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Still fresh from acquiring a patent agreement from Data Domain by threatening legal action, Quantum is turning its eyes to another rival in the de-duplication market. Quantum said today it is suing Riverbed Technology on claims it is violating its intellectual property. Quantum's unmercifully technical 47-page complaint was …

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Huh?

How in the hell does anyone get a patent on de-duplication nowadays? Isn't that the cornerstone of every compression technique ever invented? Oh wait, this is the U.S. Nevermind.

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Huh?

They patented a first-year computer science assignment problem and solution??

The USPTO really is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to actually reviewing patents, isn't it? Apply, get one. Pay no attention to the scads of prior art in front of the curtain.

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Another patent that absolutely should never have been granted

It looks suspiciously like a form of CRC checking to me. People have been doing that for years and years and years and years.

Has the head of the USA patent office resigned yet as an admission of incompetence? If not, then its high time he was taken out and shot.

They will be trying to get a patent on the battle of trafalgar next.

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