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Context: anything you want with the things you buy
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 05:46 PM EDT

Ah yes...

    Do anything you want with things you buy
I'd say the examples provided are better placed in the context of:
    You can't do something illegal
The start of the thread was along the lines of "people reaping the benefits of others work" - which, I might add, is a concept that is not strictly illegal - or wrong - in and of itself. For example, while there is a Copyright on Harry Potter, there are also things that can be done within the Law falling under the Fair Use provisions.

I narrowed the concept from "reaping others work" to whether or not a particular "invention" should even be considered an invention in the first place.

It's too bad that you can't see the difference between the concepts:

    Doing something illegal
vs
    A process of "enter 1+1 into a calculator" should never be considered patentable
If you're unwilling to consider the deeper question of when someone can be viewed as "reaping someone's work" vs "fairly using someone's work" - then no discussion between us will get anywhere.

RAS

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The analogy was fine
Authored by: AntiFUD on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 06:29 PM EDT
Please explain - if you can how I can possibly infringe a patent by using a
computing device, be it a desktop, laptop, cell/mobile phone, or cloud server.

Only in the case of the cloud server am I not the owner of said computing
device. In all other cases it is the manufacturer of the device that may or may
not infringe, not me the user/consumer.

Is it possible in your world for a user to infringe on a patent by using any
other electronic device, such as a refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, plain old
telephone or bedside clock radio.

Besides I can use my printer to print every single patent issued by the USPTO
without infringing on any patent. They are public records available to all!

I fear that your arguments are falling on stony ground, and your foundation is
built on sand.

My laptop can not produce anything - it cannot invent anything - it cannot
discovery anything -- if it did not have a whirring sound of the fan on
occasions I wouldn't know if it was on or off (and since it runs Windows 2000 it
is not attached to the internet).

How pray, can a computer and/or its operator ever infringe on a patent?

Or are you just spreading FUD.

P.S.: Maybe not Gene, perhaps the FUD Meister!

---
IANAL - Free to Fight FUD - "to this very day"

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