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Google Patents Displaying Patents 93

Posted by timothy
from the on-the-internet dept.
theodp writes "Google has actually managed to patent displaying patents. The USPTO issued US Patent No. D603,866 to six Google inventors for their 'graphical user interface for display screen of a communications terminal.' Among the six inventors is the guy who introduced Google Patents. Ironically, Google Patents can't seem to find the new Google patent for Google Patents."
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Google Patents Displaying Patents

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  • Design Patent (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:35PM (#30196072)

    It's a design patent. Please learn how the patent system works before posting patent stories.

  • Re:Uh... (Score:5, Informative)

    by morgan_greywolf (835522) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @03:39PM (#30196112) Homepage Journal

    The summary's misleading. It isn't the displaying of patents that Google patented, it is the particular Web GUI that they patented. Which is, mind you, fairly unique in that it displays the original images quickly and uses particularly unique layout for the display of the very intuitive controls.

    Not that I agree with software patents, I think they're stupid, but under current patent laws, what they patented seems to meet the standard for what is patentable.

    (IANAL, TINLA, bleh.)

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