About.com: Why I Really Hate Software Patents, an Example
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Jan 2009 00:27
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
When I see the likes of this patent, I think why oh why did primary patent examiner Cam-Linh Nguyen allow this to be passed? I have been writing code where strings are trimmed before saving in a database. This patent has the database do the trim (specified in the column definition) when storing it so you don't need to explicitly do the trim. It's so wonderful because you no longer have to use trim in the SQL (it makes the SQL unreadable according to the patent- must be a terrible problem though one I've never encountered), and this patent avoids that. Wow! Such originality! All this patent really does is stop anyone implementing it as a feature of their database unless they have licensed it from IBM. How exactly does this patent advance the state of computing?
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