[vdr] Tivo patent info

Matthias Schniedermeyer ms at citd.de
Sat Mar 5 12:49:30 CET 2005

Rainer Zocholl wrote:
> jori.hamalainen at teliasonera.com 04.03.05 11:15
>>USPTO doesn't check google for that stuff.. :-) They take money from
>>companies by allowing them to patent things, and decide later if that
>>patent was a valid one.
> That's the problem!
> If USPTO grants a patent, they get much more money than
> as if they would discard it! (*)

I think that other main problem, is much more often the culprit.

It is much more paperwork to reject a patent than to grant it.
You have to reason why you can't grant a patent, but "OK, granted" is 
more or less enough in the other case.

And as the USPTO employee isn't "responsible/liable" for what he/she 
did, granting is much more "smooth sailing", than the "stressfull" 
rejection. :-(

Bis denn

Real Programmers consider "what you see is what you get" to be just as
bad a concept in Text Editors as it is in women. No, the Real Programmer
wants a "you asked for it, you got it" text editor -- complicated,
cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dangerous.

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