decoration decoration
Stories

GROKLAW
When you want to know more...
decoration
For layout only
Home
Archives
Site Map
Search
About Groklaw
Awards
Legal Research
Timelines
ApplevSamsung
ApplevSamsung p.2
ArchiveExplorer
Autozone
Bilski
Cases
Cast: Lawyers
Comes v. MS
Contracts/Documents
Courts
DRM
Gordon v MS
GPL
Grokdoc
HTML How To
IPI v RH
IV v. Google
Legal Docs
Lodsys
MS Litigations
MSvB&N
News Picks
Novell v. MS
Novell-MS Deal
ODF/OOXML
OOXML Appeals
OraclevGoogle
Patents
ProjectMonterey
Psystar
Quote Database
Red Hat v SCO
Salus Book
SCEA v Hotz
SCO Appeals
SCO Bankruptcy
SCO Financials
SCO Overview
SCO v IBM
SCO v Novell
SCO:Soup2Nuts
SCOsource
Sean Daly
Software Patents
Switch to Linux
Transcripts
Unix Books
Your contributions keep Groklaw going.
To donate to Groklaw 2.0:

Groklaw Gear

Click here to send an email to the editor of this weblog.


Contact PJ

Click here to email PJ. You won't find me on Facebook Donate Paypal


User Functions

Username:

Password:

Don't have an account yet? Sign up as a New User

No Legal Advice

The information on Groklaw is not intended to constitute legal advice. While Mark is a lawyer and he has asked other lawyers and law students to contribute articles, all of these articles are offered to help educate, not to provide specific legal advice. They are not your lawyers.

Here's Groklaw's comments policy.


What's New

STORIES
No new stories

COMMENTS last 48 hrs
No new comments


Sponsors

Hosting:
hosted by ibiblio

On servers donated to ibiblio by AMD.

Webmaster
grep | 217 comments | Create New Account
Comments belong to whoever posts them. Please notify us of inappropriate comments.
Ouch
Authored by: capt.Hij on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 03:53 PM EST
Apple v Samsung demonstrated why it is a good idea to keep knowledgeable people
off the jury. People who see this stuff
daily have biases and preconceptions that may be unquestioned
and extremely difficult for a person to challenge. People in
the field have a wide variety of experiences and assumptions.
For example, some programmers out there think that software
patents are a wonderful thing. I would not want such a person
on the Apple v Samsung jury. Such a person would likely
refuse to look at the other point of view.

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

grep
Authored by: tiger99 on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 03:54 PM EST
I think your definition describes it much more clearly than any patent ever would. Fortunately there is very considerable prior art, and if anyone ever did try to patent something like grep, Groklaw and others would very quickly and efficiently identify the prior art.

Now how about awk, or sed? Indispensible tools, which sadly those who use the dumbed-down bug-ridden bloatware OS may never know about. I have seen them contriving, badly, to manipulate text with a spreadsheet, and taking hours to get it almost right, when a one-liner in awk would have done it much more easily.

It would have been a very bad thing if those basic and enormously powerful tools had ever been patented.

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

Groklaw © Copyright 2003-2013 Pamela Jones.
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Comments are owned by the individual posters.

PJ's articles are licensed under a Creative Commons License. ( Details )