Categories General Prior Art Post author By Gary Post date 3/21/2005 3 Comments on Prior Art Amazon is trying to get a patent on blogs. This is a small example of what is wrong with the patent system. By Gary 3 dimples. 7 continents. 130 countries. View Archive → ← This is fascinating → Not an update 3 replies on “Prior Art” You are wrong. Amazon is not seeking a patent on blogs, they are seeking a patent on “plogs” — an idea that I have only seen on Amazon.com. Independent claim 1 requires “a browsable electronic catalog of items,” “a tracking component” and “a personalized blurb selection component.” The specification explains that a “electronic catalog” assits users in locating and evaluating various types of items, such as physical products, journal articles, movie and music titles, downloadable software, services, stock assets, etc. The claimed invention is a feature on an electronic catalog which alerts you to other products when you look for a specific product. Take “Daily Kos” for instance. A popular blog — Kos does not provide an “electronic catalog”, or a tracking system for items you purchase with your blog, or “blurbs” based on what you looked for in a catalog. This patent is intended to prevent barnesandnoble.com from copying the plog system as Amazon has set it up. Blogs will continue unabatted if Amazon is granted the patent on this claim. oh, the second to last paragraph should read: Take â€œDaily Kosâ€ for instance. A popular blog â€“ Kos does not provide an â€œelectronic catalog”, or a tracking system for items you purchase with their blog, or â€œblurbsâ€ based on what you looked for in a catalog. In the spirit of art, here’s a definition (as defining things could be considered an art) of a basalt. Im not sure if it satiates you, but here you go anyways. Enjoy! A fine-grained, dark, mafic igneous rock composed largely of plagioclase feldspar and pyroxene. Volcanic rock (or magma) that is generally dark in color, contains 45 to 54 percent silica, and is rich in iron and magnesium. An eruption of basaltic magma is generally quiet and results in flows (both vesicular and non-vesicular) and breccia. Undersea eruptions commonly result in the formation of pillow lava. Basalt represents the initial differentiated material erupted by the earth at spreading center. Comments are closed.