Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The stupid patent that could not survive EFF's own Halloween


Here is EFF’s Halloween patent, the “155 Patent”, indeed one of the “stupidest” on record.
  
Merely providing a printing service via a communications network claimed to be patentable, back around 1999. Here’s the EFF story by Vera Ranieri.
  
I can imagine right off how that could relate to print-on-demand book publishing, which I use.

If you stretch this far enough, my own making my older books free on PDF’s and allowing others to print them would seem to fall under it.