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While I covered Google Patents in October 2009, here are some video shots. A 22 sec video which can help you decide whether to go for getting a patent or not. By elimintaion prior art search costs, this can greatly reduce the cost and complexity for small entrepreneurs.
So go ahead, patent your R functions and algorithms ( The video shows one important tool) while using the tool at http://google.com/patents to search for prior patents.
Incidentally YouTube has a great feature for promoted videos only open for USD ( incidentally my 2007 email feature is listed as INR so I am still waiting for the free customer support at G Inc to reply that “hey, I can now pay in USD so let me in”.)
Neat Concept, anyways!
I tried this
but got this instead
Now this may be old news, but in case it is not- here is the Google Patents Search
Just go and search at
For example did you know that the PageRank Patent is assigned to Stanford ( which is the reason they have more money than err. many Universities combined…not a great football program though)
Or you can see the Slidehshare.net version ( which is Ironic since Google Docs is not good enough to share the Pdf as of yet)
Inventor: Lawrence Page
Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
Primary Examiner: Uyen Le
Curt Monash was right. SAP does have questionable business ethics. It has been caught stealing ideas of as many as 5 patents and has been told to pay 139 Million $.
How many more patents does SAP have in it’s closet ( wink wink). By Funding Blogs, and Blog Communities how much time is SAP trying to buy, by raising prices aribitarily for locked in customers and using the one time gain to buy companies with better decision management pedigrees.
Don’t belive me, huh. Here is PC World or just google/bing for SAP, patent lawsuit
Here is an interesting blog post on why software giants like google ,microsoft will be rich foroever. And ironically Microsoft has given away the maximum number of free programs, dlls, extensions,patches. When I mean free I mean really free, they did not sell your identity to advertisers .
Back in 1998, representatives of the Walt Disney Company came to Washington looking for help. Disney’s copyright on Mickey Mouse, who made his screen debut in the 1928 cartoon short “Steamboat Willie,” was due to expire in 2003, and Disney’s rights to Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck were to expire a few years later.
Rather than allow Mickey and friends to enter the public domain, Disney and its friends – a group of Hollywood studios, music labels, and PACs representing content owners – told Congress that they wanted an extension bill passed.
Prompted perhaps by the Disney group’s lavish donations of campaign cash – more than $6.3 million in 1997-98, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics – Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.
The CTEA extended the term of protection by 20 years for works copyrighted after January 1, 1923. Works copyrighted by individuals since 1978 got “life plus 70″ rather than the existing “life plus 50″. Works made by or for corporations (referred to as “works made for hire”) got 95 years. Works copyrighted before 1978 were shielded for 95 years, regardless of how they were produced.“