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the sudo patent

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Was reading earlier about USPTO patent 7617530, which is Microsoft’s patent of the sudo command behaviour. A few questions came to my mind:

  1. Is it really possible that Microsoft didn’t know about sudo?
  2. Did the USPTO officer do ANY research before granting the patent?
  3. Is there any punishment for companies that try to patent stuff that they demonstrably know already exists in competitors’ systems?
  4. Is there any punishment for patent officers who wrongfully approve patents?
  5. Does the USPTO have any incentive to try and remedy this?

Reference: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20091111094923390

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Written by azimout

06/12/2009 at 23:43

Posted in Opinion

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