[A2k] the regexp question (was Re: NYT: patents as swords)

Erik Josefsson erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 10:28:57 PST 2013

I still have no luck in clearing up this regexp question. The last
answer I got from a dear friend. He is an IT-lawyer. He said:

    /"I can't answer your question since patent law makes my head hurt.
    Really, it does. Every time I read a judgement by the TBA, I get a
    physical headache so I stopped doing so."/

Btw, here's more of that headache:

    *Amazon One-Click Patent still lingering in Europe after 15 years*

I actually think there is a causality linking the origins of my friend's
headache to the laconic statement in the end of the article above: *"EPO
reasoning may reflect deficient governance"*.

Btw, I think you could say the preliminary report we commissioned kind
of showed that there is virtually no statistical trace of EPC Articles
52.2 and 52.3 in the EPO output:

    *[hub] Posting of M-CAM report on Questionable Outputs from the
    European Patent Office*

If that's actually the case, we'll all have a big headache.

Best regards.



On 10/09/12 00:10, Erik Josefsson wrote:
> 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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