patent infringmentGeneral Forums/Digital Discussion/patent infringment
| The word "novel" may not have been the exact wording, but very similar, that is used in the US Patent office's rules and regulations. I remember it being a subjective term that is used in their review process. In other words they do not allow patents on ideas that are common enough to be in the public domain. There are already companies that have challeneged Lodsys patents for US internal review based on the 'is it novel enough' rule.|
So what i'm trying to point out is that if one could prove to the USPO that the idea was already in the public domain, then the patent could be reviewed and revoked.
Another point: patents for DNA are not meant to protect the invention, since no one invented the dna in our cells, but rather the millions of dollars of research that was done to get the sequencing. So overall patents can be used for good, protecting those who actually do the work, versus patenting a work process that many people will eventually do on their own.
Lodsys is targeting anyone with a "buy from our online store" button, not specifically over a specific api. Example, Brothers printers are being sued as well.