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Google Patents Displaying Patents 93

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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  • Good God (Score:2, Interesting)

    by DaMattster ( 977781 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @05:23PM (#30196416)
    Enough is enough! A good corollary would be a tax on paying taxes. No, Google, is not to blame but the system and the lobbyists that built it should be blamed. Software patents are anti-competitive and end up hurting innovation. Software patents are going to cause the computing industry to go the way of manufacturing - the US will no longer be a leader in development.
  • by theodp ( 442580 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @06:19PM (#30196890)

    Ford Seeks to Stop Imports of Replacement Car Parts []: Ford Motor Co., the second-biggest U.S.-based automaker, filed a trade complaint to block imports of replacement parts for Mustang cars, saying they impermissibly copy its patented designs..."The car companies are intentionally looking to wipe out competition and using the ITC and the patent system," said Eileen Sottile, the coalition's executive director. "This is going to hit consumer pocketbooks."

  • Re:Uh... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by radtea ( 464814 ) on Sunday November 22, 2009 @09:28PM (#30198202)

    The summary's misleading

    Thanks for the information! When I read the headline I of course thought, "I wonder what Google has patented. It's too bad I don't know anything about it, having just read the headline and summary. I can be pretty Google has filed a patent application, but I have no idea what it's on."

    Wouldn't it be amazing if the /. editors actually posted actual information in summaries?

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