[2012-Oct-11] Patent Calculus

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[2012-Oct-11] Patent Calculus

Postby CountGrey » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:28 pm

In panels one, four, and five, the patent clerk's shirt is red.
In panel three, it is blue. :[]

The patent clerk should patent his color-changing shirt.

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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:35 pm

It's been a few months since a webcomic author has grossly misunderstood patent law, so we were overdue.

Then again, Zach continues to insist that the name "Choose Your Own Adventure" is copyrighted, so we're not talking about an IP expert here.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Leibnitz » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:40 pm

Newton can't patent calculus. I invented it first!

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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby thejakeman » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:48 pm

Guest wrote:It's been a few months since a webcomic author has grossly misunderstood patent law, so we were overdue.

Then again, Zach continues to insist that the name "Choose Your Own Adventure" is copyrighted, so we're not talking about an IP expert here.


Can I patent my dick? It's a "pleasure aid."
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Guest » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:03 pm

thejakeman wrote:Can I patent my dick? It's a "pleasure aid."


Has it been in public use for more than a year? If so, then no.

Would your patent cover anything that has been in use for more than a year, was written about more than a year ago, or that somebody figured out or did before you did? If so, then no.

Hence the silliness in the comic. Obviously Newton's patent on representing physical systems with calculous doesn't cover those underlying physical systems, or else the patent is invalid since such systems have existed before. If your patent would cover things that people were already doing, your patent is invalid.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Other Guest » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:24 am

Someone here doesn't understand humour, and his name is Guest.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Lethal Interjection » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:57 am

thejakeman wrote:
Guest wrote:It's been a few months since a webcomic author has grossly misunderstood patent law, so we were overdue.

Then again, Zach continues to insist that the name "Choose Your Own Adventure" is copyrighted, so we're not talking about an IP expert here.


Can I patent my dick? It's a "pleasure aid."


You can patent it, but no one is gonna use it but you.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby CaptainCrunk » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:20 am

From what little I know about patent law, this comic almost is not hyperbole. One guy has patented all fractal antennas, for instance; of course, there are infinitely many fractals and so infinitely many fractal antennas, including some which were manufactured prior to the patent applications! So in summary, as I understand it, some jackass gets to patent an infinite number of possible designs because those designs can be described in with similar math. Anyway, I'll stop ranting.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby BEER » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:29 am

Patent law wouldn't be in existence till 1875 anyway.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Guest » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:56 am

BEER wrote:Patent law wouldn't be in existence till 1875 anyway.
Imitations of Bass Pale Ale led to the introduction of the copyright symbol with the Red Triangle logo for Bass being the first registered trademark.


That's not patent law; that's trademark law.

Patent law stretches back to the 1400s at least, and US patents date to the 1700s.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Kaharz » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:31 pm

Guest wrote:It's been a few months since a webcomic author has grossly misunderstood patent law, so we were overdue.


Or maybe he does* and he made a sarcastic comic poking fun at the way persons and entities try to extend patent law to absurd levels by claiming patents on the most basic designs and concepts. I seem to remember some recent news items...

*Or doesn't, but doesn't really need to understand patent law in order to make the joke.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Hedonistic Calculus » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:00 pm

Obligatory snide Apple comment.
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Lethal Interjection » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:07 am

Hedonistic Calculus wrote:Obligatory snide Apple comment.


Overzealous retort?
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Re: [2012-October-11] Patent Calculus

Postby Guest » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:23 pm

Lethal Interjection wrote:
Hedonistic Calculus wrote:Obligatory snide Apple comment.


Overzealous retort?


Rebuttal remarking your fanatic devotion to Apple.
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