USPTO Examiner Digs In Heels, Rejects 1-Click Again

from the and-again-and-again-and-again dept

theodp writes "Most corporations would be delighted to have their patent application assigned to the USPTO's Mark Fadok. After all, this is the Primary Examiner who didn't stop Amazon from patenting Blurbs or block Microsoft from patenting the Wish List. But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' 1-Click Patent - which Fadok has been rejecting since 2002 - is another matter. Why? Just about everything about it was 'old and well known' at the time of the invention, argued Fadok in a letter sent to Amazon last week explaining why he was once again rejecting the patent claims. This latest action comes after a three-judge USPTO panel convened at 'patent reformer' Amazon's request, overruled Fadok's earlier objections to 1-Click in September."


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    Chet Kuhn (profile), Jan 30th, 2008 @ 11:40am

    Nothing but a quote?

    Isn't this the sort of sensible patent decision that you should be lauding and writing happily about? I know that when the USPTO makes bad decisions, Techdirt certainly doesn't hesitate to give your own point of view about the judgement that they handed down. How about a little golf clap for some intelligent thought coming from the patent office for once?

    I'm certainly not complaining about Techdirt sounding off when bad policy and decisions come across the wire. In fact, it's the reason I read. But I would expect a little more of a commentary on a decision like this, or at least more than a verbatim quote from someone else masquerading as a blog post.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 11:47am

    Eventually..

    Amazon will realize that its just wasting money.

    Maybe it will move on.

     

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    Joe, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 11:53am

    USPTO

    Patent's are jokes now anyway... who cares...
    A 5 year old child patented swinging on a swing left and right instead of the traditional, forward and backward. Very, very, very stupid.

    I'll patent wiping your ass while sitting on the toilet... then I'll patent wiping your ass while standing up the next day.

    You can probably patent pissing standing up on the right side, then left side, then in front. Then patent pissing while sitting down and turning toward the bowl as to not pee on yourself. Sitting down and peeing that would allow you to take a dump at the same time.

    I could make millions.

    Don't worry women. I'll patent "hovering" as to not allow you to sit down on a public toilet...

     

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    ehrichweiss, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 1:50pm

    cue angry dude's bitching, whining and moaning

    You know it's coming. He's gonna say everyone is in a conspiracy against him making a decent buck from his patent and then he'll go out of his way to tell everyone they will never understand his ever-so-exciting dild, err, patent, followed by white trash talkin' and then hints to his alcoholism.

     

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    Willton, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 2:28pm

    Re: USPTO

    Patent's are jokes now anyway... who cares...
    A 5 year old child patented swinging on a swing left and right instead of the traditional, forward and backward. Very, very, very stupid.

    I'll patent wiping your ass while sitting on the toilet... then I'll patent wiping your ass while standing up the next day.

    You can probably patent pissing standing up on the right side, then left side, then in front. Then patent pissing while sitting down and turning toward the bowl as to not pee on yourself. Sitting down and peeing that would allow you to take a dump at the same time.

    I could make millions.


    Sorry bro: those processes are in the public domain. But good luck trying.

     

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    dorpass, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Re: USPTO

    Sorry Wilton, since when has that actually mattered?
    Example was given of swinging left and right. No joke there.

     

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    angry dude, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 8:50pm

    Re: cue angry dude's bitching, whining and moaning

    Mudak, tebya davno v zhopu nye yebali ?
    Na huy poshyol

     

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    Willton, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: USPTO

    Sorry Wilton, since when has that actually mattered?

    Since the first Patent Act was drafted in 1790. Read 35 U.S.C. sec. 102.

    Example was given of swinging left and right. No joke there.

    It is a joke until you substantiate it.

     

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    Dan, Jan 30th, 2008 @ 11:29pm

    Re: Re: cue angry dude's bitching, whining and moa

    "Mudak, tebya davno v zhopu nye yebali ?
    Na huy poshyol"

    So, when someone calls you on being a predictable whiner, you respond by posting moronic insults in Russian.

    Wow....you must be uber L337.

     

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    Agrajag, Jan 31st, 2008 @ 3:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: USPTO

    US Patent 6368227, "Method of swinging on a swing"... It's for real, sadly... There are hundreds of utterly insane patents like that, and web pages devoted to listing them... Eg: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/crazy.html

     

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