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by Mike Masnick


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US Patent Office Does Initial Rejection On All Claims For Patent On Creating Subdomains

from the so-why-was-it-approved-in-the-first-place? dept

You may recall, a few years back, some news around a patent holding company getting a patent on virtual subdomains. As part of its Patent Busting project, the EFF submitted a ton of prior art to the Patent Office, who has now done an initial rejection of all of the patent's claims. The patent holder (and, it's worth pointing out that it's changed hands since this started) can now respond or just give up on the patent. Either way though, it highlights the silliness of considering any granted patent as automatically "valid." Considering how many patents that are reviews end up having claims (sometimes all of them) rejected, it seems pretty clear that the initial patent review is simply not even close to effective as a judge of patent-worthiness.

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    ehrichweiss, 22 Jan 2009 @ 6:56am

    prior art..

    Lessee, I need to virtually create a subdomain name... Too bad that Apache web server doesn't allow you to do that...oh wait...

    ServerAlias domain.com *.domain.com

    I guess it does. Subdomains can be created on the fly.

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