Breaking up is so hard to do…

I never realized how much it would effect me to finally put in my resignation from my current job.  We never seem to think about the relationships we’ve formed with our co-workers over the course of our tenure with whatever company.  I’m finding out that saying goodbye is an extremely difficult thing to do, more so than I had imagined.  In fact I never thought it would be difficult, I mean it’s not like I’m saying goodbye forever, right?  When you start saying your goodbyes you begin analyzing the relationships you had with your co-workers and all the memories, good and bad.

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Is the United States Patent Office becoming useless and ignorant?

Yesterday I saw a post on slashdot (slashdot link) about how Amazon was able to extend their “1-click” patent to include contacting customers after an order either by phone or email. Here is the diagram that was submitted: link to diagram. Be careful on your e-commerce sites, try not to email your customers or call them.

This is not the first time we have seen the USPTO so disconnected with reality, especially in regards to the internet space. Shall we list some other examples?

  1. Hyperlink patents — Did you know coloring your hyperlinks may be in violation of several patents?
  2. JPEG patent — The JPEG scandal, has everyone switched to PNGs yet?
  3. Domain name patent — Did you know there is an email and domain name patent and there was actually a lawsuit against Network Solutions and Register.com, I’m not sure of the outcome of that case, but still.
  4. Rich media patent — this company claims to have a patent on all Rich Media (Flash, Flex, Java, AJAX and XAML).
  5. Peanut Butter and Jelly patent — What? Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich with no crust is patentable?

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