[Mono-list] RE: Mono-list digest, Vol 1 #792 - 11 msgs

Dennis Hayes DENNISH@Raytek.com
Fri, 14 Feb 2003 09:42:26 -0800

In the 1850's, the head of the USPTO recommended closing the patent office
"because every thing that can be invented, has already been invented."
Looking at some the patents being granted these days, I think he was right!

On Thu, 2003-02-13 at 19:53, Jonathan Pryor wrote:
> In the interest of starting...oops, stopping...a flame war, allow me to
> clarify the US patent system.
> It's run by a bunch of people who wouldn't know "obvious" if it
> flattened them.  (I'd quote "The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy" but I'd
> rather not look up a suitable quote.)