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June 9, 2011

did you know what patents google holds?

for example, the patent to "the doodle" :: google = meh :: http://1.usa.gov/dR6UBy

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It's too bad none of this shit was written in English.

Posted by: John at June 9, 2011 5:46 PM

I feel like that focused more on the system that allows it to change the image throughout the day, not the doodles themselves. Still kind of a silly patent though

Posted by: Brian W at June 9, 2011 9:54 PM

A lot of pointless Google hate here. Google has been known to patent ideas, just to preempt patent trolls from profiting on ideas that (IGoogle'sO) should remain free.

Posted by: Joe Marfice at June 12, 2011 11:41 PM

@John: tricked by the tinyurl (as was i). Any deep link to a page on http://patft.uspto.gov should always be expected to be unreadable

@Joe Marfice: Google as the benelovent dictator... Lets hope it stays benevolent! (and I'm sure all the brand name tech companies do this too, ie the amazon one-click patent)

Posted by: j.w. at June 15, 2011 12:19 PM

It's not Google's fault that business method patents are now accepted.

Posted by: du at June 15, 2011 2:17 PM

The problem with patents, is that while you may not intend to enforce them yourself (which is google's stance)... the only way to defend against patent trolls is to have a large enough arsenal to counter sue if someone decides to be a dink. http://www.google.com/patents (patent search!)

Posted by: Ape at June 21, 2011 3:39 AM

To add to my previous post, here is google's stance of patents (the latest one I could find) http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/patents-and-innovation.html The big thing to take away from this, is that if google starts suing for patents, they are shooting themselves in the foot since they have so much invested in open source technology.

Posted by: Ape at June 21, 2011 3:42 AM

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