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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    Charles Griswold, 1 May 2007 @ 7:26pm


    _harles, why the hate?

    Not hate. More like blistering sarcasm toward what I perceive to be really stupid ideas.

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

    I'm not sure what you mean here. If a patent has no real use (e.g. a self-tipping hat) then there's no problem. If a patent has obvious use in every walk of life (e.g. basic math) then there is a huge problem.

    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.

    No, my example does not support your point. Anyone who tries to patent screws (or basic math) should be put in stocks and the patent examiner who allows it should be fired.

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