Is The Navy Trying To Patent The Firewall?

from the go-go-patent-system-go dept

Bruce Schneier has noticed that the US Navy is apparently trying to patent something that sounds suspiciously like a firewall. It could still be rejected, but just the fact that they filed such a patent in early 2005 suggests how much effort is being put into filing patents for old ideas just because the patent system seems willing to approve more often than not.

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    borat, 7 Jul 2006 @ 10:39am

    so much patent office bashing, so little time

    1st

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    Riddelin, 7 Jul 2006 @ 10:44am

    Can I patent patents? That'd show 'em

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      DittoBox, 7 Jul 2006 @ 2:08pm

      Re:

      With enough money you could probably do it.

      I'm not sure what pisses me off more: That the corporation with their greed and their money control so damn much, or that 90% of the public just don't give crap that the corporations do control so much and wouldn't lift a finger to either vote or stop using products from these corporations.

      The capitalist system relies on work -which is not always easy to do- from all parties involved. The producer/company must innovate and provide a good product to stay in buisness while the consumer/client must do his research, know what he's buying and avoid companies that do "bad things".

      Right now, both parties are relying on "the government" to prop themselves up. This won't work because the corporations have a lot more money than the rest of us. Hence the broken patent system. The patent system was designed for the little guy, yet anymore the big guy is using it to consistently and predictably take down the little guy. I've personally seen this happen. Had the guy I know had the money to throw away at the patent office he'd have made a good amount of money with his product, instead he got screwed over and lost it all.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jul 2006 @ 10:53am

    Oooo! Oooo! Oooo!!! I got it. Put a patent on Parents. That way everyone in the world will need to pay a liscense fee to you for having been born into a family... and to maximize profit make sure you dont get specific about the type of parent. That way you can include foster and also god parents. :)

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    Everyone Pays Me, 7 Jul 2006 @ 11:29am

    I lay claim on...

    Oxygen! I said it first so it's mine all mine....Muhamuhamuha!!!

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    Paul, 7 Jul 2006 @ 12:10pm

    Why would they?

    Why would the Navy need a patent on anything? With whom are they competing?

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    ben, 7 Jul 2006 @ 12:36pm

    patent boats

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    BigMeanDog, 7 Jul 2006 @ 1:39pm

    Patent schmatent

    Why doesn't someone patent patents? That would make it interesting! Or maybe patent the technique of wiping your ass! "I'm sorry sir, but you must use your left hand to wipe, I have a patent on the righty method."

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      discojohnson, 7 Jul 2006 @ 3:42pm

      Re: Patent schmatent

      you shouldn't use your right hand to wipe anyhow; it's an etiquette thing--you shake with that hand.

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        hahaha, 7 Jul 2006 @ 3:59pm

        Re: Re: Patent schmatent

        And what ruin my stinkpalm handshake?


        better think twice now before shaking anyones hand? did he wash his hands? well it kind of smells like charmin.....hahahaha

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        Fact, 10 Jul 2006 @ 9:59am

        Re: Re: Patent schmatent

        11 percent of food service workers don't wash their hands after using the restroom.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2006 @ 1:55pm

        Re: Re: Patent schmatent

        Re: Patent schmatent by discojohnson on Jul 7th, 2006 @ 3:42pm
        you shouldn't use your right hand to wipe anyhow; it's an etiquette thing--you shake with that hand.

        That applies if you are from the middle east and literally wipe with your hand. I use 2 neat inventions called TP and soap and water.

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    DV Henkel-Wallace, 7 Jul 2006 @ 2:11pm

    Go Navy!

    Clearly they are trying defend us from the patent office by demonstrating the stupidity of the patent system.

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    bishop, 8 Jul 2006 @ 4:00pm

    gorg patent FIRE!

    im going to patent fire. any of you SOB's so much as even strike a match you owe me a dollar.

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    Wire Cramped, 9 Jul 2006 @ 1:34pm

    I pantent posting

    I claim a pantent on all internet posting whether it is in any form or forum or blog or IRC or BBS or webpage.

    Now I need to go use my calculator to see how much all you owe me!

    P.S. Anonymous Coward your bankrupt now! I like your posts alot! so your firts I am collecting on ;)

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