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Patent pending for 43 years | Slashdot


curated by | March 4, 2014

The 76-year-old inventor has been waiting over forty years for a ruling on whether his electronic signal to control machinery should be granted a patent. ‘It’s totally unconscionable,’ said Brad Wright, a patent lawyer with Banner & Witcoff in Washington who specializes in computer-related applications and isn’t involved in Hyatt’s case. ‘The patent office doesn’t want to be embarrassed that they might issue a broad patent that would have a sweeping impact on the technology sector. Rather than be embarrassed, they’re just bottling it up.'”

John Payne‘s insight:

How many cases of prior art can you think of in one minute?  Ready, set, go!  Just say "No!" to overly-broad patent applications, but in a more timely manner than this.

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