Patents for Dummies

Posted by on January 26, 2006

Maybe that title should be “Patents by dummies” or “Patents hoping that the examining patent officers are dummies.”

According to an article by The Register, Cingular is trying to patent smileys (you know, like this “:-)”). Though I saw my first smiley in 1987 or so, they’ve been around much longer than that.

I wish greedy corporations would stop trying to pull this kind of stuff. Whoever filed it probably got a patent application bonus too.

Anyway, use ’em while you still can (without paying a licensing fee).

🙁

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