Dilbert Takes On Overbearing Patents

from the but-confuses-trademark-law dept

It didn't take very long for a whole bunch of you to submit today's Dilbert, where Scott Adams (finally) goes after overly broad patents, with Dilbert announcing that it makes no sense to build things any more, since "all future ideas are already covered by over-general patents":
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Though, to be fair, Adams seems to confuse patents and trademarks in the second panel (editors?). Still, nice to see Dilbert taking on such an issue.


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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 10:24am

    They're not incompatible

    The REAL action is in Trademark Infringement. That's where you can stop people from even talking about you. At least, people with fewer lawyers and/or resources.

     

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    AW, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 10:33am

    No Taco for you

    ChurchHatesTucker - Yeah, but why won't Glenn Beck deny he raped and murdered a young girl in 1990?

    Everyone else - I love Dilbert. I am glad so many other readers do too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 10:52am

    Re: They're not incompatible

    Especially when one considers that section 230 immunities don't extend to service providers, lots of money for trolls.

     

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    Kilgore Trout, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 11:18am

    Re: No Taco for you

    LOLWUT?

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 11:41am

    Re: Re: No Taco for you

    Did I miss some kind of Glenn Beck rapist discussion while I was battling Swine Flu?

     

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    Shawn (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 11:48am

    Re: Re: Re: No Taco for you

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: No Taco for you

    "Did I miss some kind of Glenn Beck rapist discussion while I was battling Swine Flu?"

    So you also cannot deny Beck's rape and murder of a young girl in 1990?

    Interesting...

     

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    Avatar28 (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 1:00pm

    I doubt Adams was confused

    Adams was an engineer, I really doubt he was confused about the difference. Notice how Dilbert said they should get out of their current business. CHW has it right, Trademark seems to be what everybody is trying to ab-use these days.

     

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    NullOp, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 1:20pm

    Dilbert

    Like I've said so often before, Dilbert is a documentary not a comic strip.

     

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    spaceman spiff, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 2:03pm

    patents vs. trademarks

    I think this was a deliberate "mistake". How else could Dilbert take down both patent and trademark trolls in only 3 panels? :-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 2:25pm

    Reasonable reverse royalty

    What about a reverse royalty for busting an overbroad patent. You could recover legal fees in reverse infringement by people who would have infringed by are now free and clear.

     

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    lux (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 3:43pm

    To be fair?

    "Though, to be fair, Adams seems to confuse patents and trademarks in the second panel (editors?). Still, nice to see Dilbert taking on such an issue."

    It's a cartoon?

     

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    athe (profile), Sep 9th, 2009 @ 6:15pm

    Re: patents vs. trademarks

    Agreed. This was my thinking too when I first saw the strip.

     

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    anon, Sep 9th, 2009 @ 9:49pm

    Re: I doubt Adams was confused

    Adams was not (and is not) an engineer. He majored in economics and got an MBA.

     

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    Enrico Suarve, Sep 10th, 2009 @ 2:41am

    Re: Re: Re: No Taco for you

    Hang on, people who are accusing Glenn Beck of raping a young black girl in 1990 are now suddenly contracting swine flu?

    Are there any lengths he won't go to in order to cover up the fact that he still won't deny not having raped a woman?

    Sick bastard (not you, Glenn). I mean that Glenn is sick obviously for not denying that he is giving out swine flu to people exposing his covering up his not denying raping a girl not you for having it, although you obviously are or were sick, but in a different way, unless Glenn also has swine flu after exposing himself in which case you're both sick in the same way...partially

    Some people say that Glenn is not doing enough to protect the children, and now I understand why. It must be because he's too busy raping them or infecting those kids who spot that he hasn't said that he isn't in fact Glenn Beck an alleged child rapist but someone else instead

    I can't believe this is allowed to go on - I'm shocked, this is too much...[sobs]...won't somebody think of the anchors? No? [blows nose]...this isn't the America I love...Oh yeah I'm English, anyway...[cries]...devastated

     

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    ethorad, Sep 10th, 2009 @ 5:02am

    seems familier

    The only winning move is not to play?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 19th, 2009 @ 6:44pm

    It makes sense to me. Making products is risky: what if patent reform fails? Patent litigation is risky: what if patent reform succeeds? OTOH, trademark litigation is on a steady upward curve.

     

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    sprearson81 (profile), Jun 9th, 2012 @ 6:37am

    Gotta love a bit of Dilbert!

     

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