More Details On Patenting A Mutual Fund

from the hopefully-this-goes-nowhere dept

Last month, we wrote about a troublesome attempt to patent the method of creating a mutual fund. Now it appears that more details are coming out, and it remains rather ridiculous. The guy uses a method based on judging a company's sales, cash flow, book value, and dividends -- which is basically the four key things that pretty much any stock picker is going to look at. Basically, this guy has come up with a method to pick stocks that has been working okay for him (though, there are some questions as to how well it really works), and now he wants to prevent anyone else from being able to pick stocks in the same way. Luckily, his first attempt at a patent was rejected, but that hasn't stopped him from pushing forward with a second attempt to get the patent.

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  1. identicon
    yo ho ho...., Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 3:51pm

    Hey.. now here's a novel idea...

    I am trying to patent the concept of going to a building filled with perishable and non-perishable food items where other people can come into my establishment and purchase these items from me at a slightly higher price than my cost to acquire these goods.

    I can use bigger words to minimize the obviousness ...

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    Litle Punk, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 5:03pm

    I have a patent pending on all methods of saving money.
    The process involves spending less than you earn.
    I will soon be asking everyone who saves money to license my method.

    I am just a little guy trying to make a profit from my invention, but I'm sure that the big evil corporations will steal my idea and not pay me what is rightfully mine.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 7:35pm

    No money in that idea since nobody spends less than they earn these days!

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  4. identicon
    MLS, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 7:45pm

    Patenting Process

    I am disappointed that a bunch of people cry "It's obvious" without having even seen what the application discloses and the claims it contains.

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  5. identicon
    Chiropetra, Jun 3rd, 2008 @ 10:36pm

    Re: Patenting Process

    Does the phrase "trout in the milk" do anything for you?

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  6. identicon
    dorpass, Jun 4th, 2008 @ 1:35am

    Re: Patenting Process

    I am disappointed that stupid thoughts like that still pop up.

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  7. identicon
    John Wilson, Jun 4th, 2008 @ 7:35am

    Re: Patenting Process

    I'm dismayed with some who seem to think that patents ought to be granted based on prior art, public domain and obviousness no matter how they're dressed up.

    Being in a brand new suit with nice marketing buzz words makes no difference at all. Nor does it matter if the patent applicant is Microsoft or some broker trying to patent a method of making a mutual fund based on things people in his business have been doing for decades.

    I understand that in the law the placement of a comma or semi colon can make all the difference. In the real world it doesn't.

    Even in the law common sense is supposed to play a role. Unless it's someone who makes his living off some of this silliness.



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    MLS, Jun 4th, 2008 @ 10:19am

    Re: Re: Patenting Process

    I suggest you read up on just how a patent application is prepared and prosecuted before making rants that totally undermine what you have to say.

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  9. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jun 4th, 2008 @ 5:04pm

    Re: Re: Patenting Process

    "trout in the milk"

    that's a good one, never had heard of it before


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