June 11, 2004
This patent is moronic - but not software

There is no triviality test for patents. If its new its patentable - witness the doubleclick patent.

As some of the comments here point out, there are interesting specifics to the patent: It is specifically about using simple input devices in simple equipment and using input timing patterns as meaningful input. That's an actual interface that you need to carefully develop - but it's still a problem that patents are issued with very broad characterizations of the invention and consequently overly broad applicability.

Posted by Claus at June 11, 2004 01:14 AM | TrackBack (0)
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Go bust'em


Posted by: Nikolaj Nyholm on June 13, 2004 10:31 PM
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