Someone attempted to patent a doubly linked list, and named the patent “linked list”. In 2002. There’s no way they’d get that patent right? Linked lists have been around since the dawn of Computer Science. If anyone in the patent office has even been through a CS101 course, they will know what linked lists are and they will throw any moron who tries to patent them out on his ass.
Which begs the question, what the hell are they doing granting software patents at all?
For those of you not familiar with software development, this is roughly equivalent to a poet trying to copyright and charge royalties on iambic pentameter or hiaku. Or a film director trying to patent “a shot that zooms in on the face of one character and holds on their facial expression for several seconds”. Or an inventor trying to patent “a hammer with two prongs coming out of the back for pulling nails.”
This is obscene.