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Posts Tagged ‘business method patent’

FACEBOOK…a Business Method Patent for the Masses.

Posted by innovativeip on February 23, 2011

Some believed that the Supreme Court was going to invalidate the lot, but business method patents remain, and today’s Patent of the Day is an interesting read for any FACEBOOK user.  U.S. Patent no. 7,669,123 was issued just last year on (my birthday, no less) February 23.

Issued February 23, 2010, Assigned to Facebook, Inc.

Given the easy familiarity of the subject matter, this patent can serve as a nice tool for enhancing understanding of just how one might define or explain a business method, and how one might construct claims to specify a hopefully enforceable subject matter.  That is not to say that I have undertaken a validity analysis of this patent; I have not.  Nonetheless, the opportunity for an average reader to follow along, with his or her own routinely performed actions described, along with the technological support for the handling of the data related to those actions, exists in this patent. 

The entire patent text can be found at, on the “of interest” tab.  I encourage you to take a look.  If you find it interesting, you can even link to it or share it on your FACEBOOK page.  I like the concept of the “layers” involved in participating in the business method of the patent that is actually the topic.  In fact, I like it so much that I’m going to link over to the innovativeip FACEBOOK page right now.  Hope you Enjoy!


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Yes, Method Patents Can be Controversial and Utility Patents Can be Lifesavers

Posted by innovativeip on August 23, 2010

The Patent of the Day for yesterday, Sunday, August 22, is U.S. Patent no. 5,443,036, issued August 22, 1995, and is entitled “Method of Exercising a Cat”.

Sunday's Patent of the Day

You may know that the issue of business method patents was considered by the U.S. Supreme Court recently (you can find the opinion at, and that the specific definition of what is appropriate subject matter remains generally unsettled.  Many believe that too many U.S. “method” patents have been wrongly issued.   When I  read that someone has garnered the exclusive rights to “a method of exercising a cat by moving around a beam of light,” I have to admit that I agree, at least on general principle.  

That being said, and having had more than one cat as a pet, discerning a method of repeatedly controlling any element of cat behavior for even the shortest period of time is rather impressive.  If you’d like to read the patent and learn more about a method for exercising a cat, please visit

On a more traditional “utility” patent note, today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. patent no. 768,495, issued August 23, 1904, for tire snow chains.

Today's Patent of the Day

Harry D. Weed of Canastota, New York gave us this classic lifesaving invention that has stood the test of time, remaining virtually unchanged over a century.  I will admit that it is this type of invention, the cleverly original and relatively timeless problem solver, that I find most fascinating.  If you’d like to consider today’s patent more closely, and evaluate how close the 1904 version is to the tire chains you carry in your trunk in the winter, you can access the patent at  Enjoy!

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