Patently-O Bits and Bytes

  • Preference Prediction Patent for sale on eBay (LINK).
  • Google has released a new browser known as “CHROME.” Law firms and others should take care to ensure that their websites display properly. [LINK]
  • The Wolf Greenfield firm is hosting a Webinar on Sept 25 on “The Real Impact of Ebay, KSR, MedImmune, Seagate and Translogic” [Free]
  • The PTO is now considering Jan Buck’s “Method of operationalizing a venture fund vehicle” by “creating a governing operating business plan, commercializing early stage academic science, generating operating revenue from more than one commercialization vehicle, using generated revenue to invest in new projects and/or ventures to achieve liquidity thereby generating cash for further investment in projects and/or ventures.” No assignee is listed. [LINK]

10 thoughts on “Patently-O Bits and Bytes

  1. “Malcolm Mooney must be on vacation or else he would be flipping out over this. Hard to see how this application survives sections 102 and 103.”

    It’s hard to see how such an application could be filed with an executed oath and not result in immediate sanctions for deceiving the PTO. But we already know that our lottery-style patent system is a complete joke. Keep spinning that wheel, Jan Buck! One of these days you might get lucky. And minus two points for “operationalizing.” That’s just sad.

  2. Smash, it won’t survive, will it, in the present transitional climate of “Reject, reject, reject”. I say “transitional” because the pendulum hasn’t yet finished its swing towards more testing times for claim owners. Look at the September 4th CAFC Decision in Swanson (See the Patent Prospector blog). Isn’t that the CAFC goading the PTO into supplementary “Revoke, revoke, revoke” mode?

  3. “The PTO is now considering Jan Buck’s ‘Method of operationalizing a venture fund vehicle’ by ‘creating a governing operating business plan . . .’”

    Malcolm Mooney must be on vacation or else he would be flipping out over this. Hard to see how this application survives sections 102 and 103.

  4. BTW, it seems that when you click on a PDF, Chrome will load it in the background and then provide a tab at the bottom of the current window where you can then click the tab and the contents of the PDF will apear in a new window.

  5. This is the first release of Chrome and a beta so of course it’s going to have bugs. (But Google seems to stretch the word “beta”- Gmail is still beta after many years)

    Chrome is built on Webkit which is also what Apple Safari is based on so compatibility should be similar but it has a different javascript engine called V8.

    If chrome is anything like safari, it should be possible to install the acrobat plugin into the plugin folder to enable pdf viewing.

  6. Almost everyone I know of loves Chrome except: me. Some error it has that comes from having Symantec products on your machine at nearly any point in the past is a real downer.

  7. The Preference Predication Patent page states “Condition: New”

    Maybe they’d get more bids if it said “New and Non-Obvious”

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