IS NOT Is Patent-Pending

from the it-too! dept

theodp writes "On Thursday, the USPTO disclosed that Microsoft Visual Basic .NET's Technical Lead has a patent pending for the IS NOT OPERATOR, which is described as 'the reverse of the existing "Is" operator in a BASIC programming language.' Before we need an open source AIN'T operator, how about some examples of IS NOT prior art for our friends at the USPTO? "

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    Ex-Oracle-ite, 19 Nov 2004 @ 6:04am

    No Subject Given

    Got that bit of prior art beat. Take a look at the Oracle 7 Server SQL Reference, Release 7.3 manual dated February 1996 on page 3-6 available at http://download-eat.oracle.com/docs/pdf/A32538_1.pdf with a copyright date of 1996.

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      Chris Reuter, 19 Nov 2004 @ 11:03pm

      I can top that

      From page 96 of Smalltalk-80: The Language by Adele Goldberg and David Robson:

      ~~ anObject
      Answer whether the receiver and the argument are not the same object.

      The book is dated 1989. However, it's the second edition and I'm reasonably sure that the operator is also described in the first, which dates back to 1983.

      Of course, there are probably LISP systems from the sixties that had an is-not operator, so I'm still a piker.

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    jim, 19 Nov 2004 @ 7:12pm

    prior art as well

    do you not think that chairman bill thought of and included this earlier in his basic.

    what a bunch of hypocrits. They know this has been around as long as bill in high school, and that it should not be patentable.

    yet another illustration of how whacked the "market driven" concept of patents and everything else is these days. (my other swipe at broken government doing absurd things like that is the FCC and the airwaves, and market driven unregulated utilities).

    jim

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