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   Re: [xml-dev] Patents

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As I replied to Dare off line, I was pretty much out of line with the
first two sentences. It was a knee-jerk reaction to the importance
American society puts on all things money, which is what patents really
come down to. In retrospect, the guy was probably just trying to do
something cool for his kid (I forgot to think about owning a patent from
a seven-year-old's perspective) and show him what he does at work.

-- Ron

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> At 3:29 PM -0700 4/18/02, Ronald Bourret wrote:
> >I'm not sure that teaching your kid to patent how to play is a valuable
> >lesson. A valuable lesson would have been teaching the kid to share his
> >invention with all the other kids in the playground. Maybe Corporate
> >America could learn that lesson, too.
> >
> I think the lesson here was just showing the kid what Daddy does at
> the office. That seems perfectly reasonable to me.
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