Obama's Director Of Citizen Participation Patents Displaying News With Financial Info
from the participation-indeed dept
theodp writes “Ex-Googler and now White House Director of Citizen Participation Katie Stanton, who’s charged with promoting open public dialogues, snagged a patent on displaying financial news Thursday with her former employer. The patent for Interactive Financial Charting and Related News Correlation (as seen on Google Finance), which Google explains is an invention designed to ‘facilitate and encourage the user’s use and understanding of financial information,’ expires in the year 2027.”
To be fair, Google has only been a defensive, rather than offensive, patenter, so I wouldn’t read too much into this. However, it does seem a little ridiculous to patent the process of displaying news with financial information. It’s a neat UI concept — but deserving of monopoly protection for decades?