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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 www.innovative-ip.net, 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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Was How We Search the Internet Patented in 1970?

Posted by innovativeip on July 21, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is admittedly outside of my realm of education and experience, which is generally chemistry, biology, and mechanically focused.  Nonetheless, I am intrigued by this one and hope to get some feedback from those entrenched in Internet technology matters.

On July 21, 1970, Calvin Mooers received U.S. Patent no. 3,531,034, entitled “Battery Controlled Machine”.

Today's Patent of the Day

Mr. Mooers is apparently the “father” of information retrieval, and at least according to some who have studied this patent in detail, “the lasting signficance of this patent is  that ‘It is the way we search the Internet'”.    At least one researcher on the subject found it to be quite amazing that the U.S. Patent Office was able to discern the merits, given the state of the art at the time of filing and examination of the patent.   You can give it a go at http://www.innovativeip.us/images/pat3521034.7.21.pdf.  I’d love to have a comment or two from someone “in the know”.  Enjoy!

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