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How many patents do you own?

December 11, 2007

I don’t own any, but I recently read about US Patent number 6,389,458*:

Obvious algorithms are being granted patents. Klemens’ best example is this snippet of JavaScript for pop-up browser windows, granted patent 6,389,458 on May 14, 2002:
function onExit() {
popup = window.open("pop.html", "Don't go!");
popup.focus();
}

Is it really that easy to own one?

* The original writer refers to the material in Math You Can’t Use: Patents, Copyright, and Software by Ben Klemens.

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