Why not?? Genghis Grill restaurant owns patent #7156207 for Food presentation method and system. They have patented the process of getting food from a buffet, cooking it, and returning it to the customer.
I found Peoplebrowsr http://peoplebrowsr.com/ does a better job of information management and uses the browser instead of a downloaded program, though it has a steep learning curve. I use Google Chrome for peoplebrowsr so I can keep a watch on the memory usage, which is about half what tweetdeck runs. My point, I guess, is that if you won't fix your program others will come along and try to make something even better.
I am from East Texas, Tyler not Marshall, and you know the blanket statements about the area are getting old. From everything I have seen and read, these cases are only in Marshall. So have a care Mike, let's be a bit more specific than blanketing all of East Texas as a patent hoarders haven. Some of us here think the same thing you do about the patent system.
A trademark is a distinctive sign or indicator of some kind which is used by an individual, business organization or other legal entity to uniquely identify the source of its products and/or services to consumers, and to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities. A trademark is a type of intellectual property, and typically comprises a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements.
Quote from the article: "Friedrich alleges copyright infringement, and accuses Marvel of waste for failing "to properly utilize and capitalize" on the Ghost Rider character. Marvel's attempts to do so, Friedrich claims, have only damaged the value of his work by failing to properly promote and protect the characters and by accepting inadequate royalties from co-defendants."
What gets me, he seems to be saying part of the suit is for the damage this movie did to the value of Ghostrider. Do you think he is more pissed about the crappy movie or that everyone made money but him?
"This means that record labels will devote their resources to fighting the law, not figuring out the new business models that dropping DRM would enable."
Right now they spend their money buying laws not for new business models. I would rather see them have to fight against regulations than what they are doing now. Costly legal battles would drain their coffers much faster and once they spend most of their money fighting they will have to stop fighting or go broke. Either is a good thing as it would mean no more crap from the **AAs.
These groups need to be taken down a couple of notch's as they act like they ARE the law or can change the laws to their will. In fact, I think the government should investigate everything these groups have done in the past 5 to 10 years and fine them for every single instance of their bullying and lobbying.
@ Brian: The XNA GSE tools are a free download for anyone who wants to use them. There are quite a few community sites out now with great tutorials, I am willing to bet their traffic picks up as this news spreads ;)
I didn't mean in my earlier post that it is a good patent, just saying it is the only one I see worth the paper it is written on.
If companies choose to restrict access to their devices I do not think it is a good thing, I hate being locked into anything, but does it lock out innovation? After all Nintendo fell to last place against it's competitors in the past decade. If Nintendo had an open standard for anyone to use when they first entered the US market, would the video games market have come as far? Nintendo's competitors had to innovate to get the lead, didn't they? Is that not what a patent is meant to do, give you a lead on your competitors while they try and compete against you?
Get a clue. It is not parents fault political types get on this "Save the Children" kick. Time and again on posts like this one, one person, such as yourself this time, starts bellowing about how parents need to do a better job. That may be so but it is not relevant to the topic here, which is politics as usual. Politicians don't care about any of this, they want to be seen as protectors so when elecetions come up they can show everyone they were "For the Children" and beleive no one will vote against them, after all no one wants to be seen as being "Against the Children".