Definition of patent Monopoly

Response to USPTO Silicon Valley Roundtable Event for the Enhancement of Quality of Software-Related Patents on February 12th, 2013  February 15, 2013 – 02:16 am
By definition, a patent is a

Summary of the Event

In Palo Alto on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office held an event for public input on ways to improve the quality of software patents. They will also be having a similar event in New York, and are accepting written public comment until March 11th, 2013. The event was held in Palo Alto, home of the Palo Alto Research Center that developed the first computer, in 1973, to use the Desktop Metaphor, though it was not commercially available. The Desktop Metaphor was also fundamental in other operating systems such as Macintosh, Windows, and many GNU/Linux distributions. This innovation lead to the personal computer revolution. As a part of my trip to attend the event I visited the Palo Alto Art Center and sent a letter to the Palo Alto Art Commission to propose honoring this history with an installation of public artwork dedicated to the Desktop Metaphor. Three representatives from the patent office hosted several presentations from the public in Silicon Valley at Stanford University at the Paul Brest Hall.

Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation, seemed hesitant to legally treat software any different than hardware, perhaps because it is their most prominent business strategy to neglect making that important distinction. Colleen Chien, Assistant Professor of Law at Santa Clara Law School and her comrade presented that the disclosure defined in patent law could be elaborated on and further enforced to include source code, or peusdocode, as a part of the patent application disclosure. This would help improve the quality of patents by stopping the severely abstract and broad patents that don’t disclose much yet still privately benefit from the government granted monopoly. Another presenter, John Ellis, an independent developer, showed linguistic analysis of patents, which included commonly repeated language used in patents such as “over a network”. A programmer, Jeremy Russell, presented an idea to why using pseudocode for the source code disclosure wouldn’t suffice since it would very so much between authors, and suggested using UML. Julie Samuels, Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, encouraged more software engineers to be a part of this discussion, and that there should be more disclosure including a working program, and said that it’s not that far off as this is already the case for other types of patents. Julie Samuels, in June of 2012, started a project called Defend Innovation at the Electronic Frontier Foundation for patent law reform and to get input from the public. Software is unique in that the complete instructions to build the invention can be included to be built by a computer. Another presenter, whom represented several software engineers, said that often times patents are preventing projects and startups from success, since patents are often used to derail early projects, and thus encouraging companies to fly under the radar. Another presenter whom also worked with software engineers had similar input. Then went on to say that, if whom the patent is meant to be used by, software engineers, can not use a patent to learn about how to recreate the invention, then there is a severe problem. A common theme among many of the presentations was that the quality of software patents could be improved with further disclosure, including source code and the working programs.

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How Insidious and Bizarre can it get?

The Pharmaceutical Industry, one of the largest, richest and most influential, has become so powerful and dominating that its not only using our own government and public funding for its commercial purposes, but has been steadily taking its propaganda to extreme lengths. Now this:
They've already managed to get the FDA to, literally, legally proclaim drugs to be the ONLY "cures" possible, by definition. And now, along with the int'l "Codex Alimentarium" initiative, they're using the same propagandistic, Orwelian "Double Speak" to redefine vitamins and nutrition as "toxins" and "drugs" . . . so that they can control (patent, sell, etc.) use our very need to eat.
This is beyond ridiculous. Seriously beyond.

She wants to make money off her dead son

Mother of slain Florida teenager seeks trademarks
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MIAMI (Reuters) - The mother of the Florida teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, in a case with racial overtones that has resonated across the United States, is seeking trademark rights to slogans based on his name.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, filed the tr... shot Martin, who was unarmed, is still open to dispute. But his attorney has said he acted in self-defense.
Zimmerman has not been arrested. Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which broadened the legal definition of self-defense when it was passed in 2005, provides people with immunity from detention or arrest if they use deadly force in their own defense without clear evidence of malice.

But definition

"people who know what they're talking about" is not something that you have a patent on. Surprisingly, I believe he is totally hip to the things that are usually bantered about and just wants to toss things up.
I, for one, DO NOT like the usual boring stuff about pets that usually involve the same 1/2 dozen or so "know it alls" lecturing others.
Also, what is a troll to you is not ne... a troll to someone else.
My definition of a troll is someone who doesn't think for themselves and simply "parrots" all the same stuff about speuter and rescue, etc.....
Independent thinkers are the most valuable asset a message board has.
Unfortunately, the level of real nuance and intellectual curiosity is low on this board so power struggles seem to be the tender of the day.

Here maybe this will be of help

"in·tan·gi·ble /ɪnˈtændʒəbəl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[in-tan-juh-buhl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective
1. not tangible; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch, as incorporeal or immaterial things; impalpable."
"intangible asset
Definition
Something of value that cannot be physically touched, such as a brand, franchise, trademark, or patent. opposite of tangible asset. "
"tangible asset
Definition
Assets having a physical existence, such as cash, equipment, and real estate; accounts receivable are also usually considered tangible assets for accounting purposes. opposite of intangible asset. "

Risk vs. benefit

"But parents just want more answers and Guberding had very little to offer."
Gerberding said what she knew - that was two years ago, by the way.
"What is the gov doing? Parents should assume the risk of vaccines but the gov can take it's time informing the public."
Where are you getting your information? Have you looked at the CDC website ( The risks and benefits ...>no evidence of that association.
Andrew Wakefield, who originally suggested that MMR caused autism, was being paid by personal injury lawyers and had a patent on a monovalent measles vaccine. He stood to benefit financially if people believed that vaccines cause autism. He was found guilty of gross misconduct and lost his medical license.
No one has ever replicated his findings.

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