Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Service for prisoners becomes target of EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" award

Read Daniel Nazer’s report for Electronic Frontier Foundation, “Stupid Patent of the Month”, here.    It is a claim by Securus to patent an administrative procedure to procure third-party payment for a prisoner’s phone privileges after he or she is booked into jail.  I’m reminded of a stand-up comic in Minneapolis 15 years ago, whose favorite line was “stay out of the penitentiary”.

The article refers to Alice v. CLS Beck, and expresses disappointment that the federal circuit has sometimes overrules a “common sense standard”.
It’s also interesting that family members can come under pressure from sales persons to provide help to people in the pokey.

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