|Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, July 13 2012 @ 06:02 PM EDT|
You know... the one that does the equivalent of patenting the process:
send a book through a printer
I identify that process as just an example.
It could be anything. A menu, a resume, an office memo... whatever.
as an example, the first one is 8009308:
A system and method is
provided for ganging print orders to be printed on a press based on a set of
print attributes, wherein associated digital files of the print orders are
ganged together in one file location to generate a gang ticket in a database for
the ganged print order, and displaying the gang ticket.
As you can
see... it's much more then just the process of "printing a letter". It's a
process - at the very least - of grouping multiple things in a particular
location and producing results to the handling of that "gang".
original example spoke directly to the process of:
enter 1 + 1 = into a
calculator to get the result
your example patent must be just as basic.
Send document to print to receive a hard copy of the
Please keep in mind: It's not the printer that my example speaks
to. I offer zero dispute that the printer - when it was invented - could be
considered as a patentable invention. The focus is on the simple process of
printing a document.
So yes, I have no doubt there are some 70,000
patents that involve printing. How many of them should have been granted is a
different question. The specific question was "printer doing something". To be
fair, I wasn't as explicitly detailed as I could have been. "something" is
pretty widely interpreted. But then I did have the context of:
of "enter 1 + 1 = " into a calculator to get a result
and the context
applying a patent on that printing you did
So I think it's
reasonable to conclude you knew what I was asking for.
identify a single patent that has been granted for:
the process of "using a
printer to print a recipe and get a hardcopy"
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