Gruber linked to this March story in PC World. It details how Google was just awarded a U.S. patent for its “Google Doodles” — 10 years after its initial submission by Sergey Brin in 2001.
As you can see, the patent is titled “Systems and Methods for Enticing Users to a Web Site.” Really.
It sucks that companies have to submit patents or ideas like these. It sucks even more that it takes 10 years to be accepted. Imagine if it was something revolutionary — 10 years in technology is a ridiculously long time. Things get outdated in a year or two these days.
Patents are stifling innovation and do nothing more than add to a respective company’s arsenal when it comes to lawsuits. Hopefully the recent Google/Microsoft spat over patents will lead to some reform. Doubt it, though.
Update: Mark Cuban has a few ideas on patents. A good read.
“The marketing department can’t be seen as a place that says no to logical ideas; we’re a department that works toward yes.”
– Chris Cullen, Director of Marketing at Johns Hopkins University in latest issue of Currents.
I subscribe to a lot of magazines. Out of all of them, Inc. has one of the best features — “The Way I Work:” which lets different entrepreneurs and business people describe their working days. Recently, Michael Arrington had a great piece.
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I told myself that in 2011 I wanted to pay for more of the services that I use. In my experience of building WordPress themes/plugins and doing other smaller work, it takes a great deal of time and effort to develop products. I know what goes into it, maybe not to the scale of what some very intelligent people are doing, but I can surely guess.
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The story below was posted on DigitalMediaBuzz.com in Feb. 2010. Story is posted here for archiving purposes only since original was lost when the site went down.
Tethering your mobile device, in the current format, could be completely gone within the next couple years, according to one mobile device analyst.
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