[Novalug] M$ patents sudo - unbelievable!
bdalzell at qis.net
Fri Nov 13 21:15:33 EST 2009
On Fri, 13 Nov 2009, Peter Larsen wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-11-13 at 18:26 -0500, Sean McGowan wrote:
> Well, not exactly but close ...
> I wonder if you can appeal crazy stupid patents like that? Show them an
> old BSD version of sudo?
It is my understanding that the defense against a patent is called "prior
art" and it is also my understanding that for the last several years the
patent office has been underfunded so a lot of patents have been issued
which are actually invalid because of prior art. It is also my
understanding that to overturn a patent one has to go to court. However
if the owner of the fallicious patent tries to collect from people and
they fight it in court and successfully bring up the prior art
arguement then the patent holder looses.
I am not a patent attorney and others on this list may well know more
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