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Re: Automobile satire not so satirical

Author:Dennis Peterson
Posted:10/22/1999; 11:11:58 AM
Topic:Jeff Bezos' Patent
Msg #:12261 (In response to 12258)
Prev/Next:12260 / 12262

But patents aren't about implementation. They aren't about all the details of making a working version of the idea. If they were, someone with a different implementation wouldn't have a problem. If Priceline implemented their business model with Java Servlets, I could come along and build a similar business with ASP and I wouldn't have a problem. But no, Priceline takes a pretty basic idea and says it belongs to them. I don't have a problem with patents that really do take serious development and innovation. But when someone patents the kind of ideas that I come up with when I'm driving, I get kinda upset.

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