[A2k] NYT: patents as swords (was: Re: PATNEWS: Apple's new crappy patent on disabling cellphones)

Erik Josefsson erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 15:10:44 PDT 2012


In the light of the NYT article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/technology/patent-wars-among-tech-giants-can-stifle-competition.html

where it says:

    "Today, the patent office routinely approves patents that describe
    vague algorithms or business methods, like a software system for
    calculating online prices, without patent examiners demanding
    specifics about how those calculations occur or how the software
    operates."

I'd like to re-ask if a regexp like this one be considered prior art?

    ^((?>[a-zA-Z\d!#$%&'*+\-/=?^_`{|}~]+\x20*|"((?=[\x01-\x7f])[^"\\]|\\[\x01-\x7f])*"\x20*)*(?<angle><))?((?!\.)(?>\.?[a-zA-Z\d!#$%&'*+\-/=?^_`{|}~]+)+|"((?=[\x01-\x7f])[^"\\]|\\[\x01-\x7f])*")@(((?!-)[a-zA-Z\d\-]+(?<!-)\.)+[a-zA-Z]{2,}|\[(((?(?<!\[)\.)(25[0-5]|2[0-4]\d|[01]?\d?\d)){4}|[a-zA-Z\d\-]*[a-zA-Z\d]:((?=[\x01-\x7f])[^\\\[\]]|\\[\x01-\x7f])+)\])(?(angle)>)$

So far only Seth Johnson has answered: "It is a good question for the
Peer-to-Patent folks."

It is important to discuss this, in particular in the US where allegedly
the "Subject Matter ship has sailed" (see Schultz and Urban - A
Defensive Patent License Proposal - Stanford Center for Internet and
Society).

Also defensive patents are invalid if there is prior art.

In "Post-Bilski" USA, everybody has to read regexps!

//Erik



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