Software patents continue to suck, by and large

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2013/09/04 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

I got an email from the Patent group at Microsoft the other day. And for one of those great ideas never fully realized, like last time when I wrote Software patents suck

This was for another patent, one we probably never should have been getting, titled 'Multiple Input Language Selection'. I only got $500 for this patent, because despite the fact that it was buried in prior art, I didn't have the heart to completely torpedo it, although I dragged my heels in a little bit...

So I will get the patent that should probably never have been granted.

And it will sit on the shelf next to the patent that represents a perfect example reduced to practice though never implemented (and it probably never will be).

I feel cheated somehow.

Perhaps I should have worked a little harder on it when I was developing it? When I was a developer, I mean.

Though being a developer is like being a marine. There are no ex-developer, or ex-marines.

Ironically enough, Google fought that one a little, but I'm sure we'd let them use this one if they wanted to, No hard feelings, after all..

Maybe I should send Mark Davis an email about this after I post this blog just to make sure someone gets something useful out of it! 😏;-)

mgetz on 17 Sep 2013 12:16 PM:

post it to  they will most likely tear it apart prior to issuance

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