August 23, 2004
Chuck Talk writes "Microsoft has essentially patented the sudo command. How such a thing as a command that has been in practice for several decades can be considered an invention is beyond me. If anything, this "invention" points out the problem inherent in the way that the patent office works. The problem with the US Patent and Trademark Office is that there is no incentive to deny a patent. Patent filers simply have to have enough money to file, and suffer no apparent consequences for filing patents that patent "obvious" inventions that have been used by prior art for years (if not decades). That alone is a problem in the way that patents are granted."