrote in message
> "Geraldo Sazias" wrote in message
> > "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
> > > million in the hole.
> > It's just a waste of time, energy and (taxpayers) money to allow someone
> > claim such a patent. The FTC should disallow such useless patents which
> > get struck down by a court ruling anyway.
> This reminds me of a story in some newspaper or magazine that my Dad
> out to me 30 or 40 years ago - some guy accidentally patented the
> His actual invention was handles that could pivot when you want to dump
> wheelbarrow; presumably the wheelbarrow itself has been so obvious for so
> many thousands of years that there was no prior art on the wheelbarrow
> 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
IIRC, originally told about the Mullah Nasrudin?