Amazon Patents Counting Book Pages To Figure Out Unnumbered Page Numbers

from the doing-the-math dept

theodop writes "The USPTO has issued Amazon a brand spanking new patent for Determining Page Numbers of Page Images, a process which the e-tailer explains involves 'extracting all numbers that are exactly one different than a number found on an adjacent page'." Basically, they've figured out a way to look at pages in a book and see if some of the pages don't have numbers, and then use basic addition and subtraction to figure out what the actual number of those pages are. This isn't particularly complicated. Why should one company get a patent for it?

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    RandomThoughts, 1 May 2007 @ 5:52pm

    _harles, why the hate?

    I don't see much use to the patent so how could they keep someone else from using it?

    And your example is my point, most patents are defensive in nature, more to keep others from keeping you from using something rather than to keep others from using it.

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