Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ridiculous Patent: Popup Ads

Does the idea of popping up an advertisement in a separate browser window deserve patent protection? Both the USPTO and Brian Shuster think so.

The good news is that we all hate popup ads, so employing them is detrimental anyway. The bad news is that if you want to use a popup ad anyway, you need to pay Brian Shuster, or wait 20 years for the patent to expire.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Art said...

What a beautiful way to stop pop-up ads - patent them and charge an unreasonable license fee. Who's going to use them, then? Brilliant. (I'm sure that's what the "inventor" was really thinking, right :-) (oops, can I still use a smiley?)

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