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   Re: RE: (RE: [xml-dev] Patents)

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4/19/2002 9:44:20 AM, "Timothy A. Shear" <shear@acm.org> wrote:

>  Maybe there is a precedence to be set against filing 
> frivolous patent claims?  Maybe a suit 
>should be filed? Maybe this is a defense against the business process cases 
>that seem to have no merit?

Parody is recognized as legitimate "free speech" under US law/interpretation of the 
Constitution, and this probably falls in under that category quite easily.  My take is 
that Daddy was making a point both to his son about how the process works, and to the 
PTO about how the process fails to work.   Most successful children's books/movies/etc. 
appeal to kids at one level and adults at various other levels, and this seems like a 
brilliant use of that design pattern :~)



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