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I have no idea what this patent covers

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 03, 2003

I have no idea what this patent covers.

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SimonSep 03, 2003 at 11:42AM

Take out the term “client system” and “serer system”, and the abstract filed at the patent office is so vague as to cover pretty much any kind of shopping anywhere (phone, mailorder, shop.)

It seems to be so vague, even in the detailed descriptions, as to cover most online ordering systems. Another typical Amazon patent.

sererSep 03, 2003 at 2:35PM

Now I’ll never win at blackjack.

Matt HaugheySep 03, 2003 at 5:02PM

They got a patent on javascript show/hide functions in a form? Better sue the creators of CSS and the DOM for making it possible to infringe, and call it a DMCA violation to boot.

dowingbaSep 03, 2003 at 6:23PM

Does this mean that anyone who writes a long weblog post that shows up as an excerpt with “read more” at the bottom is gonna get sued? You too, Kottke, use this on your “not recommended at all” section. Man, we’re all pirates.

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