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Patent Troll Goes After Notebook Cooling

Gerocrack Re:Prior art (131 comments)

Filing date doesn't matter... it's the priority date. This patent was filed as a continuation of a much older patent, so you have to look much further back to find your killer prior art.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Shutting Down Star Wars Galaxies MMO and TCG

Gerocrack Re:And this is why virtual objects have no real va (142 comments)

The real reason Sony is shutting down the game? They discovered it occasionally caused sudden onset of acute Tourettes syndrome.

more than 3 years ago

US House Takes Up Major Overhaul of Patent System

Gerocrack Re:On top of that... (205 comments)

You are confusing two things here. An interference proceeding is used if two parties are trying to get the patent, both claiming to be the inventor. If you are being sued for infringement for something you have been doing all along, your defense is not "interference", it is "invalidity". A patent is only valid if it is, among other things, novel. If you were doing this or using this before the filing date of the patent, and can prove it, they're boned.

more than 3 years ago

RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots

Gerocrack In Related News... (413 comments)

Sony announced their launch of a new line of network security products

more than 3 years ago

Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Personally Kills

Gerocrack Re:I can respect that.. (544 comments)

Wait... are you saying Zuckerberg tore the spine out of a beached whale, then ate it?

more than 3 years ago

Robot Throws First Pitch At Phillies Game

Gerocrack Meh (92 comments)

Now, if the title was "Robot Throws First PUNCH At Phillies Game", we'd have a real story on our hands.

more than 3 years ago

Polar Flares To Be Visible Tonight

Gerocrack Re:Skinner! (88 comments)

I'm going to make a batch of steamed hams, and watch the show!

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway?

Gerocrack Re:My big question is... (297 comments)

And I wonder who will pull the trigger on this... Apple or Amazon?

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway?

Gerocrack My big question is... (297 comments)

are they going to lock out the Kindle iPhone application from running on the iPad?

more than 4 years ago

Obama Taps IBM Open Source Advocate For USPTO

Gerocrack Re:Isn't that required? (88 comments)

Patent prosecution (writing patents) requires you pass the US patent bar, which is different from a state bar. To sit for the patent bar, you must have an engineering/science degree. Patent litigation, however, only requires you be certified by the bar of the state in which you are practicing; Patent Bar and technical degrees are not required. You can also take the patent bar w/o going to law school, and become a patent agent. Still need the technical background, though.

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Beware — Google Tests Cloud-Based Database

Gerocrack Re:Sorry Google (123 comments)

But they HAVE added them... you can't see a monkey from the fifth dimension until it is too late. That's why they're so dangerous.

more than 5 years ago

College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

Gerocrack Felony! (1079 comments)

White text on a black screen? That IS a crime...

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Prevent Lan Party Theft?

Gerocrack Nudity solves the problem (758 comments)

Have a naked lan party! Nudity leaves the participants with nowhere to hide stolen items... well, almost nowhere.

about 6 years ago


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